How To prepare Reasoning and Computer Ability for SBI Clerk Mains

Before starting with the preparation tips, let us look into the marking scheme of the exam to get an idea of the SBI Clerk Mains Reasoning and Computer Ability section.

SBI clerk mains reasoning marking scheme:

Section Number of questions Total marks Duration
General English 40 40 35 minute
Quantitative aptitude 50 50 45 minute
Reasoning ability and computer aptitude 50 60 45 minute
General / financial awareness 50 50 35 minute
Total 190 200 2 hour 40 minute

From the above marking scheme, we can observe that reasoning and computer ability has maximum weightage. Having weightage of 60 marks for 50 questions in 45 minutes seems to test –

  1. Time management skill
  2. Ability to pick the right question
  3. Attempt questions with full accuracy
  4. Subject knowledge
  5. Ability to handle and solve new type/pattern questions

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SBI clerk mains reasoning syllabus

Following are the topics which are generally asked in exams as per the previous year paper trend.

  1. Puzzle and Seating arrangement
  2. Input output
  3. Coding decoding
  • Coded direction sense
  • Coded inequality
  • Comparison based coding decoding etc.
  1. Logical reasoning
  • Statement conclusion
  • Cause effect
  • Statement argument etc.
  1. Miscellaneous topics

A big chunk of the questions is covered by puzzles and seating arrangements.

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Topic wise preparation tips for SBI clerk mains reasoning 

We can divide this section in two parts

  1. Puzzle and seating arrangement
  2. Miscellaneous and others
  3. Computer aptitude

Puzzle and seating arrangement

Puzzle and seating arrangement help you to fetch maximum marks as they cover a large number of questions in the exam. The best way to score more in this area is practice. Make a habit of solving at least one set daily.

Following points should be kept in mind which solving puzzle or seating arrangement:

  1. Do not be afraid to solve new pattern puzzle. It will train your mind and build confidence in attempting new puzzles in exam.
  2. Always read the conditions carefully and pay attention to the type of arrangement, position, and direction faced by the different persons/variables, etc.
  3. Attempt mocks and attempt questions in real time environment.

Miscellaneous and others

Attempt 3-4 miscellaneous topics like blood relations, inequalities, etc and practice them along with puzzles. Change those topics every day.

Computer aptitude

As per previous paper trends,  theoretical questions of computer are not asked in this section. As SBI clerk mains reasoning is clubbed with computer aptitude, generally flow chart or input-output based questions are asked from this section.

Cross out your weak areas by attempting the topic tests on Reasoning.

Strategy to prepare for SBI clerk mains reasoning

  1. Practice questions in real time environment.
  2. Try to have a glance of the questions before attempting them. This will give you an idea about the level of questions. It will hardly take 3-5 minutes.
  3. Attempt those questions in which you think you can fetch marks with accuracy. This will boost confidence to attempt further questions and sections.

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