IBPS Clerk Reasoning Books and Syllabus

IBPS Clerk recruitment notification for 2018 has been recently published. Candidates who wish to apply for the post of Clerical Cadre, can fill up the application form online. Recruitment of candidates will be based on an online examination. The exam takes place in two phases- first, the Prelims and then, the Mains. Candidates need to get through both the phases to get selected for the post. The first phase of the examination, which is the Prelims, is scheduled to be held in December (8th, 9th, 15th and 16th). Those who score well above the minimum cut off mark, will be eligible to appear for the IBPS Clerk Main examination. Today’s post is based on IBPS Clerk Reasoning – Pattern, Syllabus and Books. 

One thing that remains common to both Prelims and Mains is the ‘Reasoning Ability’ section. But the number of questions and total marks allotted vary.

IBPS Clerk Reasoning Exam Pattern

  NUMBER OF QUESTIONS MAXIMUM MARKS DURATION
PRELIMINARY 35 30 An aggregate time of 1 hour is provided to solve all the 3 sections included in the paper.
MAIN 50 50 45 minutes

As you can see, 35 questions in the Prelims, and 50 questions in the Mains come from Logical Reasoning. This section tests your reasoning ability- how well you derive the logic behind a problem with proper explanation. Verbal reasoning, logical problems, logical games and deductions- all are a part of Reasoning.

IBPS Clerk Reasoning Syllabus

To give you a clearer insight of the subject we have a detailed syllabus and question pattern.

  • Inequality
  • Coding Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Circular and Linear arrangement
  • Blood relations
  • Order and rank
  • Distance and Directions
  • Input Output
  • Floor/Building Puzzle
  • Cause and effect, Assumption and statement (Verbal Reasoning)

The Reasoning section can be tricky and time-consuming. The perceived level of difficulty varies from one candidate to another. For instance, some may find it hard to solve problems on puzzles and seating arrangements. For others, syllogism and coding-decoding may be really difficult to solve.

  • Inequality and Puzzles- 5 questions come based on mathematical inequalities and problems related to floor/building 
  • Syllogism and Coding-Decoding- 2-6 questions are based on syllogism and coding-decoding. Direct questions with multiple conclusions and statements, possibility-based questions, negative information-based questions, analogy, number series, symbols and letters are asked. 
  • Blood Relations, Distance & Directions- 1-3 questions are based on blood relations and family tree, problems on directions and distance, routes and networks. 
  • Seating Arrangement- 5-10 questions are based on bi-directional or unidirectional problems on linear and circular arrangement.

Recommended IBPS Clerk Reasoning Books

  • Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning- R.S. Agarwal
  • Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination- Arihant

The key to scoring well in the Reasoning section is to practise puzzles and quizzes online. Go through the study materials and solved papers to understand how each section is approached. Once you have done your homework, do not forget to take up the IBPS Clerk mock testApart from your knowledge on the particular topic, time-management skills are also a crucial part of IBPS exam. Do not waste too much time on one question. Answer the ones you know first.


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