How to start IBPS PO Reasoning Preparation 2022- Expert Tips Here

IBPS PO Reasoning Preparation 2022: Preparation of any exam begins with acquainting oneself with what are we going to prepare for, what all it includes and how are we going to execute it. There are basically 4 sections that come in IBPS PO exam, they are – Reasoning, Quants, English, and General Awareness (Asked in Mains exam). And the section that most of the candidates find interesting is reasoning. Reasoning is one of the most scoring section among all the sections, as if you know the method of solving a particular type of problem, so will easily get to the right answer. But reasoning section demands a lot of practice. So, to assist you with the reasoning preparation for IBPS PO, here we are with a detailed strategy blog regarding IBPS PO Reasoning 2022. Check in this article IBPS PO Reasoning Preparation 2022 along with some Tips that you can just implement in your Prelims as well as Mains preparation. Not just that, get access to the Reasoning Course on Oliveboard to master all the topics through online Reasoning Classes, practice sessions, Free E-books, and sectional tests. 


1. IBPS PO Reasoning Preparation – How to Start

1.1. Understand the Pattern for Both Prelims and Mains

While you prepare for IBPS PO Reasoning Section, the first thing you need to know is the pattern and weightage of different topics in prelims as well as mains exam. So, first let’s understand the pattern of the Reasoning Section in IBPS PO for both Prelims and Mains:

ParametersPrelimsMains (
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude)
No. of questions3545
Time Allotted20 mins60 mins

As you can see, there is a slight difference between the number of questions asked in Prelims and Mains exam, but there is a stark difference between the time allotted and marks for the reasoning section in both prelims and mains exam. The reason for this is the rise in the difficulty level of the exam.

The prelims exam will test you more on your speed and accuracy and has comparatively easier questions than the mains exam.  The mains exam, on the other hand, thoroughly tests you on your understanding of the subject. Having said this, let us now dive into the weightage of some major topics for the examination. Knowing the weightage of the different topics will give us insight into the topics we need to focus more on.

TopicWeightage in PrelimsWeightage in Mains
Puzzle and seating arrangement2020
Blood Relation34
Order and Ranking1
Critical Reasoning5

1.2. Brush Up the Basics

When preparing for this section, first brush up on the basics. If your math is a little out of practice, go through the basic books, Oliveboard’s reasoning book will come to your rescue in this. Although, you do not need to go through the entire textbooks. Just learn concepts like syllogism, puzzles, seating arrangements etc. that will help you for this examination.

1.3. Work On Speed and Accuracy

In order to maintain time efficiency while writing the paper, ensure that you are fast in calculation. This requires a lot of practice. Make sure you know memories Alphabets and the numbering (Like A=1 and Z=26). Learning short cuts is definitely encouraged, but only after you have learned how to deal with each topic the traditional way. In this case, it is essential that you master the traditional methods as well as the shortcuts.

1.4. Revision is your Mantra

Revision is the key to preparing for this section of the IBPS PO 2022 examinations. Revise important concepts and tricks before attempting the paper. Re-doing mock tests and practice sets also help strengthen concepts.

1.5. Look at that timer

Time management is very important because you will only have 1 hour to complete the paper, and there is sectional timing as well. Do not spend extra time on questions that you cannot solve, move on and come back to them once all the other questions have been answered.

1.6. Practice in a Time Bound Manner

Preparation and Practice must go together. Once you have prepared a topic, go on practicing it but in a time-bound manner. The IBPS PO Topic tests will help you do exactly that! You can follow it up with IBPS PO reasoning Sectional Test to practice all the topics together.

2. IBPS PO Reasoning Preparation – Practice these on a Daily Basis

2.1. Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

Puzzles and seating arrangement forms a major portion in the IBPS PO reasoning section. One who has command over this particular topic surely can make to the final list. So practice puzzles and seating extensively.

2.2. Blood Relation

Blood relation questions are asked both in Prelims as well as the mains exam of IBPS PO. So prepare this topic well.

2.3. Direction Sense Questions

Direction Sense Questions are asked in the Prelims as well as mains exam. This is an easy yet scoring topic, so do prepare well for this.

 IBPS PO Syllabus 2022– Reasoning Ability

Here is the topic-wise syllabus for IBPS PO- 2022 Reasoning Ability

Topic NameProbable Question Types
Coded Inequalities/ Mathematical InequalitiesProblems based on Letters, Numbers, Height, etc.
SyllogismsDirect Questions, Positive Info Questions, Negative Info Qs
Coding & DecodingLetter Shifting type, Analogy type, Made-up Language, Word-Letters type.
Circular Seating ArrangementEasier one is clock-wise or anti-clock-wise arrangement in/around a circle, square, rectangle, etc.
Problems with higher difficulty have blood relations, profession, etc combined
Linear Seating ArrangementSingle Row, Double Row, North Facing, Opposite facing, etc.
Blood RelationsFamily Tree Problems, Coded Blood Relations.
Direction SenseProblems based on age, height, weight, rank, order in a row, etc.
Order & RankingFloor Based Puzzles, Grid-Based, age-based, profession-based, etc.
Arrangement & PatternAlphabets based: Set of 5 or Set of 3, Number based: Set of 5 or Set of 3, Alphanumeric type, etc.
Double Lineup2 variables, 3 variables, 4 variables type conditions
SchedulingDay-wise, Week-wise, Month-wise, etc.
AnalogyMeaning-based, Letter based, Number based.
ClassificationLetter based, Meaningful Words based, GK based, Number based.
Data SufficiencyBased on other topics of the reasoning syllabus
SeriesAlphabet Series, Number Series, and Alphanumeric Series.

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