Cracking IBPS Probationary Officer exam is undoubtedly what every bank job aspirant aims at. Needless to say that with more than 10 lakh candidates appearing for the exam each year, the competition is highly stiff. Out here, it is important to highlight the significance of the reasoning section in your IBPS PO preparation. It carries a weight age of 50 marks (50 questions) and can be really scoring. One of the best bank coaching institutes in Patna (Bihar) India has analyzed the pattern of IBPS PO 2016 and provided the segment wise analysis of the Reasoning section.

  1. Data Sufficiency: Questions on Data Sufficiency are a regular feature in all IBPS exams. The overall level of difficulty of these questions is not very high. However, if you don’t read these questions carefully you may be in for trouble. It is important to pay attention to the language of the question, which can be a little tricky sometimes. You must be able to understand whether the information (data) given to you is enough to answer the question asked. You need not solve a Data Sufficiency question fully and get the exact value. But, you must be able to find out how much information is required to answer the question.
  2. Puzzles: You can expect one set of puzzles with around 5 questions or two sets of short puzzles with 2 or 3 questions each. The good thingabout a puzzle is that once you have figured out the situation in the puzzle, you will get all the questions right. It is recommended that you use a tabular/grid approach to solve these questions. Keep extracting information from the question statementsand keep filling it in the table. Once you have filled in all the blanks which are there in the table, your job is done. Now you can simply refer to the table and mark the right answers.
  3. Mathematical Inequality: These are Arithmetical Reasoning questions. To solve these questions you must be comfortable with basic mathematical operations such as greater than, less than, greater than or equal to, less than or equal to etc. Solving these questions is quite like solving questions on linear equations. However, attention must be paid to the direction of inequality. The difficulty level of Mathematical In equations (Inequalities) is increased by denoting the standard signs of inequalities with symbols such as @, $, #, ? Etc.
  4. Syllogisms: These questions are based on Inferential Reasoning, which requires conclusions to be drawn on the basis of the information given in the form of statements. The validity of the conclusions given in the options needs to analyze. The recent trend has been that possibilities are also given in the options which make the questions trickier than before. Syllogisms are usually solved by students with the help of Venn diagrams. Although the Venn diagram approach is conceptually sound, yet it can be time consuming. Therefore, the experts at the centre for best bank PO coaching in Patna (Bihar) India have come up with sure-shot time saving methods for solving syllogisms. You can seek guidance from them to learn these methods.
  5. Seating Arrangement: In seating arrangement question sets certain conditions are laid out on the basis of which you have to determine the order in which individuals will have to be seated around a circular or a square table. You must definitely attempt such questions as they are quite scoring and once you are able to find out the exact order of seating, you will get all the questions right. Seating arrangement questions are somewhat like puzzles, but their overall difficulty level is lower than that of puzzles.
  6. Input-Output: This topic focuses on examples where a word or a number machine processes a given input to generate a certain output. You will have to understand how the machine works. The machine may perform any of the following operations: numerical, symbolic, alphabetical, sequential etc. Once you have analyzed these operations, you have to process the given data in the same way as the machine does and find out the correct output. It is important to practice sufficient number of input-output questions so that you don’t take much time in understanding how a machine operates.
  7. Logical Reasoning: Topics such as Ranking, Direction Sense, Series, Blood Relations, Alphabet Test, Coding-Decoding, Analogy, Statement-Assumption, Statement-Argument, Statement-Course of Action and Statement-Conclusion comprise the Logical Reasoning part of the Reasoning section. A total of around 10 to 12 questions are there from this part. You can expect one or two questions from each of these topics which have been mentioned.


IBPS Clerk is one of the most prominent bank recruitment exams in India. Every year lakhs of candidates who wish to be a part of public sector banking in India take IBPS CWE Clerks. Undoubtedly, this exam is highly competitive and can be cracked only if you properly understand the pattern of the exam. In order to guide you in the right direction, Sanjay Reasoning , the best Bank Coaching Centre Patna (Bihar) India, has decoded the pattern of the exam. Apart from it, this article focuses particularly on the Numerical Ability (Math) section which is generally an area of concern for many candidates. Pattern of IBPS CWE Clerks :-

  • IBPS CWE is an online exam which has an overall duration of 2 hours.
  • The exam is worth 200 marks and is divided into 5 sections of 40 marks each.
  • The five sections are (I) Reasoning (II) English Language (III) Numerical Ability (IV) General Awareness (V) Computer Knowledge
  • There is a minimum cutoff score for each section. You must get a minimum score on each section and also a minimum aggregate score to be considered to be shortlisted for interview.
  • Incorrect answers attract a penalty. For each incorrect answer .25 marks are deducted from your aggregate score.
  • The focus of General Awareness section is on testing your knowledge of banking industry and current events.
  • Except English Language, all other sections are available bilingually, i.e. in both English and Hindi. You can choose to attempt these sections in either of the two languages.

IBPS Specialist Officer Exam

Public Sector Banking offers great career opportunities to professionals such as Engineers, Management Graduates (MBAs), Chartered Accountants, Lawyers etc. IBPS Specialist Officer Exam is the exam through which recruitment is done for positions in the specialist officer cadre. This exam primarily looks at testing the Aptitude Skills of a candidate along with his Professional Competence. Having already gone through the grind of a professional program, the candidates are able to perform well on the section which tests their professional knowledge. However, only those students who perform well on both segments crack the exam. Given that sectional cut-offs are an essential feature of any IBPS exam, no student can afford to take the Aptitude segment of the exam lightly. More often than not, this segment proves to be the decider in the exam. This is where joining IBPS Specialist Officer Coaching Classes at Sanjay Reasoning can truly make a candidate exam ready by honing his Aptitude Skills. Sanjay Reasoning has been established by a group of excellent and experienced academicians. Over the years, it has imparted IBPS SO coaching, coaching for the SBI Specialist Officer exam and also coaching for a range of other Bank exams that are held in India. Being among the best Institutes for IBPS Specialist Officer Coaching in Patna (Bihar) India, joining Sanjay Reasoning will undoubtedly enhance your chances of being successful in IBPS SO Exam. Experienced faculty at Sanjay Reasoning Coaching centres provide quality IBPS SO Coaching to students desirous of taking this exam. Hence, if you are searching for an IBPS SO Coaching centre, you need not look any further as you have contacted one of the finest institutes for IBPS SO Coaching in Patna (Bihar) India.


The Common Written Examination for RRBs (IBPS RRB CWE) for recruitment of Group-“A”-Officers (Scale-I, II & III) and Group-“B”-Office Assistants (Multipurpose) will be conducted online by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). This system of Common Examination for recruitment of Officers and Office Assistants (Multipurpose) has been approved by the Government of India, notified by NABARD and has the mandate of each of the RRBs. As per the procedure for recruitment, individuals who aspire to join any of the above Regional Rural Banks either as an Officer (Scale-I, II & III) or as an Office Assistant (Multipurpose) will necessarily be required to qualify through the CWE. Scores of IBPS RRB CWE may also be used by co-op banks and other organizations for their recruitment. Successful candidates in the CWE who meet with the stipulated eligibility criteria will then be required to apply to any RRB as and when that individual RRB issues advertisement for interviews. Each Regional Rural Bank will then individually shortlist candidates and carry out its own selection processes i.e. Interviews etc. for final selection. A candidate can apply for the Post of Office Assistant (Multipurpose) and can also apply for the Post of Officer. However a candidate can apply for only one post in officer’s cadre i.e. for Officer Scale-I or Scale-II or Scale-III.

SBI PO/Clerk Exam

Mode of Selection:-
The selection procedure will have three phases: Preliminary Exam (Phase-I), Main Exam (Phase-II) and GD & Personal Interview (Phase-III). Now, let us understand these phases one by one.

Preliminary Exam (Phase-I): It will be an online objective exam with a total of 100 questions to be attempted in a span of 1 hour. There will be 3 sections in the exam.

  • English – 30 Questions – 30 Marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude (Maths) – 35 Questions – 35 Marks
  • Reasoning – 35 Questions – 35 Marks

There will not be any sectional time limit. However, you will have to demonstrate your competence in all sections. Pls. note there will be separate cutoff marks for each of the 3 sections. Moreover, there will be negative marking for wrong answers. For each incorrect answer 25% of marks allotted to that question will be subtracted from your overall score.

On the basis of the Preliminary Exam, candidates will be shortlisted for the second round. The number of candidates shortlisted for the second round will be 20 times the overall number of vacancies.

Main Exam (Phase-II): The Main Exam will have 2 parts: (A) Objective Test (B) Descriptive Test

(A) Objective Test – It will be a 3 hour online objective test worth 200 marks. The 4 sections that will comprise the test and their respective breakups are as follows:

  • Reasoning Ability & Computer Knowledge: 45 Questions – 60 Marks – 60 Minutes
  • Data Analysis & Data Interpretation: 35 Questions – 60 Marks – 45 Minutes
  • General, Economic & Banking Awareness:40 Questions – 40 Marks – 35 Minutes
  • English Language: 35 Questions – 40 Marks – 40 Minutes

Pls. note that there will be a separate time limit for each of the sections. The test will have a total of 155 questions. As in case of the Preliminary Exam, there will be cutoff marks for each section and also negative marking to the tune of 25% (of the allotted marks) for each incorrect answer.

(B) Descriptive Test – This online test worth 50 marks will have to be attempted in 30 minutes. The test will be administered immediately after the Objective Test described above. It will be composed of two tasks: Essay Writing & Letter Writing. Typing for the Descriptive Test will have to be done on the computer itself.

You must pass this test by scoring minimum qualifying marks in order to be considered for final selection. The bank will determine the cutoff marks for this test in due course of time. However, pls. note that your Descriptive Test paper will be checked only if you secure qualifying marks in the Objective Tests & are also placed sufficiently high as per marks scored in the Objective Test.

Group Discussion & Personal Interview (Phase-III): Your performance in both the Objective Tests & the Descriptive Test will be the basis of your getting shortlisted for the GD & PI phase. The weightage of the two sections is as follows:

  • Group Discussion – 20 Marks
  • Personal Interview – 30 Marks

Depending upon total vacancies available with the bank, sufficient number of candidates will be called for GD & PI from each category.

Final Selection

  • The marks scored in the Preliminary Exam (Phase-I) won’t be added in the final merit list.
  • Only the marks you have scored in the Main Exam (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test will get added to the marks obtained in GD & PI (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list.
  • You will have to qualify Phase-II & Phase-III separately so as to be considered for selection.
  • The marks you secure in the Main Exam (out of 250 marks) will be converted to marks secured out of 75.
  • Similarly, the marks you score in GD & PI (out of 50 marks) will be converted to marks scored out of 25.
  • The final merit list will be arrived at by adding the converted marks of the Main Exam and GD & PI out of 100.

Finally, you must ensure that you prepare for the exam keeping in view the above mentioned details. Doing so will give your SBI exam preparation the right direction it deserves. To further enhance your chances of getting selected, you may consider attending preparatory.