How to Prepare for Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability

How to Prepare for Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability

Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability Preparation Tips: Bank of Maharashtra had earlier issued official notification to fill up 500 vacancies for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in the Junior Management Grade Scale I. Bank of Maharashtra will start conducting its examination rounds from 28th October.

To avail this golden opportunity, candidates have to work hard with a pinch of smart work for every sections included in BOM PO 2016 examination. This article will focus on how to prepare Bank of Maharashtra reasoning ability section. We are providing some crucial tips and tricks to be followed to prepare Bank of Maharashtra reasoning ability section efficiently.


Bank of Maharashtra Exam Pattern 2016

Before jumping on how to prepare Bank of Maharashtra reasoning ability section, let us visit exam pattern of BOM PO examination. A candidate should be aware of the exam pattern to apply his/her strategy in the right direction.

The selection procedure for Bank of Maharashtra PO to get recruited is a 2 Tier Process. The two stages are

  • Phase 1: Online Written Examination
  • Phase 2: Interview/ Group Discussion

Bank of Maharashtra PO Written Examination Pattern

The Online Written Examination will be Objective MCQ type in nature. A candidate will have to answer questions from the following 4 topics

  1. Reasoning Ability
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. English Language
  4. General Awareness
 Name of the Section  Number of Questions  Maximum Marks
 Reasoning Ability  50  50
 Quantitative Aptitude  50  50
 English Language  50  50
 General Awareness  50  50
 Total  200  200
  • The questions will be multiple choice.
  • The exam will be bilingual (English/ Hindi) except for the subject of English Language.
  • Negative marking is applicable for wrong answers.
  • The time allotted for solving 200 questions is 2 hours.
  • The maximum marks for 200 questions is 200, one mark for every question.

Bank of Maharashtra PO Syllabus Exam Pattern 2016

Must Read: Detailed Bank of Maharashtra PO Syllabus Exam Pattern

Candidates qualifying in the online test will be shortlisted and called for Personal Interview / Group Discussion subject to the number of intake in each category.


How to Prepare for Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability

After a detailed study of BOM PO 2016 Exam pattern, let us now move to the core of this article i.e how to prepare Bank of Maharashtra PO reasoning ability section. Reasoning ability section will contain 50 questions in all. A candidate have to a lot  fixed duration to a particular section to attempt all the sections equally in 120 minutes.

A candidate develops ample of questions in his/her mind when it comes to exam preparation. Each aspirant must be able to answer the following questions after they’ve read this article on How to Prepare for Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability section-

  • How to prepare Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability section?

  • Can I prepare Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability Topic-Wise?

  • Which topics in Reasoning Ability section are easy to crack?

  • How much time should I dedicate towards Reasoning Ability section?

Questions based on Reasoning Ability are fun to solve, provided you really know and understand the problem. Let us now go through the important topics of reasoning ability section-

Important Topics for Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability:

  • Logical Reasoning.
  • Syllogism.
  • Blood Relations.
  • Input Output.
  • Coding Decoding.
  • Alphanumeric Series.
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test.
  • Data Sufficiency.
  • Coded Inequalities.
  • Seating Arrangement.
  • Puzzle Tabulation.

A candidate will get 35-40 seconds approx to solve a Question, provided he/she is giving equal time to each section. In case of Reasoning Ability in IBPS PO Prelims Examination, it is possible only if you have practised them well enough. Now let us head towards some crucial tips and detailed analysis on reasoning ability section topic wise-


A candidate will find this section extremely difficult if he/she is a beginner. Input/Output section comes with a word and number arrangement machine question, when given an input line of words and numbers rearranges them following a particular rule in each step.

Input/Output questions has 2 level, single side arrangement and double sided arrangement. Double arrangement is somehow difficult in comparison to the single one. There is much possibility that this topic will cover 5-6 questions of double sided arrangement. So, a candidate is advised to practice accordingly.

Seating Arrangement

This topic can be said the core of the Reasoning section. Seating arrangement questions can come in any form, be it square or circle or straight line types questions. It is expected that this topic will cover sufficient amount of marks in reasoning ability section.

The level of questions will be high. Students are advised to make 1-2 possibility diagrams of the solution. Do not try to get the solution and make possibilities in a single diagram in seating arrangement puzzles.


Inequalities is a easy section provided you know the rules and tips. Try to solve inequalities topic questions in a less time so that you can utilize more time to other sections. As of BOM PO exam, it is expected that these questions will not come directly (say A>B<C>D) but in the hidden form (say A@B$C*D). Aspirants should practice this topic efficiently as it will help them to score more in less time.


Syllogism seems to be a difficult topic for the beginners but for the one who remembers all the rules and tricks included, it is a fun to solve. A student needs to remember some rules (eg- Universal truth rule: All the positive statements cannot have a negative conclusion) and tips to excel in this topic. It is expected that Syllogism will cover 5-6 questions in Bank of Maharashtra PO 2016 written examination.


Mostly every aptitude examination contains this topic questions. Puzzles can be asked in any form. There is not any fixed section or syllabus of puzzles. Do not try to solve puzzles mentally. Note down each and every detail of the data given in question and try to make separate diagrams for the possibility, if needed. It is expected that Bank of Maharashtra PO reasoning ability section will contain 10-12 questions in different forms.

Blood Relations

Blood relation topic is fun to solve. Just try to apply the question on your family and follow the structure of the question, you will definitely get the answer in less time. This topic question can be manipulated in some other form too.

Miscellaneous and other topics

Other topics include coding-decoding, direction sense, alphanumeric series, ranking/Alphabet Test, data sufficiency etc. The only way to excel in these topics is to practice as many times as you can, as we all know that Practice makes the man perfect.

The level of Bank of Maharashtra PO reasoning ability section is expected to be high due to less number of vacancies. So, here we have provided our analysis of Bank of Maharashtra PO reasoning ability section and the expected no. of questions from each topic.

Topic Expected No. of Questions
Coding-Decoding 5
Inequalities 5
Syllogism 5-6
Blood Relation 2-3
Input-Output 5
Seating Arrangement 5-10
Puzzles 10-12
Miscellaneous 5

Bank of Maharashtra PO Reasoning Ability: Tips to Remember

After the detail analysis of each topic, let us remember some tips to be applied for Bank of Maharashtra PO reasoning ability section:

  • Do not try to attempt every question. Do not waste time on a single question.
  • Note down the data and make separate diagrams for seating arrangement topic.
  • Attempt easier questions first, try to start with your favourite topic.
  • Apply blood relation question on your family structure. This will make things clear to you.
  • A single Question that seems to be unsolvable within 1 min is of no use. Do not stick to a particular question. Do not try a question more than two times. It will definitely kill your time and will lower down your confidence.
  • Do not get nervous if the level of exam is high. Overall cut off will be published in accordance to the level of the exam.

Here we conclude our article on How to prepare Bank of Maharashtra PO reasoning ability section. Try to follow the article to excel in Bank of Maharashtra PO reasoning ability section.

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