How to Prepare for IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Reasoning Ability Section 2018

How to Prepare for IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Reasoning Ability Section 2018

How to Prepare for IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Reasoning Ability Section 2018:  The Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) will be conducting its second round of RRB Assistant recruitment process i.e IBPS RRB Assistant Mains in the month of October.

To clear the second hurdle, candidates have to work hard with a pinch of smart work for every section included in IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains 2018 examination. This article will focus on How to Prepare for Reasoning Ability for IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains 2018. A candidate develops ample of questions in his/her mind when it comes to exam preparation. To help them, we are providing some crucial tips and tricks to be followed to prepare IBPS RRB Assistant Mains reasoning ability section efficiently.


IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Exam Pattern 2018

For IBPS RRB Mains Examination, a total of 200 questions will be asked from all the subjects. The number of questions from each subject is 40. The total time allotted to solve these 200 questions is 2 hours.

Name of the Section   Number of Questions  Maximum Marks
 Reasoning Ability  40  50
 Numerical Ability  40  50
 General Awareness  40  40
 English/ Hindi Language  40  40
 Computer Knowledge  40  20
 Total  200  200

A candidate will be negatively marked for a wrong answer. If the candidate clears this exam, he/she will be selected for the post of IBPS RRB Office Assistant.

Based on your performance in IBPS RRB Mains Examination, a final merit list will be prepared. The candidates will be allotted seats in various Regional Rural Bank based on the scores achieved in IBPS RRB Mains.


How to Prepare for IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Reasoning Ability Section 2018

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:

  • 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, 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 have 2 level, single side arrangement, and double-sided arrangement. The 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 an 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 IBPS RRB Assistant Mains, 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 IBPS RRB Assistant Online 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 IBPS RRB Assistant Mains 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 to 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.


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.


IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Reasoning Section: Tips to Remember

After the detailed analysis of each topic, let us remember some tips to be applied forIBPS RRB Assistant Mains 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 favorite 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 the exam is high. Overall cut off will be published in accordance with the level of the exam.

Here we conclude our article on How to Prepare for IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Reasoning Ability Section. Try to follow the article to excel in reasoning ability section. Stay connected for more information regarding IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Recruitment 2018.

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