Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude Preparation Tips for BOB Manipal PO Exam 2018.

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

In this post, we are sharing Reasoning Ability  Preparation Tips for the upcoming BOB Manipal PO exam. This is the high time for the preparation of the exam as BOB Manipal PO exam is around the corner. Hope you all must be putting your best efforts to get through these exams. Reasoning ability is a very crucial section which can actually boost your score in exams if you follow the right approach. 

The pattern of reasoning ability has been slightly changed in the current pattern of exams. But if you have followed the right strategy before exams, you will perform well in the exam in this section. You are just required to be familiar with the pattern very well and then practice a good number of questions. First, clear the basics of this section of each topic and after you are well aware with the basic concept of each topic in this section then increase your level by solving different types of questions. In this way, you will be able to clear the sectional cutoff as well as you can score very good in Reasoning ability section. So follow the right approach by reading the below article.

The pattern of the Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude Section 

It is very important to know the usual pattern of reasoning ability section which is being followed in exams –

 Name of the Topic

 Number of questions asked from this topic

 Puzzle / Seating Arrangement 

 10-15 or 15-20





 Alphanumeric series






Logical Reasoning 


Flow Chart/Conversion Based/Puzzle form Computer Aptitude


Now let us see how to approach each of the topics above mentioned in bank exams :

Puzzles/Seating Arrangement :

  • Puzzles and seating arrangement completely dominates the reasoning ability section in the current pattern of exams.
  • From seating arrangement, you can find 2 sets in exam resulting in 10 questions.
  • Seating arrangement is a scoring but tricky topic. This is the topic which requires a good practice before the exam
  • Always use that information which is given in the data. Never assume anything.
  • Do not forget to double check the arrangement you have made after reading the given data. Because negative marking is very bad for any candidate.
  • Linear arrangement is somewhat less tricky, always attempt this.  Do keep in mind the direction properly. Sometimes students get confused in ‘facing direction’ because of lack of practice.
  • Similarly, in puzzles, scheduling and comparison based puzzles are easy to do. Attempt these to boost your score.
  • The questions which contain ‘negative information’ are very time-consuming. Attempt always these at last.
  • Also, you need to know the basic concepts of blood relations very well, because these are included in puzzles and seating arrangement sometimes.
  • Develop a habit of recognizing which puzzle/seating arrangement will be more time taking or which will be less time taking and then attempt accordingly.
  • Do not just start doing any puzzle or seating arrangement before analyzing it.
  • Try to do other questions correctly before attempting any puzzle or seating arrangement.


  • Inequality is a topic which is very scoring as well as less time taking 
  • This topic will have 5 questions in exams.
  • Inequalities are of two types, which can be asked in exams.
  • One is ‘Direct Mathematical inequalities’, which are very easy and you must attempt this.
  • The second type is ‘Coded inequalities’, which are also easy, but a little more time taking in comparison to ‘Direct Mathematical inequalities’.
  • You can solve direct inequalities without using pen and paper, but if questions are complex, don’t solve it verbally. 
  • Get familiar with all the basic concepts of This topic and practice questions of different levels of both the types very well, because this is a must attempt topic for exams

Syllogism :

  • Syllogism is a scoring topic for exams which can give you 5 marks.
  • First, clear the basic concepts of this topic.
  • Study very well about the different case of statements and conclusions.
  • For this take help of previous year papers. When you solve it from previous year papers, you will be able to know all the cases.
  • Also Focus on the more difficult concepts in Syllogisms like questions with Negative Conclusions, questions with Possibility cases.
  • Now a new pattern has been introduced in syllogism, practice this very well. This pattern is not tough, only a little more time taking.

Alphanumeric series:

  • This is a very simple topic which only requires good observation.
  • Learn rules of Right and left calculation. Do not count verbally, it will take more time, also it is less accurate.
  • Practice a good number of questions to have a good hand on this topic.

 Coding- decoding :

  • There is a set of 5 questions from this topic.
  • First, find the codes for every word and then start solving questions.
  • Now a new pattern has been introduced which is tough to crack as compared to the previous coding-decoding pattern but once if you crack the problem you will have answers to all the questions that follow, and if you don’t you will not be able to answer even a single question.
  • With the practice of different types of questions, you will be able to recognize the coding-decoding pattern quickly.

Miscellaneous :

  • Miscellaneous section includes following topics :

Blood relations : 

  • In Blood relation questions, the correct answer depends on knowledge of blood relations. So before solving them, gathering knowledge on the same topic is advisable.
  • Draw relationship tree always while solving, do not solve it verbally.
  • Be very familiar with paternal and maternal relations.

Order and ranking :

  • These questions are easily solvable if you know the basic concepts and formulas.
  • 2-3 questions can come from this topic.
  • In this topic, practice questions of left and right as well as top and bottom and between. There are certain formulas for each type of question of coding decoding. Learn those well.

Direction Sense:

  •  There may be 2-3 questions on this topic.
  • Get familiar with the main direction as well as middle directions by solving difficult questions of different levels.
  • Practice a good number of tough question to score well in this topic.

Logical Reasoning : 

  • Logical reasoning questions are easy to attempt, but there is less accuracy involved in these questions.
  • Logical Reasoning problems are not very tricky, but the options are very confusing. The answers depend on the perception of the person.
  • But do not apply the personal perception in logical reasoning questions. Think like the authority or the person which is mentioned in the questions. 
  • If in any option ‘only’ word is mentioned, completely disregard that option.
  • Attempt only when you are sure about the answer.
  • If you are not sure, do not fetch negative marks by attempting these.

Computer Aptitude :

  • In this section, questions based on conversion from Binary to Decimal & vice versa can be asked.
  • The questions will be asked in the form of Puzzle.
  • The questions based on Flowchart can also be asked in BOB Manipal PO Exam 

Check Here –  Preparation Strategy for Quantitative Aptitude Section of BOB Manipal PO 2018!

Check Here – Preparation Strategy for English Language Section of BOB Manipal PO 2018 Here!

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