Types of Puzzles for Bank Exams

By : Kanika Ralhan

Updated : Oct 19, 2020, 14:17

We all love to solve the riddles and join the dots. It is fun and also a brain exercise. The brain becomes more productive.  Apart from this, puzzles can help you land a job as well. Puzzles are used in different competitive exams to filter out the best candidate from a large crowd. Puzzles come in different types varying upon the kind of examination and the respective post applying for. So let us take a glance over the various kinds of puzzles. We see their repetitive appearance in different online competitive exams like IBPS Clerk, PO, RRB Clerk, PO, NABARD Grade A & B, LIC AAO, SBI Clerk, PO, RBI Grade A & B.

Types of Puzzles Topics for Bank Exam

The term puzzle has a diverse connotation. It has different broad elements substituted in it, where not everything is useful. So, to understand what is our key area of focus, especially from the point of view for preparing for a bank exam, let us look at the different types of puzzles syllabus for bank exam.

Types Of Puzzles Tricks For Bank Exams




Read the statements properly and draw proper Venn diagrams. Look in sentences for the keyword of comparison.





Some+No=Some is Not


Now, compare this with the conclusion and then you can state whether the statement is true or false.

Data Interpretation

Familiarise with different types of data such as Pie chart, Line graph, bar diagram, etc.

Use rounded figures to save time.

Be acquainted with tables at least till 20.

Practice continuously.

Blood Relations

Use the technique of backtracking if the question takes the structure of a conversation. Start with the last person mentioned in the conversation.

Draw a family tree diagram for a quick answer where the question takes the form of a statement.

Time and distance

Distance=Speed x Time


Distance = Time



Speed= Distance/


Convert a unit to meter/second multiply the unit with 5/18.

Convert a unit to km/hour multiply the unit with 18/5

Average speed when the distances are the same

Sa=2(S1S2)/ (S1+S2)

Average speed when time is the same


Seating arrangements

Most widely seen two types of seating arrangements are linear arrangement and circular arrangement. All that is to be considered is whether people are looking towards the centre or away from it in case of circular structure and whether they are north or facing south incase of linear arrangement.

The best possible way to deal with any type of problem is consistent practice. We have seen from the above tabular presentation different types of puzzles formulas for bank exams with respect to each topic associated. Starting with the necessary level, using formulas can be helpful but they are always time-consuming. Once you learn enough to handle formulas, move on to shortcuts.

Importance of puzzles in competitive exams

  • Helpful in measuring the numerical and analytical skills of the candidate.
  • Effective in understanding the inborn skillset of a candidate.
  • Easy filtration process.
  • Ensures matching of the job description and candidate qualification.

Most Recommended Books for Competitive Exams (Puzzles)

  • ‘Brain Games Puzzles for Competitive Exam’ by Arihant Experts
  • ‘Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning’ by Dr.R.S.Aggarwal
  • ‘A New Approach To Reasoning’ by B.S Sijwali & S.Sijwali Arihant
  • ‘Analytical Reasoning’ by M.K.Pandey
  • ‘Reasoning Book for Competitive Examinations’ by Pearson

You can find in the above list of recommended readings exam which will keep your brain working sharp for different types of puzzle notes for bank exams. There are numerous possibilities for different types of puzzle quiz for bank exams.

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Types of Puzzles Questions and Answers for Bank Exams

Q. The average of six numbers is 86.5, then find out the total sum.

  1. 496
  2. 346.5
  3. 522.4
  4. 519 


x = 86.5            



Q. A man completes a journey in 10 hours. He travels first half of the journey at 21km/hr and the second half at 24km/hr. Find out the total journey in km?

  1. 224
  2. 240
  3. 210
  4. 221.4


Time taken to travel in first half be ‘x’

Then distance will be 21x

Therefore, 21x+24(10-x) = Total distance

21x = 24(10-x)






x=16            (simplified)


Now substituting x in formula 2(21*x) ie., 2(21*16/3)


Q. Maria runs faster than Gwen. Lilly runs faster than Maria. Gwen runs faster than Lilly. If the first two statements are true, the third statement is

  1. True
  2. False
  3. Uncertain

Ans- B (If the first two statements are true, the third statement is false)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I solve a puzzle fast in a bank exam?

Focus on the critical elements of the question.

  • How do you master reasoning?

Continuously practise mock tests. Identify your area of weakness and work to improve.

  • How can I score good marks for the bank test?

Do not answer questions which you are not sure of. This can avoid the possibility of a negative score. Always go for easy questions first.

  • How can I learn reasoning puzzles?

Understanding the basics first and later, working out examples help you crack puzzles.

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Kanika RalhanKanika RalhanMember since Jan 2018
Program Manager- Banking & Insurance exams