How to Prepare Reasoning Ability for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020?

By Akshay Khandelwal|Updated : September 10th, 2020

IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020 Reasoning Preparation Tips: IBPS has released the official notification for the IBPS clerk 2020 examination. The Preliminary Exam of IBPS Clerk 2020 will be conducted in the month of December. The tentative dates for the IBPS clerk prelims exams are 5th, 12th and 13th December. Given that only 2-3 months left for this exam, here are some important tips to help you score 30+ marks in the Reasoning Ability Section of IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020. Check out these topic-wise important expert tips and improve your IBPS Clerk Exam score for the Reasoning section now!

Reasoning Preparation Tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020

First, it is essential that you have a clear understanding of the structure of this section. You will get 20 minutes to solve 35 questions in the Reasoning Ability section.

This section would comprise of 35 questions, each carrying 1 mark. Let us have a quick look at the topics and the number of questions asked in the Reasoning Ability section last year in the preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk. 

Name of the Topic

Number & Type of Questions asked


  • 3-5 Questions
  • Direct Inequality based questions


  • 3-5 Questions

Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

  • 10-15 Questions

Alphanumeric Series

Numeric Series

Alphabet Series

  • 5 Questions

Alphabet Coding

  • 5 Questions


  • 1-5 Questions

Order and Ranking (Puzzle form also)

  • 1-5 Questions

Direction Sense

  • 2-4 Questions

Blood Relation

  • 3-5 Questions

You can expect a similar exam pattern of IBPS Clerk this year as well.

However, since IBPS has been varying the exam pattern (especially the topics asked) in each slot, be prepared for some other topics like Sentence based Coding and Input-Output as well.

Tips while attempting the Reasoning Questions

1. Hierarchy to attempt questions of Reasoning Ability

Yes, the questions in the section are usually scattered, but if possible, try to start with the less time-consuming topics of this section. These are:
(a) Inequality
(b) Syllogism
(c) Blood Relations
(d) Distance and Direction
(e) Alphanumeric Series
Questions from the above-mentioned topics are usually direct and they will easily fetch you 12-15 marks, depending on the topics asked in your slot.

2. Set Time to be spent on each question

  • Since you will have just 20 minutes to attempt the Reasoning Section, keep in mind a proper time frame to spend on each question. 
  • Do not waste more than required time on Puzzles and Seating arrangement.
  • While attempting the online mock tests, make sure that you are utilizing the time in a way to fetch maximum marks smartly.

3. Good Attempts

  • Last year, the cutoff of Reasoning section was 14.50 marks out of 35.
  • Given the level of exam and competition this year, you should try to target minimum 15-18 questions with 100% accuracy. This number, will, however, help you get through just the sectional cutoff of the exam.
  • In order to clear the overall cutoff of the exam, you should aim to solve minimum 25-30 questions accurately!

Topic-wise tips for IBPS Clerk Reasoning Ability

1. Inequality

  • Questions from this topic are expected to be direct in nature.
  • This topic is probably the easiest of all other topics of the Reasoning section, and so, have a very thorough practice of inequality questions, since they will easily score 5 marks for you.
  • Do not spend more than 2-3 minutes on this topic in the exam.

2. Syllogism

  • Questions from Syllogism will again be direct in nature rather than reverse syllogism based.
  • Properly practice ‘possibility’ as well as ‘either-or’ case-based questions of this topic.
  • Try to use the Venn diagram approach to solve syllogism questions in less time.

3. Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

  • Puzzles and Arrangement based questions will play a key role in this year’s IBPS Clerk exam because the other topics may vary in different slots but Puzzles and Seating Arrangement based questions will easily carry 15 marks in each shift (almost 3-4 sets).
    Hence, do not skip this topic at any cost.
    Practice possibility based puzzle as well as arrangement questions, with at least 1-2 parameters.
  • Try to make use of a timer while solving these questions to keep a track of the time you are spending on them. This practice on a regular basis will also help you minimise the time that you spend on puzzles and arrangement based questions.

4. Alphanumeric Series and Alphabet Test

  • Questions from this topic may be just numerical based or a combination of alphabets and number based series.
  • A good observation skill and proper practice will easily help you attempt all the 5-7 questions of these topics asked in the exam.

5. Input-Output

  • Make sure that you practice questions from Input-Output as well since this is not merely a Mains specific topic anymore.
  • Focus on both, single as well as double-shifting based questions!

6. Blood Relations

  • Questions of blood relation will be direct and not in coded form.
  • Try to plot diagrams/ family tree while solving these questions and make sure that you demarcate the males & females properly beforehand, in order to avoid any confusion in the end.
  • You could take help of different figures for this, for instance, a square box could mark a male and a circle could mark a female.

7. Direction Sense based Questions

  • Plotting proper figure based on the given question is again important for this topic, in order to have a correct direction sense.

Remember, the more thoroughly you practice different topics, the easier it would be to attempt them in the actual exam. So, try to devote at least 2 hours on a regular basis to the practice of Reasoning section specifically and attempt as many mock tests as you can!

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

Attempt important quizzes for IBPS Clerk Prelims exam below:

English Language Quizzes 

Numerical Ability Quizzes

Reasoning Ability Quizzes

Another important thing to know is that practice plays a vital role in clearing any competitive exam. Practice as much as you can. Give daily mocks and analyze your performance in it. Know the topics in which you have been scoring low marks and improvise on them by practising rigorously. This is bound to give you results in the upcoming IBPS Clerk exam.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Mini Mock Test 2020 

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Amrita Yadav

Amrita YadavOct 16, 2018

Thanks mam
Santhya Manokaran
Is it coding decoding new pattern mam
Tarun Jain

Tarun JainOct 16, 2018

Mam ibps clerk ke all subject ka syllabus bej dijiye please
Thank You So Much Madam
Jyoti Gupta

Jyoti GuptaOct 16, 2018

mam please provide 20 min sectional quiz of each subject in alternative days :)
Prajakta Pawar
hii kya ibps exam main languge chage kar sakate hai during the exam
Snehal Thakur
Thanks mam..

SaralaSep 20, 2019

Thanks mam...
seeza seeza

seeza seezaSep 10, 2020

Kindly prepare the same for quantitative aptitude for IBPS Clerk 2020

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