SBI PO Prelims 2022 Exam: How to Score Maximum Marks in the Reasoning Ability Section?

By Amrit Gouda|Updated : December 12th, 2022

The Reasoning Ability section is one of the most important sections in the SBI PO exam. SBI PO Recruitment Exam is one of the most sought-after jobs in the banking sector of India. This year SBI will announce a notification for the recruitment of approximately around 2000 posts in the month of June/July. Lakhs of students apply for the SBI PO Exam 2022 every year so no doubt the competition is tough. This makes the SBI PO exam one tough nut to crack. 

The level of competition is toughest at the Prelims level of the SBI PO exam. So, candidates must do everything to secure the maximum possible marks to sail through. Every mark they gain pushes them closer to the selection while every mark they lose pushes their dream of becoming SBI PO farther.

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There are three sections in the SBI PO Exam 2022, i.e., Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Ability. In this article, we are going to discuss only the Reasoning section of the SBI PO Exam 2022. The reasoning section, if prepared well, can be a very scoring section of the SBI PO exam 2022. Unlike Quant and English, in reasoning, you don't need to chunk down and learn a lot of concepts. So, with enough practice, anyone can score full marks in the reasoning section.

Now, Let's discuss how you can approach the reasoning section of the SBI PO Prelims exam 2022 to score 35/35 marks.

Approach to Score 35/35 Marks in the Reasoning section: 

You need to first understand the SBI PO syllabus and SBI PO Exam Pattern before going forward. Students who have diligently prepared for the exam can easily score 35/35 marks in the reasoning section.

First, let us divide the topics of reasoning with respect to the difficulty level and then discuss them one by one. 

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1. Difficult and Time taking:

  • The most difficult topics which many aspirants fear are Puzzles and Seating Arrangement. These are also make up a chunk of the portion of the questions asked in the reasoning section of the exam. 
  • Following are the most common type of puzzles and seating arrangements:
    • Circular/Linear/ Dual Row / Square / Uncertain Number Seating Arrangement
    • Floor/ Wing Based 
    • Scheduling
    • Ranking Based Tabulation
    • Other
  • You can expect about 15-20 questions to be asked in the exam. The level of puzzles asked in the exam is generally ranges from easy to moderate. You can go through the previous year's SBI PO question paper to know the types of questions asked from this section.
  • Most of the puzzles contain one variable or a maximum of two variables. 
  • With enough practice, you can easily solve these puzzles well within 10 to 12 mins. 

2. Easy and Scoring Topics: 

  • Other topics such as Alphanumeric Series, Blood Relations, Coding & Decoding, Direction Sense, Inequality, Syllogism, Order, and Ranking, etc. are comparatively easier than puzzles. 
  • You can expect 2-3 questions from each of these topics in the exam. These questions are generally easy to solve and do not require much time. 
  • You can easily solve questions from all these topics well within 8-9 mins with full accuracy. 
  • Practice these questions well to score maximum marks.
  • Go through the SBI PO cut-off of the previous year to understand the level of competition and the level of preparation required in order to clear the exam.

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3. Miscellaneous:

  • Now, we going to discuss the miscellaneous, i.e., single questions asked in the SBI PO Prelims exam 2022. 
  • These are generally;
    • Number / Word Forward and Backward
    • Meaning Full Word
    • Number or Alphabet Operations
    • Ranking etc. 
  • You can solve these questions easily once you get the concept and trick behind these questions. Practice these topics well to score 100% marks in the exam.

Experts Tips for SBI PO Reasoning Ability

  • Cover easy and mark-fetching chapters like inequality, syllogism, coding-decoding, direction, blood relation first.
  • Practice 3-4 puzzles and seating arrangement sets regularly.
  • Attempt quizzes, mock tests, and sectional tests regularly.
  • Analyze and focus on your weak areas.
  • Remember, practice is the only key to success in this section.

SBI PO Reasoning Ability Study Notes

We have provided all the study notes here for your convenience. You can go through the study notes one by one and practice quizzes and sectional tests to evaluate your progress and level of prepataion.






Reverse Syllogism




Order & ranking


Basics of Inequality


Blood Relations


Direction Sense




Data Sufficiency


Venn diagram


Basics of Puzzles 


Ranks of Alphabets

This is all in this article. We have discussed key tips and tricks to do well in this section. Also, we have discussed some expert tips to ace in this section. We have shared all the required important study notes. Stay tuned with us for more articles like these. 

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  • You have to be very efficient in balancing speed and accuracy. Practice a lot regularly. Focus on weak areas and mark fetching chapters.

  • First, go through the syllabus. Then cover the easy and scoring chapters. Practice 3-4 puzzles regularly. Attempt mock tests and sectional tests.

  • You can expect around 3-4 puzzles in the SBI PO Prelims exam.

  • You can practice the most expected questions of SBI PO Prelims Reasoning Ability in BYJU'S Exam Prep app.

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