How to Prepare Reasoning Section for SBI Clerk Exam?

The Reasoning Ability section of any competitive exam is one of the scoring and less time-consuming section of the exam.

With simple logic and right concentration, you can aim to score higher marks in this section. In the case of SBI Clerk exam, the Reasoning Ability section plays an important role as questions are asked from this section in SBI Clerk Prelims and in SBI Clerk Mains as well.

The Reasoning section of SBI Clerk exam is scoring section if you know how to prepare for this section and know how to go through with this section. You can easily score a decent score in this section if you commence Reasoning section from questions which are simple and scoring topics.

Further, to assist you in your preparation of Reasoning section of SBI Clerk exam, we are discussing some of the essential strategies and tips for the same.

Preparation of Reasoning Section of SBI Clerk Exam

The State Bank of India (SBI) conducts SBI Clerk recruitment exam every year to fill the various vacancies of Clerical Cadre in SBI banks across India. Lakhs of applications are received by official exam conducting authority in order to grab this golden opportunity. So, with stiff competition, you need to prepare for the exam with sincerity and positive attitude.

The complete selection process comprises of three stages i.e. Prelims, Mains and Language Proficiency Test. It is suggested to know the exam pattern and the syllabus of the exam before
moving ahead with the preparation of the recruitment exam.


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

English Language



20 Minutes

Reasoning Ability  



20 Minutes

Numerical Ability



20 Minutes

Grand Total



60 Minutes


In order to successfully score more marks in the Reasoning Section, you need to keep some of
the important points in your mind like:

● Try to attempt the maximum number of questions, keeping in mind the accuracy.

● Start with topics in which you have good command or which seems easy to you.

Now, take a look at the syllabus and the weightage of the topics of the Reasoning Section


Weightage of the Topics

Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

15-20 Questions


4-5 Questions

Input- Output

3-4 Questions

Coding- Decoding

3-4 Questions

Data Sufficiency

4-5 Questions

Series- Based Questions(Alphanumeric and Numeric)

4-5 Questions


4-5 Questions

Miscellaneous Questions

5-7 Questions


After going through the weightage of the topics of the Reasoning section, start your preparation for the section by picking one topic
at a time. Learn the concept of the topic, understand the logic and then practice the questions from it. You can check out the topics of the

Reasoning section below:

1. Puzzles & Seating Arrangement- A major portion of the Reasoning section is occupied
by this topic. Prepare topics like a box- based puzzles, floor-based puzzles, linear
arrangement, tabulation-based puzzles etc. Questions can be asked from 1-2 parameter

2. Inequality- Easiest to attempt and takes less time to attempt. Questions can be direct
(uncoded) or indirect (coded), so prepare accordingly for this topic.

3. Input-Output- Identify the shifting pattern of the questions and then solve the questions.
Practice can help you in scoring good marks in this topic.

4. Coding & Decoding- Questions are based on a sentence in which a set of sentences/words
is given with their codes. You need to identify the correct code and answer accordingly.

5. Syllogism- Questions are to be direct with 2-3 statements. Use a Venn diagram to solve
questions from this topic.

6. Series-Based- Questions may be based on a combination of symbols, numbers, alphabets,
or only based on alphabets or numbers.

7. Miscellaneous- Topics like Blood Relations, Direction, Order & Ranking are asked in the
Reasoning Section of SBI Clerk exam. Use charts or diagrams to solve questions from these

Tips for Reasoning Section

● During your SBI Clerk exam, try to maintain your speed while solving the questions. Try
to attempt the maximum number of questions from each section.

● With time duration, keep accuracy in your mind. In order to save yourself from negative
marking, attempt only those questions which you
are sure about.

● Start your preparation with the topic that is scoring and less time-consuming.

● Practice questions from each topic and then analyze your mistakes.

The scoring and easy section of SBI Clerk exam is Reasoning Section. You can easily score good marks in this section if you answer the questions with simple logic. Further, read the questions carefully before jumping to the solutions in the exam.

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