[Studyplan] SBI PO Reasoning (High Level): Topicwise Approach, booklist, strategy, CutoffsDevendra Vishwakarma
- The structure of SBI PO Exam 2013
- Reasoning: Topicwise breakup SBI papers
- Reasoning: SSC vs SBI
- Reasoning approach: Higher Level
- 3 Statement Syllogism
- Reasoning Approach: Usual topics
- Eligibility Test
- Math Operations+Inequality
- Sitting arrangement
- Non verbal
- Data Sufficiency
- Input Output
- Reasoning: Peripheral Topics
- DBT: Direction Based Test
- Coding Decoding
- Dictionary (Alphabet) tests
- How people dig their grave in Bank PO/Clerk exams?
- So, How to avoid your grave?
- Cutoffs of SBI PO 2011 Exam
- Phase 1: sectional cutoffs (2010, 11)
- Phase 1: Marks of last candidate
The structure of SBI PO Exam 2013
|Data Interpretation (DI)||50|
|English grammar, vocab and Comprehension||50|
|Essay, précis, letter writing||50|
|Phase 2||GDPI||Group Discussion (GD)||20|
|Personal Interview (PI)||30|
Reasoning: Topicwise breakup SBI papers
|Direction based tests||0||2||1|
|Dictionary (Alphabet) test||0||2||3|
|Maths operations, inequalities||3||6||6|
|Subtotal: Reasoning (Usual)||33||25||25|
|Course of Action||0||6||0|
|3 statement Syllogism||6||5||5|
|Subtotal: Reasoning (Higher level)||12||20||20|
|Non Verbal||non-verbal (image based)||5||5||5|
|Total: Verbal Reasoning (usual+higher)+Non verbal||50||50||50|
- 2008’s SBI PO paper doesn’t follow this pattern of “High level reasoning” (or tougher data interpretation Qs like those of 2010’s papers). Hence 2008 is ignored from the analysis.
Reasoning: SSC vs SBI PO
|Non verbal reasoning involves usual image-series+ paper-folding, mirror reflection test, dice/cubes.||paper-folding, mirror test, dice/cubes= not asked.|
|2 statement syllogism x at most 2 questions.||3 statement syllogism, minimum 5 questions.|
|Lot of Qs. From Analogy, series, and odd pairs.||Hardly.|
|Barely any question on higher level reasoning.(assumption, inference etc.)||Lots of.|
Anyways, let’s start.For the purpose of efficient preparation, I classify reasoning topics into two categories.
|Core topics||Majority of the reasoning is asked from these topics. Often in a set of “5 Questions.”
So Cost:Benefit ratio is quite good, if you master these topics.
|Chillar (peripheral)||Barely 2-3 questions from each topic.|
Observe this chart:
Reasoning approach: Higher Level
Based on the previous papers of SBI, we can see that higher level reasoning is made up of following topics
- Course of Action
- Cause effect
- Strong/weak argument
- Three Statement Syllogism
- While both R.S.Agarwal and BS Sijwali’s books have covered these topics,
- but problem with both of those books= they merely give you a few solved exams and then give a big list of practice questions.
- But the basic concepts/ theory /underlying principles are not covered in depth.
- Then You often face the doubt “why option A is the answer and why not “B” option?” OR “why is this an inference and not an assumption?”
- So, for SBI PO’s higher level reasoning questions (assumption, inference, strong/weak argument etc), refer to “Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey (BSC publication)“
- MK Pandey not only helps you for Higher level reasoning, but also for provides some speed-techniques for usual reasoning topics (such as input output, arrangement, eligibility test, coded inequalities etc.)
Anyways the study approach for Higher level Reasoning (for SBI PO) should be like following:
|Higher Reasoning Topic||Chapter Number|
|MK Pandey||RS Agarwal|
For example, pickup the topic “Assumptions”.
- First understand theory from MK Pandey’s Chapter #3, solve all sums given in MK Pandey.
- Then move to RS Agarwal’s Chapter #3 for extra practice. (or if you’ve BS Sijwali, go to Chapter #23).
To solve the last three categories of questions (Strengthen / Weaken arguments, cause-effect, course of action), you must know what’re the facts, assumptions, inferences and conclusions in the given statements. Therefore, preparation sequence should be: assumption topic–>inference–>strengthen / weaken arguments and so on…
3 Statement Syllogism
All cats are dogs…..