[Studyplan] SBI PO Reasoning (High Level): Topicwise Approach, booklist, strategy, Cutoffs

SBI PO Reasoning Strategy

[Studyplan] SBI PO Reasoning (High Level): Topicwise Approach, booklist, strategy, Cutoffs

  1. The structure of SBI PO Exam 2013
  2. Reasoning: Topicwise breakup SBI  papers
  3. Reasoning: SSC vs SBI
  4. Reasoning approach: Higher Level
  5. 3 Statement Syllogism
  6. Reasoning Approach: Usual topics
    1. Eligibility Test
    2. Math Operations+Inequality
    3. Sitting arrangement
    4. Non verbal
    5. Data Sufficiency
    6. Input Output
  7. Reasoning: Peripheral Topics
    1. DBT: Direction Based Test
    2. Coding Decoding
    3. Dictionary (Alphabet) tests
  8. How people dig their grave in Bank PO/Clerk exams?
  9. So, How to avoid  your grave?
  10. Cutoffs of SBI PO 2011 Exam
    1. Phase 1: sectional cutoffs (2010, 11)
    2. Phase 1: Marks of last candidate

The structure of SBI PO Exam 2013

Phase 1
GA+Marketing+Computer 50
Data Interpretation (DI) 50
Reasoning 50
English grammar, vocab and Comprehension 50
(1 hr)
Essay, précis, letter writing 50
Total 250
Phase 2 GDPI Group Discussion (GD) 20
Personal Interview (PI) 30
Total 50
  • Phase 1 (250m) marks are are converted to out of 75
  • marks secured in Phase 2 (50m) are converted to out of 25.
  • Final Merit list of 75+25=100 marks.

Reasoning: Topicwise breakup SBI  papers

2011 2010 2010(Asso.Banks)
Coding-Decoding 6 3 5
Direction based tests 0 2 1
Dictionary (Alphabet) test 0 2 3
Maths operations, inequalities 3 6 6
Sitting arrangement 13 5 5
Eligibility Test 0 5 5
Odd pair 3 0 0
Data Sufficiency 5 0 0
Input output 3 0 0
Misc. 0 2 0
Subtotal: Reasoning (Usual) 33 25 25
High Level
Fact-assumption-inference-conclusion 2 7 10
Course of Action 0 6 0
Cause effect 1 2 0
Strong/weak argument 3 0 5
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:

SBI PO Reasoning Strategy

Reasoning approach: Higher Level

Based on the previous papers of SBI, we can see that higher level reasoning is made up of following topics

  1. Fact-assumption-inference-conclusion
  2. Course of Action
  3. Cause effect
  4. Strong/weak argument
  5. 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
  1. Statement-Assumption
3 3
  1. Inference, conclusion
5 5, 6
  1. Strong/ Weak argument
4, 9 2
  1. Cause effect
10 8
  1. Course of Action
6 4

For example, pickup the topic “Assumptions”.

  1. First understand theory from MK Pandey’s Chapter #3, solve all sums given in MK Pandey.
  2. 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…..

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