RBI Grade B How to clear reasoning sectional cutoff

Dear RBI Grade B Aspirants

RBI Grade B is vastly different when compared with every other banking recruitment exam in India. Not only there is a huge difference in the pattern with 80 questions on GA and 60 on reasoning, this exam is highly contested as most of the people applying are already bank employees. This means they have already cleared SBI or IBPS or other banking recruitment exams. The frenzy of RBI Grade B is further fueled with the confusion on eligibility criteria , doubts on which optional subject to choose and the highest salary in banking recruitment category. This indeed makes RBI Grade B the hottest banking exam in India.

In the series of posts on how to clear sectional cutoff for individual sections of RBI Grade B, today we will take up the reasoning section.

The reasoning section with 60 questions can be a game changer in RBI Grade B. This is because neither this section is as ambiguous as GA,  nor it as tough as QA. Clearing the sectional cutoff for reasoning can be a tedious task. But have no worry, Team MockBank will help you out.

Let us start by examining the pattern of reasoning section in RBI Grade B.

Total Number of questions : 60

Marks: 1 mark per correct answer, 1/4th negative mark for each incorrect answer.

Duration: You should ideally spend no more than 45-50 minutes on reasoning section.

Topics asked in reasoning section

Seating Arrangement: 10-12 questions

Blood Relations: 8-10 questions

Coding Decoding: 6-8 questions

Statement & Assumption: 5-7 questions

Data Sufficiency : 6 questions

Inequality :4-6 questions

Input output: 5 questions

Odd word out: 2-3 questions

Topics wise tips for reasoning section RBI Grade B

1. Seating Arrangement

  • As evident from the analysis above, atleast 10 questions will be asked from seating arrangement.
  • You should aim at 100% accuracy in this topic.
  • The best part about questions from this topic is if you get the pattern right, all questions can be answered with 100% accuracy.
  • Read the question VERY carefully, even a small mistake can cost you 5 questions and ultimately your selection.
  • Visualize the information given in the question by making a figure in rough notebook.
  • Spend atleast 3-4 minutes in solving the information and checking the final solution.
  • In total you will spend 10 minutes for 10 questions with 100% accuracy. This is the lottery!
  • Click here for video tips and questions on seating arrangement 

2. Blood relations:

  • After scoring atleast 10 marks in Seating arrangement, go for solving blood relation questions.
  • They are designed to test your comprehensive ability.
  • Don’t get bogged down by the length of question.
  • Identify which type of problem is it:
    • Single person Blood relation
    • Mixed blood relation
    • Coded blood relation
  • Majority of problems will be single person blood relation.
  • They take less time and have higher (90%+) accuracy.
  • If the question falls under other two categories refrain from solving it. Not only will it take more time (2 minutes +), it will be confusing and have low accuracy.
  • For single person blood relation break the sentence at is/was/as and resolve it from last point to is/was/as to get easy solution for the problem.
  • Use diagrammatic representation of problem to solve it.
  • Aim for 80%+ accuracy.

3. Coding Decoding:

  • High Accuracy Time consuming questions.
  • After getting 16+ marks in seating and blood relations, this section can be attempted for a boost up to 20 marks.
  • Typically easy but time consuming questions.
  • A majority (50-60%) of questions in this topic are simple, meaning there code can be identified almost instantly, with the look of an eye. Go for solving these kind of questions.
  • Aim at solving only 60% questions from this topic with 90% accuracy.
  • This will save your time and also get you the numbers necessary to clear sectional cutoff for reasoning section RBI Grade B.

4. Assumption Inference

  • In this type of questions ambiguity kicks in.
  • There is no definite right or wrong answer, since it depends on the thought process of the candidate.
  • Only answer it, if you are 100% sure or the question is really easy.
  • Spend no more than 2-3 minutes combined on this topic.

5. Data Sufficiency

  • Carefully Read the given statements. Never ever assume anything except universal facts.
  • Ask yourself whether the question could be solved with the information given in the statements. These questions are not supposed to involve long and drawn-out calculations. However if you still find yourself doing a lot of calculations, there is certainly something you’re not seeing. There is no need to solve the question yourself.
  • Now use the first statement and combine it with main statement. If you get the answer answer is first statement is sufficient to answer the question.
  • If first statement is not sufficient to find the answer, then take the second statement individually and combine with the main statement. If you can get the answer then answer is second statement alone is sufficient to answer the question.
  •  After verifying that both statements individually aren’t enough to find an answer then combine both statements with main statement and check whether you find the answer. If you manage to get the answer then option is both statements combined are sufficient to answer the question.
  • If still you can’t find the answer, then both statements are insufficient.
  • Give no more than 50 seconds per question.
  • Aim at 80% accuracy.

6. Inequality, Input Output and Odd man out

  • With 35 marks from above sections, you need another 5-8 marks to be very sure to clear the sectional cutoff for reasoning in rbi grade b.
  • These topics are the perfect mix.
  • Aim for solving 80% questions.
  • Accuracy 75-80%.
  • Don’t attempt questions which are too hard. (Input Output section was way too hard in IBPS PO MAINS.)
  • Refrain from wasting your time in input output if you cant understand the pattern in one go.
  • Odd man out generally doesn’t wastes much time and has high accuracy.

Final Tips for clearing sectional cutoff for reasoning section of RBI GRADE B

  1. The sectional cutoff for reasoning section in RBI GRADE B will be 27-32.
  2. Focus on seating arrangement. Spend maximum time and get maximum marks from this topic.
  3. After that attempt blood relation question, remember to attempt only Single person blood relation type of questions.
  4. In Coding decoding, solve questions whose code can be identified in first 10 seconds.
  5. The key to clearing and scoring high in reasoning is identifying simple easy questions and solving them in minimum time.

Friends, this is it for the Reasoning section of RBI GRADE B.  Hope you like it and it helps you prepare well and perform exceptionally well in Phase I exam.

Please let us know whether the tips helped you and did you like our article.  Also please comment any valuable information we might have left out from the main article for the benefit of fellow Mockbankers. All the best!

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  1. This post was very much useful, Thank u for sharing such valuable tips. Could u pls guide in the same way for QA and GA and English sections also.

  2. Thank u hope ur tips help during my online test.. Pls do provide some tips for other topics in phase I paper..looking forward from ur side

  3. Thanks a lot. Really helpful. Now waiting for the next sections quantitative aptitude, English and specially General Awareness..
    Really helpful post.
    Please mention some tricks on how to cancel out the wrong options In future posts.

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