[Studyplan] IBPS CWE PO/MT: Reasoning, topicwise analysis, priority topics, syllogism, assumption-inference, sitting arrangement, Non-Verbal, data sufficiency

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  1. IBPS Reasoning: Internal breakup
  2. Booklist for IBPS Reasoning Preparation
  3. Priority#1: Sitting Arrangement
  4. Priority#2: High level Reasoning
  5. Priority#3: Non Verbal Reasoning
  6. Priority#4: Input output
  7. Priority#5: filler topics

IBPS Reasoning: Internal breakup

Reasoning Areatopic wise breakup20112012
  1. Diagram/Arrangement type
Direction based test10
Sitting Arrangement1218
subtotal Chart based reasoning1318
  1. Conventional Reasoning
Dictionary based arrangement20
Data sufficiency55
subtotal conventional reasoning129
  1. High Level Reasoning
Subtotal High Level Reasoning1513
  1. Non Verbal
Non-verbal reasoning1010
Final Total5050

chart IBPS Reasoning

High priority areas for IBPS Reasoning

  1. Sitting Arrangement
  2. High Level Reasoning
  3. Non-Verbal Reasoning

Because in both years, nearly ~40 out of 50 reasoning questions came from these three areas only. Then the only question is how to approach these areas efficiently within given time.

Booklist for IBPS Reasoning Preparation

  1. RS Aggarwal’s Modern Approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning (S.Chand Publication)
Trusted work horse for all bank, LIC, CAPF, PSU, RBI level exams.
  1. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning (BSC publication)
Not an essential book. But his chapters and explanations for high level reasoning= thorough and useful.
  1. BankPO papersets (Arihant / Kiran )
IF you are left with free time after going through above books! Although you should go through sitting arrangement, high level reasoning and non-verbal portion of such papers.

Priority#1: Sitting Arrangement

Topic and chapter numberRS AggarwalMK Pandey
Sitting arrangement620
blood relations520
Data sufficiency questions related toSitting arrangement/blood relations177

Here, they’ll give you a big paragraph describing

  1. How people are sitting in a round table / rectangular table or living in a building. + Additional information like car-brands owned by them, their professions, age, educational qualification etc.
  2. family members and their relations
  3. Ranking of students’ weight, height, marks etc.

Then you’ll have to solve 5-7 questions based on the description.

Practice is essential because

  1. if you make the wrong diagram of sitting arrangement/family relation then all 5 answers will come out wrong=#epicfail through negative marking
  2. You must solve all 5-7 questions of the given set in one round only. Sometimes people do 3 questions and leave 2 questions pending, hoping that they’ll solve it at the end of exam. But when they come back to same case when barely 10-15 minutes remaining before the exam finish. And still they have to wade through entire description one more time just to solve those two questions=> double majoori, time waste, more chances of making mistakes. Avoid that situation. Try to clear all MCQs of the given set at once.  Same advice for Reading comprehension and Data interpretation.

The same “arrangement” question can be asked in data sufficiency format as well.

Observe following Data-Sufficiency Question “set” from previous IBPS exam


  1. Give answer (1) if the data in Statement I and II are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in Statement III are not required to answer the question
  2. Give answer (2) if the data in Statement I and III are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in Statement II are not required to answer the question
  3. Give answer (3) if the data in Statement II and III are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in Statement I are not required to answer the question.
  4. Give answer (4) if the data in either Statement I alone or Statement It alone or Statement III alone are sufficient to answer the question.
  5. Give answer (5) if the data in all the Statements I, II and III together are necessary to answer the question.
Sitting ArrangementAmong six people P, Q, R, S, T and V each lives on a different floor of a six storey building having sixfloors numbered one to six (the ground floor is numbered 1, the floor above it, number 2 and so on and the topmost floor is numbered 6). Who lives on the topmost floor?

  1. There is only one floor between the floors on which R and Q live. P lives on an even numbered floor.
  2. T does not live on an even numbered floor. Q lives on an even numbered floor. Q does not live on the topmost floor.
  3. S lives on an odd numbered floor. There are two floors between the floors on which S and P live. T lives on a floor immediately above R’s floor.
Circular TableAre all the four friends viz. A, B, C and D who are sitting around a circular table, facing the center?

  1. B sits second to right of D. D faces the center. C sits to immediate right of both B and D.
  2. A sits to immediate left of B. C is not an immediate neighbor of A. C sits to immediate right of D.
  3. D is an immediate neighbour of both A and C. B sits to the immediate left of A. C sits to the immediate right of B.
Blood RelationHow many daughters does W have?

  1. B and D are the sisters of M.
  2. M’s father T is the husband of W.
  3. Out of the three children which T has, only one is a boy.

Priority#2: High level Reasoning

TopicRS AggarwalMK Pandey
Assumption, Inference, cause-effectsection II Logicchapter 2 to 61 to 6, 9 and 10
Syllogism:to learn the UPUN method, click mesection II Logicchapter 111
  • Study the theory, solve all questions given in those books. More than sufficient.

Sample Questions from previous IBPS Exam


  1. Farmers found using chemical fertilizers in the organic-farming area of their farms would be heavily fined. Which of the following statements is an assumption implicit in the given statement? (An assumption is something supposed or taken for granted.)
    1. Chemical fertilizers harm the crop.
    2. A farm’s area for organic and chemical farming is different.
    3. Farmers who do not use chemical fertilizers in the chemical farming area would be penalized as well.
    4. All farmers undertake both these kinds of farming (chemical as well as organic) in their farms.
    5. Organic fertilizers are banned in the area for chemical farming.
  2. Small brands are now looking beyond local grocery stores and are tying up with Supermarkets such as Big Bazaar to pull their business out of troubled waters. Which of the following can be inferred from the given information? (An inference is something that is not directly stated but can be inferred from the given information)
    1. Merchandise of smaller brands would not be available at local grocery stores in the near future.
    2. Smaller brands cannot compete with bigger ones in a supermarket set-up.
    3. There is a perception among small brands that sale in a supermarket is higher than that of small grocery stores.
    4. Supermarkets generate more revenue by selling products of bigger brands as compared to the smaller ones.
    5. Smaller brands have always had more tie-ups with supermarkets as compared to small grocery stores.

Cause-Effect Questions from IBPS-2011

  1. It has been reported in recent years that a very large number of seats in engineering colleges in the country remain vacant at the end of the admission session. Which of the following may be the probable cause of the above effect?
    1. There has-been a considerable decrease in hiring of engineering graduates due to economic slowdown in the recent years.
    2. Students have always preferred to complete graduation in three years, time instead of four years for engineering.
    3. The Govt. has recently decided to provide post- qualification professional training to all engineering graduates at its own cost.
    4. There has always been a very poor success rate among the engineering students.
    5. None of these
  2. The condition of the roads in the city has deteriorated considerably during the first two months of monsoon and most of the roads have developed big potholes. Which of the following can be a possible effect of the above cause?
    1. The municipal corporation had repaired all the roads in the city before the onset of monsoon with good quality material.
    2. A large number of people have developed spine-related injuries after regularly commuting long distances by road within the city.
    3. The municipal corporation has been careful in choosing the contractors for repairing roads in the past.
    4. People always complain about potholed roads during the monsoon months.
    5. None of these

Syllogism Questions from previous IBPS Exams

Instruction: For the following Q1 to Q4, answercodes are

  1. if only conclusion I follows.
  2. if only conclusion II follows.
  3. if either conclusion I or conclusion II follows.
  4. if neither conclusion I nor conclusion II follows.
  5. if both conclusion I and conclusion II follow.

Question Statements (for Q1 and Q2):

  1. All gliders are parachutes.
  2. No parachute is an airplane.
  3. All airplanes are helicopters.
Q1. Conclusions:I.No helicopter is a glider.II.All parachutes being helicopters is a possibility.
Q2 ConclusionsI.No glider is an airplane.II.All gliders being helicopters is a possibility.

Question Statements (for Q3 and Q4)

  1. No stone is metal.
  2. Some metals are papers.
  3. All papers are glass.
Q3. Conclusions:I. No glass is metal.II. At least some glasses are metals.
Q4 ConclusionsI. All stones being glass is a possibility.II. No stone is paper.

Priority#3: Non Verbal Reasoning

  • Within RS Aggarwal’s book, do chapter 1, 2 and 3 from Non-verbal reasoning section.
  • In previous IBPS PO/MT exams, they did not ask questions on reflections-mirrors, dice-cube, paper-folding/paper cutting. Hence you may avoid those chapters. (Although those chapters are important for SSC CGL Tier I).
  • Do not live in overconfidence that “non-verbal is easy and doesn’t require any preparation.” Do maximum practice at home, else you’ll end up spending more than 30 minutes in just those 5-10 non-verbal questions only=less time for other sections=poor scoring.

Priority#4: Input output

A Bank PO exam is incomplete without questions on input output (sequential tracing). Last two years, constantly 4-5 questions appeared. Must be prepared.

Topic and chapterRS AggarwalMK Pandey
input-output713 to 16

Priority#5: filler topics

In LIC, SSC, ACIO type exams, under the reasoning section, you definitely find direct questions on

  1. Analogy, Sequence, Series
  2. Dictionary
  3. Coding-Decoding
  4. Dictionary Based Arrangement
  5. Maths/Symbol Based Inequalities
  6. Direction Sense Test.

But in IBPS, they try to increase the complexity by asking same topics from data-sufficiency point of view.

To accurately answer such data-sufficiency questions, you should first practice basic questions (ie.non-data sufficiency, direct questions) from the relevant chapters. And then try data-sufficiency questions from….

Topic and chapter numberRS AggarwalMK Pandey
Data sufficiency177

That way, you’ll figure out, what statements are essential to answer a given data-sufficiency problem.

Sample questions from previous IBPS Exams

Instruction: Each of the questions below consists of a question and three statements numbered I, II and III given below it. You have to decide whether the data provided in the statements are sufficient to answer the question.

Data Sufficiency onIBPS Question
Coding-DecodingHow is ‘go’ written in a code language?

  1. ‘now or never again’ is written as ‘tom ka na sa’ in that code language.
  2. ‘you come again now’ is written as ‘ja ka ta sa’ in that code language.
  3. ‘again go now or never’ is written as ‘na ho ka sa tom’ in that code language.


  1. Only I and III
  2. Only II and III
  3. Only I and II
  4. All I, II and III are required to answer the question
  5. None of these
Direction Sense TestTowards which direction is village J from village W?

  1. Village R is to the west of Village Wand to the north of Village T.
  2. Village Z is to the east of Village J and to the south of Village T.
  3. Village M is to the north east of Village J and North of Village Z.


  1. Only III
  2. Only II and III
  3. All I, II and III are required to answer the question
  4. Question cannot be answered even with all I, II and III
  5. None of these

Eligibility Tests

Preparation source:

Topic and chapterRS AggarwalMK Pandey
Eligibility Test1812
  • In Eligibility test question set, you’re given a big paragraph with conditions e.g. select candidate if more than 60% marks and 3 years’ experience etc. Then you’re given 3-5 questions that contain profiles of candidate, and you’ve to decide whether to select them, reject them, refer case to higher official etc.
  • although 2011 and 2012’s paper didnot have these type of questions but just to be safe, you should practice a few sets from this topic as well.

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124 Comments on “[Studyplan] IBPS CWE PO/MT: Reasoning, topicwise analysis, priority topics, syllogism, assumption-inference, sitting arrangement, Non-Verbal, data sufficiency”

  1. which one is better for the preparation of verbal and non verbal reasoning?? r s agarwal or arun sharma???

  2. you should take non verbal reasoning in bsc publication

  3. Eight friend Dewey, Deniyal, Denmark, Denim, Decosta, Dutch, David and Delnaaz are sitting around a circular table and all are facing towards the center but not necessarily in same order. Each of them represents eight different companies viz. Phillips, Lenovo, Sansui, Apollo, Nikon, Aiwa, Uptron and Tata. Dutch sits second to the right of representative of Aiwa. Representative of Nikon is an immediate neighbour of representative of Tata. Denmark and Decosta are immediate neighbours of each-other. Neither Denmark nor Decosta is an immediate neighbour of Deniyal or representative of Tata. Two people sit between representatives of Nikon and Deniyal. David and representative of Uptron are immediate neighbours. Only one person sits between Denmark and representative of Sansui. Delnaaz sits third to the left side of representative of Apollo and is the representative of Tata. Representative of Aiwa sits second to the left of representative of Lenovo. Representative of Phillips sits second to the right of Denim who is not the representative of Nikon. Deniyal is not the representative of Uptron. Denmark sits second to the left of Denim.Solve it and recommend for easy approach .It is very urgent ,Please !

    1. sanjeet dwivedi ji…………
      first write down aiwa &dutch/lenovo. then inbetween these two write philips. now you can solve it. bcoz from philips 2nd to left is denim then 2nd to left is denmark.now solve it…

    2. Start from Delnaaz/Tata and Nikon. Then put apollo and Deniyal accordingly. They will adjust on different side of (Delnaaz&Nikon) in order to fulfill the condition of – Denmark&Decosta not to be neighbour of Delnaaz or Deniyaal. Then put Denim & Denmark accordingly. Leave Decosta’s position for now. Once Denim is adjusted, apply condition of philips/sansui. Then look for the remaining guys where they can be put (because dutch/lenovo and aiwa need to be near with only one in between). Rest settles all by itself.

      Answer: arrangement in anti clockwise order.. dewey(aiwa), deniyal(philips), dutch(lenovo), delnaz(tata), david(nikon), denmark(uptron), devosta(apollo) and denim(sansui).

  4. Passage :

    .A word and number arrangement machine when given an input line of words and numbers rearranges them following a particular rule in each step. The following is an illustration of an input and rearrangement given below.

    Input: meditation has been used in every part of view world
    Step I: been meditation has in every part of used view world
    Step II: been every meditation has in of part used view world
    Step III: been every has in meditation of part used view world
    Step IV: mean very beans seen gun brief treat wind dew wood
    Step V: 14 23 3 20 8 3 21 24 5 24
    Step VI : 5 5 3 2 8 3 3 6 5 6
    Step VI is the last step of the above arrangement.
    As per the rules followed in the above steps, find out the answer in each of the following questions.
    Input : Our freedom is founded on the demand for this that suffrage

    Question :

    Which of the following would be the Step IV of the above input?

    1. SANJEET….STEP IV is beyond my understanding. If u know the solution plz let me know it.

      1. from step iv to step v following logic is used
        In Mean M alphabetical number is 13
        In next step 14 is given implies(13+1)
        similarly Very here V number is 22, in the next step 23 is given
        from step v to step vi just add the digits …

        1. Thanks Girish. however i was asking for reasoning about the step IV from step III.

        2. how step iv comes from step iii? wht is d logic?

    2. The answer of above qns : Is the freedom on our for demand founded this that

      1. logic archana??

  5. Passage :
    Read the following information carefully and answer the questions given below-
    The director of an institution has announced that six programmes on different areas will be organised on Leadership, Decision-making, Quality Circle, Motivation, Valuation Centre and Group discussion. These would be organised in January 2014 one after another, from Monday to Sunday and one full day will be devoted to only one programme. The rules for this are as follows.
    1. Motivation should be organised after Sunday but not before Valuation Centre.
    2. Quality Circle should not be organised after group discussion.
    3. Decision-making should be organised on friday and there should be one day interval between leadership and Motivation.
    4. There is one day when no programme will be conducted. (That day is not Saturday) on the day just before it, group discussion should be organized.

    Solution :

    Mahendras Answer –
    Program Day
    Leadership Thursday
    Decision making Friday
    Quality circle Wednesday
    Motivation Tuesday
    Valuation centre Monday
    Group discussion Saturday
    off Sunday

    My Answer –

    Monday L/V
    Tuesday V/L
    Wednesday M/Q
    Thu Q/M
    Fri DM
    Sat G

    Which one is correct ?

    1. man i think there is monday instead of sunday in condition no.1 .
      otherwise it is not making any sense.because week is starting from monday….
      using monday wil give the right answer….

  6. sir, plz muje ibps po ki prepration ke liye sabhi subject ki best books bata dijiye.
    thank you

  7. plz send this to my mail

  8. Respected Sir,

    I requested you to send sample of the Seating arrangements (Reasoning) as both direction sitting like inside outside which are too helpful for the bank CWE exams.

  9. Please tell me
    How did solve puzzle test…

  10. sir
    please just me a book for data interpretation………..

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  12. how to tackle non verbal reasoning like series in figures, missing figures etc ..i found it very difficult to solve s mind is unable to analyse the pattern..i just leave those questions in exams

  13. sir
    please suggest me a book for data interpretation only….

  14. sir,

    IBPS PO 2014 qusestion paper pattern will remain same as 2012 or 2011???

    please suggest.

  15. Which is the best book for reasoning guys… Plz

  16. Sir,
    I have problem in some input output ques
    In=april 8 day 2 fool 4 cool 5 number 11 7 6
    opt= day 2 cool5 fool 7 april 11 number 4 6 8

  17. Ae bhailog……yaar koi bata do ki jo seating arrangement kal aa rahe hai banking po mein (some are sitting facing centre and some away from centre) unke liye kahan se tyaari karun..I mean which book…..or site….
    Coz us type ke questions rs agarwal mein bhi ni hain…
    Guys plz hlp….

  18. I am a banking aspirant.I need your guidance.please help me.

  19. This website proves to be a very useful source for preparation

  20. hello, Im upsc aspirant im unable find difference between csat syllogism and banking syllogism could u help me please thank you

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  22. Kindly, Tell me the list of books in hindi medium for upsc civil services.

  23. sir, the studyplan for ibps is based on 2013 … please sir tell us on new scenario….2015
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  24. anyone prefer me the books for the preparation of general maths up to 10th class, general English, reasoning.

  25. 4) Statement
    All Inbox are Spam.
    All Message are Spam.
    Some Inbox are Draft.

    I. No Inbox is a message is a possibility.
    II Some Inbox which are draft are also message.
    III. All draft can be Spam is a possibility.

    (1) Only I follows
    (2) Only II follows
    (3) Only II & III follows
    (4) Only I & III follows
    (5) All follow

    5. Statement:
    No News is a Serial.
    Some Serials are Movies.
    Some movies which are serials are also films.

    I. Some movies are not news.
    II. Some serials are films.
    III. All film can be news is a possibility.

    (1) All follow
    (2) Only I and Either II or III follows
    (3) Only II and Either I or III follows
    (4) Only I & II follows
    (5) None of these

    can anyone tell the answer for the above question using rule method ,I dont want to use venn diagram for this question and pls explain how to use rule for 3 different terms in same conclusion

    1. the option of question 4 seems to be incorrect. However, the correct answers are as follows :

      4. Only i and ii follows.
      5. Only i and ii follows


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