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How To Prepare Reasoning for Competitive Exams

How To Prepare Reasoning

  • Now a day’s Reasoning is an essential part for every competitive exam. It is one of the strongest parts of the exam to test the judgment and other skills related to presence of mind and analytical ability of a candidate. Here on this page candidates can get some key points for How to Prepare Reasoning for Competitive Exams.
  • Reasoning can be taken as a scoring subject as compared to the quantitative section as it takes only thinking ability of a candidate and if the candidate is able to apply it, in most cases he can be sure of his scoring.
  • This section can’t be cracked within the given time without proper practice, so candidates must practice by using the following Reasoning Preparation tips.

Reasoning Preparation for Competitive Exams

Analyze And Arrange

The first and foremost thing to analyze is, what is given in the question and note it in a proper way on a paper to help you solve better.  If you understand the problem that what question demands for and then you can easily give the suitable answer.

Practice Puzzles

Reasoning mostly covers sections like Critical Reasoning, Analytical reasoning and Reasoning Data Sufficiency. Solving relevant puzzles can greatly help in improving solving skills and thereby helps to improve your reasoning power.

How to Solve a Problem in Exam

Work On Given Data

Remember that the given problem will be solved by the data given only, don’t make any assumptions or judgment while solving the question. Use proper tricks and method for solving any problem.

Memory Improvement Techniques

Negative Prefixes

Be careful with words having negative prefixes like un-, non- , they can fool you for facts. So you have to read the question very carefully and when you are sure about the problem then find its solution.

Use Elimination

If nothing is coming out as a conclusion; try eliminating options according to the information given to find the correct answers. Don’t try to answer every question because it may lead you in the negative marking.

How To Deal With Negative Marking

Stick To Your Timings

Don’t take stress for a particular question. Manage equal time for every question, so that you can complete the entire section in the given time slot. Remember you’re not all the time anticipated to end in the time so don’t rush.

Time Management in Exam

Learn Formulas and Tables:

Candidates must be perfect in the basic formulas and tables at least 2 to 20 so that it helps you in solving the mathematical problems in a quick way.

Some important Tricks to solve Reasoning

  • The answer of a reasoning problem always hidden in its question so must understand the question carefully.
  • The given Data/ Diagram are most important part of the question so observe them cautiously.
  • Boost up your skills to solve mathematics problems that assist you in time managing.
  • The knowledge of Directions must be accurate i.e. which direction is East, West, North and South.
  • Remember the sequencing of alphabets i.e. which alphabet comes before/ after the particular alphabet and also remember their numerical position as 1 to 26.
  • Imagine the object in 3D way like dice and paper folding etc. it will help in solving the relevant problems.

By keep the above points in mind; a participant can easily crack the Reasoning Section of any Competitive exam. So candidates keep practicing and wish you all the best for your exams.

Reasoning Questions for Competitive Exams

1. Look at this series: 2, 1, (1/2), (1/4),…. What number should come next?

A. (1/3)

B. (1/8)

C. (2/8)

D. (1/16)

Answer: (B)

2. Look at this series: 7, 10, 8, 11, 9, 12, … What number should come next?

A. 7

B. 10

C. 12

D. 13

Answer: (B)

Directions to Solve

(Each problem consists of three statements. Based on the first two statements, the third statement may be true, false, or uncertain.)

3. Tanya is older than Eric.

Cliff is older than Tanya.

Eric is older than Cliff.

If the first two statements are true, the third statement is

A. true

B. false

C. uncertain

Answer: (B)

4. Blueberries cost more than strawberries.

Blueberries cost less than raspberries.

Raspberries cost more than strawberries and blueberries.

If the first two statements are true, the third statement is

A. true

B. false

C. uncertain

Answer: (A)

5. All the trees in the park are flowering trees.

Some of the trees in the park are dogwoods.

All dogwoods in the park are flowering trees.

If the first two statements are true, the third statement is

A. true

B. false

C. uncertain

Answer: (A)

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19 Responses to "How To Prepare Reasoning for Competitive Exams"

  1. lakshmi

    Thanks alot

  2. neha

    it is helpful for scoring in reasoning

  3. neha

    thanks for this article it is helpful for scoring high marks

  4. ramesh

    helpful for many persons like me

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  6. priya

    helpful&satisfied thank u sir

  7. priya

    helpful for practice……….

    • ankur

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  8. pavithra vellingiri

    Thank you so much
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  9. Maherban singh

    nice post

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  11. Anshu Rani

    Hi sir nice with talk u

  12. thamizharasan

    Helpful for practice…….

  13. Karthik

    Very helpfull

  14. uma

    It’s to good for solving problems and easy to gain marks



  16. Mounesha k

    Thank u

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