Sample Bank PO Exam Questions: Analytical Reasoning

Posted on June 7th, 2011 by IPA® Management
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The Analytical Reasoning section of the Bank Probationary Officer Exam (Bank PO Exam) will test students in scientific, quantitative and logical reasoning processes to prepare them to interpret and solve problems encountered in everyday life. Students will consider concepts from logic and the scientific disciplines, including life, social and physical sciences. I have listed 5 samples questions for this section of the test. Students should expect questions similar to these on the actual Bank PO exam. Start practicing and best of luck!

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1.) There are 19 hockey players in a club. On a particular day 14 were wearing the hockey shirts prescribed, while 11 were wearing the prescribed hockey pants. None of them was without either hockey pants or hockey shirts. How many were in complete hockey uniform?

(a) 8
(b) 6
(c) 9
(d) 7

2.) In a class room three fourth of the boys are above 160 cm in height and they are 18 in number. Also out of the total strength, the boys form only two third and the rest are girls. The total number of girls in the class is

(a) 18
(b) 24
(c) 12
(d) 30

3.) In a certain code language, 'po ki top ma' means 'Usha is playing cards'; 'Kop ja ki ma' means 'Asha is playing tennis'; ki top sop ho' means 'they are playing football'; and 'po sur kop' means 'cards and tennis'. Which word in that language means 'Asha'?

(a) ja
(b) ma
(c) kop
(d) top

4.) One watch is 1 minute slow at 1 pm on Tuesday and 2 minutes fast at 1 pm on Thursday. When did it show the correct time?

(a) 1.00 am on Wednesday
(b) 5.00 am on Wednesday
(c) 1.00 pm on Wednesday
(d) 5.00 pm on Wednesday

5.) Given a statement followed by two assumptions numbered I and II. You have to consider the statement and the following assumptions and decide which of the assumptions is implicit in the statement.

Statement : Detergents should be used to clean clothes.

Assumptions :

I.) Detergents from more lather.
II.) Detergents help to dislodge grease and dirt.

(a) if only assumption I is implicit.
(b) if only assumption II is
(c) if either I or II is implicit. (d) if neither I or II is

Answer Key: (1) b. (2) c. (3) a. (4) b. (5) d.

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