Mock Paper for SBI PO 2014: Reasoning (Logical Reasoning)

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 07, 2017 11:44 hrs

SBI will be conducting the written examination for recruitment to the post of Probationary Officers in June, 2014. The written examination consists of 4 sections-

  1. Reasoning

  2. English

  3. Data Interpretation and Analysis

  4. General Awareness, Marketing & Computers.

50 questions will be asked from each section.

MockBank, a group of experts who carefully create mock tests specific to each competitive examination, have come up with sample questions regarding
Reasoning (Logical Reasoning) for SBI PO 2014.

Directions (1-5): Do as directed in each of the following questions.

  1. According to Albert Einstein’s famous theory of relativity, time travel is theoretically possible. Assuming that time travel were to be made possible through some technological breakthrough, it would be advantageous to send someone back in time to prevent the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and thus keep World War I from ever occurring. 

Which of the following assumptions can be deduced from above argument?

  1. It is not possible to alter a significant current in world history merely by changing a single event.

  2. The technology necessary for time travel is likely to be developed in the near future.

  3. If Franz Ferdinand had not been assassinated, some other catalytic event would have led to the start of World War I.

  4. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand was the crucial event that triggered the start of World War I.

  5. None of these

  1. The airlines have requested all their passengers to check the status of flight operations before leaving their homes as heavy fog is causing immense problems to normal flight operations. 

Which of the following assumption(s) is/are implicit in the above statement?

  1. The majority of the air passengers may check the flight status before starting their journey to the airport.

  2. The Govt. may take serious objection to the notice issued by the airline company.

  3. Majority of the passengers may cancel their tickets and postpone their journey till the situation becomes normal.

  4. Both (1) and (2)                      

  5. None of these

  1. In the film Jurassic Park, scientists create live dinosaurs by replicating dinosaur DNA found inside an insect that had bitten a dinosaur and was then trapped in amber. Although such a feat has not yet been accomplished, one day modern science will probably succeed in recreating prehistoric creatures in a similar manner.

All of the following assumptions underlie the conclusion of the passage above EXCEPT

  1. the genetic information in DNA is sufficient to permit the recreation of an entire animal.

  2. it will someday be possible to accurately replicate DNA in a laboratory.

  3. enough DNA can be extracted from an insect to recreate an entire animal.

  4. scientists will never fully understand how DNA functions.

  5. None of these

  1. A large number of people die every year due to drinking polluted water during the summer. Which of the following can be an effective step to solve the above problem?

  1. The government should make adequate arrangements to provide safe drinking water to all its citizens.

  2. People should consume minimal amount of water during summers.

  3. The people should be educated about the dangers of drinking polluted water.

  1. Only A            

  2. Only B

  3. Only C

  4. Only A and B  

  5. Only A and C

  1. In March 1917, under pressure from communist revolutionaries, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated his throne. Sixteen months later, the Tsar and his immediate family, including Alexis, the heir apparent, were executed on orders of the new communist government because its leaders believed that all vestiges of the old regime had to be obliterated for the security of the new regime. 

The leaders of the new communist government must have made which of the following assumptions?

  1. Executing the Tsar and his heir would send a clear message to all in Russia concerning the ruthlessness of the new regime.

  2. If Nicholas or Alexis had remained alive, he could have provided a rallying point for supporters of the old regime.

  3. A communist regime could theoretically be compatible with a government ruled by a Tsar.

  4. The populace of Russia would be overwhelmingly supportive of the decision to execute the Tsar and his family.

  5. Both (1) and (2)

Directions (6–7): These questions are based on statement given below and the sentences labeled (A), (B), (C) and (D) as given below.

The cases of food poisoning due to consumption of liquor in rural areas are far greater than such cases in urban areas. Hence it can be concluded that the liquor supplied in rural areas is of low quality than that supplied in urban areas.

  1. The prices of liquor are lower in rural areas than in urban areas.

  2. Percentage of people consuming liquor is more in rural areas than in urban areas.

  3. There are many unauthorized spurious liquor shops in the rural areas.

  4. Number of people suffering from food poisoning due to consumption of liquor as a percentage of people who consume liquor is almost equal for both urban areas and rural areas.

  1. Which of the above statements numbered (B), (C) and (D) if true will most weaken the given argument?

  1. Only D            

  2. Both B and D  

  3. Only C

  4. Only B            

  5. None of these

  1. Which of the above statements numbered (A), (B), (C) and (D) if true will strengthen the given argument?

  1. Only A            

  2. Only B            

  3. Only C

  4. Both A and D  

  5. A, C and D

  1. The district administration has issued a circular to all the farmers under its jurisdiction advising them for not using pesticides indiscriminately as it may pollute the ground water.

Which of the following can be assumed from the given statement?

  1. People may stop using ground water if the farmers continue to use pesticides indiscriminately.

  2. The polluted ground water can cause health problems.

  3. Farmers may refrain from using pesticides indiscriminately.

  4. People in the district are majorly dependent on ground water for drinking use.

  5. None of these

Directions: (9 - 10): These questions are based on statement given below and the sentences labeled (A), (B), (C) and (D) as given below.

The number of people diagnosed with dengue fever (which is contracted from the bite of an infected mosquito) in North India this year is twice the number diagnosed last year. The authorities have concluded that measures to control the mosquito population have failed in this region.

(A) An effective diagnostic test was introduced about nine months ago.

(B) The incidence (number of cases per thousand) of malaria, also contracted from mosquito bites, has increased.

(C) A very high proportion of the cases were diagnosed in people of neighboring country.

(D) More cases are now reported because of increases in administrative efficiency.

  1. Which of the above statements numbered (A), (B), (C) and (D) if true will weaken the given argument?

  1. Only A                        

  2. Only D            

  3. Only C

  4. Both C and D              

  5. Both A and D

  1. Which of the above statements numbered (A), (B), (C) and (D) if true will most supports the given argument?

  1. Only D            

  2. Only A            

  3. Only C

  4. Only B            

  5. None of these


1. (4) 2. (1) 3. (4) 4. (5) 5. (2)

6. (2) 7. (3) 8. (3) 9. (5) 10. (4)

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