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Verbal Reasoning

Written by  Rachit Agrawal, MBA

Published on Tue, February 11, 2020 12:42 PM   Updated on Tue, June 9, 2020 11:24 AM   4 mins read

Verbal reasoning is an inseparable part of several competitive exams and they carry a huge weightage of the maximum marks. Competitive exams like those of GATE, UPSC, IBPS, Bank PO, SSC-CGL, CDS, etc. include logical and verbal reasoning sections in their question papers so as to test the competency of a candidate in terms of decision making, problem-solving, handling day-to-day life situations and relational regimes.


In order to crack any of those esteemed examinations, you need to have a thorough knowledge of how to solve such questions and that obviously demands your consistency and diligence.

Questions that can be framed under the verbal or analytical reasoning section are of several types. Some of them are –

Also Read: Syllogism


Syllogistic is an approach to analyze a given set of generalized information and deduce a specific result based on your inference and thorough study of the statements. For example, ‘Organisms who live underwater are called aquatic animals’ and therefore it is deduced that ‘Fish is an aquatic animal.’

Blood Relation Tests

Blood relation tests form an integral part of the verbal reasoning section. They test your ability to identify relations in a family by giving you certain points that indirectly establishes a relationship between two members of the same family. 

Basically, you’re given a kind of road map or connecting words, and one relation is directly or indirectly connected to another and finally, you have to find a direct connection between two specific individuals.

Also Read: Sociology

Venn Diagrams

Questions based on Venn diagrams usually check for a candidate’s ability to form a relation between two or more existing scenarios represented in the form of circles or Venn diagrams.

A situation is given and the test taker is asked to relate them with the help of Venn diagrams, it is comparatively a scoring topic than the rest of them. It just needs clarity of foundation concepts and you’re good to go. 

Coding and Decoding

It is another common type of question that you might get under this particular section. In these, words are encrypted into code and you’ll be asked to decode or decrypt them on the basis of certain rules already provided in the question.

Also Read: Soft Skills

Direction Sense Test

This is another interesting and inevitable part of our everyday life as we come through it at each and every moment of our lives. We would literally be misguided without a sense of direction. Being such an eminent domain of our lives it is usually asked in competitive exams. 

Verification of Truth

In such types of questions, a statement is given and for it several other affirmations are made. Option sentences are closely connected to the question sentence also they are closely related to each other so as to mislead the candidate which makes them a tad more difficult than others. 

We have to opt for the absolute truth in such questions and it requires a lot of concentration, analysis, and practice.

There are certain books you can refer to make a firm grip and ace the skills of solving verbal as well as nonverbal reasoning questions.

Just stay dedicated and invest your time on the right things that will pay you off in the future. Remember doing smart work instead of hard work and you will have success coming your way.


✅ What is verbal reasoning examples?

Verbal reasoning tests you are presented with a statement about a passage and then asked to decide whether the statement is true, false, or cannot say. This means you are simply asked to find the statement in the text, basically a fact-finding mission.

✅ What is a verbal reasoning test?

Verbal reasoning tests assess your ability to understand and comprehend written passages

✅ Which topics come under verbal reasoning?

Some of the topics that come under Verbal Reasoning are:

1. Logical Sequence of words
2. Syllogism
3. Cause and effect
4. Venn diagrams
5. Analogy
6. Character puzzles
7. Classification
8. Arithmetic reasoning

About the Author & Expert


Rachit Agrawal

Author • MBA • 20 Years

Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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