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How to prepare for Reasoning Section of SSC CGL 2018

Vikram Choudhary April 22, 2018 0 CommentsExam, Syllabus

How to prepare for Reasoning Section of SSC CGL 2018

Many students like every year will be appearing for the SSC CGL exam this year. The completion has grown tough with the change in pattern and mode of exam. To crack CGL and get the desired job post, the aspirants need to score maximum marks in their-1 so that they can relax a bit for the tier-2 exam. To excel in tier-1, you need to prepare well for all the four sections.

So, in this article, we will discuss some important tips on how the students can prepare the reasoning ability section of SSC CGL exam and in turn, score good marks in this section.

Reasoning Section of SSC CGL

In CGL Tier 1 exam, reasoning is the most interesting section as it tests the analytical and logical skills of any individual. Reasoning section can turn the game on your side if attempted carefully.  You can either score 45+ in few minutes or you can waste a lot of your time and still not score more than 30! This section requires you to sharpen your puzzle solving skills quickly. The more practice you will do, the more you will score.

Though it is an interesting and scoring section, but it will be fruitful only when you save time here. To learn the key to ‘less time and score high’ first get a brief of SSC CGL 2018 exam pattern.

SSC CGL comprises two stages – Tier – I Exam for 200 marks and Tier – II Exam for 400 marks.

We will discuss here reasoning section of Tier-I Exam. The tier-i exam includes four sections-

Tier I

  • Online-based exam with 0.50 negative marking for each wrong answer.

In reasoning section, the questions are based on logic basically. There is no specific formula to solve these questions, instead the quick judgment and analytical skills are required.  Candidates need to be very precise and sure while answering the questions here. This section tests the presence of mind of a candidate.The most important topics which are bound to come in exams as based on history of SSC CGL from this section are mentioned in the table given below.</table border=2x> The non-verbal reasoning includes subtopics like paper cutting and folding and mirror images while verbal topic includes ranking, statement and conclusions, and assumptions. To solve these questions correctly in a fraction of the time, candidates need to develop a logical thought process & beforehand knowledge of different types of problems. To develop these key skills, they should indulge in the daily practice of solving these questions. With an increase in practice, you will see that you can solve the questions correctly in little or no time. After all, practice makes a man perfect!Here we have shared some imperative tips to score 45+ in reasoning section in SSC CGL 2018 exam.

  • Read the Question very carefully – Don’t hassle to save time. There is no use of saving time by quickly reading the question as you can miss the important point of it.
  • Don’t judge the question type without reading – While reading the questions look for the words like “CANNOT” or “CAN BE” and pay attention to words having negative prefixes like “non” or “un” as one can do the silly mistake in over enthusiasm resulting in confusion.
  • Never make unnecessary assumptions – Always keep in mind that the given questions will be solved by the data/information provided in the question.  Assuming or adding information from your part will result in your loss.
  • Pay heed to one topic at one time – When practicing, solve each topic one by one. Never try to mix different topics as every topic in reasoning requires different solving technique.
  • Don’t rush for all questions – If you are struck with a question, try to eliminate the answer options based on the information given to reach the correct answers. Don’t try to answer every question because you can unnecessarily waste your precious time and marks too.
  • Things to memorize – Understand the directions (North, south, East, West) well and memorize the sequencing of alphabets i.e. their numerical position from 1 to 26 and their reverse numbering too. Also, remember which alphabet comes after/before the particular alphabet.
  • Non-verbal problems – While heading for pictorial questions like dice, mirror questions, and paper folding, you should try to imagine the objects in 3D. Stay alert and don’t divert your mind to any thoughts before solving these questions otherwise you will need to start these questions from beginning.
  • Blood relation questions – When solving these problems, you can make a small family tree as per the given information. This helps in tracing the relations from bottom to top or vice-versa.
  • Confirm the matrix – Before directly solving the matrix questions first check the matrix which is given as the example in the question. It is not necessary that SSC will follow the same code pattern every time.
  • Question attempting technique – To start with, go series wise- solving first question first and second question second and so on. If you get struck at any question, then mark it on your screen and come back to it if you are left with time.

Usually, the questions of reasoning section take more time as compared to the other segments.  So, when you attempt questions of this section, take proper care of time management. Point 10: If you have prepared well, this section can fetch you 40-45 marks easily in SSC CGL 2017 Exam which can be important to get shortlisted for the next round. So, you must prepare well and score well. Study Material for Reasoning section in SSC CGL ExamSuggested Books –You can also take the help of these books because these books can change your way of thinking.

  • Analytical Reasoning (M K Pandey)
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (R S Aggarwal)
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Hindi (Kiran Publication)
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal English (B S Sijwali, Indu Sijwali)
  • Logical & Analytical Reasoning – English (A K Gupta)

If you follow above tips and strategies, you will surely be able to score well in Reasoning Section of SSC CGL 2018 Exam easily. Moreover, download SSC CGL exam app for free notes, study material, quizzes, mock test, doubt sessions & previous year papers. Please check our NCERT Solutions App which we have released recently for Class 6 – CLass 12.

SubjectsNo. Of QuestionsMarksTime
General Intelligence & Reasoning2550
General Awareness255060 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude2550for all
English Language2550
TopicWeightage of QuestionsTotalTotal
Coding – Decoding1-2
Word formation0-1
Arranging words in meaningful or Dictionary Order1-2
Venn Diagram1-3
Direction And0-1
Blood Relations0-1
Missing numbers1-2
Verbal Reasoning1-2

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