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preparation strategy,
RE CEN T C OM M ENT S approach, roadmap, booklist

SHABHYY { pehle app ko 1. Reasoning, General Intelligence (Tier 1)


main apne bare me bta 2. Breakup : Last three years papers
du.. i just join tcs.. i am 23
3. Priority order
now.. i have 68.8 in 10th
4. Task #1:Series
and 74.6 in... }
[Trigonometry] Type#2: 5. Task #2: Arrangement-Direction tests
Table based questions, 6. Task #3: Non-verbal
memorization technique,... 7. Task #4: Coding-Decoding
DC { sir u r great great 8. Task #5 remaining stuff
and great :) } [Economy 9. Book for Reasoning?
Q] SENSEX calculation

ABHISHEK { just one In the previous articles we saw how to approach


thing bro. i am not a
congress fan, neither a General Awareness for Tier I Click me
chindu, pappu, mannu,
soni supporter.i read Maths / Quantitative Aptitude for Tier I and II Click me
your articles with
Reasoning / General Intelligence for Tier I Click me
legitimate fun. but
promise... } [Budget]
Interim Budget 2014 (Part In this last article on SSC-CGL series, well see how to
1of4): Revenue... approach Reasoning (for Tier 1) and English (for Tier 1
PINKY { smbody posted and 2).

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ib called for Reasoning, General Intelligence (Tier 1)


verification.......... already
very tensed about results, Just like how we did the Maths- first well divide
without officially releasing [Reasoning] into subtopics
results will they do it?
please please please Topic
Subtopics 2010 11 12
reply friends } [ACIO]
Result for ACIO 2013 exam 1. Analogy (both word
declared,...
based and numerical)
PINKY { already very 2. Odd pair (both word
tensed about results,
based and numerical)
without officially releasing
3. English Dictionary
results will they do it?
please please please based word
reply friends } [ACIO] Series arrangements, 27 26 30
Result for ACIO 2013 exam missing letters
declared,... 4. Box containing some
KOUSHAL { mindblowing number, youve to find
article sir.all d best } missing number.
[Budget] Interim Budget
5. Ranking, missing
2014 (Part 1of4):
characters etc.
Revenue...

PREETI RAI { i love d way


1. Typical coding
u r dealing wid articles. its
really easy to understand decoding (PEAR
d topics even wid one go written as GFDN then
..hats off sir . } [Budget] REAP is written as..)
Interim Budget 2014 (Part 2. Symbols (circle is
1of4): Revenue... Coding
greater than, square is 7 8 11
KAMRAN RABBANI { less than..)
hehehe.. } [ACIO] Result
3. Maths operations
for ACIO 2013 exam
(L=x, M=+, then value
declared,...
of 16L12M13 is..)
PINKY { already very
tensed about results,
1. Sitting arrangement
without officially releasing
results will they do it? } (line, table and
[ACIO] Result for ACIO circular)
2013 exam declared,...
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SHEFALI DUA { whats 2. Blood relations (mom-


this mutual transfer in dad-father in law)
auditor 3. Building, car, colour,
means>?????????? } Arrangement
occupations of 5 7 2
[Job Profile] SSC-CGL:
persons.
desk jobs, field jobs,...
4. Schedules (lecture on
XYZ { hello mr. rabbani
Monday..etc.)
yar kyu bakwas kr rhe ho.
tm kaun hote ho mujhe 5. Direction based
padayi ke liye bolne wale. (Mohan moves three
dant nikal liye aur apni kms northhow far he
dikhane... } [ACIO] is from home)
Result for ACIO 2013 exam
declared,...
1. Syllogism (2
ANU { thank u for ur statements and 3
efforts and post on this
statements): shortcut
topic :) may b criticism is
ur style but cud be better techniques explained
too... cheers! } [Budget] here: click ME
Interim Budget 2014 (Part 2. Conventional Venn
1of4): Revenue... Diagrams (Venn
ANKITA { buddies, those Logic diagrams (in a class 4 2 2
of you who insist on 40 students like coffee
seeing the article as
and 50 like both tea
'politically biased' or
and coffee..)
those, who notice
3. Assumption,
criticism in it.. try and
perceive with a... } interference,
[Budget] Interim Budget conclusion etc.
2014 (Part 1of4):
Revenue...

BODY OF LIES { sir, i am 1. Clock, calendar


chain smoker, will this 2. Permutation
create some problem.... Combination (rare)
during physical checkup 3. Age related problems
etc??..i do exercise Misc. (dad is 22 older than..) 3 3 1
including 2 km running
4. Geometry (lolz in
daily ..... } [ACIO] Result
2012, one question in
for ACIO 2013 exam
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declared,... reasoning section was


KAMRAN RABBANI { from Geometry!)
hehe :p } [ACIO] Result
for ACIO 2013 exam 1. Cubes-dices:
declared,...
predicting color,
Older numbers in other faces
2. Sequence of figures
3. Paper-cutting, folding,
Image based
punching 4 4 4
(non-verbal)
4. Mirrors and water
reflection
5. Configuration, fitting
pieces, odd pieces
etc.

Total
Total 50 50 50

Breakup : Last three years papers

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Priority order

Logical Reasoning portion doesnt have much


theory/formulas as such, except for Syllogism,
clock-Calendars, Permutation combinations etc. so
the only way to master Reasoning= via maximum
practice at home.
Here comes the problem: Youve to face
Reasoning/General Intelligence only at the tier-I
stage. (50Q) But In tier II: there is no reasoning, but
only Maths +English. Besides, you dont have to
tick 200/200 questions in tier-I, to pass the exam.
So, you should have some sort of strategy about
how much time and energy should be invested in
Logical Reasoning portion. (like in General
Awareness , the priority order was
Static>>Science>>Crap.)

Task #1:Series

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As you can see from the topic wise breakup charts


given above, majority of the questions are asked
from series(analogy, odd pairs, dictionary etc).
Around half of the reasoning questions are based
on this topic only.
In fact in every SSC- CGL paper, first 8-9 question
are from analogy, next 7-8 question from Find odd
word/number and so on.
Therefore, I suggest you first solve all the sums
related to series from your reasoning book. And
within that, more emphasis should be given to

1. Analogy (words and numbers)


2. odd pair (same)
3. classification
4. dictionary based series
5. inserting missing characters
6. logical sequence of words

The word based analogy/odd pair is very easy


(compared to number based or letter based).

But number based analogy/odd pair etc. can be a tough


cookie.

So while in exam, keep an eye on wrist watch. Dont


spend too much time in just one question.

For example: find Missing number in the box?

3 7 52

5 11 126

?? 9 107

Answer choice:

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1. 6
2. 18
3. 26
4. 36

If youre able to solve this quickly=well and good.


But sometimes the logic behind above number
pairing wont click in your mind immediately in the
exam. So there is no point in wasting 5-7 minutes in
just one question here. Just leave it and move on to
next question.
On the last page of your question paper (space for
rough work), write down the Question number of
such time-consuming sums and leave them for the
end part of exam. (same advice for coding-
decoding).

Task #2: Arrangement-Direction tests

This includes blood-relation, arrangements


(circular, line, building etc.)
To a new player, the arrangement questions may
appear time-consuming. But once youve practiced
enough sums, your speed will improve.
But the best thing with arrangement question= you
can verify the answer (by applying the conditions
given in the question to your arrangement).
Easiest of all arrangement is circular arrangement. I
consider it no-excuse topic. Solve each and every
sum given in your book. Once youre comfortable
with circular, move to linear and rectangular (dining
table).
Next comes, Direction based question. Mohan
walks 5 km north then Again no-excuse. Solve
each and every sum given in your book.
Then building-car-job, lecture schedules etc.
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arrangements.
Finally blood relations.

Task #3: Non-verbal

Image based question. Again no excuse, solve all the


sums and it wont pose much difficulty during exam. But
yes keep an eye on wrist-watch.

Task #4: Coding-Decoding

This involves

1. Typical coding decoding (PEAR written as GFDN


then REAP is written as..)
2. Symbols (circle is greater than, square is less
than..)
3. Maths operations (L=x, M=+, then value of
16L(12M13) is..)
4. And other misc. questions.

Math operation =no excuse. Can be mastered with


practice and can be solved quickly and accurately.
Same for symbol.

So practice as much as you can.

Task #5 remaining stuff

Here, first finish Syllogism (All cats are dogs..): use


the UP-UN method to quickly solve them. click me
to learn it. Please note, in SSC, at most two
questions on syllogism per year. But cost-benefit
ratio is very good. So dont avoid).
Conventional Venn Diagram questions. (50 drink
coffee, 40 drink tea) Usually just 1 question
comes. Good part= answer can be verified and
once you practice enough it doesnt even take one

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minute to solve it (2 circle venn diagram cases).


Therefore, no excuse must be prepared.

Now once youve done Above things then spend


remaining time in whatever topics are left. Clock,
calendar etc. (based on time and mood.)

Book for Reasoning?

Since Reasoning/ General Intelligence topic doesnt


have much theory, the only way to approach it=
practice maximum number of questions at home
from your reasoning book.
Im going to repeat the advice given in maths
article: You should simultaneously appear for
IBPS, LIC, CDS, CAPF and all such exams
depending on your career taste. (because putting
all eggs in one SSC basket= bad idea sir-ji).
So you want to use one reasoning book that is
universally applicable to all such exams. I suggest
use either one of the following books:

A Modern Approach to A new approach

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Book Verbal and Non Verbal Verbal and Non


Reasoning by Verbal Reasoning by

Author R.S.Agarwal BS Sijwali

Publication S.Chand Arihant

While content and coverage is almost the same in


both these books, They differ mainly in terms of
size (=no. of practice questions given in each
book.).
BS Sijwali has less number of practice question
(around 750 pages) while R.S.Agarwals reasoning
book has about 1500 paper.
Both of them quite helpful in SSC-CGL, IBPS, LIC-
ADO, AAO, CDS, and similar exams.
You dont need to use both of them, just use any
one of them. And practice as many questions as
you can at home.
This concludes the discussion on How to approach
Logical Reasoning/ General Intelligence for SSC-
CGL exam.
Now only one topic remains: how to approach
English vocabulary, grammar and comprehension.
Will be discussed in a separate article.

Previous Posts

[SSC-CGL] 2014 Notification is out, Syllabus is


same, Last date to apply 14th February, Frequently
asked questions
[SSC-CGL] Official Answerkeys for Tier-II released
for all Sets, last date to submit correction is 6th
December 2013
[Attention] SSC CGL tier II to be held on same 28-
29 September, CAT stay order lifted + Halltickets

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[SSC-CGL] Halltickets for Tier 2 uploaded, [CSIR-
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[SSC-CGL-2013] Marksheets of Tier-1, Ive split
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headache, no server jams
[Result] SSC CGL 2013 (Tier 1) result is out, More
than 1 lakh candidates selected for next stage Tier
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Ankit 11/02/2014 at 23:11

sir please provide non verbal ssc cgl notesplease.

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vishvesh 13/02/2014 at 03:43

I cant solve all the questions from rs agarwal book but I


practice a lot. In fact I cant solve many of them. Do u think I
can succeed?

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Guest 20/02/2014 at 17:39

Bro I can solve 99% of question from rs agarwal and still dont
think i am able to succeed. So bro keep on practice and try to
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solve the question completly

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