SSC CGL: How To Prepare For The General Intelligence & Reasoning Section

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has gained a lot of attention in the recent times amongst job seekers. Every year, SSC conducts around six recruitment examinations for various posts in the government ministries and departments. The Combined Graduate Level (CGL) is one of the recruitment examinations with the highest number of candidates.

SSC will select the candidates based on the four-tier selection process. SSC will kick-start the selection process of CGL with the tier-I round. The tier-I round consists of four subjects, namely general intelligence & reasoning, general awareness, quantitative aptitude and English comprehension.

Tips For General Reasoning In SSC CGL


The reasoning section is one of the scoring ones and can be cracked in less than 15 minutes, provided your preparations have been done in a constructive manner. Here are the preparation tips that will help you score well in the general intelligence & reasoning section.

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Start With The Concepts

Starting with the topics where conceptual knowledge is involved is the best way to kick-start your preparations. Devote time to the concepts because they increase the accuracy of your preparations. Try to understand the topics clearly besides practising the questions.

Attempt All Types Of Questions

While reading the concepts, try to focus on practising all types of question formats from the respective topic. Try to attempt more than 100 different types of questions per topic. This will make you well-versed with all types of questions that will help you crack the answers in less time.

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Topic-wise Practise

Never deviate from the concepts while practising because it will land you in ambiguity. Prepare your study schedule in such a way that each topic gets enough time for practising. Once you are confident with the topics, you can go ahead and take mock tests.

Practise Previous Years' Question Papers

The previous years' question papers will play a significant role and help you figure out the important topics besides the weightage. By practising the previous years' question papers, one can also understand how the questions will be.

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Prepare Based On Weightage

Aspirants are suggested to start their preparations based on the weightage of the topics. This will not only increase your command over the important topics but also boost your confidence.

Master The Shortcuts

Be it quantitative or reasoning sections, mastering the shortcuts are very important to crack the examination. Only master those shortcuts that save time.

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Preparation Tips For Important Topics

  • Classification: At least one question is expected from this topic. The classification questions can be asked based on numbers, alphabets, GK, etc.
  • Analogy: There is a chance more than three questions will be asked and they will be multiple-choice questions.
  • Syllogism: Based on the statements & conclusions, one should draw the appropriate answer. The best way to answer these questions are through drawing Venn diagrams.
  • Verbal Analogies: We suggest you find the relationship between the terms to answer the question in less than a minute. Building strong vocabulary will help you a lot.
  • Blood Relations: To solve the question, drawing a family tree based on the given information will help you.
  • Data Sufficiency: The questions can be based on the blood relations, coding decoding, circular arrangements, ordering & ranking, directions & distances, ages & birth dates. Practise will only save you in this topic.
  • Seating Arrangement: This topic consists of circular and linear topics. Stick to either north or south direction, to solve the questions.
  • Coding & Decoding: One can crack the answer in less time by giving attention to the numbers or alphabets.
  • Non-verbal Reasoning: The questions will be based on the pictures, symbols series, numeric patterns, etc.
  • Matrix and puzzles: Compared to others, it takes a little bit more time. Reading the questions fast will make your job easy.

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