How to Prepare Reasoning for SSC CGL 2022: Study Material & Tips

By PARUL RISHI|Updated : June 6th, 2022

SSC CGL Reasoning Preparation: The Staff Selection Commission, popularly known as SSC conducts the CGL exam to recruit candidates for various Group B & C positions in various Departments and Ministries in the Government of India. SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam consists of 4 sections namely, English Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and General Awareness. In order to crack stage 1 of the SSC CGL selection process, i.e. computer-based exam, candidates should master all the sections as the exam is getting more competitive each year. In this article, we have covered everything related to the SSC CGL reasoning questions, preparation tips, best books, syllabus, etc to assist you in the preparation for the Combined Graduate Level exam.

SSC CGL Reasoning Questions

To help you stay one step ahead in your SSC CGL reasoning preparation, in this article we are sharing question wise weightage over the years, important tips and study material for General Intelligence and Reasoning section. General Intelligence and Reasoning section, if practised well, can be your golden goose as it is considered the most scoring among all four sections. This section covers a total of 25 questions from two different segments which are Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning. The SSC CGL reasoning questions are mainly brain teasers and are designed to test your logical thinking and problem ability.

Candidates, in order to score 50/50 in the General Intelligence and Reasoning section, must read this article till the end and note the important points discussed.

Note: Take a look at the SSC CGL job profile and SSC CGL salary structure which will give you a good impetus to give your best in the exam.

SSC CGL Reasoning Topic Wise Weightage

As mentioned earlier, General Intelligence and Reasoning is a scoring subject as it tests only the thinking ability of a candidate. If the candidate has a good understanding of this subject and can apply her/his understanding to various problems, she/he can easily score well in the SSC reasoning section. Unlike the Quantitative Aptitude section, you don’t have to cram any formula and solve the question based on it. You just have to be meticulous while answering the SSC CGL reasoning questions. This section also tests the judgment and other skills which demand the presence of the mind and analytical ability of a candidate.

The most important topics to look out for in the SSC CGL reasoning section are Analogy, Classification, Series problems, Ranking, Sitting Arrangements, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Statements and Conclusions, Directions, Blood Relations, Data sufficiency, Assumptions and Direction Sense Test. Questions about paper cutting and folding and mirror images are also asked.

Let us have a look at the topic-wise break-up of SSC CGL reasoning previous year questions:

SSC CGL Reasoning Topic-wise Weightage

Year

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Analogy

4-5

3-4

3-4

2-3

2-3

05

04

08

09

09

08

Blood Relations

1

1

1

1-2

1-2

02

00

01

00

02

01

Symbols and Notations

1

0

0

1-2

1-2

03

02

00

02

01

03

Direction and Distance

1-2

0

0

0

1

04

02

04

02

04

02

Clock and Calendar

0-1

0

0

1

02

00

00

01

01

01

Coding-Decoding

2-3

2-3

2-3

2-3

2-3

03

03

03

04

02

02

Syllogism

2-3

1

1

1-2

1

03

05

02

02

01

02

Seating Arrangements

1

0-1

1

1-2

1-2

02

00

01

02

02

02

Cubes and Dices

1-2

1

1

1-2

0-1

02

00

02

00

00

01

Venn Diagram

1

1

1

2-3

1-2

02

02

02

01

01

02

Miscellaneous

2-3

0-1

1-2

2-3

2-3

02

03

02

02

02

02

Alphabetical Arrangements

1-2

1

0-1

1-2

1-2

03

03

01

01

02

02

Mirror and Water Image

1

1

1

1-2

1

01

01

01

01

01

01

Paper Cutting and Folding

1

1

1

1-2

1

01

01

01

01

01

01

Figure Problems (Completion, Embedded, Deviation)

2-3

1

1

1-2

3

05

06

03

02

02

01

Classification

2-3

2-3

3

3-4

2

03

06

06

07

06

06

Series/ Missing Number

1-2

3-4

2-3

2-3

1-2

02

04

05

05

05

08

Arithmetic Operations

1

1

1-2

2-3

1-2

02

05

06

05

06

02

Word Formation

-

0

0

2-3

1

02

02

02

03

02

01

Here are some important points to score better in SSC CGL General Intelligence and Reasoning section:

  • There are two key factors that will decide how fast and precisely you can solve these problems — a logical thought process & exposure to different types of problems.
  • Practice is also very important, but your brain’s capacity to solve SSC reasoning questions increases at a faster rate when you try to solve different types of questions.

SSC CGL Reasoning Syllabus

The graph below highlights the parts of the General Intelligence and Reasoning section in SSC CGL 2022 exam:

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  • As mentioned in the above graph, the verbal reasoning section covers around 66 per cent of weightage in SSC CGL Syllabus for General Intelligence and Reasoning section. The main topics from this section are Series, Direction, Ranks, Coding-Decoding, Arrangement, Analogy, Syllogism, Classification and Statement & Conclusion.
  • The rest part of the SSC CGL General Intelligence and Reasoning section viz. 34 per cent is included under Non-Verbal Reasoning. The major topics of Non-Verbal Reasoning are Triangle, Images, Pattern Completion, Mirror Images, Figure Formation, Dice, Rule Detection, Figure Matrix, and Paper Folding.

SSC CGL Reasoning Questions: Tips to Attempt

Candidates must follow the below-mentioned tips to score better in the General Intelligence and Reasoning section of the SSC CGL exam:

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Don't Make Unnecessary Assumptions

Always remember that the given question will be solved by the given data only. Don’t make any unnecessary assumptions or judgments while solving the problem. Use smart and appropriate tricks and methods in order to solve any problem.

Complete One Topic at a Time

Take one topic at a given time. SSC CGL reasoning requires you to think in a certain way and doing 2-3 different types of topics in one go may not be fruitful.

Be Careful with the Prefixes

Be very careful with words having negative prefixes like non-, un-. They can fool you with facts. So you must read the question very carefully.

Try the Elimination Method

If you are stuck on a particular question and you fail to reach the solution, try eliminating options as per the information given to get the correct answers. Don’t try to answer all the questions because it may lead to negative marking.

Understanding of Directions (NEWS) is a Must

The understanding of directions should be accurate i.e. which direction is West, North, East and South.

Remember the Alphabet Sequence

Always remember the sequencing of alphabets i.e., which alphabet comes after/before the particular alphabet and you should also remember their numerical position as per 1 to 26.

Practice Enough Questions of Series and Analogy Topic

Series is the most important SSC CGL reasoning topic, but it is also a difficult topic to master. You should make sure you practice each and every concept thoroughly and try not to rush through the topics.

Enrich Your Imagination

You should also try to imagine the object in 3D, like dice and paper folding etc. it will help in solving such problems.

Create a Time Constrain for Reasoning Section

Reasoning problems take more time than other sections, hence time constraints must be kept in mind while attempting this section.

Reasoning Section Can Be the Most Scoring Subject

If you have prepared well, this section can fetch you 40-45 marks easily in SSC CGL 2022 exam which will help you in getting shortlisted for the next round. So you must prepare well to score well.

Best Books for SSC CGL Reasoning

Candidates can refer to the below mentioned SSC CGL books for complete reasoning preparation :

Book Name

Author/Publisher

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 and Non-Verbal (English)

B S Sijwali, Indu Sijwali

Logical & Analytical Reasoning (English)

A K Gupta

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FAQs

  • The total weightage of the SSC CGL Reasoning section is 25% i.e., 25 questions out of 100 questions asked for 2 marks each.

  • No, there is no Sectional Cutoff for the Reasoning Section in SSC CGL Exam 2022.

  • The books that you can refer to for the preparation of the Reasoning Section are mentioned in the article. Some of the Good Books are-

    Analytical Reasoning -M K Pandey

    Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning - R S Aggarwal etc.

  • The other sections, that are asked in SSC CGL 2022 Tier-1 Exam, are the following - English, Maths and General Awareness.

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