Smart Strategy for Reasoning in SSC Steno Grade C & D Exam

By Sandeep Baliyan|Updated : July 13th, 2017

SSC Stenographer Grade C & D Exam for the year 2017 is scheduled to be held on 11th September -14th September 2017. So, today we are sharing Reasoning Section Strategy for SSC Stenographer Grade C & D Exam for you to excel in the reasoning section.

Now first let us have look on the SSC Steno Grade C & D Exam Pattern 2017 Exam.


SSC Stenographer Grade C & D Exam Pattern 2017:

The SSC Stenographer Recruitment Exam comprises a written paper that consists of 100 Objective Type - Multiple choice questions divided into 3 parts viz. General Intelligence & Reasoning (50 questions), General Awareness (50 questions), and English Language and Comprehension (100 questions).



Maximum Marks/Number of Questions

Time Allotted

Time Allotted
(VH/Cerebral Palsy)


General Intelligence and Reasoning


2 hours

2 hours 40 minutes


General Awareness



English Language


Total No. of Questions


1. There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

2. The papers will be set in both English and Hindi (Except Part III).

3. Students have to clear SSC Steno Grade C & D cut off 2017 in order to get selected for the desired post.

NOTE: We have already provided the Detailed Syllabus for the exam conducted for SSC Stenographer Grade C & D. Click Here to View the SSC Steno Grade C & D syllabus 2017

Here are some important and valuable tips and strategies for Reasoning Section of SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ Examination.

Smart Strategy for Reasoning section in SSC Stenographer Grade C & D Exam

SSC Steno Reasoning is generally a scoring subject as it takes only thinking ability of a candidate. If the candidate is able to apply it, he can easily score well in this section. Unlike numerical skill in reasoning section, you don’t have to learn some formula and solve the question by applying that formula. You just have to be very careful while answering these questions. This section tests the judgment and other skills related to the presence of mind and analytical ability of a candidate.

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

The number of questions from each topic and their difficulty level has remained similar over the years. In order to know the recent trend of complete Reasoning Section of SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ Exam, candidates may go through the following table:


No. of Questions asked







Missing Number


Arrangements of words in logical order


Distance & Direction Test


Word Formation


Mathematical Operators




Statements & Conclusions


Mirror Image & Water Image


Paper Cutting & Folding


Embedded Figures


Logical Venn Diagrams




Alphabet Test






Pattern Completion


 General Tips to crack Reasoning section in SSC Steno exam

Point 1: Always Remember that the given question will be solved by the data given only, don’t make unnecessary assumptions or judgment while solving the problem. Use smart and appropriate tricks and method for solving any problem.

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

Point 3: Be very careful with words having negative prefixes like non-, un-. They can fool you for facts. So you must read the question very carefully and when you are sure about the question, then find its solution.

Point 4: If you are struck by a particular question and nothing is coming up; try eliminating options as per the information was given to get the correct answers. Don’t try to answer all the question because it may lead to negative marking.

Point 5: The understanding of Directions should be accurate i.e. which direction is West, North, East and South.

Point 6: 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.

Point 7: Series is the most important topic, but it is also very difficult to master. You should make sure you practice each and every concept thoroughly and try not to rush through the topics.

Point 8: You should also try to imagine the object in 3D like dice and paper folding etc. it will help in solving such problems.

Point 9: Reasoning problems takes more time than other sections, hence time constraint must be kept in mind while attempting this section

Point 10: If you have prepared well, this section can fetch you 40-45 marks easily in SSC Steno 2017 Exam which can be important marks to get shortlisted for the next round. So you must prepare well and score well.

Study Material for Reasoning section in SSC Steno Grade C & D Exam:

Suggested 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 Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ Exam easily. You can also have a look at the SSC Steno Grade C & D Job Profile & Salary 2017 Exam.

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