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How to Prepare Reasoning for SSC-CGL & CHSL Exams?

In some previous years, exams like CGL and CHSL conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) have gained immense popularity. The notification has already been released by SSC for the CGL 2018 exam and similar to the previous few years lakhs of students will sit for the exam this year also.

Earlier CGL 2018 was scheduled to take place from 25th July to 20th August 2018. But due to some reasons, it has been postponed. Notification for CHSL 2018 is yet to be published. Both these exams have a similar syllabus for Tier 1 exam and Reasoning plays a vital role in making you a topper. In this blog, we will be telling you how to prepare to reason for SSC exam.

So you must have started your preparations and they might in full swing. The level of questions asked in the SSC exams is quite easy and with some good strategies, you can have a good score. Here we are to help you with some tips and strategies which you may find useful to tackle the questions in the exams.

Let’s see how Reasoning for SSC is easy to prepare.

SSC Syllabus

According to the SSC syllabus, the following topics are there:

Verbal Reasoning for SSC

  1. Classification and Analogy
  2. Coding – Decoding
  3. Matrix
  4. Puzzles
  5. Word Formation
  6. The arrangement of words in meaningful or dictionary order
  7. Direction and Distances
  8. Venn Diagram
  9. Missing Numbers 
  10. Series 
  11. Blood Relations
  12. Non-verbal Reasoning
  13. Verbal Reasoning

As we know that Reasoning is a time-consuming section of the SSC exam. It does not require any formula to solve the question but takes only thinking the ability for a candidate to solve the question. You just need to be careful while answering the questions and if you are able to do so you can score well in this section and now that we are aware of the syllabus we should proceed and learn how to tackle these types of questions in minimum time.

The reasoning for SSC – Easy Questions

Classification and Analogy

  • You have to face minimum one question related to classification and analogy.
  • This is one of the easiest topics and is less time-consuming.
  • Questions for this topic are mostly straightforward and you can answer them easily.
  • Questions are on Classification topics are Numbers, Letter, G.K, and Meaningful words based.
  • In Analogies, you have to find the blank part of the question to complete the set.
  • In the questions asked from these two topics, you have to select the most suitable one or the odd one out.


  • In these questions, you will be given statements and conclusions and you have to choose which of the conclusions sensibly follow(s) from the given statements.
  • The simplest way to handle these type of questions is through Venn diagrams.
  • Reading the statements carefully and followings the conclusions one at a time will avoid the overlapping of categories.
  • Practicing questions on this topic will let do you do well in the exams.

Verbal Analogies

  • The quickest way to solve these type of verbal analogy questions is to build a relationship between the terms of the first pair.
  • Having a strong vocabulary will help you solve these questions.

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SSC Reasoning – Moderate Questions

Blood Relations

  • This topic includes questions related to general blood relation, family tree and coded blood relation.
  • With the help of tree diagram,s you can solve these type of questions easily.

Data Sufficiency

  • Questions from this topic includes Ordering & Ranking, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding, Circular- Arrangements, Directions & Distances, Age & Birth Dates.
  • There is no specific trick to solve these questions, all you have to do is practice more and more questions.

Seating Arrangements (Circular and Linear)

  • Linear seating arrangements includes Floor Based, Persons seating in a single row or dual row.
  • All of them may be facing to the single direction (either north or south) or both directions north and south.
  • More variables may be given to make the problem more complex.
  • Circular arrangements consists of Uni & Bi- directional problems on circular, square and rectangular tables.
  • In Linear, do questions of Single and Double Rows facing each other/ away from each other/ in the same direction.

SSC Reasoning – Tricky Questions

Coding and Decoding

  • This includes Letter Shifting, Coding in Fictitious Language, Operation on Place Values, Coding by Analogy, Coding by Words, Conditional Matrix.
  • Pay attention to the numbers and alphabets in the given code.
  • Also, check if the sequences given in the questions are in ascending or descending order.
  • To get the definite answers you first need to check the pattern the question is following.

Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • The type of questions in this type is pictorial analogies, symbol series, finding the next picture based on the previous set of pictures, symbolic operations, numerical patterns, spatial relations, space visualizations etc.
  • Having a strong spatial reasoning aptitude would help with this section. Mirror image, Space image are a few examples of this type of questions.

Matrix and Puzzles

  • Matrix and puzzles are not only tricky but also time-consuming.
  • The best way to solve these type of questions is by reading the question carefully and go by the options and see the odd one from there and satisfy it with the question asked.
  • For this, you need to improve your reading skills and speed to understand the question quickly.
  • Try to solve more questions or quizzes to have a strong hold on these type of questions.

So this is how you can study Reasoning for SSC ESxam. I hope you found this blog helpful and got to know some of the important topics and the type of questions asked in SSC Exam. Also if you if you have any suggestion then you can let us know in the comment section below.

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