SSC CGL 2018 Tips for Reasoning Preparation

SSC CGL 2018 notification is expected to be released in next couple of weeks. It will be wise to start the preparation for the Exam from now onwards instead of waiting for the Notification. This will give you a head start in the SSC CGL 2018 preparation. To give you a further advantage we bring to you this blog – “SSC CGL Preparation Strategy for Reasoning”.

Through the Blog, We Aim to cover a very important section of SSC CGL 2018 Exam, i.e. Reasoning. It is a very unconventional topic. This is included in the SSC CGL Syllabus to test your logical thinking abilities, problem-solving & decision-making skills. What makes reasoning unconventional is that it cannot be learnt from books alone. It can only be mastered through constant & consistent practice. So, our Mantra for SSC CGL 2018 Reasoning preparation strategy would be, “The more you solve, the more you learn”.

SSC CGL 2018 Reasoning Preparation Tips

SSC CGL 2018 Tier I Exam Pattern (Expected)
Subject Questions Marks Time  
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes (Total) For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 minutes  
General Awareness 25 50  
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50  
English Language 25 50  
TOTAL 100 200  
SSC CGL 2018 Tier I – Reasoning Syllabus (Expected)
  • Analogy
  • Arranging words in Logical order or Dictionary order
  • Blood Relations
  • Classification
  • Coding Decoding
  • Directions & Distances
  • Matrix
  • Missing Number
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Puzzle
  • Odd One Out
  • Series – Number and Alphanumeric
  • Syllogism
  • Venn diagram
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Word formation. Etc.
SSC CGL 2018 Tier I – Previous Year’s Paper Analysis of Reasoning section
Topic No of Questions Level
Analogy 4 Moderate
Blood Relation 1 Easy
Coding-Decoding 4 to 5 Easy-Moderate
Direction Sense Test 1 Easy-Moderate
Matrix 1 Easy
Miscellaneous 9 Easy-Moderate
Non-Verbal (Image) 1 Easy
Odd one out 2 to 3 Easy-Moderate
Series 6 Easy-Moderate
Syllogism 1 Moderate
Total 25 Easy
SSC CGL 2018 Tier I Exam – Reasoning Questions from Previous Year Question Papers

Q1. Find the odd word from the given alternatives.
(a) Shimla
(b) Ooty
(c) Darjeeling
(d) Agra



Sol. Except for Agra all are hill stations.

Q2. Pointing to a boy, Pooja said, “He is the son of my paternal grandfather’s only daughter.” How is Pooja related to the boy?
(a) Mother
(b) Maternal Aunt
(c) Paternal Aunt
(d) None of these



Sol.  Boy = son of Pooja’s grandfather’s only daughter
= son of Pooja’s paternal aunt
= Pooja’s cousin
Hence, Pooja is also the boy’s cousin.


SSC CGL 2018 Tier I – Books for Reasoning

Kiran’s SSC Reasoning chapter-wise solved papers- in English

Analytical Reasoning by M.K Pandey

A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal by Arihant

Reasoning by RS Aggarwal

SSC CGL 2018 Tier I Exam – Tips for Reasoning
  • Prioritize the Reasoning questions for SSC CGL 2018 Tier I exam. Start with the easy questions and then move onto difficult ones.
  • While starting the preparation of Reasoning focus on understanding the basics of various question types.
  • There are numerous tricks for Reasoning. Master these tricks by solving as many questions as possible.
  • SSC CGL 2018 Tier I Mock Tests
  • A Good vocabulary will be helpful in solving Reasoning questions of SSC CGL 2018 Exam
  • Give more time and practise for comparatively difficult topics like Coding-Decoding
  • Do not forget to solve all the previous year’s question papers (at least of last 5 years) of SSC CGL Exam – Tier I.
SSC CGL 2018 Tier I Exam – Reasoning Questions for Practise

Q1. In the following question, two statements are given each followed by two conclusions I and II. You have to consider the statements to be true even if they seem to be at variance from commonly known facts. You have to decide which of the given conclusions, if any, follows from the given statements.

(I) Out of 100 people, 87 do regular exercising and 35 restrain from unnecessary diet
(II) These 100 people belong to metro city region


(I) 35 % people do exercising and dieting.
(II) In metro city region, people are more health conscious.

Options –

(a) Only conclusion II follows
(b) Conclusion I and II both follow
(c) Neither I nor II follows
(d) Only conclusion I follows




Q2. If “A” means “subtraction”, “B” means “division”, “C” means “addition” and “D” means “multiplication”, then

305 B 5 A 28 C 43 D 12 =?

Options –

(a) 569
(b) 549
(c) 560
(d) 530


Sol. 305 ÷ 5 – 28 + 43 × 12 = 549



We hope you find the above blog in useful in your SSC CGL 2018 preparation.

All the Best for the SSC CGL Exam !!


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