 Reasoning, General Intelligence (Tier 1)
 Breakup : Last three years’ papers
 Priority order
 Task #1:Series
 Task #2: ArrangementDirection tests
 Task #3: Nonverbal
 Task #4: CodingDecoding
 Task #5 remaining stuff
 Book for Reasoning?
In the previous articles we saw how to approach
General Awareness for Tier I  Click me 
Maths / Quantitative Aptitude for Tier I and II  Click me 
Reasoning / General Intelligence for Tier I  Click me 
In this last article on SSCCGL series, we’ll see how to approach Reasoning (for Tier 1) and English (for Tier 1 and 2).
Reasoning, General Intelligence (Tier 1)
Just like how we did the Maths first we’ll divide [Reasoning] into subtopics
Topic 
Subtopics  2010  11  12 
Series 

27  26  30 
Coding 

7  8  11 
Arrangement 

5  7  2 
Logic 

4  2  2 
Misc. 

3  3  1 
Image based (nonverbal) 

4  4  4 
Total 
Total  50  50  50 
Breakup : Last three years’ papers
Priority order
 Logical Reasoning portion doesn’t have much theory/formulas as such, except for Syllogism, clockCalendars, Permutation combinations etc. so the only way to master Reasoning= via maximum practice at home.
 Here comes the problem: You’ve to face Reasoning/General Intelligence only at the tierI stage. (50Q) But In tier II: there is no reasoning, but only Maths +English. Besides, you don’t have to tick 200/200 questions in tierI, to pass the exam.
 So, you should have some sort of strategy about how much time and energy should be invested in Logical Reasoning portion. (like in General Awareness , the priority order was Static>>Science>>Crap.)
Task #1:Series
 As you can see from the topic wise breakup charts given above, majority of the questions are asked from “series”(analogy, odd pairs, dictionary etc). Around half of the reasoning questions are based on this topic only.
 In fact in every SSC CGL paper, first 89 question are from analogy, next 78 question from “Find odd word/number” and so on.
 Therefore, I suggest you first solve all the sums related to “series” from your reasoning book. And within that, more emphasis should be given to
 Analogy (words and numbers)
 odd pair (same)
 classification
 dictionary based series
 inserting missing characters
 logical sequence of words
The word based analogy/odd pair is very easy (compared to number based or letter based).
But number based analogy/odd pair etc. can be a tough cookie.
So while in exam, keep an eye on wrist watch. Don’t spend too much time in just one question.
For example: find Missing number in the box?
3  7  52 
5  11  126 
??  9  107 
Answer choice:
 6
 18
 26
 36
 If you’re able to solve this quickly=well and good.
 But sometimes the logic behind above number pairing won’t click in your mind immediately in the exam. So there is no point in wasting 57 minutes in just one question here. Just leave it and move on to next question.
 On the last page of your question paper (space for rough work), write down the Question number of such “timeconsuming” sums and leave them for the end part of exam. (same advice for codingdecoding).
Task #2: ArrangementDirection tests
 This includes bloodrelation, arrangements (circular, line, building etc.)
 To a new player, the arrangement questions may appear timeconsuming. But once you’ve practiced enough sums, your speed will improve.
 But the best thing with arrangement question= you can verify the answer (by applying the “conditions” given in the question to your arrangement).
 Easiest of all arrangement is circular arrangement. I consider it “noexcuse” topic. Solve each and every sum given in your book. Once you’re comfortable with circular, move to linear and rectangular (dining table).
 Next comes, Direction based question. Mohan walks 5 km north then… Again “noexcuse”. Solve each and every sum given in your book.
 Then buildingcarjob, lecture schedules etc. arrangements.
 Finally blood relations.
Task #3: Nonverbal
Image based question. Again no excuse, solve all the sums and it won’t pose much difficulty during exam. But yes keep an eye on wristwatch.
Task #4: CodingDecoding
This involves
 Typical coding decoding (PEAR written as GFDN then REAP is written as..)
 Symbols (circle is greater than, square is less than..)
 Maths operations (L=x, M=+, then value of 16L(12M13) is..)
 And other misc. questions.
Math operation =no excuse. Can be mastered with practice and can be solved quickly and accurately. Same for symbol.
So practice as much as you can.
Task #5 remaining stuff
 Here, first finish Syllogism (All cats are dogs..): use the UPUN method to quickly solve them. click me to learn it. Please note, in SSC, at most two questions on syllogism per year. But costbenefit ratio is very good. So don’t avoid).
 Conventional Venn Diagram questions. (50 drink coffee, 40 drink tea…) Usually just 1 question comes. Good part= answer can be verified and once you practice enough it doesn’t even take one minute to solve it (2 circle venn diagram cases).
 Therefore, no excuse must be prepared.
Now once you’ve done Above things then spend remaining time in whatever topics are left. Clock, calendar etc. (based on time and mood.)
Book for Reasoning?
 Since Reasoning/ General Intelligence topic doesn’t have much theory, the only way to approach it= practice maximum number of questions at home from your reasoning book.
 I’m going to repeat the advice given in maths article: You should simultaneously appear for IBPS, LIC, CDS, CAPF and all such exams depending on your career taste. (because putting all eggs in one SSC basket= bad idea sirji).
 So you want to use one reasoning book that is universally applicable to all such exams. I suggest use either one of the following books:
Book  A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by  A new approach Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by 
Author  R.S.Agarwal  BS Sijwali 
Publication  S.Chand  Arihant 
 While content and coverage is almost the same in both these books, They differ mainly in terms of “size” (=no. of practice questions given in each book.).
 BS Sijwali has less number of practice question (around 750 pages) while R.S.Agarwal’s reasoning book has about 1500 paper.
 Both of them quite helpful in SSCCGL, IBPS, LICADO, AAO, CDS, and similar exams.
 You don’t need to use both of them, just use any one of them. And practice as many questions as you can at home.
 This concludes the discussion on How to approach Logical Reasoning/ General Intelligence for SSCCGL exam.
 Now only one topic remains: how to approach English vocabulary, grammar and comprehension. Will be discussed in a separate article.