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SSC CGL 2017: Preparation tips and topics for verbal reasoning

May 10, 2017 14:23 IST
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Now a day, SSC CGL is one of the biggest exams for government job aspirants. As per the latest schedule, this year it`s exam is going to be held in November. We all know that this year SSC CGL has been delayed but no worries. It is an advantage to you. As now its final schedule is out, start preparing it seriously.

SSC CGL 2017-18: Examination calendar

SSC has recently updated the calendar for the SSC CGL 2017-18 exams on dated 11thApril, 2017.

        a. SSC CGL 2017 Online application dates: - 16thMay, 2017 to 16thJune, 2017

        b. SSC CGL computer based tier-1 exam 2017: - 1stAugust, 2017 to 20thAugust, 2017

        c. SSC CGL computer based tier-2 exam 2017:- 10thNovember, 2017 to 11thNovember, 2017

        d. SSC CGL tier-3 descriptive paper 2017:- 21stJanuary, 2018

        e. SSC CGL tier-4 2017 (if applicable): - Feb, 2018

Now, you must know, the exam pattern of SSC CGL Tier-1 before starting preparation given below –

S.No

Subjects

Questions

Marks/question

1

Quantitative Aptitude

25

2

2

General Intelligence

25

2

3

English Language

25

2

4

General Knowledge

25

2

From the above pattern, we observe the equal distribution of questions and marks. Therefore, you must give equal time to each subject. Now, if we look for the easiest subject, then it is reasoning ability. It needs the concentration and rigorous practice only. This one is more scoring subject. there are a possibility of two cases in this subject; either you will take less time and attempt almost questions with accuracy or you will spent more time with less correct answers. Therefore, everything depends on your practice and efforts.

Now, out of this 25 question, 80% question came from verbal reasoning. We have analyzed previous year exams to estimate the approximate number of questions come from different topics. This will help you out in preparation of this exam.

Verbal Reasoning

Topic

No. of question

Analogy

4

Classification

4

Number / Alphanumeric Series

3

Missing number

1

Coding – Decoding

1

Word Formation

1

Direction sense

1

Ranking and Arrangements

1

Arrangement of words

2

Fictitious Symbol

1

Alphabet Sequence

1

These all topics need a little attention and practice. They are easy to solve. You just have to apply few reasoning analytics skills to attempt such questions. Here are some tips to have a command on verbal reasoning topics.

  1. Learn Basic Concepts: For a novice or beginner, start with understanding each topic clearly, Try different sources of learning as you will get to know various short tricks this way. At first, go through all of the various sub topics so that you will be well versed with all types of questions from that chapter.
  2. Different medium of learning: Learn topics from various sources like books of particular subject having topic wise description of different authors of, blogs of the topics, videos of the concepts, etc.
  3. Practicing through topic wise quizzes: After getting complete knowledge of all the topics, start practicing their corresponding questions. Try to attempt 100 questions of different types per topic. After this, you will quickly analyze the pattern in seconds only. This way of practicing increases your speed as well. Set your target to complete this much question of particular topic in a day or an hour.
  4. Attempt subject wise mock tests: When you are completed with practice sessions of all the sessions, start attempting the complete set of this subject. You have to attempt its each set daily for a month. Also, set a timeline to complete it. Then calculate your marks applying negative marking in wrong questions. This will help you in figuring your weak areas. Then you must attempt questions of those topics and increase your accuracy in next test. You will see a growth chart increasing day by day.
  5. Analyze previous year mock tests: Before 20 days of exam, attempt all previous year questions to get an accurate ideology of real question paper. Usually SSC repeats its question from previous sets, so it can be a positive point for you.

If you consider the above-mentioned points seriously, it will definitely get an edge over this section. You will surely get 18 out of 20 following this strategy. Our website often puts articles and quizzes for reasoning section. Keep an eye on them. Here is a list of some books to follow:

  1. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (R S Aggarwal)
  2. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Hindi (Kiran Publication)
  3. Logical & Analytical Reasoning – English (A K Gupta)

You can practice from these books too.

Best of luck!

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