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SSC SI, CAPF ASI Exam 2015: Tips and Strategy: General Intelligence and Reasoning

Apr 8, 2015 14:02 IST

    To recruit aspiring candidates in various posts of Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police & Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) in CISF, the Staff Selection commission has announced dates for written examination. The examination is scheduled to take place on June 21, 2015 and would be conducted nationwide in various centres. The candidates who have applied for the posts are gearing up for the written examination, passing which would land them to physical endurance test. This test would be the final roadblock for the candidates and it is a necessary test in part of every candidate. This would allow the candidate to finally secure their positions as SI or ASI officers.

    The pattern of examination is quite similar to that of most of the other competitive examinations. The written test contains two major papers. The total marks that these two papers contain are 400 and to solve the same the candidates get a time of 4 hours. The first paper consists of subjects namely General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Knowledge and General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. All these subjects carry 50 marks each with maximum 50 questions to be solved. Paper I and Paper II examinations would take place simultaneously in the same examination hall. The Paper II consists of English Language and Comprehension questions. Both the papers have Multiple Choice Questions and carries negative marking on wrong evaluation in part of the candidate. The candidates need to pass individually in both the papers and score the required cut-off mark to move through to the physical endurance test and medical round.

    Tips and Strategies

    • Master the tricks: Reasoning is all about tricks and methods. This subject is in itself there to judge the reasoning ability and mental strength of a candidate. It is thus expected from the candidates to analyze a given problem with adequate reasons and in order to do that the candidate might need to spend adequate time in getting to the core of the problem. There would be questions related to similarities and differences, space visualizations, spatial orientation figural classifications, Venn Diagrams and drawing operations to test your visual memory. The more you practice these questions the more you would discover tricks to solve them in lesser time.
    • Follow Previous Question Papers and Mock Questions: Following well-articulated books in which you could find all kinds of reasoning related problems ranging from Semantic analogy to that of coding and decoding could help the candidates immensely. There are questions related to semantic classification, number series, word building, numeral operations, and symbolic operations to enhance critical thinking in the candidates. Try and figure out the best books available in the market and start following them. You should get previous year question papers, solving which would give you the required confidence. Solving the mock question papers would give you the exact clock time that you are ticking and you can improve it by practicing regularly.
    • Play mind games: Reasoning and General Intelligence paper is there to test the presence of mind of the candidates and their ability to adapt a particular question to their own understanding. A sharp mind plays an important role in this subject. There are questions that are related to figural pattern folding and completion, indexing of address matching and coding-decoding of small & capital letters/numbers, for which the candidates need to develop a certain emotional intelligence as well as social intelligence. It is recommended to play mind games regularly besides preparing for the examination. Chess, Scramble, Sudoku, Crosswords and many other games are easily available which sharpens your brains capacity, which in turn can help make your understanding better.
    • Beat the time: You need to be double sure that the time you set for your papers don’t get overlapped with the others. If this happens you might risk your entire paper and ultimately result to a complete failure in the examination. The best way to make the balance is to set a time for each of the subjects and work out accordingly. If you couldn’t finish this subject on time, move on to the other subject which you think you have a good grip on. You can always manage the time, but in order to do so effectively in the examination centre, you need to first master it in your home by practicing.
    • Be doubly sure while answering: The written examination has negative markings for every wrong evaluation. Thus, you need to be fully sure while answering any of the questions. This can make or break your chances in a particular subject and if you are not sure about any of the question, just focus your energy and time on some other. There would always be time to look back at the questions that you think you might be able to pull off but are not sure about. Keep them for the end and answer those you are sure about at the beginning.

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