Reasoning is a very important section in the SSC MTS/stenographers/CGL/JE/other exams. So, you have to master this section if you want to score well in any SSC Exam. While, reasoning as a subject is quite familiar to the science and commerce background students but Arts students feel helpless in this section. In this article, we have covered up all-important aspects of preparation for reasoning section, especially keeping in mind the concerns of students from Arts background.
Topics covered in reasoning section
In order to start preparation, let us first go through the topics asked in SSC exams:
- Coding decoding questions
- Direction sense questions
- Matrix questions
- Non-verbal reasoning
- Analogy questions (includes word analogy, antonym-synonym analogy etc)
- Blood relation questions
- Seating arrangement questions
- Ranking test
- Mathematical substitution based questions (interchange of signs or substitution of mathematical signs such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division etc)
- Alphabet Test (words sorting as per dictionary, word jumbles, word formation or non formation)
- Syllogism questions
- Series comparison questions (number series, alphabet series, alphanumeric test etc)
- Inserting the missing number of word
- Logical Venn diagrams
Reasoning Section in SSC Exams: How to master it?
Find the tips and strategy below that you should opt.
Go through the syllabus and do SWOT analysis
The first thing that is important is to go through the whole syllabus and after that do the SWOT analysis so that you can focus on your strong areas and can develop skills to at least attempt easy questions in the weak areas.
Follow a standard book initially
The one and only a good book for reasoning basics in the market is RS Aggarwal. This will give you in-depth idea regarding all the relevant topics. This will also help you in understanding the logic of the topics. Go through it once first and then revise it. First time, solve the problems of each chapter whereas the second time, the important thing is to be able to solve the questions in which you were stuck the first time. Once you are done with these two rounds, you are certainly going to be confident regarding reasoning section.
Revise what you read
For Arts graduate students, revision holds much importance since you are not likely to be very comfortable with the theory part in your first reading itself. Rest assured, this section is generally easier compared to math section. So, clear your basics by revising what you read and practice it practically after that.
Non-verbal reasoning may seem difficult to you
It is because there is no fixed rule in these questions. Rather, you have to understand the pattern in each and every question in order to attempt it. It often takes a lot of time and time is of the ultimate essence in any competitive exam. So, non-verbal reasoning section is going to be challenge for Arts candidates though it often poses challenges to any candidate.
Non-verbal reasoning requires more mind mapping and association capability
This is because when you are able to detect the pattern without drawing again it saves a lot of time. This, in turn, will be helpful for you in other sections.
Practice books & previous year papers rigorously
This is not only to make you efficient in this section but also to boost your confidence. Your way of practice should be systematic: first finish the basic book with the problems and after that goes for previous year papers. SSC is famous for copying questions word by word from previous year questions. Hence, pick up the previous year question papers compilation available in the market to practice as much as possible. You are certainly going to get questions from the papers of last 10 years.
Reasoning is more about practical application
Unlike math, there are not many formulae in case of reasoning. So, go through the basics of the concepts in this section once and then revise. Apart from that focus on practical application of the concepts as much as possible.
Reasoning section is easy to attempt but at the same time, if you are not comfortable in this section, you will definitely find it difficult. To avoid this, your main job is to first clear your concept, then revise those concepts and last but not the least, practice from previous year papers as well as a standard book.