SSC CGL Reasoning Questions: Important Types & Preparation Tips

SSC CGL Reasoning Questions: SSC CGL notification 2020-21 will be released soon as the Staff Selection Commission has released this year’s calendar. SSC CGL Exam is one of the prestigious exams of all the Government exams in which Reasoning is one of the important sections of the SSC CGL exam. The reasoning is one of the most scoring sections of the CGL exam, if you practice well you can score full marks in this section. SSC CGL reasoning is an important part of the Tier-1 exam. You can check below the structure of the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam.

 SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier-1:

                                        SSC CGL Tier I – Computer Based Test

Phase I Subject No of Questions Maximum Marks Duration Negative Marks
Tier I



General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 Minutes


0.50 Marks for Each Wrong Answer
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50


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Syllabus of SSC CGL Reasoning & General Intelligence Section:

 The Reasoning Section is like a brain teaser for candidates. Some questions are very easy to answer and some are tricky ones. The right SSC CGL strategy will give you the correct answer within a stipulated time. SSC CGL Reasoning section contains two types of questions:

  1.       Verbal Reasoning
  2.       Non- verbal Reasoning

General Intelligence & Reasoning Topics:

Semantic Analogy symbolic Operations
Symbolic/ Number Analogy Figural problem/Embedded Figures
Figural Analogy Venn Diagrams
Semantic Classification Drawing inferences
Symbolic/ Number Classification Punched hole/ pattern
Figural Classification Folding & unfolding
Semantic Series Critical thinking
Number Series Trends
Figural Series Social Intelligence
Problem Solving Direction and Distance
Word formation Blood Relations
Coding & decoding Matrix
Numerical Operations Judgment, decision making
Mirror and water image Emotional Intelligence
syllogistic reasoning statement conclusion
Syllogism Sitting arrangement
Clock and Calendar Cubes and dices
 SSC CGL complete syllabus 

How to Prepare Reasoning for SSC CGL exam:

The Reasoning section checks the thinking ability, general intelligence, problem-solving ability, and decision-making skills of candidates. Unlike quantitative aptitude, you don’t need to cram any formula or solve complex problems. The reasoning is something that needs to be mastered through constant & consistent practice. The more you practice the more you will be skilled. Here we are sharing some expert tips and tricks to score 100% in the SSC CGL Reasoning Section:

  • Choose the right study material.
  • Clear the basic concept of each topic.
  • Practice topic wise while each concept and solve examples.
  • Once you’re done completing all the chapters using your preparation material,                revise. It’s important to revise multiple times to retain the concepts.
  • Make handy notes of shortcuts you learn from different platforms so that you can have a look before the exam.
  • Do practice on a daily basis.
  • Solve mock tests and practice papers, it will give you not only a feeling of the exam but also check your speed and accuracy.
  • Solve previous years Paper: previous year question helps you to identify the              difficulty level of the exam
  • Allot timing to each section as to how much you have to give to each section.
  • Know your standing & analyze your performance.
  • Determine your speed & accuracy.
  • Identify your strong & weak areas.
  • Check yourself, what to attempt in the exam while practicing on mock tests.

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Follow the tips and score well in exams and get selected. We will try to keep you updated from time to time. Keep Practicing.


Q. Is there Sectional Cut-off in the SSC CGL exam?

A. No, there is no sectional cut-off in the CGL exam.

Q. Important books for Reasoning preparation of the CGL exam?

A. A complete guide to Logical Reasoning by Practice Guru, Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance Tests by Arihant Publications.

Q. What will be the time allotted for the CGL Tier-1 exam?

A. The total of 60 minutes will be given to solve 100 multiple-choice questions.

Q. How many attempts are for the CGL exam?

A. There is no provision for the number of attempts, for the General category up to 30 years you can appear for the exam for some post, and in some its 27 years

Q. Is there negative marking in SSC CGL Exam?

A. Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.50 except English, in English its 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

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