SSC Stenographer Reasoning | Preparation Tips by Experts

SSC Stenographer is organized by the Staff Selection Commission for the recruitment to the posts of Stenographer Grade C (Group B Non – Gazetted) and Stenographer Grade D (Group C) in central government organizations. The exam is conducted in two stages which are Computer Based Test (CBT) and Skill Test. On the basis of candidates’ performance in the CBT, candidates are shortlisted for the skill test. The final selection is done on the basis of both stages. This exam is a test of speed and accuracy of a candidate as the competition has reached another level. So to succeed in the goal of clearing the exam, CBT is the first and critical hurdle. We are here to get you prepared for SSC Stenographer Reasoning Section.

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We are here to get you prepared for the SSC Stenographer Reasoning exam. In the Computer Based Test (CBT), the reasoning is asked under General Intelligence and Reasoning section. This section evaluates the thinking capability, reasoning intelligence, and potential of decision-making in a candidate. This section is considered lengthy, tough, and tricky by the candidates because of the complex nature and time-taking structure of questions.

In this article, we will discuss the pattern of the exam and preparation tips for the reasoning section.

1. SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2020 (CBT)

The examination sections, number of questions, marks, and duration for the CBT are mentioned below:

Sections No. of Questions  Maximum Marks Duration
General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50 Composite time of 120 minutes

(160 minutes for PwBD Candidates)

English Language and Comprehension 100 100
General Awareness 50 50
Total 200 200

 There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the objective tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty to arrive at a corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

In the SSC Stenographer exam, a candidate is expected to attempt 200 questions in 120 minutes. The reasoning section proves to be important in the exam as compared to other sections because it needs a better and logical approach. It is a test of time management and accuracy.

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2. Important topics for SSC Stenographer Reasoning section in Computer Based Test (CBT)

Generally, the reasoning ability section is made up of two types of questions:

1.Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning consists of questions that are framed in the form of words or sentences using different logical and analytical concepts. Topics like Alphabet based questions, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Ordering Ranking, Puzzles, etc. are asked. In this exam questions are asked mostly from the verbal reasoning section.

2. Non – Verbal Reasoning

In non – verbal reasoning questions are framed in the form of pictures and diagrams or graphical representations are used. Topics like Mirror Images, Embedded Images, Paper Cutting and Folding, Cubes and Dice, Counting Triangles and Rectangles, etc. are asked. In this exam, a few questions are asked from the non-verbal reasoning section.

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In the General Intelligence and Reasoning section, 50 questions are asked. Keep an aim to attempt all the questions. To improve the accuracy and to learn how to handle the time pressure, conceptual knowledge as well as a smart study plan to prepare the topics is required. For thIS aspirants must be aware of the important topics of the section, the number of questions, and the level of questions that are asked in the exam.

Topic No. Of Questions Level of the questions
Analogy 3 Easy
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy
Venn Diagram 3 Moderate
Ordering and Ranking 5 Easy-Moderate
Blood Relations 5 Moderate
Classification 3 Moderate
Venn Diagram and Puzzle 5 Easy
Alphabet based questions 5 Easy-Moderate
Syllogism 3 Easy-Moderate
Mixed Series 5 Moderate
Non-Verbal Reasoning 8-10 Easy-Moderate
Total 50 Easy-Moderate

Apart from these topics the other topics like Inequality, Series Completion, Alphanumeric Series, etc. are also expected. The difficulty level of these questions can be between easy to moderate.

Generally, the level of the exam is easy. Some questions of the moderate level are asked. However, a candidate needs to handle the time pressure as well. Therefore this is the test of accuracy and time management.

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3. General tips to attempt the Reasoning Section

Following are some tips that you should keep in mind while attempting SSC Stenographer Reasoning Section:

3.1 Prepare a study plan 

As you are aware of the important topics, aspirants need to prepare a study plan to complete the syllabus before time. Aspirants need to make sure that days are kept aside in the study plan to practice as many as mock tests.

Start with individual topics first and then go for the reasoning section as a whole to practice the questions.

3.2 Clarity of concepts

Candidates need to work on the fundamental concepts and clear any doubts regarding the topics. The focus should be on both Verbal and Non – Verbal sections.

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3.3 Improve your logical skills

This section evaluates the reasoning intelligence and logical approach which is required to improve the problem – solving skills. Therefore it is required that aspirants should work more on logical skills. This can be easily done by practicing questions and quizzes.

3.4 Practice Mock tests and Quizzes

Mock tests help the aspirants to know the level of the examination and the competition.

Candidates get to know the amount of preparation that is required. So try taking mocks on a regular basis which will help you to check how well you are prepared.

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3.5 Prepare notes and analyze your mistakes

Realizing the mistakes and making honest efforts to improve is the best possible way to tackle any topic. Identify your weak areas and spend most of the preparation time to convert them into strong areas.

3.6 Attempt Strategy

Identify your strong areas in this section and prioritize the questions from these areas. Read every word in the question with maximum attention and consider all the possibilities while attempting any question. Make sure that you are attempting the easier and less time taking questions first. Then go for complex, lengthy, and difficult questions. This will help you in scoring maximum marks within the given time.

3.7 Maintain Accuracy

Since in this exam the difficulty level of the questions is not much. Mostly easy to moderate questions are asked in the exam. Therefore accuracy plays an important role here. Make sure that all the easy questions are attempted first as there are fewer chances of making mistakes in such questions which will easily increase your cumulative score.

3.8 Analyze previous years question papers

This is essential as this will make you acquainted with the pattern of questions and will help you to prepare a better study plan and exam strategy.

As the countdown for the exam has already started, try to implement these tips in your daily preparation and make sure that you will give your best. These are the general concepts and tips to prepare for the General Intelligence and Reasoning section and to maximize the score. All the best.

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