Best Books for SSC CGL Logical Reasoning

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Mar 3, 2020

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SSC CGL logical reasoning section has moderate difficulty level with only few surprises. By mastering a few topics, you can easily score 18-20 marks. Logical reasoning syllabus is divided into two halves of general mental ability and non-verbal reasoning.

Questions are rarely asked from non-verbal reasoning section but some topics do come from non-verbal section.  The best book for preparation of Logical reasoning is RS aggarwal.

  • The total numbers of questions in this section are 25.
  • The section appears in only SSC CGL tier 1 exam.
  • The maximum marks for this section are 25.
  • Every wrong answer will make you 1/4th marks.
  • Easy to moderate difficulty level of the questions and topics.
  • Analogy, series and visual reasoning is expected to have 6-8 questions.
  • Matrix questions are most difficult so avoid them in the main exam.

Logical reasoning syllabus is divided into two halves viz. General Mental Ability and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The questions asked in the section will be to test candidates’ aptitude and their intelligence. Let’s look at the sub-topics asked under both topics.

General Mental Ability: Non- Verbal Reasoning
Alphabet Test Paper cutting & folding
Analogy Embedded figures
Arithmetic Reasoning Figure formation & Analysis
Blood Relation Series
Classification Cube & Dice
Coding decoding Mirror Image
Distance direction test Water Image
Matrix Pattern Completion
Logical venn diagram Counting of figures
Missing number  -

Expected number of questions in each topic:

Topic Number of Questions
Analogy 6
Series 6-7
Odd one out 5
Statement- conclusion 1
Directions 3
Analytical Reasoning 2
Venn- Diagram 3
Word Formation 3
Sentence – inference 2
Visual reasoning 8
Maths Based questions 7
Coding- decoding 3
Matrix based 1

Classification

  • Questions on picking odd one out among numbers, letters, words.
  • Apply knowledge of daily life while answering the questions.
  • Answer generally is the one that does not match the pattern.

Example: Pick the Odd one Out: Mango, Banana, Apple, Carrot. Ans – Carrot

Book name Publisher ISBN
A complete guide to Logical Reasoning - 25 Topics Practice guru -
M.B.A. Admission Test Upkar’s -

Analogy

  • Find the relationship given in the statement.
  • Find relation between statement and questions.
  • Draw conclusions based on general topics.

E.g. Eye:Vision :: Ear: ? Ans – Hear

Book name Publisher ISBN
Logical and Analytical Reasoning (Useful for All Competitive Exams) Paperback – 2016 Ramesh Publishing House 9350127768
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning S Chand 8121919053

Arranging words in Meaningful Order

  • Arrange words according to dictionary meaning
  • Rearrange words to form meaningful sentence

Example: The logical order of the words will be: Root, Stem, Branch, Leaves, Fruit.

Book name Publisher ISBN
Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance Tests Arihant Publications 9352038541
Logical and Analytical Reasoning Ramesh Publishing House 9350127768

Coding Decoding

  • Minimum 1 question will be asked
  • coding by letter shifting or coding by word
  • Moderate to high difficulty level
Book name Publisher ISBN
M.B.A. Admission Test Upkar Prakashan 8174821724
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning S Chand Publishing 9352535316

Venn Diagram

  • Represent relationship through venn diagram
  • Easy difficulty level
  • High accuracy through practice
  • 1 or 2 questions may be asked

Eg- Relation between bird, parrot, cat have to be represented in form of venn

Book name Publisher ISBN
Short Tricks and Notes on Logical Reasoning - Venn Diagram Practice guru -
Shortcuts in Reasoning (Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical) for Competitive Exams with 3 eBooks Paperback – Nov 2016 Disha Publication 9386146983

Word Formation

  • High accuracy is possible with practice.
  • Check if any word can be formed from the options given.
  • Moderate difficulty level.
Book name Publisher ISBN
Objective General English S Chand 8121915317
Quick Learning Objective General English S Chand 8121922119

Series

  • Questions are based on alphabetical orders, number series and completing series.
  • 6-7 questions can come.
  • Moderate to high difficulty level.
Book name Publisher ISBN
SSC Multitasking Diamond Power Learning 9351654044
SSC Combined Graduate Level Success Series Kalinjar Publications 9382732403

Direction & Distance

  • 1 question can be asked at the most.
  • Tricky problems.
  • High difficulty level.

Book name

Publisher

ISBN

Short Tricks and Notes on Logical Reasoning - Distance and Direction

Practice guru

 -

SSC Combined Graduate Level 2015

G.K. Publications Private Limited

9351445321

NCERT class 10 book

SCERT

 -


Blood Relation

  • Questions on family tree.
  • Identify people from a photograph.
  • The questions sometimes become uninteresting.
  • You can create diagrams to make them short.
Book Name Publisher ISBN
M.B.A. Admission Test Upkar Prakashan 8174821724
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning S Chand Publishing 9352535316

Verbal Reasoning

  • Rarely questions are asked from verbal reasoning.
  • Practice problems based on Statements and Conclusions, Statements and Inferences, Statements and Assumptions, Assertion and Reason, etc.
  • 0-2 questions may be asked.
  • Moderate difficulty level.
Book Name Publisher ISBN
Quick Learning Objective General English S Chand 8121922119
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations S Chand Publishing 9352534026

Puzzles

  • Easy to solve but take a lot of time.
  • Questions on seating arrangement.
  • Questions on age, distance and speed, etc.
  • May be 1 or 2 questions may be asked.
Book Name Publisher ISBN
Magical Book On Puzzle BSC Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. 8456221236
Puzzle Book A/B/C (Set of 3 Books) Arihant Publication 9352038746

Non-verbal Reasoning

  • 2-3 questions will be asked.
  • Diverse natures of questions are possible.
  • Questions on completing the pattern, assemble image, mirror image, hidden image, etc.
Book Name Publisher ISBN
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning  S Chand Publishing 9352535316
Verbal Reasoning Arihant Publications 9351769054

Matrix

  • May be 1 question can be asked.
  • Difficulty level is high.
  • Rigorous practice is required. 
Book Name Publisher ISBN
Shortcuts in Reasoning (Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical) for Competitive Exams with 3 eBooks Disha Publication; First edition 9386146983
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning S Chand 8121919053

Preparation tips for Logical Reasoning

  1. The question will be solved on the basis of the data given, do not make assumptions about the same.
  2. Always select one topic and practice, avoid mix practice as questions require you to think.
  3. Be wise with the words like un-, non-, they are introduced to fool you.
  4. Try eliminating option strategy if the answer is not coming.
  5. Don’t try to solve all the questions as this may lead to negative marking.
  6. Understanding the directions north, south, east and west are important.
  7. Do not rush through topics, especially series, they are difficult to master in one go.
  8. Keep time constraint in mind while preparing for the exam.
  9. The section helps you score good marks if you are patient.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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