The reasoning section is this exam is considered one of the most time-consuming sections because of the puzzles, seating arrangements because it takes more time to solve them as compared to other topics. And both of these topics have the maximum weightage also in the reasoning section.Staff Selection Commission every year directs the exam for the recruitment of Combined Higher Secondary Level Officer (CHSL). This is a national level exam directed by SSC every year to recruit various candidates in the ministries, departments, and offices in the Indian government.

SSC CHSL Reasoning Preparation 2020

This section is moderate to difficult, difficult because of only the time-consuming puzzles and seating arrangements otherwise it is moderate. In this article, we will give you the PDFs of reasoning important questions from the previous year.

  • Solving questions from every topic on a daily basis or picking repetitive questions from SSC CHSL Previous Year Papers  can help candidates score better in the exam.
  • The exam for the SSC CHSL Tier I will be from 17th March 2020 to 28th March 2020 and will be directed in 3 shifts.
  • Solving the SSC CHSL Free Online Test Series can help one revise all the QA topics with an exam-like environment.
  • The exam for the SSC CHSL Tier-II will be on 28th June 2020.

SSC CHSL Reasoning Questions 2020

This section has a weightage of 50 marks, these 50 marks consist of 25 multiple choice questions, and each incorrect answer 0.5 marks will be deducted as a penalty.

  • Applicants who want to clear this exam can prepare from our PDFs of reasoning important questions from the last 10 years question papers.
  • As per our analysis and previous year cut off the expected cut off of Tier I will be 140 to 156 marks.
  • In SSC CHSL Tier I of Reasoning section as we have observed that mainly most of the questions are from figures puzzle only.
  • The candidate should make good notes for the SSC CHSL Tier I to study and if they want the experts' notes so they can get that from here SSC CHSL Study Notes.

SSC CHSL Reasoning Preparation (Topic-Wise)

The candidate should have knowledge of the weightage of each topic individually. It will be easy for them to prepare if they know the weightage of the topics.

  • As you can see below in the table that you should practice more and more questions of seating arrangements and puzzle to increase your possibility of scoring good marks in reasoning section. These 2 topics have the maximum no of questions occurring in the exam.
  • At least try to give 4 mock tests of reasoning section everyday to strengthen, and for enhancing your speed and score.
  • The candidates should study 4 topics in a day from the reasoning section.
  • After doing this much of studying I must say that the candidate will improve in their reasoning skills.
  • Most important thing that everyone forgets that when you start your preparation of the day, then you should revise first what you have studied yesterday.

The table below shows the topic-wise weightage of the reasoning section:-

Reasoning Section Weightage Topic-Wise
Topics  Number of Questions 
Seating Arrangement (Linear & Circular)  4-5 
Puzzles  4-5 
Syllogism  1-2 
Data Sufficiency  3-4 
Blood Relations  2-3 
Coding-Decoding  3-4 
Statement-Assumptions/ Conclusion/ Arguments  1-2 
Critical Reasoning  3-4 
Total 25 

SSC CHSL Reasoning Important Topics For TIER I

  • The level of difficulty of the reasoning section puzzles is high so you should practice puzzles questions as much as you can to boost your score and reduce your time.
  • The candidates have many other topics also who are scoring and less time-consuming such as – syllogism, coding-decoding, blood relations, etc.
  • In Seating Arrangement topic the questions are from Linear and Circular arrangements.
  • If the candidate wants to study in deeply for this section they can get important notes and study material for us.

The table below shows the important topics of the Reasoning Section for the Staff Selection Commission – Combined Higher Secondary level exam-

Seating Arrangement  Puzzles  Syllogism  Data Sufficiency 
Blood Relations  Coding-Decoding  Statement & Assumptions  Critical Reasoning 

SSC CHSL Preparation Books For Reasoning

  • Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey: This book deals with all the topics that are asked in the Reasoning section of SSC CHSL exam. You will get a plenty of practice papers and exercises as well if you are following this book. It is a profitable purchase if you are preparing for SSC CHSL. There may be some concepts that need further refinement in this book. However, it is suitable for SSC CHSL exam preparation as it contains all types of questions asked in this exam.
  • Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe: This book caters to all the competitive exams and the level of this book is much higher than SSC CHSL eaxm. If you like reasoning as a subject and want to practice more to sharpen your brain and increase your self-esteem then, this book will be beneficial for you. But on the other hand, this book is a bit difficult from the SSC CHSL exam preparation perspective.
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal: This is the most purchased and referred books for SSC CHSL exam preparation. The book is tailor-made for general intelligence section and along with that, you will get a plenty of questions for practice in each chapter. One note of caution regarding this book is that the questions given after each chapter’s end are difficult and out of SSC CHSL exam preparation context. Hence, do not go for the difficult questions.

SSC CHSL Reasoning Question Asked in TIER I Exam

There are some of the reasoning section questions which are asked in the TIER I exam of SSC CHSL

Ques 1: Which letter-pair will replace the question mark (?) in the following series?

FJ, HL, ?, LP, NR

(a) IN                 (b) GM

 (c) JM                (d) JN

Ans. (d) JN

Ques 2: Select the option that is related to the third letter pair in the same way as the second letter-pair is related to the first letter-pair.

DJ : HT : : HM : ?

(a) LW         (b) JK

(c) LP          (d) PY

Ans. (a) LW

Ques 3: Three of the following four letter-clusters are alike in a certain way and one is different. Pick the odd one out.

 (a) DFHJ         (b) CEGI

(c) QSUV         (d) JLNP

Ans. (c) QSUV

Ques 4: A paper is folded and cut as shown in the following figure (). Select the option that depicts how this paper will appear when unfolded?

Ans. (a)

Ques 5: Select the answer fig. that will come next in the following problem Fig. series.

Ans. (d)

Ques 6: Three of the following four numbers are alike in a certain way and one is different. Pick the number that is different from the rest.

(a) 85                          (b) 65

(c) 95                          (d) 75

Ans. (d) 75

Ques 7: Select the number-pair in which the two numbers are related in the same way as are the two numbers of the following number-pair. 29, 31

(a) 23, 25                     (b) 15, 17

(c) 11, 13                     (d) 20, 21

Ans. (c) 11, 13

Ques 8: What was the day of the week on 15 August 2013?

(a) Monday                    (b) Wednesday

(c) Thursday                  (d) Tuesday

Ans.  (d) Thursday

Ques 9: Which two signs should be interchanged in the following equation to make it correct? 5 + 8 – 30 × 10 ÷ 2 = 240

(a) + and -                 (b) × and ÷

(c) + and ÷                (d) × and -

Ans. (d) x and –

Ques 10: Select the correct mirror image of the given figure when the mirror is placed to the right of the figure.

Ans. (a)

Ques 11: Select the word-pair in which the two words are related in the same way as are the two words in the following word-pair.

 Cement : Building

 (a) Pen : Pencil            (b) Wire : Electricity

(c) Book : Author          (d) Wood : Furniture

Ans. (d) Wood : Furniture

Ques 12: How many triangles are present in the following figure?

  1. 10                (b) 13    

(c) 9                   (d) 11

Ans. (d) 11

Ques 13: Three of the following four words are alike in a certain way and one is different. Pick the odd word out.

(a) Jeep

(b) Ship

 (c) Car

(d) Truck

Ans. (b) ship

Ques 14: Select the option in which the given figure (X) is embedded.

Ans. (b)

Ques 15: In a code language, GOURD is written as IQSTF. How will APHID be written as in that language?

 (a) CREKF                (b) CRJKF

 (c) CRFKF                (d) CRFLF

Ans. (c) CRFKF

Ques 16: Arrange the following words in the sequence as they appear in English dictionery order.

1. Mercury      

2. Earth       

3. Jupiter    

 4. Venus

5. Mars

(a) 2, 3, 5, 1, 4          (b) 4, 2, 5, 3, 1

(c) 1, 4, 2, 3, 5          (d) 2, 3, 1, 5, 4

Ans. (a) 2, 3, 5, 1, 4

Ques 17: Select the set in which the numbers are related in the same way as are the numbers of the following set.

 (49, 81, 121)

 (a) (16, 25, 49)           (b) (16, 64, 100)

(c) (36, 64, 100)          (d) (9, 4, 8)

Ans. (c) (36, 64, 100)

Ques 18: ‘ENGINEER’ is related to ‘BUILDING’ in the same way as ‘WRITER’ is related to ‘_________’.

(a) BOOK          (b) PEN

(c) INK              (d) PAPER

Ans. (a) BOOK

Ques 19: Select the set in which the numbers are related in the same way as are the numbers of the following set.

(16, 36, 64)

(a) (12, 32, 50)         (b) (10, 30, 58)

 (c) (6, 36, 80)          (d) (9, 25, 62)

Ans. (b) (10, 30, 58)

Ques 20: Anil and Abhay are brothers. Swati is the daughter of Samir and sister of Anil. How is Abhay's mother related to Samir?

(a) Sister-in-law              (b) Sister

(c) Mother                      (d) Wife

Ans. (d) Wife

Ques 21: Which number will replace the question mark (?) in the following series? 2, 4, 7, 12, 19, 30, ? (a) 38                (b) 47

(c) 43                (d) 36

Ans. (c) 43

Ques 22: If BARBER is coded as 116 and GLINT is coded as 73, then how will LIZARD be coded as?

 (a) 92            (b) 91

(c) 90             (d) 93

Ans. (a) 92

Ques 23: Three different positions of the same dice are shown. Select the pattern that will be on the face opposite to the one having.

Ans. (d)

Ques 24: Three statements are given, followed by three conclusions numbered I, II and III. Assuming the statements to be true, even if they seem to be at variance with commonly known facts, decide which of the conclusions logically follow(s) from the statements.

Statements: All hens are eggs.

All birds are eggs.

All eggs are lions.


  1. All hens are lions.
  2.  Some lions are eggs.
  3.   All birds are lions.
  1. All the conclusions follow.
  2.  Only conclusion I follow.
  3.  Only conclusions I and II follow
  4. Only conclusions II and III follow

Ans. (a) All the conclusions follow


The exam is divided into how many sections as per the SSC CHSL Exam Analysis?

The exam is divided into 4 sections as per the SSC CHSL Exam Analysis-English, General Intelligentsia and reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness.

What are the important topics as per the SSC CHSL Exam Analysis?

The important topics as per the SSC CHSL Exam Analysis are as follows-

Numerical Series, English Comprehension, Cloze Test, Blood Relation, Coding-Decoding,current affairs of last 3 months related to science and tech,defence,polity etc. etc.

What is the reporting time for SSC CHSL Shift 1 Exam 2020?

Candidates must report by 09:00 AM for the SSC CHSL Shift 1 Exam.

Total for how many hours the SSC CHSL Shift 2 Exam conducted?

The SSC CHSL Shift 2 Exam is conducted for one hour.

Total for how many hours the SSC CHSL Shift 3 Exam conducted?

The SSC CHSL Shift 3 Exam is conducted for one hour.

For which post the SSC CHSL Exam will get conducted?

The SSC CHSL Recruitment will be conducted for the posts of-

  • Lower Division Clerk (LDC)
  • Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)
  • Postal Assistant (PA)
  • Sorting Assistant (SA)
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO) posts

Click Here to know complete SSC CHSL Recruitment Posts 2020.

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