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How to prepare for Reasoning section of SSC Delhi Police Constables

Vinay Kumar | March 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

SSC Delhi Police Constable Reasoning Section

Staff selection commission (SSC) has announced recruitment process for selection of temporary Constables (executive) – male and female in Delhi Police for 4669 vacancies. As per the notification released in the month of September, 2016 Online exam is scheduled to take held on 4th March, 2017 onwards. Shortlisting of candidates for computer based Written Examination will be based on their performance in Physical Endurance and Measurement Test. We have discussed a detailed strategy to secure good score in the Reasoning section of SSC Delhi Police Constables which includes below topics:


SSC Delhi Police Constables Exam Format and Expected Cut off

SSC Constables Delhi Police will be an online Computer Based Test (CBT) consisting of 3 Subjects mentioned below-

S no Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 35 35 90 Minutes
2 General Knowledge/ Current Affairs 50 50
3 Numerical Ability 15 15
Total 100 100
  • Overall Category-wise cut off for SSC Constables Delhi Police is discussed below:
Male Female
Post Vacancy Cut Off Vacancy Cut Off
General (UR) 1557 71 815 70
OBC 847 68 443 65
SC 473 60 250 62
ST 238 65 46 55
Total 3115 1554

As the expected cut off is very high so it is advisable to the candidates that they must start preparing today in a well planned manner so that they can meet this high cut off. In subsequent sections, you will get an exam strategy for online exam of SSC Delhi Police Constables  along with a study plan to clear the cut off.

SSC Constables Reasoning Section

Test of Reasoning is conducted to check Logical and General Mental Abilities of candidates. For this it uses a rational and systematic series of steps. Thus, the questions under Reasoning Ability section are designed to bring out the best competence of the candidate.  


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Trend Analysis

First step for preparation is to find out the expected number of questions from different topics of Numerical Ability test based on the previous year papers. We have prepared a trend analysis chart based on analysis of last year papers of SSC Delhi Police Constables.

Chapters Topics No. of Questions
2015 Expected
Analogy 4 Completing the Analogous Pair based on Number, Alphabet and Word and General Knowledge 4 4
Classification 4 Choose the odd number Choose the odd one on the basis of Vocabulary and General Knowledge 4 4
Series  4 Find missing/ wrong term or Complete the Series based on numbers and alphabets 4 4
Coding-Decoding 4 Message Coding – Code of a word 4 4
Rule Coding: Find the code on basis of given rule
Sequences 4 Time, Alphabet and Number Sequences 2 4
Logical Sequence of Words 1
Ranking 1
Individual Figure 4 Complete the Figure 3 3
Figure Formation
Mirror Image
Geometrical Figure 2 Count Figures 2 3
Paper Cutting/ Folding
Series of Figures 1 Complete the Figure Series 1
Direction Sense 2 Direction 2 2
Mathematical Operations Number Puzzles 1 2
Interchanging of Operators 1
Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams Syllogisms using 1or 2 statements 2 2
Blood Relations 1 Family Members 1 1
Seating Arrangement Top Down Arrangement 1 1
Linear Seating in 1 row
Clock & Calendar Problems based on Clocks and Calendar 1 1
Total 35 35

This table gives an idea of different topics asked from various Units in SSC Constables Delhi Police Reasoning Ability section, based on the SSC  Delhi Police Constables syllabus. All the topics mentioned here may or may not be repeated in 2017 exam but we can assume that the trend will hold. Based on the trends and cut off marks, an exam strategy and detailed study plan to cover important topics under SSC Delhi Police Constables Reasoning section is discussed below.  

Exam Strategy

General Intelligence and Reasoning is a practice based subject. The more you practice, the quicker you will solve a question which will also enhance your accuracy. To stand a good score in reasoning, follow the below given exam strategy to attempt most of the questions.

  • Time limits: You have total 90 minutes for 100 questions, which gives you 54 seconds per question.
  • First Target: Set your first target to solve atleast 26 questions taking 90 seconds per question which gives you about 40 minutes for complete Reasoning section. Try to attempt these questions with 100% accuracy.
  • Second Target: After attempting 26 questions try to solve remaining questions in the time you have with 95% accuracy. This will get you about 33 marks from this section.
  • It is suggested before you start, you should take SSC  Delhi Police Constable Mock Test so that you can easily point out your strongest and weakest points and work on them.


Study plan and Important Topics

To complete the syllabus on time follow the given detailed study plan which gives you an idea about types of questions asked from various topics from Reasoning Ability syllabus of SSC Constables Delhi Police.

S. No Chapter Topics Remarks
1 Analogy Expected Questions: 4 Based on Word, number, alphabet, and arrangement In Analogies you need to identify relationships between pair of words, numbers and alphabets based on which you are supposed to pick the correct answer. Consider the word analogy example: Writing : Pen :: Typing : ? ; here as you need pen for writing in the same way you need keyboard for typing.
2 Classification Expected Questions: 4 Choose the odd one on the basis of Vocabulary, GK or odd Number In the classification types of questions, any odd or different word, Number, Alphabet, and arrangement is asked to classify. These concepts are also applicable to solve various other problems like in seating arrangement problems you are asked to pick odd one out on the basis of arrangement.
3 Sequences Expected Questions: 4 Alphabet, Number & Time Sequences and Rankings Here a sequence of alphabets, words or numbers is given based on which you need to answer some questions. Most Sequencing puzzles are of Ranking type, where you need to arrange things/ persons according to ranks. There can be 1 or more direct questions from this or Ranking is also useful to solve various seating arrangement problems. For example when relative distance between 2 persons is given as “A is sitting 3rd to B”.
4 Series Expected Questions: 4 Number and/or Alphabet series In this type of questions certain terms of a series are given based on the pattern followed by them, you are supposed to find the missing, wrong term or complete the series. The series can be alphabet or number series.
5 Coding-Decoding Expected Questions: 4 Rule Coding, Message and Word Coding Rule Coding, where you need to code / decode on the basis of given rules, and message coding are the most frequently asked questions. In which a message is coded based on that you have to find code for a given word. For example: if “abcd” is coded as “dcbd” so it follows the coding rule where reversal of given sequence is followed.
6 Individual Figure Expected Questions: 3 Complete the Figure, Figure Formation, Mirror Image In this type of questions, either an individual figure or a series of figures is given in which you are asked to complete the image or image series, count the number of any particular shape. In Paper Cutting/ Folding type of questions, you are given an image with dotted line depicting the fold/ cut of the paper and you need to find out resulting image after Paper Cutting or Folding task. You are also asked to find mirror image of the given figure which you can find by reflection of the image in mirror. There are 6 questions expected from this so they can save your lot of time as they don’t require much time to solve. You can easily master image reasoning problems by just practicing some questions
Geometrical Figure Expected Questions: 2 Count Figures, Paper Cutting/ Folding
Series of Figures Expected Questions: 1 Complete the Figure Series
7 Distance and Direction Expected Questions: 2 Distance and Direction Sense Test In this type of questions a sequence of Distance and/ or directions is given. Based on which you need to determine the final Distance and/ or directions from the starting point. There may be direct questions based on Distance and Direction or they are also used to solve various other puzzles like in Ranking problems in which rank of a student is given as “3rd from the Right of 4th from the Left of 2nd last student.
8 Mathematical Operations Expected Questions: 2 Number Puzzles, Interchanging of Operators A number puzzle which requires application of mathematical operations is asked. It consists of simple mathematical operation like percentage, proportions, ratios etc. For example the problems based on ages. Alogwith that there is an expression in which you are given operators interchanging for example, if + represents * then solve: 5 + 7 + 48.
9 Blood Relations Expected Questions: 1 Relations puzzle and Coded Relations Here, description of relationships between peoples is given in direct, jumbled or coded forms you are expected to determine relationships. To solve them it is advisable to draw a family tree. A question may be directly asked from this or it can be combined with other topics like Selection problems and Seating Arrangement.
10 Seating Arrangements Expected Questions: 1 Linear Seating in 1 row Linear Seating puzzles are based on Seating of persons in 1 row. While in Problems based on Top Down Arrangement the arrangement of things or persons can be given in top down manner. You can easily solve these problems if you learn the concepts of Directions and Ranking well.
Top Down Arrangement
11 Clock & Calendar Expected Questions: 1 Calendar, Clocks, Units of Time Most questions on Calendars, and a few on Clocks. In calendars type, any date may be given with the day and will ask for any other date. Sometimes, these questions may require you to convert from one unit of time to another.
12 Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams Expected Questions: 2 Syllogisms using 1 or more statements In this type of questions, 1 or more sentence (predicates) is given based on that there are some conclusions so, you need to check whether these conclusions are true or false. It can be tested by designing the venn diagram for the given statements.

We have prepared above study plan based on number of questions from units of SSC Delhi Police Constables syllabus for Reasoning . You should also refer free study materials and mock test for preparation of SSC  Delhi Police Constables.  


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Points to Keep in Mind

Don’t forget that minimum qualifying marks in Online exam is must for you to qualify for next rounds which are medical examination and Police Verification. Also put your best efforts in preparing Numerical Ability and General Awareness sections as the cut off for this year is expected to be very high. As there is no negative marking so don’t miss any question. You need to work hard to cover the areas in which you are not confident. For this you should practice on a platform which provides you throughout analysis of your performance and helps you to work on those areas. We suggest you to take free mock test for SSC Constables Delhi Police on where you will also get lots of free study materials and exam preparation tips to score good marks.

Good Luck!!

Vinay Kumar


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