Indian Railways, which is one of the biggest recruiters in India, has come up with 35, 277 vacancies for recruiting candidates in the posts of Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC). The RRB NTPC examination will be conducted in 3 stages by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). The first stage is the Computer-based Test (CBT1), which is followed by CBT 2 and a subsequent Skill Test.
There are three sections in CBT 1, namely General Awareness, Mathematics, and General Intelligence & Reasoning. Among these sections, the one which will help you in improving your overall score is the General Intelligence and Reasoning section. Though this section is a little tricky, it is easy to score provided you follow an expert strategy to crack this section.
Railway Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) CBT Exam Date- 28th December 2020 to March 2021
Let us proceed to some of the important topics of this section as well as the attempt strategy which needs to be followed.
Alphabet and number series
Coding and decoding
Syllogism and Venn diagrams
Cubes and dice
Paper folding and cutting
Mirror image and water image
Statement, assumption, and conclusion
Figure similarities and differences
Distance and direction sense
Arguments and assumptions
After acquainting themselves with the topics, aspirants now need to take a look at the attempt strategy of the section of General Intelligence and Reasoning.
Attempting the exam pattern based on the difficulty level of the exam is a wise thing to do. We suggest that you attempt the exam pattern in the following order:
Start with easy topics:
Direction sense and distance: Using diagrams to represent the data presented in the question will help candidates in solving the questions faster.
Classification and analogy: These questions test the semantic ability of the candidate. Use logical and visual ability skills to solve these questions. For solving questions based on classification and analogy, you need to have a good command over vocabulary and numbers.
Blood relation: Develop a command on understanding family relations and draw the family tree while solving such questions.
Order and ranking: These types of questions are either asked as standalone questions or sometimes asked in the form of puzzles. Sometimes, the dictionary ranking of words is also asked, so you need to have a practice of such questions as well. These questions are easy to solve, but you need to carefully arrange the things keeping in mind the order which has been mentioned in the question.
Alphabet and numeric series: 1-2 questions are asked from this topic, and the question types include logical sequence, word formation, matrix, and meaningful sequence. Maintain the accuracy and follow the sequence carefully while solving such questions.
2. Move to the moderate questions:
Syllogism: Candidates should be clear with the set theory concept while solving such questions and use proper Venn diagrams to represent the syllogism statements.
Coding-decoding: In this category, the question types include letter shifting, letter coding, and analogy. These questions are a little time-consuming because you need to try out ways to decipher the code. But, with practice, the questions can be solved quickly.
Verbal reasoning: In these types of questions, candidates are required to draw a conclusion, or make an assumption and then decide on a course of action.
Non-verbal reasoning: Such question types include figure based questions such as paper folding, paper cutting, cubes and dice, water image, mirror image, and matrix. Draw clear diagrams while solving such questions.
3. Attempt the difficult questions in the end:
Series based questions: A number series will be provided, where you will have to find the missing number and complete the series, or you will have to find the odd one out of the numbers present in the series. With enough practice, you can find the logic and easily solve such questions.
Puzzles: For accurately attempting puzzle based questions and questions based on the seating arrangement, you need to practice such questions continuously. Regular practice is the only way to correctly attempt all the questions asked from these topics.
This is just a model attempt plan, which experts have prepared considering the difficulty level of the questions. However, you can modify this study plan and shuffle the topics according to your strengths and weaknesses.
Build your concepts: This section requires clarity on the basic concepts. If you are not clear with certain topics, you can refer to the solved examples before trying the unsolved questions.
Work on your logical skills: Sharpening one’s logical and analytical skills is vital to increase the score in this section, as the question types are such which are designed to test the logical aptitude of the candidate.
Stick to the facts: Solving these questions require a thorough analysis of the question. So, read the question carefully and use only the given facts, even if they vary from the generally accepted ideas. You are not allowed to make any assumptions while solving such questions.
RRB NTPC Tips & Tricks for General Intelligence Subject-
It is essential not to let your attention dwindle at the time of attempting the paper. To build your focus, you can start practice with the mock test series. Attempting RRB NTPC mock tests will familiarize you with the exam pattern and also help you in keeping track of time, thus improving your time management skills.
Keep on practicing the mock tests to develop a habit and attempt the exam paper by following a similar pattern, to score maximum in the Reasoning section of RRB NTPC CBT 1.