How to solve Syllogism Questions Quickly: SSC CGL 2016

What are “Syllogism ” questions ssc cgl.

Syllogism is a verbal reasoning type problem, which is an important topic and is frequently asked in many competitive examinations in the Reasoning Section. These types of questions contain two or more statement and these statements are followed by the number of conclusion. You have to find which conclusions logically follows from the given statements.

It looks easy but in reality is not that much. We have seen so many aspirants are finding difficult in solving these questions. Usually Venn diagram method (Easy) is used to solve these but they will consume time in case of NO/Possibility conclusion cases.

Common Patterns in “Syllogism” Questions in ssc cgl.

There is no limit as an infinite number of patterns are possible in the Syllogism Questions. Following are some of the most common patterns frequently asked in SSC CGL Examination,

Pattern 1 Syllogism: All A are B.

In this type, the pattern consists of a the whole circle representing A, lying within the circle representing B.

How to solve Syllogism Questions Quickly in SSC CGL 2016

Following conclusions can be deducted from the above pattern:

  •  Some B are A.
  • Some A are B.

Example: All dogs are animals.

Following conclusions can be deducted from the above pattern:

  •  Some animals are dogs.
  • Some dogs are animals.

Pattern 2 Syllogism: No A is B.

In this type, the pattern consists of a the two circles representing A and B  not intersecting at all.

How to solve Syllogism Questions Quickly in SSC CGL 2016

Example: No Dog is a Cat.

Pattern 3 Syllogism: Some A are B.

In this type, the pattern consists of the two circles representing A and B having some part in common.

How to solve Syllogism Questions Quickly in SSC CGL 2016

Following conclusions can be deducted from the above pattern:

  • Some A are not B
  • All A are B.
  • All B are A.
  • All A are B and All B are A.

Example: Some dogs are cats.

Following conclusions can be deducted from the above pattern:

  • Some dogs are not cats.
  • All dogs are cats.
  • All cats are dogs.
  • All dogs are cats and All cats are dogs.

Pattern 4 Syllogism: Some A are not B.

In this type, the pattern consists of the circle representing A having some part which is not common with circle representing B, while the remaining portion of circle A is uncertain whether this portion touches B or not.

Tips to solve Syllogism Questions in SSC CGL 2016

Following conclusions can be deducted from the above pattern

  •  Some A are B.
  •  No A is B.

Rules to Solve “syllogism” questions in ssc cgl.

Generally 4-5 questions are likely to be asked from the Syllogism  in the examination. Solving Syllogism is like a fun game if you understand the concepts. Follow the tips given below to solve question based on Syllogism.

First and foremost have a quick glance at the Main rules to solve Syllogism Problems:

  • All+All => All.
  • All+No => No.
  • All+Some => No Conclusion.
  • Some+All => Some.
  • Some+No =>  Some Not.
  • Some+Some =>  No Conclusion.

If the conclusion provided in the question is in “Possibility” case then you must proceed as per the following rules.

  • If All A are B => Some B are Not A is a Possibility.
  • If Some B are Not A => All A are B is a Possibility.
  • If Some A are B => All A are B is a Possibility & All B are A is a Possibility.

In possibilities cases, we have to create all possibilities to find whether the given conclusion is possible or not. If it is possible and satisfies the given statement than given conclusion will follow otherwise conclusion will not follow.

Tips and Tricks to Solve “Syllogism” questions in ssc cgl.

Generally 4-5 questions are likely to be asked from the Syllogism  in the examination. Solving Syllogism is like a fun game if you understand the concepts. Follow the tips given below to solve question based on Syllogism.

  • The first step is to make a Venn diagram.Go through all the statements given in the question one by one.
  • Understand how to draw Venn Diagrams for each statement.
  • Try to observe if there are any familiar concept or statement in the given syllogism.
  • The Second step is finding out the conclusion.
  • Understand how to draw a conclusion for each concept/statement.
  • There is no need to memorize any statement or conclusion.
  • All you need is to understand the Concept and draw the venn diagram accordingly.
  • The key point here is to attempt the question in a sequential manner.

Friends this is it for Tips and Tricks for solving SSC CGL Syllogism Questions.