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28th October 2014, 01:27 PM
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Re: Tips and Tricks to Solve Mental Ability Questions

Here i am providing the list of few topics of Mental Ability Questions for your idea .
Number Systems
Practice Problems of Number Systems
Problems on Numbers
Problems on Ages
Permutations and Combinations
Permutations and Combinations Shortcuts
Ratio and Proportion - An Introduction
Practice Problems on Ratio and Proportion
Time and Work
Time & Work Practice Problems
Boats and Streams
Simple Interest
Compound Interest
Probability Shortcuts
Number Series
Profit, Loss and Discount
Mixture and Allegation
Data Interpretation

17th October 2019, 09:29 AM
Re: Tips and Tricks to Solve Mental Ability Questions

will you plz let me know Tips and Tricks to Solve Mental Ability Questions and do good score in Mental Ability part in any competition exam ???
17th October 2019, 09:31 AM
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Re: Tips and Tricks to Solve Mental Ability Questions

As you are asking for Tips and Tricks to Solve Mental Ability Questions and do good score in Mental Ability part , so for it I can say that you need to do practice dally various question , here I am giving some sample question for practice :

Logical/Abstract Reasoning
Example of logical reasoning questions
Dan is Joshuas son and Guys brother. Margaret is Guys mother and Judys daughter. Which of the statements below is definitely true?

1. Judy is Dans mother-in-law

2. Margaret is Dans mother

3. Judy is Joshuas grandmother

4.None of the above

Correct Answer: 4

The correct answer is 4) None of the above.
From the question, we know that Dan and Guy are siblings. However, we do not know whether they are full siblings or half-brothers. Margaret, who is Guys mother, might not be Dans mother, and Joshua, who is Dans father, might not be Guys father.


Tips to score well in logical reasoning tests
Jot down strategies: While preparing for these tests, jot down some easiest strategies like how to start with a question and from where to start solving it which will help in solving logical reasoning questions in a faster and smarter way.
Look for clues in the given options: Logical reasoning questions have a number of options from which the answers have to be selected. Look for clues in the options to find out the correct answer(s).
2. Verbal Reasoning
Verbal reasoning questions examine students command on the language. They help students enhance the ability to analyze information and solve problems through a language-based reasoning approach. There are different types of verbal reasoning tests.

Rearranging sentences:
This type of test examines students skills in rearranging sentences in a paragraph. Students are asked to arrange 4 to 5 jumbled sentences in chronological order

In this test, students are asked to find out whether there is an interrelation between two sets of sentences. These questions are common in most competitive exams.

Example of reasoning questions

(A) Bangladesh imports jute from India.
(R) Bangladesh has most of the jute mills.

Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A.
Both A and R are true but R is NOT the correct explanation of A.
A is true but R is false.
A is false but R is true.
Both A and R are false.
Correct Answer: E. Both A and R are false.

Justification: When Bangladesh was formed after the partition of India, jute production fields became a part of Bangladesh while jute mills were left in India. Therefore, India imports raw jute from Bangladesh.


Paragraph summary:

In this type of tests, candidates are given a paragraph followed by a few statements. They are required to choose the statement that accurately summarises the paragraph.
Reading comprehension:
In these types of tests, students are asked to read a paragraph and answer a few questions based on it. Students should go through the paragraph well before answering the questions.

Tips to score well in verbal reasoning tests
Keep the time frame in mind: Always remember that these tests are time-bound. Hence, plan out the time that should be spent on each question.
Read the questions attentively: Before answering questions, read them attentively to understand what exactly has been asked. Sometimes, questions can be a little tricky; so, reading them carefully helps in finding the answers fast.
Dont struggle with one question for long: If you do not know the answer to a question, leave it for the time being and move to the next. Do not spend a lot of time trying to find the answer to that.
3. Data Interpretation

These types of tests are the easiest; yet many times, it may be difficult to find their accurate answers. These questions generally include a lot of data, and thus, should be solved in an organized manner. If a correct approach is not taken, these might consume a lot of time. Generally, these are comprehensive questions with an infographic displaying a mathematical formula or pie chart.

Such questions require students to interpret the given data and find the answer. Let us consider an example.

Study the following table and answer the questions.
Expenditures of a company (in Lakh Rupees) per annum over the given years


Item of Expenditure

Salary Fuel and Transport Bonus Interest on Loans Taxes
1998 288 98 3.00 23.4 83
1999 342 112 2.52 32.5 108
2000 324 101 3.84 41.6 74
2001 336 133 3.68 36.4 88
2002 420 142 3.96 49.4 98
What is the average amount of interest per year the company paid during this period?

Rs. 32.43 lakh
Rs. 33.72 lakh
Rs. 34.18 lakh
Rs. 36.66 lakh
Answer: Option D


Tips to score well in data interpretation tests

Do not spend a lot of time on a single question: In a test of 30 questions, spend only one minute on each question to avoid leaving any question unanswered.
Choose answers carefully: Questions are followed by tricky, multiple-choice answers, which might confuse you. So, use your intelligence to find the answers and dont fall for the trick.

This is the oldest form of mental ability tests. These problems require extensive thinking. Let us consider an example.

There are 8 batteries, out of which only 4 batteries work. You have to use them in a flashlight that needs only 2 working batteries. To guarantee that the flashlight is turned on, what is the minimum number of battery pairs you need to test? Source
Correct Answer: Best guess Eight

Divide 8 batteries into 4 pairs and try them all. If none works, they all must have 1 bad and 1 good battery. Then, pick any two pairs and mix and match. The worst case should take 4 more tries.

Tips to solve puzzles

Find out only one rule: The given questions may contain irrelevant data to confuse you. Look at only one aspect of the question to solve it quickly.
Need for Mental Ability Tests

Mental ability tests help in determining the temperament of students when something out of the box is asked to them. Such tests examine their time management skills and encourage a fresh perspective towards life. In short, a mental ability test enhances

the ability to take the right decision at the right time.
mental alertness and the ability to quickly interpret data.
intelligence and reasoning skills.
time management skills.

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