SSC JE Decision Making Questions | SSC JE Reasoning Preparation

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Decision making is one of the interesting components of the SSC JE reasoning test. Questions on decision making don’t come every year. But, if they come and you have had some practice on them, then they can easily get you good marks and that too quickly. There are two interesting things about SSC JE decision making. Firstly, in decision making, you can get the answers by carefully reading the question itself. No other skills are required. Another useful thing is that multiple questions are from the same set of instructions. This makes scoring easier. So, if you are a smart candidate preparing for SSC JE 2019, then you should prepare for decision making for your SSC JE reasoning preparation.

What to Expect from SSC JE Decision Making Questions?

We all face situations where we need to make decisions in our lives. So, how do you make decisions? You collect data, weigh in the options and choose the course of action that seems right to you. Something similar happens in the case of SSC JE Decision Making Questions. In SSC JE Reasoning, you are usually given to decide the eligibility of people for a certain thing. For example, you would be given the admission criteria of a college as well as certain other conditions. Then you would be given examples of persons and you are to decide whether that person is admissible to the college or not. For example, SSC JE Decision Making Questions are something like the following:

Example 1: Read the following information carefully and then answer the questions given below it.

Following are the conditions for allotment of flats built by Town Council in the newly developed area of Gurgaon. The applicant must :

  1. Produce domicile certificate of the State
  2. Be employed or self-employed in Gurgaon for the minimum of 5 years.
  3. Be ready to pay the entire amount in 5 years period.
  4. Not be owner or co-owner (if the spouse is the owner) of a residential accommodation in the city limit of Gurgaon.
  5. Not be less than 35 years of age as on 31st Dec 1996.

In case of the applicant who satisfies all other criteria except:

  1. at A above, be referred to President of Town Council.
  2. at B above, but is ready to produce ration card of last five years should be referred to Vice-Chairman of House Allotment Committee.

III.           At C above, but is a freedom fighter or an ex-serviceman or first relation i.e., son/daughter/husband/wife of freedom fighter/ex-serviceman should be referred to Vice-Chairman of House Allotment Committee who can give concession per payment up to 15 years in such cases. The last date for receipt of application was 31st Dec 1996. Conditions set out in terms of age or duration of stay are to be fulfilled as on 31st Dec 1996. Based on these criteria and information provided below, decide the course of action in each case. You are not to assume anything extra. If the data provided is not adequate to decide the given course of action, your answer will be `data inadequate’. The cases are given to you as on 1st Jan 1997.

  • Manish Kumar is a son of an industrialist and from another state who has set his factory in 1990 and has a domicile certificate of the state. He is ready to pay the entire amount in 4 years if required. He does not own a house in Gurgaon city limits but his wife owns a flat in Gurgaon. His date of birth is 11th Nov 1960.

Should Mr Kumar be?

  1. Allotted a flat
  2. Not allotted a flat
  3. Referred to the Chairman
  4. Referred to the President
  5. Data inadequate
  • Monisha Kataria, a domicile of the state and a married woman of 36 years, has been running a beauty parlour in the city since 4th March 1992. Her husband is employed in a nearby city but both of them do not own a house in Gurgaon. She can pay the entire amount in 5 years.

Should she be?

  1. a) Allotted a flat
  2. b) Not allotted a flat
  3. c) Referred to Vice-Chairman
  4. d) Data Inadequate
  • Seema Sen is the daughter of a renowned freedom fighter from another state. She is domiciled in the state and employed in the Town Council of Gurgaon for last 6 years. She can pay the entire amount in 5 years. She has completed 34 years on 10th Dec 1994. She does not own a house in Gurgaon.

Should she be?

  1. Allotted a flat
  2. Not allotted a flat
  3. Referred to Vice-Chairman
  4. Data Inadequate

How to Approach SSC JE Decision Making Questions?

On first glance, the questions might look overwhelming. There is so much information to process, right? Well, things are not exactly that difficult. With the right approach, you can solve such questions efficiently and quickly. You should take a step-by-step approach for solving such questions. Let us look at the things that you need to do.

STEP 1 – Read the conditions carefully and try to identify the ‘must-have’ conditions. In the example, we have cited above, there are two ‘must-haves’ – first, the man/woman or his/her spouse should not own a house in Gurgaon and secondly, they should not be less than 35 years of age.

STEP 2 – Next, take up the individuals and see whether they meet the ‘must haves’. In most cases, the ‘must haves’ are either one or two and hence, they should be easy to keep track of. If they don’t fulfil the ‘must haves’, they are not eligible.

STEP 3 – If they don’t fulfil any of the other conditions, check the exceptions. If they fulfil the exceptions, then you should choose as per direction.

That’s it! It takes just three steps to solve the questions. Let us put the approach to the test by solving the example.

Solving SSC JE Decision Making Questions

Let us now take the case of each individual as mentioned in the example and see what we should do.

First, let us try to list the ‘must-have’ conditions. In the case of the example above, the ‘must-have’ conditions are two

  • Firstly, the person or his/her spouse should not be the owner of any property in Gurgaon
  • Secondly, the person’s age should be more than 35 years.

Now, let us take a look at the individual cases

  • First up on the list is Mr Kumar. Mr Kumar’s wife owns a property in Gurgaon. One of the ‘must-have’ conditions is that the person or his spouse should not own a property. Hence, Mr Kumar should not be allotted a flat.
  • Next up is Mrs Kataria. She is not a resident but runs a business. That makes her self-employed. But she has been running her parlour since 1992. The year for deciding the eligibility is 1996. So, technically, she has been in business for only 4 years. In such a case, the person must show her ration-card to the Vice-Chairman. It is not explicitly mentioned whether Mrs Kataria is willing to produce her ration card. Therefore, we should mark her case as ‘data inadequate’ (option d).
  • Lastly, we come to Ms Sen. Her age is 34 in 1994. So, by 1996, she has crossed 35 years of age. Since she fulfils all the criteria, she should be allotted a flat.

Solving Tips for SSC JE Decision Making Questions

You should keep a few things in mind when you are looking to solve decision making questions for SSC JE 2019.

  • Read the conditions carefully and identify the ‘must-haves’
  • Understand when the exceptions would apply and what should you do.
  • Don’t assume anything. By anything, I really mean anything. Even if the slightest detail is not mentioned explicitly, mark it as ‘data inadequate’.
  • Keep calm and focus on the question. Things would sort out quickly this way.

Practice Questions for SSC JE Decision Making

Question 1: Read the following information carefully and then answer the questions given below it.
Following are the criteria for appointing persons for the post of Technical Officer in an organization. The candidate must :
A. Be a graduate in Engineering with at least 50% marks
B. Have passed XIIth examination with at least an aggregate percentage of 60% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
C. Have passed the written examination
D. Have passed group discussion and interview with at least 50% marks
E. Not be more than 22 years as on 15th July 1994.
In case of a candidate who satisfies all other criteria except:
I. ‘A’ above, in terms of percentage of marks but has secured 90% marks in graduation, may be appointed.
II. C above, but is a post-graduate in Engineering is to be referred to the Director-Personnel.
III. ‘A’ above, but has appeared in the final degree examination, may be provisionally appointed.
Based on the above criteria and information provided below, decide the course of action in each case. You are not to assume anything. If the data provided is not adequate to decide the given course of action, your answer will be `data inadequate’. These cases are given to you as on 1st June 1994.

• Sanjay Singh has secured 70% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in XIIth Std. and 80% in graduation in Metallurgy and 50% in Post-graduation. She was born on 25th Feb 1972. She has passed the written examination and has secured 55% marks both in group discussion and interview.

a) Appoint provisionally
b) Appoint
c) Don’t Appoint
d) Refer to Director

Correct Answer – d)
• Seema Gupta has secured 60% marks in graduation in Chemical Engineering and 70% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in XIIth Std. She will be 23 years old on 10th Aug 1995. She has passed the written examination and has secured 55% marks both in group discussion and interview.

a) Appoint provisionally
b) Appoint
c) Don’t Appoint
d) Refer to Director

Correct Answer – b)
• MS Prasad has appeared in final degree examination in Mechanical Engineering. He has secured 70% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in XIIth Std. He has passed the written examination and has secured 75% marks in both group discussion and interview. He was born on 15th April 1972.

a)Appoint provisionally
b) Appoint
c) Don’t Appoint
d) Refer to Director

Correct Answer –c)

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