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How to Prepare Maths for SSC-CGL Exam?

How to Prepare Maths for SSC-CGL Exam is a big question, that comes to the mind of each SSC Aspirant. And maybe you are one of them.

In this piece of blog, we will be explaining how you can strategically prepare Maths for SSC-CGL exam and get a good rank.

Competitive exams conducted by SSC are needed to be dealt with strong determination, willpower and lot of patience. CGL exam is for strong people and not for crybabies, kids. Many people face problems while tackling the questions asked in MATHS section.

First of all, you need to get out of this mindset that you can’t do well in MATHS.

Are you the one who often says,

  • Yaar maths is difficult, I am not able to do it.
  • There are many formulas and properties and I can’t learn all of them.
  • I am from a non-maths background, I can’t understand anything.
  • I am poor in Maths, I am not able to improve.

Now let me tell you, MATHS is not difficult at all. All that you need to have is Concept Clarity & a good amount of Practice. 

In SSC CGL Exam you have to face MATHS at two stages. It occupies the top spot in terms of weight of marks(250). The questions in this section are designed to test the appropriate use of numbers and number sense in you.

2 STAGE MATHS QUESTIONS PENALTY

Tier 1 (Prelims) 25 questions (2 marks each) Negative 0.50

Tier 2 (Mains) Paper 1( Arithmetic Abilities) 100 questions (2 marks each) Negative 0.50

Now we move on to the topics asked in QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE

Quant is a part of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 exams.

The syllabus of SSC Quant can be divided broadly into two parts i.e. ARITHMETIC and ADVANCE MATHEMATICS.

While Tier 1 exam consists predominantly of Arithmetic, Tier 2 exam is dominated by Advance Mathematics. The scope of quantitative abilities is clearly defined and is limited to Class 10 Mathematics.

Now, lets together understand how to get a good score in Maths for SSC-CGL Exam.

Maths: Important Topics in SSC-CGL Exam

Elaborating the syllabus further this section consists of questions from following topics:

Computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit & Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture & Allegation, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Basic Algebraic identities of school algebra and Elementary surds, Graphs of linear equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and Similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents or two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right circular cone, Right circular cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular, Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, degree and radian measures, standard identities, complementary angles, heights and distances, histogram, frequency polygon, bar diagram and pie chart.

How to prepare Quantitative Aptitude for SSC-CGL Exam?

If your basics maths is in place and you are familiar with the topics then this might not be a herculean task for you. But if you are not confident about your basic ability in maths then you might have to work a little harder. First, you have to brush up your basics before moving on to solving the questions and attempting the mocks.

So, how much time is required to complete the Quant Section for SSC-CGL Exam?

Quant preparation may require a minimum of three months. It can vary from person to person and his command over the calculations. You have to start with Arithmetic, practice at least 200 questions from each chapter before moving on to the Advance portion.

While it is important to learn each and every Quant topic, it is equally important to learn them in the right order. Start with the topics that form the base or foundation of Quantitative Aptitude and then move on to the higher-level topics, which require you to have a knowledge of the base topics.

Preparation Strategy to cover Maths for SSC-CGL Exam.

Follow this order for your Quants Preparation:

  • Ration & Proportion– Reason to start with this chapter is that its concept is used in almost every arithmetic chapter. It will help you in building a strong foundation.
  • Percentage– Its concept is based mainly on ratios and it is an important but comparatively an easy chapter and prepares our base for profit and loss.
  • Profit & Loss– If we know the concepts of the above two chapters we can easily master this chapter. All we have do is play around 100.
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest– This whole chapter is based on percentage and ratio. You need a good command over these chapters.
  • Mixture & Allegation– This chapter is based on the concept of the above-mentioned chapters. If you practice the good amount of questions regularly then you can solve many questions of the above-mentioned chapters directly.
  • Time & Work– This chapter is based on the ratio and taking the LCMs.
  • Pipe & Cisterns– This chapter is more or less the same as Time and Work.
  • Partnership– Again ratio is the base of this chapter.
  • Time Distance and Trains– Basic concept of speed formula is used. Ratio is useful for this chapter.
  • Boats & Streams– Again based on time and distance and basic formula of speed.
  • Average– Can be solved by common sense or by mixture and allegation.
  • Geometry– You have to go through the basics thoroughly and study carefully all the properties and theorems and their results. Then only you can master this chapter.
  • Mensuration– Based on formulas and many concepts of geometry are used.
  • Indices, Surds & Algebra– Again based on formulas. Value putting can be useful.
  • Trigonometry– Based on trigonometric identities and ratio. The concept of putting the value of angle can be applied.
  • Number Systems and HCF and LCM

Once you are finished thoroughly with these chapters try to develop your shortest way to solve these questions. What this will do is that once you have your own method of solving the questions you will not forget them easily.

Now that you might have developed confidence in attempting the questions move on to the MOCK TESTS. Mock tests play a vital in letting you know about your performance.

Once you have given the mocks do the post mock analysis after you get your result and answer keys. Keep a check on the areas where you are losing your marks, which questions are costing you more time, and what are the areas you can improve.

Best Books for Maths SSC-CGL Exam

If you are a novice and are not up to the mark in basics we would recommend you to first have a look at the NCERT books of class 8th, 9th, and 10th. What they will do is give you a glimpse of the syllabus, types of questions and most important the basic method of solving those questions. What it does is that whenever you get stuck on the question in which you can’t apply any short trick you can switch to that basic method.

For those whose basics are clear can simply go for the books from Rakesh Yadav publications.

For Tier 1 exams his class notes and previous years 7300+ is more than sufficient. If you want to go a bit deep you can go his ADVANCE MATHEMATICS.

Abhinay Sharma’s PLAY WITH ADVANCE MATHS or if you want to go for Sarvesh Kumar Verma or Amit Sharma’s QUANTUM CAT. These two books are highly recommended for only Advance maths.

Before the TIER 2 of 2017 Rakesh Yadav publications three books were more than sufficient but this year’s TIER 2 was a trend breaker.

Many faced difficulties in solving those odd questions, remember that they were not out of the syllabus but required a good knowledge of basics. As a result, those who were dependent on short tricks were not able to score good marks.

So going for TIER 2 MATHS we would suggest you do practice questions by setting a timer. Time for solving the question can vary from chapter to chapter. For example, Advance Maths questions will definitely take more time than the Arithmetic questions. Also, it will let you know the time you take on solving those questions and prepare your own short method for it to solve quickly.

Take as many MOCKS as you can for TIER 2 to improve your speed of attempting the test. Always and always do a holistic review of your mocks to improve your weaker sections.

How I secured AIR 168 in SSC-CGL 2016 Exam? – Chank Narayan

Tips and Tricks for SSC-CGL Aspirant

Make a habit of writing good questions in a register, spend some time in analyzing those questions and practice them weekly before giving the mocks. You will experience a great amount of improvement in your score by doing this. Multiple times revision will do wonders.

I hope this blog helped you a lot in understanding how you should prepare Maths for SSC-CGL Exam. Also, do keep in mind that with proper determination and consistent efforts you will be able to crack Maths in SSC-CGL Exam

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