**Quantitative Aptitude**is one of the most important &

scoring sections of the Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level

Tier-1 & Tier-2 Examinations. This section requires a lot of preparation

time & concentration compared to other sections of the SSC CGL Exam.

Following is a comprehensive guide on how to

**kickstart & approach this section for the SSC CGL Examination:**
How is the Quant section of SSC CGL different from that of the

Bank exams?

Bank exams?

The topics & questions asked in the Quant section of SSC CGL

are of higher level and more focus is on the advanced mathematics topics.

Following are some common bank exam quantitative aptitude topics:

are of higher level and more focus is on the advanced mathematics topics.

Following are some common bank exam quantitative aptitude topics:

**Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Data Interpretation (Tabular,**

Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Missing DI, Line Graph), Simplification/Approximation,

Average, Ratio and Proportion, Interest, Time & Work, Time Speed and

Distance, Boats & Streams, Permutation & Combination/Probability,

Percentage, Mensuration, Problem on Ages, Number System, Linear Equation, Mixture

and Alligation, Data Sufficiency, Partnership, Pipes & Cisterns.

Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Missing DI, Line Graph), Simplification/Approximation,

Average, Ratio and Proportion, Interest, Time & Work, Time Speed and

Distance, Boats & Streams, Permutation & Combination/Probability,

Percentage, Mensuration, Problem on Ages, Number System, Linear Equation, Mixture

and Alligation, Data Sufficiency, Partnership, Pipes & Cisterns.

*As you can see, the topics under bank examsâ€™ Quantitative Aptitude*

sections are predominantly arithmetic.

sections are predominantly arithmetic.

**SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude**

Topics

Topics

Quant is present in both SSC CGL Tier-1 & Tier-2. The syllabus

of Quantitative Aptitude in SSC CGL can broadly be classified into:

of Quantitative Aptitude in SSC CGL can broadly be classified into:

**Arithmetic & Advanced Mathematics**.
The Tier-1 focuses predominantly on Arithmetic

section whereas Tier-2 the focus is mainly on advanced math. While Arithmetic

consists on concept based topics, advanced math focuses on practice based

topics. Some Arithmetic topics are

The Advanced math includes those and also higher-level

section whereas Tier-2 the focus is mainly on advanced math. While Arithmetic

consists on concept based topics, advanced math focuses on practice based

topics. Some Arithmetic topics are

*Percentage,*

Profit & Loss, Averages, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance,

Partnership, Interest, etc.Profit & Loss, Averages, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance,

Partnership, Interest, etc

The Advanced math includes those and also higher-level

*Mensuration,*

Trigonometry, Geometry and Algebra.Trigonometry, Geometry and Algebra.

The topics under Arithmetic section require a

**deeper**

conceptual understandingand little practice whereas the topics under advanced mathconceptual understanding

**require**

more practiceand little conceptual understanding.more practice

*Following are the topics under the SSC CGL Quant section:*

**Computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and**

relationships between numbers, percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square

roots, Averages, Interest, Profit & Loss, Discount, Partnership Business,

Mixture & Alligation, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Basic Algebraic

identities of school algebra and

relationships between numbers, percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square

roots, Averages, Interest, Profit & Loss, Discount, Partnership Business,

Mixture & Alligation, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Basic Algebraic

identities of school algebra and

elementary surds, Graphs of liner 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.

elementary surds, Graphs of liner 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.

**Preparation time**

*If your fundamentals are strong in math,*you can allot around 10 hours per week

for the Quant section. If you need to brush up on your basics, then give it 20

hours per week. If your math is average, allot 15 hours per week for Quant.

Quant preparation will require around 3

months. Allot one or two days for topics under arithmetic (concept based) and

practice at least 100 questions from advanced math topics every day (3-4 hours

a day). Arithmetic should take you around 20 days to master and advanced math

15-18 days.

months. Allot one or two days for topics under arithmetic (concept based) and

practice at least 100 questions from advanced math topics every day (3-4 hours

a day). Arithmetic should take you around 20 days to master and advanced math

15-18 days.

**Order of topics**

**Arithmetic:**

In Arithmetic, understanding the concept is more important that

practicing it. Percentage, Interest & Profit & Loss are considered as

base of the Arithmetic section.

practicing it. Percentage, Interest & Profit & Loss are considered as

base of the Arithmetic section.

Most of the Quant topics will require you to apply the concepts of

these three topics. Therefore, while it is important to learn each and every

topic under Quant itâ€™s also important to learn it in an 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.

these three topics. Therefore, while it is important to learn each and every

topic under Quant itâ€™s also important to learn it in an 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.

*Follow this order for your Quant preparation:*

- Percentage
- Interest (Simple Interest &

Compound Interest) - Profit & Loss
- Ratio and Proportion
- Number System
- Average
- Time and Work
- Mixture & Alligation
- Pipes & Cisterns
- Partnership
- Time & Distance
- Boats & Streams
- Train
- Geometry
- Mensuration
- Indices and Surds
- Algebra
- Trigonometry
- Stats and DI
- Data Interpretation

**Advanced mathematics:**

The Advanced math is labeled as an intimidating section, but in

reality it isnâ€™t. Itâ€™s just a complex version of the advanced math topics you

learnt in high school.

reality it isnâ€™t. Itâ€™s just a complex version of the advanced math topics you

learnt in high school.

The four major topics under advanced math are: Geometry,

Mensuration, Trigonometry and Algebra. After a thorough analysis of Previous

years question papers, we discovered that the questions from topics under

Advanced Mathematics are

solve all the Quant questions.

Mensuration, Trigonometry and Algebra. After a thorough analysis of Previous

years question papers, we discovered that the questions from topics under

Advanced Mathematics are

*repeated year after year*. So, itâ€™s a good to refer to Previous Year Question Papers andsolve all the Quant questions.

**Preparation Material**

*What you need:*

Â·

Practice

Sets

Practice

Sets

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Previous

Year SSC CGL Question Papers

Previous

Year SSC CGL Question Papers

*(organized chapter-wise)*

*Note on books:***It**

has been noticed that a lot of books containing SSC CGL practice sets and

previous year question papers have a lot of errors. Therefore, you need to be

extremely careful when it comes to choosing books for your preparation. Make

sure you pick the best & the most recommended preparation material with

least errors.

*Hereâ€™s a list of books frequently recommended for SSC CGL Exam:*

- SSC 7300 by Rakesh Yadav
- Kiran Prakashanâ€™s SSC CGL Question Bank
- Rakesh Yadavâ€™s Class Notes

*Note:*

*Do*

not buy too many books or other preparation material as it will end up

confusing you. Keep your preparation material minimum and make sure theyâ€™re

free of errors.

not buy too many books or other preparation material as it will end up

confusing you. Keep your preparation material minimum and make sure theyâ€™re

free of errors.

**Approach**

*Basic concepts â€“> Advanced*

concepts â€“> Practice sets â€“> Previous year question papers â€“> Revision

â€“> Mock testsconcepts â€“> Practice sets â€“> Previous year question papers â€“> Revision

â€“> Mock tests

**Basic Concepts**

To solve higher-level Math questions, your fundamentals need to be

strong. If your fundamentals in math isnâ€™t strong enough, we recommend you

start by brushing up the basic math concepts.

strong. If your fundamentals in math isnâ€™t strong enough, we recommend you

start by brushing up the basic math concepts.

Refer to the

are based on these basic concepts, so itâ€™s good to have a good command over

them.

**NCERT Mathematics books of 8th, 9th****and**

10th10th

**grades**(selected chapters). Focus on*Linear*

Equations (1 or 2 variables),andEquations (1 or 2 variables),

*advanced mathematic topics like Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry*

and Mensuration. A lot of questions in Quantand Mensuration

are based on these basic concepts, so itâ€™s good to have a good command over

them.

*Calculation speed:*

To save time during the exam, you must have a good calculation

speed. Following are things you can do to make your calculation faster &

save time & energy:

speed. Following are things you can do to make your calculation faster &

save time & energy:

Â·

Learn

quicker Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. These are used in

almost every math problem

Learn

quicker Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. These are used in

almost every math problem

Â·

Learn

Tables up to 20, Square roots up to 30 and Cube roots up to 20

Learn

Tables up to 20, Square roots up to 30 and Cube roots up to 20

Â·

Follow

the

Follow

the

**one-liner approach technique**for*quicker*

Addition & SubtractionAddition & Subtraction

*While learning these is important, itâ€™s equally important to*

revise them multiple times. Practice by writing these down in a practice

workbook and revise them regularly.

revise them multiple times. Practice by writing these down in a practice

workbook and revise them regularly.

**Advanced concepts**

Once youâ€™re done brushing up your basics, move on to more advanced

competition specific concepts:

competition specific concepts:

Â·

Watch online topic-wise video lectures

Watch online topic-wise video lectures

Â·

Make

a note of the concept and important formulas and shortcut tricks

Make

a note of the concept and important formulas and shortcut tricks

*(if*

any)any)

Â·

After

learning each topic, practice 3 to 4 examples from the practice sets

After

learning each topic, practice 3 to 4 examples from the practice sets

*A word on Shortcut Tricks:*

Learn the shortcut tricks only after you have learnt &

mastered the conventional way of solving the questions under Quant topics.

Also, itâ€™s important that youâ€™re selective about which shortcuts youâ€™re

learning. There are plenty of books available in the market with shortcut

tricks and learning all of them doesnâ€™t make sense as it will end up confusing

you.

mastered the conventional way of solving the questions under Quant topics.

Also, itâ€™s important that youâ€™re selective about which shortcuts youâ€™re

learning. There are plenty of books available in the market with shortcut

tricks and learning all of them doesnâ€™t make sense as it will end up confusing

you.

Learn the most important ones that will help you arrive at

solutions quickly. The key is to master both conventional method of solving and

solving using shortcuts.

solutions quickly. The key is to master both conventional method of solving and

solving using shortcuts.

*How to learn the shortcut techniques?*

You can personalize your shortcuts. Every individual has their own

strengths and weaknesses and can device shortcuts depending on it and on the

understanding of the concepts. We highly recommend you try to come up with your

own shortcut techniques. If and only if you cannot do that, refer to books that

contain shortcut techniques.

strengths and weaknesses and can device shortcuts depending on it and on the

understanding of the concepts. We highly recommend you try to come up with your

own shortcut techniques. If and only if you cannot do that, refer to books that

contain shortcut techniques.

*Likewise, donâ€™t waste your time trying to mug up all the formulas*

to all the questions. Learn only the most important formulas.

to all the questions. Learn only the most important formulas.

**Practice Sets**

To build concepts use practice sets which include topic-wise

questions for practice. Each topic will have a variety of sample questions.

Solve these after learning the concepts from video lectures or books and master

the topics. Repeat till you finish all the chapters in Quant.

questions for practice. Each topic will have a variety of sample questions.

Solve these after learning the concepts from video lectures or books and master

the topics. Repeat till you finish all the chapters in Quant.

**Previous Year Question Papers**

After covering all the topics and understanding the concepts and

after sufficient practice, its time to move to your next level: Solving

Previous year SSC CGL question papers.

after sufficient practice, its time to move to your next level: Solving

Previous year SSC CGL question papers.

*Why is it important to solve Previous Year Question Papers:*

- The SSC tends to repeat

questions from previous years in its question papers - Solving previous year question

papers gives you a brief idea of the difficulty levels of questions asked - They will familiarize you with

the question patterns

**Revision**

Revision is one of the most underestimated part of preparation

process. Itâ€™s not taken as seriously as it should be. Itâ€™s important to retain

information learnt and master the concepts. So, make sure you:

process. Itâ€™s not taken as seriously as it should be. Itâ€™s important to retain

information learnt and master the concepts. So, make sure you:

- Revise the basics (NCERT) at

least twice before moving on to the competition specific lectures/books - Revise the practice sets twice
- Revise important and high-level

questions

**Mock Tests**

The one thing that will be constant from the start to the end of

your preparation cycle is the Mock Test.

your preparation cycle is the Mock Test.

- Take one Mock Test before you

begin your preparation to assess your level - Take Topic Tests during your

preparation - Take complete Mock Tests post

your revision stage

Taking Mock Tests will help you

you can to

*measure*

your progress, determine your speed & accuracy and identify your strong and

weak areas. Take as many Mock Tests asyour progress, determine your speed & accuracy and identify your strong and

weak areas

you can to

**fine-tune your Quant preparation**.### Try a FREE SSC CGL Mock Test here.

**General tips:**

- Maintain a book to write down mistakes

youâ€™re making and write down questions of higher level. This way, you wonâ€™t

repeat mistakes again. Make separate notes of formulas of each chapter. - Practice questions and take

Mock Tests in an**Exam like environment**to familiarize yourself with it.*Avoid*

using calculators, minimize the number of rough sheets used, time yourself

during practice sessions. - Do not waste too much time on a

particular question during the exam. If you find yourself unable to answer a

particular question,**mark it for review**and solve it later if time permits. - If youâ€™re good at sections

other than the Quant, solve them before Quant in as less time as possible (with

great accuracy, mind you) and use the saved time for Quant. - Minimize the time and Maximize

the accuracy in the Quant section. Try to solve all the questions in 25 minutes

if youâ€™re a fast solver and 30 minutes if youâ€™re slow. - Try and answer all the

questions. However, you can afford to leave 2-3 time-consuming questions

unanswered, if youâ€™re running out of time.

Use the above as a

section of SSC CGL Exam, based on your strengths and weaknesses. Hereâ€™s hoping

the above tips help you prepare better.

*guideline to formulate your own preparation strategy*for the Quantitative Aptitudesection of SSC CGL Exam, based on your strengths and weaknesses. Hereâ€™s hoping

the above tips help you prepare better.

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