Are you an aspirant of SSC CGL? Then let me tell you it is one of the most highly competitive examinations and candidates do believe that Quantitative Aptitude section of SSC CGL exam is a hard nut to crack.
All this is a myth, anyone can master the QA section of the CGL exam with the right preparation strategy and guidance. Hence in this article, we will walk you through the most worthy and practicable tips to follow to ace the Quants section of CGL examination.
Before that, check out the exam pattern of Quantitative Aptitude section given below:
|Total Number of Questions Asked||25 questions|
|Marks Awarded For each correct Answer||2 marks|
|Marks Deducted for each wrong answer||0.50 marks|
|Total Marks for QA section||50 marks|
Aspirants of SSC CGL who are interested to appear for the exam must upkeep themselves with the examination pattern. Aspirants can check SSC CGL Form in the given link for relevant details regarding online application for next recruitment.
Tips to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude For SSC CGL
Quantitative Aptitude is a high scoring section if a candidate is good with numbers and has strong mathematics skills. In-depth knowledge of concepts, pattern of questions asked and rigorous practice is enough to ace this section. Let’s check some useful tips given below-
- Questions based on Simplification, problems on ages, average, ratio proportion, percentage, number series/system are asked every year. These are the topics which enable you to fetch more marks with a little effort. Questions on these require fast calculation and clear basic knowledge. For these topics always try to solve basic problems first and then move on to the complex ones because it is important to have a firm grip on basic concepts. For percentage, candidates must be so well practiced that they can calculate the percentage without pen and paper. Try to understand the pattern of number series and know well the concepts of LCM, HCF, etc. Being thorough with the BODMAS rule, tables, square roots and cube Roots is very important.
- Topics such as Data Interpretation, Mixture allegations, Speed, time & Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Work, profit and loss, Algebra, Trigonometry, mensuration and Geometry are difficult topics. Candidates who gain expertise in these topics are sure to gain an edge over the competitors. By heart the formulae of respective topics and gain clarity of the basic concept. Rigorous practice of the questions and a lot of effort is required to master these topics. Cover both the basics and complex questions of Speed, time and distances. Concept of discount and partnership and basic formulae is important for Profit and loss. Mixture alligation questions are asked in conjunction with Ratio & proportion.
How to prepare a QA section?
- Time management: master the time management if you want to ace the quantitative aptitude section. Solve questions with time constraints and do not spend more than a minute to solve one question. Practice free mock tests available online to hone the time management skill. Learn the mistakes done and strategize a better approach for those questions.
- Basic needs to be Strong: do not try to hop on the shortcut trick at once while starting with preparation. Learn the basic concept first to gain in-depth knowledge, solve basic questions first for firm knowledge and then move on to the difficult ones for deep understanding. Remember, if the basics are not clear even the easy questions will seem to be difficult in the exam.
- Learn short-cuts: yes, it is important to know the shortcut tricks to solve questions quickly in the examination. But shortcuts should be learned once the basics are clear. Learn important tricks, shortcuts, square roots, cube roots, and table well to increase speed and save time for difficult questions.
- Practice: candidate in order to gain perfection in solving problems quickly and accurately must indulge into rigorous practice. It is important for them to solve previous year question papers as much as possible. This will help them in two ways, one, they will understand the type and variety they will encounter in the exams and two they will learn correct methods and strategies to solve difficult questions.
Even if practiced well, candidates should avoid doing guess work while answering the questions, because there is negative marking in SSC CGL and candidates have to obtain the minimum cut off marks to be called for the next round. Candidates can check the SSC CGL Cut Off trend of previous years in the given link.
Bear the given points in mind and start your preparation of SSC CGL in a systematic manner.
All the best!