How to prepare Quantitative Aptitude for SSC CGL Tier-1 and 2 Exam

I welcome all the readers and in this article we will learn what it takes to crack the biggest exam of SSC and that is Combined Graduate Level. This article deals with preparation of Maths section for SSC CGL exam. We will discuss the syllabus, books and a bulletproof strategy to crack this section.

As you know the SSC exams are placed at the IInd position after the Civil Services (IAS,IPS,IFS) in the domain of toughness, difficulty and mind boggling questions. In SSC exams you always have a giant syllabus to prepare. So let's just understand the syllabus of SSC CGL Maths.


Syllabus of SSC CGL Maths Section (for both Tier - I & II)


A major change that take place in SSC exams syllabus was they started asking questions from Algebra, Trigonometry, Mensuration and Geometry HEAVILY. And the 'heavily' means almost 20-25 (out of 50 questions) questions in Tier - I and and 40-45 questions (out of 100) in Tier - II were asked from these four topics. However you should have clear understanding of the full syllabus of maths. The syllabus is same is same for both the tiers of maths.

Caution for Loser: You can leave by just looking at the syllabus table below if you are scared to maths do not want to beat it.

Rank
Chapters
Tier  I Marks
Tier II Marks
1
Mensuration
  • Mensuration of 2-D Figures: Rectangle, Square, Triangle, Quadrilateral, Polygons  & Circles
  • Mensuration of 3-D Figures: Cuboid, Cubes, Right Circular Cylinder, Right Circular Cone, Sphere, Pyramid & Prism
5-6
9-10
2
Trigonometry
  • Trigonometric ratios
  • Degree and Radian Measures
  • Standard Identities
  • Complementary angles
  • Heights and Distances
5-6
9-10
3
Geometry
  • Lines & Angles
  • Triangles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Polygons
  • Circles
5-6
9-10
4
Algebra
  • Algebraic Identities
  • Linear Equations
  • Graphical Representation of lines
5-6
9-10
5
Data Interpretation
  • Tabulation
  • Pie Chart
  • Bar Chart
  • Line Graph
  • Mixed Graph
5-10
10-15
6
Percentage (%)
  • Percentage
  • Profit/Loss & Discount
  • Alligation/Mixture
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
5-7
15-20
7
Time/Speed/Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Work & Wages
  • Pipes & Cistern
  • Problems on trains
  • Boats & Streams
4-5
5-8
8
Fundamentals/Number System
  • Computation of Whole Numbers: Addition, Multiplication, Division of Whole Numbers
  • Divisibility Rules & Finding Remainders
  • Square/Square Root & Cube/Cube Root
  • Factors & Multiples
  • LCM & HCF
  • Decimals & Fractions
  • Indices & Surds
  • Involution/Simplification Rules
4-5
5-6
9
Average
  • Finding Averages
  • Ratio & Proportion
2-3
5-8

How to prepare Quantitative Aptitude / Maths for SSC CGL Exam


As the topic of maths will be tested in both the tiers so you have to prepare this very seriously. So let's talk about the books/study material from which you will prepare this giant syllabus of SSC CGL maths.

1. Quantum Cat by S.K. Verma: The ultimate masterpiece of maths. I can guarantee you're gonna keep this book with you forever. It's got everything that you need. You need concepts, formulas, short-cut methods it has everything.

YOU JUST HAVE TO SOLVE THE INTRODUCTORY EXERCISES AND LEVEL - 1 EXERCISES ONLY. THAT WILL BE ENOUGH FOR SSC MATHS.

One of the important thing about this book it doesn't want you learn the short-cut methods blindly. All the short-cuts given in every chapter are in limited quantity and all of them are explained logically.

2. SSC Maths Chapterwise Solved Papers since 1997-till date: It is very important to solve previous years questions by SSC. It will help you to understand what type of questions like to ask and what is the difficulty level of questions.

Some important things that you should know about these resources

Myth Quantum Cat, it is only for Management Exams: It is specially recommended for 4 most important topics that is Mensuration, Trigonometry, Algebra and Geometry as it has better coverage over these topics. And it is the best book to polish your mind. And we have never recommended you to do all the exercises of Quantum Cat. We have recommended upto Level 1 only.

1. Quantum Cat: You will start with rank 1 chapter i.e. Mensuration then 2 - Trigonometry and so on. Just solve introductory exercises and level 1 exercise only.

2. SSC Maths Chapterwise: Why I need to solve the previous years questions. Well, the answer is very simple. It is important to understand what kind of questions SSC like to ask. What is the difficulty level of questions.

So first Quantum Cat----> and then SSC Maths Chapterwise.


Points to remember during the preparation of maths


1. You can minimize the use of pen and paper in the exam hall. You should first try to solve the problem in brain and if it is solved without the help of pen and paper then it is very good because you will be able to other questions in that saved time. 

2. Instead of solving the questions at the bottom of the page solve them by plugging the values near the questions. In that way you don't have to look up and down on the question paper.

3. All the methods, rules, formulas and questions which are repeated most frequently in the should be on your finger tips. For eg. tables upto 20 & also square and cube table upto 20.  

Just solve the questions, complete the books and win the game of SSC CGL. Good Luck!

10 comments:

  1. I want to know that there is two book of qauntum cat by sarvesh kumar and i am little bit confuse which book i have to order...one is of yellow cover with 897 pages and other with dark green cover with 947 pages...give me some clarification ..

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    1. No difference between both the books. The only difference is green one came in 2013 and yellow came in 2014. You can go with yellow one as it is the latest edition.

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  2. Okk thanks vikas, there is one doubt also is it good to go with other chapters except geo,mens,Alg... I am preparing for ssc, nd how much it is useful for bank po..??

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    1. I know it is been asked a tonnes of time and everytime I give the same answer. It is your choice if you want to skip it or not. In bank PO there will NOT be any single question from these 4 topics but rest of the chapters are important for both.

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  3. and i i want to prepare for both ibps po and ssc cgl s k verma is enough or i need to get another book for ibps and sbi please reply me

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  4. Hi Vikas,
    I am utpal, I live in a village, there is no book stall to buy quantum cat by sarbesh k verma, so I want to know the process of online order of the book, help me

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    1. You just have to click the buy now button and then it will ask for your email address and password. If you have an account on Amazon then simply enter them and follow the instructions on the screen. It will ask for general information like name, address and contact and method of payment. You can select Cash on Delivery which will be given as COD option.

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  5. maximum marks in maths. i have both books (rs agarwal and quantum cat sarvesh kumar). For arithmetic section shall i depend only on rs agarwal or i need quantum cat also. please help me.
    im preparing for ssc.

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    1. Quantum Cat is required to learn the concepts and short-cut methods t solve the questions.

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  6. Hi Vikas
    how much time will it take, to complete the entire syllabus of maths for ssc cgl from quantum cat ?

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