In this article, you will get many insights in context to the DSSSB TGT maths preparation tips.
Strategy to Prepare Maths for DSSSB TGT
As per the exam pattern of the DSSSB TGT exam, this year, 20 questions out of a total of 200 questions in the ‘Arithmetical and Numerical Ability section is elementary level mathematics. This means, 10% of your question paper is pure maths that can be cracked easily with little practice and strong basics. Some vital tricks to win over the TGT exam and its maths section are given below:
Practice makes a person perfect:
Practice for all the sections of this exam, (General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning Ability, Arithmetical and Numerical Ability, Hindi Language and Comprehension, English Language and Comprehension, Subject Related). And give ample time in preparation for all the subjects in each section. Remember every chapter in the exam is equally important with almost equal weightage.
Sticky notes can help:
Make notes of all the important mathematical formulas and stick them on your study room’s wall. Have a look once or twice a day on these notes to avoid forgetting important formulas on D-Day. The key to solving mathematical numerical is to remember the formulas and then apply the basics. These notes will help you in your revision as well before the main exam.
Suggested study material:
To excel in the mathematics section in the TGT exam, a candidate should read the maths study material, and the sample paper for the TGT exam given by DSSSB on its website or you can find a similar book online. One must go through the entire book at least 3-4 times before the exam. The reason behind this is that the questions and concepts in this study material resonate with questions you will face in the main exam.
Actual paper and mock test:
Do practice the previous years’ actual question papers of this exam along with some mock tests available online and in many preparation books by Arihant and other publications. A candidate must take a couple of full DSSSB mock tests every week to improve accuracy, analyze and compare his/her performance compared to previous mocks.
Keep a check on the watch:
Time management is another aspect in such exams which has multiple sections to be solved that too in just two hours. You need to learn the art of time management in advance to finish your question paper on time. There is only one way to acquire this skill, which is answering mock tests that will give you a reality check from time to time based on which you will change your strategy of attempting the paper.
Try the unconventional way:
How about calculating the average of a batsman in cricket or the economy rate of a bowler to get more familiar with numbers, and do the number crunching without using a calculator. This will save you time during the exam in intensive calculation questions. You can learn Vedic mathematics as well, provided that you have enough time.
Follow the sequence:
The right chronology should be followed in preparing for the mathematics section, which says that one must start from the concepts and then move towards the questions. Initially, there should be no timer while solving the questions, but once you have done enough practice, then do keep a stopwatch while solving a problem or a set of problems.
Work on your weak areas:
Many topics in mathematics will be tested in the exam, thus while preparing one should emphasize his/her weak areas in the subject and devote more time in such areas. Solve as many questions in these areas as possible to master your weak areas, and thus you can give less time in your strong areas.
Routine and Discipline:
Create a study plan and follow it strictly until the exam to ace it. There should be a proper routine for individual subjects, and one should be disciplined enough to follow this schedule. There should be recreational breaks in between for you to not get exhausted. Get proper sleep, watch movies, play outside and don’t just study for longer hours in one go.
Leave it if you are not 100% sure:
In the exam, if you are confused between two options in any question, remember there are negative marking of 0.25 marks for every question which might play a spoilsport in your final score. Avoid guesswork!
These are some of the useful tips to prepare DSSSB TGT maths which if followed with utmost dedication will bear fruits for an aspirant eventually. Just follow your study plan, keep practising, do a proper revision, solve mocks and execute all this on the D-Day.
DSSSB TGT Maths Guide
Topic-wise mathematics syllabus
Here you will get to know the areas of mathematics that you will find in the actual question paper and how much time to devote to each topic ideally to get the best results. We have prepared a topic-wise in-depth analysis of the mathematics section for your reference.
Time duration for learning the concept and solving questions
Time duration for the revision of formulas and numerical practice
Fractions and Decimals
Profit and Loss, Discount
Simple Interest and Compound Interest
3-4 hours (focus on formulas)
Time and Work
2.5-3 hours (solve diverse problems)
Time, Speed and Distance
3 hours (solve diverse problems)
Ratio and Proportion
4 hours (practice all types of data sets)
The above section-wise break-up is not exhaustive, and preparation time depends a great deal on your familiarity with these topics. This is the minimum time you should devote to these topics to crack almost every question in the exam.
DSSSB TGT Maths Preparation Tips: Topic-wise
The key to scoring the highest in this section is to break every complex individual problem into simpler sub-units. And for the subject as a whole, break the syllabus into topics and focus individually on them. Here are some key areas in each topic based on the previous years’ question paper:
1. Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance:
The key here is to solve a wide range of problems than to solve multiple problems of one type. There are a whole lot of problems in these, to topics ranging from pipe filling a bucket, average speed of a vehicle, train approaching each other etc. Also, focus here on the unit of speed (whether m/sec or km/hr) and take time and distance accordingly to get the right answer.
2. Mensuration and Geometry:
First learn all the formulas of calculating volume, curved surface area and total surface area of all the shapes, i.e. cube, cuboid, cone, cylinder, trapezium, parallelogram etc. There should be no confusion in these formulas and then apply your basics to the problem. In the geometry section, focus more on circles and triangles as you will find questions from these two shapes.
3. Data Interpretation:
This is one area where your analytical skills and calculation speed is put to the test in a single question. Start by solving data sets of every type, i.e. pie chart, tabular data, line chart, bar graph, column charts first and then solve the combination of two sets in one question.
4. Other Topics (Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss):
In all these topics, solving as many questions as possible will help you sail through the exam. Keep practising these questions from DSSSB study material and sectional mock tests.
You have learned all the concepts, practised questions in these topics, gave several mock tests and did revision before the exam. Now you’re all set to write the TGT exam but remember to stay calm and composed in the exam. Back yourself and first solve all the questions you are sure about. Do not fret in the examination hall if the paper seems complicated, remember that if it is difficult for you, then it is difficult for others as well. The bottom line is to be confident, trust yourself and attempt the paper with a relaxed mind.
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