How Non-Maths Students Can Crack SSC & Other Government Exams

By PARUL RISHI|Updated : August 4th, 2022

If you are preparing for SSC examinations, math is one subject that you cannot skip and has to score decent to ensure your selection. The minimum Qualification of most of the SSC exams for non-technical posts is graduation from any subject. This means that students who choose arts subjects to avoid math would have to revisit the quant in SSC examinations and also have to master it. If we consider SSC CGL Exam, Tier-2 of SSC CGL, in particular, is a difficult nut to crack due to the challenging and time-consuming math section. In Tier-2, there is a compulsory maths paper for 200 Marks. This is why you must prepare well for the math part in order to achieve excellent scores in this area.

How Non-Maths Students Can Crack SSC & Other Government Exams?

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Get acquainted with the Syllabus and Basics of Each Topic under the Syllabus 

Go through the syllabus and understand the question weightage of each topic and also the difficulty level of the questions from the topics. Once done, learn the basics concepts of each topic and finish the syllabus once. There are good chances that you may find a few topics challenging, you must complete the syllabus at least once. This activity is for analysis since the NON-Mathematics students are confronting mathematics for the first time in a long time, probably after 10th std. 

Find Out the Chapters which You Find Easy

The quant syllabus can be categorized into the following sections: arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and Mensuration. Non-Maths background aspirants should focus on Geometry and Mensuration more for the following three reasons: 

  • As compared to other sections, these two chapters are easy and can be solved easily with the help of formulae
  • To solve the problems, students are required to mug up the formulae and theorems
  • These two chapters have high question weightage as well 

Learn By Heart All the Important formulae and Theorems

Make sure all the formulae should be at your fingertips irrespective of the fact that you are unable to comprehend the logic. In SSC Exams, many questions can be easily solved immediately with the formula. It necessitates memorizing formulae even if you do not understand the reasoning. Keep in mind that you need not do PhD on the quant subject, you just require to find out the correct answer. Especially for Arts students, you come from an arts background where you must have studied and memorized a lot. Practice those abilities of yours, here

Master Arithmetic Chapters

This part will be quite easy for you because the majority of the concepts are used in everyday life. You may easily relate to it and answer the questions of chapters like profit and loss, time and distance, time and work, pipe and cistern, average, alligation and mixing, and so forth.

Do not jump on to the Shortcuts in the Beginning

Focus on getting the basics right and then application of basic concepts to the questions. Once you are done practising enough questions with the standard method then move on to shortcuts. Also, try not to use too many shortcut methods as you might not be able to remember all these shortcuts and might get confused too. Focus on improving speed instead. Make it a habit to do all of your calculations in your head. This will save a significant amount of time. Well, if you are self-assured enough to employ shortcuts without hesitation, go for it.

Right Approach for Trigonometry

From Trigonometry questions are asked based on the values and height and distance. For value-finding questions, memorize and rewrite often. You will also require a lot of practise to remember a large variety of sin(), cos(), and tan() values (). Height and distance problems, on the other hand, are partly solved if the picture is appropriately drawn.

Solve Previous Years' Papers

It is no mystery that in SSC exams questions are often repeated. In this regard, it is vital for you to look through the previous year's questions for all of the chapters. It helps you in two ways: you get a feel of the pattern and level of questions, and you will most likely get questions from these papers.

Practice, Practice, and Practice

Whether Maths or Non-maths background in studies, every applicant who wants to do well in the SSC Exam, has to practice a lot of questions. However, because you come from a completely different background, you will need to commit more attention to this portion. Finish the theory first, then go on to sectional tests. When you're finished with chapter-by-chapter practice, go on to full-length examinations.

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