SSC CGL Maths Preparation 2022: How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for CGL Exam

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : July 20th, 2022

The SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude section is the most important area or you can say is the deciding area for a candidate in the merit list. Below you will find steps to do SSC CGL math preparation efficiently to score well in this subject in the CGL exam. If your basic concepts are clear, then this section will be your favorite and highest-scoring section. Candidates must be able to solve questions quickly without compromising on accuracy. In this article, we will be providing you with SSC CGL math preparation tips & strategies to help you score high marks in the Quant Section of the SSC CGL exam 2022. That's not all. These SSC CGL Maths preparation tips will help you prepare efficiently for other Railway and SSC exams too.

As per the recent announcement, the Staff Selection Commission is all set to conduct the SSC CGL tier 2 exam on 8th & 10th August 2022 which is just around the corner. Furthermore, as per the revised calendar the commission is going to conduct the SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam 2022 in the month of December 2022. So, candidates must leave no stones unturned for SSC CGL maths preparation.

SSC CGL maths syllabus is very vast therefore, thorough preparation is needed to crack the SSC CGL 2022 Quantitative Aptitude Section. 

How to Prepare Maths for SSC CGL 2022?

SSC CGL exam pattern comprises two stages:

  • Tier-I Exam
  • Tier-II Exam

The weightage of Tier - I and Tier - II exams is 200 Marks and 400 Marks respectively.

Here, we are going to discuss the Tier-I exam which includes four subjects, i.e.,

Subject

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Reasoning

25

50

General Awareness

25

50

Quantitative Aptitude

25

50

English Comprehension

25

50

Total

100

200

  • Each part is of equal importance so candidates have to focus on each & every part of this exam.
  • It should be noted by candidates that there is a negative marking of 0.5 marks in this exam.
  • Remember that there is no Section-wise Cut Off in this exam.

How Can You Score Maximum Marks in SSC CGL Maths?

SSC CGL Maths is an integral part of the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam and here, we are going to discuss how can you score maximum marks in the Quantitative Aptitude section which is the most important area or you can say is the deciding area for a candidate to be on the merit list. It occupies the top spot in terms of the weightage it carries in the written section50/200 in Prelims and 200/400 in Mains make it 250/600 or 41.67% of your success (or failure) in SSC CGL 2022. The questions in this section are designed to test the ability to appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidates. The scope of quantitative ability is clearly defined and is limited to class 10th-level mathematics. If you have good command over this section, you can score 40–45 marks. All you need to do is attempt the questions with good accuracy. The level of this section is expected to be moderate.

SSC CGL Maths syllabus can be divided into Arithmetic, Data Interpretation & Advanced Maths. Elaborating further, this section consists of questions from topics like Profit and Loss, Time, Distance and Work, Average, Alligation, Elementary Maths, Mensuration, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, etc.

It is important to analyze SSC CGL previous year papers and find out the break-up of questions. This will help you to find out which area needs more practise and time so that you can plan out your study schedule. Prior to SSC CGL 2016 Exam, the total number of questions asked in Tier 1 was 200 out of which 50 questions were of Quantitative Aptitude.

Topics

SSC CGL Tier 1- 2020

SSC CGL Tier 1- 2019

SSC CGL Tier 1- 2018

SSC CGL Tier 1 -2017

SSC CGL Tier 1 -2016

SSC CGL Tier 1 2015

SSC CGL Tier 1 -2014

SSC CGL Tier 1 -2013

SSC CGL Tier 1 -2012

SSC CGL Tier 1 -2011

SSC CGL Tier 1 -2010

Algebra

1-2

2-3

3

2-3

2-3

04

05

05

05

00

06

Average

0-1

1-2

1

1

1-2

03

02

02

02

03

03

Percentage, Profit and Loss, Interest

1-2

2-3

2-3

4

2-3

07

07

06

05

14

06

Trigonometry

1-2

3-4

3

2-3

2-3

09

07

08

09

00

00

Geometry

2-3

1-2

5

2-3

3-4

06

14

09

12

05

03

Basic Maths

1-2

1

1

2-3

2-3

04

03

01

05

11

11

Ratio & Proportion

0-1

1-2

1

1

1-2

02

01

03

01

03

03

Number System

2

0

0

1-2

1-2

03

03

02

02

05

06

Data Interpretation

4-5

4

4

4

5

05

05

07

05

04

03

Time and Distance

1

1

1

1

2-3

03

03

05

02

05

06

Miscellaneous

3-4

3-4

3-4

3-4

3-4

04

00

02

02

00

03

Total

25

25

25

25

25

50

50

50

50

50

50

SSC CGL Maths Important Topics

From the above table, we can see that most of the Quant paper is concentrated on the following 5 topics:

  1. Trigonometry
  2. Geometry
  3. Data Interpretation
  4. Algebra
  5. Percentage/Profit, Loss and Discount

1. Trigonometry

Generally, easy questions are asked on trigonometry in Tier I. So you need to prepare the basics. But remember, the pattern of questions should be as per SSC CGL, and no other exam like NDA, or CDS will work.

Do you need to learn so many formulas of Trigonometry?

The answer would be “NO”. You need not remember so many formulas, just 3-4 are enough. You need to remember the basics about sin θ, cos θ, tan θ, cot θ, sec θ, cosec θ and their relationship. Then 3 basic formulas and tables for the θ value of the angle. The most important thing is you must be fluent in the table as most of the questions can be solved by putting direct values. You need not solve the entire question, just put the value of θ to get the answer.

2. Geometry

Geometry in the SSC CGL exam is considered the most important topic. Most of the questions are directly related to properties.

Article 1: Current article: properties of Lines, Angle, and Triangle

Article 2: Properties of Quadrilateral, Polygon

Articles 3: Properties of Circle, Concept of Triplet, special points to be noted on geometry

3. Data Interpretation

You must attempt Data Interpretation.  Nearly all the D.I. questions are based on Ratio, Percentage, and Average chapters of Arithmetic which you can easily solve all the questions and grab 8 marks within 3-4 minutes.

4. Algebra

It includes questions on Algebraic Identities, Factorization & Simplification of Polynomials, and Simplification of Fractions. Practicing all types of questions from these topics is a must.

5. Percentage/Profit, Loss & Discount

You should know the basic rules applied in these chapters. By heart learning formulas and their application would be a perfect way to solve many questions. Basic calculation and approximation concepts should be strong as they directly drive the candidate to the right option. Try to use shortcut tricks for saving time.

Solved just By taking 100 as base

Example

What is the percentage profit in selling an article at a discount of 20% which was earlier sold for 40% profit?

a) 20%

b) 14%

c) 28%

d) 12%

Solution: Let's take Rs.100 as the cost of the article. A man was selling the article for Rs 140 (100 (cost) + 40 profit), now he is selling at a discount of 20%, now 140*20/100 = 28. New selling price = 140-28 = 112. Therefore, the answer is D.

Play with options

Example

A man bought 18 oranges for 100 rupees and sold 12 oranges for 100 rupees. Calculate profit percentage.

a) 33.333%

b) 50%

c) 66.666%

d) Can’t be determined

It can be easily seen that man saved 50% of what he sold. He saved 6 oranges while he sold 12 oranges. Clearly answer is 50%.

General Mistakes to Avoid while Attempting Maths in SSC CGL 2022

There are a couple of mistakes done by aspirants while SSC CGL quantitative preparation which we have explained below. Let us have a look at some common mistakes:

  • Not Reading Questions Completely: In the quant section, this is the most common mistake made by students. In a hurry to solve questions faster, they don’t read questions clearly and end up making mistakes. And then, it becomes a herculean task to identify where you went wrong. Hence, read twice before you go ahead and start solving.
  • Avoid Risky Shortcuts: If you have practised a particular shortcut or trick on lot many questions during your preparation, then go ahead. But, if you have just read some shortcut or any trick during the last leg of your preparation, avoid using it in the exam as you do not know the conditions in which this particular shortcut can be applied. Solve the question using a conventional way even if it takes more time.
  • Guess Work: Absolutely avoid any guesswork as negative marking is the main point to be kept in mind as far as competitive exams are concerned.

Important Points to Remember while Solving SSC CGL Maths

  • Focus on Important Topics: List down SSC CGL Maths important topics and make sure you study those topics and practice a lot of questions.
  • Work on your weak areas: It is very easy to go along well with your strong areas, but it is best to work on your weaker areas and give them your best shot. Practice on the weak areas so that it is easy in the examination to solve them more easily.
  • Go through previous year's question papers: This will help candidates to have an idea of the examination pattern. Aspirants should practice the papers during the revision time so that they can know the time limit and can practice weak areas.
  • Practice is the ultimate way to succeed: The final thing you should do is practice more and more. The more you practice, the more you develop your understanding. So practice the mock papers available at BYJU'S Exam Prep.
  • Don’t Overburden Yourself: It is important not to overburden yourself while preparing for the examination. This is the most important requirement for maintaining focus and concentration.

The time has come to tighten up your seatbelt as the syllabus is huge and time in hand is very less. So, start preparing from today itself because “Your future is created by what you do today, NOT TOMORROW.” Trust yourself, your abilities, and your strength. Be always self-motivated whatever the situation may be. Never lose your hope. Trust in your hard work: one day you will surely achieve your goal.

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FAQs

  • A total of 25 questions are asked from the quant section of 2 marks each in the SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam 2022.

  • Following are important Quant topics for SSC CGL 2022 Tier 1 Exam

    • Trigonometry
    • Geometry
    • Data Interpretation
    • Algebra
    • Percentage/Profit, Loss and Discount
  • The best quant books for SSC CGL Exams 2022 are following:

    • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
    • SSC Mathematics 5800+ by Kiran Publication
    • Online Maths Practice Quizzes by the BYJU'S Exam Prep
  • Other than the Quantitative Aptitude section the other section that are the part of SSC CGL 2022 exam are- English Comprehension, Reasoning Ability and General Awareness.

  • Yes, you can appear for the SSC CGL 2022 exam but, your candidature will be considered only if you fulfill the SSC CGL 2022 Eligibility Criteria.

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