# How to Improve your Quant Score in Competitive Exams?

By Rahul Chadha|Updated : January 27th, 2021

Quantitative Aptitude is perhaps the most challenging segment of SSC or some other government competitive exams. Though the vast majority of the applicants fear the quantitative section, it is only a misconception that you can't score well in Maths area. Even though this part is very testing in nature, it is considered as the most scoring territory as indicated by the previous year papers. It can get a candidate spot in the final selection list. In order to crack any exam, one needs to score truly well in each segment and need to focus on each and every aspect of preparations as well as syllabus. In this article, you will get some essential tips on how to improve your quant score for any competitive exams.

Quantitative Aptitude is perhaps the most challenging segment of SSC or some other government competitive exams. Though the vast majority of the applicants fear the quantitative section, it is only a misconception that you can't score well in Maths area. Even though this part is very testing in nature, it is considered as the most scoring territory as indicated by the previous year papers. It can get a candidate spot in the final selection list. In order to crack any exam, one needs to score truly well in each segment and need to focus on each and every aspect of preparations as well as syllabus. In this article, you will get some essential tips on how to improve your quant score for any competitive exams.

Getting a hold on the Quantitative section is prerequisite to dominate in a large portion of most of the competitive exams. The questions in this section are intended to test the skill of proper utilization of numbers, analytical abilities and computational speed of the candidates. If you know the fundamental concepts and methods of Mathematics, this segment can get you a pretty decent score enough to clear the cut-off in any severe competitive exams. However, Clearing the cut-off and getting the final selection are two different things. You need to score as much as possible to get ahead in the competition and seize the opportunity. It is rightly said, "Success happens when preparation meets opportunity." Along the years, there has been significant variation in the Quant area. If we look into the details, 60-70 percent of the questions can be easily solved by a majority of candidates. However, those remaining 30 percent of questions confirm the spot in final list inquiries and make a difference in the marks.
These preparation tips will help you get those low hanging fruits which often get unnoticed by most of the aspirants.

## How can we change our attitude regarding Maths?

We can divide all Questions in Quant section into two categories:

1. Easy and Scoring Questions: Start your quantitative section with these questions. These questions are generally easy to solve, require less time and you can easily achieve high accuracy. Chapters which fall under this category are:

• Simplification
• Arithmetic Topics: Problems on Ages, Percentage, Averages, Simple Interest/ Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Ratio & Proportions.
• Data Interpretation

2. Time-Consuming Questions: Questions in this category are difficult than above and may require more time to solve. Attempt them after solving first category questions. Some of the questions in this category are tricky. Accuracy will depend on the amount of practice done before the exam. Chapters which fall under this category are:

• Probability
• Arithmetic Topics: Mixture and Alligation, Time and Work, Time Speed and Distance
• Number Series

For students who just want to score a decent score in the maths section can solve first category questions with a few questions from second and it will be enough but then always remember that:

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."

Work a little Extra and success will surely be yours as it's the little things that make a BIG difference!

## 10 Basic Tips to excel in the Quantitative Section in Competitive Exams

Moving ahead with our preparation strategy for the quantitative section, let's discuss some basic maths tricks to get high scores in this section.

1. Start with the Easy Ones: Don’t go beyond your capability. It might take days to increase your level, but slow and steady wins the race. Start with the basics, start with the older, easier sums and practice them.

2. Take one step at a time: Do not try to learn everything in one day. For instance, for a single day, find a topic you would like to cover and become an expert on, like percentage or time and work or mensuration etc.

3. Study Maths from a trusted source: Searching the term Profit and loss or shortcuts for Averages on Google is not good. Find a good Maths book and practice from it on regular basis.

4. Don’t leave any topic unprepared: If you don't understand something, focus on mastering that topic before moving on to the next topic. It sounds simple, but it is absolutely essential. If you are having a problem with a topic, continue working with that one until you understand it and can work problems successfully.

5. Sometimes Paper-Pen is important: When beginning to work a Math problem, do not map out a path from problem-to-answer in your head before writing anything down. If you try to do too many things at one time, which is common, you will probably try to do something wrong and get into trouble. So it is better to begin by first writing down the problem.

6. Don't give up too soon: Try some practice problems. If you are done with your topic, solve questions/quiz of that topic to scale your learning. Work them out and see if you get the right answer. Do not use a calculator while solving questions.

7. Challenge yourself: Once you are done with the basics, give yourself challenges. Stretch your abilities and aim to do the calculations as quickly and accurately as possible.

8. Jot Down the Important Points: Keep a notebook with yourself where you write important points and formulas. This will assist you revisiting the most vital points and formulas on your exam day.

9. Compartmentalization of topics is very important: You must know the topics you are comfortable with – from least to most. You should have an understanding of the level pertaining to your preparation to sail through the test without much trouble.

10. Practice more and more: Try to attempt as many mock tests as possible. When you are left with a handful of days to go, nothing will help you more than writing and analyzing Mock Tests. These tests will provide you with insights, such as Time Management, Selection of Questions and Topics, formulation of an effective strategy to nail the test etc.

## General Mistakes to Avoid while attempting Maths

There are a couple of mistakes done by aspirants while attempting quantitative section in competitive exams. Let us have a look at some of the common mistakes:

1. Not Reading Questions Completely: In the quant section, this is the most common mistake made by students. In a hurry to solve questions, you don’t read questions clearly and end up making mistakes. This habit can cause frustration as even after solving the question methodically, you will not get the relevant option. And then, it becomes a herculean task to identify where you went wrong. Hence, read the question twice before you go ahead and start solving.

2. Avoid Risky Shortcuts: If you have practised a particular shortcut or trick on 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 conventional way.

3. 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.

4. Practice one approach multiple times: It better to practice one method multiple times to solve a particular question than to learn multiple methods. Leaning multiple methods for a single question creates confusion at times and leading to losing marks in the exam.

## Topic-Wise Quiz on Maths Section: Attempt now & check your preparation level

If you follow the above tips and strategies, you will be able to master the quant section soon. You should always remember that practise makes a man perfect and nobody gets everything right all the time. If you mess up, keep reviewing. Keep practising. Keep succeeding.

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