How to prepare for DSSSB TGT Mathematics? Get Study Plan, Preparation Tips & More

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Updated on: September 13th, 2023

The DSSSB TGT Mathematics preparation tips will assist the applicants in brushing up on their fundamentals and core concepts and revising the topics already learned. Read the entire post to get the exceptionally formulated study plan and preparation tips and gear up to excel in the upcoming exam.  This article will assist in figuring out how to prepare for DSSSB TGT Maths.

DSSSB stands for Delhi Subordinate Service Selection Board which is the administering authority that conducts NTT (Nursery Trained Teacher), PRT (Primary Teacher), TGT (Trained Graduate Teacher) and PGT (Post Graduate Teacher) exams every year. Myriad aspirants wanting to start their career in academia as a teacher, write this exam but only a few of them clear it. B.Ed is a must eligibility criterion with Graduation and Post-Graduation being differentiating criteria.

Strategy to Prepare for DSSSB TGT Mathematics

It is important to check the effective DSSSB TGT Mathematic preparation strategy to prepare well for the DSSSB Exam. The effective strategy can help score good marks in the exam in the first go itself. Some vital tricks to win over the TGT exam and its Maths section are given below:

• Understand the Exam pattern well

The exam pattern of the DSSSB TGT exam has remained constant since the inception of the exam. DSSSB Exam Pattern consists of objective-type questions comprising 200 questions. For the other exam of DSSSB i.e., PRT, TGT (All Subjects i.e., Hindi, English)& PGT(All Subjects i.e., Chemistry & Physics) – 20 questions being asked in the exam i.e., ‘Arithmetical and Numerical Ability section are elementary-level mathematics. This means, that 10% of your question paper is pure Maths that can be cracked easily with little practice and strong basics.

• 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 to prepare 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 numerals 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 of 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 year’s actual question papers for 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, and analyze and compare his/her performance compared to previous mocks.

• Keep a check on the watch:

Time management is another aspect of 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 by 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.

The right chronology should be followed in preparing for the mathematics section, which says that one must start from the concepts and then move toward 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 to 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 markings 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 D-Day.

DSSSB TGT Mathematics Study Plan

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.

 Topics Time duration for learning the concept and solving questions Time duration for the revision of formulas and numerical practice Fractions and Decimals 2-3 hours 15 minutes Profit and Loss, Discount 1.5-2 hours 10-15 minutes Simple Interest and Compound Interest 1 hour 10-15 minutes Mensuration 3-4 hours (focus on formulas) 20-25 minutes Time and Work 2.5-3 hours (solve diverse problems) 20 minutes Time, Speed and Distance 3 hours (solve diverse problems) 25 minutes Ratio and Proportion 1-1.5 hours 10-15 minutes Percentages 1 hour 10 minutes Data Interpretation 4 hours (practice all types of data sets) 20 minutes

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

Candidates can check DSSSB TGT preparation tips to prepare for the TGT exam. 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 year’s 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 for 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 about 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, and 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.

Conclusion

You have learned all the concepts, practised questions on these topics, gave several mock tests and did revisions before the exam. Now you’re all set to write the TGT exam but remember to stay calm and composed during 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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