The announcement of the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) recruitment from the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has grabbed the attention of job seekers and over 30 lakh candidates are expected to register for the exam. The commission will close the online application process during the first week of June.
SSC recruits candidates for the vacancies based on the four-tier selection process. Almost every aspirant feels that the screening round, i.e., Tier-I is tough compared to others because of the massive competition. Tier-I consists of four sections, namely General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.
Every aspirant knows that the English language and quantitative aptitude are important sections, both in Tier-I and Tier-II. As SSC is going to kick-start the Tier-I exam during the end of July, start your preparations early with the quantitative section. Here are some tips that will help in your quantitative aptitude preparations.
Analyse The SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Section
Prior to the preparations, we always recommend that the students start their journey by taking a diagnostic test. The test results will help students understand where they lack. After taking the diagnostic test, analyse the syllabus of the quantitative aptitude section meticulously.
Start With Tough Topics
It is always suggested to start with the tough topics because the easier topics can be mastered in less time. With the diagnostic test results, start figuring out your weak and strong areas. While preparing the basic concepts and formulae, we also suggest aspirants practise solving questions; this will make the theoretical concepts clear.
Make A Table For Formulae
A lot of formulae and concepts should be memorised by the aspirants. It is common for aspirants to forget these formulae while preparing for other sections, such as English and general awareness. Hence, we suggest test-takers prepare flash cards or create a table for formulae and key concepts.
Try to read them at least once in a day and you will not lose much time because it will take less than 15 minutes to complete the reading.
Practise will be the key to scoring well in the quantitative aptitude section. Effective preparation is required in every topic. Practising based on the weightage is a smart strategy, but not recommended all the time. During this effective preparation, we also suggest aspirants solve the previous years' question papers. This will not only make you understand the question types, but will also boost your confidence.
Work On Shortcuts And Accuracy
We do agree that solving fifty questions in the quantitative aptitude section will consume a lot of time. It is better to work on speed but at the same time accuracy is also required. Assume that speed without accuracy is waste of time and energy. We also recommend you learn a few shortcuts to find the right answer without using a pen and paper. This will save time.
Important Topics In SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude
The easy topics in this section are simplification, simple interest, compound interest, percentage, averages, ratio and proportion. They are very important and are extremely useful while solving the data interpretation sets such as pie charts and bar graphs.
The moderate chapters in the quantitative aptitude are speed, time and distance, profit and loss, number series, number system, mensuration and data interpretation. One has to give time for these chapters because these topics have a huge weightage in the quantitative section.
While coming to the difficult chapters, geometry and algebra stand first because they consume more time. Try to learn shortcuts for the the pipes & cistern and work & efficiency topics. At least one question is expected on the mixture problems. Trigonometry is also one amongst the difficult and important topics. More than two questions are expected from this topic. Never compromise on memorising the trigonometric identities.