How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude 2017

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude 2017

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude 2017: Every Year, The Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination for recruiting candidates for various Central Government Posts. The selection criteria is usually 3-Tier or 4-Tier depending on the post you are applying for. The candidates, who qualify the Tier I examination, will be eligible for the Tier II examination and then Tier III examination. As of now, our primary agenda here is – “How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude 2017″.

We will be guiding all SSC CGL Aspirants on how to attempt questions based on QA and which areas to put in more efforts for a better score in Tier 1 Examination. Also, have a look at our articles focusing on the preparation tips for other sections:

Let us understand SSC CGL Exam Pattern first and then move towards preparation tips and techniques on How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination.


SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017

The exam pattern of SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination is as follows:

Tier I is an online Examination that contains four subjects – General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude, General Knowledge and English.

Each section will have 25 multiple-choice questions, and each question will carry two marks, so total marks would be 200. For every wrongly answered question, 0.50 Marks (i.e one–fourth or 0.25 of total mark(s) allotted to that question) will be deducted. The duration of Tier I exam will be 60 minutes.


How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude 2017

You need to score really well in each section to chase the final cut-off marks in SSC CGL exam and for that to happen you need to have a clear idea of how you can handle each section. Here, we are providing some important tips on how to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SSC CGL Tier I Examination.

Quantitative Aptitude is considered as one of the cohesive sections of the Competition Exams but it is also considered as the most scoring section. Scoring efficiently in this section is not so easy & you really need to do hard preparation to achieve that.

For a start, you need to know which topics SSC is considering for the CGL Tier 1 Examination. This step could be made easy after analyzing 2014, 2015 and 2016 CGL Exam Questions.

SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Topic  2016

(Total: 25 Questions)


(Total: 50 Questions)


(Total: 50 Questions)

 Arithmetic  4-6 13-15  8-10
 Algebra 3-5 7-9  9-11
 Trigonometry 3-5 5-7  8-10
 Geometry  5-7 11-13  15-17
 Number System  1-3 3-5  4-6
 Data Interpretation  1-3 4-6  6-8

Let us lay down the entire syllabus for SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination Tier 1 and know all the important topics.


SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus2017 (Topic-wise)

The essential topics for Quantitative Aptitude Section in SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam are as follows. 

  • Arithmetic: Number System, Percentage, Profit andLosss, Simple interest, Compound interest, Average, Ratio, Proportion, Partnership, Mixture & Allegation, Time and Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Time, Speed and Distance, Problems on Train and Problems on  Boat and Stream.
  • Geometry: Basics of Geometry, Triangle, Polygons, Circle and Miscellaneous.
  • Mensuration: Triangle, Parallelogram, Rectangle, Pathway in a Rectangle, square Rhombus, Trapezium, Circle, Semi – Circle, Ring (shaded Region), Sector of a circle, Cube, Cuboid, Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Hemisphere, Frustum, Right Prism, Pyramid and Tetrahedron.
  • Data Interpretation: Basic Concept, Bar graph, Pie charts, Table charts and Line graph.
  • Trigonometry: Trigonometry Ratio Identities, Trigonometric values for Common angles, Sign of Trigonometric ratio, Range of Trigonometric Ratio, Range of m sinθ ± n cosθ, Value of different trigonometric series, Trigonometric ratio of multiple angles and Compound angle.
  • Height and Distance: Angle of elevation, Angle of depression and Miscellaneous

To know about syllabus of other sections, please refer to this link. Now that you know about exam syllabus and topics essential towards QA Preparation, let us know about the important preparation tips on How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude 2017. Pay attention to each point of these preparation tips.


How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude in SSC CGL 2017

It is necessary that you follow all these study tactics and tips in order to strengthen your overall prowess over Quantitative Aptitude Section.

1. Efficient use of Time

As you all know, Time Management is the important factor of any competitive exams. Therefore, you do not have much time to spend on calculations. For fast calculations, you should remember tables, square, cubes and square roots.

2. Polish your Basics

When you start your preparation, do not try to solve questions by shortcut methods. You should memorize all the basic theories and formulas of all the chapters. If your basics are not clear, you may not be able to solve questions.

3. Stick to Notes

Make a concise version of your preparation by creating summary notes. Spot the key terms and concepts and make sure that you understand them. You can identify key terms and concepts by paying attention to what has been emphasized in your books and course syllabus.

4. Plan Ahead

Maintain a plan for each day to practice topics. Try to devote at least three hours for Quant practice on daily basis.


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5. Practice is the Key to Success

Once you are done with basics, practice as much as you can with sample questions of previous years. From the last three to four years, more and more Trigonometry questions are coming and the important thing about these questions is that similar questions are coming year after year. So, try to solve all the papers of previous years. Learn all the basic formulas of Trigonometry.

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6. Take a Shortcut

Remembering short tricks in the Quant section can be a lifeline and a time saver for any competitive exam. This section can turn out to be easy for you to attempt if you apply short tricks in the right way.

8. Calculate at a Faster Pace

Try calculating in your mind. You need to divide complex calculations into parts and solve it in your mind without paper. That is how toppers do complex calculations during exams. Right now, it will be difficult for you to use this method but with practice, you will be able to do any complicated calculation within seconds.

Time and Work, Time and Distance, Data interpretation, CI, and SI are the favorite chapters of examiners since the last two to three years. These chapters are immensely scoring. Therefore, more practice in these chapters can help you to increase your score.

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At last, Determination, consistency, and Honesty will help you to achieve your Goal. All the Best and keep pushing to score better in the upcoming SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination. 

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  1. Hello sir,
    Your effort for sharing these wonderful tips for the preparation of Quantitative aptitude section in SSC CGL exam is really very helpful for all the candidates.
    The tips given by you are very helpful for boosting the speed of solving questions in exam.

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