SSC CGL 2017-18: Tips for Algebra with question break ups

SSC CGL 2017In this article, we have prepared a list of topicwise weightage of questions with the tips to excel in those subject or topics along with a few important and eminent books. read full story in detail.

Created On: May 2, 2017 16:00 IST

SSC CGL 2017SSC CGL notification is coming soon. Online application will start from 16thMay, 2017 and exam will be held from 1stAugust, 2017. Students must be ready with their strategies to clear the prelims exam. We know that in Prelims, four subjects are covered carrying equal number of questions i.e. 25 of 2 marks each. Among all four subjects; Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence, English Language and General Awareness, quant section is very easy for the technical background students. Now, in this article we will discuss the distribution of topics coming under quant section that is scoring for the students who have practiced it well.

Here is the list of topics covered under quantitative section:

Topics under Quantitative section


No. of questions









Data Interpretation


Number System


Among all above-mentioned topics, Algebra is the one, which a student can solve, with little practice and knowledge as these questions is easy. Let us see what type of questions comes under this topic:

  1. Questions on Algebraic Identities
  2. Simplification of Fractions
  3. Factorization and Simplification of Polynomials
  4. Application of different formulas of squares and cubes in fractions

Everybody in their school education has studied all these topics. To attempt such questions in exam, you just need to practice. Here is the list of some tips through which you can make a plan of attempting Algebra questions.

I. Start with the basics:

It is the foremost approach to start with. There are many ways to learn basics. You can go through the NCERT books, view some video lectures, or buy some books (carrying complete guides) of SSC CGL Prelims exam.

II. Create brief Notes:

Once you are done with the theory, start making the notes of all the topics so that you can revise them whenever required. Note down all the formulas, short tricks, and tips to solve the question.

III. Do practice:

When you have thoroughly understood all the topics, start-practicing questions of each type. Practice bunch of questions of particular type to increase the speed as well as improve the tricky knowledge. Apply shortcuts in the right manner, as they are time as well as lifesaver of the exams. It will increase the speed too.

IV. Previous year papers:  

We have discussed it in many articles that SSC generally repeats its questions. So, before appearing in exam, go through all the previous year papers once. It will increase the knowledge as well as confidence level. Identify your weak areas from here. Also, attempt the paper with the given time limit.

V. Appear in mock tests from different sites:

This will help you to check your actual performance in the exam. Try to avoid the use of pen and paper. Apply as many short tricks as possible. Generate a habit of thinking so that whenever question come in front of you; your mind start applying all the tricks simultaneously and quickly find out the fit one.

VI. Avoid silly mistakes:

        a) Do not get panic after seeing tough questions. Keep yourself calm and apply mind gently.

        b) Read the complete question carefully. Many times, it happens as you have done this question before and you mark the answer quickly. However, there may be a chance of different question.

        c) Avoid risky shortcuts as well as guess work. It will lead to deduction of answers, as you know that negative marking is there in SSC CGL exam.

        d) Manage time carefully. Do not spend too much time on each question. Just give a single try, if you are able to find the answer, and then well and good otherwise skip the question.

Attempt as many quizzes given by us to check your performance.

We are providing some names of well renowned books, which will help you out in the preparation. Do not overburden yourself to go through all the books. For basics, try any of them but for practice and short tricks, you can approach them one by one.

  1. Quicker Maths by M Tyra
  2. Quantitative Aptitude -R S Aggarwal
  3. SSC Advance Maths by JoshShop Platform
  4. Lucent SSC Higher Mathematics by Rishikesh Kumar

Best of luck!

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