Quantitative Aptitude Section is considered to be one of the most important and high scoring section of both Tier-I and Tier-II level of SSC CGL 2018 Exam. As per the latest notification released by Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Tier - I level SSC CGL 2018 Exam will be conducted from 25^{th} July to 20^{th} August 2018.
Quantitative Aptitude Section will test the candidates’ mathematical skills and how good is he/she with numbers. The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. Getting a good score in this section demands in-depth knowledge of all the formulas and the pattern of question asked. Therefore, rigorous practice is required for acing this section.
Let’s look at the exam pattern of SSC CGL Tier-I and Tier-II exam for Quantitative Aptitude Section in detail.
Before starting the preparation, it is imperative to study the exam pattern first. So, let’s look at the exam pattern of Quantitative Aptitude Section in both Tier-I and Tier-II Phase of SSC CGL 2018 Exam:
In SSC CGL Tier-I Exam, Quantitative Aptitude section consists of 25 multiple-choice questions and each question carries 2 marks. In this exam, 0.50 marks are deducted as penalty for each wrong answer.
In SSC CGL Tier-II Exam, Paper I - Quantitative Aptitude consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and each question carries 2 marks. The duration of this exam is 2 hours. In this exam also, 0.50 marks are deducted as penalty for each wrong answer.
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After going through the exam pattern, next step is to understand the topic-wise syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude Section. The syllabus for this section is same in both Tier-I and Tier-II Phase of SSC CGL 2018 Exam.
Below are the major categories covered in SSC CGL Tier-I and Tier-II Exams under the Quantitative Aptitude Section:
The above table is just a brief of Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Section of SSC CGL Tier-I and Tier-II Exams. Students must go through the detailed analysis of this section to build a proper strategy for scoring high in this section.
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Before starting exam preparation, candidates must make a list of important topics from which questions have been asked frequently in the Quantitative Aptitude Section of SSC CGL Tier-I Exam. Also, with increasing number of students every year there is a cut throat competition. Therefore, it is required to analyze previous year papers and compare the break-up of questions to identify the high scoring areas in this section.
Let’s take a look at the comparative analysis of SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Topics for the year 2016 and 2017:
The above graph clearly shows that questions asked from the category ‘Arithmetic’ have increased from previous year. There is a drop in the questions asked from the category ‘Algebra’. The questions asked from the remaining categories - Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry and Data Interpretation, have not shown any significant change from the previous year.
The above pie-chart clearly shows that topic from Arithmetic category covers the maximum portion of the exam, i.e., 48%. Generally, the concept of Ratios and Percentages is used in most of the chapters. Therefore, for scoring good marks in this category, candidates must work on the basic concepts of mathematics first.
Data Interpretation is the next scoring category of this section covering 20% portion of the exam. In this category also, the concept of Ratios and Percentages are used. So candidates must prepare these chapters thoroughly and increase their calculation speed to achieve accuracy and good marks in this category.
Geometry, Mensuration (8%) and Trigonometry (16%) demands in-depth knowledge of all the relevant formulas and methods. For developing proficiency in this section, candidates are required to develop great command over these topics’ basic concepts, methods and their applicability.
Algebra includes the topics like Graphs of Linear Equations and Elementary Surds and covers only 8% portion of the exam.
The above analysis will help you in finding out which area needs more practice and time so that you can plan out your study schedule.
After going through the chapter-wise analysis, students prepare a strategy based on the difficulty level of the topics. Strategically, you must start practice with the easy chapters for building confidence and scoring well in this section. As you move on with your practice, start working on the difficult chapters as well.
Let’s segregate the Quantitative Aptitude Chapters into three levels, i.e., Easy, Moderate and Difficult:
Easy Level Topics - If you are beginning your preparation for this section, it would be advisable to start with easy topics. In the below topics you are mainly required to increase your calculation speed. Getting proficiency in these topics will help you achieve high score in this section as you will be able to easily and quickly solve questions in the exam.
Let’s look at each topic one-by one:
Moderate Level Topics – These topics are also quite scoring topics of Quantitative Aptitude Section. However, these topics require little more efforts than the easy topics.
Let’s look at each topic one-by one:
Difficult Level Topics – This section require a lot of efforts by the students and rigorous practice. Since these topics will be difficult for everyone, therefore, achieving expertise in these topics will make you stand ahead in the competition.
Let’s look at each topic one-by one:
The above analysis will help you in segregating easy and difficult topics which will further help in building a good study plan.
Quantitative Aptitude section is one of the deciding areas for a candidate in the merit list of SSC CGL Exam. Therefore, if you are clear with the basic concepts and formulas of Mathematics, then this section can become your strength area in the exam.
So, let’s look at some ways through which you will be able to ace the Quantitative Aptitude Section of SSC CGL 2018 Exam:
Candidates must keep in mind the below pointers while preparing for or attempting questions from Quantitative Aptitude Section of SSC CGL Exam:
So time has come to start your preparation in a systematic manner as the SSC CGL Tier –I Exam is approaching very soon. Focus on the Year-wise (2016-17) & Chapter-wise Analysis mentioned above and build a study plan keeping in mind the structure of the Quantitative Aptitude Section.
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