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[Studyplan] SSC-CGL: Maths, Quantitative Aptitude, Algebra, Trigonometry: Approach, Booklist, Strategy, Free Studymaterial 2013 for Combined Graduate Level Exam Tier 1, 2
In the earlier article, we saw how to approach General Awareness portion of SSC-CGL Tier-I exam. (click ME) Now moving to the next topic: Maths. 1. Introduction 2. #1: Getting the conceptual clarity 3. Breakup: SSC-CGL Tier I (2010, 2011, 2012) 4. Breakup: SSC-CGL Tier II (2010, 2011, 2012) 5. #2: Practice 6. Choice of Quantitative Aptitude Book? 7. Books for Maths/Quantitative Aptitude 8. Download: NCERT Maths Textbooks 9. Download: Blank answersheet

Intro to SSC CGL Maths

Competitive exams are meant for real-men and women. This is no country for crybabies, kids, college teens and no0bs. So first of all, you must get rid of the following loser mindsets: 1. Yaar this maths is so hard, I cant do it. 2. Im not from science/engineering background hence this is not my cup of tea. 3. Im poor in maths and I cannot improve. 4. Thik hai, dekh lenge. (alright, Ill see). Maths is not difficult. All it requires is concept clarity + lot of practice. In SSC-CGL exam, youve to face Mathematics at two stages Stage Tier-I (Prelims) Maths-Questions 50 Qs Penalty Negative 0.25

Tier-II (Mains) Paper I: Arithmetical Ability

100 Qs worth 200 marks

Negative 0.50

The Approach for Maths, stands on two pillars.



1. Conceptual clarity

1. NCERTs (Free download links @bottom) 2. 3. For some topics, directly Quantitative aptitude books.

2. Lot of practice

From Quantitative aptitude books. There are lot of books in market, the question is, which one to refer? It is explained at the bottom of this article.

#1: Getting the conceptual clarity

Well divide Maths or Quantitative Aptitude, into topics and further into subtopics. Your task is to cover one topic at a time, first get conceptual-clarity and then solve maximum questions at home. Whenever you learn any shortcut technique, you note it down in your diary. Similarly, whenever you make any mistake while solving sums, you also note that down in your diary. Night before the exam, you review that diary of mistakes. (why do this? Because it is the Art of Aptitude (Click ME) Topic Subtopics How to approach

Number theory

1. Divisibility, remainders 2. LCM and HCF 3. Unknown numbers from given conditiofor 4. Fractionscomparisions.

NCERT Class 7 Chap 2, 9 (fraction) NCERT Class 10 Chap 1 (divisibility) Finally your Quantitative aptitude book.

Basic Maths

1. Simplification (BODMAS)

NCERT Class 8 Chap 1

2. Surds, indices

NCERT Class 8 Chap 12 Then NCERT Class 9 Chap 1

3. Roots, squares, Cubes

Basics from NCERT Class 8 Chap 6 and 7.


1. Linear equation

Mothers age was x and daughters age.. 3 mangos and 5 bananas purchased for X+1/2x+3=3/8 then find X. ^This type of stuff. Just practice and youll get a hang of it. Basics given in NCERT Class 8 Chap 2 and 9. Then NCERT Class 9 Chap 4 Lastly NCERT Class 10 Chap 3.

2. Quadratic equations, Polynomials

Factorization and roots. Heavily asked in Tier-II. NCERT Class 8 Chap 14 And then NCERT Class 9 Chap 2 Lastly NCERT Class 10 Chap 4

Avg and Ratios

1. Wine-Water mixture (Alligations)

Can be solved without formula. Go through

Lolz 2. Simple Average

For ratio-proportion NCERT Class 8 Chap 13. 3. Ratio-


4. Partnership


1. Time speed distance 2. Trains, platforms 3. Boatsstreams 4. Time and Work 5. Pipes and Cisterns

All of them can be solved with just one Universal STD formula. Explained in


1. Angles, sides, bisectors, circles etc

NCERT Class 9 Chap 6, 7, 8 and 10. Quantitative aptitude book.

2. Mensuration (area and volume).

Basics explained in NCERT Class 8 Chap 3, 11. Then NCERT Class 9 Chap 9, 12, 13. Lastly Lastly NCERT Class 10 Chap 13

3. Trigonometry

Understand basics from NCERT Class 10 Chap 8 and 9. Then exam-oriented concepts from your Quantitative Aptitude book.

Also do NCERT Class 8 Chap 8.

Basic % (increase, decrease in consumption, population)

Datainterpretation cases.

Mere extention of % concept. Just practice. For long division, use this approximation method:

Profit, loss, discount, marked price. Simple and compound interest rate


1. Permutation 2. Combination 3. Probability

Not asked as such. But Sometimes a question or two comes in the Reasoning portion of Tier-I. Hence not much attention necessary. But again, they too can be solved without mugging up formulas: go through various articles on


1. Coordinate Geometry

Lately SSC has started asking 1-2 question in each of Tier I and II. But they can be solved by merely plugging numbers in the readymade formulas given in your Quantitative Aptitude book.

2. Progression: Arithmetic+ Geometry

Again, rarely asked in SSC. Sometimes a question or two comes in the Reasoning portion of Tier-I. Basically you just have to plug in the values in formulas. Basics of Arithmetic progression explained in NCERT Class 10 Chap 5.

Not asked. 3. Logerithms

Breakup: SSC-CGL Tier I (2010, 2011, 2012)

Topic Ratio+Partnership number theory 2010 3 6 2011 3 5 2012 1 2

Avg+alligation TSD Misc. basic math algebra DI % Trigonometry Geometry Total

3 6 3 11 6 3 6 0 3 50

3 5 0 11 0 4 14 0 5 50

2 2 2 5 5 5 5 9 12 50

The 2012s Tier-I paper, is trendbreaker. Because 1. The conventional questions from ratio-proportion, basic maths, time-speed-work are asked for namesake only. 2. Otherwise, Out of 50 Maths questions in tier-I, almost 30 questions are from just Geometry+Trig+Percentage application. 3. Earlier, they used to ask mostly area-volume-perimeter type questions from Geometry segment. You just had to plug-in values into the formulas and get the answer. 4. But This 2012s paper has mostly theory based geometry (angle, bisector, tangent, inequality of triangles etc.) 5. Similarly the difficulty level of algebra, number theory based questions is bit raised. Or perhaps SSC too decided to employ the Backbreaking TM move of UPSC! Anyways, jokes apart, the lesson here is, adapt.

Breakup: SSC-CGL Tier II (2010, 2011, 2012)

Type basic math Misc. number theory DI Ratio+Partnership

2010 11 2 8 10 6

2011 4 2 7 20 4

2012 3 3 5 5 6

Avg+alligation TSD Trigonometry Algebra % Geometry Total

5 7 0 10 27 14 100

6 12 4 13 18 10 100

7 7 8 10 19 27 100

Here too, Geometry+Trigonometry have been given emphasis like never before. Almost 65% of the paper is made up of Geometry, Trig, Percentage and Algebra (and in that too, mostly Quadratic equations.)

#2: Practice
Merely knowing the concepts or formulas wont help. Because unless you practice different variety of questions, you wont become proficient in applying those concepts flawlessly in the actual-exam. Second, despite knowing concept and formulas, people make silly mistakes either in calculation or in pluging the values. Third reason- Tier I has 200 questions in 120 limits. =not even 2 minutes per question. Plus, questions reasoning and comprehension might take more than 5 minutes! Therefore speed is essential. Since there is negative marking system, accuracy also matters. So it is beyond doubt that you have to practice excimer number of questions at home. The question is where to get the practice? Which book should be used for SSC exam?

Choice of Quantitative Aptitude Book?

In all competitive exams, uncertainity factor is involved. Despite your best preparation, you might lose the success-train by 2-3 marks. Therefore you must never put all eggs in one basket. While you are preparing for SSC, you should also keep open mind and apply for other competitive exams, such as IBPS, ACIO, ONGC, Railways, LIC, CDS, Coast Guard etc. (Depending on your careertaste). Publication houses will come up with new books for each and every of ^these exams, but we have neither the time nor the money to buy a new book for every new exam. Such readymade books are only skimmed down version of original topicbooks. For example, if there is

SSC-FCI exam, or ACIO exam, these people will combine a few topics of GK, maths, reasoning and english. And present you a book. Problem= you dont get comprehensive understanding or coverage. Besides, given the population of India, competition level is always high, irrespective of exam. So half-hearted preparations with readymade condensed books dont help much. Almost all of these exams follow same structure: 1. General awareness 2. Maths 3. Reasoning (Verbal, Non-Verbal) 4. English vocabularly, grammar and comprehension. How do they differ from each other?= number of questions, difficulty level and inclusion / exclusion of particular subtopics. So when youre picking up books for the first time, you should choose the books, that have universal usefulness for similar exams. That way your time, effort and money will be saved.

Books for Maths/Quantitative Aptitude

DONOT use Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Agarwal for SSC-CGL.

Problems with RS Agarwals Math book:

1. The way SSC-CGL question pattern is transforming, R.S.Agarwals book on Quantitative aptitude, is just not upto the mark to match this changing environment. 2. Its chapter on Trigonometry (Height and Distance) is simply insufficient to handle SSC-CGL level bombarding. 3. Similarly coverage of algebra, quadratic equations and number theory is either absent or just for namesake. 4. Geometry coverage is mostly confined to area-volume-perimeter (=mensuration). But SSC-CGL is moving towards Non-mensuration geometry (angle, bisectors, midpoint, circles, triangles etc.) 5. The printing and presentation is very cluttered. He has written the book assuming that you were already good at maths from school level. 6. If youre already good at basic concepts, use this book for practicing and improving your speed, else dont bother, there are better books in market.

Pricing factor
The point is, both books of Arihant Publication (Sarvesh or Rajesh) are way better than R.S.Agarwal, in terms of content, presentation, language and coverage, without being too expensive than R.S.Agarwals book. And both of them have universal application for almost all of the competitive exams in India (for maths segment).

My advice, go with either Rajesh Verma or Sarvesh Kumar. Then the question, which one to pick up?

Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma.

Quantam CAT by Sarvesh Kumar

The size and price factor goes in favor of this book. Concepts, techqniues, readymade formulas given here and there. Language, presentation is lucid. Algebra, quadratic equation and Trigonometry specific chapters are given for exclusively for SSC. If you solve all the sums of this book, then mathematics portion of SSC-CGL (Tier-I and II) will be as easy as a walk in the park.

Although book is written for CAT and Management exams, he starts explaining everything from basics. Then exercises are divided into Introductory<level 1<Level 2<Final round, based on difficulty level. Thus it becomes ideal choice for any aptitude exam. So for lower level exams (SSC/IBPS), you should solve all his solved examples, then introductory exercises, finally level 1. Thatll be quite sufficient.

While it is excellent for SSC,

Function, graphs, Quadratic equations, Geometry,

IBPS, UGC, LIC, CDS etc. level exams, its utility starts diminishing as you move towards higher-end exams.

Permutation-Combination-Probability coverage is Thorough. (Hell even more sums than Arun Sharmas). This make it ideal text-book for CAT/CMAT and other higher end exams.

^But merely getting either of these books, is not going to make you a topper. If you want to become truly invincible for the maths portion of any competitive exam, then you must practice maximum numbers of questions at home and maintain a diary of mistakes. This concludes how to approach Mathematics/Quantiative Aptitude for SSC-CGL exam. Now only two topics remain (will be discussed later, in separate articles): 1. How to approach Logical Reasoning 2. How to approach English vocabulary, grammar and comprehension

Download: NCERT Maths Textbooks

Mathematics Class 8 Mathematics Class 9 Mathematics Class 10 Download Download Download

Download: Blank answersheet Download it, take 1 printout and then 15-20 or even more photocopies. Then use it for solving questions.

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