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How to Score 40+ Marks in Quant Section of SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam 2020

Quantitative aptitude holds an important part in SSC CGL and hence it is necessary to score good marks in the same. You may take it leniently but don't forget that it comprises of 200 marks in Tier 2 as well, hence it is really important to strengthen your concepts of maths. 

| Updated On February 19th, 2020 at 01:04 pm

SSC CGL is hardly 3 weeks and all the appearing candidates must be knowing how important it is to score highly in tier 1 in order to move up in the pecking orders of the selection list. Scoring good marks in Tier-1 also provides an edge over other students during the tier-2 exams. Quantitative aptitude is a very important and scoring section and therefore it is a must to score good marks in the quants section. The SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is scheduled from 2nd to 11th March 2020. Candidates who have applied for the SSC CGL must be needing proper tips and guidance on how to score highly in the quants section in SS CGL Tier-1. Keeping that in mind SSCAdda is providing some valuable tips for the same.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Quantitative Aptitude questions asked in the previous years

For your convenience, we are providing the exact number of questions asked from respective topics in the Previous Year SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam in Quant section. The number of questions asked from various topics remained almost the same, the only difference was in the difficulty level of the questions. Check out the table given below

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S.No. Topics No. Of Questions asked in
SSC CGL 2016
No. Of Questions asked in
SSC CGL 2017
No. Of Questions asked in
SSC CGL 2018-19
1 Ratio 1 1 1
2 Average 1 1 1
3 Number System 1 1 1
4 Simplification 1
5 Time & Work 1 1
6 Time, Speed & Distance 1 1 1
7 S.I. & C.I. 1 1 1
8 Profit & Loss/ Discount 2 2 2
9 Coordinate Geometry
10 Geometry 5 4 4
11 Mensuration 2 1 1
12 Trigonometry 2 3 3
12 Percentage 1 1 1
12 Algebra 4 4 3
13 DI 4 4 4
Total Questions 25 25 25


In order to score high marks, first, you need to look for the topics containing the most number of questions and then start working on it. Just remember, Accuracy and Time Management is the key to score in Quantitative Aptitude. Let’s take a look at the strategy that needs to be adopted to prepare topic wise in Quant section:

1. Geometry/Mensuration

This is one of the most important topics considering SSC CGL Tier 1 because over the years SSC has increased the number of questions asked from this topic. The level of difficulty has also been on the rise. 
For Geometry, you need to remember all the important theorems, Pythagoras triplet, all the formulas of the area of triangle and circle. Above all draw figures correctly to get a quick answer. A thorough understanding of the basics is the key to score well in this section.

2. Algebra/Trigonometry/Height and Distance

Algebra includes basic formulas of cubes, squares, trigonometric ratios and identities. Questions can be repeated from this section for which you need to practice the previous year papers. 2-3 questions will be asked from Algebra. Make sure to solve these questions in minimum time. Try to solve a few questions from the options given if you don’t find any way to solve. Learn all the trigonometric identities useful for the exam. Overall 5-6 questions can be asked from Algebra, Trigonometry & Height and Distance.

3. Ratio/Percentage/profit, Loss and Discount

Basic Concepts of Percentage and ratio are the foundation of the chapters like profit, loss and Discount. For Quick solving, you must remember all fractional value up to 30 in terms of percentage. Profit, loss and discount revolve around 4 terms and that is C.P, S.P, M.P and Discount. Understand the concept of CP, SP, MP and discount given on MP and relation between them. Practice from the books as much as you can. It will help you to solve the questions quickly and accurately.

4. Time speed and distance/ Train/ Boats and Stream

Inverse relation and direct relation between time, speed and distance can help you a lot. The concept of relative velocity will help you in solving problems of Trains, Boats and Stream. All these topics are based on the same concept. Gun and Bullet problem, Train accident problem, Effect of increasing/decreasing speed on time, these problems are often asked in exams. Overall 3-4 questions can be asked from these topics.

5. Time and Work/pipes and Cistern

Time and work questions can be solved with the help of the LCM method which reduces a lot of time while solving the questions. The concept of alternate work, efficiency and work and wages are important points to cover. Make sure to use your own tricks for solving these questions.

6. Data Interpretation

DI is considered an easier topic in SSC CGL as compared to others. Do not take any topic or subject lightly as the exam can be full of surprises and you need to be prepared beforehand for what may come.

Now, for the remaining days before the tier-1 2019 examination, the best you could do is start taking online mock exams twice a day and analyse your performance thoroughly. For the rest of the time, start solving previous years’ questions. As you practice more, you will be able to solve the questions with a much better pace and this will surely help you boost your morale. 


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