How to Score 40+ Marks in Quant Section of SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam 2019

Dear Students,

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 25 questions of 50 marks in Tier 1, hence it is really important to strengthen your concepts of maths. If you are good at quantitative aptitude, then you must aim to score a minimum of 45 marks in this section. The more marks you grab in this section, the better it is in the later stages of the examination. Even if you are weak in this subject, you can start from the basics and then move forward to the zenith. 
In this article, let us peep into some of the basic tips of approaching the questions in the quant section of SSC CGL Tier I. These will surely help you in crossing the 40-mark threshold adding to your score.
First of all, let us take a look at the topics and questions asked in previous years:

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 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.

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:

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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. Thorough understanding of the basics is the key to score well in this section.
For Mensuration, you need to focus on cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere in Tier I. Questions from Prism, Pyramid, Sphere, and Tetrahedron can be also asked. You have to use Formulas like curved surface area, total surface area and volume. New types of questions from Polygon, hexagon etc can be asked. Make sure to get yourself equipped with the basics and learn all the concepts thoroughly.

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. 

A bit of increased focus and a pinch of smart work will serve you the purpose to score 40+ in the quant section of SSC CGL Tier 1 2019 for sure.