Mathematics is often considered not only a tough area of study but also a subject most of us strongly despise. There are haters of Mathematics everywhere. If we take a survey of pupils who would love to study Mathematics, hardly a few can be counted. Also, students taking up further studies in Mathematics after Std. 12 are also comparatively less. This is the current condition of a country where legends like Ramanujan was born. It is also very funny to notice that Mathematics teachers are the least loved faculty in schools and colleges. Have you ever thought why there is such an animosity towards this subject? Very simple. We think, to study Mathematics, indomitable intelligence is mandatory, but this is not true. An average individual with common sense can understand mathematical concepts. It is just that admiration for the subject has to be nurtured from an early stage of childhood. And the subject is digestible for everyone also.
Competitive examinations without Mathematics are barely found. So, anybody who wants to ace any of the prestigious government exams should be willing to embrace the subject Mathematics for a better score. Even if you do not like the subject, you are advised to be passionate about it else you might land into trouble. SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 have a section dealing with Quantitative Aptitude. Tier 1 questions are primarily about Arithmetic such as Number System, Averages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Speed and Distance etc whereas Tier 2 questions are of more Advanced Mathematics such as Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry etc.
Preparation Time Required for SSC CGL
A Minimum of 4 hours a day has to be dedicated if the candidate is only a beginner in the preparation process. Or do you think you have had done justice to Mathematics in your Std 10 and Std 12 exams, Tier 1 Quants section is going to be a cakewalk for you? Else you must study the basics/ Arithmetic first, and in course of time, learn the concepts of Advanced Mathematics.
Difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 Quants Questions
Arithmetic questions require conceptual clarification and understanding of them. At the same time, practice is the only weapon to score well for Advanced Mathematics. More than anything, please bear in mind that there is no substitute for hard work and practice if you want to clear the exam. Practice a minimum of 50 questions per day so that your speed and accuracy can be increased before the days of exam. Plus give more priority to shortcuts and easy methods whenever you attempt a question because SSC CGL is an exam about time management. Throughout the examination time period, you have to fight against time as time runs out in the wink of an eye.
Is Advanced Mathematics Too Tough to Crack?
The mathematics chapters you learnt in Std. 10 and 12 have to be smartly brushed up to score well. The Advanced Mathematics of SSC CGL is of a high standard and they are a little sophisticated than the portions you had during your senior school days. It is seen that the questions found here are of the same pattern and frequently asked ones. So, browsing through the previous years’ question papers is very much inevitable because questions are repeated. If you can do this, you would ace the exam very confidently.
How to Approach Advanced Mathematics?
Only if you are too good at Basic Arithmetic questions, you should try for Advanced level. In order to have a strong grip on Basics, you ought to go through Std 8 to Std.10 NCERT books. Once it is done, your calculation speed has to be increased to a certain level by mugging up multiplication tables up to 30, fraction tables, square roots and cube roots. This would accelerate the speed of calculations and reduce the time taken to a certain extent. As you feel you are doing a pretty good job in Basics, you may move to the Advanced level full of alacrity. Watch as much as Youtube videos on each topic of Advanced Mathematics. While browsing for shortcuts methods, make sure you do not learn every method that comes up your way. The easiest shortcut has to be filtered out from the ‘n’ number of videos you get to watch. Also, check the authenticity of the method through calculations of similar questions and develop an easy method of your own convenience.
Books Recommended for Advanced Mathematics
Although this is a must for Quants of SSC CGL, it has questions related to Basic Arithmetic than Tier 2 level. However, a candidate has to lay his hands on this gem of R.S. Aggarwal for a better understanding of Mathematical calculations, concepts and techniques so that Advanced Mathematics would turn out to be very easy.
No other book can replace the information and problem-solving skills as provided by Advanced Maths. It is one kind of an amazing piece of wisdom and has topics such as Geometry, Trigonometry, Co-ordinate Geometry, Mensuration and Height and distance widely discussed.
Only adequate number of most important questions is found here. Lessons on Algebra with practice sessions can be seen.
The candidate is highly recommended to buy this book as it consists of previous year question papers with chapter wise discussions.
Frequently seen Questions under Each Topic of Advanced Maths
Two or three tricky questions are normally asked from this section. They are, of course, time-consuming and the questions can range from basic linear equations to quadratic and algebraic identities.
Although it takes time to solve these 1-2 questions, the candidate can easily solve them if proper shortcut method is tactfully used. The questions are based on figures such as cone, cylinder, square etc.
Only a very brilliant candidate can get full marks in these types of questions because theorems have to remember and applied to the questions in a faster pace. The questions can be on Similarity and Tangent Theorems, Co-ordinate Geometry etc.
An average Mathematics student can do basic Trigonometry questions of Tier 1 level while to solve problems of Trigonometry in Tier 2 requires immense patience. The questions on ratios and identities have to be solved in such a way keeping in mind about the limited time.
It wouldn’t be easy for even a brilliant Mathematics student if he does not pay attention to smart ways of tackling the Mathematics problems of SSC CGL. For that reason, sufficient efforts have to be invested in, every time a question is attempted. Only continuous practice through mock tests is the success mantra to clear Advanced Mathematics.
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