 Introduction
 #1: Getting the conceptual clarity
 Breakup: SSCCGL Tier I (2010, 2011, 2012)
 Breakup: SSCCGL Tier II (2010, 2011, 2012)
 #2: Practice
 Choice of Quantitative Aptitude Book?
 Books for Maths/Quantitative Aptitude
 Download: NCERT Maths Textbooks
 Download: Blank answersheet
introduction
Competitive exams are meant for realmen 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:
 Yaar this maths is so hard, I can’t do it.
 I’m not from science/engineering background hence this is not my cup of tea.
 I’m poor in maths and I cannot improve.
 Thik hai, dekh lenge. (alright, I’ll see).
 Maths is not difficult. All it requires is concept clarity + lot of practice. In SSCCGL exam, you’ve to face Mathematics at two stages
Stage  MathsQuestions  Penalty 
TierI (Prelims)  50 Qs  Negative 0.25 
TierII (Mains) Paper I: Arithmetical Ability  100 Qs worth 200 marks  Negative 0.50 
 The Approach for Maths, stands on two pillars.
Pillars 
How? 




#1: Getting the conceptual clarity
 We’ll divide Maths or Quantitative Aptitude, into topics and further into subtopics.
 Your task is to cover one topic at a time, first get conceptualclarity 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 


Basic Maths 








Algebra 





Avg and Ratios 

Can be solved without formula. Go through http://mrunal.org/2012/03/aptitudealligationsmixturesalloys.html 

Lolz  

For ratioproportion NCERT Class 8 Chap 13.  

http://mrunal.org/2012/05/aptitudepartnershipandprofitsharing.html  
STD 

All of them can be solved with just one Universal STD formula. Explained in www.Mrunal.org/aptitude 
Geometry 






Understand basics from NCERT Class 10 Chap 8 and 9. Then examoriented concepts from your Quantitative Aptitude book.  
% 

Also do NCERT Class 8 Chap 8. 

Mere extention of % concept. Just practice. For long division, use this approximation method: http://mrunal.org/2012/11/aptitudelongdivisiontwodigitdivisioncalculationwithouttearsandwithoutboringvedicspeedmaths.html 

Profit, loss, discount, marked price.  http://mrunal.org/2012/11/aptitudeconceptsofmarkedpriceandsuccessivediscountsprofitlosswithoutstupidformulas.html  
Simple and compound interest rate  http://mrunal.org/2012/04/aptitudecompoundinterestrate.html  
PCP 


Misc. 






Not asked. 
Breakup: SSCCGL Tier I (2010, 2011, 2012)
Topic  2010  2011  2012 
Ratio+Partnership  3  3  1 
number theory  6  5  2 
Avg+alligation  3  3  2 
TSD  6  5  2 
Misc.  3  0  2 
basic math  11  11  5 
algebra  6  0  5 
DI  3  4  5 
%  6  14  5 
Trigonometry  0  0  9 
Geometry  3  5  12 
Total  50  50  50 
The 2012’s TierI paper, is “trendbreaker”. Because
 The conventional questions from ratioproportion, basic maths, timespeedwork are asked for namesake only.
 Otherwise, Out of 50 Maths questions in tierI, almost 30 questions are from just Geometry+Trig+Percentage application.
 Earlier, they used to ask mostly areavolumeperimeter type questions from Geometry segment. You just had to plugin values into the formulas and get the answer.
 But This 2012’s paper has mostly theory based geometry (angle, bisector, tangent, inequality of triangles etc.)
 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: SSCCGL Tier II (2010, 2011, 2012)
Type  2010  2011  2012 
basic math  11  4  3 
Misc.  2  2  3 
number theory  8  7  5 
DI  10  20  5 
Ratio+Partnership  6  4  6 
Avg+alligation  5  6  7 
TSD  7  12  7 
Trigonometry  0  4  8 
Algebra  10  13  10 
%  27  18  19 
Geometry  14  10  27 
Total  100  100  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 won’t help. Because unless you practice different variety of questions, you won’t become proficient in applying those concepts flawlessly in the actualexam.
 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 successtrain by 23 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 SSCFCI exam, or ACIO exam, these people will combine a few topics of GK, maths, reasoning and english. And present you a book.
 Problem= you don’t get comprehensive understanding or coverage. Besides, given the population of India, competition level is always high, irrespective of exam. So halfhearted preparations with readymade “condensed” books don’t help much.
Almost all of these exams follow same structure:
 General awareness
 Maths
 Reasoning (Verbal, NonVerbal)
 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 you’re 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 SSCCGL.
Problems with RS Agarwal’s Math book:
 The way SSCCGL question pattern is transforming, R.S.Agarwal’s book on Quantitative aptitude, is just not ‘upto the mark’ to match this changing environment.
 Its chapter on Trigonometry (Height and Distance) is simply insufficient to handle SSCCGL level bombarding.
 Similarly coverage of algebra, quadratic equations and number theory is either absent or just for namesake.
 Geometry coverage is mostly confined to areavolumeperimeter (=mensuration). But SSCCGL is moving towards Nonmensuration geometry (angle, bisectors, midpoint, circles, triangles etc.)
 The printing and presentation is very “ cluttered”. He has written the book assuming that you were already good at maths from school level.
 If you’re already good at basic concepts, use this book for practicing and improving your speed, else don’t bother, there are better books in market.
Pricing factor
Author  
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations (S.Chand) 
R.S.Agarwal 
Quantum CAT (Arihant) 
Sarvesh Kumar 
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant)  Rajesh Verma 
 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.Agarwal’s 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 




^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 SSCCGL exam.
Now only two topics remain (will be discussed later, in separate articles):
 How to approach Logical Reasoning
 How to approach English vocabulary, grammar and comprehension
Download: NCERT Maths Textbooks
Mathematics Class 8  Download 
Mathematics Class 9  Download 
Mathematics Class 10  Download 
Download: Blank answersheet
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9AJvFSzIyiwVGZBbHMtUWEwV2M
Studyplans for other topics of SSCCGL
Click on following articles to know strategy, booklist for General Awareness, Reasoning and English.
General Awareness for Tier I  Click me 
Reasoning / General Intelligence for Tier I  Click me 
English Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension for Tier I and II  Click me 
Hi Guys,
Its nice you are sharing your concerns/experience through these blogs. I m too preparing for 2014 and i have my math concept cleared and need a good practice set book for practicing further. I have joined Paramount weekly test series but i guess papers are too easy then that we gone give in exam so any other test series suggests will be beneficial to me.
I have seen “Kiran’s practice sets” its too big and i am preferring only good quality unsolved/solved practice sets so anybody can suggest me any book.
If possible revert me on my id: [email protected]
Regs.
Mrunal bhai…..m not able to download any book or content on my iPad…no link works fully for iPad .,..jus help me out
not able to download ncert books
I am not able to download maths book for class 10..plz help me.
Guys you can download NCERT books in the direct NCERT website. the link is http://ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm
thanx bro for this link..
I have joined Paramount weekly test series but i guess papers are too easy then that we gone give in exam so any other test series suggests will be beneficial to me
Sir, Please help me out with Algebra and if possible plz give some links for basic algebra lessons.
Hi Sir.
I am referring Fast Track Objective Arithmetic. Will It cover math topics in both tier1 and tier2?
Please reply.
Hi Mrunal Sir. Please reply.
yes! go on with it….
i m pursuing my b.techm.tech 5 year integrated degree .
at the time i m inIV sem.so when would i b eligible for SSC CGL…..
Hello Sir, SSC notification on the recruitment of SubInspectors in Delhi Police, CAPFs and ASI in CISF, 2014 is available so can you guide us what special techniques and procedures should we follow or we need to follow the same procedure as explained by you for Common Graduate Level Exam. Kindly, comment on this matter.
SSC syllabus for the year (20142015) will be same or any change.Because this year i have missed to register due to some issues and i want to apply for next year.So i planned to start prepare from now,can i prepare the syllabus what you mentioned here…. please guide me,Thanks in advance.
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Dear,
Mrunal sir / Admin,
I have one Query regarding Rajesh verma’s Fast Track objective arithmetic, i am doing my practice from this book, But I am confuse about one thing, that is to practice both ” base skill Level” & ”Higher Skill Level” Question from this book for TIer 1 Exams or is sufficient to only practice basic level question and then to move for Test papers.
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Take one chapter and complete it fully. Solve each problem . Do the hard work at once.
Thank’s a lot Mukesh bhai,,…!! Thank you for your informative advice.
hello to all users ,i have a question that what amount of maths does play role in ias and pcs exames ,,,please reply
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Dear all ,
I have one Query regarding Rajesh verma’s Fast Track objective arithmetic, i am doing my practice from this book, But I am confuse about one thing, that is to practice both ” base skill Level” & ”Higher Skill Level” Question from this book for TIer 1 Exams or is sufficient to only practice base level question and then to move for Test papers.
Please Reply ASAP!
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