 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
Mrunal.org/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 
So far 782 Comments posted
sir any idea when INDIA YEARBOOK 2013 will come???
Last year in Hyderabad it was in the first week of March
Mrunal Sir, During form filling i filled the post applicable for paper 2 but now don’t want to give paper 3
is it possible?
Nice work sir, thanks for the suggestion..
Hey mrunal.. srsly u helped me alot with this series of ssccgl….
well i need ur help regarding the Quant book(Which 1 to follow)? actually in colg days i have completed R.S aggarwal solving 60 % of unsolved Questions excluding Geometry. I think i have to Start Geometry From Scratch.
But Now when i m preparing for UPSC 2014 Prelims. and i m planning to give SSCCGL this time… Can you help me to choose btw the two books u have mentioned keeping in mind other exams like IBPS, CDS,PSU etc. and specially CSAT(but not CAT/CMAT exam) ???
Sahil, you can proceed with “Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma.“
Please upload some Model papers and previous year papers for practice (both Tier I and Tier II).
sir iam very tensed for maths portion not very strong in math …. bhaut dar lagta h sir ..
kaun si book lo .. and kya ncert wale concept books mein discuss nahi honge … i mean ncert jaroori h kya
I had enrolled for 2 times in CGL and in both the cases i had cleared TierI but did not have done well in TierII.
In CGL 12…
In English paper, i had attempted 160 Questions but correct question were only 110…so everything washed in negative marking. Marks 100
In Maths — I did 52 Questions only (i don’t know why my speed was too slow) and correct answers were only 41—so again negative marking and less questions made me fail for second time. Marks ~76
Same case wid me brother,i got 105 in tier1..bt fr tier2 i nly got 50 marks in maths although 124 in english bt all in vain..ws very gud in maths at schul,got 90+ in 10ths..bt its lack of practice due to whc our speed is dismal,so solve more n more sums with accuracy,do al d mistakes before d exam itself,i hope dat u vl come out wid flying colours.gud luk
Same case wid me brother,i got 105 in tier1..bt fr tier2 i nly got 50 marks in maths although 124 in english bt all in vain..ws very gud in maths at schul,got 90+ in 10th..bt its lack of practice due to whc our speed is dismal,so solve more n more sums with accuracy,do al d mistakes before d exam itself,i hope dat u vl come out wid flying colours.gud luK
Ths is nt a school maths….saari intelligency nikal jaati hai ek baari mai hi ssc exam mai
tension vl never take u nywhr,if u r weak in maths then btr dat first u complete r.d sharma for clas 9th nd 10th nd den go wid d books suggestd by mrunal.
himanshu rd sharma ek bhaut badi granth ke barabar hai yaar … kuch aise batau jo easy kaam kar jaye
Sir,plz write an article on the various POST’s that are under SSCCGL…
What kind of work they are alloted,the job prospects etc etc..
Thanks!!
Mrunal sir…..Do i need my community certificate for apply SSC CGL tier 1 exam, or i can take after tier one?. I have state certificate as BC but i dont have central OBC certificate.i knew i come under OBC.is this true OBC certificate valid only six months.. plz tell me sir.
sir what about arun sharma book for ssc. if i am ease with math.
mrunal ji .. kya rajesh verma wali boooks se ssc tier 1 and tier2 pass ho sakte h any chance kya ?
csir case ka exam kab hoga???????
books of general awareness for ssc cgl in english….please point out a particular book….
sir pls suggest me that how many attempts for obc and ph candidate in ias
somebody told me tn high court gave judgement to hike 10 but not clarity
sir i have already quant book …. ARUN SHARMA QUANTITATIVE APPTITUDE FOR CAT.. should i purchase another book… and also i have TIME coaching material (CAT )…
nice post..really helpful.
eagerly waiting for post on another 2 topics
thanks.
could yo please suggest me a awesome book for reasoning.
thanx….:)
dear sir i’ve got quant cat by arun sharma……but i found it be quite unhelpful pls suggest which book i should refer to.
SIR im 26 years old preparing for IAS exam also trying for upsc .What should i do sir? should i do both SSC and UPSC togethr or start with SSC?plz answer sir
get a job first then go ssc since it is less hardworking compare to upsc
u mean to say SSC viki?
bhai first crack SSC
then join SSC job
& then Hit UPSC with all u got
🙂
Bhai agar tum civil service kai liye such mai prepare kar rhe ho…to koi aur exam ka matlab nhi rheta…it means u r nt serious about upsc
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1) Breakup: SSCCGL Tier I (2010, 2011, 2012)
2) Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma.
helloo mrunal. Let me wish u a happy new year. I am an aspirant of civil services . could me please give me the notes on geography, and science for pre. and also give good material on CSAT preferbly shortcut methods .
sir, can you tell me the pros and cons for IPS/IAS Vs. IRS?
sir, can you tell me the pros and cons for IPS/IAS Vs. IRS?
and if you can extend it to IRS (IT)Vs. IRS (Excise)?
Sir, What about SSC CGL Tier I,II & III by R Gupta(RPH Publication). is it good book for preparation..?
Sir, can you please tell is there any attempts limit for General candidates in SSC – CGL .
mrunal sir any idea about upsc mains change from 2013…?
sir m preparing ssc cgle 2013 nd i have two books for maths
1 Quantitative aptitude by R S agrawal
2 Tricky mathematics by mahesh mishra
sir plz suggest me if these books r sufficient for both tier 1 nd tier 2 or should i go for another one . . .
yaar ye 2nd wali book ki ebook hai to plz share
🙂
well done !! keep it up
Hi Mrunal,
I have been preparing for UPSC for the past 1 year.Currently working in an IT company.The working hours are dynamic and I find less time for preparation. I have cleared IBPS PO 2. Shall I proceed with a bank job and prepare for UPSC? Is it a bad decision?
Or shall I crack SSC and then prepare for UPSC?
same problem
no dear u must walk to ur nearest book seller for dis book . . .
hello sir, plz suggest me. Is there any need of read India 2013 for UPSC pre exam? and from where we can get information about government schemes like Janani Surksha, AASHA etc.?
Mrunalji…in SSC and CSAT(APTIUDE)paper, do we should write formulas in rough paper… after exam vigilator retain rough paper ..plz clarify me…..
CGL me GK ke liye achi book btao sr
give information about ibps cwe specialist offocer exam 2013
Mrunal ji, where can I get previous year question papers of SSC CGL???
Throw some light on the latest UPSC Asst.Labour comm. exam
Sir can we use quantum cat for upsc csat paper 2
Really awesome evaluation MRUNAL………
Every SSC aspirant must follow that strategy..
Thanks
Mrunal…
I need a help of u regarding taking a decision, i know iu can assist me in..
Help me in “WHETHER ITS GOOD TO JOIN BANK PO, OR JOIN SSC( TAX ASSISTANT)… ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE YOUR MIND TO PREPARE FOR THE UPSC EXAMINATION..
What is your opinion about using Arun Sharma for SSC Level?
unless you’re simultenously preparing for CAT, Arun Sharma will be an overkill for SSC.
Please publish the preparation approach for English and Reasoning Ability also at the earliest.
Hi Sir…i m eagerly waiting for english section approach and analysis for ssc cgl exam…ur analysis for the rest of the sections was simply awsm…thanx a lot Sir..God bless u..!!!
thank you so much for giving your valuable sggestions.
GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT IBPS SPECIALIST OFFICER EXAM URGENTLY…….EXAM IS VERY NEAR….
great help sir.. what about English sir..pls guide
Dear Sir,
I have 5 year exp. in telecom engineering…
but I want to prepare for govt jobs…
Please provide the FORWARD PATH.
Rgds
Adnan
Sr.Engineer.
Sir i m eagerly waiting for the eng section analysis…but for the time being pls suggest whether to go thru R S aggarwal or S P Bakshi(Arihant) or any other gud buk that exclusively caters to the needs of ssc tier 1 and 2…thanx..!!
please notify me also.nice articles
ssc cgl exam pattern is changed .tell me if it is so.and also how to start for it.
@Mohit
It hasn’t changed at all. Only a small one hour paper would be introduced during interview/skill test, that too will be of qualifying nature. You need not worry about it. [Read notice: http://ssc.nic.in/whats%20new%20html/latest_news/Revision_of__Scheme_of_CGL_Examination..pdf]
how about the book of s.l gulati for maths topics for any exam which covers same pattern like ssc mainly acio etc.
thanks bharath for updating me help for maths area ,books only .presently i have s l gulati objective arithmetic and i buyed from sunday books market at daryaganj old delhi.if u have better books to consult not only for ssc but also pattern basis of ssc .plz brother