 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 809 Comments posted
Today i gave this exam for the first time, if only i had read this article a couple of months ago. around 83 i think i will get. do i stand a chance?
If GEN category, then u’re on the border.. Else, u’ll get in for sure..
plz ans this ques…..
there are five buses M,N,O,P,Q in a row on a road.bus M is standing at the front and Q is standing at the back end. Bus N stands b/w M an O. bus P stands b/w O and Q. Which bus is in the middle of the five?
a. M
b. P
c. N
d. Q
ans is O,options are wrong.
that question is in today’s exam…
yeah the ans must be o but it shows wrong answer n in answer key also it has given wrong answer,….
now wat to do frds…
plz help me out………..
ya ans is o.and commonly in ssc at least 2 or 3 que is wrong.
two to three ques. were wrong in the evening set so we’ll get 2 to 3 extra marks or not…
brilliant explanation mrunal. Kudos .
sir
I am 26+ and a general category student so my only option remaining is to go for bank po,upsc and state psc(west bengal).this year ssc cgl will be my last attempt so i am too much nervous as anyhow i want to clear my exams this year only because next year i will not get the time because of my marriage.in my last two attempts for 2 marks in ibps i could not clear it.i am not good in maths part.please suggest considering my case which single book to follow for the maths part in ssc,sbi and ibps.and also a good book for reasoning section in bank po.
i will always remain obilige to you for this help.
thanking you.
please notify me the upcoming exams and particularly for civil services exam and i am opting for Botany kindly suggest me the reading material
some tips for bank SBI PO
already given in these articles
SBI PO GK/GA
http://mrunal.org/2013/02/studyplansbipogeneralawarenessgacomputermarketingeconomytopicwisepreparationstrategyfreestudymaterial.html
SBI PO reasoning (high level)
http://mrunal.org/2013/02/studyplansbiporeasoninghighlevelapproachbookliststrategycutoffs2013.html
SBI PO english (objective + descriptive)
http://mrunal.org/2013/04/sbipohallticketsenglishobjectiveanddescriptivepaperessaysprecispracticeandfreestudymaterial.html
there were many re exams in last year’s cgl what were they meant for and why were they held.
give some more video of mathmatics like work and time, speed distance please
Hey Mrunal,I have a serious question,please don’t ignore it this time. Is there going to be an article on GEOMETRY or not?? A simple yes or no would do 🙂 The only reason I’m asking about this is because I don’t want to approach this topic from a wrong perspective and there is no doubt that you’ve always made things a lot clearer and easier for us!
Why do u think that u’ll do it from wrong perspective ?
I’m stretched between too many projects at the moment, so hard to say.
But nonetheless, Geometry for SSC = Start with NCERT maths textbooks, then practice sums from Sarvesh Kumar/Rajesh Verma/ old/mock SSC papers or any other book that you’ve.
Ok thank you Mrunal, so I’ll get started right away now 🙂
Mrunal Sir,my target is SSC and I am yet to start my preparation for SSC CGL TierII.
Also,I am a working professional,in this situation,from which book should I study ?
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma or Quantam CAT by Sarvesh Kumar
I m a working professional.. I bought Quantum CAT looks good.. you can practice topic wise questions before going to Level 1 ,2 or final round problems…don’t know about Rajesh Verma
hi my marks is coming around 96 and i belongs to general category what are my chances
and in maths i scored very less ….does it put any effect on my result????
please let me know what r my chances
tier 1 cleared for sure but not good marks U HAVE GUD CHANCES 2 CRACK D EXAM
but go well prepared for tier 2 to hit d maximum……
kuchh books hindi me ho to aachha lagta hai padhne me asani hoti hai hindi medium student ke liye aaisa karne par aap sabhi ko thanks
the great oppocnitty
ok thanks……yes i will definitely work hard for tier2….actually that is my first attempt..
can any please suggest me some nice book of trignometry and cordinate geometry for ssc exam
I thnk it wud be better 2 start wth the basics.. I’m planning 2 start wth NCERT maths txtbuks kls viix.
whether fast track objective by rajesh verma is sufficient for ssc tier2?
sir…lic aao or ssc cgl which one should i go for…plz help…
both exams i have on same day.
upsc result out
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sufficient.
also practice the old SSC papers and mock papers of Kiran Prakashan.
hi everyone SSC CGL TIER 2 PAPER HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 1SEPT 2013 …..PLEASE CHECK SSC OFFICIAL WEBSITE
thanku Aradhana..
Thanks 🙂 🙂
SSC CGL Tier 2 examination postponed Paper 1 & 2 September 1, 2013; paper 3 August 30, 2013.
Reference : http://ssc.nic.in/notice/examnotice/NOTICE_cgl2013.pdf
Sir plz tell me where i can found previous year paper papers for tier 2
Kiran Prakashan’s paperset
Hey Mrunal cut off kitna jayega Tier 1 ka. mere 87 to 90 aa rae hain . according to unofficial keys
very impressive Mrunal, u have given all d necessary details tht i waz looking for, i shall also like to see ur opinion on english with appropriate books, take care n thnx alot. Also tell me is their any need for coaching classes to prepare for tier 2, if yes then which one u suggest.
their is anodr book for mba by r s aggarwal, is it good enough for ssc?
sir,
any good book for geometry and trigonometry..
Please best book available in hindi for ssc tire 1 and tire 2 level maths. fastrack maths is mot available in hindi
Please suggest best book available in hindi for ssc tire 1 and tire 2 level maths. fastrack maths is mot available in hindi
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My exam is on 19th. Do i need to download another admit card? I m having old one.
Has the centre changed ?…………
It is very helpful mrunal.
u have 2 download your admit card becoz date is changed…nd centre of exam is same
sir,
For bank exams i.e ibps po which maths book shd i follow..which includes short tricks as well.. kindly rply.
neha for bank Po u have to studying r.s.agarwal and quantum cat by savesh kumar .really it’s helpful,ya in the beginning u face a prblm but after that it’s simple…………
dnt go 4 rs aggarwal for sure just opt out rajesh verma vry nyc buk……..
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Sir app ke article me Sarvesh Kumar ki price 380rs. and Rajesh Verma 303rs. hai but abhi maine Sarvesh Kumar ki book ka order dene k liye flipkart me dekha to Sarvesh Kumar ki price 503rs bata rahe hai to ye vahi book hai ya change ho gayi hai plz reply muje next SBI, IBPS , SSC ki exam k liye book leni hai
mr. lakhan as on flipkart it shown 503 but when u buy this from a bookstall u get it of approx.290…………………….
kyu majak kar rahe ho yaha pe bookstall vale mrp. se 1rs bhi kam nahi karte
dude homeshop18.com se le lio waha pe achya khaasa discount hai…and check other sites too agar usse bhi sasti milti hai…
price to same hi hai but flipkart me dono ka table of contents dekh ke jyada confusion ho gayi hai kyuki shortcut tricks jyada rajesh verma ki book me di gayi ho esa lagta hai and flipkart me abb to sravesh kumar ka 2013 ka bhi edition hai
i have bought both of them..simply go for sarvesh ….its little better than other.
thankss
are mr. then y don’t u go whole sail dealer,i get all of books from their………………
sir,i m starting my prep for ssc cgl2014 and want some tips for the same. books preferred are best or not bcoz i m starting with the same. i m little bit good in math but how to get my prep complete so that i can crack the same in my first attempt. how to start the english and what should be my daily routine of study…bcoz i m not going to any coaching centre and just following u’r stratagy. sir, i want your suggestion for the same.plz help me. i want complete prep . plz help me.
suman it’s not a necessary to join a coaching ,u have to only follow books those heir mrunal sir ,i already follow all of them n s it’s gives a +ve results…………..
THANKS SIR. CAN U HELP ME FOR GENERAL KNOWLEDGE PART.FROM WHERE TO START AND WHAT TO START.
Hi Mrunal.. m expecting around 90 marks in tier one exams, as per the key, is it enough to get to the second level?
thanks mrunal sir
I attempted 150 and getting arnd 123 . (obc). is there any chaces of getting income tax?
plz give advice for Quantum book kon si leni chahiye 2012 or 2013 ?
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plz reply fast
The older edition is sufficient for any aptitude exam. So pick the first one, because it is cheaper compared to new edition.
plz give advice for Quantum book by sarvesh k verma 2012 an 2013 both avalible in flipkart konsi leni chahiye ?
thanks for reply sir
boksadda.com pe new edition old edition se cheap mil raha hai to vo try karna chahiye ? confusion isliye hai kyuki number of pages decrease
aur k confusion hai
apne rajesh varma k liye kaha ki
“Concepts, techqniues, readymade formulas given here and there. Language, presentation is lucid.”
to ye sab quantum sarvesh kumar me bhi mil jayega na ???
sarvesh kumar me sab basic a jayega and apne kaha ki its ideal textbook so
ye dono sentences k liye dono book me confusion ho raha hai kyi ki compitive exams k liye techqniues, readymade formulas k bhi jarurat hai to plz clerify karenge techqniues, readymade formulas k liye rajesh verma leni chahiye ya quantum – sarvesh kumar me sab a jayega plz rely karna
same problem mrunal plz answer
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Hey! I appeared for ssc cgl on 19th May..expecting between 9095..Can I be sure of clearing Tier 1?very confused :\..Please reply asap This is my first attempt .so no clue about there procedure and result patterns.
sir, i have score 74.50 marks in ssc cgl tier first…and i m belong to obc category..then do i stand a chance to clear this exam..and preparation start for tier 2nd…
please please please reply….
Hello! MRUNAL bhaiya,I am preparing for ssc cgl 2014 and ihave one year to complete my graduation so suggest me, which book can i prefer for maths, M TYRA,fastrack by RAJESH VWEMA or quantum cat by SARVESH KUMAR???? please guide me
Hi Sir,
Can u tell me the book for General knowledge and English for SSC.
Thanks & Regards,
Jawahar Lal Gupta
i want to know is any need of coaching or we can do self practice in maths for tier2 exam.plz tell me which books is good for self study