SSC CGL Quant Preparation: Tips and strategy

SSC CGL Quant Preparation: The SSC CGL 2022 preparation should be going at full speed by now. SSC CGL Preparation should cover all the topics of the SSC CGL syllabus. To give you a further advantage we bring to you this blog – “SSC CGL Preparation: Tips for Quantitative Aptitude”. This blog will tackle the quantitative section of SSC CGL. The only way to take quant is by knowing the concepts and combining that with speed. If the SSC CGL Preparation strategy is well focused on Quantitative Aptitude, then it can be a very high-scoring section in the SSC CGL 2022 exam as well. Through this blog, we aim to help you prepare a perfect SSC CGL Quant preparation Strategy for Quantitative Aptitude so that you achieve maximum marks and success in this section.


SSC CGL Preparation – Quantitative Aptitude: Weightage in Tier-1 and 2

Tier QuestionsMaximum MarksDurationNegative Marking
Tier-I2550All sections combined: 60 minutes0.50 marks
Tier-II3090Paper I (Quant + Reasoning): 60 minutes1 mark

SSC CGL Preparation – Quantitative Aptitude: Syllabus

Ratio & ProportionTime and distanceRight Circular Cone & Cylinder
Square rootsTime & WorkSphere and Hemispheres
AveragesBasic algebraRectangular Parallelepiped
InterestSurdsRegular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
Profit and LossGraphs of Linear EquationsTrigonometric ratio
DiscountTriangles, CirclesDegree and Radian Measures
Partnership BusinessQuadrilaterals, Regular PolygonsStandard Identities
Mixture and AlligationCircle & Right PrismComplementary angles
Heights and DistancesHistogramFrequency polygon
Bar diagram & Pie chart  

SSC CGL Preparation: Previous Year Paper Analysis of Quantitative Aptitude

Let’s go through the Previous Year Paper Analysis of Quantitative Aptitude of Tier-I and II

Analysis of Tier – I

TopicNo of Questions
Speed, Time and Distance3
Mixture and Allegation2
Ratio and Proportion1
Compound Interest and Simple Interest2
Number System2
Profit, Loss and Discount2 – 3
Time and Work2

Analysis of Tier- II (Old Pattern)

TopicNo of Questions
Speed, Time and Distance3
Mixture and Allegation2
Ratio and Proportion2
Compound Interest and Simple Interest2
Number System2
Profit, Loss and Discount1
Time and Work1
Bar Chart1

SSC CGL Preparation: Tips for Quantitative Aptitude

Some important tips for SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude that will help you score well include :

  • Prepare for Quant topics based on trends of previous years’ question papers.
  • Solve previous 5 year’s question papers
  • SSC CGL preparation for the Quant section should be based on practice, practice and practice.
  • Master the basic formulas of Maths in your SSC CGL preparation
  • Once the basics are good, then practice the Shortcut tricks for Maths
  • Give as many mock tests as possible.
  • Identify your weak zones as quickly as possible and work extra hard on them during your SSC-CGL Preparation.
  • Do not be afraid of Maths. Practice during your SSC CGL preparation will help you master the subject easily.
  • Most importantly, do not take Maths for granted. Even if you are good with it, you need to practice during your SSC CGL preparation. Otherwise, during exam time, you would fail to perform under pressure.

Check the important strategy to crack SSC CGL 2022 below :

Preparation Time

If your fundamentals in math are in place, i.e., your knowledge of 8th to 10th class maths is strong, you can allot 10 hours per week for the Quant section. If you need to brush up on your basics before moving to advanced concepts, give it 20 hours per week. If you’re average in Math, allot 15 hours per week.

Quant preparation will require a minimum of 2 ½ to 3 months. Allot 1 or 2 days per topic for topics under the Arithmetic section since it is concept based. You would require about 20 days to master the Arithmetic topics. In advanced mathematics, practice at least 100 questions from every topic per day. This should take you about 3 to 4 hours per day. You’d require around 15 to 18 days to master the Advanced mathematics section.

Order of Topics


It’s more important to understand the concepts of the topics under the Arithmetic section than to rigorously practice it. The three topics that form the base of the Arithmetic section are Percentage, Interest, and Profit & Loss. Understand the concepts of these and practice a little, to master them. Most of the Quant topics will require you to apply the concepts of Percentage, Interest, and Profit & Loss.

While it is important to learn each and every Quant topic, it is equally important to learn them in the right order. Start with the topics that form the base or foundation of Quantitative Aptitude and then move on to the higher-level topics, which require you to have a knowledge of the base topics.

Follow this order for your Quant preparation:

  • Percentage
  • Interest (Simple Interest & Compound Interest)
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Number System
  • Average
  • Time and Work
  • Mixture & Alligation
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Partnership
  • Time & Distance
  • Boats & Streams
  • Train
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Indices and Surds
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Stats and DI
  • Data Interpretation

Advance Mathematics

The advanced Mathematics section is regarded as ‘difficult’ but isn’t. Advanced Mathematics might seem intimidating, but it is just a complex version of the topics you learned in your high school mathematics textbooks.

The four major topics of the advanced mathematics section of SSC CGL’s Quantitative Aptitude are Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, and Algebra. After a thorough analysis of the Previous year’s SSC CGL question papers, we discovered that questions from topics under Advanced Mathematics are repeated year after year. So, it’s a good idea to refer to the Previous Year’s SSC CGL Question Papers and solve all the Quant questions.

SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Material

What you need:

Note on books: It has been noticed time and again, that a lot of books containing SSC CGL practice sets and previous year question papers have a lot of errors. Therefore, one needs to be extremely careful when it comes to choosing books for exam preparation. Make sure you pick the best and the most recommended preparation material with the least errors.

Oliveboard provides Concept Lessons, Video lectures, Comprehensive Quantitative Aptitude Sectional Tests, and Topic Tests to practice questions and understand the concept better. These questions are created by exam toppers & experts after thorough research and analysis.

Try it out for yourself for free here: Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Tips

Some important SSC CGL Books for Quantitative Aptitude include :

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive exams by R.S. Agarwal
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • SSC Mathematics by Kiran Publication
  • Sectional Tests for Quantitative Aptitude on Oliveboard

SSC CGL Quant Preparation – Previous Year Questions

Question 1: By selling an article at a certain price and 170% profit is earned. If CP is 20% increased, then what will be the profit?

(a) 130%

(b) 125%

(c) 100%

(d) 150%

Answer: Option (b)


Let CP = 100

Then SP = CP + Profit

SP = 100 + 170

SP = 270

New CP = 120

New profit = 270−120/120 × 100

= 150/120 × 100

= 125%

Question 2 : The ratio of income of A, B and C is 3 : 7 : 4 and the ratio of their expenditure is 4 : 3 : 5 respectively. If A saves Rs. 300 out of Rs. 2400, find the savings of C.

(a) Rs. 565

(b) Rs. 570

(c) Rs. 575

(d) Rs. 580

Answer: Option (c);

Salary of A = 3x = Rs. 2400

Salary of B = 7x = Rs. 5600

Salary of C = 4x = Rs. 3200

Expenditure of A, B and C = 4y, 3y & 5y respectively.

Saving of A is 300 Expenditure = 4y = (2400 – 300) = 2100

4y = 2100

y = 525

Expenditure of B = 3y = 1575

Savings of B = 4025

Expenditure of C = 5y = 2625

Savings of C = 575

Also Read: SSC CGL Section Wise Preparation Tips and Strategies

Use the above as a guideline to formulate your own preparation strategy for the Quantitative Aptitude section of the SSC CGL Exam, based on your strengths and weaknesses. Here’s hoping the above tips help you prepare better.

Also read: Top 5 tips for SSC CGL

Stay tuned for topic-wise articles in the Quantitative Aptitude section.

SSC CGL Preparation – Important Links

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What is the weightage of Quant in SSC CGL Tier – 1?

25 questions of a total of 50 marks from Quant are asked in SSC CGL Tier-1

What is the weightage of Quant in SSC CGL Tier – 2?

30 questions of a total of 90 marks from Quant are asked in SSC CGL Tier- 2

How to prepare for maths for SSC CGL without coaching?

Analyse Previous Year’s Papers, make a proper Study Plan, Learn tricks, and practice Mock tests for Tier-1 and Tier-2.

What is the level of Maths in SSC CGL?

According to the notification, the questions in quantitative aptitude will be of Class 10 level

What posts are SSC CGL-qualified aspirants eligible for?

Clearing the SSC CGL exam qualifies a candidate for Group–B and Group–C posts in the various departments of the Government of India.

What qualification in the educational background is required to appear for the SSC CGL exam?

The minimum educational qualification required to appear for the SSC CGL exam is graduation.

When will SSC CGL Tier-1 2022 result be released?

SSC will soon release the list of candidates who have qualified for Tier 2 of SSC CGL.


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