SSC CGL (Tier I) Exam: Quantitative Aptitude: Question Paper Analysis
Common Graduate Level Examination gets held every year by the Staff Selection Commission and the candidates are selected to perform various government jobs at clerical level as data operators and other posts. Every year the selection is done through three tiers. The first tier of examination consists of multiple choice questions. The number of questions is set to be 200 containing 200 marks in total. There are in total of four papers in the Tier I examination, which the candidates need to pass individually. The cut off mark set by the authority depends on the overall performance of the candidates. The candidates who successfully get through to Tier I examination proceed further to tier II and tier III, leading to ultimate selection for the job.
The four papers that the tier I contains are, English language, General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The candidates need to be very instinctive when it comes to quantitative aptitude. The questions may not be that tough but would deal mainly with your basic arithmetic skills. The need of the hour is to get yourself well acquainted with the sections of mathematics, be it geometry, arithmetic, algebra or trigonometry. The questions would be of secondary or higher secondary level, checking the overall mathematical and calculative capabilities of the candidates.
Prepare Arithmetic Basics Carefully: The basic questions asked in the paper deals with proportions, square and cube roots, LCM and HCFs, Averages, Age problems, SI and CI, Profit and Loss problems, Discounts, time and distance, Numbers etc. The goal of asking these questions is to check the minimal basic knowledge of the subject. This helps in evaluating the capability of the candidate for future working opportunities. This section also tests the candidate’s decision making ability and decides how fast they can solve problems that they know well about.
Command over Mathematics is a Must: There are problems from Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Heights and Distances, triangles, Circles, cylinders and other shapes that are asked to check the respective knowledge of the candidates over the different sections in mathematics. A candidate in order to become successful in the paper needs to work on every possible department of basic mathematics and hone their skills so that they can solve the problems on time.
Give due importance to Data Interpretation: Apart from these questions the quantitative aptitude paper consists of questions related to histogram, Frequency polygon, bar diagrams, pie charts, degree and radian measures and few others. The number of question from each of the category differs every year and there is no set rule for setting up of the question paper. The questions asked are easy to execute and if the candidates can use right methods to solve the problems they can do it in a very limited time as well.
It is really important to be on time dealing with these questions and hence a proper training or preparation is needed on the part of the candidates to score well in this high scoring paper. All you need to do is to focus on the questions and deliver the best you can.