If you are preparing for SSC exams, you are most welcome to a world where you have to revisit all the math chapters that you left in the school level. This means that the students who had taken up arts in order to only avoid the jinx of math have to face the section again in SSC exams. SSC CGL Tier II exam especially is a very tough nut to crack considering the difficult and time consuming math section in it. However, you have to get that job and for that, the minimum qualification is a normal graduate and that is why, you have to prepare the math section well enough to score high marks in this section.
SSC Quantitative Aptitude: How to master it?
Even though you belong to Arts background, you are very likely to have good analyzing capacity as well as mugging up capacity. The ability to retain data is also very good in case of Arts students. In this regard, here are the tips that will help you in scoring good marks in math section despite being an Arts graduate.
- You need to finish the syllabus first: The first important thing is to go through the total syllabus at least once. This will give you an idea regarding the chapters in which are you are good enough and can attempt questions however difficult they are. This stage is for SWOT analysis only. This is necessary since you are having a brush with math after a very long time.
- Identify the chapters you are good at: The whole syllabus can be divided into arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, geometry and Mensuration. The focus of SSC has been on geometry and Mensuration more though questions from other sections are also there. In this regard, you need to mug up all the theorems of geometry and after that for Mensuration as well. This will be easy for you because of the analyzing nature of the questions. In most of the cases, you have to draw the diagram and then only you can proceed further. So, this will make things easier for you. Focus on these two areas more than others do since you will get plenty of questions from these two areas.
- Go through previous year papers: SSC is an organization which is famous for repeating questions from previous years. In this connection, it becomes necessary for you to go through the previous year questions of all the chapters. It helps you in two ways: you get an idea regarding the pattern and level of questions and on the other hand, you are certainly going to get questions from these papers.
- Mug up theory and formula if you are not able to understand the logic: Keep in mind that SSC does not always go for application of theory and in some cases; you will have to directly apply the formula to get the answer. It calls for mugging up of formulae even if you are not getting the logic. You are from Arts background where you have to study and mug up a lot. Practice those skills of yours here as well.
- Practice as much as possible: This is true for each candidate willing to score high marks in SSC Exam. But with you belonging to a completely different background as an Arts student, you must devote more time to this section. First finish the theory and after that go for problems based on that particular chapter only. Once you are done with chapter wise practice, go for full-length tests available in the market.
- Arithmetic questions can be easily solved by you: This section is not very difficult for you since most of the concepts are practically implemented in the daily life. You can easily relate to that and can solve problems from areas such as Profit and Loss, Time and distance, time and work, pipe and cistern, average, alligation and mixture etc.
- Do not always depend upon shortcuts: In exam, you can experience that the time is less and you have to attempt a lot. But another important thing is that you are already burdened with a lot of theory and if you asked to remember shortcut tricks for every question, you are not going to find it easy. Rather than this, make it a habit of calculating as much as possible in your mind only. This will save a lot of time. Well, if you are confident enough to use shortcuts without much stress, go for it certainly.
- Go for selected books: The first is the Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Sharma. This is like the Bible of math and if you have gone through the SSC CGL 2016 Tier II math paper, you will get a first hand idea of the actual level of questions. Go through every theory and problem in that book. Revise it time and again. You will definitely hold good command in the subject. Once you are done, go for Kiran previous year papers for more practice. You are bound to develop good skill in math section.
- Do not go for shortcuts from the beginning itself: There are certain online websites and blogs which go for spoon-feeding of information without much logic in place. This is detrimental for you since SSC tests your understanding in most of the questions. You are not only expected to learn the theory but also the application technique of that particular theory. In this regard, it is important that you start with a proper standard book and finish it first.
- Trigonometry is going to be a challenge for Arts students along with Geometry and Mensuration: This is because these are areas where you are required to draw things and apply formulae. For this to take place without much problem, you need to have logical base of the subject in place. For that to happen, finish the chapters from Sarvesh Sharma first and then revise. Keep in mind that in geometry, circle is the most important part and hence, remember all the theorems and formulae related to it. In case of Mensuration, your focus should be on three dimensional as well as two dimensional figures. So, mug up the formulae and use it time and again to have good hold over this section. Last but not the least; trigonometry is about remembering values and the height and distance problems. For value related issues, mug up and revise time and again. You need to have extensive practice as well to keep in mind a wide range of values of sin(), cos() and tan(). On the other hand, height and distance problems are half solved once you are able to draw the picture correctly. This comes from understanding of the problem as well as going through examples in Sarvesh Sharma book. Apart from that, practice on a regular basis will be very helpful to decode these problems. Once you are comfortable with height and distance, you can draw any situation mentioned in the question.
- Avoid over-studying: Well, this is not about reading and revising a single book but it is mainly about taking a number of books and not being able to finish even a single one. So, first go for Sarvesh Sharma. Once you are done with it and one round of revision of the book, the next thing is practicing previous year papers of SSC that is available under the banner of Kiran Publication or for that matter, any other standard publication house. After this, if you have more time, you can go for Kiran publications book for more practice.
- Last but not the least, be confident: Most of you are afraid of math. That is why; you people often goof up in the exam hall because of tension and negativity. It happens because you are not comfortable with the subject. This comfort zone comes from your months of practice and nothing else.
Mathematics is the most important section in any SSC exam because of the weightage attached to it. Hence, you should not neglect this subject at all. The simple mantra to ace math is to learn, revise and practice as much as possible. Be positive and confident about the subject before the exam.
All the best!