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Tips to solve Algebra in SSC CGL

Last Updated - June 28, 2017

Algebra in Quant section plays an imperative role in cracking SSC CGL. With basic mathematics knowledge, this section could be easy to score. You will need a lot of preparation as well as concentration to do well in this section.

In this article, we are going to talk about the smart strategies for preparing and scoring well in the quant section. The following is a comprehensive guide on how to approach the SSC CGL 2017 exam Quant section.

Weightage over the years 

SSC CGL has been quite experimental over the years. If you will flip through the previous years’ question papers, you will realize that they have not been following the same level each year.

In SSC CGL exam, the quantitative aptitude section carries fifty marks. The section consists of 25 questions, each carrying 2 marks. Before starting your preparation, you should know the detailed syllabus of the quant section of the exam.

The Quantitative aptitude syllabus is broadly divided into two parts:

  1. Arithmetic (Dominated by Tier I exam); This part focusses on the concept based questions.
  2. Advanced Mathematics (Dominated by Tier 2 exam); This part focusses on the practice based questions.

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Sample questions


 Important Formulae 

  • (a + b)2 = a2 + 2ab + b2
  • (a - b)2 = a2 - 2ab +b2
  • a2 - b2 = (a-b) (a+b)
  • a3 - b3 = (a - b) (a2+ ab + b2)
  • a3 + b3 = (a + b) (a2 - ab + b2)
  • (a + b)3 = a3 + 3a2b + 3ab2 + b3
  • (a - b)3 = a3 - 3a2b + 3ab2 - b3

Preparation Tips

  1. If you are new to the concepts of mathematics, then you should pick up R.S. Aggarwal and go through all the chapters and solve the questions for about a week. After a week, you will realize that you have started grasping the concepts.
  2. Once you have built up your concepts, you should start solving short math quizzes.
  3. Regular practice of a sample mock test paper should not be ignored. Also, analyze your weak points and work on them.
  4. You can also practice questions on apps every day when you are travelling or not at home.
  5. Start learning short cuts, but only after you get familiar with the conventional concepts of mathematics.

Last but not the least, practice as much as you can. There is absolutely no other secret to success! Success is the fruit of hard work, perseverance, strong preparation and learning from the failure!

Challenges faced by students in SSC CGL

SSC CGL’s favorite areas include the questions on factorization, algebraic identities, simplification of the polynomials, age determination, simplification of the fractions. Practicing of all these questions is a must.

The trick: Keep the squares, cubes and tables of number up to 40 on your tips. You will definitely save a lot of time and energy while preparing for your exam.

What you will need:

  • Regular practice series
  • Previous years papers (organized chapter wise for better preparation)

Here is a list of books that are frequently recommended for the exam:

  • SSC 7300 by Rakesh Yadav
  • Kiran Prakashan’s SSC CGL Question bank
  • Rakesh Yadav class notes

Reference Website

You can refer the below mentioned websites for your algebra section preparation:,,,, etc.

You will definitely be able to sail through the much difficult math algebra section of the SSC CGL examination if you follow the above-mentioned strategies religiously.



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