Strategy to improve Maths score in SSC CGL Tier-1 Exams 2017


Of all the lucrative job options, available in the current scenario, SSC CGL has the greatest number of aspirants. This examination is one of the most contested and yet most revered recruitment examination at the graduate level. This exam is entrusted with hiring eligible graduates for various crucial public domains. The level of opportunities available in this examination is just exemplary if seen through the lens of available vacancies and the types of jobs that are offered if one successfully clears various levels of this examination.


The pattern for SSC CGL exam was changed in 2016. The major overhaul saw some very crucial changes like the introduction of online examinations and also the replacement of interview round with Tier-3. The first round, Tier 1 has also changed a great deal in terms of number of questions asked and the time allotted for them. This shift in the exam design has left all the usual and pre-made strategies out of the window as the new pattern requires a lot of extra thinking in terms of preparation.

The new pattern means that in the Maths section of SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam 2017, there will be 25 questions. Each question would carry two marks and half a mark would be deducted if the answer marked is erroneous. This changed pattern is important to be given heed to as while this allows more marks to be scored for each correct marks, the penalty is also doubled for wrong answers.
Maths section is amongst the most scoring sections in the four sections of SSC CGL Tier-1 as the aspirant can be sure about the concepts that are required for the solving and also the answers are quantifiable. So it is important that this section is prepared with extra care, so as to reap maximum score out of the 50 marks allotted to it.

Let us see some of the important tips that might help in preparation.
  • Maths section in SSC CGL has a lot of geometry questions. This part of the paper can be mastered through increased practice sessions and also by going through the mostly asked questions. If one masters this topic then the scores would soar even in the Tier-2 paper as a big chunk of the paper is made out of geometry section in the Tier-1 as well as Tier-2 papers.
  • Mensuration is one topic that has held constant favor amongst the paper setters of SSC CGL. This topic has appeared gracefully and yet in large numbers in all the recent papers. Therefore, it is important that this topic be prepared well in advance and also with great care as you’ll keep coming across during the various stages of the paper. Also, this topic appears prominently in all the major competitive papers and therefore, it is a major advantage if one masters this portion.
  • The candidates who do not enough expertise in handling the trigonometry questions should make sure to practice that section a lot more now. This section saw one of the highest number of questions in 2016 Tier-1 paper and thus will hold excess weightage in the preparation strategy for this year paper as well. This part also includes the questions from heights and distances.
  • The topics with arithmetic part of mathematics too hold a great level of reverence in the Tier-1 paper. This portion includes some of the most important topics like profit & loss, percentages, interests etc. These topics are interrelated and can be mastered with careful preparation. Therefore it is important for the candidates to make a schedule to prepare these sections. Percentages are the most important part of arithmetic as all other sections are directly or indirectly dependent on your knowledge of percentages.
  • Data Interpretation section is the easiest to score and thus amongst the most important part of the preparation for the maths section for SSC CGL Tier-1 2017. The questions in this section are basically based on your knowledge about the other topics like percentages and ratios. This means that the candidates can ace this part of the paper through their knowledge of the other parts like arithmetic. As per 2016, this section made up for 20 % of the total maths paper; that’s indeed a staggering proportion.
  • Some topics like time, speed and distance usually have the similar patterned questions over the years and thus it is easier for the candidates to prepare for them, just by keeping a tab on the old papers and preparation material. These topics bring the most predictable questions in the paper and thus there is no harm in trying to make these topics strength during the preparation of the paper.
  • The questions from number system can be increasingly tricky in the paper, if not practiced properly. But at the same time, if this part is seen through with care then the questions become very easy to understand and can be solved in less time. Try to solve as many different patterns as possible and remember the important ones to save the time wasted in trying to comprehend the trick during the final examination.


Maths has always been about practice and the skill depends largely on the level of attention that a person gives during the preparation. The topics mentioned in the article are the most important ones but there are other topics like algebra, average etc. that should be given importance as well. This is because SSC CGL is in the improvisational phase and therefore it is possible that the weightage of the questions might change as well.

The trick to success here is to take as many mocks as possible during preparation. This has become all the more significant as the pattern is online and requires some effort in getting acquainted with, particularly for the candidates of non-technical background.

The final count of vacancies in SSC CGL 2017 is expected to touch a new high and Maths accounts for 250 marks out of total 600 marks you can score in Tier-1 and Tier-2, so you can do your own calculations about the value of this section.


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