How To Gain Speed To Solve Quantitative Aptitude Section of SSC CGL Exam

Quantitative Section is a very challenging section in competitive exams. SSC CGL Exam has a very vast syllabus to be covered to attempt this section. It needs a lot of practice, knowledge, and presence of mind. Mathematics is a very delicate subject. Therefore, it needs a core skill to develop to attain Accuracy. Once you gain confidence by acquiring Accuracy, you can improve speed too.

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A perfect study plan synchronized with its timely execution is the ultimate key to success for any exam preparation. An aspirant should plan its study schedule in such a way, especially for Quantitative Aptitude, so that they get ample time to practice the concepts learned each day. Do not leave any topic for the eleventh hour, or else you will land up in a confused state of mind.

Let us discuss some tips to gain speed and Accuracy in Mathematics to give a sure shot of success in the examination.

Why is the speed required to solve the questions in the Competitive Exam?

Most of the candidates will not understand when we say they need to build up speed because they may not be aware of the exam pattern and time allotted to solve the question paper.

Those appearing for the first time should note down that to answer 100 questions, you are allote4d only 60 minutes to solve. It means you need to solve each question in less than a minute.

All it needs is SPEED. Speed without Accuracy will not work out well if you answer wrong, as it will lead to negative marking. There will be a negative marking of ¼ of the marks allotted to those questions for every mistake.

Therefore, while preparing for the mathematics section, make a strategy in such a way so that you get the right answer and at the right time.


  1. Know your weaknesses: Ever since you are studying this complex subject, as most students say, you must have experienced some difficult topics that are not within your reach. Try to know them before you start studying. The best way is to list down the chapters in the order of preference from the examination point of view. Pick those topics first to study which are important and you are weak in the same. Prepare them first to gain confidence.
  2. Develop Your Calculation Speed: Develop a good hold over calculations to spend less time. It can be developed by practising speed tests based on the basic calculations; it will help gain speed. Solve the tests with the timer to judge your speed and, finally, Accuracy. For small calculations, one can do it in your head but for complex calculations, learn the multiplication tables from 1 to 20. Learn the concept first and then find the shortcut methods for a calculation to speed up the calculation process. Practice speed tests daily to gain speed with a stopwatch. Do not use a calculator while practising calculations.
  3. Practice your weak topics daily: Analyze your problems and practice those topics daily to gain Accuracy. This is very important, even more than speed. Once you gain Accuracy, speed will be generated automatically. Speed and Accuracy are directly proportional to each other. Therefore, maintain a perfect balance between the two.
  4. List down the formulae: List all the important formulae of almost all the topics so that you can revise them at the 11th hour of the examination. Besides that, make a list of cubes and squares tables and learn them for quick responses to the4 complex calculations. For squares, learn the table up to 30 and for cubes, learn up to 15. Master these formulae as these are the best short tricks to solve quickly.

The above-said tips are very helpful as these are the tips followed by most of the successful candidates of SSC and IBPS Exams. Hope it will work well with you too.

All the best!!!!

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