Maths for SSC CGL: Analysis, Pattern and Syllabus

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Introduction To SSC

A genuine concern that almost all SSC exam aspirants have is that the syllabus seems vast, almost endless. It is perhaps true for you as well. As a student, you wish to focus on those areas of the exam which are more scoring than others. To be able to do so, you must have complete clarity as to what constitutes the syllabus of the exam and the number of questions that you can expect from a certain topic. Thus, Vidya Guru, the best SSC Coaching Institute in Delhi has come up with an analysis of SSC CGL syllabus 2014 Maths section. The break of Quantitative Aptitude (Maths) section which contains 50 questions is as follows:


Ten Noteworthy Points

  1. Geometry, including mensuration, comes across as the most important area. It carries a much higher weightage as compared to other areas.
  2. Trigonometry can’t be neglected at all. It has been consistently sending a significant number of questions ever since its inclusion in SSC syllabus.
  3. Data interpretation is no longer an area to be studied only for Bank exams such as IBPS PO/Clerk & SBI.
  4. Questions from algebra & simplification, which are generally considered tougher than other questions, must be practiced well.
  5. Profit & loss, time & work and time, speed & distance are the key areas to be dealt with in Arithmetic.
  6. Attempting around 26 to 28 questions with an overall accuracy of around 80% would have been a decent performance on this section.
  7. Right questions need to be chosen. Questions that are time consuming and involve lengthy calculations should be overlooked.
  8. Elimination of options can be instrumental in arriving at answers to a significant number of questions.
  9. There is negative marking @ .25 marks for each wrong answer. Therefore, random guesswork may prove to be counterproductive.
  10. Learning shortcuts, tricks and other time saving methods is essential. Step-based problem solving approach learnt at school level just does not work.

Topic Wise Syllabus

  • Number System: Whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers & square roots
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Averages
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time and distance
  • Time & Work
  • Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds and Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Geometry & Mensuration: Triangle and its various kinds of centers, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons , Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped and Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  • Trigonometry: Trigonometric ratio, Degree & Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles and Heights & Distances
  • Data Interpretation: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram and Pie chart


This article provides a systematic analysis of Quantitative Aptitude section seen in SSC CGL (Combined Graduate Level) exam . Moreover, the detailed syllabus given here will provide you with clarity regarding the topics that need to be covered before the exam. For expert guidance and to get your doubts cleared, you can write a mail to

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