**How to Improve my Calculation Speed for SSC CGL exam?**

difficult by a lot of students. This may be due to a number of reasons, the most common

of them being ‘fear of calculations’. Mathematical calculations in the quantitative

aptitude section are often considered a hard row to hoe by a lot of students, which in

turn makes this section difficult to attempt. The misconceptions related to calculations,

engrained in our thoughts, in a way, hold us back from enjoying the art of mathematical

calculations. However, with enough efforts, one can easily turn calculations into a fun

activity.

Right from our school days, many of us have been trained to think of Mathematics as the

toughest subject. The taste of Arithmetic section, is, therefore, more bitter for a majority

of us. Only through regular practice and smart work, one can possess the techniques of

mathematics in his grip. Again, to improve the calculation speed, one should train

himself/ herself to withdraw from all distractions and concentrate on the given

calculations. This is not an easy task, unless and until a person can devote his time and

energy completely into it.

Of course, a lot of SSC CGL aspirants invest in their time primarily to prepare for

Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning sections. Still, a large number of students achieve

quite low scores in these sections. Always understand that a serious aspirant can find

out the right answer for all the questions ranging from easy level to difficulty level if the

duration of the exam is long. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible as time management

is the crucial factor in determining the success of the candidates in this prestigious

examination. Like every candidate –be it Arts stream or Science stream, you too have

just one hour to crack the test. And do you think, in an hour you can do long calculations

for all the given questions? Not at all. In such a scenario, increasing your calculation

speed is the most viable solution.

**Best Recommended Books for Learning Short Cuts:**

**1. Arihant Fast Track Arithmetic:**

Are you not confident of your mathematical skills? Then, this book is for you. It is of

course, a beginner’s guide. As the title of the book suggests, there are many fast track

tricks for candidates preparing for SSC CGL recruitment exam. Plus, the practice sets

given at the end of the book are very useful.

**2. How to Become a Human Calculator? With the Magic of Vedic Math:**

Don’t you want to try your hands at mental calculations to ace SSC CGL? This book

of Vedic Maths not only helps sharpen your mind but also enhances one’s interest in

numbers. All easy techniques to beat any competitive examination set the book apart

from other arithmetic books.

**3. Quantitative Aptitude (R.S. Aggarwal):**

If you are an ardent lover of competitive examinations, this book should certainly be

there in your shelf. The chapters are all designed and structured in a simpler way and

many quick exercises with easy tips can be found in this book.

**4. Magical Book on Quicker Maths (M Tyra):**

**It is mainly meant for candidates from non-mathematical background. Some**

questions are with illustrations so that even an average learner of mathematics gets a

clear understanding of the questions. The most difficult questions can be easily

solved through the shortcuts given in this incredible book.

**5. Chapter Wise Quantitative Aptitude (Kiran Publications):**

The solution for every question is well explained and well formulated. It is a

complete guide for competitive examination and there are a lot of solved papers of

SSC CGL as well. The candidate is advised to go through the papers and work out the

questions given. As it is totally from a competitive examination point of view, the

solutions given are mostly shortcuts for an effective learning.

**A Few Tips to Increase the Calculation Speed**

1. Math is essentially all about additions, subtractions, multiplications and

divisions. These are the basic operations anyone ought to know. If you are good at

them, half your job is done. Whatever the question be, you have to carry out any

of these four operations. Only then you could land in the appropriate answer.

2. Attempt to mug up the multiplication tables up to 30, square roots and cube roots

up to 20. Please do not consider this a plain magic that you would get the tables

right without maximum effort. Nothing other than hard work and perseverance

has helped anyone to learn the tables in a fair way. Write the tables (even the

fraction tables) on a paper and paste it near your study table for a reason that you

can have your eyes on them now and then.

3. Avoid using calculators not only while you are preparing for the test but also in

your day to day mathematical calculations. For eg, if you are in a grocery store, on

your own, do the calculation of the things you buy. And later, tally it with the

grocery bill the shop owner gives you. While travelling on roads, you may observe

the registration numbers of the vehicle. Do some random calculations based on

the numbers. You can try working out all those four basic operations then. In

short, you should apply math to your daily affairs.

4. Try to engage yourself in doing mental math whenever possible in order to avoid

doing calculations on paper and save your time for another question.

5. Keep strategically learning and revising mathematical formulae so that you don’t

forget it whenever they have to be put to use.

6. Go through Youtube and check for videos pertaining to shortcuts and short

tricks of mathematical calculations and it would help you to do calculations very

quickly and at a good speed.

7. Practice as much mock tests as possible and attempt the questi0ns of quantitative

aptitude section of the previous years on a regular basis. With regular practice,

you’ll be able to figure out your weak areas, which need more work and attention.

Once you realize the errors, try your level best to reduce the mistakes and

practice a few more questions.

8. Always begin with easy questions. The more you feel, you have become proficient

in handling easy ones, you can opt for questions of moderate level and then go for

difficult questions.

9. While sitting for SSC CGL exams, keep in mind that the questions related to

Number System, LCM/ HCF, Set Theory, Algebra, Arithmetic and Geometric

Progression, Simplifications, Averages, Percentages, Ration, Linear and

Quadratic Equations should be given top priority. Calculations for these

questions would not be much time-consuming.

10. Don’t go for shortcuts that you are not sure of. It is better to skip the question

rather than ending up with a wrong strategy.

11. Some candidates don’t get the desired results even after mugging up the tables

and learning those smart shortcuts. You know why? It is simply because they

never concentrate. If your concentration level is not high, the speed is going to be

very low. So, boost up your power of concentration.

Just having a note of the above tips is not going to help you. You have to practice

more and more so that you would get to see the difference in your quantitative

aptitude score.

Kindly follow the tips and go through the books stated above. Also, practice as much as

you can. Remember, there is no substitute for practice and hard work.

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