## How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude For Bank PO and Clerk Exam

Quantitative Aptitude is Scoring Section this we heard from our childhood like you can score 100 out of 100 in this section in your board exam but we all know the reality only some can score that much but in competitive exam the inference is different everyone can score 35+ in out of 40 if He/She has done really well practice. The most favorable things about Aptitude is it has short tricks and formula and in approximately more than half of questions are based on tricks and formula.

Quantitative aptitude basically tests your brain power. Quantitative aptitude consists of easy, moderate and difficult level of questions. The basic need is that you must know how to differentiate between tough and easy questions and which ones to attempt first. You need to be very careful about question selection in this section.

Quantitative Aptitude Paper can be divided into four Parts:

I. Number System (Simplification, Approximation, Series, Quadratic Equation)

II. Miscellaneous Topics (Time and Work, Time and Distance, Pipe and Cisterns, Profit and Loss, Percentage, Partnership, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Problems on Ages, Probability, Permutation and Combination)

III. Data Based (Data Interpretation, Data Analytics and Data Sufficiency)

IV. Geometry and Mensuration

Now let’s see one by one each topic get idea about how to prepare and which section covers more marks in exam.

Number System: - In this section questions are mainly based on the numbers and only from this topic 15-20 questions will be there in exam.

I. Simplification (5-10 Marks)
II. Approximation (5-Marks)
IV. Number Series (5-Marks)

Miscellaneous Topics: In this Section Pure Aptitude Questions are asked and you need more and more practice for this section. Questions are mainly based on divided into high level, Average and, Low level Questions. High level questions are conceptual question or lengthy question (4-5 marks), Average questions are formula based or short tricks based questions (8-10 Marks), Easy Level Questions are direct question which you can solve by directly applying formula (5-6 Marks).

I. Time and Work (1-2 Marks ) – Questions are based on level-2 for example A and B started working any work and after 5 days A left the work and with the help of C, B has completed the works then what is the wage of C.

II. Time and Distance (1-2 Marks) – Questions comes from problem based on trains and Problems based on Boats like someone is moving in the direction of still water or against current.

III. Pipe and Cisterns (1- Marks) – In this section question comes like A can be fill the tank in 2 Hours, B can fill in 3 hours and C can vacate in 5 hours if all the tabs are opened simultaneously. At what time tank will be full.

IV. Profit and Loss (1-2 Marks) - In this questions are asked from cost price, selling price, Marked Price, Profit Percentage and Loss Percentage.

V. Percentage (1-2 Marks) - In this topic questions are from Population, Percentage increase or decrease in expenditure or consumption, Successive Percentage Change etc.

VI. Partnership (1- Marks) - In this questions are asked like A and B started any business A has invested 2000 and B has invested 5000 what will their annual profit share.

VII. Simple Interest and Compound Interest (1-2 Marks) - In this questions are asked based on formula and also based on some tricks like difference between S.I and C.I are given you have to find the rate of Interest.

VIII. Problems on Ages (1- Marks) - This is based on equation and considered to be easy topic.

IX. Probability (2-3 Marks) – As the name suggest in this question will be direct based but lengthy one.

X. Permutation and Combination (1-2 Marks) – In this selection and Arrangement of some set of things is asked like ‘MATHEMATICS’ can be arranged in how many ways.

Data Based Questions: In this section Question are based on data which comes in the form of table. Pie chart, bar graph or in analytical form (solved using Venn- diagram) and also data sufficiency questions.

I. Line Graph
II. Bar Graph
III. Pie Chart
IV. Table Graph
V. Mixed Graph
VII. Missing Graph

I. Data Interpretation – 2-3 Sets of Question (10-15 Marks)

II. Data Analytics – 1 set of Question (5- Marks)

III. Data Sufficiency - 1 set of Question (5- Marks)

Geometry and Mensuration

I. Circle – Area, Perimeter, Area of Half Circle, Circle inside Triangle, Circle inside Rectangle

II. Triangle – Types of Triangle, Area, Diagonal and everything about Triangle

III. Rectangle- Area, Perimeter, Road inside a rectangle, carpet based question, Panting based question.

IV. Square, Cube, Cuboid – Learn everything from basics.

Now, a question arises that can we skip arithmetic word problems to achieve sufficient marks to clear the cutoff?

The answer to this question is NO. These days arithmetic word problems have become a major part of bank exams. There are some tricky questions from certain topics. Those topics are Permutations & Combinations, Probability, Time, Speed & Distance (including Boat & Stream) Algebra, Time & Work (including Pipes & Cisterns) – Mensuration & Geometry, Mixtures & Allegations. But it is not necessary to cover them all because one cannot solve all the word problems in the exam. Its not about being jack of all trades, but master of none. You must choose the topics you are good at and then go for attempting those questions.You must practice these topics well and  Practice daily with good accuracy.

How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for Bank Exam

I. Speed and accuracy is must for any Competitive Exam. Quantitative Aptitude is one Section where if you solve any questions and If you don't commit any mistake in calculation then the Possibility of getting full marks is certain

II. You should learn tables at least up to 30 and squares of numbers till 50 and cubes till 20.

III. Basics should be Clear. You need to cover all the Important Chapter Mentioned Above.

IV. Practice makes you Perfect. Quantitative Aptitude is one such subject where if you don't practice questions regularly your speed becomes slow. Keep Practicing Questions as much as you can. You need to use various sources for Daily Quiz, Section Test, Mini Mock Test.

V. After clearing all basic concepts from all chapters, start with the test series.

Best Arithmetic Book for Competitive Exam

Quantam CAT  Aptitude Book By Arun Sharma (6th Edition)

Best Data Interpretation Book for Competitive Exam

Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation for CAT - Download

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