Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams


Quantitative Aptitude section play a major role in selection of almost each and every competitive exam preparation as the section deals with the ability of a candidate to be able to solve mathematical and numerical calculations. Generally the students preparing for various competitive exams have a fear about quantitative aptitude as they struggle in practicing with the good amount of  questions that are asked in the recent competitive exams.
Topics to Cover in Quantitative Aptitude
  • Data Interpretation and Analysis – This includes different types of Data Interpretations like Tabular DI, Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Radar or Spider Web DI, Caselet and other miscellaneous Data Interpretations.
  • Number Series- Wrong number series, missing number series
  • Quadratic Equations or Inequalities- This also includes Quantity 1, Quantity 2 based questions.
  • Simplification and Approximation- These questions test calculation speed of a candidate.
  • Arithmetic Word Problems – This includes word problems based on formulas and calculations on various miscellaneous topics of arithmetic like Profit and Loss, Time, Speed and Distance, Work and Time, Problem on Ages, Average, Percentage, Problem on Trains, Mensuration, Probability, Permutation and Combination etc.
  • Data Sufficiency- It covers various arithmetic topics and usually a question is followed by two or three statements and candidates have to determine if any of those statement individually or together are required to satisfy the criteria given in the question or not.

Practice questions on Quantitative Aptitude Topic-wise
  • Simplification
  • Approximation
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Quantity Based Inequality
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Percentage
  • Profit And Loss
  • Partnership
  • Ratio And Proportion
  • Averages
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time And Work
  • Speed Time And Distance
  • Pipe And Cistern
  • Train
  • Boat And Streams
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Permutation And Combination
  • Data Interpretation

Tips to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude
Follow these guidelines to prepare quantitative aptitude for bank exams and other competitive exams:
  • Improve your calculation speed by doing calculations manually, learning tables till 30, square roots and cube roots.
  • Practice arithmetic portion thoroughly and learn all important formulas to solve arithmetic word problems.
  • Learn BODMAS and basic mathematical tips for calculation.
  • Read the instructions of every question very carefully.
  • It is important to practice with a time bound approach as time management is a must for competitive exams.
  • Practice with latest pattern based questions that are available here. Also check previous years’ papers to get an idea about the level and types of questions in trend.