Topic Wise Strategy and Tips to Study Numerical Aptitude for SSC MTS Exam

SSC MTS, or Staff Selection Commission-Multi Tasking (Non-Technical) Staff Examination, is a national level exam held by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to recruit candidates for non-gazetted, non-ministerial General Central Service Group-C positions in various departments, and offices under the Government of India.

The exam is conducted in two stages i.e., Paper-I (Objective type test) and Paper-II (Descriptive test). Reasoning Ability, Numerical Aptitude, English Language, and General Awareness are the four sections of the SSC MTS Syllabus.

Topics No. Of Questions
Boat and Stream 1
Mixture & Alligation 1-2
Percentages 2-3
Ratio & Proportion 2-3
Profit Loss and Discount 3-4
Simplification 1
SI/ CI 1
Problem on Ages 1
Average 1
Time, Work and Wages 2-3
Time, Speed and Distance 1-2
DI 4-6
Triangles 1-2
2-D Mensuration 2
Heights & Distances 1

Note: The number of questions from each topic may change

In the SSC MTS Tier-I Exam, Quantitative Aptitude has a 25% weightage of total SSC MTS Tier-I marks. Many students do not come from a maths background, and they are apprehensive about this subject.

What should I study for SSC MTS?

On that note, let’s talk about how to prepare for a few crucial topics and how to master them in order to ace the numerical aptitude section.

Ratio & Proportion

This topic is crucial because it serves as a foundation for other concepts such as profit and loss, simple and compound interest, mixture and allegation, time work and ages, time, speed and distance, and percentage. If you’re adept at dealing with ratios and proportions, you’ll find that dealing with the other issues we’ve discussed is a breeze.

To prepare for this topic, you can use the NCERT books for the 10th and 12th grades. Aside from that, keep up with our notes and quizzes.


Geometry is a vast topic with several subtopics such as the triangle, circle, ellipse, and parabola. Don’t be concerned; all we need to do now is concentrate on the topics that will be covered in the SSC MTS exam.

Triangles are used to ask one or two questions, so pay attention to them. Questions about other topics in geometry are rarely asked in the SSC MTS exam, so once you’ve finished your syllabus and have some free time, read about other sub-topics in geometry.

All of the important theorems, the Pythagoras triplet, and the formulas for the area of triangles and circles must be remembered. You receive a rapid answer, make sure to draw figures accurately. To do well in this section, you must have a good understanding of the fundamentals.


This topic is quite difficult for the majority of students. For this topic, only practice questions from CPO, CGL, and CHSL examinations because there is a risk that questions will be repeated in your test. You can practise with NCERT books to improve your fundamentals.

Furthermore, read questions carefully, draw rough figures and learn all useful formulas related to the area and volume of various two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometrical shapes.

Data Interpretation 

This topic is asked one or two extremely simple questions, and you can easily grasp it. Solve previous year’s problems to see how simple they are. Be thorough with foundational arithmetic topics like percentage, ratio and proportion, averages, profit and loss and more.

Percentage/ Profit, Loss and Discount

Around 2 to 3 percentage questions and 3 to 4 profit and loss questions are asked from this area, and they are generally formula-based.

Profit, loss, and discount are built on the foundation of basic percentage and ratio concepts. To solve problems quickly, you must memorize all fractional numbers up to 30 in percentage terms.

Cost Price, Selling Price, Marked Price, and Discount are the four terms that makeup profit, loss, and discount. Understand the terms CP, SP, MP, and the discount offered on MP, as well as the relationship between them. As much as possible, practice from the literature. It will assist you in quickly and accurately answering the questions. All you have to do now is understand the formulas and how to use them.

Time and Work

The LCM approach can be used to answer time and work questions, saving a lot of time in the process. Alternate work, efficiency, and work and wages are all significant topics to discuss. Make sure to come up with your own methods for answering these questions.

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