CUET: Here are some tips and tricks to solve the quantitative aptitude section

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is to be held for admission to undergraduate courses in the central universities. Its General Test paper would mainly have questions from General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and Logical and Analytical Reasoning. Here is how you can prepare for the Quantitative Aptitude section.

The Quantitative Aptitude questions are likely to be based on the Class-10-level Maths of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks. Numerical ability, arithmetical ability and data analysis could be part of this section.

There could be more than one question from topics on fractional numbers, decimal numbers, charts, graphs, time and distance, time and activities, LCF and HCF, ratio, geometrical figures, profit and loss, simple interest – compound interest and decimal numbers. The candidates should have good understanding about LCF–HCF. Besides the direct questions, an in–depth understanding of this could help you find answers of other questions too.

Some questions could be approached by the trial and error method. For example, try solving a question using an imaginary digit. Repeat it a few times. If you find the right answer, then try this method to reach the correct answer. Another method is trying the reverse method. Instead of using the formula to find the answer, try solving the problem using one of the options, that you think could be the answer.

Some questions may be designed to confuse the candidates. Such questions may seem easier. However, it would be wiser to read it a few times and think before doing it.

It would be easier to do the sums if you could by heart the squares of the digits up to 25. Besides, you could also learn how to change ½ and ¼ into percentage. These tips could help you save time.

Practising to solve basic mathematical problems like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division swiftly would help you tackle the problems quickly.

Mathematical problems that include more than one method have become common in the competitive exams these days. For instance, questions could have sections involving ratio and profit or ratio and geometrical figures.

Mock test
Candidates could rely on guides and practise books for banking exams to prepare for the quantitative aptitude section. Practising online mock tests could make you familiarise with the computer based test.

CUET has four Sections. Section 1A and 1B comprise languages. Section 2 is on the domain specific subject. (Candidates have 27 subjects to choose from.) The General Test is the Section 3 of the entrance.

There aren’t any models or questions from previous years as this would be the inaugural year of the national-level entrance exam.

Information courtesy: TK Ranan Babu, competition exam trainer.

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