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Today, 31 August 2016, marks Day 5 of the SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination. The SSC CGL is being conducted online for the very first time. Similar to our previous articles, we will be giving an in-depth analysis for the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam held on 31 August 2016
Here is the Detailed SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis, highlighting the level of difficulty of each section, the supposed number of good attempts and the expected cutoff for 31 August SSC CGL Tier-I.


SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis 2016
The Online Recruitment Paper consisted of the Objective type Questions. As per the revised pattern, the Tier 1 Examination consisted of 100 Questions divided into 4 sections i.e Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness carrying 200 marks in total.
 Name of the Section Questions Marks
 Reasoning and General Intelligence 25 50
 General Awareness 25 50
 Numerical Aptitude 25 50
 English Comprehension 25 50
 Total100 200
All sections consisted of 25 Questions each. There was a 0.5 negative marking for every wrong attempt. The total time to solve the entire paper was 75 minutes. Also, have a look at our previous posts for the exam review of SSC CGL Tier 1:



Just like yesterday, the level of difficulty of questions in SSC CGL Tier 1 exam was Moderate. Let us dig deeper into Section-Wise Exam Review.


Section-Wise SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis

As mentioned in the above section, there were 4 sections in SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination (Tier-I). The overall difficulty level was Moderate, with the majority of the questions asked being a little difficult. But, there were a few easy ones too. Let us elaborate further by analysing each section of SSC CGL Tier-I 2016.

Reasoning Aptitude
The reasoning section was Easy to Moderate. Maximum questions were asked from the following sections:
TopicNo. of Questions
Picture Diagram2
Matrix1
Non Verbal (Water Image, Mirror Image & Paper Cutting)4
Puzzle/Arrangement5
Analogy2
Series (Number/ Alphabet)2-3
Classification3
Miscellaneous4
Most of the questions were from the topics of Puzzle, Arrangement and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Few questions were from High Level Reasoning as well as Classification, Picture Diagram etc. Candidates having good reasoning knowledge and practice can attempt 20-22 questions easily.

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section was Easy to Moderate. Questions were asked mostly from the following topics:
TopicNo. of Questions
SI & CI, Profit/ Loss and Percentage 3
Bar Chart5
Trigonometry3
Number Series2
Geometry4
Time, Work and Distance 2
Average 2
Area/ Volume1
Just like yesterday’s paper, most of the questions were from the topic of Bar Chart. The level of difficulty for most of the questions was easy. Questions based on Trigonometry were a little challenging. Candidates having good arithmetic knowledge and practice can attempt 16-18 questions easily.

English Language
The English Language section was Easy to Moderate, just like quantitative aptitude. Attempting 14-16 questions will be considered as a good attempt. Similar to yesterday’s paper, most of the questions were easy to answer. Topics such as Sentence Correction, One word Substitution and Idioms/Phrases were a little challenging. The topic-wise distribution is as follows:
TopicNo. of Questions
Sentence Improvement3
Error Detection3
Idioms/Phrases3
Reading Comprehension5
Antonym/ Synonym3-4
One-word substitution3
Spelling check1
Fill in the Blanks3

General Awareness
Unlike yesterday’s paper, General Awareness section was of Moderate to tough Difficulty Level. The topic wise distribution is as follows:
TopicNo. of Questions
History4-6
Geography1-3
Polity3
Economics3
General Science3-4
Current Affairs4-5

The questions asked in the exam were easy to attempt but the MCQs were confusing in nature. Special focus was given to static portion but some National current affairs were also there in the paper. Attempting 12-14 questions will be considered as a good attempt.

This was our sectional analysis. Let us compile all the data and see what sort of a paper SSC CGL of 31 August really was.



Overall Analysis of Paper

Based on the level of difficulty of each section asked in SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination on 31 August 2016, here are the number of attempts which are considered good in order to crack SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination.
Section NameQuestionsLevel of DifficultyNumber of Good Attempts
Reasoning Ability25Moderate20-22
English Language25Moderate16-18
General Awareness25Difficult12-14
Quantitative Aptitude25Moderate16-18
Overall100Moderate64-72
Note: Only recommendation for aspirants who are yet to attempt SSC CGL Tier-1 in the upcoming days/shifts would be - “AVOID NEGATIVE MARKING”

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