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September 8, is Day 12 of the SSC Combined Graduate Level Examzination. 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 8 September 2016.

Here is the Detailed SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis & Paper Review, highlighting the level of difficulty of each section, the supposed number of good attempts and the expected cutoff for 8 September 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 an in-depth Exam Analysis of SSC CGL Tier 1:

The level of difficulty with each passing day has been fluctuating between moderate to slightly difficult. Let us see what today’s paper was like.

Section-Wise SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis 2016

As explained above, there were 4 sections in SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination (Tier-I). The overall level of difficulty was Moderate, with the majority of questions asked being a bit of a task to solve. But, there were a few easy ones too.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: Reasoning Aptitude

Most candidates found Reasoning Section Moderate in terms of level of difficulty. Maximum questions were asked from the following sections

Non-Verbal Reasoning:
  1. Question of Paper Cutting
  2. Questions of Mirror Image
  3. Questions of Water Image
Some of the other prominent topics under Reasoning Section were the following
  1. Analogy – 2 Questions
  2. Picture Diagram – 2 Questions
  3. Classification – 3 Questions
  4. Miscellaneous – 4 Questions
  5. Matrix – 1 Question
  6. Series – 5 to 8 Questions (number series, alphabet series, etc.)

Candidates having good reasoning knowledge and practice can attempt 20-22 questions easily.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: Quantitative Aptitude


Quantitative Aptitude was Easy. Questions were asked mostly from the following topics:

  1. Trigonometry – 3 Questions
  2. Speed and Distance – 3 Questions
  3. Number Series – 2 Questions
  4. Bar Graph/ Chart – 5 Questions
  5. Averages – 2 Questions
  6. Geometry – 4 Questions
  7. SI & CI – 2 Questions
  8. Profit & Loss- 2 Questions
  9. Percentage – 2 Questions
  10. Speed & Distance – 3 Questions
  11. Average – 2 Questions

Candidates having good arithmetic knowledge and practice can attempt 16-18 questions easily.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: English Language

The English Language section was Easy to Moderate. Maximum questions were asked from the following sections:
  1. Spelling Correction – 1 Question
  2. Fill in the blanks – 3 Questions
  3. Idiom/phrases – 3 Questions
  4. Error Detection – 3 Questions
  5. Antonym & Synonym – 3-4 Questions
  6. One Word Substitution – 3 Questions
  7. Sentence Improvement – 3 Questions
  8. Reading Comprehension – 5 Questions

Most of the questions were easy to answer. Topics such as one word substitution, idioms/ phrase and spelling correction were a bit more challenging . Attempting 14-16 questions will be considered as a good attempt.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: General Awareness

Contrary to most days, the level of difficulty was Moderate for GA Section. The topic wise distribution is as follows:
  1. History – 2 Qs
  2. Polity
  3. Geography – 2 Qs
  4. Economics
  5. Current Affairs – 1-2 Qs
  6. General Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) – 6-7 Qs
Attempting 14-16 questions will be considered as a good attempt. Most of the questions were related to History and General Science with questions based on Geography also present.

This was our sectional analysis. Let us compile all the data and see what sort of a paper SSC CGL of 8 September really was.

SSC CGL Tier-I 2016: Overall Analysis of Paper

Based on the level of difficulty of each section asked in SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination on 8 September 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 Language25Easy to Moderate16-18
General Awareness25Moderate12-14
Quantitative Aptitude25Easy16-18
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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