SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis, Expected Cutoff: The third day of SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier 1 examination received an overwhelming amount of candidates. 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 29 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 29 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:
  • SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Overall Analysis - 27th August 2016
  • SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Overall Analysis - 28th August 2016
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 2016
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
Non Verbal (water Image)2
Odd one out2
Direction Sense Test1
Series (Number/Alpha Numeric)8-10
Blood Relation2
Puzzle /Statement Conclusion3-5
Few Questions were from High Level Reasoning as well as Statement Conclusion, Syllogism etc. Candidates having good reasoning knowledge and practice can attempt 20-22 questions easily.

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section was Easy to Moderate, just like Reasoning Ability. Questions were asked mostly from the following topics:
TopicNo. of Questions
S.I, CI, Profit/Loss and Percentage4-5
Time and Work1-2
Speed and Distance3
DI1 set
The level of difficulty for most of the questions was easy. Questions based on Geometry and Trigonometry were comparatively challenging. Candidates having good arithmetic knowledge and practice can attempt 16-18 questions easily.

English Language

The English Language section was Easy to Moderate. Attempting 14-16 questions will be considered as a good attempt in SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination. Most of the questions were asked from the grammar section of the paper. Vocabulary also took major portion of the paper. the topic-wise distribution is as follows:
TopicNo. of Questions
Sentence Improvement3
Error Detection3
Reading Comprehension5
Antonym/ Synonym3-4
One-word substitution3
Spelling check1

General Awareness

The General Awareness section, similar to previous papers, was Moderate to Tough. Attempting 14-16 questions will be considered as a good attempt. A number of questions were from the Static portion of general awareness. Some questions related to national current affairs were also asked. The topic wise distribution is as follows:
TopicNo. of Questions
General Science3-6
Current Affairs4-5
This was our sectional analysis. Let us compile all the data and see what sort of a paper SSC CGL of 29 August really was.
Some of the Questions asked in the Examination are as follows:
  • What is the purest form of Carbon?- Diamond
  • Properties of x-ray? - 
  • Who is the Coach of Indian cricket team?-Anil Kumble
  • When government expenditure exceeds its revenue then it is called?-Budget deficit
  • When does President address a joint sitting of parliament?
  • Wide entry of sea or ocean is called as?
  • Why planets do not twinkle?-They are closer to earth
  • First women Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh?-Sucheta Kriplani
  • What is the product formed when Sodium bicarbonate was heated?
  • Another name of World Bank?-International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
  • First Indian to win Oscar award?-Bhanu Athaiya
  • Mission Indradhanush is related to? –
  • Punjab draws water into canals from which river?-Sutlej River
  • Silkworms eat which leaves?-Mulberry leaves
  • Playing it my way autobiography of?-Sachin Tendulkar

Overall Analysis of Paper

Based on the level of difficulty of each section asked in SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination on 29 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
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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