SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis, Expected Cutoff: 1 September 2016

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis, Expected Cutoff: 1 September 2016

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis, Expected Cutoff: The sixth day of SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam received similar response in terms of number of candidates appearing for the exam. 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 1 September  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 1 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
 Total 100  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 difficulty level 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 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. Let us elaborate further by analysing each section of SSC CGL Tier-I 2016.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: Reasoning Aptitude

The reasoning section was Easy to Moderate. Maximum questions were asked from the following sections:

Topic No. of Questions
Picture Diagram 2
Matrix 1
Non Verbal (Water Image and Mirror Image) 2
Paper Cutting 1
Analogy 2
Series (Number/ Alphabet) 5-8
Classification 3
Miscellaneous 4

Just like previous month’s papers, Reasoning Section was easy to attempt. Some questions were a little challenging related to the High Level Reasoning topics such as Classification, Picture Diagram etc. Attempting 20-22 questions will be considered as a good attempt.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: Quantitative Aptitude

Similar to the Reasoning section, Quantitative Aptitude was Easy to Moderate. Questions were asked mostly from the following topics:

Topic No. of Questions
SI & CI, Profit/ Loss and Percentage  5-6
Mensuration 1-2
Trigonometry 3
Number Series 2
Geometry 4
Speed and Distance  3
Average  2
Bar Chart 5

Most of the questions were from the topic of Bar Chart. The difficulty level of questions was relatively easy. Questions based on Geometry and Trigonometry were a little challenging. 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:

Topic No. of Questions
Sentence Improvement 3
Error Detection 3
Idioms/ Phrases 3
Reading Comprehension 5
Antonym/ Synonym 3-4
One-Word substitution 3
Spelling Check 1
Fill in the Blanks 2-3

Just like yesterday, most of the questions were from the topics Reading Comprehension and Antonym/Synonym. Topics such as Sentence Correction, One word Substitution and Idioms/Phrases were a little challenging. Attempting 14-16 questions will be considered as a good attempt.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: General Awareness

As expected, the level of difficulty for General Awareness section was Tough. The topic wise distribution is as follows:

Topic No. of Questions
History 4-6
Geography 1-3
Polity 3
Economics 3
General Science 6-8
Current Affairs 1-2

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 1 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 1 September 2016, here are the number of attempts which are considered good in order to crack SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination.

Section Name Questions Level of Difficulty Number of Good Attempts
Reasoning Ability 25 Moderate 20-22
English Language 25 Moderate 16-18
General Awareness 25 Tough 12-14
Quantitative Aptitude 25 Moderate 16-18
Overall 100 Moderate 64-72

Note: Only recommendation for aspirants who are yet to attempt SSC CGL Tier-1 in the upcoming days/shifts would be – “AVOID NEGATIVE MARKING”.

Here is an Exclusively Designed SSC CGL Tier I Mock Test Series on the basis of Examination held.

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We hope this SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis helps in getting an estimate about your performance in the paper. If you are yet to attempt the Tier 1 Examination, improve your chances by giving the following article a thorough read.

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  1. mine was on 31st aug afternoon shift and there were altest 4-5 que’s which were either wrong or with wrong options.. they made a fool out of me and ate up a lot of time . n the server was also slow like it took 2-3 seconds to respond .. i ended up attempting only 56 .. where should i complain about this issue to ssc

    • Start Preparing for SSC Tier II Examination, number of attempts are good but you have to score high in Tier II to get the Final Selection.

  2. Dear friend i am also facing the same problem like ,in my time my questions are not scrolled properly that’s why i didn’t see two or three questions properly

  3. Same thing happened with me. 27th Aug, morning shift. Server was very slow. When I told the invigilator he was like connectivity issue hoga.. such casual attitude at a national level exam. Wasted a lot of time. The answers were not getting registered. It was taking way too long.

  4. Also Tel me whr to file a complain as my serve was also vry slow bcoz of which I was unable to save 4-5 questions after cliking 20-25 times on save button

    • It is reported by many aspirants that server is slow. Don’t worry its a problem for all so the cutoff will get affected accordingly.

  5. Mine was 1st September morning shift. Server itna ghatiya th a k Maine attempt kiya 96 but only 70 hi attempt hua and invigilator was Damn foolish us be mujhe btata k aap tag button click kro as next button was not working, totally disappointed. ..

  6. mere sath v sever prob ke chlte maths ka graph chut gya . graph ka figure or option ko ek sath nhi dikh rha tha waise mera 106.5 aa raha h mai or 3 se 4 qun kr sakta tha math ka

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