SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis, Expected Cutoff: 28 August 2016


SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: Today marks Day 2 of SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination. There were mostly positive vibes among SSC candidates on the first day and the reaction is quite same on 28 August too.

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 28 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
 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.


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Just like yesterday, the level of questions was quite similar and the overall paper 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 difficulty level 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
Syllogism 1
Matrix 1
Non Verbal (water Image) 2
Odd one out 2
Direction Sense Test 1
Analogy 1
Series (Number/Alpha Numeric) 8-10
Blood Relation 2
Puzzle /Statement Conclusion 3-5

Few Questions were from High Level Reasoning as well as Statement Conclusion, Syllogism etc. Candidates having good arithmetic knowledge and practice can attempt 20-22 questions easily.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section was Easy to Moderate, just like Reasoning Ability. Questions were asked mostly from the following topics :

Topic No. of Questions
S.I, CI, Profit/Loss and Percentage 4-5
Mensuration 1-2
Trigonometry 1-2
Algebra 2-4
Time and Work 1-2
Geometry 3-4
Speed and Distance 3
Average 1
DI  1 set

The questions based on Arithmetic were easy to solve but the level of Geometry and Trigonometry based questions ranged from Moderate to Challenging. Candidates having good arithmetic knowledge and practice can attempt 16-18 questions easily.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: English Language

This section ranged from Easy to Moderate. Attempting 14-16 questions will be considered as a good attempt in SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination. A number of Vocabulary based questions were asked. Grammar also took major portion of the paper.  The topic wise distribution is as follows:

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
Fillers 2-3

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: General Awareness

General Awareness was yet again of Moderate to tough Difficulty Level. Attempting 12-14 questions will be considered as a good attemptSpecial focus was given to static portion but some National current affairs were also there in the paper. The topic wise distribution is as follows:

Topic No. of Questions
History 4-6
Geography 1-3
Polity 3
Economics 3
General Science 3-6
Current Affairs 4-5

This was our sectional analysis. Let us compile all the data and see what sort of a paper SSC CGL of 28 August really was.

Some of the Questions asked in the Examination are as follows:

1) Which part of Brain is called “Small Brain”? – Mid Brain

2) Recently, Government Launches “HRIDAY” Scheme, which is meant for ? – Infrastructure Projects

3) What is Public Litigation ? – Litigation for Protecting the Public Interest. 

4) The title of  Father of Nation to Gandhiji was given by ? – Netaji Subash Chandra Bose
5) What are the main causes of “Sepoy Mutiny” ? – Hurting the Religious sentiments of Sepoys

6) Study of Human Mind is called ? – Neuroscience

7) In which city, Ellora case are situated ? –  Aurangabad in Maharashtra

8) A Place, where soldiers live is called ? – Fort/Battalion

9) Excise Duty is applied on ? – Manufacturing Product

10) Who introduced “Doctrine of Lapse ” ? – Lord Dalhousie

11) What do you mean by “Net Neutrality “? – Internet Freedom

12) Golden Revolution is associated with ? – Horticulture Development

13) US Parliament is better known by which name ? –  Senate 

14) Why the color of ocean appears blue ? – Due to scattering of light.

15) To which field is Charles Correa related to ? – Architect.

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 28 August 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 Moderate 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. Admit card,ID proof original & xerox,2 recent photographs…..except these nothing is allowed…no wallets ,no pens,no papers..

    • If all are accurate attempts you might manage to clear the cutoff, start your preparation for Tier II Examination

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