SSC CGL Tier 1 Previous Year Exam Analysis, Section-Wise Difficulty Level

SSC CGL Tier 1 Previous Year Exam Analysis, Section-Wise Difficulty Level

SSC CGL Tier 1 Previous Year Exam Analysis, Section-Wise Difficulty Level: The trending news is that the Staff Selection Commission will be conducting SSC CGL Tier 1 2017 Exam in the upcoming days. Following the news, we are going to analyse previous year exam which will help aspirants to know the flavour of the examination.

Last year, SSC conducted the Combine Graduate Level Tier I Examination 2016 in the month of August and September. This article will primarily focus on SSC CGL Tier 1 Previous Year Exam Analysis, with a detailed section-wise review of the paper.

If you are preparing for the upcoming SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination, we recommend you to go through the entire paper review thoroughly.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Previous Year Exam Analysis

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.

“Was SSC CGL Tier 1 2016 difficult?”

In a nutshell – the level of difficulty of SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination was Moderate. Now, 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 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 Ability

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. Here are a few tips which will help you prepare for Reasoning Ability for the upcoming SSC CGL Tier 1 2017 Exam.

  • Do not waste time on a single question.
  • Note down the data and make separate diagrams for seating arrangement topic.
  • Attempt easier questions first, try to start with your favourite topic.
  • Apply blood relation question on your family structure. This will make things clear to you.
  • A single Question that seems to be unsolvable within 1 min is of no use. Do not stick to a particular question. Do not try a question more than two times. It will definitely kill your time and will lower down your confidence.
  • Do not get nervous if the level of exam is high. Overall cut off will be published in accordance with the level of the exam.

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. Here are a few tips which will help you to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the upcoming SSC CGL Tier 1 2017 Exam

  • Memorize all the tables, square, cubes and square roots efficiently. This will help save time during the examination.
  • It’s important to be aware of all the basic theories and formulas from all the chapters. So, build your basics with the help from reference books and related study material.
  • Always condense your study notes by creating summary notes. Highlight the key terms and concepts and make sure that you understand them. Summary notes are a great way to aid powerful revisions.
  • Planning ahead for syllabus completion is a good strategy for the exam. Make a proper study plan for the topics of higher significance and prepare accordingly.
  • Remembering short tricks for solving the Quantitative Aptitude section can be very useful. Familiarize yourself with these tricks and make separate notes for them.
  • Practice with previous years’ question papers and mock tests. Closely analyse previous years papers. This will help you in maintaining a constant speed which is to be followed in the examination hall as well.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: English Language

The level of difficulty of this section ranged from Easy to Moderate. A number of Vocabulary based questions were asked. Grammar also took a 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

Here are a few tips which will help you prepare for English Language Section of SSC CGL Tier-1 2017 Exam.

  • Read Newspaper Daily. This is the best habit you can inculcate in your daily study routine, which will help in your preparation for various competitive exams.
  • Dedicate time to each topic one by one and keep switching topics as well so that you don’t get bored with one subject.
  • Use 1 hour daily for mugging up Antonyms, Synonyms, One Word Substitution, Analogy etc.
  • Read Grammar Basics. This will help you in overcoming silly mistakes and will be beneficial in the long run.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Analysis: General Awareness

General Awareness was yet again of Moderate to tough Difficulty Level. Special 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

Here are a few important points to keep in mind.

  • Read at least one newspaper daily, as it will help in both GK and English Sectional Preparation.
  • Solve the Previous Year’s Question Paper of SSC CGL as it helps one to know the type of questions asked and the difficulty level.
  • Follow at least one site for Daily Updates on GK and Current affairs.


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