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SSC – CGL Tier 1 – Day 1 Analysis

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) began conducting the Tier 1 Examination, for the recruitment of Combined Graduate Level (CGL) officers across the country on August 05, 2017.

There were 100 questions, which had to be answered in 60 minutes as compared to 75 minutes last year. There were 4 sections namely: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence & General Awareness. All the sections except English Language were available to attempt bilingually i.e. in both, English & Hindi. Each question has 4 options as usual. Each question carried 2 marks. One-fourth marks or 0.5 marks were declared as negative marking for every incorrect attempt.

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Level Good Attempts
English Language 25 50 Moderate-Difficult 16-18
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50 Moderate 19-20
General Intelligence 25 50 Easy 21-22
General Awareness 25 50 Easy-Moderate 13-15
Overall 100 200 Moderate 74-78

English Language

SSC-CGL surprised all the students this year in the English section. This section was considered moderate to difficult. The highlight of this section was that there were no questions asked from Fill in the Blanks or Reading Comprehension. Para-Jumbles were bought in as the surprise element. Cloze Test was related to the method of taking the lecture in class. Many candidates felt the sweat with the section’s twisted questions and arduous language.
The detailed distribution of questions has been given below:

Topic No of Questions Level
Sentence Improvement 3 Easy
Error Detection 3 Moderate
Idioms/Phrases 3 Difficult 
Para-jumbles 2 Easy-Moderate
Antonym/ Synonym 3 Difficult
One word substitution 1-2 Difficult
Spelling check 2 Easy
Cloze test 5 Moderate
Total 25 Moderate-Difficult

General Intelligence

The questions of General Intelligence (Reasoning) were considered quite easy. Many questions were from series and analogy. There were no questions asked from mathematical operations, order and ranking & direction sense. There were no surprise elements in this section. The students found this section comparatively easy and less time consuming to solve.

Topic No of Questions Level
Syllogism 1 Moderate
Statement – Conclusion 1 Moderate
Matrix 1 Easy
Blood Relations 1 Easy
Non-Verbal (Mirror Image) 1 Easy
Odd one out 2-3 Easy-Moderate
Analogy 3-4 Easy
Classification 3-4 Easy
Series  4 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous 7 Easy-Moderate
Total 25 Easy

Quantitative Ability

Questions in the Quant section of SSC - CGL (Tier 1) Exam 2017 were moderate level questions on Day 1. Unlike previous years, maximum questions were asked from Tabular Data Interpretation (DI), Trigonometry, Algebra & Geometry. The questions on Data Sufficiency and Series were moderate-difficult.

Topic No of Questions Level
Time and Work 1 Easy
Trigonometry 3 Moderate
Speed Time and Distance 1 Difficult
Compound Interest & Simple Interest 3 Moderate
Average 1 Moderate
Algebra 3 Easy
Mensuration 1 Moderate
Profit Loss and Discount 3 Easy
Percentages 1 Easy
Time & Work 1 Easy
Data Interpretation 5 Easy - Moderate
Geometry 2 Moderate
Total 25 Easy

General Awareness

In SSC CGL (Tier-1) Exam 2017, General Awareness questions were asked from all aspects. Maximum questions were from Physics, Geography, Polity and Biology. There were no questions asked from Current Affairs in this section which made the section moderate - difficult. The questions asked in this section were scoring. Hence we suggest you to solve all previous year papers to achieve success in this section. 

Topic No of Questions Level
History 3 - 4 Moderate
Geography 4 Easy-Moderate
Indian Polity 3 - 4 Difficult 
Computer 3 Easy
Ecology 3 - 4 Easy
Economics 2 Moderate
Science 7 - 8 Easy-Moderate
Total 25 Easy-Moderate

Since the exam pattern was more or less similar to that of previous year, we expect the cut-off to roughly be the same as that of SSC CGL Tier 1 exam 2016. We suggest you stop revising and working towards the entire syllabus. Make a list of topics that have appeared in the Day 1 SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam and compare it with the list of topics that you are an expert at. Post the comparison; work only on those topics which you are good with. Gear up and Practice Quantitative Ability as much as you can.

All the Best!


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