Analysis of SSC CGLE 2017 Tier I (Exam held on 5th and 6th August)

The overall examination can be rated as easy to moderate. Quantitative Aptitude and English sections were of moderate difficulty level, while the Reasoning and General Awareness sections ranged between easy to moderate.

There were a few surprise elements in this exam in the 'English' section. The questions on Reading Comprehension and Fill in the blanks were missing. There were questions on Para Jumbled Sentences and Cloze Test. Generally questions on Para jumbled sentences and cloze test not asked in CGLE Tier I over the last few years.

The snap shot of the exam is given below.

S.No Name of Tests No. of Qs Max Marks Duration
1 General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 Mins
2 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
3 General Awareness 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

The section wise analysis of the above mentioned sessions, as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section, though moderate in terms of difficulty level, was time-consuming.

There was a lone DI set with 5 questions. The questions took a great deal of time to solve.

There were 3 – 4 questions each on Algebraic Expressions and Trigonometry. The difficulty level of these question types too can be described as moderate. Other questions were from topics like Percentages, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Geometry & Mensuration etc.

Topics No.ofquestions
Ratio, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compund Interest 5 - 6
Trigonometry 3 - 4
Algebraic Expressions 3 - 4
Time & Work 1 - 2
Time & Distance 1 - 2
Geometry & Mensuration 2-3
Averages, Mixtures & Alligations 1 - 2
Data Interpretation 5

Reasoning:

This section can be given an 'easy to moderate' tag.

The major chunck of questions were asked from Analytical Reasoning – Series, Analogies, Odd Man Out, Coding-Decoding etc., which varied between easy to moderate. There were 2 to 3 questions from the Non-Verbal Reasoning area (Paper-cutting and -folding, Embedded Figure and Mirror images), which can be designated as moderate in terms of difficulty level.

The following table gives the break-up of various question types:

Topics No.ofquestions
Series 4 - 5
Analogies 3 - 4
OMO 2 - 3
Coding-Decoding 3 - 4
Non-Verbal Reasoning (Mirror Image, Paper Folding & Cutting, Embedded Figure) 2 - 3
Matrix Coding 1
Blood Relation 1
Direction Sense 1
Miscellaneous 5 - 6

English Comprehension:

This section can be tagged as 'Moderate'.

The questions on Reading Comprehension were conspicuously absent. The exam this year presented questions types like Para Jumbled Sentences and Cloze Test.

Topic No of Questions
Synonyms, Antonyms 2 - 3
One Word Substitute 2 - 3
Spelling 1 - 2
Cloze Test 5
Para Jumbled Sentences 2 - 3
Error Identification 3 - 4
Best Replacement 2 - 3
Idioms 2 - 3

General Awareness:

As reported by our students, more than half of the questions asked here were drawn from History, Geography, Economy, Polity and the Indian Constitution. About 2 to 3 questions were posed from Current Affairs.

Topic No of Questions
General Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) 7 - 8
Geography 2 - 3
History 5 - 6
Indian Economy 1 - 2
Polity and Constitution 5 - 6
Current Affairs 3 - 4
Miscellaneous 1 - 2