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SSC CGL tier 1 Exam Review, Test Paper Pattern and Analysis (2nd Shift)

CGL (Combined Graduate Level) Examination is a competitive examination that is conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) every year for the purpose of recruiting staff in various Ministries/ Departments/Government Organizations on different categories of posts.

SSC has conducted its CGL 2016 Tier I Exam (Evening Shift) on August 27. It is a relief for many aspirants that this nail-biting phase has eventually come to an end. After the candidates are over with the written part of the SSC CGL Tier I Exam 2016, they enter into a more crucial phase in which the tension of cut-off mark sheet and results keeps them on their toes. But to move on to the second phase, the candidates must pass the first phase, SSC CGL Tier II, with flying colors.

Here we make it easier for you to know what you can expect in your result. We have given a complete analysis of SSC CGL tier 1 test paper (Evening Shift) therefore, you can compare it with your SSC CGL Tier I shot. To get all the latest details and updates on SSC CGL Exam 2016, don’t forget to subscribe our website.  

SSC CGL Tier I 2016 Examination/Test Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-I Examination or Phase –I of SSC CGL Examination is conducted offline. Once you have cleared the initial phase, you will be called in for the subsequent phase which is known as the SSC CGL Tier-II Examination.

The following pattern had come for the SSC Tier-I Test that was held on August 27.  The SSC CGL Tier I Exam 2016 (2nd Shift) was an Objective written exam which went on for 1 hour 15 minutes- 4 pm to 5:15 pm. This exam includes 4 major sections, and each of them has 25 questions. Candidates were supposed to answer maximum questions within the stipulated time.

Exam Type

Total Questions

Total Marks

Time allotted

Exam Sections

Major Sections

Questions in each Section

Tier-I Exam



1:15 hours


1. English Comprehension

2. General Awareness (contains current affairs)

3. Quantitative Aptitude

4. Logical Reasoning & Intelligence


You must note these important things about SSC CGL Tier-I (held today) and Tier-II (upcoming) Examination

  • Exam Type: Both exams are multiple choice objective type exams. 
  • Marking Scheme in both the examinations: There is two-mark for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: Yes, there is negative marking in SSC CGL Examinations.
  • In SSC CGL Tier-I exam, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.
  • In SSC CGL Tier-II exam, 0.50 marks deduction for every incorrect answer in Quantitative Aptitude section and 0.25 marks deduction for every incorrect answer in English section.

So, before you analyze your total score, you must always remember that every incorrect answer takes away 0.25 marks from your entire score.

How was SSC CGL Tier-I Exam?

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam was neither difficult nor a joy ride for the appearing students; it can be called a moderately difficult exam. If you are satisfied with your performance in the 2nd Shift, you don’t have much to worry because the overall level of the four sections has been termed as “easy and doable” by many candidates who have appeared for the exam.  

Let’s scroll down to analyze the paper and compare it with yours so that you are sure about your performance and there are no apprehensions related to it in your mind.

SSC CGL Tier-I Subject Wise Paper Analysis (27th August 2016, Evening Shift)

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Section –wise detailed SSC CGL Tier-I Analysis


SSC CGL Tier I English Language Analysis:

Level: Moderately difficult; a candidate could have easily attempted 22-23 questions.

There were questions from the topics such as,

  • Synonyms- two questions
  • Antonym- One question
  • Idioms- 3-4 questions
  • Comprehension- total five questions
  • Sentence Improvement- two to three questions
  • One-word Substitution- two questions

There were no closed questions in today’s exam.

Note: Keep watching our website for the English Language questions from SSC CGL Tier-I  Paper (27th August 2016, Evening Shift)


SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude Analysis:

This section had questions from topics such as,





Bar Charts

Height and Distance

Simple Interest questions

The questions were not tricky rather were direct.

The questions from Arithmetic part were easy.

Questions based on topics such as Geometry and Trigonometry were moderately difficult. Candidates found Quantitative Aptitude section doable and straight forward. .

If you have attempted 18-20 questions correctly then there are is a great chance that you will easily sail through this passage.

Note: Keep watching our website for the Quantitative Aptitude questions from SSC CGL Tier-I  Paper (27th August 2016, Evening Shift)


SSC CGL Tier I General Intelligence and Reasoning Analysis:

The questions in this section were of easy level. It has been estimated that around 60 percent of the total questions could have been attempted quickly by the appearing students.

The major focus of candidates while attempting SSC CGL Tier I General Intelligence and Reasoning section was to solve maximum questions correctly within 15-20 minutes allotted for this section.

The questions were from various topics such as:

Alphabet series

Number series

Water Image

Picture diagram

Mirror image


If Cat speaks Meow, then how monkey speaks.

Note: Keep watching our website for the General Intelligence and Reasoning questions from SSC CGL Tier-I  Paper (27th August 2016, Evening Shift)


SSC CGL Tier I General Awareness Analysis:

This time, there were hardly any current affairs questions; this time’s candidates were luckier than those of the previous year. Even in this section, 20-22 questions could have been easily attempted by the candidates even if they haven’t really prepared for this section.  

 Note: Keep watching our website for the General Awareness questions from SSC CGL Tier-I  Paper (27th August 2016, Evening Shift)

On an average, any candidate who has spared time for the preparation of SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam could have easily answered more than 70 questions.

Here is the last year’s SSC CGL Tier-I cut off that can help you in estimating this year’s cut off marks. This year, SSC CGL Tier-I cut off is expected to go high.

We will be uploading the solution of the entire question paper (Section-wise) will present more SSC CGL Tier-I Subject Wise Paper Analysis (27th August 2016, Evening Shift) for you so that you can thoroughly analyze how you have performed.

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