The Staff Selection Commission recently announced the results of the SSC CGL Tier-I exam. The Tier-II exam is scheduled is scheduled to be held on October 25th & 26th, 2015. As that is less than a fortnight away, in this article we will
Exam Pattern: SSC CGL Tier-II exam comprises two papers for all the posts. However, for the posts of Statistical Investigator and Compiler, there is an additional paper on Statistics.
Paper Subject No. of questions Maximum marks Duration
I Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 2 Hrs.
II English Language and 200 200 2 Hrs.
In Paper I, 0.5 will be deducted for every wrong answer.
In Paper II, 0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer.
Expected Cut-offs: We can predict that this year the cut-offs (Tier I + Tier II) will almost be comparable to last
Category Interview Posts Non-Interview posts
General 426.50 marks 397.25 marks
OBC 398.75 marks 365.00 marks
SC 365.50 marks 331.50 marks
ST 349.75 marks 308.50 marks
Note: The score is out of 600 i.e. 200 marks for Tier-I and 200 marks each for Paper I and Paper II in Tier-II exam.
To develop a proper plan of action for last-minute exam preparation, you must set a target. Let us now consider what could be the ideal target score for this exam based on the last year’s cut-offs.
As this year’s Tier I paper was similar to that of last year’s, the same can be expected for the Tier-II paper. Thus, it is likely that in the General category, the cut-off for interview posts will be around 430 marks (Tier-I + Tier-II) and for non-interview posts it will be around 400 marks (Tier-I + Tier-II).
Assuming that a General category candidate has scored around 102-115 marks (out of 200) in the Tier-I exam, s/he should aim for 320+ in the Tier-II exam (out of 400). To achieve that, a candidate’s minimum target score should be 160 marks each in Paper I and II. (aim for 170+ marks each in both papers to be on the safe side). Thus, you have to attempt around 90+ questions in Paper I and around 180 questions in Paper II.
Similarly, candidates from other categories can calculate the required marks in Tier-II exam based on the figures given above.
Topic-wise break up of Tier-II
In order to understand how to tackle the exam, let us now take a look at the expected
Quantitative Aptitude Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Arithmetic 50 Easy
Algebra 10 Moderate
Mensuration 15 Moderate
Geometry/Trigonometry 20 Tough
Statistics & Data Interpretation 05 Moderate
English Language & Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Grammar 90 Moderate
Vocabulary 35 Moderate-Tough
Para Jumbles 20 Moderate
Reading Comprehension 55 Easy – Moderate
+ Cloze Test
We will now
Paper I (Quantitative Aptitude):
Sections Number of attempts
Statistics & Data Interpretation 4-5
a) Around 50% of
b) You should focus on attempting at least around 45-47 questions (out of 50) in Arithmetic section as they are fairly easy.
c) Further, you should aim to attempt at least 90+ questions (out of 100) in Paper I with maximum speed and accuracy.
d) Do not get stuck solving tough and time-consuming questions. Go for them after completing questions you are sure of.
e) You should also try to
f) Note that this paper is for 200 marks, i.e. each question carries 2 marks for the right answer and -0.5 for the wrong answer.
g) Therefore, with this strategy you should be able to attempt
Paper II (English language & Comprehension):
Sections No. of attempts Minutes to be spent
Grammar 85-90 40-45 Vocabulary 25-30 10-15
Para Jumbles 10-15 15-20
Reading Comprehension 40-45 35-40
+ Cloze Test
a) In Paper II, the Reading Comprehension passages are given at the end of the question paper. Ideally, you should first attempt the Grammar and Vocabulary sections as they are relatively easy and can be accurately solved. Aim to complete around 120 questions from these two sections within the first 75 minutes. Besides helping you gather speed, it will also boost your confidence.
b) You will find four sets of Para Jumbles with a total of 20 questions. Focus on solving at least 10-15 questions within 15-20 minutes. These questions are quite tricky and may consume a lot of your valuable time. So, it is advisable to tackle this section carefully.
c) If one set of Para Jumbles is proving to be time-consuming, you can
d) Out of the remaining 55 questions based on Reading Comprehension and Cloze Test, go for the latter as they are comparatively easy and less time-consuming.
e) You can use the remaining 30-35 minutes for Reading Comprehension. Within this time
f) Note that this paper is for 200 marks wherein each question carries 1 mark for the right answer and -0.25 for the wrong answer.
g) With this strategy, you will be able to attempt around 180 questions. If you maintain 90% accuracy, you can easily score 160 marks.
Tips for Preparation:
a) Be sure while marking answers. If you are not confident of your answers, do no mark them just to
c) Important formulas are the soul of topics like Mensuration and Trigonometry. Revise these formulas and keep up your daily practice.
d) Even if you are comfortable with Geometry or Trigonometry, do not waste excess time on these topics. However, be well-prepared for such questions from these topics as they are pretty
e) For Paper II, keep revising basic and advanced grammar rules, as Grammar comprises almost 90 marks.
f) While solving Reading comprehension, make sure to highlight important lines simultaneously while reading the passage. This will save a lot of time and help you attempt more questions. Also, during the last 5 minutes of
Importance of mock tests: Candidates are advised to take at least two mock tests before appearing for
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