The SSC CGL 2014 Tier 1 exam was held successfully on October 19 with experts suggesting moderate level of difficulty of the exam despite it being tougher than that of the last years.

The second slot of the exam is set to be held on October 26. Careers360 provides here section-wise exam analysis of SSC CGL 2014 Tier 1 exam.

“The difficulty level was not much high. It can be termed as moderate. Though, the paper was tougher than its last years’ version,” says Ms. Neetu Singh, director at Paramount Coaching Centre.


She, however, said that the questions were a bit lengthy this time. “Quantitative Aptitude section was a bit lengthy and tougher than that in 2013. However, General Awareness section, surprisingly, contributed some Biotech level questions and Economics questions were tougher than expectation. As many as 22 questions were from Science stream,” she said.

Mr. Javed R Siddique, director at BSC Academy said that Quantitative section was slightly difficult this time with Trigonometry and Geometry dominating other sections. “Quantitative Aptitude section was tough with 7 questions from Trigonometry and 8 from Geometry. English Comprehension section was balanced. General Awareness section was contributed majorly by traditional Social Science background. If a candidate has answered 110 questions rightly, can easily crack it,” he says.


Experts also say the difficulty level this year was according to the level of exam, which is supposed to fill up vacancies in government offices of ministry level, but there were a few exceptions.


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Here we present the SSC CGL 2014 Tier 1- Exam Analysis. Before that have a glance at SSC CGL 2014 sections and marking scheme.


SSC CGL 2014 sections and marking scheme:


Tier-I Examination Pattern

Posts for which Interview is prescribed, other than Statistical Investigator Grade II


General Intelligence + Reasoning: 50 marks

General Awareness: 50 marks

Quantitative Aptitude: 50 marks

English Comprehension: 50 marks

Total Marks: 200

Duration: 02 hours

Posts for which no Interview is prescribed, other than Compiler


Statistical Investigator Grade II




SSC CGL 2014 Tier 1: Section-wise Exam Analysis


General Intelligence & Reasoning

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Bringing no surprises for the candidates, General Intelligence & Reasoning section remained in easy to moderate zone, in line with its difficulty level in last two years. Candidates with clear concepts and proper time management could qualify in this section at ease. A candidate Madhuri says “I found this section quite easy to do with easy to moderate difficulty level questions.”

General Awareness

Difficulty level: Moderate to Tough

SSC brought a few surprises for the candidates, making General Awareness section somehow tougher for them this year. Especially, a few questions coming from Science stream seemed to be Graduate level, instead of being 10th level, which was expected from this paper going by difficulty level in this section in a few previous year papers. Sofia Simpson, candidate, says, “most of the questions in this section were from Science stream. Difficulty level of this section was a little tough.”

Quantitative Aptitude

Difficulty level: Moderate to Tough

Difficulty level in Quantitative Aptitude section was moderate to tough. While, some candidates found this section moderate, for others this section was tough. As Sachin Parmar, candidate, says, “difficulty level in this section was moderate to tough. However, the most of the question were doable with average above aptitude level.”

English Comprehension

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

For candidates with above average grip and understanding of English language, English Comprehension section remained between easy to tough. Time was enough for attempting all the questions. A candidate Amit says, “difficulty level in this section was a little tougher in Passage Compression and Grammar both in comparison with last year paper.”

About SSC CGL 2014

SSC CGL 2014 Exam is being conducted to fill up around 10,000 vacancies in the central Government’s different categories of posts. SSC CGL 2014 is conducted in three stages – Tier I – Written Examination (Objective-Type), Tier II – Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type) and Tier III – Personality Test cum Interview/Computer Proficiency Test/Skill Test.


Staff Selection Commission had, earlier, announced on January 18, 2014, to conduct SSC CGL 2014 Exam Tier I on April 27 and May 4. However, the exam was later postponed to an undisclosed date due to General Elections. Finally, the exam is being conducted by Staff Selection Commission.


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sir/madam i have a permanent tattoo in my chest.will it be any cause for ssc cgl..before i start my preparations i want to be crystal clear regarding tattoo issues.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 4th Apr, 2020
For the year 2020, there are as many as 8582 vacancies for as many as 34 posts. Among these there might be civilian positions and non Civilian positions like that of Defense. For Civilian positions, tattoos are not a hindrance and you can apply for them. But for positions in the defense department, a tattoo is a strict No and you will not be eligible for such positions if you have a permanent tattoo. You can apply for as many as 30 vacancies in your application and so if you have a permanent tattoo, you shpuld choose civilian vacancies and posts.

i m non medical student and i hav main interest in chemistry... but i also want to do ssc cgl preparation so i m thinking of doing graduation in an easy subject and side by side coaching of ssc cgl....i m too confused in making my mind decide between two options...and also subjects in ba eng?

Sumit Gaur Student Expert 19th Mar, 2020

Dear Aspirant

Since you have interest in chemisty thus you can do Bsc in Chemistry and side by side coaching of SSC CGL exam, I would recommend you go give SSL CHSL and other exams with your graduation so taht you would have an idae of type of questions answered. After your graduation you can give CGL exam.

Hope it helps.


please answer me is du sol b.a honours degree is valid for ssc cgl

Yastika Kumar 11th Mar, 2020

Hi there,

As per the SSC CGL eligibility criteria the open learning course or correspondence should be done from college or university affliated to UGC. Since Delhi University's School of open learning is affiliated to it so you are eligible for ssc cgl.


Im in final year. My age is 19. Can I apply for ssc cgl exam

sheba chani 11th Mar, 2020


Yes, you can apply for SSC CGL exam. The eligible age group for the exam is 18 years to 32 years.

Academic Qualifications are Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.

hope this helps!


I attempted 48 questions in exam? I belongs to SC Caste. is there any chance to qualify for tier2?

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 11th Mar, 2020
Your marks cannot be predicted on the basis of the number of questions to attempt, firstly I will suggest you to wait for the release of official answer key  then you can probably crosscheck the number of correct  answers and can predict your expected score then you can compare it with the past year analysis of cut off which may give you hope for chances.
Best of luck.

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