SSC CGL 2014 Tier 1- Exam Analysis
Updated on Jan 21, 2015 - 8:58 a.m. IST by None

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.


Premium Help-Talk to our expert counsellors to explore the best suitable job opportunities through competitive exams on 011-40360360 (Paid Service)


Click here to Enroll SSC CGL Preparation Package.


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.


Stay tuned to for more news and articles on SSC Exam

More like SSC CGL

Questions related to SSC CGL

Showing 354 out of 354 Questions

Is BA POLITICAL SCIENCE HONS is helpful to acheive ssc cgl posts easily. Or name some useful degrees to acheive ssc cgl.

Yashu Shrivastava 26th Jan, 2020

Hello Manikantha

Yes,BA in Political Science Hons is very beneficial if your aim is to crack SSC CGL,because in BA in Political Science the course is related to History,Geography and Polity,which is also in course of SSC CGL. Although there are many other topics like GK,Current Affairs which you can read by books or newspaper.

If you want some other courses,i would suggest you to do BE/ or any courses related to Mathematics because they have a section of Maths and it comes for huge marks,so it does matter a lot in exam if you have good maths it would be benficial.

I hope This Helps

Best Of LucK!!!


Is every year cbi posts will be come under ssc cgl exam.?

Md Azmer 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Yes, you are right. It is because CBI is a central government exam. And it come under Grade B exam. SO if you want to apply for it you have to appear in the CGL examination.

I hope this will solve your query.

Good luck


how should I start preparation for English of SSC CGL. I so much afraid from English when seen questions of sec especially of tier 2

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 25th Jan, 2020


First get your concepts clear, you can start off with Grammar, learn all the important topics such as Subject-Verb Agreement, Preposition, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Active & Passive Voice, Narration etc. You can go through Wren and Martin for this, Having a strong foundation on grammmar will enable you to solve sentence reaarangement, fill in the blanks, error detection etc,

You can work on your vocabulary by reading any newspaper or going through Word Power Made Easy, it's a wonderful book for vocabulary.

Once you have gone through aforementioned steps, then try solving any English Book, you can choose between Plinth to Paramount or SP Bakshi. Along with this, go through previous year papers, anaylse on a regular basis.


how should I start preparation for SSC CGL .I am now in BTech 2nd year civil engineering I give maximum 3 hours daily ,then possible for me

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 24th Jan, 2020

SSC CGL is a popular government exam among candidates and lakhs of aspirant apply for this exam.This exam is conducted in 4 tiers.

SSC CGL Tier I which is also called Preliminary exam.
The major sections asked in Preliminary Exam are General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language of 20 question each.

SSC CGL Tier II also called mains exam.
The Mains Exam is conducted online and is an objective multiple choice exam.
The areas from which question is asked in Mains Exam are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics) with No. of Questions being 200 in English and 100 in other 3.

It is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The mode of examination is offline (Pen and Paper mode) and students are required to write essays, prcis, application, letter etc.. The exam is of 100 marks and the time allotted is 60 minutes

This exam is to test DEST (Data Entry Speed Test) where the candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.

CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Requires a candidate to be proficient in Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides skills.

As you mentioned you are currently in you B.Tech 2nd year and you are devoting 3 hours everyday.If you will keep preparing consistently I am sure you can crack this exam in one go.
This amount of time is good in the initial preparation because you have to cover you college syllabus also.
But you must prepare for this exam in a planned way.
Try to give more time in the subject or section you are weak at.I assume you must be having a good mathematics so you should not devote much time to that and instead you should working on your weak subject like suppose you English is weak then try to focus more on that.
You have plenty if time left so you can prepare for GS portion with ease.You should deviate 20-30 minutes everyday into that.
Start reading the topics in the exam that are new like Economics must be new to you so go through past year question papers and try to understand the questions.

You must prepare for the syllabus from the standards books only.

Initially its okay to start with 3 hours but be consistent and try to increase time gradually and in your final year prepare with more pace and efficiency because this exam is very competitive and you will have to be staring in each area to crack this exam.

And finally, be consistent,disciplined ,have patience and perseverance because this is all it takes to crack any exam.

I hope this helps.
1 View

My qualification is 12th and i am exservicemen. Can i appear for Group C posts through SSC CGL EAXM

Shubhangi sinha 26th Jan, 2020

Hello Gaurav,

No you can not appear for the SSC CGL exam because to appear for SSC CGL, you must have the Bachelor's degree in any of the field.

The eligibility criteria for SSC CGL are -

  • Candidates other than Indian citizens are allowed to apply for SSC CGL examination

  • For General category, the minimum age limit is 18 years and maximum age limit is 32 years. Age relaxation is permissible for reserved categories

  • The minimum education qualification required is a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline

But with 12th level qualification you can appear for SSC CHSL exam.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)

Related E-books and Sample Papers

The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books