SSC CGL 2014 Tier 1- Exam Analysis
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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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dear sir i am 36 years old can i apply for ssc cgl exam and for which post. i have done bsc medical...

Arya 20th Nov, 2019

Hi Amarjeet,

The Staff Selection Commission- Conbined Graduate Level examination is held annually to allot jobs in the various departments of the  governments. Unfortunately, the SSC has declared that starting from 2020, a candidate should be between the ages of 20 and 30 to be eligible to answer this examination. As you are 36 years old, you are not eligible for SSC-CGL 2020-21.


I have done my in catering science and hospitality management. can I apply for the ssc CGL exam 2019 please help me out. and what to choose in education section ssc website.

KISHORE LOHRA 22nd Nov, 2019

Dear Ashwani,

yes ,you can apply for ssc cgl 2019.

you mentioned that you have  completed in catering science and management which is a bachelor degree course.

during online application  you should fill only in education qualification section in ssc site.


Sir ,I have done my in hotel management. can I apply for the ssc CGL exam please let me know.

Sharon Rose Student Expert 18th Nov, 2019


The eligibility criteria is that a candidate must have passed bachelor's degree from a recognised board.For junior statistical post a candidate must have studied bachelor's degree with atleast 60% marks in mathematics from a recognised board or must have studied bachelor's degree in any discipline with statistics as one of the subjects. For rest of the posts bachelor's degree is must.

So, yes you are eligible.

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kya UPSC SSC CGL ka syllabus same h kya UPSC ke sman hi ijjat milti h cgl valo ko

Apoorva Student Expert 16th Nov, 2019

Hello dear student,

Both are on entirely different levels but guess what's the plus point is both are government jobs and both have job security with them . It really depends even if you are going to get a job by cracking SSC cgl then yes you are going to have a good place. While it depends at which position you are seeking or joining the job . While upsc is at a very different level and scale . It do have a different position if we look at . I hope this was helpful. While both are prestigious at their own places .

Best wishes


i will complete graduation in june 2020 can i apply for ssc cgl 2019?

Ronak Gala Student Expert 15th Nov, 2019

Yes definitely you can apply for ssc cgl 2019 even if you are completing your graduation in 2020. The only eligibility criteria required for the exam is bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university and board. The exam registration has a very long process. So just do submit all the required certificates properly and safely. The exam procedure is too long. Till now, CGL 2016 is about to take place and CGL 2017 is not yet out only. So maybe once you come in 2020 after that only CGL 2019 comes out so you have a high chance to apply.

Best wishes. Thank you.

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