Analysis based on two papers of SSC CGL 2013, held on 21st April-question types

This article contains analysis based on two papers of SSC CGL 2013, held on 21st April (KP series and PJ series)

 

Questions types in SSC CGL 2013, held on 21st April

Maths

type subtype KP PJ
Basic BOSMAS 1 0
Square root 1 1
Number theory, LCM, HCF, remainder 0 2
algebra linear equation 1 1
quadratic equation 6 6
% profit loss interest rate etc. 7 6
average, ratio average 2 2
ratio 1 2
STD time and speed (Boat, railway etc.) 2 2
time and work (pipe cisterns etc.) 3 3
Geometry Geometry_theory 8 8
Mensuration (Area, volume, perimeter) 3 4
Coordinate geometry 1 0
Trigonometry height-distance 1 1
complimentary angles 2 1
equation /formula based 3 4
misc 1 0
DI Bar, pie, line, table 7 7
Total 50 50
  • SSC has continue the trend of last year (=less importance to conventional questions from profit-loss, time-speed, mensuration etc.) and more emphasis on geometry (theory), Trigonometry and algebra
  • Roughly 2/3rd of the Maths questions are from Geometry, trigonometry, algebra and Data interpretation (DI) only.
  • Although SSC chief remained kept his twitter promise: trigonometry and geometry portion bit easier than last time’s
  • Usually DI portion contained only one “case” and 5 questions. This time SSC has given multiple DI cases.

 

Reasoning

topic Subtype KP PJ
series analogy 3 8
odd pair 4 5
missing in series 15 8
dictionary based test 3 3
subtotal 25 24
coding coding-decoding and matrix 4 3
maths symbol based ops 2 4
subtotal 6 7
arrangement direction based tests 2 4
arrangement (weight/height wise) 1 1
subtotal 3 5
logic Statement-conclusion 1 1
syllogism 1 1
subtotal 2 2
Non-Verbal non verbal 11 8
Misc misc (Venn Diagrams, TSW etc) 3 4
total 50 50
  • Compared to earlier years, SSC increased the number of non-verbal questions.
  • Sitting arrangement (case containing 3-5 question) =absent.
  • Otherwise question pattern/difficulty level similar to previous years.
  • General Awareness / GA-GK

  • As usual, GA section was broadly made up of three parts: Static, Science and Crap.
  • The message / lesson is clear: when it comes to the GA portion of SSC, don’t waste time chasing trivial current affairs. Because static (polity, history etc.) and science, is where your focus should be.
Topic Sub topics no. of Questions
Static economy 4
Polity 3
History_ancient 1
History_modern 6
Geography 4
Environment biodiversity 4
Subtotal 22
Science physics 4
chemistry 4
biology 8
Computer,IT 2
Subtotal 18
Crap Books 1
Persons in News 6
Misc. 3
Subtotal 10
Total 50

In PJ and KP series question papers, the GA and English questions were same (only sequence was changed) hence I’ve given only single column for no. of questions

English

type Question no. of Questions
vocab synonym, Antonym 6
idioms and phrases 5
word substitution 7
spelling 2
RC Passages (2) 10
grammar sentence correction 5
sentence improvement 10
fill in the blanks 5
Total 50

Not much to say, follows the usual pattern / difficulty level of previous years