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

**Questions types in SSC CGL 2013, held on 21 ^{st} 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 2/3
^{rd}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