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

typesubtypeKPPJ
BasicBOSMAS10
Square root11
Number theory, LCM, HCF, remainder02
algebralinear equation11
quadratic equation66
%profit loss interest rate etc.76
average, ratioaverage22
ratio12
STDtime and speed (Boat, railway etc.)22
time and work (pipe cisterns etc.)33
GeometryGeometry_theory88
Mensuration (Area, volume, perimeter)34
Coordinate geometry10
Trigonometryheight-distance11
complimentary angles21
equation /formula based34
misc10
DIBar, pie, line, table77
Total5050
  • 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

topicSubtypeKPPJ
seriesanalogy38
odd pair45
missing in series158
dictionary based test33
subtotal2524
codingcoding-decoding and matrix43
maths symbol based ops24
subtotal67
arrangementdirection based tests24
arrangement (weight/height wise)11
subtotal35
logicStatement-conclusion11
syllogism11
subtotal22
Non-Verbalnon verbal118
Miscmisc (Venn Diagrams, TSW etc)34
total5050
  • 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.
TopicSub topicsno. of Questions
Staticeconomy4
Polity3
History_ancient1
History_modern6
Geography4
Environment biodiversity4
Subtotal22
Sciencephysics4
chemistry4
biology8
Computer,IT2
Subtotal18
CrapBooks1
Persons in News6
Misc.3
Subtotal10
Total50

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

typeQuestionno. of Questions
vocabsynonym, Antonym6
idioms and phrases5
word substitution7
spelling2
RCPassages (2)10
grammarsentence correction5
sentence improvement10
fill in the blanks5
Total50

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

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