[Analysis] SSC CGL Tier 1 held on April-21-2013, download question paper

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  1. Introduction
  2. Maths
  3. Reasoning
  4. General Awareness / GA-GK
  5. English
  6. Appendix: download link for SSC CGL 2013 (Tier 1) paper


  • SSC CGL 2013 was to be held on 14th and 21st April.
  • But 14th April exam was cancelled. Now that exam will be held on 19th May 2013. (Hence it is no longer conflicting with SBI PO exam date.) This is not a rumor. This is given on SSC’s Northern Region website click me
  • This article contains analysis based on two papers of SSC CGL 2013, held on 21st April (KP series and PJ series) click me to download those papersets.
  • Download links for today’s question papers are given in the appendix of this article.


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 and most of the trigonometry questions could be solved effortlessly by the [Trigonometry] tricks explained on www.Mrunal.org/aptitude
  • Usually DI portion contained only one “case” and 5 questions. This time SSC has given multiple DI cases.


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

analysis_SSC CGL 2013 GA distribution

  • 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.


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.

Appendix: download link for SSC CGL 2013 (Tier 1) paper

Preparation strategy, free studymaterial for SSC CGL, already provided in following articles

  1. General Awareness (GA/GK)
  2. Maths, Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning, General Intelligence
  4. English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension
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1,197 Comments on “[Analysis] SSC CGL Tier 1 held on April-21-2013, download question paper”

  1. where is the answer key ???

  2. answer keys will be available in 2/3 days in SSC website

  3. Thank u so much sir…i was wondering for it…!!

  4. hi guys, i attempted around 135 questions in SSC CGL exam, hoping to get 110…..plz tell me cut off for SC category….will the marks of tier 1 is counted for final ranking

    1. off course it will be included in final ranking as per the advertisement of SSC.A candidate will be ranked out of 700 marks.

      Please tell me the expected cut-off of the exam for SC category, as i am very much sure to get at least 83 marks overall.

  5. hey is there sectional cut off marks..?? i hardly crossed 18 in english and quant

    1. No there isn’t any.

    2. @ omega, chill.. no sectional cut off.. count ur total score. if that is above 80, keep ur fingers crossed.
      and if above 90, then start preparing for tier II :).

      btw, how did u check ur score? has anyone uploaded the answer key?


      2. Hi shilpa, key kept in careers360.com
        I m getting 105 wt r my chances

    3. There was no sectional cutoff in previous years.I dont think sectional cutoff will be this year

    4. omega , there is only total cutoff , in banks exams there is sectional cutoff but there is not in ssc cgl.

  6. thanks mrunal.is it possible if one gets zero in math but in total 100 to crack tier 1?is there any cut off marks for each section?from where can i get the information?plz rpl me mrunal.

  7. thanks mrunal.is it possible if one gets zero in math but in total 100 to crack tier 1?is there any cut off marks for each section?from where can i get the information?plz rpl me mrunal.have a nice day

  8. m gettin between 120 to 128….yupp gk was tough nut in tht exm with lot of science questions

    1. 120+ is a brilliant score!

      1. you cant take it brilliant as people r goin 2 score n scrng abv 140…….

        1. hardly 100 poeople will cross 140…

          1. ha ha ha… sahi bola yar………..
            i gave my 100% performance then eve i near about 120.

      2. hw much u xpctng????

      3. pls yaar can u send me the photo copy of the 21-04-13 CGL tier 1 question paper or any one link of pdf form. then i’ll be very grtfull to u.

      4. hey…. i am around 97….. ur score?

      5. I am scoring 115. What are my chances.I am from General category.

    2. albeit the exam is over and thus these words of mine aren’t going to help now. But trigonometry and geometry asked in paper was strictly of standard 9 and 10. And Gs section was a cake walk if you read NCERTs OR TMH mannual(UPSC)( or both if u did)even half heartedly+ very minimum current affairs , that can be answered if one is well aware and it did not need the aspirant even to follow newspaper on daily basis

      1. Can u plzz send me the link of Ncert’s manual link… plzzzzz

  9. will they add marks for question given roung…what would be the cut off for general cat…can any one tell me where the key will be found to check…..

    1. Cutoff for general would be bw 80-85,you cn download the answere keys aftr 1 week frm ssc.nic.in

  10. Sir,

    From where we read the GK?
    because this types GK question is too tough for SSC CGL 13….

    Please help me.

  11. correct questions GI-36, GA-20,Aps -8, English-25… wat ll be my cutoff??

  12. i thought some questions are wrong. will they give marks even not attempted them?

  13. could u plz tell me how cutt off is calculated?

  14. i guess cutoff should be around 85 for general and Im getting around 110. start preparing for mains guys.

  15. hey Mrunal can u plz tel me whether there are any sectional cutoff or no? Thank u.



    1. SECURE…as it needs ‘E’ twice.

    2. SECURE is the right answer as it has 2E’s which the original word does not have..



    1. secure………….as two time E has been used

  18. i attempted 175 questions getting 135 on paper what are the chances

    1. u kno the answer

      1. thats why he is asking……

    2. forget abt just clearing dear,you may even top!!!

      1. Hey amit and guys, i am very much sure to get at least 83 marks, and i belong to SC category, what u suggest if can clear the pre and i should start preparing for the mains, or i won’t make it. please suggest as if there is any chance of not clearing of mine, then i wont go to delhi for further preparation, or if the chances are very high, then i will go to some good place and will do my preparation.

    3. How can u attend 175 questions.. solve all ???

      1. just understand bhai 175 attempt and 135 he is getting….. all rounded figures …how it is possible?

    rank tier1 maths english interview total
    1 134 158 169 62 523
    2 127 180 141 66 514
    3 133 161 157 62 513
    4 141 151 155 65 512
    5 136 133 172 70 511
    6 135 150 158 67 510
    7 136 172 166 36 510
    8 151 141 160 57 509
    9 148 137 176 48 509
    10 132 165 155 55 507
    11 133 154 154 65 506

    1. Hi Yogesh. Thank u so much for sharing this info :).

      Can u share the highest score secured in SBI PO?

    2. Hi Yogesh , Though I did not appeared in the exam but I solved as one friend requested me to do so.
      I am getting 194/200 But I took half an hour more to complete the test. And I am quite out of touch with maths that which costed me a lot of time. Further I have never practiced any reasoning problems , which might made me took lot time.

      So point is that there may be some one who can get 200/200 in 2hrs time.

      1. @Fanish, u r saying u took half an hr more to complete the test. i wud say- u took ATLEAST 45 mts more to complete it. bcz when one is writing actual exam, there r few other things also which take the time like- filling answers in OMR sheet, signing at different places,putting ur thumb impression etc etc – all this in just 2 hrs..

        1. Shilpa, I may have took a lot time and I agree that the exam situation is different , but I not only marked answers using clever tricks , like putting some value to satisfy equation and get answer. But wrote proper solutions (except in GS and English section.
          Anyways Per still tough to believe ki 90 tak hi hoga cut-off.

      2. I HAVE PERSONALLY COLLECTED THIS INFO FROM SSC.NIC.IN,There may be students who scored more than 148 in tier 1 apart from those 11 rankers. and shilpa is right examination hall is a different place to fight at.

      3. sir you are over qualified for ssc.
        plz go for upsc! That right place for you..

        1. Sorry yaar , I dint wanted to toss anyone but , Posted that so as to push all my co followers at Mrunal to go for all out kill, I dont know how many questions can be attempted in real exam situation but, I just wanted to place a view that Someone might have did real well. Though I exceeded the time limit.

    3. hey is baar ke cut off ka koi idea hai

  20. in the kp section (morning session) there was a wrong question …….queation no 147-50 first pie chart adds up to more than 100% so it cant be right ??

    1. Rockstar bro.. its adding upto 360 degrees… so its ofcourse correct. chk it again once..!

      1. dude u talkin abt question 144-146, ya thats correct ………but m askin abt question 147-150 its wrong it adds up to 104% ,its the april months salary question where the salary given was RS 24000. jus check it again….

        1. yes thats wrong.

  21. Can you please Provide answer key and with that what do u feel what will be the cut off for the paper.

  22. sir,
    I would like to ask if the question is wrong or the options as they were in the evening shift of the paper held on 21st april 2013 will we be getting the bonus marks ?

    1. In such case, all candidates get 1 mark no matter you attempted it or not.

  23. i attempted 180 questions n might get 110-120 score…i m in open category…will that be enough?…n mrunal sir can u please upload answers so that i will get my exact marks..

    1. I guess u’d score more dude…
      180 is very gud(obviously if u’v marked them carefully rather than randomly)

      1. hey… congratz yaar 120 mein to income tax tmko mil sakta hai…. work hard for tier 2!!!!! all d bst!!!

  24. lot of thanks yar ……………..

  25. What is the expected date for results???

  26. how to prepare for gk???

  27. Very important question raised by mohit… aparently, the options provided for 1 question were wrong… will we get the mark for it even if left unattempted ?

  28. Sir,mine was in evening shift,questions were too tough compared to morning shift,how ssc can do such kind of discrimination?U plz do something,specially in mathematics,plz help us,I just did 15maths

  29. how many question sets were there in CGL exams? I’ve heard of 10 sets in total. 6 in morning session and 4 in evening. is it true?

    1. In 2012’s tier-I, they had used 4 sets for morning shift and 4 sets for the evening shift.

      1. sir, were the questions same in each set in same session and only arrangement was different? i’m asking this because 2 of my friends had their exam in morning session yesterday and the questions were completely different.

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