[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. will each section have individual cutoff ?


  2. thank u for dis q paper

  3. please send me the ssc cgl question paperset held on 21st april.

  4. hi… paper was a little bit tough.. mine is mrng shift.,and in d paper (code:333pj3) there was 5 questions wrong… and in d aftnoon section also there r some wrong questions.. i never seen such a wrost exam conducted by SSC, in quant section it seems that the examiner just copy the di part from somewhere else.,i can prove dat, cant even they prepare di for self, r cant do copy work properly… shame thing 4 great ssc board…

    1. same here.even i have got the same paper (code:333pj3). reasoning was little bit time consuming. attempted 100 but is confident about 90 only. What will be the cutoff for category?

    2. Dear, then, the benefit of wrong questin will be given to only tose who attempted or to all the candidates, because , my set was also 333pj3, 5 ques qre wrong there.

  5. thank you for sending me the link.bt from this link i am not able to see the questions.please send me in pdf form if it possible.

    1. Tahsin pls yaar send me the link. Then i very grtful to u.

  6. m gonna score 109……

    1. Hi Dhanjit , 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 2hours and 40 minutes 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. Dear Fanish,

        Just go and write the exam one , any competitive exam ok n u will cm to know what is the difference between writing an exam at home and a real exam center. I had a friend who also used to say the same i have solved this much question of this paper then i asked him to sit in any exam , means any competitive exam n believe me he didn’t clear the cut off , of that clerk exam. So stop posting such stupid comments , and if u r enough intelligent then dont waste your time buddy Give Cat , and score first rank and get IIM-A n make ur lyf great :)

        1. Dude,who told you that scoring 1st Rank in CAT gives you an entry pass to IIM-A !!
          I scored 99.53 in CAT’11 with all sectionals above 98.5,still NOT a single IIM call barring new IIM’s…

          Now i am preparing for UPSC !!!
          Zale par namak mat chidka karo bhai …

          No personal vendetta as such..chillax !! :)

          1. @SHASHANK: oh plz dont fool ppl here, r u in speaking in ur senses???

          2. @Sumit- Probably,you haven’t taken CAT in your life,thats why !!
            I don’t blame you for this…
            CAT is NOT about how competent you are in the exam..its all about how many you got in your 10th & 12th.!!

            If you are below 80% in your HSC/SSC even if you get 100%ile its means NOTHING to IIM’s !!

            Take CAT first & then blabber here dude..!! :)

          3. lol, Past hurts always , said someone.
            he probably has never given CAT and hence does not know.

          4. What shashank told is correct..unless you dont have any reservations,its difficult to get call letters from IIMs dude..no use of getting even 99%;le

          5. Even God can’t help ..Blame u r govt for all those provisions created…my frnd scored 99%..but even he has to join a private institution in Delhi…

          6. @shasank,bhai its quite strange to heard that after getting such good marks U didn’t get any iim calls,but U can use that score in getting some other b schools like,mdi,fore,lbs,kj sonata,etc.y U seated that score,U R rgt that getting 99percentile is of no use..but ur hard work will not go in vein..

      2. @Fanish, u r saying u took 40minutes more to complete the test. i wud say- u took ATLEAST 55 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. comparing ur score with 55 more minutes is absolutely ridiculous..!! getting max done in less than 2 hrs is the purpose of such an exam…. @ Fanish no one will score more than 150-160. am sure.

        2. You may pointed the right thing , I didn’t marked answers but wrote the proper solutions. i did not used tricks like putting values and getting answers but proper solution.
          Any ways May I took a lot time.

          1. You may be very smart dude..agreed..but apne app ki taareef achi nahi lagti…if other praises you ,then its good…chill :) ..dnt take my msg wrong way

      3. you r a born genious sir….. but m not na….my priority was jst to clear the cut offs for the pre, and i cant do better den dat in 1 mnths tym, and the marks m laggig behind i will make it up in tier 2….

        1. Dhanjit , yaar I don’t know that how much can be done in real Exam situation , even One of my friend , who got rank – 3 ( in CGL /2011) told me that This cant be repeated in real Exam situation.
          I am not into SSC, but sometimes I visit CGL articles too at Mrunal. I just posted that to make you go for the kill. And I like you and HK here , I wish success for both of you.
          I am sorry to everyone get tossed , But I dint lied. I assure you this can be done.

          1. I am wondering how could you score 194/200 with such a grammar as yours when a separate section of English does exists.
            Btw Wren and Martin can be a good start. Booooom !!!

  7. please send me the questions in pdf form if possible.

  8. @Mrunal can we get to know the cutoff scores category wise for the tier-1 exams last year??

  9. respected MRUNAL SIR please tell me.. is there any sectional cut off inSSC CGL 2013 TIER 1… please reply as soon as possible … and mrunal sir you also provide answer keys for all sets

  10. Normally what time is taken by SSC to declare the results of tier-i???

  11. mrunal sir….. now tha next round of ssc cgl in on 19th MAY….and yesterdays exam consisted GEOMETRY question……so……just like u provided TRIGNOMETRY ARTICLES….WOULD U PROVIDE ARTICLES ON GEOMETRY…????

    1. Next round not before July 21st. May 19 is the postponed date for Tier 1 scheduled on April 14.

  12. mrunal sir….. now the next round of ssc cgl is on 19th MAY….and yesterdays exam consisted GEOMETRY question……so……as u provided TRIGNOMETRY ARTICLES….WOULD U PROVIDE ARTICLES ON GEOMETRY…too????


  14. Section wise cut off mark for obc would be 70 – 72… Since the paper was tough. . Any comments guys? And anyone from chennai?

    1. no the cut off will be above 80.. i am from erode..

  15. Mrunal Sir,

    Sir, I used HB pencil to fill the answer sheet so will it be evaluated by ssc or my candidature is at risk…?

  16. if anyone having evening shift paper please upload it..

  17. if anyone having evening shift paper den plz upload it

  18. 1. Please provide SSC CGL -1 practice papers as per paper dt. 21-04-2013 and it’s detailed solution.
    2. Please provide short strategy for SSC CGL exam of 19-05-2013.
    3. Please provide answer key of SSC CGL-1 dt. 21-4-2013 & Detailed solution.

  19. great work sir..thanx god bless u

  20. sir can u provide the answer key …..

  21. sir as their is news flashing that ssc cgl paper held on 21 this sunday was leaked by some culprit so is their any chances for cancelling the whole exam…please reply

    Thank you


  22. Whether there is sectional cutoff for Each section in SSC CGL…..?? please somebody answer

  23. Hi,
    Is there any way by which we can change the job preference filled in the application form of SSC CGL? I have read somewhere that SSC asks candidate to fill the job preference again during the interview process.
    Please let me know if i can change the job preference any how.


  24. Confusing question from General Awareness –

    Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development-2012 was awarded to :
    (A) Sunita Williams
    (B) Chanda Kochhar
    (C) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
    (D) Tereza Fajksova

    When I searched it in Google, I found 2 answers. According to Wikipedia, it is ‘Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’, President of Liberia i.e., option D.
    But according to Jagranjosh.com, GK Today magazine and Thehindu.com, the answer is ‘Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’ former President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, which is not in the option.

    Now tell me, what is the solution for this problem. Who is wrong? Is it Wikipedia, SSC or thehindu.com?

    1. *Sorry, it is option C for ‘Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’.

    2. Silva got the prize in 2010 but he Received the prize in early 2012 an Ela Bhatt won the prize in 2011 and Received the prize in 2012 nov/dec.
      Receiving the prize late is because of our super awesome Central govt and other correspondent employees and somewhat responsible is our beloved Current Acc Deficit.

      1)SSC is not wrong.
      2)Journalism is a tricky profession.

  25. @yogesh: thank u so much for sharing the info (copy pasted below frm ur comment)
    CAN U PLZ TELL ABT SBI PO 2010 highest marks also? as of now, we know lowest only to get thru which was 110.

    copy pasted:
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    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. Some pointers:::
      1) 110 was the minimum cut off in SBI PO 2011 (written),Group discussion and interview cut off were 10,10 respectively.

      2) Final cut off was 56.25 !! That means to be on the SAFER side one needs to score 150+/250 in written.

      3) Just passing with 110,120 marks in written is of NO use coz a guy with 110 CANNOT cross the overall cut off.MINIMUM marks to GET over the FINAL line would be 150+ in written..!

      Hope this helps !!
      All the best !!

      1. thnx shashank 4 providing info but please clarify 56.25 cutoff for general?? or general need higher than tht

        1. Yup !!! Bro
          56.25 is for general candidates…

          btw 56.25 corresponds to 155/250 marks in written and 20/50 marks in GD/INTERVIEW stage…!! :P

          1. can u pls tell me final cutoff for OBC if u know?

    2. @SHIPLA JI,



  26. hi,
    how to prepare for deputy field officer=gd exam.

  27. what will be the cut off for ssc tier1….i attempted only 116 question out of which i can only get 82…please tel me the expected cut off,this was my second attempt in ssc ..i need to crack this tym.

  28. my cgl exam is on 19th may. guys. all r saying that posponed exam of cgl will be more harder now.isn’t it?


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