SSC CGL Exam – Previous Cutoffs & Qualifiers, Pattern & Books

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If you have registered for SSC CGL Exam 2014 the next big thing will be preparations.Before getting to prepare for SSC combined graduate level examination one must study its pattern and devise a plan so you don’t get confused.Since the scores can help in fetching jobs in respectable government departments, the level of competition will always be high.


The last date to submit online application ended on February 14 and those who are looking to refer can go through our detailed article on SSC CGL 2014 notification


Since the combined graduate level selection involves a multi stage selection process, only those qualifying in Tier I exam shall be able to appear for Tier II. Hence we shall now look at the SSC CGL Tier I exam cutoff marks.


How Many Applied Last Year?

Whatever recruitment it may be, aspirants are always curious to know the kind of response generated.Similar to 17 lakh applications for SBI PO recruitment, SSC exams does have large number of fans.


Here are the statistics of CGL 2012 explaining the applications received & no. of qualifiers:

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The number of appearances & qualifiers for SSC CGL are rising each year.Although 9 lakh candidates sat for 2012 exams, only 1.2 lakh were able to enter Tier II which highlights the need of securing min.cutoff marks.



To increase your chance of getting appointments in government departments, one has to secure the qualifying marks (see 19000 vacancies created for SSC CGL 2012 passouts)


The cutoff marks applied for CGL 2012 exam are



The above graphic is posted only for guidance & qualifying marks tend to change every year.


Predicting SSC CGL 2014 exam cutoff marks is not possible at this stage as they are fixed by the commission based on performance of candidates & vacant positions.


Tier I Pattern

If you have participated in IBPS common banking exams, the SSC CGL exam pattern would look similar expect for the greater emphasis on general knowledge & quantitative aptitude.


Parts Total Marks Duration
General Intelligence + Reasoning 50
2 Hours
General Awareness
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension
Total 200 Marks


While Reasoning, General awareness & English sections shall be of graduation level, questions under QA would be of standard X level.



Reference materials are available nowadays to finetune your answering skills for all types of examinations.Inline with that thought, here are some books & previous year question papers of SSC CGL Tier I exam.


* SSC CGL Exam Guide – Rs.291Buy online

* SSC Solved papers (for excellent practice) – Rs.309 Buy online


Armed with necessary details, why wait? With the exam scheduled in April brace yourself to crack the SSC CGL Tier I exam 2014

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