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 
heightdistance 
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 profitloss, timespeed, 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 
codingdecoding 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 
Statementconclusion 
1 
1 
syllogism 
1 
1 
subtotal 
2 
2 
NonVerbal 
non verbal 
11 
8 
Misc 
misc (Venn Diagrams, TSW etc) 
3 
4 
total 

50 
50 
 Compared to earlier years, SSC increased the number of nonverbal questions.
 Sitting arrangement (case containing 35 question) =absent.
 Otherwise question pattern/difficulty level similar to previous years.

General Awareness / GAGK
 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