The Tier 1 of the SSC CGL exam, one of the most competitive recruitment tests in the country, for the year 2017 will be held in the second half of October, and most worried aspirants will be wondering what the expected cut off will be so they can do just enough to beat it. A look at past trends of cut offs in the Combined Graduate Level Examination can tell us a lot about what to expect this year.
The cut off would obviously depend on what category the student belongs to, but across categories, the cutoff for the year would also reflect the difficulty of the exam itself. The cutoffs over the last five years have varied quite a lot. From 2012 to 2016, the cutoff scores were 62, 102, 96.5 and 102.25 for candidates in the general category, while the cutoff varied from 62 to 103 marks for SC and ST categories. For the physically handicapped candidates the average cutoff swung between 25 and 90 marks. All scores were out of a total of 200.
It is expected that the cutoffs will be higher than last year this time as the difficulty of the tests becomes less. The CGL Tier 1 tests began on August 5 and will go up to August 25. The tier 1 exam is computer based and will have a total of 25 questions each for general awareness, reasoning, quantitative aptitude and English comprehension.
Each section will carry a total of 50 marks, and there will be negative marking of 1/2 marks for every incorrect answer. Usually, the CGLE Tier 1 test has difficult questions in the quantitative aptitude and general awareness sections while logical reasoning and English comprehension sections are much easier.