The Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) exam was conducted on Sunday, April 21, 2013. In the Careers360 interview series, we are presenting to you the interview of Mr. Mukesh Baranwal, Director, Dastak Coaching Institute, Allahabad.Excerpts from the interview:Q: What are the areas which are tested in the exam and what is the pattern of the SSC CGL exam?A: There are four sections in the SSC CGL exam, General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. The total number of questions is 200, 50 in each section. This is a multiple choice question patterned exam. There is negative marking of 0.25 marks and total marks is 400.Q: What was the level of difficulty for SSC CGL 2013 exam?A: The overall difficulty level can be said to be moderate to tough. While the Quantitative Ability and English Comprehension section were easy to moderate, the General Awareness and Reasoning section was the toughest of the lot. The level of questions was of very high standard.Q: Were you expecting this high level of difficulty in the SSC CGL 2013 paper?A: Well, since there is a well defined syllabus for the mathematics and English areas, it is somewhat easy to prepare. On the other hand, there cannot be a fixed syllabus for General Awareness. It is a vast field, hence the toughness. We were prepared for it.Q: What is the cut off you are expecting for SSC CGL 2013 paper?A: To my understanding, if a student attempts 85 to 90 questions with full accuracy, they can be assured of getting shortlisted for the Tier II exam of SSC CGL 2013.Q: What is your advice to the students who have taken SSC CGL 2013 exam?A: Firstly, tally your performance through the answer keys. If you are crossing the cut off of 85 to 90 correct answers, don’t waste any further time and prepare for the Tier 2 exam. The Tier 2 exam would be subjective in nature and of higher difficulty level.
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