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SSC CGL Tier 2 2018 February 17 Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

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Feb 17, 2018

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SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam was successfully held on February 17, 2018. The result of the test is expected to be released in March 2018. The answer key of the question paper will be released by Staff Selection Commission. Candidates can cross check their answers with Answer key and get an estimated score. The test was taken by the candidates who cleared the Tier 1 test. Check SSC CGL 2018 Tier 2 Sectional Analysis

  • Overall the level of paper was similar to that of last year. The entire paper ranged from easy to moderate level.
  • Some questions in the Quantitative Aptitude were tricky and lengthy to solve. Check Expected Cut off of Tier 2
  • Paper 2 mostly consisted of grammar and vocabulary based questions, some of which were a little difficult
  • An overall attempt of 270-295 would be considered good.

How to access SSC CGL 2018 Answer Key Tier 2?

Candidates can follow the procedure given below to check the answer key:

  1. Visit the official website of SSC i.e.
  2. Click on the link of SSC CGL Tier 2 Answer Key under the notice section.
  3. A pdf will open.
  4. Click on the answer key link at the bottom of the pdf.
  5. Enter roll number, password and date of examination.
  6. The Pdf of answer key will be displayed on the screen
  7. Download the pdf and match the answers. Check SSC CGL Previous Year Question Papers

Challenging the answer key

  • In case, candidates find any incorrect answer in the pdf, they can challenge it.
  • Link to challenge the answer key will be displayed under the answer key tab at the SSC website.
  • They must pay INR 100 for every question they challenge.
  • In case the answer of the candidates is genuine, the answers will be edited in the final answer key released by the panel.
  • Final answer key will be released after days, which cannot be challenged.

SSC CGL 2018 Tier 2 Sectional Analysis

Paper 1: Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

The difficulty level of the Paper 1 (QA) of SSC CGL Tier 2 was similar to previous year’s. The paper had equal weightage for Arithmetic and Advance. Questions from Mensuration were directly based on formulae but were time-consuming. In arithmetic, questions on Time & Work and Time & Distance were tricky. There were considerable questions from Number System. The overall difficulty level was moderate to difficult. Conclusively, well prepared candidates could easily attempt 80-90 questions.

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Simplification 2 Moderate
Number System 8 Easy-Moderate
Percentage 4 Easy-Moderate
Profit, Loss & Discount 4 Easy-Moderate
SI & CI 5 Moderate
Ratio & Proportion / Mixture & Allegation 5 Moderate
Time, Speed & Distance 4 Difficult
Time & Work 6 Easy - Moderate
Average 5 Easy-Moderate
Algebra 16 Moderate- Difficult
Geometry 13 Moderate
Mensuration 11 Moderate
Trigonometry 12 Difficult
Data Interpretation 5 Easy-Moderate

Paper 2: English Language & Comprehension

This year the level of English paper was moderate. Major sections covered grammar and vocabulary. Vocabulary included one-word substitution, idiom/phrases, synonyms/antonyms, and spelling correction. In grammar sections, the major focus was on error detection, active-passive voice, narration and sentence improvement. A total of 5 RCs were there in the exam, out of which one was difficult, rest was easy. Most of the questions in RC were factually based. Overall good attempts would be 175-180.

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Error Detection 20 Moderate
Sentence Completion 20 Easy-Moderate
Synonyms/ Antonyms 6 Easy-Moderate
Spelling errors 4 Easy-Moderate
Idioms & Phrases 10 Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 20 Easy-Moderate
One Word Substitution 10 Easy
Active & Passive Voice 20 Easy - Moderate
Sentence Improvement 20 Easy-Moderate
Direct/ Indirect Speech 25 Easy-Moderate
Cloze Test 20 Easy-Moderate
Reading Comprehension 25 Moderate

SSC CGL 2018 Tier 2 Expected Cut Off

Tier 2 Cut Off for all posts except AAO, ASO, Assistant in MEA and CSS and Junior Statistical Officer (Grade 2)

Category Cut off Marks (Tier 1+ Tier 2 Paper 1 & Paper 2)
General 430.75
OBC 411
SC 373
ST 359.25
EX-SM 358
OH 344.75
HH 253
VH 332

Tier 2 Cut Off for Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)

Category Cut off Marks (Tier 1+ Tier 2 Paper 1, Paper 2 & Paper 4)
General 536
OBC 493.75
SC 454
ST 427
OH 411
HH 264

Tier 2 Cut Off for Junior Statistical Officer (Grade 2)

Category Cut off Marks (Tier 1+ Tier 2 Paper 1, Paper 2 & Paper 3)
General 502
OBC 471
SC 423
ST 397
OH 364
HH 230.25

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.