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SSC CGL Tier 3 Analysis 2016-17 exam held on 19th March 2017

SSC CGL Tier 3 analysis of 2016-17:

In this article, we will discuss SSC CGL Tier 3 analysis of the recently concluded exam. On 19th March 2017, SSC CGL 2016 Tier 3 exam was held. For quite a few of us, this was the final hurdle. Now all you guys need to do is wait patiently, and hope for the best.

While you wait, let go through SSC CGL 2016 Tier 3 analysis in-depth

As you d know, unlike tier-I and tier-II which are computer based and consist of multiple choice questions, tier III is a hand written subjective test.


SSC CGL Tier 3 exam pattern:

This SSC CGL Tier 3 exam pattern was introduced just in 2016. The possible question types are:
  • Essay writing
  • Letter writing
  • Precis writing
This year s SSC CGL tier III consisted of
  • Two questions: one essay writing and one letter writing, 50 marks each
  • The total duration was 60 minutes
  • Test takers were expected to attempt both the questions
  • The total exam carried 100 marks
We now focus on the specific questions to understand SSC CGL Tier 3 analysis.


SSC CGL 2016 Tier 3 analysis:

Question 1 Essay writing: In the event of an earthquake, what should you do and what should you not do?

Word limit: 250 words

Marks: 50

Now, this is a pretty straight forward topic, where knowledge of the subject is not really in question. We all are aware of earthquakes, most have experienced them or would have read about them in news. So, as expected, the question is not evaluating our knowledge of any subject. The examiners are actually interested to see how well you are able to structure your thoughts, arrange them in a logical manner, and create a concise essay that covers all the important aspects of the word limit and under the stringent time constraints.

A good essay writer would have created a mental framework of how to approach the essay what should be written in the introduction, what should follow in the body, and how should we conclude would be basic questions that should have been addressed.

Sub-headings, structure words (such as however, also, moreover, furthermore, on the other hand, etc) help gives shape to an essay. Writing should have been simple, in the active voice, and easy to follow.

Word limit: The sheet consisted of boxes each box for one word. According to some students, there were 4 boxes in a row, 11 rows on a page and 6 pages to write your essay. This means: 4 x 11 x 6 = 264 boxes. So, as long as you did not exceed the boxes, and wrote one word per box, you would be fine with respect to the word limit. We do not think an essay exceeding the word limit by 10-15 words would be penalized.

Time: Given that the letter had a word limit of 150 words compared to the 250 words for the essay, it would have been fair to devote around 35 minutes to the essay, leaving 25 for the letter. Since both the questions carry equal marks (50 each) you should have spent too long on just the first question.

We next look at SSC CGL Tier 3 exam analysis of the second question.

Question 2 informal letter: Assume that you are Suresh/ Sheela. write a letter to your younger brother Naresh. In the letter highlight the various benefits and shortfalls of computer-based tests.

Word limit: 150 words

Marks: 50 marks

Clearly, this was an informal letter question. So, the format becomes slightly relaxed compared to a formal letter. For this question, it was important that you

  1. write in an informal letter format,
  2. remember that you are writing to your brother,
  3. address the primary purpose of the letter: benefits and shortfalls of computer-based tests.
If you did all three of these things within 150 words, you can expect good marks in the letter.

Key success factors for SSC CGL Tier 3 exam analysis:

  • Handwriting does not matter much. It is important your writing is legible, and you have tried to be as neat as possible.
  • Exceeding the word limit by a few words (5%) should not matter. However, you would run the risk of getting penalized if you exceed the word limit by too many words (15-20%)
  • Incomplete answer attracts penalty. It is better to have written a complete answer (essay or letter) than to add another point in the body.
To understand all covered in this article, the below table may be helpful. The table covers all aspects of SSC CGL 2016 tier 3 analysis.


SSC CGL Tier 3 Analysis 2016-17:

Question 1Question 2Remarks
Question typeEssayLetter (Informal)
Question contentDo's and don't during an earthquakeLetter to your younger brother talking about pros and cons of computer based tests
Marks5050Total marks: 100
Word limit250 words150 wordsTry to stick to word limit. 5-10 additional words should not be penalized
Suggested time to devote35 minutes25 minutesSince the essay has a longer word limit, you could devote a few extra minutes. However, both questions are worth 50 marks, so it is important that you give equal weightage to them.
Key success factorsLegible, readable handwriting and neat work is more important that beautiful/ cursive writingExceeding word limit by a few words (~5%) shouldn't impact your performanceBetter to have a complete answer, instead of adding more points, and leaving the answer incomplete

So how was your experience with the exam? Hope you found this SSC CGL Tier 3 exam analysis helpful. Do share your views/ feedback of the exam in the comments below. We d love to hear from you.

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