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Why is the SSC CGL Tier 1 Cut Off so high this year?

Why is the SSC CGL 2019 Tier 1 cut off so high as compared to the previous years? This question has put many aspirants in a dilemma after the release of SSC CGL Tier 1 result. The CGL 2019 Tier 1 examination was held from 3rd March to 9th March. More than 9 Lakh students appeared for the exam competing for 8,582 vacancies released by SSC tentatively. There are various reasons responsible for the increase in the cut off this year that has troubled the aspirants. Let’s discuss some important and crucial points that can be the possibility behind high Tier 1 cut off for SSC CGL.

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SSC CGL 2019 Tier 1 Cut off

The cut off for this year was seen on the rise with the increase in 10 marks from the previous year cut off for general category. Last year, the cut off for remaining posts for general category was 137.07. However, this year the year saw a spike of 10 marks resulting in 147.78 for general category.

Normalisation was a part of both years and can be said to be a crucial factor. Check out the cut off for 2018 and 2019 for all posts given below.

SSC CGL Cut Off: 2019-20 (Tier I)
Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) Junior Statistical Officer (Grade-II) Remaining Posts
UR 180.12237 165.77474 147.78606
OBC 172.76640 154.87053 135.95037
SC 156.73419 130.76651 115.35401
ST 151.46077 119.99291 104.91984
EWS 175.31247 152.03803 135.04329
OH 147.08520 130.86331 98.42808
HH 117.49075 86.44781 40.00000
Others-PWD 83.70627 40.00000 40.00000
SSC CGL Cut Off: 2018-19 (Tier I)
Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) Junior Statistical Officer (Grade-II) Remaining Posts
UR 170 165.96 137.07
OBC 165 162.35 131.18
SC 148.97 140.11 111.10
ST 141.86 129.56 103.22
Ex.S 40.00
OH 132.90 112.48 95.55
HH 102.45 51.99 40.00
VH 64.57 70.25


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Reasons for high cut off in SSC CGL 2019 Tier 1

After the declaration of SSC CGL result, students started wondering of the reasons resulting in such high cut off marks like never before. Several reasons can be listed based on assumptions and observations. We are providing you with our analyzation and the possible reasons that acted as a deciding factor.

1. Less number of Students selected this year

The number of students qualified in SSC CGL 2019 Tier 1 is 1,25,279 as compared to the 1,50,396 candidates selected in the previous year. The decline in qualified candidates is because this year, SSC has selected students for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 as per its official notice.

The candidates qualified in Tier 1 are likely to appear for tier 3 as well to minimize the recruitment process. Nearly, 25,000 less number of students were selected this year and it can be a major factor in the increase in cut off.

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2. Easier exam than the previous year

According to some students, the exam was comparatively easy in many shifts as compared to the previous year. Although in some shifts, Quantitative aptitude and general awareness sections were tough, the exam difficulty level can definitely be a deciding factor in the cut off marks.

3. EWS category added this year

One category was added this year named EWS for economically weaker sections. The addition of this category resulted in less number of vacancies for general category students. The highest increase in cut off marks were seen for general category. Hence, as the vacancies are now divided into more categories, this can be an important factor determining the high cut off marks.

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4. Increase in the competition and a decrease in the vacancies

There no doubt that the competition for SSC examinations has been rapidly increasing for the past years. The number of students who appeared for SSC CGL Tier 1 examination was 9,78,103 as compared to 8,37,000 candidates appeared last year. While the number of vacancies notified by SSC for 2019 is 8,582 as compared to 11,271 vacancies notified for 2018. The decrease in vacancy and increase in the competition among aspirants must not be neglected.

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5. Normalization

Normalization has been an integral part of all SSC examinations for the past 2 years. With the exam being conducted in multiple shifts, the marks are normalized resulting in the increase of up to 40-50 marks for many students. Surprisingly, some students are even able to score more than 200 marks in Tier 1, the maximum marks for the exam. Normalization have definitely spiked the cut off marks for all exams.

We hope that this article provided a deeper insight into the possible reasons for the higher cut off marks in SSC CGL. The above points are entirely based on our views and thoughts.

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