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How to Prepare For Descriptive Paper in SSC CHSL

Last Updated - December 16, 2017

SSC CHSL Tier 2, Descriptive Paper will be conducted on June 8, 2018. The paper will mainly comprise two questions on Essay Writing and Letter Writing. The questions will be based on topics concerning recent events.

SSC CHSL is conducted by SSC (Staff Selection Commission) every year for the recruitment of vacancies in various posts like Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants (PA/SA), Data Entry Operator (DEO), Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC), Court Clerk offered in various departments in ministries under the Government of India and is measured as one of the challenging exam of India.

  • SSC CHSL has three tiers- Tier 1 (Computer-based test), Tier 2 (Descriptive Test) and Tier 3 (Skill-Based Test)
  • A candidate must qualify tier 1 to proceed to Tier 2 test.    in order to advance to the next tier and remain in the selection process
  • Merit list is prepared according to the combined marks of each tier.

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SSC SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

As per the notification of SSC CHSL exam, Tier 2 (Descriptive Paper) will be conducted in offline mode, having descriptive questions. The objective of this test is to evaluate applicants’ writing skills and their ability to draft quick communication which is necessary in Government jobs. Some quick facts about SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam pattern are:

  • It will be of 100 Marks and will be conducted in ‘Pen and Paper Mode.
  • The duration of the paper would be for one hour and 80 minutes for visually handicapped. Check Complete SSC CHSL 2017 Exam Pattern
  • Questions will be based on writing an Essay of 200-250 words and a Letter/ Application of approximately 150-200 words.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in Tier 2 would be 33.

A word of Caution: The paper must be answered either in English or in Hindi.

Important Topics for SSC CHSL Tier 2

In order to crack this exam, applicants should practice writing essays, letters as well as Applications. Below mentioned are important tips to be considered while preparing:

Essay Writing in SSC CHSL Tier 2

Essay writing carries maximum weightage in Tier 2 exam as the approximate word limit is 200-250. An essay consists of many paragraphs and must be connected together in a manner. It is important to note that the word limit for the essay is 250-275 words which should not be exceeded.

The examiners will evaluate the essay based on the following points:

  • Clarity of expression- Ability to define the given topic correctly.
  • Language- The essay should not have grammatical errors and punctuation should be used wherever necessary.
  • Continuity and Understanding- The paragraphs should be interlinked and the content written should be relevant to the topic.
  • Content- The objective of the topic, its components, its strength, and weaknesses, as well as threats, should be discussed in the main content. For instance, if the topic is about a certain government initiative like Make in India then students must write about the aim of this initiative, when it was launched, who launched it, how this initiative has changed urban and rural scenario and the advantages and disadvantages of the said initiative.
  • Suggestions- Ideas regarding better implementation or development of the topic.

The topics that can be expected for SSC CHSL Tier 2 Essay Writing are:

  • Demonetization
  •  Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana
  •  Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
  •  Startup India/Stand up India for students
  •  Cashless economy
  •  Union Indian Budget
  •  Women Empowerment
  •  Role of technology in gross development
  •  GST bill and its benefits
  •  Eradication of black money from country, steps taken by government
  •  Technology Advancement in India (ISRO)
  •  Make in India Initiative
  •  Intellectual Property Rights
  •  Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
  •  UDAN Scheme
  •  Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA) – Making Rural India Digitally Literate
  •  Vrishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 – The Old Age Pension Scheme
  •  6000 Pregnancy Aid Scheme for Pregnant Women in India
  •  New Scheme for Monthly Allowance of Rs. 1500 to Unemployed & Poor

Below mentioned tips can be very useful for starters:

  • Learn innovative words/ increase your vocabulary so that you can use different suitable words in your essay.
  • Study basic grammar. To form a meaningful phrase, you should write them using correct grammar.
  • Write the essay by dividing it into three phases starting with the Introduction of 40 words followed by Body of 160 words and ending with a Conclusion of 50 words
  • Explain the matter with the help of valid data, facts & figures, examples etc. to increase the quality of your writing.
  • Divide your essay into paragraphs for easy readability.
  • If you are providing some important points that should be noticed, please use bullet points.

Letter/ Application Writing in SSC CHSL Tier 2

In SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam, students can be asked to write a letter to an editor/ governing body or an application for a job opportunity or to accept/ reject such an opportunity. Letter/ Application writing is not very lengthy provided the candidate has an idea about what to write.

Example topics for SSC CHSL Tier 2 Letter Writing are:

  • Letter to Editor/ Authority in-charge
  • Complain letter regarding increasing noise pollution in your locality.
  • Complain letter regarding trouble faced by common people due to bad roads/ no electricity/ demonetization.
  • Complain letter mentioning the state of traffic near your locality.
  • Letter to present views on Corruption in the country.
  • Letter to present views on effect of digitalization on the youth of today.

The topics that can be expected for SSC CHSL Tier 2Application Letter Writing are: -

  • Application for the post of a manager/ assistant/ clerk etc. in a company.
  • Letter to schedule/ reschedule an interview date.
  • Letter to accept/ reject a job opportunity.
  • Letter to postpone date of joining the company.

Below mentioned tips can be very useful for starters:

  • You must follow a prescribed format to write a letter or application.
  • You cannot put your own pattern.
  • While writing a letter you must mind the purpose of writing, to the person (address), appropriate language, complete message, Fluency, what action are you willing to take and when writing a formal letter, you may write to:
  1. Principal
  2. Police
  3. Editor
  4. HR
  • You can use topics like Complaint, Suggestion, Application, Official Appreciation, Follow-up or Feedback etc.
  • When writing an informal letter, you may write to:
  1. Relatives
  2. Friends
  • You can use topics like Apologies, Congratulation, Invitation, Asking for Favor, Offer Condolence etc.



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