How To Prepare for SSC CGL & CHSL Descriptive Tier 3 Exam Paper Latest Tips

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) (Hindi: कर्मचारी चयन आयोग) was  formed in November 1975.  It is an organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices.  This commission is an attached office of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) which consists of Chairman, two Members and a Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations. His post is equivalent to the level of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.  Staff Selection Commission has its headquarters located at New Delhi. At present it has seven Regional offices at Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, Bangalore. It also has two Sub- Regional offices at Raipur and Chandigarh. Each Regional office is headed by a Regional Director and each Sub-Regional office is headed by a Deputy Director.

Staff Selection Commission the following main examination to recruit eligible candidates.

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGLE ) :   SSC CGL is an open- competitive written examination conducted to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India. It is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for selecting staff for various Group B and Group C posts.  SSC CGL is considered to be one of the biggest exams to be conducted for graduate students.  Every year a great number of candidates appear in this examination.  There are a variety of posts that one can opt for as per one’s preference. Please note that while filing up the application, your preference for a post will be considered as final and any request for change of post will not be entertained later. Whether you get through the post that you applied for or not, will depend on your performance in Tier I and Tier II exams and the Interview/ Computer Proficiency / Skill Test that follows if you successfully clear the Tier I and II exams.

SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination  : Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts one of the famous exams of the country which is the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) Examination. SSC conducts CHSL exam for the recruitment of Data Entry Operator (DEO), Lower Division Clerk (LDC), Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant & Court Clerk.

SSC CGL & CHSL Descriptive Tier 3 Exam Paper – Preparation Tips

Below we are providing complete details of SSC CGL and SSC CHSL examinations alongwith exam preparation strategy for the candidates so that they can crack their examinations easily.

SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGLE ) 

Educational Qualification

  1. Candidates having Bachelor degree from a recognized university or institute are eligible to apply for SSC CGL.
  2. Only a Chartered accountant (CA), Company Secretary (CS) or a candidate who has attained the degree of Masters in Commerce, business studies, business administration or business economics can apply for ‘Assistant Audit Officer’.
  3. Only those candidates having Bachelor degree in any discipline are eligible to apply for the post of ‘Statistical Investigator’ who have scored at least 60% marks in mathematics at 12th level.
  4. For the post of ‘Compiler’, only those candidates having Bachelor degree can apply who have had Economics, Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory subject.

Age Limit

  1. Candidates who have been born on or between 02.08.1987 to 01.08.1999 are eligible to apply their online application form.
  2. Candidates of reserved category are offered the age relaxation. Such reserved candidates can get minimum 3 years to maximum 15 years of age relaxation as according to their specific category.

Selection Procedure for SSC CGLE:

Selection process includes the following –

  • Tier-1: Written Examination (Objective Type) (200 Marks)
  • Tier-2: Written Examination (Objective Type) (each paper carry 200 marks)
  • Tier-3: Written Examination (Descriptive Type) (100 Marks)
  • Tier-4: Computer Test / Skill Test (wherever applicable)

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern :

  • It is a Preliminary Examination which is conducted for all students who want to work as assistant in various departments in Staff Selection Commission.
  • It is organize to examine the large no. of applicant’s skills and basic knowledge. It is an objective type written examination.
  • Commission fixes different cut off for different categories in Tier 1.
  • Only those participants who will qualify tier 1 Exam with minimum cut off marks will be able to get involved in tier 2 exam.
Subject Max Ques. Max Marks Duration (hours)
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
General Awareness 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50
Total 200 200
Negative Marking: 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

Staff Selection Commission CGL Tier 2:

  • After appearing in tier 1 exam, a tier 2 examination is conducted and this is known as Mains Examinations.
  • Question of this paper is also Objective Type. For this exam commission also fixes minimum cut off and candidates who secure marks within that cut off can apply for Tier 3.

SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern :

Subject Max Ques. Max Marks Negative Marking (for every incorrect answer) Duration (hours)
Quantitative Abilities 100 200 0.5 2 hours
English Language & Comprehension 100 200 0.25 2
Commerce/ Mathematics Statistics/ Economics / General Studies 100 200 0.5 2
Negative Marking: 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

SSC CGL Tier 3 Details :

Aspirants, who are successfully, qualified (Combined Graduate Level Exam) tier 1 and tier 2 will undergo a tier 3 process that is Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test, and Document verification followed by the descriptive test. Candidates who qualify this round will be recruited for assistant post in different departments. SSC CGL Tier 1 Selection Process is conducted just only the screening of list of applicants but final merit list is prepared after combining marks of tier 1 and tier 2. Then descriptive test will organize for selected candidates if applicable.

After successful completion of each tier / Staff Selection Commission CGL Exam, SSC will announce the all India merit list against each category of post for those candidates who are qualifying Combined Graduate Level Examination / SSC CGL Recruitment Exam. Then Shortlisted successor will be appointed based on their merit. After some time Staff Selection Commission will send offer letter to selected candidates for appointment in concerned department.

SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test (CPT):

Those aspirants who are applying for Assistant in CSS only have to appear Computer Proficiency Test. This test will consist of Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides.

SSC CGL Skill Test:

Skill test will be for those who are applying for Tax Assistant Posts in Central Excise and income Tax.

Data Entry Speed Test:

This test will be for those who are applying for Data Entry Operator. 8000 Key Depression per hour on Computer and 2000 key depressions for in 15 minutes.

SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination  

Educational Qualification – Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.

Age Limit – Minimum age is 18 years and maximum age is 27 years. Age relaxation provided to certain categories as per the government rules.

Selection Procedure :-

Selection process includes three steps:

  • 1st Step: Tier-1 Written Exam (Objective Type) (200 Marks) (Online Mode)
  • 2nd Step: Tier-2 Written Exam (Descriptive Type) (100 Marks) (Offline Mode)
  • 3rd Step: Tier-3 Skill Test / Typing Test (candidates who qualify the tier-2 exam will be called for Skill Test / Typing Test)


How to Prepare for SSC CGLE Descriptive Tier 3 Exam Paper

As you know the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam is now over. And for the first time SSC has come up with a new pattern for the Tier 3 exam. The interview or personality test has been replaced by the Written Descriptive Exam. This Descriptive Paper that aims to test your proficiency in writing. The offline, pen and paper based exam may also be a means to test you on how you formulate your ideas to form firm arguments and opinions on certain topics. This would be especially done by the essay writing. The descriptive paper is also a means to evaluate your communication skills to determine how effectively you convey ideas in a precise manner.

Below we are providing Expert Tips for SSC CGL Examination Tier 3 Descriptive Paper.  These tips will help you to tackle and ace the paper.

  1. Read newspapers, articles and political magazines as much as possible. Not only does this increase your vocabulary but also helps you bring flow in your writing. English medium students must read The Hindu, The Indian Express, Economic Times.
  2. The articles you read must cover a range of topics including – (I) Social Issues like Poverty, Education, Equality, Social Evils (Child Marriage, Dowry, Rape etc.) (II)  Finance & Economy (e.g. Demonetization, RBI Rates, GDP Rates etc.)  (III) Politics, Schemes & Governance (e.g. Upcoming and recently concluded elections, coups, revolutions and agitations, political deaths etc.)  (IV)  Technology (e.g. UPI, Payment Wallets, Vaccines, Social Networks etc.) (V) Sports (e.g. Recent wins, retirements etc.) (VI) Environmental Concerns like Pollution, Overpopulation. (VII) Geopolitics (e.g. Chinese aggression in Indian Ocean, Syrian Refugee Crisis).   Also make sure you are up to date on FACTS.  It is these FACTS that will help you frame and write a better essay. You don’t need to go into too much details but you need to be aware of the basics. So make sure you are still reading up on Current Affairs
  3. Remember that you have only 60 minutes to attempt 2-3 descriptive topics, so do not spend unnecessary time on any of them. If there is Precis, spend no more than 15 minutes on it, 15 minutes on Letter, and 30 minutes on Essay. If there is no Precis, you can equally distribute the extra time between the Letter and the Essay.
  4. Attempt the Essay first as it would require some brainstorming and may also carry the maximum marks. Attempt the Letter next as it has a set format and you need to only flesh out the body. This can easily be achieved in a set amount of time. Finally attempt the Precis (if it appears) as it requires on-the-spot thinking and creation of content within a specified number of words. This often takes a lot of rewrites.
  5. Let your essay have 3 parts: Introduction, Body and Conclusion. The Body can be further divided into 3 to 5 paragraphs. Don’t worry, you have enough time to write that much. Make sure that each paragraph talks about one or two important aspects and not more. Try to complete an idea within the paragraph and introduce a new idea in the next paragraph.
  6. If you think that your vocabulary is not very good, use simple words to properly explain your ideas. Pay careful attention to grammar and see that your language is correct. To validate your points, quotes from some author are welcome if only you remember them properly. Try to validate your points with relevant examples.
  7. Make sure that you do not go on writing whatever comes to your mind and end up writing unnecessary things. Remember that at the end of the day, the quality and not the quantity matters. Make sure that you’ve covered all the important points in your initial pointers within the prescribed time frame.

Précis Writing Tips for Tier 3 Descriptive Paper in SSC CGL Exam

1. Read the given/original passage carefully and try to grasp the idea that it wants to convey. Look for the theme of the passage and decide the heading based on the same.

2. Quickly make a table consisting of columns and rows according to the number of words you have to write. For instance, make a 10×10 table, if you have to write 100 words.

3. Size of the precis should be less than the original paragraph (about 1/3rd the number of original words).

4. Since you have already understood what the passage is saying, write the précis in your own words. Use words which can encompass several words. Try not to rewrite sentences as they are.

5. You may drop sentences that you think are redundant.

6. This topic will require a lot of practice. Try to practice one-word substitution type of questions.

7. Express the meaning and the central message of paragraph in your own words.

8. Remember not to exceed the word limit by a huge margin. 2 words more or less will not be an issue. The whole point of writing a précis is how precise yet clear and expressive you can be.


We hope that the information provided by us will be useful for those aspirants who are going to appear for the SSC CGL Examination 2017-18.

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