Descriptive Writing Tips For SSC MTS Paper 2 Exam

SSC MTS Paper 2 Exam

Dear Aspirants,

Staff Selection Commission conducted the SSC MTS Tier 1 Exam from 2nd August to 22nd August 2019. The candidates qualified in the Paper I will appear for the next stage i.e. Paper-II scheduled to be held on 24th November 2019. The SSC MTS Paper 2 is qualifying in nature and candidates will be required to write an essay and a letter with a time duration of 30 minutes. Check the SSC MTS Paper 2 exam pattern given below:

Subject Maximum Marks Total Duration/ Timing 
Short Essay /Letter in English or any language included in the 8th schedule of the Constitution. 50 30 Minutes

Some important points about the exam:

  • Paper-II will be descriptive in nature. 
  • Timing for Visually handicapped cerebral palsy candidates is 45 Minutes
  • This exam is qualifying in nature.

The descriptive paper for SSC MTS Paper 2 can be written in English or Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri (also Meitei or Meithei), Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. We are providing you with the tips for SSC MTS Descriptive paper where you need to take care of some of the points related to the descriptive writing.

1. Stay within the word limit
While appearing for the descriptive writing exam, make sure you stick to the word limit and don’t exceed it as it may result in losing marks. The maximum marks for the SSC MTS Paper 2 are 50 and going beyond the word limit will do no good to you. Make sure you create a rough draft by writing important points that need to be included in the Essay and Letter.

2. Be concise about the writeup
Unnecessary exaggerating the points may lead to making your essay or letter boring. Make sure you explain the topic briefly. SSC MTS requires you to write a short essay and hence you should not beat around the bush while writing the same. Letter and essay should only talk about the important things useful as per the exam perspective.

3. Practice before appearing
Make sure you read all the topics and practice enough before appearing for the actual exam. Write one essay and one letter on a daily basis. Check if you are able to complete the paper within 30 minutes. Use block designed sheets as in the actual exam and write on them for thorough practice. Have a look at the snippet of the block sheets that will be given in the exam.

4. Time management is important
As you will be given only 30 minutes to complete the descriptive paper, it is really important to manage the time accordingly. Divide your time according to the time taken by you individually for both the sections. Note down important points before writing anything on paper.

5. Stick to the Format
The format for writing letters and essay is really important as it constitutes important marks for any descriptive writing exam. Take a look at the formats for Essay and Letter given below:

Essay Writing Format

  1. Introduction
  2. Body
  3. Conclusion

Concise and informational sentences with apt grammatical usage are the key to enthuse impression.

Formal Letter Writing Format

Letter writing has 2 parts-Formal Letter writing and Informal Letter Writing

Formal Letter- This type of letter writing calls for the awareness of formal vocabulary and the correct format provided below.

Sender’s address (on the left top corner of the page)


Receiver’s address


Salutation (Sir/Madam)

Body of letter:
Main Content

Thanking you

Tips to remember-Don’t use phrasal verbs, idioms, contracted form of words like don’t, can’t, etc. and imperatives.

Informal Letter Writing Format

This type of letter writing is more friendly as it is to be written to friends, family members or relatives. The letter format should be like the one given below.

Sender’s address (on the left corner of the page)


Salutation (My Dear Friend/My Dear Brother)

Good Morning/Hope you will be fine

Body Content

With Best Wishes

Sender’s Name

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