Descriptive Paper Strategy for SSC CHSL Exam

The descriptive paper in the SSC CHSL exam was introduced in 2015 for the very first time. The syllabus in 2015 exam was same as of objective test that is Reasoning, Maths, GK, and English but in descriptive format. All the topics were of 50 marks making the total 200.

The main objective of any descriptive paper is to test the candidate’s writing skills. How well you can explain your views through writing. So, making the syllabus same as of objective test was actually the wrong move by SSC. But now from 2016 onwards the CHSL descriptive exam syllabus is changed.

Now you will be given either Essay or any Application to write. This is I think the correct way to assess the writing skills of any candidate.
Information about the test

  • This is the second stage or TIER-II of SSC CHSL selection procedure.
  • Exam Duration: 1 hour
  • Word Limit: Essay (200-250 words) and Application (150-200 words)
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks: 33%
  • Marks taken in this test will be considered for preparing final merit.
  • Language of the written test: English/Hindi
  • Final Merit: Marks of objective test + Marks of descriptive test

How to prepare for the descriptive test?

There is not any specific rule the writing skills can’t be learned like a formula of maths. The writing abilities refer how well you can express your views about a topic with words. However, I am giving below some tips to help you out.

  • Make sure your essay/application in the format of BEGINNING—MIDDLE—CONCLUSION.
  • Use stats, examples, illustration etc to increase the quality of your writing in the exam.
  • Use paragraphs for easy reading.
  • Use bulleted points like I have done in this article.
  • Reading makes writing better. So, read as much you can. Read Newspaper, Magazines, and Book.
  • Build your vocabulary. A strong knowledge of words is the key to good writing. And also improve your grammar.


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