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SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper 2018 Syllabus, Essay & Letter Writing Tips

SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper 2017 Syllabus, Essay & Letter Writing Tips


Dear CHSL Aspirants!


The Staff Selection Commission has released a calendar for 2018 Exam. According to the schedule, SSC CHSL Tier II Exam will be conducted on 29th September 2019. The Tier II exam is also known as the Descriptive Paper.


As per the SSC exam norms, those who clear Tier 2 Paper will have to appear for Tier 3 Exam that is Typing Test or Skill Test. To qualify the written procedure of SSC CHSL 2018, you must clear the Descriptive Paper (SSC CHSL Tier II).


Here, we are going to place a deeper analysis of SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper, its syllabus, and paper pattern with effective tips to prepare SSC CHSL Tier II (Descriptive Paper). We will also provide you the Expected Topics which can be asked in SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper. You can check the updated topics of:


Essay Writing

Letter Writing



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What is SSC CHSL Tier II Exam / Descriptive Paper?



SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper is the second phase of SSC CHSL Recruitment Examination. For the first time, the Descriptive Paper was conducted for SSC CHSL 2015 Exam.


A candidate becomes applicable to be a part of this examination only after qualifying the SSC CHSL Tier 1 examination.


When SSC CHSL Results for Tier 1 exam are announced, the name and roll number of the qualified candidates are announced. These qualified candidates have to face the tier 2 (descriptive test) on the scheduled date set as per the scheduled date and events.



Syllabus for SSC CHSL Tier II Exam / Descriptive Paper


The descriptive paper will be given in a narrative and written form. You will be allowed to choose your own medium in writing the exam. It’s a “Pen & Paper Mode” exam.


The Syllabus of the SSC CHSL Descriptive will be consisting the following:


Essay Writing

Letter or Application Writing


We are explaining the exam pattern for SSC CHSL Tier II Exam (Descriptive Paper).



SSC CHSL Tier 2 (Descriptive Paper) Exam Pattern


SSC CHSL (10+2) Tier II Exam will be a written exam of descriptive form. You need to write essays and letters or application within the word limit set by the officials.


Below, we are giving you the officially prescribed exam pattern for writing the descriptive paper, so that you will be able to prepare for the test without any confusion.

S. No.


Word Limit (Approximately) 

Time Limit

Maximum Marks


Essay Writing

200 - 250

1 Hour (20 Minutes Compensation for PWD candidates)

100 Marks


Letter/Application Writing

150 - 200


To be Noted:


The minimum qualifying marks for the descriptive paper will be 33%.

The marks of the descriptive paper will be included with Tier I exam to decide the merit list of successful candidates.

Provision of Compensatory Time: The Visually Handicapped/ orthopedically handicapped candidates afflicted by Cerebral Palsy and the orthopedically handicapped candidate (other than a candidate afflicted by Cerebral Palsy) who has a loco motor disability (40% or more) wherein dominant writing extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of the candidate (such deficiency may either be indicated in the medical certificate submitted by the candidate or else is visible and which after due verification by the Regional Director/Deputy Director concerned is found to be legitimate and bonafide), will be allowed compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour.


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Important Tips to Prepare SSC CHSL (10+2) Tier II / Descriptive Paper


Above in this, while discussing the SSC CHSL Descriptive Writing (Tier II) syllabus, we got to know that in this paper you will be asked to write essay and letter/ application following the word limit of 200-250 and 150-200 respectively.


The reason behind forming the paper is to assess the following:


The writing and communication skills of the candidates.

Their ability to manage their duties and workload.

Awareness regarding the current affairs or events happening in their surroundings.

Their opinion regarding the happenings.


So here comes the trouble of preparing for the descriptive paper. To make it easy for the candidates we are sharing the vital tips and plans to develop the writing skills. Also, you will be able to choose the topics to write essays and letter/applications.




How to Write an Essay for SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper?


1. To start an essay, you must choose topics. In SSC CHSL descriptive paper you will be given topics related to National Interest, Ecological Issues, Social Issues, Finance & Economy, Politics, Schemes & Governance, Technology, Sports, Environmental Concerns, Geopolitics etc.


2. Start reading newspapers to gain knowledge regarding the major happenings and then pick important news topics and write about them in short.


3. Preferred newspapers are The Hindu, The Indian Express, Economic Times etc. (For those who are opting English Medium) and Dainik Tribune, Dainik Bhaskar, Dainik Jagran, Navabharat (for Hindi Medium candidates). You should read 10-15 articles daily.


4. Learn innovative words/ increase your vocabulary so that you can use different suitable words in your essay.


5. Study basic grammar. To form a meaningful phrase, you should write them using correct grammar.


6. Write the essay by dividing it into three phases-


Introduction of 40 words

Body of 160 words

Conclusion of 50 words


7. Explain the matter with the help of valid data, facts & figures, examples etc. to increase the quality of your writing.


8. Divide your essay into paragraphs for easy readability.


9. If you are providing some important points that should be noticed, please use bullet points.


10. To help you with the topics to prepare for descriptive paper we are giving you some ideas:


Impact and Scope of GST Bill in India

 Gauge the Success of Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan

 Ambit and Expansion of Aadhaar Card’s Scope in India

 Discuss OROP and its feasibility

 Triple Talaq

 Death Penalty for child rape

 Political system in India

 LGBT Rights

 Euthanasia in India

 Kashmir problem: Is it a creation of our unwise policies?

 Are Naxals and Maoists serious threat to national security?

 India's plan to fight pollution & changing atmosphere conditions

 Article 370 of the Constitution of India

 Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao

 Union Indian Budget

 Women Empowerment

 Role of technology in gross development

 Eradication of black money from country, steps taken by government

 Technology Advancement in India (ISRO)

 Make in India Initiative

 Intellectual Property Rights

 UDAN Scheme

 Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA) – Making Rural India Digitally Literate

 6000 Pregnancy Aid Scheme for Pregnant Women in India

 Mid-Day Meal Scheme for Madarsas to be Launched Soon

 Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY) – Skills in Line with International Standards

 Digital India



Now let’s understand few important points with the help of an example.


“Que: Write an essay on "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" in about 250 words.”


While writing the essay you must keep the correct flow.

(a) First, give an intro like “what is the mission all about”.

(b) Then, give the complete details and a broad illustration.

(c) Then, explain how this mission will be helpful. Give details about its aim.

(d) Now, write about the problem being faced by the government while running the mission.

(e) At Last, give some feasible suggestions about how could the problem be solved and how can the mission be made a successful one. 


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How to Write Letters/ Applications for SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper?


1. Letters/ Applications writing will tell your skills to write officials mails.

2. You must follow a prescribed format to write a letter or application.

3. You cannot put your own pattern.

4. While writing a letter you must keep the following points in your mind:

 Purpose of writing

 To the person (address)

 Appropriate language

 Complete message


 What action are you willing to take?

 Short and accurate information

5. When writing a formal letter, you may write to:






You can use topics like Complaint, Suggestion, Application, Official Appreciation, Follow-up or Feedback etc.


6. When writing an informal letter, you may write to:



To help you with the topics to prepare for letter writing we are giving you some ideas:

Write a letter to the director municipal corporation Mumbai, west to the complaint against streetlights in our locality.

 Write a letter to All India Boxing Association to complain about lack of basic facilities to the players.

 Write a letter to Hostel Committee to complain about the condition of food.

 Write a letter to the zonal health officer about the unhygienic conditions.

 Write a letter to your Office to complain about your monthly pension not being deposited yet.

 Write a complaint letter to Online Shopping Company regarding receiving damaged goods.

 Write a letter to your Uncle advising him on his retirement plans.

 Write a letter to author praising his book on stress and anxiety.


Questions asked in Previous year SSC Descriptive Paper


Write an Essay in about 250 words on the "Beti Bacho Beti Padao" initiative of the government of India. Also, state how you could contribute to the fight against girl child discrimination. (SSC MTS 2017)

Write a letter in about 200 words to the sports secretary, department of sports, the government of India, giving you an assessment about the performance of India in a Rio Olympic games and offering suggestions how India can improve its performance in the next Olympic games. (SSC MTS 2016)

Write an essay on Swachh Bharat Mission in about 250 words. (SSC MTS 2016)



Now let’s understand few important points with the help of an example.


“Que: Write a letter in 200 words to Sports Secretary, Department of Sports, Government of India, giving your assessment of the performance of India in Rio Olympic games and suggestions on how can improve in next Olympic games.”


You are advised to write the letter by following the flow of the question.


(a) First, write about your assessment of the performance of India in Rio Olympic Games. Give complete details.

(b) Then, explain the drawbacks you find in the performance.

(c) And then give your suggestions about how India’s performance can be improved in the next Olympic Games.



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Writing SSC CHSL Descriptive paper is all about the way you present the knowledge and information you pursue related to the given topics.


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  • Sanjeet Parasar
    Sir, Previous year u solved my problem by ur suggestions. So thanks for ur kind and important suggestion. This time I got 149.5 marks and belong to UR. So how many marks shoul...
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    Hello Sanjeet,   Thanks for your kind words! The letter writing format will remain same as followed by Indian Govt. departments. Still to help candidates like you, we'll provi...
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    Sanjeet Parasar
    Could u send it to my email pls?
    Hello Sanjeet,   You can bookmark this blog by pressing ctrl+D. Keep on visiting our blog and you'll get the update whenever we'll add the letter and essay format.   Than...
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  • Prashant kumar
    Please give me a sample answer sheet of descriptive paper ,and how to write a hindi essay in columns and some important topics for exam.
    Hello Prashant Kumar, Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for Sharing your query with us!   The top 10 topics to prepare for CHSL Descriptive papers are:   1. De...
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    Vikrant Hooda
    sir pkka enhi 10 topics me se hi ayega ssc chsl tier 2 me
  • Abhinav Mishra
    Hello sir today I had done a mistake in essay writing that is I wrote two words in one what is the effect of this mistake? Plz tell me..coz am done so much good but had two...
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    Hello Abhinav Mishra, Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for Sharing your query with us!   However, your marks will not get deducted, the extra matter you have written will...
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  • Akshay Choudhary
    सर ,1 पेपर 200no. का है। 2 पेपर 100no. Ka जो कि पासिंग मार्क्स का है । 3 टाइपिंग है। सर जो फाइनल मेरिट लगेगी वो 200+100+टाइपिंग= 200+100= या 1st पेपर के हिसाब से लगेग...
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    Hello Akshay Choudhary, Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for Sharing your query with us!   The final merit list will include marks from all the three papers. And you have...
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  • Pawan
    Sir what is the final marks cutoff for gen cat. Out of 300 for deo.. to get selected
    Hello Pawan, Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for Sharing your query with us!   The final cut off marks for DEO Posts (General Category) is 184.   Kind Regards, Edun...
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  • Praveen
    Sir plz tell me how many numbers of essay or letter come in chsl 2018
    Hello Praveen,   There is one essay and one letter or application writing in CHSL 2018 paper.   Thanks for asking!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Madhu Kumari
    Hello sir, I had done a mistake I had written a letter in chsl 2016 in 137 words,is it any problem?because letter is of min. 150 words but I had completed my letter in only 137 wor...
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    Hello Madhu, Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for sharing your query with us!   Don't worry, 130-160 word limit is considered as safe. All the best!   Kind Regards, ...
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  • Robin raj
    Sir I have filled medium of typing test hindi in ssc chsl application form is it possible to change typing test medium from hindi to english? how?
    Hello Robin,   In our knowledge, the Medium of Typing can not be changed later. But we'd suggest you to register this problem with SSC helpline number.   Thanks for askin...
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  • Deepak
    आदरणीय महोदय, कृपया मुझे CHSL TIER 2 परीक्षा से संबंधित विषयों के बारे में बताएं जिन्हें तैयार कर के म आने वाली परीक्षा में अच्छे अंक ला सकु......आपके मार्गदर्शन से मुझे TIER 1 म...
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    Hello Deepak,   Thanks for the Kind Words and Appreciation! We succeed only when our students get success, for Tier 2 preparation we'll soon publish a study plan(with importan...
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  • Vikrant Hooda
    sir plzzz tell us important topics for ssc chsl tier 2. plz reply fast Thanku
    Hello Rahul, these topics are already mentioned in the blog.
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