How to Prepare SSC CGL Tier 3 Descriptive Paper 2022?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

SSC CGL 2022 Tier 3 is scheduled to be conducted on 21 August 2022. Here we are going to provide you with all the information regarding SSC CGL Tier 3. There are a few essay/letter/precis writing tips to keep in mind while preparing for SSC CGL Tier 3 examination. The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the CGL exam every year for the recruitment of eligible candidates in various government departments across the country. 

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SSC CGL 2022 Tier 3 Exam Pattern

In the SSC CGL Tier 3 Descriptive paper, candidates are required to write an essay, precis, letter and/or application. The maximum marks for the Combined Graduate Level Tier 3 descriptive exam are 100. Check below the SSC CGL Tier 3 Paper Pattern:

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Scheme Maximum
Time Duration Exam Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.) 100

60 Minutes

For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand) – 80 Minutes

Pen & Paper Mode
  • SSC CGL Tier 3 will be a descriptive type paper of 100 marks
  • The exam will be conducted in Pen and Paper mode
  • Duration of Paper will be 60 minutes i.e. 1 hour
  • There will be questions of Essay Writing (250 Words)/ Precis Writing/ Letter Writing
  • This exam will be of qualifying nature but marks are included in the preparation of the final merit
  • The paper will be bilingual i.e. you can write answers either in Hindi or English Language.

SSC CGL 2022 Tier 3 Descriptive Paper Preparation Strategy

This paper is introduced to evaluate the writing skills of candidates. The best strategy for this paper is “Practice”:  the more you write, the better you become. Good content and the ability to provide a proper structure to content are needed to write an essay or letter. If you practice, then both these skills can be improved over time. For this paper, you need to focus on Essay/ letter/application/ precis writing equally. Here we will discuss points for each question that can help in your preparation.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Essay Writing 2022

  1. Read newspapers daily to understand the effective way of writing and topics that are important in the current period. As newspaper provide content for every topic and you can understand how the paragraph is connected to each other and what approach the editor takes.
  2. Read the editorial of a well-known newspaper and build your own arguments related to the topics. Jot down the important points of topics and relate them in a good manner whenever you write.
  3. By reading a newspaper you will learn the proper use of words, this will also help in improving grammar as proper grammar is required in writing skills so works on your grammar portion also. Build your vocabulary as it will play a major role in any type of writing.
  4. Practice writing an essay as it will build your confidence and help you during the exam time
  5. Write your essay and get it evaluated by your friends so that you can work on the weak portion.
  6. Try to write what you know about the topic as many students write whatever comes to their minds and it will affect their marks even after writing too much.
  7. Buy a good book that contains a number of essays as it will provide you with good content on important topics.
  8. Here is an essay structure you can follow:

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Concept
  • Trending scenario
  • Good sides
  • Bad sides
  • Your suggestions
  • Conclusion.

Tips for Writing a Good Essay in SSC CGL Tier 3 2022

Writing a good essay is an art and can be mastered with the help of regular practice. Let us check some of the important aspects of essay writing which would help you score higher in the SSC CGL 2022 Tier 3 descriptive paper. 

  • Word Limit: When writing an essay for an exam, make sure that you finish the essay within the allotted word count. If candidates use more words than allowed, they are rewarded with negative markings. 
  • Clean Copy: The essay must be written in clear, legible handwriting. The essay should be simple to read and less confusing for the reader. Students should also maintain clean copies with minimum errors.
  • Use of quotation/slogans/saying: Using well-known sayings or quotes from notable figures and leaders will win you extra points. You can use these quotations at the beginning or end of your introduction. The use of quotes enhances the interest of an essay.
  • Use of Idioms and New words: Use of Idioms and New words in essays helps students communicate their ideas clearly. It demonstrates your linguistic abilities and increases your score.
  • Right Format: Essays should always be written in a standard format. An essay should follow the structure of introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • Say No to Grammatical Errors and Spelling Mistakes: As the descriptive exam tests, the linguistic abilities of the students, it is important that essay should be free of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Verify that the sentences adhere to the grammatical rules and the subject-verb agreement. Additionally, be sure to check for correct grammar and spelling errors. The final five minutes of the test should be used for editing.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Letter Writing 2022

  1. The most important thing in letter writing is its format so you should know the proper format of both.
  2. The introductory paragraph, main body and closing body should be in the proper place as they will play a major role.
  3. Avoid rewriting and cutting in letter/application writing as it will cast a negative impact on the examiner.
  4. Practice makes a man perfect so write a letter/application to evaluate your improvement.
  5. Practice both types of letters i.e. formal and informal
  6. Here is letter format outline can follow:
  • Heading
  • Salutation
  • Subject
  • Content
  • Designation

SSC CGL Tier 3 Precis Writing 2022

Précis writing basically means writing a summary of the passage. Candidates are given a lengthy paragraph in this type of question, and they are expected to summarise it. One shouldn’t take précis writing for granted. Précis writing may appear simple at first, but it is not. It just fails to summarise the subject. Most applicants are unaware of the right guidelines for précis writing, which causes them to do poorly in the final test. Here are some tips

  1. Decide the main heading/ theme of passage after careful reading
  2. The size of the precis should be less than the original paragraph.
  3. Don’t write it as it is, understand what the author wants to convey
  4. Write the meaning and message of the paragraph in your own word.

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