Practice SSC CGL Tier 3 Precis Writing 2022: Topics and Preparation Tips

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

SSC CGL Tier 3 exam is just around the corner. SSC conducts the SSC CGL Descriptive Paper for the candidates who have successfully cleared the SSC CGL Tier-2 (CBE-2) and one of the most important components for the descriptive exam is SSC CGL Tier 3 Precis writing. It is the shortened form of passage and many students really have confusion in writing precis. We are going to clear all your confusion regarding SSC CGL Tier 3 precis writing and going to provide you with some examples for your better understanding. 

The Staff Selection Commission has released the SSC CGL Tier 3 exam date. The Tier 3 exam will be conducted on 21 August 2022 across the nation and the admit card for the same will be released a week before the exam date. In order to crack it, candidates must know the SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 3 which consists of mainly three topics i.e., Essay writing, Precis Writing and Letter Writing. The candidates who are appearing for the SSC CGL Tier 3 Descriptive Examination can refer to this article.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Preparation Strategy

SSC CGL Tier 3 exam is of 1 hour where the candidates are asked to write about three topics (one question from each topic) i.e.,

  • Essay, 
  • Letter and
  • Precis 

To attempt the SSC CGL Tier 3 descriptive paper candidates should follow proper tips and strategies. Below we are going to provide you all with the preparation tips & strategy for SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam.

Time management:

Learn how you want to divide your one hour so that you’ll have enough time for each question. It is ideal that candidates should allocate 30 mins to Essay writing and 15 mins to Letter and SSC CGL Tier 3 Precis writing each. 

Strategy Preparation:

Before attempting any question just plan out the strategy in your mind that how you want to write that particular topic and prepare a basic framework regarding the particular question.


Attempt the questions in such an order that you will have maximum time for each question. Try attempting the Essay first and then followed by Precis/Letter Writing.


Always present your answer in the best possible way that it highlights all the important points that you want to cover about the specific topics, use quotations, stats, data and good vocabulary to make an extra emphasis on your writing skills.

Tips to Write SSC CGL Tier 3 Precis Writing

SSC CGL Tier 3 Precis Writing format is described below please refer to the pointers provided below:

  • Precis is the shortened form of passage.
  • Precis expresses the theme of the passage as briefly as possible.
  • You can use the title of the precis from the idioms/phrases given in the main passage.
  • It should be written in past tense and indirect speech.
  • SSC CGL Tier 3 Precis writing must cover all the ideas given in a passage.
  • Precis should be understood by a reader without referring to the original passage as it should bring out the gist of the passage in a few words.
  • Precis should not exceed One-third of the words of the passage.
  • SSC CGL Tier 3 Precis writing should be concise, and clear and must make a connected whole.
  • It should specify the points of the main passage in a logical order.
  • Avoid using an exact word from the passage into the precis unless necessary.
  • Avoid words like, ‘In my opinion, I believe’ because it makes your precis a poor one. 

Now we are going to provide you with a passage and a good precis based on it. Try to read it carefully and practice in this way.


It is physically impossible for a well-educated, intellectual, or brave man to make money the chief object of his thoughts just as it is for him to make his dinner the principal object of them. All healthy people like their dinners, but their dinner is not the main object of their lives. So all healthy-minded people who like making money ought to like it and enjoy the sensation of winning it; it is something better than money.

A good soldier, for instance, mainly wishes to do his fighting well. He is glad of his pay—very properly so and justly grumbles when you keep him ten years without it—till, his main mission of life is to win battles, not to be paid for winning them. So of clergymen. The clergyman’s object is essentially baptize and preach not to be paid for preaching. So of doctors. They like fees no doubt—ought to like them; yet if they are brave and well-educated the entire object to their lives is not fees. They on the whole, desire to cure the sick; and if they are good doctors and the choice were fairly to them, would rather cure their patient and lose their fee than kill him and get it. And so with all the other brave and rightly trained men: their work is first, their fee second—very important always; but still second.

Words: 232

SSC CGL Precis Writing

Work vs Money

Money-making is a common attraction in life. But it cannot be the principal aim of well educated, cultured and brave man. A brave soldier prizes honour and victory more than his pay. A good clergyman is more interested in the moral welfare of his people than his returns. A doctor (good) values the care of his patient far more than his fees. Thus with all the well-educated, intellectual persons, their work is first, money next.

Words: 75


When we survey our lives and efforts we soon observe that almost the whole of our actions and desires are bound up with the existence of other human beings. We notice that whole nature resembles that of the social animals. We eat food that others have produced, wear clothes that others have made, live in houses that others have built. The greater part of our knowledge and beliefs has been passed on to us by other people though the medium of a language which others have created. Without language and mental capacities, we would have been poor indeed comparable to higher animals.

We have, therefore, to admit that we owe our principal knowledge over the least to the fact of living in human society. The individual if left alone from birth would remain primitive and beast like in his thoughts and feelings to a degree that we can hardly imagine. The individual is what he is and has the significance that he has, not much in virtue of the individuality, but rather as a member of a great human community, which directs his material and spiritual existence from the cradle to grave.

Words: 192

SSC CGL Precis Writing

Human Being, A Social Animal

Being social animals, human beings have their actions and desires bound up with society. In matters of food, clothes, knowledge and belief they are interdependent. They use language created by others. Without language, their mental power would not grow. They are superior to beast, because they live in human society. An individual life left alone from birth would grow utterly beast-like. So human society and not individuality guides man’s material and spiritual existence.

Words: 74

We have covered two precis writings to help you in your SSC CGL Tier III exam. With just few days left, we wish you all the very best for your exam. You have to be confident and calm on exam day to crack it.

Important Topics for SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam 2022

Below is the list of important SSC CGL Tier 3 topics that could be beneficial for you all in the upcoming SSC CGL Tier III Exam:

  • Social Issues
  • The Economic State of Country
  • Indian & World Politics
  • Environment
  • Science & Technology
  • Latest Government Schemes

SSC CGL Tier 3 Previous Year Question

Below is the question that was asked in the SSC CGL Tier 3 Descriptive Paper 2019.

How the relationship between the speaker and the audience should have? (based on the paragraph that was given during the examination).

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