How to Write Formal and Informal letter in SSC Descriptive Exam 2022?

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Updated on: September 25th, 2023

How to write Formal and Informal Letter in SSC Descriptive Exams?

SSC Descriptive Paper is conducted to assess the writing skills of the candidates. Descriptive Paper comprises an Essay of 250 words (± 10%) and a Letter of approximately 150 (± 10%) words. To help you write efficiently, we are going to provide you with the correct format of the formal and informal letter for the SSC MTS Exam 2022, SSC CHSL Exam 2022 etc along with SSC Descriptive Topics for Letter Writing.

The descriptive writing was an important component of the SSC CGL exam but in the recent notification released by SSC for SSC CGL 2022-23 recruitment, the descriptive examination is not going to be conducted from this year onwards where there are several other changes also made in the exam pattern.

SSC Descriptive Letter Writing

After the completion of the objective type paper in SSC Exams, aspirants wait for the descriptive exam. Given the significance of the descriptive exam, we are providing proper information to inform you of the appropriate structure and subject matter for a formal & informal letter on a crucial subject. Those who require appropriate assistance and don’t want to lose the chance to land the job they are desirous of must go through this article. 

SSC Descriptive Letter Format

There are different types of letters like inquiry, request, recommendation, appreciation, etc, and mainly we cover all the types of letters in 2 categories i.e., Formal Letters and Informal Letters.

A formal letter must be taken seriously because it is written for business and official purposes. There are some points that should be taken care of while writing a formal letter.

  • You cannot use contracted forms like didn’t, couldn’t instead, use did not, could not, etc.
  • You cannot use idioms in a formal letter.
  • Phrasal verbs (A verb which has prepositions like Find out, Go up) should not be used in a formal letter.
  • Imperatives like Do your work, and send it soon should not be used in a formal letter.

We are going to provide you with the format of a formal letter and elaborate on it with the help of an example.

Below we are going to provide you with the SSC Descriptive Letter Format & Informal Letter.

Format of A Formal Letter

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

Date (Just below sender’s address)

Receiver’s address

Salutation (sir, ma’am) if not sure about gender just write ‘sir’

Subject: (Mention the problem in 6 to 8 words)

Body of the letter (3 to 5 paragraphs) 

  1. Intro
  2. Main content
  3. Conclusion

Thanking you.

Yours sincerely


Name (Note: if not mentioned in the question just write ABC or XYZ. Do not write your name)

Example:  You are Niharika, write a letter to the editor of a newspaper complaining about irregular and inadequate bus service in your area.

Formal Letter Example 

House no. 121

Sector 88, Noida (U.P.) 

Date- 30 April 2018

The Editor

Hindustan Express

New Delhi


Subject: Irregular and Inadequate bus service in my area.

Through the esteemed column of your newspaper, I want to draw the attention of transport authorities towards the hardship faced by residents of Noida sector 88 due to irregular bus service. Every day many people take the bus from this area to their workplace and many students also travel to their Schools, Coaching and Colleges in buses. But the existing bus service is far from meeting the requirement of people. Most of the buses are preoccupied with passengers from other areas by the time they reach our sector and thus they accommodate very few people in our area.

The situation is worse at peak hours because most of the buses do not even stop in our area and people get late for their work. The authorities are requested to introduce new buses to start from sector 88 as it would be a huge help to the public. I hope you will publish my letter in your esteemed newspaper and bring this problem to the concerned authorities.

Thanking you.

Yours Sincerely,



(Concerned Citizen)

How to write an Informal Letter????

An informal letter, you can say a more friendly one because you write an informal letter to your friends, family etc. There are some points which should be taken care of while writing an informal letter.

  • You can use the contracted form of words like Can’t, Didn’t etc. unlike informal letter.
  • You can use idioms in an informal letter.
  • You can use phrasal verbs in an informal letter.
  • Use imperatives like do your work properly, Send me a packet of chocolates etc.

We are going to provide you with the correct format of writing an informal letter.

Format of writing an Informal Letter

Sender’s  Address (at the top left corner)


Salutation (My dear Father, My dear friend)

Good Morning/Hope you are doing well etc.

Body of letter (





With best wishes/With regards

Name of the sender

Example: You are Purnima / Pavan, living at 3244, Sarita Colony, Mumbai-32. Your friend Sunitha / Sanjeev has gone to Chennai due to the transfer of her/ his father. Recollecting the sweet memories of old times, write a letter in about 100 words inviting her /him to stay with you during the vacation. Also, mention the programme you have planned according to her/his liking.

3244- Sarita Colony
Mumbai -32

30 April 2018

Dear Sanjeev,                                                                                                                                                                 

Just a quick letter to know how you are getting on with your new setup. You left for Chennai only a month ago but I feel ages since we met. I miss you a lot especially during the study hours when we used to sit together and discuss our doubts. Memories are still fresh – going for a walk in the morning, playing chess on Sundays. I really miss all those sweet moments with you.

Why don’t you drop in here during your vacations? We shall visit all the places we used to have lots of fun. We shall meet our old friends and plan for a picnic. I am sure you will visit my place and won’t disappoint me. Do write to me when you are coming. I shall pick you up you at the railway station. Convey my loving regards to your dad and mom. Nothing more to pen now.

With Best Wishes,

SSC Descriptive Topics

  1. Write a letter to a bank for the grant of a study loan to enable you to join a college
  2. Write a letter to the commissioner of police inviting his attention to the number of thefts in your area. Also, suggest measures to improve the situation
  3. Write a letter to the editor mentioning the situation of Law and Order in your area (SSC MTS 2016)
  4. Write a letter to your father seeking permission to visit Jaipur (SSC MTS 2016)
  5. Write a letter to your father seeking permission for summer vacations (SSC MTS 2016)
  6. Write a letter to the Electricity Board facing the irregularities of your electricity bill (SSC MTS 2016)
  7. Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper about the article Ban Polybags published in the latest edition
  8. Write a letter to your friend Sandeep to congratulate him for his selection in SSC MTS Exam
  9. Write a letter to your friend staying in Delhi to ask about his health
  10. Write a letter to SDO of your area for the frequent breakdown in electricity supply

We hope this will help you in cracking SSC MTS and CHSL Descriptive Exams 2022.  

All The Best !!!


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