SSC MTS Exam English Language Vocabulary: Check Tips and Important Vocabulary Questions

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : July 28th, 2022

SSC MTS vocabulary is covered in the English section of the Multitasking Staff Tier 1 exam. It is considered as one of the most scoring topic as it accounts for around 10 - 12 questions out of 25 questions. Candidates usually lose their marks by making small mistakes in the vocabulary questions. In this article, we are providing SSC MTS vocabulary important tips to score well in the upcoming stage 1 of the selection process of the Multi-Tasking (Non-Technical) Staff (MTS) exam 2022.
In addition to that, we are also sharing with you a compilation of 50+ SSC MTS vocabulary questions. These questions include previous year SSC English vocabulary questions based on synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases asked in the exams.

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SSC MTS English Language Vocabulary Syllabus and Topics

Out of all the topics, the syllabus of English vocabulary is very vast and candidates must allot some time out of their schedule for this section on the daily basis. To ace this section and attempt maximum questions from this topic, aspirants must have thorough familiarity with sub-topics and prioritize the topics as per their weightage. Let us have a glace at the table below which enlists the sub-topics that constitute the MTS English vocabulary syllabus:

SectionSub Topic
VocabularySynonyms - Antonyms

One Word Substitution

Idioms and phrases
Cloze Test 
Spelling Error
Sentence or phrase replacement
Fill in the Blanks

Tips To Improve SSC MTS Exam Vocabulary

  • Try to relate words to images and visual representations.
    • When you hear a word, attempt to visualise it in your mind and then connect the picture to the idiom and its meaning.
  • Taking one step at a time
    • Do not attempt to learn all of the terms in a single day.
    • Set a goal of learning a certain number of words every day.
  • Write an essay, a story, or a paragraph
    • Try writing a paragraph on any topic and using those terms in that paragraph. This activity will also assist you with your descriptive writing.
  • Learn, write and revise
  • Read the newspaper every day and make a list of tough terms.
  • While attempting SSC MTS Vocabulary questions given in the fill in the blanks format, read the text attentively and try to connect the meaning of the words in the choice to those in the sentence.
  • Practise previous years' papers and mock tests.

SSC MTS Vocabulary Books 2022

Choosing the right study material is the first and the most important aspect of preparation for any exam. The whole study plan and preparation strategy are based on the books that an individual refers to. The table given below mentions some of the most popular English books that are being referred to by the aspirants while preparing for the SSC MTS Paper 1. These books are easy to read and written in the simplest way possible and are relevant for tier 1 of the exam. 

Name of the BookPublication/Author
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
Black Books of English VocabularyNikhil Gupta
From Plinth to ParamountNeetu Singh

SSC MTS Vocabulary Questions

Let us check some of the questions as examples to have an idea about the difficulty level and the pattern of English vocabulary questions. Below given are some of the important Vocabulary questions for SSC MTS 2022 Exam. Check out a few below:

Example 1: Spelling Error Question

Q. Select the correctly spelt word.

A. Elemantry
B. Elimantry
C. Elimentary
D. Elementary

Answer: D
Option D has the only correct spelling. Elementary means "of the most basic

Example 2: Synonym And Antonym Type Question

Q. Select the most appropriate antonym of the given word.


A. reasonable
B. dear
C. popular
D. liberal

Answer: B
Let’s learn the meanings of the given words:
1. Inexpensive = not costing a great deal; cheap.
2. Reasonable = as much as is appropriate or fair; moderate.
3. Dear = expensive.
4. Popular = liked or admired by many people or by a particular person or
5. Liberal = willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from
one's own; open to new ideas.

It is clear that option B and the given word have opposite meanings. Hence
option B is correct.

Example 3: One-word Substitution Type Question

Select the word which means the same as the group of words

One who studies the evolution of mankind

A. dermatologist
B. anthropologist
C. sociologist
D. archaeologist

Answer ||| B
Solution |||
Let's understand the meaning of the given words:
1. Dermatologist= a medical practitioner qualified to diagnose and treat skin
2. Anthropologist= someone who scientifically studies humans and their
customs, beliefs, and relationships.
3. Sociologist= a person who studies people's social lives, activities,
behaviours, interactions, processes, and organizations within the context of
larger social, political, and economic forces.
4. Archaeologist= a person who studies human history and prehistory through
the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical

Hence, option B is the correct answer.

SSC MTS Vocabulary PDF

Aspirants can download the SSC MTS Vocabulary PDF from BYJU's Exam Prep website. We have provided the SSC MTS previous year vocabulary questions as well to help you score maximum marks on this topic.


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  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis and From Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh are some of the Best SSC MTS Vocabulary books. The above-mentioned books are widely used by MTS exam aspirants.

  • Around 6-8 questions are asked from the vocabulary topics in paper 1 of the MTS exam. These questions are based on antonyms-synonyms, idioms and phrases, one-word Substitution and fill in the blanks.

  • The syllabus of the vocabulary section is quite vast for the tier 1 exam of the SSC MTS. Students must practice previous years papers and mock tests, read newspapers daily and learn new words daily to improve SSC MTS vocabulary.

  • The difficulty level of the English questions that are asked in the SSC MTS Tier 1 exam lies in the range of east to moderate. Students can easily attempt 20-22 questions in this section.

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