SSC CGL Tier 3 Descriptive Exam UFM Guidelines: Important Updates

By Neha Uppal|Updated : October 21st, 2020

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) on October 21, 2020, released a new notification regarding Tier 3 Descriptive Paper on their official website viz. The Descriptive Paper carries a maximum mark of 100 and time allotted for this tier is 60 minutes. As per the notification, candidates are strictly advised to attempt the pen and paper test either in Hindi or English language, they are not allowed to use both these languages at the same time, if used then they will be awarded zero marks in this tier.

The notification also stated that the candidates should write their correct roll number at the prescribed places on the cover page of the answer book. They should also affix signature and left-thumb impression in the relevant columns in the answer book. Candidates whose answer books do not properly state roll number, signature, and left-thumb impression will be awarded zero marks.

The board strictly prohibits to write any personal identity such as name, roll number, mobile number, address, etc. inside the answer book of Descriptive paper. Candidates failing to adhere to these instructions will be awarded zero marks even if the marks are awarded during the evaluation process.  

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Here is the snapshot of the latest notification released by SSC board:

SSC CGL UFM notification

Here is the video regarding the latest notification declared by the commission:

Here are a few other points on UFM (Unfair Means) which the candidate must keep in mind at the time of attempting the Tier 3 paper

There have been many instances where an aspirant did not stick to the format of the letter and was rewarded with zero marks. This involves mentioning the address of the receiver in case of an informal letter or adding irrelevant personal information to the letter.

Including the extra information than what is given to you.

Just keep in mind that writing any personal identity, for instance, name, mobile number, roll no or address (Real or Imaginary) in paper will result in zero marks. There are so many aspirants who were given zero marks for incorporating the extra things to the letter to make it better. For instance, if you are given that you are  Ramit, a resident of Shahdara, New Delhi, you cannot write Ramit, 456, Block-C Shahdara, New Delhi -110090 in the address details. This will lead to UFM and you will be rewarded with no marks.

Writing the name on the answer sheet

This is a common mistake that a student commits. You need not write or provide any information other than what is asked. This has happened in the case of a student wherein he has put his signature in the place of invigilator's sign and his sheet was not evaluated. Therefore, be very cautious of what details needs to be filled where. Do not commit mistakes in haste.

Doing rough work by putting stray marks and random words on the sheet

Some people put stray marks or do rough work at the backside of the response sheet which is strictly prohibited and may result in loss of marks. This also comes under the UFM category and hence must be avoided.

Including the name of the random person in the body of the letter.

Some people put the name of a random person in the body while writing the letter. Putting any reference of any kind or mentioning its details like an address which is not specified anywhere in the question leads to loss of marks. Beware of it and do not commit this mistake.

Not filling the essential details in the response sheet

Not filling the important things such as Roll no., sign, left thumb impression also comes under UFM and keep your response sheet from the evaluation.

There are some things that are not included in UFMs but are equally important if you wish to score good marks in the descriptive paper. Avoiding these points can help you enhance your scores in the paper.

  • Writing too many words in one block

It is strictly mentioned in the general instructions of the response sheet that you need to fill only one word in each block but still, aspirants commit this mistake in a hurry and end up losing their marks. Therefore, we urge all of you to not to commit such mistakes. If you cant get hold of this habit then take a rough copy with blocks and practice writing in it. 

  • Crossing the word limit of the essay or letter

You can exceed or limit the word limit by 10 % but some students even cross this word limit. Yes!! Exceeding the word limit set by SSC may lead to loss of marks.

Also Read - SSC CHSL UFM Updates: 4560 Candidates Rejected

Please bear in mind that whatever is included in the general instructions is for your own sake. Therefore, one must devote time to read the general instructions to keep oneself from committing such silly mistakes that can cost you your future.

These were some of the general mistakes that one should avoid during the exam. Given below is the response sheet of an aspirant who got 73 marks in the descriptive examination but he did not obey the general instructions and wrote his name on the response sheet and was ultimately rewarded zero marks. 


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