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SSC MTS Preparation tips & Selection procedure

The SSC MTS Examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for appointing persons with disabilities to the post of Multi Tasking (Non Technical) Staff in different states and Union Territories. It is a special recruitment drive conducted for recruiting workforce in Pay Band-1( Rs. 5200-20200/-) + Grade Pay Rs. 1800/-, a General Central Service Group ‘C’ Non-Gazetted, Non- Ministerial post in various Central Government Ministries / Departments / Offices, in different States / Union Territories.

The candidates who are willing to appear for this examination must be aware of the examination pattern and syllabus to prepare efficiently for the examination. This article will provide you with all the necessary details and tips for SSC MTS Recruitment 2016.

Scheme of Examination

The SSC MTS Recruitment examination 2016 will consist of a written examination having two papers as follows:

  • Paper I (objective type paper)
  • Paper II (descriptive type paper)

Paper I

It will consist of four sections including General Intelligence & Reasoning, Numerical Aptitude, General English and General Awareness. All questions in this paper will be of the level of matriculation.


No. of questions

Maximum marks

Total Duration of examination

Total Duration/ Timing for Visually Handicapped/ Cerebral Palsy candidates

General Intelligence & Reasoning



2 hours

2 hours 40 minutes

Numerical Aptitude



General English



General Awareness



Paper II

Paper II is conducted to test the elementary language skills of the candidate and is descriptive in nature. The candidate will have to write a short essay/ letter in English and any one language included in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.


No. of questions

Maximum marks

Total Duration of examination

Total Duration/ Timing for Visually Handicapped/ Cerebral Palsy candidates

Short easy /Letter in English or Hindi



30 minutes

45 minutes

  • The Commission shall set up the cut-offs in Paper I and qualifying marks in Paper II which may be different for vacancies in each State/UT, and shall have the sole discretion to do so.

  • Paper I will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions only. The question paper will be set bilingually in both English and Hindi.

  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

  • Paper II will be descriptive and will only be of qualifying nature.

  • Those candidates who have qualified in the written examination will have to undergo the process of Documents verification.

Syllabus for written examination

Paper I will consist of questions on ‘General Intelligence and Reasoning’. All the questions will be simple and of the matriculate level. The detailed syllabus of the individual sections is as follows:

General Intelligence

This section will include questions of the non-verbal type. It will include questions on similarities and differences, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, relationship concepts, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and other analytical functions.

English Language 

This section will test the candidates' understanding of the Basics of English Language, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and its correct usage, etc. Also, his/her writing ability and comprehension skills would be tested.

Numerical Aptitude

It will include questions on problems relating to Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers, Fundamental arithmetical operations, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, use of Tables and Graphs, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time, Time and Work, etc.

General Awareness

The questions in this section will be designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of his surroundings and to test his/ her knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

SSC MTS Preparation tips

The SSC MTS is an entrance examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for the recruitment of Multi Tasking Staff. Every year, many aspirants apply for this in the hope of securing lucrative government positions. The candidates must thus be well prepared from their side to tackle this competition. The following tips are suggested to be followed:

Solve previous year papers

  1. It is beneficial to solve previous year’s question paper since it gives insight into the pattern of examination, type of questions, marking scheme and level of questions.

  1. It also helps you in analyzing your performance by checking your speed and helps in development of effective time management skills.

  1. The previous year question papers can be accessed from various sources available online.

Read Magazines

  1. Various magazines are available for the candidates preparing for competitive examinations.

  1. These magazines cover all the topics related to current affairs, general knowledge etc and also provide model question papers and other important updates and notifications regarding the examination.

  1. The candidates should prescribe to such magazines which will them in their preparation for this examination.

Read Books and Newspapers

  1. Books for the preparation of SSC MTS examination are available in the market and online stores.

  1. The candidates are advised to purchase/ download any book which covers all the topics as per the syllabus and practice efficiently so as to increase their chances of clearing this examination.

  1. Reading newspapers daily is the best way to improve your general knowledge and also to remain updated with the happenings around the world. National Newspapers like The Hindu and The Economic Times are suggested to be read.

Manage time effectively

  1. Time management is the key to succeed in any entrance examination. It improves your speed and thereby helps you in attempting maximum number of questions.

  1.  The candidates must practice model question papers to become aware of the pattern of examination and save their time.

General Tips

  1. A good strategy always leads to a significant increase in your success rate of cracking any competitive examination. It helps in managing your time effectively and also enhances your confidence.

  1. In the General Awareness section, you either surely know the answer or don’t know it at all for there are no lucky guesses. Gambling with your options might make you lose precious marks and it is thus strongly unadvisable.

  1. Also, the English section consists of simple questions and is comparatively easier. The candidates who are confident of their English skills are advised to attempt this section in the beginning. Performing well in this section increases your chances of selection.

  1. ‘Health is wealth’ and no entrance examination is above your health. What good is a preparation which renders you ill just before the exam? Manage your time effectively to include cycles of rest and relaxation along with studies. Avoid unnecessary stresses and remain confident and positive.

Selection procedure

The SSC shall set up the cutoffs for Paper I for all the categories of all the states and Union Territories as per the vacancy. Those candidates who clear this cut off will have to appear for Paper II which will be of qualifying nature only.

A separate merit list will be prepared for the reserved categories and the reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible SCs, STs, OBCs, and PH candidates.

The candidates successful in the Written Examination are not guaranteed of appointment. The Commission shall recruit the candidate only after making sure that if he/ she is suitable in all respects of appointment to the service/post.

Resolution of tie cases

In case of a tie, i.e. if more than one candidate secures equal aggregate marks, the tie shall be resolved by applying the following methods:

  1. By referring to the marks in Part III of the objective type paper.
  2. By referring to marks in Part II of the objective type paper.
  3. Date of birth i.e. the candidate older in age gets preference.
  4. By referring to the alphabetical order of the names taking first name into consideration.

The decisions regarding the examination shall be taken at the sole discretion of the Commission and any decision relating to eligibility, acceptance or rejection of the applications, penalty for false information, mode of selection, conduct of examination(s) and interviews, allotment of examination centres, selection and allotment of posts/organizations to selected candidates will be final and binding on the candidates and no enquiry/ correspondence will be entertained in this regard.

Physically disabled candidates are provided with good opportunities of appointment to government posts through the SSC MTS Examination 2016. The candidates appearing for the first time must have knowledge of the scheme of examination and the essential tips for effective preparation. Only with efficient practice and hard work, you can crack this examination.

The candidates are advised to stay tuned to the official website of the Staff Selection Commission (http://www.ssc.nic.in) to receive the latest updates and notifications.

All the best!

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