How to write SSC descriptive paper effetcively

Commission has introduced an additional  paper of descriptive nature of 100 marks in SSC CGL and SSC CHSL Exams. Here are some tips- how to write SSC descriptive paper effectively for gaining maximum marks.

Salient features of SSC descriptive paper:

  • The duration of the paper would be for one hour.
  • Descriptive Paper will be bilingual (English/Hindi) for writing of Essay/Precis/Letter /Application Writing etc. The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated.
  • The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing of approximately 150-200 words.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.
  • The performance in Tier II (descriptive paper) would be included for preparing merit.

Tips for writing an Essay:

  • Once a topic is chosen, students should spend time thinking about the qualities they want to describe. Think about all the details associated with the topic.
  • Plan the focus of each paragraph and create an outline that puts these details into a logical sequence. The goal is to give the reader a rich experience of the subject. Keep in mind, the essay should be in a way that helps the reader fully appreciate the subject.
  • A descriptive essay must be precise in its detail. It’s better to go from the general to the specific.
  • Try to be as specific as you can in your word choice especially Verbs and Adjectives. You must not be tempted to put in too much unnecessary description but select details which are needed to create the impression you know about the topic.
  • To write effective descriptions you have to observe things around you
  • One thing you want to avoid is writing which is dull and flat. One way to do this is to choose interesting words. Try to avoid lazy words.
  • Be cautious that all sentences are relate to the subject which you are trying to describe.
  • Conclusion should be related to the overall feeling with subject.
  • Check for any spelling or grammatical mistakes.

Tips for writing an Letter/Application:

  • Once a topic is chosen, students should spend time thinking about three W i.e. Why am I writing this letter?, What is the purpose for writing this letter? Whom am I writing the letter?
  • Think about all the details associated with the topic.
  • Always start by putting your main message up front.
  • After the main message, use an overview sentence.
  • Letter headings should be very specific and helpful to readers as road signs that tell the reader when they’ve gotten there.  Headings are also helpful because they help the reader to organise.
  • Use a professional and compassionate tone. To avoid any mis-communications, use straightforward, concise language.
  • Address your needs or wishes, or a specific problem, and then outline your solution. Provide proof in the way of examples.
  • Conclude your letter with a “call to action”. State clearly what your reader needs to do or believe to achieve the desired solution and then state what you intend to do next to follow up.
  • Check for any spelling or grammatical mistakes, which leave a lasting negative impression.

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