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SSC MTS 2019 Syllabus & Exam Pattern: Paper-I (CBE) & Paper-II (Descriptive)

 SSC Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) 2019 exams are going to commence from 2nd August 2019 and will last till 6th September 2019. So, the time has come for the students to speed up their preparation for the SSC MTS 2018-19 Paper – I Exam. Below are important dates for SSC MTS 2019 Exam:

SSC MTS 2019 ExamImportant Dates
Opening and Closing of Online Application22nd April 2019 to 29th May 2019
Date of Computer Based Exam (Paper-I)
2nd August 2019 to 6thSeptember 2019
Date of Paper-II Exam (Descriptive Paper)17th November 2019

So, we have compiled the latest exam pattern and detailed syllabus of SSC MTS 2019 Exam including, Paper-I – a Computer Based Examination and Paper-II – a Descriptive Paper, which will help you in preparing for the exam in a systematic manner.

SSC MTS 2019 Exam Pattern

SSC MTS 2019 Exam will consist of a Computer Based Examination (Paper-I) and a Descriptive Paper (Paper-II).

SSC 2019 MTS Exam Pattern

SSC MTS 2019 Paper – I Exam Pattern

SSC MTS 2019 Paper-I exam will be an Objective Multiple Choice Examwhich will be conducted online. The exam comprises of four sections having 100 questions (25 questions in each section) which will account for a total of 100 marks (maximum 25 marks in each section). The time duration of Paper-1 exam will be 1 Hour 30 Minutes.

The section wise details of the exam are shown in the table given below:

Dates of SSC MTS Computer Based Exam (Paper-I)Parts – Subjects (Not in Sequence)Number of Questions/ Maximum MarksTime Duration (For all four Parts)
2nd August 2019  to 6thSeptember 2019Part I – General English25/251 hour 30 Minutes (2 Hours for candidates eligible for scribes)
Part II – General Intelligence & Reasoning25/25
Part III – Numerical Aptitude25/25
Part IV – General Awareness25/25


  • Paper-I will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-II, III & IV.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
  • Marks scored by candidates in Paper-I will be normalized and such normalized scores will be used to determine final merit and cut-off marks.
  • There will be separate category-wise, State/ UT-wise cut-offs in Paper-I. As the vacancies for MTS are in two age groups i.e. (i) 18 to 25 years and (ii) 18 to 27 years, the Commission may fix separate age group-wise, category-wise and State/ UT-wise cut-offs in Paper-I.

SSC MTS 2019 Paper-I Syllabus

Students must go through the detailed syllabus of all the sections and frame a study plan which will be helpful to identify and focus on their weakest topics. Questions on ‘General Intelligence and Reasoning’ will be non-verbal considering the functions attached to the post. Questions on Numerical Aptitude and General English will be simple, of a level that an average matriculate will be in a position to answer comfortably. Questions on General Awareness will be also of similar standard. Let’s look at the detailed syllabus of SSC MTS Paper-I Sections one-by-one:

1. English Language: This section tests the candidates’ ability to understand correct grammar usage, vocabulary usage and writing skills. Here is the list of topics covered in English Language and Comprehension Section of SSC MTS Paper-I Exam:

S. No.Important English Language Topics
4One Word Substitution
5Sentence Completion
6Spotting Errors
7Sentence Improvement
8Idioms & Phrases
9Spelling Test
10Shuffling of Sentence parts
11Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
12Cloze Passage
13Fill in the Blanks

2. General Intelligence and Reasoning: This section tests the candidates’ ability to think and problem solving skills. The questions asked in this question are mainly the brain teasers and sometimes can be quite tricky to answer. The questions will be of both verbal and non-verbal type out of the following chapters:

S. No.Important General Intelligence and Reasoning Topics
1Analogies – Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy
2Classification – Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification
4Space Orientation
5Venn Diagrams
6Drawing inferences
7Series – Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series
8Problem Solving
9Emotional and Social Intelligence
10Word Building
11Coding and Decoding
12Operations – Symbolic operations, Numerical operations
13Punched hole/ pattern–folding & Un-folding
14Figural Pattern–folding and completion
15Embedded Figures
16Critical thinking

3. Numerical Aptitude: This section will test the candidates’ mathematical skills and how good he/she with numbers. For developing proficiency in this section, candidates are required to develop great command over the general mathematical concepts, methods and their applicability. The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. Below are the major topics covered in SSC MTS Paper-I exam under the Quantitative Aptitude Section:

S. No.Important Numerical Aptitude Topics
1Number System: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.
2Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time and work.
3Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.
4Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base
5Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.

4. General Awareness: This section is considered to be one of the high scoring sections of SSC MTS Exam. It aims at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him/her and its application to society. Questions from current affairs taking place around the world and in India will also be a part of this section. Below are the major topics covered in SSC MTS Paper-I exam under the General Awareness Section:

S. No.Important General Awareness Topics
1History: Facts about Harappa Civilization; Vedic culture; Name of the Kings who built important ancient Temples and Institutions like Nalanda; Chronology of Medieval India and their important systems; India’s freedom Movement and their leaders.
2Geography: India and its neighboring countries; Famous Sea port and Airport and their location; important institution of world and India and their locations like BRICS, World Bank, IMF and RBI etc.
3Economy: Terminology of Budget (like National Income, GDP, Fiscal Deficit and many more); Five Year Plan and its importance; Famous persons in economy; Institutions and their importance like RBI, SEBI etc.
4Polity: Supreme Court; Meaning of Write; Election of President and his functions; Important constitution bodies like CAG; Facts about parliament; Fundamental Duties; Governor and his functions; State legislature; Major Constitutional amendments and their importance; Official Language; Emergency Provisions; National political parties and their symbols.
5Current Affairs: Population Census; Important books and their writers; First sports achievement for India and world like first Olympic, first Asian Game etc.; State Animals and Symbols; Awards and their importance; Name of the Scientist who got Noble prize for important discoveries, Latest Scientific Research

Note: For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability, there will be no component of Maps/ Graphs/ Diagrams/ Statistical Data in the Paper.

SSC MTS 2019 Paper – II Exam Pattern

SSC MTS 2019 Paper-II will be set in Hindi, English and in other languages mentioned in the VIII Schedule of the Constitution as given in Annexure-XIV, to test basic language skills commensurate with the educational qualification prescribed for the post. Candidates will be required to write one short essay/ letter. The section wise details of the exam are shown in the table given below:

Dates of SSC MTS 2019 Descriptive Paper (Paper-II)Max MarksExam Duration
17th November 20195030 minutes (40 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribes)


  • Candidates will be shortlisted for appearing in Paper-II on the basis of their performance in Paper-I. Normalized scores of the candidates will be used to determine merit in Paper-I.
  • Paper-II will be qualifying in nature. Qualifying marks in Paper-II will be 40% for unreserved category and 35% for all reserved category candidates. However, marks scored by the candidates in Paper-II will be used to decide merit in case more than one candidate score equal normalized marks in Paper-I.

SSC MTS 2019 Paper- II Syllabus

As mentioned above Paper-II will be a descriptive Paper of 50 Marks. Let’s look at the syllabus of Paper-II exam:

Important Descriptive Paper Topics (Hindi/ English/ Other languages)Total Marks and Duration
Short Essay/Letter in English or in any language included in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.50(30 Minutes)
S. No.LanguageCode
13Manipuri (also Meitei or Meithei)13

SSC MTS 2019 Last Phase: Document Verification and Final Selection

Based on the performance in Paper-I and scoring the cut-off marks in Paper-II, candidates will be shortlisted for appearing in the Document Verification to check their eligibility as per the information given by them in the online Application Form. The eligible candidates whose documents are found in order will be considered for final selection.

Final Result: As the vacancies for MTS are in two age groups i.e. (i) 18 to 25 years and (ii) 18 to 27 years, in the final result, there will be separate age group-wise, State/ UT-wise and category-wise cut-offs. For the candidates who are eligible for both the age-groups, vacancies will first be filled in the age-group of 18-25 years.

Final Selection: Final selection and allocation of States/ UTs will be made on the basis of performance of the candidates in Paper-I, the preference of States/ UTs given by them in the online Application Form and the age-group of the candidates. Normalized scores of the candidates in Paper-I will be used to determine merit and the candidates will only be considered against the vacancies of States/ UTs for which they have given their preference in the online Application Form.

Name of States/ UTs and their code for giving preference by the candidates
S. NoState/UTCode
2Jammu & KashmirB
4Himachal PradeshD
10Uttar PradeshJ
13West BengalM
14A&N IslandsN
16Arunachal PradeshP
24Madhya PradeshY
25Daman, Diu and GoaZ
26Gujarat Dadra & Nagar Haveli1
28Andhra Pradesh3
30Puducherry & Tamilnadu5
33Lakshadweep Islands8

Resolution of tie cases: In cases where more than one candidate secure the equal aggregate marks, tie will be resolved by applying the following methods one after another:

  • Total marks in Paper-II.
  • Date of birth i.e. the candidate older in age gets preference.
  • Alphabetical order of the names.

After going through the above mentioned detailed syllabus of SSC MTS 2019 Exam, the next step is to create a study plan and start working on it. For instance, start your practice by solving some previous year question papers and analyse your strong & weak points. Regular practice will help in achieving accuracy and high score in the exam.

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