SSC MTS 2018 Exam Pattern

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Jun 12, 2017

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SSC MTS 2018 will be an all India level examination. The examination is held in pen and paper mode and is divided into two parts – Paper I and Paper II.

  • Candidates will be shortlisted for Paper-II on the basis of their performance in Paper-I.
  • Paper-II will only be of qualifying nature. It is conducted to test the articulation ability in terms of drafting letters and notes.
  • The cut-offs in Paper-I and qualifying marks in Paper-II may be different for vacancies in each State/UT.
  • Candidates for each State/UT will finally be selected based on the basis of their performance in Paper-I, subject to their meeting basic qualifying marks in Paper - I.
  • Paper I consist of multiple choice questions from four categories namely – Intelligence reasoning, numerical aptitude, English and General Knowledge. Each category has 25 questions.
  • Total duration of Paper I is 2 hours for general category students. For visually handicapped and cerebral palsy candidates it is 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • Paper – II consists of one short essay/letter writing question in any language. Total duration of Paper II is 30 minutes. For visually handicapped and cerebral palsy candidates it is 45 minutes.

SSC MTS can be qualified with proper and timely preparation. Candidates should apprise themselves of all the important notifications that are released regarding SSC MTS 2018 recruitment.


SSC MTS 2018 Pattern Highlights Table

Exam Mode Offline (Pen Paper Based)
Number of papers  2
Number of sections  Paper – I (4 sections) Paper – II (1 section)
Question Paper Type  Paper 1- MCQ; Paper 2- Descriptive
JEE Advanced 2018 Total Marks Paper 1- 150; Paper 2- 50
Exam duration  Paper I – 2 hours Paper II- 30 minutes
Exam language  English and Hindi

SSC MTS 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

The written examination will consist of two parts

  • Paper-I objective type paper and
  • Paper II- descriptive/writing paper.

Details about Paper I

  • Paper – I will consist of four sections and is of 2 hours and 150 marks.
  • Paper – I will have four sections. Each section will have objective type questions– Intelligence Reasoning, Numerical Aptitude, English, General Knowledge.
  • There will be 25 questions each from Intelligence Reasoning and Numerical Aptitude whereas English and General Knowledge Section will have 50 questions.

Details about Paper - II

  • Paper II will have one question on short essay writing/letter writing in English or any language included in the 8TH Schedule of the Constitution.
  • Paper -II will be of 50 marks

Below are two tables detailing the no of questions and marks in both the papers.

Subject No of Questions Maximum Marks Total Duration/ Timing for General candidates Total Duration/ Timing for Visually Handicapped/ Cerebral Palsy candidates
Intelligence Reasoning  25 25 2 hours 2 hours 40 minutes
Numerical Aptitude  25 25
English 50 50
General Knowledge 50 50
Total 150 150
Subject Maximum Marks Total Duration/ Timing for General candidates Total Duration/ Timing for Visually Handicapped/ Cerebral Palsy candidates
Short Essay/Letter in English or any language included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution 50 30 minutes 45 minutes

Marking Scheme

  • Paper I consists of 150 questions; each question will carry 1 mark each.
  • Negative marking of 0.25 marks for wrong answers.
  • Paper I will consist of Objective Type MCQs only. The exam will be in both languages i.e in English & Hindi.
  • Paper II is of qualifying nature and will only test candidates’ elementary skills. Only those who qualify the paper I will be eligible to write Paper II.

SSC MTS 2018 Syllabus

Paper 1 will be objective type. There will be 150 questions for which candidates will get 120 minutes to answer. Questions will be based on following topics:

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Knowledge
  • English

Below is topic-wise break up of all the sections that will be covered in SSC MTS 2018 Exam:

Sections Topics
For General Intelligence and Reasoning Similarities and Differences, Space Visualization, Problem Solving, Analysis, Judgment, Decision Making, Visual Memory, Observation, Relationship Concepts, Figure Classification, Arithmetical Number Series, Non-Verbal Series, Arithmetical Computation, Analytical Functions etc.
For Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions, 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 Questions will be set to test the ability of the candidate’s general awareness about the world around him and of political environment of the country. The test will also include questions on current events and India’s recent economic and social policies. Candidates should also keep themselves updated on India’s relations/agreements with the neighboring countries. Apart from that, candidates should cover the following topics:
Indian Constitution, Booker and Nationa, Award Winning Books, History, Culture, Awards and Honors, Current Affairs, Science – Inventions & Discoveries. Important Financial & Economic News
English Language Candidates will be tested on their understanding of the Basics of English Language, Vocabulary, Grammar, Sentence structure, Synonyms, Antonyms and its correct usage etc. Along with that, candidates will be tested on his/her writing ability. 

SSC MTS 2018 Books

Candidates can take guidance from the books listed below for the topics covered in the SSC MTS 2018 exam

Subject Books Name Author
English Plinth to Paramount Wren & Martin (for basics) Neetu Singh
P.C Wren
 Quantitative Aptitude  Kiran Magical book on quicker Maths (M. Tyra)  Kiran's Publications
BSC Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.
 Reasoning Lucent Reasoning Arihant Lucent Publication
Arihant Publication
General Awareness Lucent's Objective General Knowledge Lucent's G.K paper back Lucent Publication
Dr.Binay Karna,Sanjeev Kumar and Manwendra Mukul

Important Instructions

Carry a printed copy of your admit card, two passport sized recent color photographs and a valid ID proof to SSC MTS 2018 exam center.

  • The ID proofs which are approved by the conducting authority are: Aadhar, driving license, university or college ID card, voter ID card or Pan card.
  • Candidates must remember that they are not allowed to carry the following items in the exam center: Watches (timers, wrist watch, etc.), books, pens, paper chits, magazines, electronic items (such as mobile phones, bluetooth devices, pen camera or buttonhole camera, scanner, calculator, pen drives, hard drives, CDs or other storage devices).
  • Pens, pencils and papers required for rough work would be provided by the center in the exam hall.
  • A wall clock will be made available in the classroom so candidates need not worry about managing time.
  • Please note that if any candidate is found carrying any of these prohibited items inside the examination hall, the candidate will be barred from the SSC MTS examination for three years.
  • No family members, friends, guardians or associates will be allowed with candidate inside the examination center.
  • Candidates will be frisked before they enter the classroom where the exam is scheduled. After they enter clear the security check to make sure they are not carrying any of the prohibited items, they will be asked to lead to their classrooms.
  • A separate frisking area will be arranged for female candidates. All candidates will be frisked by female personnel only. The process is compulsory for all candidates.
  • No candidate is allowed to leave the examination room before the completion of exam.
  • If a candidate leaves the examination room without the permission of exam invigilator, he/she will not be allowed to enter the Examination hall and will be debarred from this exam.
  • Please make sure that you sign the Attendance sheet when it is circulated in the examination hall.

NOTE: Candidates must note that they are to avoid talking to each other or indulging in any unfair means as it would lead to direct cancellation of your candidature and debarment from future SSC Exams.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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