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SSC JHT Exam Pattern 2021, Syllabus, Marking Scheme, Books and Preparation Tips

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Jan 13, 2021

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Staff Selection Commission has specified SSC JHT 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus in its official notification. It will be conducted in two phases – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 will be conducted on November 26, 2020 in online mode. 

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  • Paper 1 is an objective type computer-based test. 
  • It will have questions on General English and General Hindi.
  • Only candidates qualifying in Paper 1 will be eligible to appear in Paper 2.
  • Paper 2 is a descriptive type pen paper based test.
  • It will have questions on translations and essay writing.
  • Final selection will be based on candidate’s performance in both the papers. 

Read further to know the exam pattern of Paper 1 and Paper 2, syllabus, marking scheme, important books and preparation tips for SSC JHT 2020.

SSC JHT Exam Pattern 2020 in Detail

Name of the exam SSC Junior Hindi Translator Exam
Conducted by Staff Selection Commission
Number of Stages 2 – Paper 1 and Paper 2
Exam Mode

Paper 1 – Computer Based Test (Online)

Paper 2 – Pen Paper Based Test (Offline)

Exam Type

Paper 1- Objective

Paper 2 - Descriptive

Number of sections

Paper 1: General English and General Hindi

Paper 2: Translation and Essay Writing

Negative Marking

Paper 1 – 0.25 marks

Paper 2 – No negative marking 

Exam duration  2 hours each paper
Maximum marks 200 Marks each paper

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SSC JHT Paper 1 Pattern

  • Paper 1 is a Computer Based Test having multiple choice questions.
  • It consists of two sections – General English and General Hindi.
  • Each section has 100 questions and total time duration is 2 hours.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. 
SSC JHT Paper  Sections Number of Questions Duration
Paper 1 General Hindi 100

A cumulative duration of 2 hours

(2 hours 40 minutes for PWD candidates)

General English 100
Total 2 sections 200 Questions 2 hours

SSC JHT Paper 2 Pattern

  • Paper 2 is pen paper based test having descriptive questions.
  • This paper consists of translation and essay writing questions
  • In translation, candidates will be asked to translate one Hindi passage to English and one English passage to Hindi language.
  • In essay writings, candidates have to write one essay in Hindi and one in English.
SSC JHT Paper  Sections Number of Questions Duration
Paper 2 Translation 2

A cumulative duration of 2 hours

(2 hours 40 minutes for PWD candidates)

Essay Writing 2
Total 2 sections 4 Questions 2 hours

SSC JHT 2020 Marking Scheme

  • Paper 1 has a total of 200 MCQs, 100 each from General English and General Hindi.
  • Each question carries 1 mark and there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer.
  • Paper 2 will have 4 questions. There is no specific marking pattern followed in paper 2. 
  • Maximum marks for both Paper 1 and 2 is 200. There is no negative marking applicable in Paper 2.
  • SSC JHT marking scheme for Paper 1 and Paper 2 is tabulated below:
SSC JHT Papers Sectional Marking Scheme Total Marks
Paper 1

General English – 100 marks

General Hindi – 100 marks

200 Marks
Paper 2

Translation – 100 marks (approx.)

Essay writing – 100 marks (approx.)

200 Marks

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SSC JHT 2020 Syllabus

SSC JHT Paper 1 will test candidates’ knowledge, competence and grasp over Hindi and English language. Paper 2 will test candidates’ translation skills and their ability to write as well as comprehend the two languages correctly, precisely and effectively. SSC JHT Syllabus for Paper 1 and Paper 2 are mentioned below:

Papers sections Syllabus
SSC JHT Paper 1
General Hindi

Antonyms, Synonyms, Phrases/ Muhavare, proverbs, Comprehension, Knowledge of Hindi

General English

Grammar, Comprehension, Sentence Completion and Structure,  

Vocabulary, Articles, Tenses, Spelling Test, Unseen Passages, Synonyms

SSC JHT Paper 2

(4 descriptive questions)


1 passage for translation from Hindi to English

1 passage for translation from English to Hindi.

Essay Writing

1 Hindi essay writing question 

1 English essay writing question

SSC JHT Books 2020

Below are the recommended books for SSC JHT Preparation:

​1. Arihant’s SSC Junior Hindi Translator Book (Hindi)

SSC JHT Best Books

2. R. Gupta’s SSC Translator/ Pradhyapak Recruitment Exam


​3. Upkar’s SSC Senior/ Junior Hindi Translators Examination by Dr. Lal & Jain 

ssc jht books 2019

​4. Adda 247 SSC Junior Hindi Translator Paper 1 Test Series

SSC JHT 2020 Preparation Tips 

Candidates with concrete preparation always have an edge in the exam. Everyone possesses the knowledge but the one who works hard crcks the exam. Below are some preparation tips for SSC JHT 2020 Exam: 

Go through SSC JHT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

In order to plan your preparation, it is very necessary to understand the exam patten, marking scheme, design of questions asked and important topics. This gives your preparation right direction and you can plan accordingly what and how to study for the exam. 

Read in English and Hindi 

Since SSC JHT Syllabus revolves around the two languages, candidates must possess good knowledge of both English and Hindi language. The best way to enhance your grasp over a language is by reading books, newspapers or anything of your interest as long as it improves your language skills. One should read different styles of writings. 

Read Engligh and Hindi Translations

In Paper 2, Translation skill is tested, for which candidates must read translations. You can read speeches of leaders available in both languages or novels translations. Read a Hindi speech/book and then its English translation and read another English speech/ novel then its Hindi translation. This way you will learn how the two languages are translated in each other.    

Practice Previous Years’ Paper

Once you have followed the above tips, you must test yourself through previous years’ question papers. SSC JHT Sample Papers will help you familiarize with exam oriented questions and also you will know your weaker sections which need more attention and practice.

Use Google Translator:

Pick any online article in Hindi, translate it by yourself. Once you are done, translate it in English using google translator and match your translation with google’s and check where you could have improved. Do the same with English to Hindi translation and you will definitely excel in the exam. 

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


arvind kumar
What is the minimum marks out of 200 for qualifing paper 1(JHT Exam) and also minimum passing marks from each sections (ENGLISH AND HINDI)
abdul nazir

Hi Arvind, The cut off as per the report of previous years for general category was 117.75. It is even lower for different reserved category. The result will be published on the official website as pdf file. To get more details visit SSC JHT exam.

gaurav kumar
i completed my graduation with an average marks. is it affect in document verification.
ritika sharma
Hi Gaurav, The verification is done according to the list of the exam.