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SSC MTS 2021 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

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Jan 13, 2021

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The MTS syllabus is dependent upon the latest exam pattern, which is helpful for the aspirants of the SSC Multitasking Staff exam. Staff Selection Commission specifies the exam pattern for SSC Multi Tasking Staff recruitment. It is conducted through two papers – Paper I and Paper-II. Paper I consists of objective type multiple choice questions while Paper II has descriptive questions.    

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  • Paper 1 has 4 sections namely General English, General Intelligence and Reasoning, Numerical Aptitude, and General Awareness. Check SSC MTS Syllabus
  • The paper will be set in both English and Hindi language except the general English section.  
  • Each question carries 1 mark and a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer will be applicable. Check SSC MTS Marking Scheme
  • The total duration of Paper I is 90 minutes. For visually handicapped and cerebral palsy candidates it is 120 minutes.
  • Paper 2 of SSC MTS is qualifying in nature and has one descriptive (Essay or Letter writing) question for 50 marks.
  • The total duration of Paper II is 30 minutes. For visually handicapped and cerebral palsy candidates it is 40 minutes.
  • Those who qualify for Paper 1 as per SSC MTS Cutoff will be eligible to appear for Paper 2.  

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SSC MTS Exam Pattern 2021

Staff Selection Commission determines the exam pattern of multi-tasking staff examination.

SSC MTS Paper I Pattern

  • The paper comprises of objective type multiple-choice questions.
  • The duration of the exam is 1.5 hours.
  • Following table shows the marks distribution of the paper:
Subjects No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Duration for General candidates Total Duration for PWD candidates
General English  25 25 90 Minutes 120 Minutes
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 25
Numerical Aptitude  25 25
General Awareness 25 25
Total 100 100

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SSC MTS Paper II Pattern

  • Paper II is a descriptive paper and qualifying in nature. It tests the elementary language skills of the candidates.
  • The paper consists of 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
Subject Maximum Marks Total Duration for General candidates Total Duration for PWD candidates
Short Essay/Letter in English or any language included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution 50 30 minutes 40 minutes

Marking Scheme

  • Paper I consists of 100 questions; each question will carry 1 mark each.
  • Negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
  • Paper II is of qualifying nature and will only test candidates’ elementary skills. It will have a maximum mark of 50. Only those who qualify the paper I will be eligible to write Paper II.

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SSC MTS Syllabus 2021

Below is topic-wise break up of all the sections that will be covered in SSC MTS 2021 Exam:

Sections SSC MTS Syllabus 
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.
Numerical 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 the 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. 

Following are the section-wise topics and their weightage for the exam:

SSC MTS 2021 Syllabus – General Intelligence and Reasoning

Chapters Number of questions
Classification 3-4
Analogy 3-4
Code-decoding 1-2
Matrix 1
Word formation 1-2
Arranging word in a meaningful order 1-2
Venn diagram 1-2
Direction distances 0-1
Blood relations 1-2
Missing numbers 1-4
Puzzles 2-4
Series 4-6
Verbal and non-verbal reasoning 5-6

SSC MTS 2021 Syllabus – Numerical Aptitude

Topic Number of Questions
Simplification 1-2
Interest 1-3
Percentage 1-2
Ratio and proportion 1-2
Average 1-2
Problem on Age 0-1
Speed distance and time 2-3
Profit and loss 5-7
Number series 0-1
Number system 0-1
Mensuration 2-3
DI 2-3
Time and work 1-3
Mixture problem 0-1
Algebra 1-2
Geometry 0-1
Trigonometry 0-1

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SSC MTS 2021 Syllabus – General English

Topics No. of Questions
Reading comprehension 5 (1 passage)
Fill in the blanks 3
Spellings 2
Phrases or idioms 3
Synonyms/Antonyms 2
One word substitution 3
Sentence correction 4
Error spotting 3

SSC MTS 2021 Syllabus – General Awareness

Topics No. Of Questions
Static GK 10
Current Affairs 10
Others 5

SSC MTS Books 2021

Candidates can take guidance from the books listed below for the topics covered in the SSC MTS 2020 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 paperback Lucent Publication
Dr.Binay Karna, Sanjeev Kumar and Manwendra Mukul

SSC MTS Exam Day Instructions

Carry a printed copy of your SSC MTS Admit Card, two passport-sized recent colour photographs and a valid ID proof to SSC MTS 2021 exam centre.

  • 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 centre: Watches (timers, wristwatch, 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 centre 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 centre.
  • 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 the 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.

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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.


sunny pandey
ssc mts each question carries how many marks?
kavita rani

The weightage of each question is 1, ¼ marks will be deducted for the wrong attempt.
Check out more details here.

is any marks required in paper for become qualified for job? is any student fails in paper 2?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Avinash, yes, cut off marks are decided by the SSC to be eligible for the job. Yes, there are equal chances of failing in paper 2.
what would be the expected cut off for ssc MTS exam 2019 for paper 1 for OBC candidates mainly from kerala
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Aparvika, kindly check the previous year's cut off to have an insight of the Expected Cut Off for this exam from here.

lalduhawma hnamte
how come someone get more than 100 out of 100 in mts exam
rupali shaw
mts paper 2 hindi language me hoga ...Please reply
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rupali, paper-2 consists of one question on short essay writing/letter writing in English or any language included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. Thus, can attempt that question in Hindi too.
chippy brinto
Iam the first attempt for these type of govt. i have no idea when i will start to study,which are the best book for crack the exams,limitted no of days are only available so what are the main things for crack the exams.
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Brinto, candidates need to attempt 100 questions in 90 minutes. 25 questions each from English, Mathematics, Reasoning and General Awareness. Standard of the questions asked would be of matriculation level. Things you need to keep in mind while attempting the exam are:

  • Manage your time. Do not waste much time on one question.
  • Try to practise quantitative aptitude as much as you can from RS Aggarwal.
  • Do not refer more than two books at a time.
  • You may refer Lucent's GK book to prepare General Awareness section.
SSS MTS exam is conducting offline or online
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Anuradha, the exam is divided into two parts, 1 and 2, out of which paper 1 is MCQ based and will be conducted online while Paper 2 will be descriptive test and will be conducted in pen and paper mode compulsorily.
bypilla sai
Online, computer based exam
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sai, exam is conducted in two phases, out of which phase 1 is computer based while phase 2 is conducted in pen and paper mode.