SSC Multi Tasking Staff Recruitment: Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Previous Year Papers

Staff Selection Commission Multi-Tasking Staff Paper 1 & Paper 2: Staff Selection Commission is a government organization of India that conducts staff section examinations each year to fill in a large number of vacancies for various posts in government offices. SSC is also known to organize MTS (Multi-Tasking Staff) selections, and as the name suggests this recruitment drive is concerned with filling in the posts of multi-tasking staff for different government offices. Any willing aspirant with a 10 or 10+2 qualification is eligible to appear for the SSC MTS examination. SSC MTS exam is conducted in two phases; Paper I: Online (computer-based test) and Paper 2: Offline (paper-based test). The exam pattern for both these exams varies as Paper 1 is a multiple choice-based test, while Paper 2 is an essay writing test.    

Furthermore, the SSC MTS section process is designed to test the candidate on the grounds of General Intelligence and Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General English, and General Awareness. Also, interested candidates should be between 18 to 25 years of age. It is advised that candidates should refer to the official notification on the SSC website before applying.

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Key Highlight
of SSC MTS Multi Tasking Staff
registration period:
Starts: June 02, 2020 Ends: July 15, 2020 (PostPoned)
Application fee:
Unreserved/ OBC Male Candidates: Rs. 100 Female/SC/ST/PwD: No Fees
AGE limit:
17-25 years
Exam Level:
Paper Description:
Paper I: Online Paper II: Offline
Exam Dates:
Paper I: Sep 26 - Nov 13, 2020 Paper II: March 2021
Exam Duration:
Paper I: 90 mins Paper II: 30 mins

SSC MTS Exam Pattern:

SSC MTS Paper 1 is an objective type of computer-based test and Paper 2 will be a descriptive type pen-paper based testThe time frame provided for SSC MTS Paper 1 for General Candidates is 1.5 Hours (90 Minutes) whereas for PwD (Cerebral Palsy and Visually Handicapped) Candidates the time duration is 2 hours (120 Minutes).

SSC MTS is a national-level recruitment examination and as like any other government job exams, SSC Multi-Tasking Staff is the non-technical exam that is conducted for two stages: SSC MTS Paper 1 and SSC MTS Paper 2. SSC hasn't released the notification for 2020, SSC MTS Important Dates are tentatively expected for the month of August.

The candidates willing to apply for the SSC MTS Recruitment Exam are required to visit the official website of SSC and the mandatory details for SSC MTS Application Form Filling can be read. The candidates must confirm that they are meeting the essential requirements set by the Staff Selection Committee for the Multi-Tasking Staff, SSC MTS Complete Eligibility Criteria.

SSC MTS Paper 1 will be conducted in two languages: English and Hindi. The questions in the English language section will not be asked in the Hindi language. SSC MTS Paper 2 will have only 1 Essay question that will be descriptive in nature. This question can be attempted by the candidate in English or the 22 official languages that are mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

SSC MTS Paper 1 will be divided into 4 sections, each section carries equal weightage with 25 Questions for 25 Marks. The questions asked will be the objective type 100 Multiple-Choice Questions.

  • English Language

  • General Awareness

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Quantitative Aptitude

SSC MTS Marking Scheme:

The negative marking is applicable for SSC MTS Paper 1 only as Paper 2 is conducted to test the elementary skills of the candidate. The candidates are required to attempt the questions carefully as the 4 wrong answers will cut out the mark for 1 correct answer.

  • 1 mark will be added to the candidate’s score for every correct answer

  • 0.25 marks will be subtracted for every wrong answer in the exam.

The candidates who will be able to clear the SSC MTS Paper 1 with the called for marks have the chance to appear for SSC MTS Paper 2.


SSC MTS Exam Pattern is available in a nutshell:


Exam Mode

Paper 1: Online, Computer-Based Test

Paper 2: Offline, Pen-Paper Based Test

Medium of Exam

English and Hindi

Type of Questions

Paper 1: Objective, Multiple-Choice Questions

Paper 2: Descriptive, 1 Essay

Exam Duration Paper 1


General Candidates: 90 Minutes

PwD Candidates: 120 Minutes

Exam Duration Paper 2


General Candidates: 30 Minutes

PwD Candidates: 40 Minutes

Marking Scheme Paper 1

1 mark for the correct answer, 0.25 marks deducted for incorrect answers

Marking Scheme Paper 2

No negative marking

Total Marks

Paper 1: 100 Marks

Paper 2: 50 Marks

Total Questions

Paper 1: 100 questions

Paper 2: 1 question

Sectional Weightage of Paper 1

  1. English Language: 25 questions, 25 Marks
  2. General Awareness: 25 questions, 25 Marks
  3. General Intelligence and Reasoning: 25 questions, 25 Marks
  4. Quantitative Aptitude: 25 questions, 25 Marks


SSC MTS Syllabus:

The candidates who are appearing for SSC MTS Recruitment Exam can go through the syllabus covered in the examination, the topic-wise syllabus is available here.

  • English Language: This section is to test the candidate’s vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms, sentence structure, grammar, sentence correction & the writing ability

  • General Awareness: This section is usually designed to see that how much the candidate is aware of the events around him/her such as questions relating to India and its neighboring countries, Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research, National Awards.

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning: Non-verbal types of questions including similarities & differences, problem-solving, decision making, non -verbal series, space visualization, visual memory, analysis judgment, arithmetical number series, discriminating observation, relationship concepts etc.

  • Numerical Aptitude: Questions will be based on Decimals and Fractions and the relationship between Numbers, Fundamental arithmetical operations, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Menstruation, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time, Time and Work, computation of whole numbers, number systems, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Use of Tables and Graphs, etc.

Tips and Tricks to crack SSC MTS Recruitment Exam:

Choose your study material carefully this time because SSC MTS Recruitments will surprise everyone with the new pattern of questions. According to the new pattern, candidates must learn concepts in a way that they are able to use them in application-based problem questions. Take the necessary steps to formulate your own strategies and plan accordingly.

  1. Maintain Focus: Find out which of the four sections is your strength and so attempt it first to make a great start without wasting much time.  

  2. Increase Speed: Manage your time properly; give an appropriate amount of time to each section. Try to improve your time by practicing as many online tests as possible. Youth4work provides online mock tests will time limit attached to each question; this way one can learn to finish the entire exam within the time limit.

  3. Improve Accuracy: Whatever new concepts you learn; make it a habit of practicing them regularly so you do not forget key topics. Because you will not have enough time to prepare all the syllabus topics proficiently, so you must master those you are comfortable with.

  4. Use Time Intelligently: Studying in a stretch for hours can be tedious and hard and not so good. Therefore, try to study several times in regular sessions during a day. This will make learning easy and fun, also you will have enough time to brush up the already studied topics in between intervals.

  5. Previous Years’ Papers: Try to get your hands on as many previous years’ question papers as you can. There is a certain type of question patterns you will find useful for your preparation and also get familiar with past exam paper trends.   

  6. Rest and Sleep: It is very important to maintain proper health.

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