Each year lakhs and crores of young aspirants look up to SSC for getting the government jobs of their dreams. Owing to job security and prestige of the positions, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) sees a large pool of aspirants competing among themselves for that one position. One such position apart from SSC CGL and SSC Stenographer is that of SSC MTS which comes under the “Group C ” non-gazetted category. For recruitment into this position, the SSC holds a two-tier national-level examination. If you are going to apply for the post of Multi-Tasking (non-technical) Staff or SSC MTS and want to know every little detail about it, read on to know more.

Important SSC MTS Dates 2020

It is necessary for the candidates to know at least the tentative dates for the SSC MTS exam so that they can plan their study schedule accordingly and make necessary arrangements for it. Therefore, keeping the previous year trends in mind, we have compiled a list of some tentative dates for the exam:

Events Dates
Notification of SSC MTSFirst week of June
Availability of Application formsFirst week of June
Deadline for submission of online applicationsMid of July
Exam Date (Paper 1)Third week of September to the second week of November
Exam Date (Paper 2)First week of March (the next year)

Eligibility Criteria for SSC MTS

In order to be eligible for taking the SSC MTS exam, the candidates need to fulfil the basic criteria, failing which they shall be disqualified from taking the exam. The eligibility parameters are based on the candidate’s nationality, age and education. Let us take a look at each one in detail:


  • The candidate should be an Indian national, or
  • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan, or
  • A refugee from Tibet who came to India before 1st January 1962, or
  • A person having Indian origin and has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma and East African countries.


Those candidates who have already passed their Matriculation Examination (class 10th) are eligible to apply for SSC MTS exam.

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Age Limit

The age of the candidate should be between 18 to 25 years as on 1st August 2020. The permissible upper age relaxation for multiple categories have been given in the table below:

S.No.Reserved Category in SSC MTSPermissible Relaxation of Upper Age Limit
1.Scheduled Caste (SC) or Scheduled Tribes (ST)5 years
2.Other Backward Classes (OBC)3 years
3.Persons with Disability (Unreserved)10 years
4.Persons with Disability (OBC)13 years
5.Persons with Disability (SC/ST)15 years
6.Ex-Servicemen3 years
7.Domicile of J&K5 years
8.Defence Personnel with Disability3 years
9.Defence Personnel with Disability (SC/ST)8 years
10.Central Government Civilian EmployeesUp to 40 years of age
11.Central Government Civilian Employees (SC/ST)Up to 45 years of age
12.Widows or Divorced Women (General)Up to 35 years of age
13.Widows or Divorced Women (SC/ST)Up to 40 years of age
14.Service Clerks (General)Up to 45 years of age
15.Service Clerks (SC/ST)Up to 50 years of age

SSC MTS Exam Pattern 2020

With mere application and studying for competitive exams is not enough as it is equally important for the candidates to have an exact idea about the mode of examination and how will the question paper look like. The SSC MTS examination is held in 2 stages – Paper 1 which is computer-based while Paper 2 is descriptive. Let us discuss both the stages in detail:

Paper 1 (Computer Based Test)

  • The first tier of the SSC MTS exam 2020 is a computer-based test which contains a total of 100 questions.
  • The total duration of the exam is 90 minutes (120 minutes for the candidates eligible for using scribes).
  • The exam is divided into 4 parts – General English, General Intelligence and Reasoning, Numerical Aptitude and General Awareness, where each contains 25 MCQs carrying 1 mark each. 
  • The candidates can choose either English or Hindi as the medium of examination, which is only applicable for all the 3 sections except the ‘General English’ section.
  • ¼ marks will be deducted for every wrong attempt. 
  • The score obtained by the candidate will be normalized based on the formula published by the commission. (You can visit the official website of SSC for more information about the normalization of scores).

Paper 2 (Descriptive Test)

  • The candidates who successfully clear the first tier of the SSC MTS computer-based examination will be eligible to take the second tier examination.
  • The exam is descriptive in nature and the candidates will be required to write a short essay or letter in either English or any other language included in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • The tier two of the examination is based offline, which means it is a pen and paper-based test.
  • The candidates will have to complete the examination within the time limit of 30 minutes (40 minutes for the candidates eligible for using a scribe).
  • The maximum score a candidate can obtain is 50 marks.

Syllabus for SSC MTS

Syllabus is the soul of every examination. Will you be able to ace a test if you have no idea about what all topics will be covered? We know that the SSC MTS exam is divided into two stages of assessment,  Paper 1 is objective MCQ while Paper 2 is descriptive. The SSC MTS syllabus would contain almost all the important topics that have been already covered in CBSE class 10 syllabus. Given below is the detailed explanation of the prominent topics covered in the exam:

Paper 1 (MCQs)

S.No.PartsImportant Topics Covered in SSC MTS
1.General EnglishBasic usage of English Grammar; Vocabulary; Synonyms; Antonyms; Sentence Structure, etc.
2.General Intelligence and ReasoningSimilarities and Differences; Judgement; Decision Making; Arithmetical Number Series; Classification; Non-verbal Series; Visual Memory, etc.
3.Numerical AptitudeNumber Systems; Decimals and Fractions; Arithmetical Operations; Profit and Loss; Interest; Ratio and Proportion; Time and Distance; Time and Work; Ratio and Time; Average; Percentages, etc.
4.General AwarenessBasic General Knowledge related to the Society and Environment; Current Events; Sports; History and Geography; Polity; Indian Constitution; Economics, etc.

Paper 2 (Descriptive Question)

This section tests the basic language skills of the candidate keeping in view the educational qualification needed for the particular position that the candidate has applied for. As we already know, the medium of the tier two examination can be either English or any language which is mentioned in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

How to Apply for SSC MTS?

In order to apply for the SSC MTS exam, the candidates can adhere to the following procedure:

  • The application mode for the exam is online and the applicants can visit the official website of SSC to apply for the exam.
  • Click on the required link to redirect towards the application form and enter all your relevant personal and academic details.
  • Upload the necessary documents and submit.
  • Pay an application fee of INR 100/- (Women, PWD, SC/ST and Ex-servicemen are exempted from any payment).
  • Once you complete the online payment, save the application form for future reference.

We hope that we have provided you with all the necessary information about the SSC MTS examination. If you are a 10th class student and confused about how to study in class 10 and struggling to find good career counselling after 10th, Leverage Edu is here for you. We understand your strength and help choose the right subject combination that will create a foundation for a perfect career.

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