The Staff Selection Commission has recently notified the revised pattern for exam for the SSC CGL 2016 edition. The exam will include a newly introduced Tier III consisting of descriptive test. The descriptive test is the biggest surprise for the candidates since they have never thought about this to be included in the scheme of examination. The test is said to be of 100 marks with the total time allotted being 60 minutes. It will include essay, précis, letter or application writing though the total number of questions in this paper has not been clearly mentioned in the notification. Many candidates are wondering the motive of SSC behind introducing this new exam pattern. We shall try to decode the same in this very article so that candidates can prepare accordingly and play the game on an equal footing with the SSC
Why Descriptive test in SSC CGL?
After a long time, SSC has re-introduced the descriptive test in its popular combined graduate level examination from the year 2016 and along with that, the number of questions in Tier I has also been reduced from 200 to 100 and the time from 120 minutes to 75 minutes. Another important thing is that the Tier I and Tier II will be computer based online tests while the Tier III will be a pen and paper examination. So, why this new descriptive test is being conducted by SSC?
- Testing the writing skill: This is the most obvious reason of introducing the descriptive test in the scheme of examination. Since both the tier I and Tier II are objective tests, it becomes difficult for SSC to judge the writing ability of the candidates. With the interview not there, the candidates’ ability to think and express themselves is going to be tested in this test
- An additional tier of selection process: This is a well thought-out process by SSC since the interview round is not there from this year. Selecting the candidates only on the basis of objective test is not an idea option and that is why, this test will serve the purpose of additional screening process of the candidates
- Choosing the candidate with the right aptitude: This is another reason why SSC introduced the descriptive test in its scheme of selection. After getting selected, the candidates need to handle the official communication between various departments as well as with other organizations. This is necessary that these candidates are tested well in advance regarding their communication skill
- Testing the ability to form opinions: This is yet another aspect of descriptive test since the interview process has been discontinued with from this year. As an employee of the Government of India, the commission needs to test your opinion making abilities on different topics that are facing the nation and descriptive test serves that purpose very well
- Communication Skill: This used to be tested through the interview process but now it is going to be tested through this newly introduced descriptive test. Communicating with the media and the public at large is one of the priority areas of the government these days and you need to be a very good communicator to focus on the agenda of the government in a positive light in front of the public at large. This descriptive test will be a test of how well you can communicate your thoughts in paper
The descriptive test introduced by the Staff Selection Commission is definitely a surprise element for the candidates but it has its own logic and motive to do so since the interview process is now not there. However, the basic point to succeed remains the same even with the new pattern. Understand the pattern, cover the syllabus and practice as much as you can. Success will never forget you
All the best!!