Important descriptive topics for Upcoming CGL & CHSL Exam:

In this blog, we will look into Important descriptive topics for upcoming SSC CGL and SSC CHSL exam. Many students find writing descriptive papers challenging since they test their English or Hindi writing abilities. As a result, we have provided you with the best preparation tips to help you pass the SSC CHSL and SSC CGL descriptive exams.
Before getting started let us look at the exam pattern for SSC CHSL and SSC CGL exams.

SSC CHSL Descriptive paper pattern


(Hindi/ English)

Word Limit (Approximately) Time Limit Marks
Essay Writing 200 – 250 1 Hour

(1 hour 20 Minutes for PWD candidates)

100 Marks
Letter/Application Writing 150 – 200
  • The minimum qualifying marks for the descriptive paper will be 33%.
  • The marks of the descriptive paper will be included with the Tier I exam to decide the merit list of successful candidates.

SSC CGL Descriptive paper pattern

Tier-3 of SSC CGL will be a descriptive test. The paper will be in English/Hindi and will constitute 100 marks. The entire paper needs to be completed in 60 minutes.

Subject Marks Time
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.) 100 marks 1 hour or 60 minutes

Important descriptive topics for essay asked in Previous Year papers of SSC CHSL/CGL

  • Importance of Education in Present Times
  • How far demonetization has achieved its objectives
  • In the event of an Earthquake, for your safety, what you should do and what you should not do. 
  • Population control is the answer to all the problems. 
  • Old age and Social Security.

Important descriptive topics for letter writing asked in Previous Year papers of SSC CHSL/CGL

  • You are Sunita/Sunil resident of Gandhi road, Dwarka, New Delhi, 110083, write a letter to manager, G D Restaurant complaining about their poor service and the quality of food.
  • Assuming you are Suresh/seema. Write a letter to your younger brother Naresh, highlighting the distinct benefits and shortcomings of CBT (Computer based Test) and what will be the future of it. 
  • Letter to your younger brother to tell him about the drawbacks of Excessive use of Cell Phones.
  • You are Mahima/Jaspreet, a resident at Lodhi road, new delhi. Write a letter to your younger brother Tinku, convincing him that if he wants to build a good career then you should leave all those things that are distracting him from his goal and suggest he should focus only on studies. 
  • Assuming you are Rajan/Ragini and you have been selected as the marketing manager in a public enterprise. write a letter to the concerned person that you will not be able to join immediately.  You live at Lodhi road, Delhi.

Important descriptive topics for essay writing

Here are some essay topics that can be asked in the SSC CGL or SSC CHSL exam.

  • Pandemic and Economy
  • Youth and unemployment
  • Atma-nirbhar Bharat
  • India’s security concerns
  • New Education Policy
  • Agricultural bills
  • Right to Education
  • Startup Ecosystem in India.
  • Cybersecurity and Banking.
  • Social Media –A bane or Boon
  • Environment vs Development
  • Artificial intelligence
  • GST and its impact
  • Rising crime rates- a cause of concern
  • Paid news and fake news: the controversy
  • Does caste affect Indian society?
  • Loan waivers are not the solution to farmers’  woes- explain
  • Are genetically modified crops the future of Indian agriculture?
  • Financial Inclusion: dream or reality?
  • Vaccine Nationalism
  • Sexual harassment at the workplace
  • Why more women participation is required in the economy

Important descriptive topics for letter writing:

Essay topics One should prepare for the descriptive writing: here are some Letters that can be asked in the SSC CGL or SSC CHSL exam.

  • Write a letter to the local municipal authority complaining about open manholes in your area.
  • Write a letter to the Bank Manager for issuing a cheque book.
  • Write a letter to the Editor of a Newspaper Agency to raise awareness about the ill-effects of gadgets on children’s development.
  • Write a letter to the Bank Manager complaining about a failed transaction.
  • Write a letter to your father telling him about your life in the hostel.
  • Write a letter to your friend telling him about your visit to a historical place.
  • Write a letter to your sister advising her to participate in the Annual Sports Meet.
  • Write a letter to your friend congratulating him/her about their success in the exam
  • Write a letter regarding Irregular and inadequate water supply in my area-reg.

Tips for Essay writing:

Here are some important tips to prepare Essay writing for SSC CHSL and SSC CGL papers:

  1. Write answers that are crisps and precise. Do not write lengthy sentences where small sentences can suffice.
  2. Before actually starting writing, make a rough framework in your mind. This will help you to structure your answer properly.
  3. Do not use fancy language, make your point of view clear to the examiner.
  4. Make sure your writing is legible to the reader, as well as take proper care of the grammar portion. 
  5. One should always stick to the topic asked. Don’t be concerned with any additional details that it represents, or comes with. Quality of your content will matter here.
  6. If you are not able to write good essays, You can start preparing 5-10 essays, which will come handy for better writing.
  7. Make sure to represent your data in a good format. Do not write haphazardly.
  8. Try to stay as neutral as possible. Do not showcase your personal opinions towards one party over the other.

Tips for Letter writing:

Here are some important tips to prepare Letter writing for SSC CHSL and SSC CGL papers:

  1. Stick to the Word limit – 150 words.
  2. Use correct format and salutation (different for both).
  3. While writing a letter grammar, spellings, punctuations, and indentation should be taken care of.
  4. 3 paragraphs – an introductory paragraph, a body, and a concluding paragraph.
  5. Try not to go beyond a single paragraph for the body.
  6. Use simple and straightforward sentences.
  7. The letter should have a flow, clearly mentioning the purpose of writing.
  8. Make sure that you do not use jargon, slang or abbreviations.

Essay Writing: format

An essay is nothing but a short piece of writing on a particular topic. What sets an essay apart is not just being error-free in terms of grammar and spelling but also the structure and flow of ideas in the
essay.  A basic but ideal structure to follow is: –
 Introduction
 Body Paragraph
 Conclusion
Refer to the image for essay-writing tips-

Essay Writing tips

Practice Descriptive Paper on Oliveboard and get your Essay Evaluated


There are mainly two types of letters asked in exams:
 Informal letters
 Formal letters

Let’s know the format along with the sample letters and topics-
1. Informal Letters: are those written to friends, relatives, parents, siblings (brother/ sister), etc.

Informal letter

2. Formal Letters: Are those that you write to the bank manager, news editor, government department/ officials, etc.

Formal LetterAlso Read: Bank PO Descriptive Writing: Evaluation Criteria, Sample Essay, Sample Letter

That’s all from us in this blog. Practice writing on these topics, submit it HERE in the Discuss Forum, and get it Evaluated! Hope this helps you all in your preparation.

All the Best!

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