SSC CHSL Exam Subjects 2021-2022

SSC CHSL 2020-2021 Tier-2 exam was held on January 9, 2022. The results of the Tier-2 examination are expected to be announced soon. As per the tentative calendar released by SSC, the CHSL Tier-1 2021-2022 examination is scheduled to be held in May 2022.

SSC CHSL examination is conducted in 3 phases, namely:

Tier-1 Objective type paper containing Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Tier-2 Descriptive Paper (English/Hindi)

Tier-3 Skill Test or Typing Test

The scheme of the SSC CHSL examination is given in detail below.

You can also go through the following links to familiarise yourself with the SSC CHSL examination.

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Scheme of the Examination

SSC CHSL Tier-1 Subjects and Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL Tier-1 examination is a computer-based objective type examination. It contains multiple choice questions in both English and Hindi for Part 2, 3 and 4 of the examination. Part 1 is the English Language paper.



No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration of the Exam


English Language

(Basic Knowledge)



Total time for the entire exam is 60 minutes


General Intelligence




Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)




General Awareness




  • Total time duration of the entire exam is 80 minutes for candidates who are eligible to get assistance from a scribe.
  • There is no provision for re-evaluation in the SSC CHSL Tier-1 examination.
  • There is negative marking. 0.50 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Marks scored by candidates in the Tier-1 Computer Based Examination are normalised by using the formula published by the SSC in the notice dated February 7, 2019.

Subjects for Tier-1 Examination

  1. English Language:
  2. To familiarise yourself with the English language paper for SSC CHSL Tier-1 examination, you can refer to the following links. These links give information regarding important topics for SSC CHSL examination. You can also go through the English For Competitive exams link to know more about other relevant topics for the English paper.

  3. General Intelligence:
  4. Go through the article on 3 sutras to prepare for reasoning ability. This article will help you get an overview of topics that are very important for SSC CHSL and other SSC exams.

  5. Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill):
  6. Important areas pertaining to quantitative aptitude are listed below.

    You can also refer to the Quantitative Aptitude page to brush up your arithmetic skills.

  7. General Awareness
  8. General awareness is a scoring subject and you should ensure to study important areas like India and its neighbouring countries especially related to History, Geography, Culture, Economy, General policy etc.

    The links to important topics are given below.

SSC CHSL Tier-2 Subjects and Exam Pattern

  • SSC CHSL Tier-II exam is a descriptive paper of 100 Marks ( ‘Pen and Paper’ Mode)
  • The Paper comprises writing an essay, application, letter, precis etc.
  • The duration of this Paper will be one hour. Candidates who are eligible to get the assistance of a scribe are given an additional time of 20 minutes.
  • The minimum marks to qualify in Tier-II exam is 33 per cent.
  • The paper has to be written either 0 Hindi or in English. Candidates who attempt the descriptive paper partly in English as well as in hindi are awarded zero marks.

Candidates can go through the Letter Writing Format and Precis Writing Format pages to prepare for the Tier-2 exam.

SSC CHSL Tier-3 Exam Pattern

  • The Tier-3 exam comprises a skill test or typing test, which is of qualifying nature.
  • It is conducted for the candidates who pass the Tier-2 examination. The Tier-3 skill test is conducted on the computers provided by the SSC or its authorised agency.
  • Tier-3 exam is conducted in the cities where regional offices of SSC exist or as per the decision taken by the SSC.
  • Errors made in the skill test will be calculated up to 2 decimal places.
  • The final merit of the shortlisted candidates will be based on the aggregate score obtained in the SSC CHSL Tier – I and Tier – II exams.

To get detailed information on the SSC CHSL Syllabus, click on the linked page. You can also go through the SSC CHSL 2020-2021 notification to get the aforementioned information.

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