SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - Detailed SSC CHSL Exam Pattern & Latest Syllabus

The CHSL syllabus and exam pattern are set by the Staff Selection Commission. In this article, we will go into detail to understand the SSC CHSL exam pattern and syllabus so that candidates can prepare a strategy in a systematic manner.

The SSC conducts many exams every year for recruitment in various government departments and offices. One of them is the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam, also popularly known as the SSC CHSL exam.

SSC CHSL Exam 2020 Highlights
Name of the Recruitment Exam SSC CHSL 2020
Recruiting Board SSC
SSC CHSL Notification December 3rd, 2019
SSC CHSL Vacancies 4893
Online Application Submission December 3, 2019, to January 1, 2020
SSC CHSL Admit Card February 2020 (Tentative)
Tier I Exam March 16th 2020 to March 27th 2020
Tier-II Exam June 28th 2020
Tier III Exam Not notified

Aspirants can get to know more about the SSC CHSL salary at the linked article.

Based on the SSC CHSL exam pattern the PDF of the latest CHSL exam syllabus is given below.  Candidates appearing for the exam can download the pdf for their preparation.

SSC CHSL Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

Now before we go through the syllabus it is prudent that potential candidates understand a bit more about the SSC CHSL exam pattern. To know about other SSC Exams, visit the linked article.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

The CHSL Exam Pattern consists of:

  1. Computer-Based Examination (Tier – I)
  2. Descriptive Paper (Tier-II)
  3. Skill Test/Typing Test (Tier – III)

The complete topic-wise breakdown of the CHSL exam pattern is given below:

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
Tier Mode/Type Topics
Tier I Computer-Based English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness
Tier II Descriptive Paper Letter/Application Writing, Essay Writing
Tier III Skill Test Speed Typing Test adjudged on the correct entry of data

Salient points regarding the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern:

  • The minimum qualifying percentage is set at 33% for Tier II Paper
  • According to the 2019 – 2020 SSC CHSL Exam Pattern, there will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.
  • The Tier III examination is of qualifying nature only and the marks obtained will not be counted towards the final merit list.

Candidates can check their CHSL age limit and eligibility by visiting the SSC CHSL Eligibility page here

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SSC CHSL Syllabus

In this section, we will discuss the Syllabus for SSC CHSL exam tier-wise. Candidates can download the consolidated SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 PDF at the beginning or at the end of this article.

SSC CHSL Syllabus is vast and it is difficult to touch all the topics while revising. therefore, for revision, analysis and extensive preparation of SSC CHSL exam it is important for candidates to take all-inclusive SSC CHSL Mock Tests.

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier I

The following table gives in detail the Syllabus of the Tier I topics of the SSC CHSL Exam

SSC CHSL Tier I Syllabus
General Intelligence/Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers. Reading Comprehension History
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Culture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Para Jumbles Geography
Data Sufficiency Work & Time Synonyms/Antonyms/Homonyms Economic Scene
Coded Inequalities Time & Distance Fill in the Blanks General Policy
Seating Arrangement Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Scientific Research
Puzzle Data Interpretation Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Ratio & Proportion, Percentage One Word Substitution
Syllogism Number Systems Active/Passive Voice
Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Sequences & Series
Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Mixtures & Allegations
Coding/Decoding Permutation, Combination & Probability

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The Question weightage of each topic in SSC CHSL Syllabus is as mentioned below:

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019 – 2020
Sections Topics Weightage
General Knowledge and General Awareness Indian History

Indian Polity

General science

Geography

Current Affairs & economics

Static G.K

4-5 Questions

3-4 Questions

4-5 Questions

2-3 Questions

5-6 Questions

4-5 Questions

English Language Error Spotting

Fill in the Blanks

Para Jumbles

Cloze test

Synonyms & Antonyms

Phrase and idioms 

One Word Substitution

Spellings

Improvement of sentences

Active/Passive voices & direct/Indirect sentences

Reading comprehension

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

1-5 Questions

5 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

3 Questions

5 Questions

General Intelligence and Reasoning Analogy

Figural, Number & Symbolic Classifications

Number Series

Venn diagram

Pattern- Folding-unfolding

Coding- Decoding

Problem Solving

Non- verbal reasoning

Verbal reasoning

Missing Numbers 

3-4 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

3-4 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

3-4 Questions

2-3 Questions

1-3 Questions

Quantitative Aptitude Statistical Charts

Trigonometry 

Mensuration

Geometry

Algebra

Arithmetic

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

3-5 Questions

12-15 Questions

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Staff Selection Commission conducted various other exams apart from the CHSl exam. Candidates preparing for other SSC Exams such as SSC CPO, SSC GD, SSC CGL, SSC JE can check the detailed syllabus of all in the links given below:

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier II

The table below gives a brief description of the SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier II:

SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus
Topics Word Count Maximum Marks Duration
Essay Writing 200-250 100 60 minutes
Letter/Application Writing 150-200 60 minutes

Important points related to SSC CHSL Syllabus:

  • The topics asked in this exam will be related to National Interest, Finance & Economy, Ecological Issues, Social Issues, Politics, Schemes and Governance, Technology, Sports, Geopolitics, Environmental Concerns etc.
  • The minimum qualifying marks is at 33%.
  • The marks obtained in this exam will be added to the final merit list.
  • The paper must be completely written in either Hindi or English. Papers that are written in Part English, Part Hindi will be rejected.

Get more details about the SSC Syllabus of other exams by visiting the linked article

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier III

This exam will be a skill/typing test which would be of qualifying nature. The final merit of the selected candidates will be based on the total score obtained in the Tier – I and Tier – II exams

The table below lists out in detail the SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier III:

SSC CHSL Syllabus – Tier III
Skill Test Speed Time
Data Entry Operator Data Entry speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on the computer. The ‘speed will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer
Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) The ‘speed of 15000 key depressions per hour will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 3700-4000 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer
Lower Division Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (LDS/JSA) and Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants (PA/SA) The speed of 10500 key depressions per hour will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 9000 key-depressions/hour would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer.

SSC CHSL Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

For SSC CHSL Preparation strategy, aspirants can check the linked article.

Taking SSC CHSL mock tests on a regular basis will help you develop a properly planned strategy. You can also refer a few Solved Question Papers of prior years of the different sections to get the feel of a real test and identify any weak spots in the process. You can also go through BYJU’S study materials, during your preparation, to expedite your study phase.

Candidates preparing for SSC CHSL exam can visit the SSC CHSL mock test page and get free mock tests based on the latest SSC exam pattern.

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Frequently Asked Question – SSC CHSL Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Q.1. How many questions are there in SSC CHSL Tier I exam?

Ans. SSC CHSL Tier I asks a total of 100 objective-type questions to the candidates.

Q.2. What is the weightage in SSC CHSL Tier III exam?

Ans. The SSC CHSL Tier III exam is only qualifying in nature hence there it does not hold any weightage in the exam.

Q.3. What is the weightage in SSC CHSL Tier II and Tier I examination?

Ans. SSC CHSL Tier I holds a total weightage of 200 marks while CHSL Tier II holds the weightage of 100 marks.

Q.4. Is there negative marking for wrong attempts in SSC CHSL exam?

Ans. As the SSC CHSL exam pattern, there is negative marking of 1/2 marks in the Tier I exam. But, there are no negative marking in SSC CHSL  Tier II and Tier III papers.

Q 5. What type of questions are asked in all the phases of SSC CHSL exam?

Ans. Candidates are asked objective type questions in SSC CHSL Tier I exam. The CHSL Tier II paper contains descriptive questions on letter/essay/application writing while SSC CHSL Tier III exam is a skill/typing test.

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