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|
|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.
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:
- Computer-Based Examination (Tier – I)
- Descriptive Paper (Tier-II)
- Skill Test/Typing Test (Tier – III)
The complete topic-wise breakdown of the CHSL exam pattern is given below:
|SSC CHSL Exam Pattern|
|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
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|
|General Knowledge and General Awareness||Indian History
Current Affairs & economics
|English Language||Error Spotting
Fill in the Blanks
Synonyms & Antonyms
Phrase and idioms
One Word Substitution
Improvement of sentences
Active/Passive voices & direct/Indirect sentences
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||Analogy
Figural, Number & Symbolic Classifications
Non- verbal reasoning
|Quantitative Aptitude||Statistical Charts
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|
|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.|
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.
Frequently Asked Question – SSC CHSL Exam Pattern & Syllabus
Q.1. How many questions are there in SSC CHSL Tier I exam?
Q.2. What is the weightage in SSC CHSL Tier III exam?
Q.3. What is the weightage in SSC CHSL Tier II and Tier I examination?
Q.4. Is there negative marking for wrong attempts in SSC CHSL exam?
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.