SSC CHSL Syllabus
SSC CHSL Syllabus

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is the body to decide the SSC CHSL syllabus and SSC CHSL exam pattern. In the official CHSL notification, the commission mentions in detail about the syllabus and exam pattern of the SSC CHSL Exam.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

There are different stages that candidates need to qualify to get selected for various posts in SSC CHSL exam. The Recruitment for SSC CHSL 2020 exam will start from November 2020. In the meantime, check the highlights of  current SSC CHSL recruitment i.e. for the year 2019 given below:  

The overall highlight of SSC CHSL Exam Pattern topic-wise breakdown is as mentioned below:

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
TierType/Mode of examTopics
Tier IComputer-BasedEnglish Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness
Tier IIDescriptive PaperLetter/Application Writing, Essay Writing
Tier IIISkill TestSpeed Typing Test adjudged on the correct entry of data

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier I

As already mentioned above, the SSC CHSL Tier I is a computer-based exam conducted online. Candidates are given a total of 60 minutes to solve SSC CHSL Tier I paper comprising 100 questions that count to a total of 200 marks (2 marks each question). For each wrong attempt, candidates are penalised with 1/2 marks i.e. 0.50 marks which were 0.25 marks in the previous year recruitments.

Note* – the time limit of 60 minutes to complete the SSC CHSL Tier I examination is extended by 20 minutes i.e. total 80- minutes are given to PwD candidates.

The Tier I of SSC CHSL exam covers questions based on the following sections:

  • Reasoning Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Awareness
  • English Language

The SSC CHSL Tier I Exam Pattern is Summarised below:

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier I
Sections/SubjectsNumber of Questions each sectionMaximum MarksTime Duration
General Awareness255060 minutes (80 Minutes for PwD candidates)
Reasoning/General Intelligence2550
English Language (Basic Knowledge)2550
Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)2550
Total100200

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier II

Candidates who qualify Tier I exam are called to appear for SSC CHSL Tier II. The Tier II of SSC CHSL Exam assesses the English/Hindi writing skills of candidates, which is why it is a descriptive type of test. The questions asked in the Tier II paper are based on 10th standard concepts.

The written test of SSC CHSL Tier-II comprises an Essay writing of 200-250 words and Application/Letter writing of 150-200 words. The minimum marks that candidates need to attain in Tier-II exam is 33%.

The SSC CHSL Tier-II test is of 100 marks and the total time allowed to candidates for completing the test is 60 minutes (80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped or suffer from cerebral palsy).

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier III

The SSC CHSL Tier III comprises a couple of skill tests which candidates need to qualify to get selected to certain government posts. The final merit list of candidates selected for the CHSL exam is prepared after this skill test. The skill test for SSC CHSL includes:

  • Typing test for 15 minutes duration in which candidate must have the speed to write 35 words per minute (English Medium) and 30 words per minute (Hindi Medium). 
  • For VH – visually handicapped candidate (40% disabled), 30 minutes is provided for this test. 

SSC CHSL exam pattern – Salient points

Salient points regarding the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern are:

  1. SSC CHSL Tier I is an objective type paper conducted only in online mode. Tier I has 100 questions of 2 marks each to be completed in 60 minutes. Candidates will lose 0.50 marks for every wrong answer.
  2. SSC CHSL Tier-II is a descriptive exam conducted in Pen and Paper mode only for the candidates who qualified Tier I. There is no negative marking for wrong attempts in SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam. Candidates must secure a minimum of 33% marks to clear Tier II of SSC CHSL Exam. 
  3. SSC CHSL Tier III is a skill test for Data Entry Operator and typing test for various posts such as PA/SA, LDC and Court Clerk. Tier II of SSC CHSL Exam is qualifying in nature. The Final Merit is prepared based on the scores obtained in Tier I and Tier II only.  

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 PDF provided in the article.

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/ReasoningQuantitative AbilityEnglish LanguageGeneral Awareness
Logical ReasoningComputation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.Reading ComprehensionHistory
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze TestCulture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestSimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesPara JumblesGeography
Data SufficiencyWork & TimeSynonyms/Antonyms/HomonymsEconomic Scene
Coded InequalitiesTime & DistanceFill in the BlanksGeneral Policy
Seating ArrangementMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereMultiple Meaning/Error SpottingScientific Research
PuzzleData InterpretationParagraph Completion
TabulationRatio & Proportion, PercentageOne Word Substitution
SyllogismNumber SystemsActive/Passive Voice
Space Orientation, Semantic Classification,Sequences & Series
Figural Series, Critical Thinking,Mixtures & Allegations
Coding/DecodingPermutation, Combination & Probability

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

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020
SectionsTopicsWeightage
General Knowledge and General AwarenessIndian HistoryIndian PolityGeneral scienceGeographyCurrent Affairs & EconomicsStatic G.K4-5 Questions3-4 Questions4-5 Questions2-3 Questions5-6 Questions4-5 Questions
English LanguageError SpottingFill in the BlanksPara JumblesCloze testSynonyms & AntonymsPhrase and Idioms One Word SubstitutionSpellingsImprovement of SentencesActive/Passive Voices & Direct/Indirect SentencesReading Comprehension2-3 Questions2-3 Questions1-5 Questions5 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions3 Questions5 Questions
General Intelligence and ReasoningAnalogyFigural, Number & Symbolic ClassificationsNumber SeriesVenn diagramPattern- Folding-UnfoldingCoding-DecodingProblem SolvingNon-Verbal ReasoningVerbal ReasoningMissing Numbers 3-4 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions3-4 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions3-4 Questions2-3 Questions1-3 Questions
Quantitative AptitudeStatistical ChartsTrigonometry MensurationGeometryAlgebraArithmetic2-3 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions2-3 Questions3-5 Questions12-15 Questions

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
TopicsWord CountMaximum MarksDuration
Essay Writing200-25010060 minutes
Letter/Application Writing150-20060 minutes

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 TestSpeedTime
Data Entry OperatorData Entry Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on the computer. The ‘speed will be adjudged based on the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passageThe 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 based on the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passageThe 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 based on the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passageThe 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.