SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Pattern

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Sep 26, 2018

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SSC CHSL is conducted in three tiers - Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. Exam Pattern is set by the conducting body, Staff Selection Commission at national level to recruit candidates for Lower Division Clerk (LDC) Postal Assistant (PA) and Data Entry Operator (DEO) posts. SSC CHSL for Tier 1 will be held tentatively in the month of April 2019.

The pattern and syllabus of the exam are based on the 10+2 level curriculum of popular boards in the country. Every year around 15-20 lakh students appear for SSC CHSL and knowing the pattern of examination thoroughly will definitely give an edge to aspirants over others. 

SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

Events Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Mode of the Exam Online Offline Skill Test and Typing Test
Question type Objective Descriptive -
Duration 1 hour (75 minutes for VH candidates) 1 Hour -
Total Question 100 100 -
Marking Scheme 2 marks for each right answer, 0.50 negative for wrong answer - -
Total Marks 200 100 100

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Tier 1 is objective in nature (MCQ) and the mode of the exam will be online. There are four sections in SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam. The sections are - General Intelligence, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness.

Distribution of Marks and Questions in Tier 1

The table given below provides a brief of the section-wise distribution of SSC CHSL 2018 Tier 1 exam pattern:

Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50

Check Here How to Prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 1

CHSL Tier 1 Important Topics

Questions are based on class 10 and 10+2 level. Each section has thier sepaciliy like English section check candidates’ understanding of the language, General Intelligence and Reasoning section aims to test the logical reasoning ability of a candidate, General Awareness section contains questions on general knowledge, current affairs and Quantitative Aptitude section is to test the candidate’s mathematical abilities. The given below some important topics of the sections:

General Intelligence and Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English Comprehension
Analogy Culture, Indian History Number Systems Spot the Error
Coding and De-Coding Science Biology Geometry Fill in the Blanks
Direction/Ranking Chemistry Simple and Compound Interest Synonyms, Antonyms
Matrices Economy Averages Reading Comprehension
Cubes and Dice Polity Percentages Sentence Shuffling in a passage
Syllogisms Physics, Space Science Algebra Spell Check
Venn Diagrams Environment Algebra Idioms and Phrases
Problem Solving Geography Mensuration Close Passage
Numbers/Alphanumeric Series Computer Technology Time and Distance  -
Embedded Figures Mobile Technology Trigonometry  -
Odd one Out  - Profit and Loss, Discount  -
Word Building  - Ratio and Proportion  -

SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

The Tier 2 of SSC CHSL consists of one paper of Hindi or English. The table given below provides a brief of the section wise distribution of SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 2 exam pattern:

Topic Word Count Marks Time
Essay 200-250 100 60 minutes
Letter/Application 150-200

Note: The minimum qualifying marks in CHSL Tier 2 would be 33% and you can write the paper either in Hindi or in English. Also Check How to Prepare for Descriptive Paper in SSC CHSL

  • Tier II of SSC CHSL is conducted in Pen and Paper Mode to assess the writing skills of the candidates.
  • The Paper comprises writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/ Application of approx. 150-200 words.

CHSL Tier 2 Important Topics

Essay Letter/Application
GST bill and its benefits Complain letter regarding increasing Noise Pollution
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Letter to present views on effect of Digitization
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY) Application for the post of a Manager/ Assistant/ Clerk etc.
Demonetization Application to Bank Manager etc.

SSC CHSL Tier 3 Exam Pattern

  • SSC CHSL Tier 3 will be the Skill Test and Typing Test.
  • Typing Test would be conducted only for candidates applying for Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  • Candidates will have to qualify the test at the prescribed speed on Computer, provided by the Commission at the Centre/venue so notified. Check Skill Test/Typing Test for SSC CHSL
  • Typing Test: For English typing- typing speed of 35 words per minute is required, For Hindi typing- typing speed of 30 words per minute is mandatory. Typing test will be applicable for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, LDC, and Court Clerk posts.
  • Skill Test: Data Entry Speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on the computer. Skill test is conducted for Data Entry Operator post.
  • Your final admission would be governed on the basis of total score obtained in Tier 1 and Tier 2 only.
  • Only Candidates who are VH/OH (afflicted by Cerebral Palsy) and OH with a deformity in writing hand will be allowed 35 minutes including compensatory time 20 minutes for the skill test.

SSC CHSL 2019 Marking Scheme

SSC CHSL Tier 1 will have MCQ type of questions and all the questions will carry 1 marks each while stage II is a descriptive type exam. Candidates can go through marking scheme applicable for SSC CHSL tier 1:

  • Total Questions- 100 (4 subjects)
  • Total Marks- 200
  • Marks for Each Correct Answer- +2 mark
  • Negative Marking- 0.50 mark
  • Questions Left Blank- No mark.

Following is the marking scheme for SSC CHSL Tier 2:

  • Total Questions- 2 (Essay and Application/Letter)
  • Total Marks- 100
  • Negative Marking- No
  • Min Qualifying Marks- 33.

SSC CHSL 2019 Preparation Books

Candidates can check below some important books recommended for SSC CHSL. These books include reference material for clearing core concepts related to each subject as well as practice test series for revision.

For Quantitative Aptitude For General Awareness For General Intelligence & Reasoning For English Language Mock Test Series/ Question Papers
Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Agarwal Manorama Yearbook 2015 (English) Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal Objective English for Competitive Examinations by Tata McGraw Hill SSC CHSL – Superfast Practice Sets 10 + 2 Data Entry Operator Evam Lower Division Clerk by Kiran Prakashan
Quicker Mathematics by M. Tyra Manorama Yearbook 2015 (Hindi) Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey Competitive General English by Kiran Prakshan SSC CHSL – 10 + 2 Higher Secondary Data Entry Operator Evam Lower Division Clerk Pariksha 2014 Guide – Cum – Practice Work Book by Kiran Prakashan
Elementary and Advanced Mathematics by Kiran Prakashan Lucent’s General Knowledge (English) A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal (English) by B S Sijwali, Indu Sijwal Objective General English by S P Bakshi SSC 10 + 2 Level Exam Combined Higher Secondary Data Entry Operator & Lower Division Clerk Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Prakashan
 - Lucent’s General Knowledge (Hindi)  - Quick learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal  -

SSC CHSL Sample Papers 2019

The level of questions asked in SSC CHSL Tier 1 is set as per the standard of 10th or equivalent exam. Every year the questions are asked in almost similar pattern and level of difficulty. Candidates get different sets with different questions. The analysis of SSC CHSL 2018 Tier 1 exam is explained in a better way in table below.

Subject No. of Ques Time (minutes) Difficulty Level
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 60 Easy-Moderate
English Comprehension 25 Moderate
General Awareness 25 Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude 25 Moderate-Difficult
Overall 100 Easy-Moderate

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2018 Analysis

The level of questions asked in SSC CHSL Tier 1 is set as per the standard of 10th or equivalent exam. Every year the questions are asked in almost similar pattern and level of difficulty. Candidates get different sets with different questions. The analysis of SSC CHSL 2018 Tier 1 exam is explained in a better way in table below.

Subject No. of Ques Time (minutes) Difficulty Level
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 60 Easy-Moderate
English Comprehension 25 Moderate
General Awareness 25 Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude 25 Moderate-Difficult
Overall 100 Easy-Moderate

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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