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SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 1 Preparation Strategy and Books

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Mar 23, 2021

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SSC CHSL Tier I exam will be conducted on April 12, 2021. It is an online computer-based test having multiple-choice questions. Read SSC CHSL latest news and updates here

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Syllabus is based on the topics covered in 10+2 standard such as General Intelligence, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language.

Candidates can also download the practise papers to prepare for the exam. Before moving to the topic-wise preparation strategy and tips, candidates must go through the exam pattern as it is the base to formulate a preparation schedule.

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SSC CHSL 2021 Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 1 paper has 4 sections, each carries equal weightage in the paper i.e. 25 questions from each section.

All correct answers carry 2 marks each and 0.5 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. The other details of SSC CHSL 2021 Exam Pattern are as follows:

Part Subject Name No. of Ques Maximum Marks Duration
I General Intelligence 25 50 A cumulative time duration of 60 minutes
II English Language 25 50
III Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
IV General Awareness 25 50

Let us get into the detailed analysis of each section covered in the SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 1 exam and prepare a plan to ace it.

Preparation Strategy for SSC CHSL General Intelligence

  • The section is to test the candidate’s theoretical and factual knowledge rather than intellectual calibre.
  • Regular practice of solving the sample papers and past year papers would give clarity to a lot of topics in this section.
  • Mental alertness is required for logical reasoning questions and this can be brushed by going through different types of reasoning questions.
  • Topics to focus on in this section are relationship concepts, visual memory, decision making, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. Keep in mind to read questions properly, they may seem easy at a first go which would result in silly mistakes.
  • Timing is the most important thing to keep in mind. If you get stuck on a question, leave it and move ahead rather than wasting time. Later on, if time permits then come back on that question. Allocate equal time to each section.

Books to Prepare for General Intelligence

  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal and Analytical by BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali.

SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 1 Overall Exam Analysis for General Intelligence

Topic Number of Questions
Sitting Arrangement (Circular/Linear) 4-5
Puzzle Test 4-5
Syllogism 1-2
Data Sufficiency Problems 3-4
Blood Relationship Problems 2-3
Coding-Decoding 3-4
Statement- Assumptions, Statement- Conclusion Statement- Arguments, Statement- Courses of Action 1-2
Visual Reasoning 3

Preparation Strategy for SSC CHSL Quantitative Aptitude

  • The questions in the Quantitative Aptitude section will be structured to test the candidate’s understanding of the use of numbers and numerical sense.
  • The level of complexity will be till grade 10th but it so happens at times that questions are above that level. Along with 9th and 10th NCERT books, prepare from Advance Mathematics books as well.
  • Make basic strong in each topic so that you can attempt all types of questions.
  • Candidates should thoroughly practise questions from topics such as computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, relationship, between the numbers, percentage, ratio and proportion, square roots, average, interest, profit and loss, discounts, partnership, mixtures and allegation.
  • The foundation to strengthen the quantitative aptitude section is a revision of all the basic formulae used in mathematics. Without formulae, it will be tough to solve questions from any topic.
  • Work on tricks and short cuts to solve questions in lesser time. This will come automatically by solving multiple questions from different topics. Keeping a check of timing is important for this section as well.

Best Books to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • Fast Track – RajeshVerma
  • Quicker Maths - M Tyra

SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 1 Overall Exam Analysis for Quant Section

Topic Number of Questions
Arithmetic 10
Geometry 2
Trigonometry 2-3
Miscellaneous 4-5
Volume & Surface area 2-3

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Preparation Strategy for SSC CHSL General Awareness

  • The section of General Awareness should be easier as compared to other sections in the exam and if the candidate is regularly updated with surroundings then he/she can score well in this section.
  • The course for this section might seem endless but if you plan well, all topics can be covered. Keeping track of recent national and international events is important for this section as questions will be based on the same.
  • Prepare notes of the latest happenings around daily and keep going through these notes to memorize them.
  • A thorough revision of History, Geography, Art & Culture, Indian Polity & Constitution, Economy & Finance, Advancements in Science and Technology is important to prepare for this section. Start with topics that you are comfortable with and have prior knowledge then move to other topics.
  • Keep in mind not to skip any of the topics mentioned as questions will be based on most of them.
  • Inculcate the habit of reading newspaper daily. Reading news will help you memorize better than watching the news.
  • Learning and memorizing power has to be brushed up for this section. This can happen through regular practice and studies.

Best Books for General Awareness

  • Manorama Yearbook (English)
  • Manorama Yearbook (Hindi)
  • Lucent`s General Knowledge (English)
  • Lucent`s General Knowledge (Hindi)

SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 1 Overall Exam Analysis for General Awareness

Name of the Topic Number of Questions
Current Affairs 4-6
Static Affairs 6-8
Subject Based (History, Geography, Polity, Economics) 12-14

Preparation Strategy for SSC CHSL English Language

  • This section aims to test the candidate’s writing ability, understanding correct English and comprehension.
  • Having a sound knowledge of English grammar is important for this section. Error detection and sentence improvement require a very strong hold on grammar. Learn grammar rules and use them in day to day conversations. This will help you remember all the rules and help you formulate correct sentences.
  • It is important to read the comprehension and know the correct answers. Candidates can be confused between two answers therefore the trick of elimination will come into play here.
  • Practice reading comprehensions from the sample and past year papers.
  • A good vocabulary and strong basics of grammar are key to cracking this section.

Reference Books for English section

  • Objective General English by RS Aggarwal
  • Word Idioms & Phrases for SSC CGL - Arihant
  • Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis by Normen Lewis
  • A Mirror Of Common Errors
  • Common Errors in English- Kiran Prakashan

SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 1 Overall Exam Analysis for English Section

Topic Number of Questions
English Miscellaneous 4-7
Fill in the blanks 5
Spotting the Error 4-5
Sentence Correction 2-3
Para jumbles 2-3
Antonyms/ Synonyms 4-5
Idioms and Phrases 2-3

How to Prepare the English Language for SSC CHSL?

Keeping all the above points in mind study the entire syllabus of the SSC CHSL Tier I Exam and keep marking difficult points for further revisions. Study one book at a time for a particular subject for preparations so that you do not get confused.

Make a target to complete one sample paper in 60 minutes only and check for errors as in the main exam you will have negative markings. By doing this you will know in which section or topic you need to study more.

Questions do get repeated sometimes in SSC exams, so you will be lucky if the questions which you practised come up in the final paper. Be self-motivated and keep your studies in line with the pattern of the exam, there is no doubt that you will not be able to perform well.


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

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