SSC CHSL is conducted in 3 tiers and candidates preparing for the exam should have good knowledge of exam pattern. Candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern of each tier to prepare more efficiently for the exam. With the help of exam pattern, candidates will come to know about the time duration, marks weightage in each section, the medium of exam, etc. Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CHSL in three tiers - Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3.
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SSC CHSL is held in three tiers mentioned below:
Tier 1 is strictly objective in nature (MCQ) and the mode of the exam will be online. The question paper will comprise 4 sections:
The table below shows each section with their allotted marks:
|Parts||Sections||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Total||4 Parts||100 Questions||200 Marks|
The table below shows the allotment of marks, word count, time and topics in Tier 2:
|Topics||Word count||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|Essay writing||200-250||100||60 minutes|
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The Tier I exam has 4 sections. Each section consists of 25 questions and all the questions carry equal marks. Candidates can refer to the table below for distribution of questions and marks allotted for each section.
|Section||Subject||Total No of Questions||Maximum Marks|
The marking scheme for the descriptive paper is not specified by the commission. Only the total marks allocated for exam is specified by the commission.
|Tier 2 (Descriptive Paper)||Total Marks|
There are three tiers in the exam. Tier 1 includes 4 sections. There are many topics from each section which must be prepared by the candidates thoroughly. SSC CHSL Syllabus includes:
Section 1 will have questions of both verbal and non-verbal type, so focus on major topics provided below:
|Analog||Number/ Alphanumeric Series|
|Non-Verbal Reasoning||Odd One Out Embedded figures|
|Coding and de-coding||Critical Thinking|
|Problem Solving||Word Building|
Section 2 will have questions from all the major topics of the English Language. Some of the topics are provided to help candidates in their preparation:
|Spot the Error||Fill in the Blanks|
|Shuffling of Sentence parts||Shuffling of Sentences in a passage|
|Cloze Passage||Synonyms & Antonyms|
|Spellings/ Detecting misspelled words||Idioms & Phrases|
|Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs,||Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration|
|Reading Comprehension||One-word substitution|
The syllabus for section 3 is quite vast and hence must be prepared thoroughly. The important topics are:
|Number System||Fundamental Arithmetical Operations|
This section of the paper is designed to check the candidate’s awareness of his surroundings. The paper will comprise questions:
Candidates can check below some important books recommended for SSC CHSL. Since, the questions are primarily based on 10+2 syllabus, candidates can refer to the textbooks of class 11 and 12 for understanding fundamental concepts.
However, the reference books still prove handy when candidates look for in-depth information and guidance on specific topics. All the books mentioned in this section cover specific aspects of each topic. Candidates can refer to only particular books from the list provided below while preparing for SSC CHSL 2020.
|Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning||R S Aggarwal||8121905516|
|Analytical Reasoning||M K Pandey||8190458914|
|A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal (English)||B S Sijwali, Indu Sijwal||9351765105|
|Objective English for Competitive Examinations||Tata McGraw Hill||0070151954|
|Competitive General English||Kiran Prakashan||-|
|Objective General English||S P Bakshi||9351768449|
|Quick learning Objective General English||RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal||8121915317|
|Quantitative Aptitude||R.S. Agarwal||8121924987|
|Quicker Mathematics||M. Tyra||8190458922|
|Elementary and Advanced Mathematics||Kiran Prakashan||-|
|Manorama Yearbook 2020 (English and Hindi)||Malayalam Manorama||-|
|Lucent’s General Knowledge (English and Hindi)||Lucent’s||-|
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.