SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Marking Scheme and Books

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Aug 29, 2020

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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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Highlights of SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

  • The first Tier is an objective type paper conducted in online mode only.
  • Tier 2 is a descriptive exam conducted in Pen and paper mode while Tier 3 is a skill test for DEO and typing test for LDC, PA/ SA, and Court Clerk. 
  • As per SSC CHSL, tier 1 will have 100 questions in total that need to be completed in 60 minutes. For every correct answer, candidates will get 2 marks and 0.25 marks will be deducted for wrong answers.  Check Tier 1 Preparation Books
  • Tier 2 is a descriptive paper and it will be conducted offline and no negative marking will be there.  
  • Candidates qualifying in one tier will be eligible to sit in the subsequent tier. Final merit will be based on the combined scores of Tier 1 and Tier 2 only as Tier 3 is qualifying in nature. A minimum of 33% marks must be obtained in order to clear Tier 2. Check SSC CHSL Cut Off  

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern 

SSC CHSL is held in three tiers mentioned below:

  1. Tier 1: Computer-Based (Objective Type) 
  2. Tier 2: Written Exam (Descriptive Paper)
  3. Tier 3: Typing Test/ Skill Test

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Tier 1 is strictly objective in nature (MCQ) and the mode of the exam will be online. The question paper will comprise 4 sections:

  • Section 1- General Intelligence
  • Section 2 -English Language
  • Section 3- Quantitative Aptitude
  • Section 4- General Awareness/General Knowledge.
ssc chsl exam pattern

  • Tier 1 Exam will have 100 questions with a total of 200 marks.
  • Duration of the exam is 60 Minutes.
  • The question paper will be set in both English and Hindi for every section except English Language section.
  • Negative marking of 0.50 marks will be applicable in the exam. 

The table below shows each section with their allotted marks:

Parts Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 General Intelligence 25 50
2 English Language 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 General Awareness 25 50
Total 4 Parts 100 Questions 200 Marks

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 2 Exam Pattern

  • Tier 2 will be a descriptive exam to be conducted in offline (pen & paper-based) mode.
  • Candidates will be asked to write essays/ letters/applications on any topic.
  • The exam will be of 100 marks which must be completed within 60 minutes.
  • The exam must be written in either Hindi or English.
  • The qualifying marks set by the conducting body in Tier 2 of SSC CHSL 2020 is 33 percent.

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
Letter/Application Writing 150-200

Practice Sectional Tests as much as possible during your SSC CHSL Preparation

Must Read How to Prepare for SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper?

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 3 Exam Pattern

  • Tier 3 will be a Skill Test/Typing Test for the qualifiers of Tier 1 and Tier 2.
  • 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.
  • Typing Test: For English, typing speed of 35 words per minute is required. For Hindi 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. For DEO in C&AG office speed of 15000 key depression per hour is required. The duration of the test is 15 minutes.
  • Your final admission would be governed on the basis of the 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.

Check Skill Test/ Typing Test for SSC CHSL 2020

SSC CHSL Marking Scheme

SSC CHSL 2020 Marking Scheme

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
1 General Intelligence 25 50
2 English Language 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 General Awareness 25 50

Marking Scheme of SSC CHSL 2020 – Tier 1

  • Every correct response: +2 marks.
  • Every Incorrect response: -0.5 marks
  • Unattempted question- no mark will be awarded or deducted

Marking Scheme of SSC CHSL 2020 – Tier 2

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

SSC CHSL Important Syllabus

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020

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: General Intelligence

Section 1 will have questions of both verbal and non-verbal type, so focus on major topics provided below:

Analog Number/ Alphanumeric Series
Syllogism Direction/Ranking
Non-Verbal Reasoning Odd One Out Embedded figures
Coding and de-coding Critical Thinking
Problem Solving Word Building

Read How to prepare General Intelligence for SSC CHSL?

Section 2: English Language

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

Read How to prepare English Language for SSC CHSL?

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude

The syllabus for section 3 is quite vast and hence must be prepared thoroughly. The important topics are:

Number System Fundamental Arithmetical Operations
Algebra Geometry
Mensuration Trigonometry
Statistical Charts -

Read How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for SSC CHSL?

Section 4: General Awareness

This section of the paper is designed to check the candidate’s awareness of his surroundings. The paper will comprise questions:

  • Related to India and its neighboring countries
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic scene
  • General Policy and scientific research
  • Awards and Honour
  • Books and author, etc. 

Read How to Prepare General Awareness for SSC CHSL?

SSC CHSL Best Books

Best Books for SSC CHSL 2020 Preparations

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.

SSC CHSL Books for General Intelligence

Topic Author/Publisher ISBN Number
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

SSC CHSL Books for English Language

Topic Author/Publisher ISBN Number
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

SSC CHSL Books for Quantitative Aptitude

Topic Author/Publisher ISBN Number
Quantitative Aptitude R.S. Agarwal 8121924987
Quicker Mathematics M. Tyra 8190458922
Elementary and Advanced Mathematics Kiran Prakashan -

SSC CHSL Books for General Awareness

Topic Author/Publisher ISBN Number
Manorama Yearbook 2020 (English and Hindi) Malayalam Manorama -
Lucent’s General Knowledge (English and Hindi) Lucent’s -

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


sandeep das
General Science nehi laagega?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Sandeep, yes, the exam will have 25 questions from general awareness. You can check the Syllabus of CHSL in detail from here.

sanskruti sarkar
25.26923 this is my score normalized then i am pass or fail
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sanskruti, you have not qualified as candidates must have scored at least 33.33% of the total marks.