SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021: Check Topic Wise Syllabus for Tier I, II and III

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Jun 14, 2021

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 is prescribed by Staff Selection Commission. SSC CHSL recruitment exam is conducted in three tiers – Tier I (computer-based objective test), Tier II (pen-paper based descriptive test) and Tier III (Typing test/ skill test).

As per SSC CHSL 2021 Exam Pattern 2021, Tier I syllabus consists of four sections namely General Intelligence, General Awareness, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude. Check SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2021

The SSC CHSL 2021 tier I exam dates were scheduled from 12-27 April 2021. However, the exam after April 20, 2021 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, Check the upcoming SSC Exam Dates 2021, read the news here

SSC CHSL Tier-II exam requires candidates to write an essay and a letter/application in 200-250 and 150-200 words. The topics for the essay generally come from current affairs, government schemes, or social topics. Candidates have to write the topics either in Hindi or in English. Tier III of SSC CHSL 2021 will be the skill test or typing test which would be qualifying in nature. For getting an idea about the type of questions, candidates can also refer to the SSC CHSL Previous year question paper.


SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 for Tier I

SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier I Syllabus comprises questions on General Intelligence, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English. The questions of the English section are based on of 10+2 level while questions on Quantitative Aptitude are of 10th standard. Before moving ahead with the syllabus candidates should also go through some helpful preparation tips. Read More

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021: General Intelligence

The section aims to test the logical reasoning capacity of a candidate. Both verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions are asked in this section. The questions are focused heavily on decision making, analogy, series, and intelligence. 

Important topics of this section are:

Topic Sub-topic
Analogy Questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Trends, and Figural Analogy
Number/Alphanumeric Series Questions on Semantic Series, Number Series, and Figural Series.
Syllogism Syllogism is a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two or three given statements. You can use the Venn diagram for these questions.
Direction/Ranking Questions based on direction sense
Non-Verbal Reasoning Questions based on Paper Cutting, Cubes and Dice, Grouping of Images and Figure Matrix
Miscellaneous Odd One Out, Coding, and decoding, Embedded figures, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, etc.

Candidates can check How to Prepare General Intelligence for SSC CHSL 2020. This article will cover a tentative number of questions that will be asked from each topic of General intelligence and will guide you through the strategy to prepare for it.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021: General Awareness

The questions in this section are designed to test the candidate’s awareness of the environment around and its application and also to test knowledge of current events. The test will include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy, and scientific research. Following are some important topics:

  • Culture, Indian History
  • Geography (Indian + World)
  • Environment
  • Economy
  • Polity
  • Science Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics, Space Science
  • Computer, Mobile and Technology

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 – Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is the calculative section of Tier I of SSC CHSL containing mathematics questions. This part is asked from CBSE class 10 maths syllabus. The focus is on basic arithmetic and algebra.

Important topics for this section are as follows:

Topic Sub-topic
Number System Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.
Fundamental Arithmetical Operations Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time and work.
Algebra Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.
Geometry Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centers, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.
Mensuration Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.
Trigonometry Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 ???? + Cos2 ????=1 etc.,
Statistical Charts Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.

Candidate can read detailed SSC CHSL 2020 Preparation Strategy for Tier I for better understanding the exam pattern

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 – English Language

English section tests candidates’ understanding of the language through an assortment of questions consisting of both grammar and comprehension based questions.

Important topics in the English section are:

Topic Sub-topic
English Language Types of questions will be related to the usage of English Language. Topics are Spot the Error, fill in the Blanks, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze Passage
Vocabulary Questions will be from topics like Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting misspelled words, Idioms & Phrases, and One-word substitution
Grammar Questions will be on Improvement of Sentences, Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration
Reading Comprehension There will be a Comprehension Passage based on which 3 to 5 questions will be asked. This is a very simple and scoring section

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 for Tier II

Tier II of SSC CHSL is a descriptive test conducted in pen and paper mode. This paper assesses the writing skills of the candidates. The Paper comprises writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and a Letter/ Application of approx. 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier II would be 33 percent and the score in Tier II would be included in merit. The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English.

Important topics for essays are:

Politics Finance and Economy
Social Issues Sports
Technology Environment

Some of the examples of essays are discussed in the following:

  • The Ayushmaan Yojna
  • Climate Change/ Pollution/ Odd-Even Scheme
  • Chandrayaan-II
  • Women Safety and Empowerment
  • Article 370
  • National Register of Citizens
  • Any other topic related to the current event.

Important topics for Letter/ Application Writing are:

  • Complaint letter regarding increasing noise pollution in your locality
  • Application for the post of a manager/ assistant/ clerk etc. in a company
  • Complaint letter regarding trouble faced by common people like the state of traffic near your locality.
  • Letter to present views on the effect of digitalization on the youth of today. Check paper a SSC CHSL Tier II 2019 analysis.

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SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 for Tier III/ Skill Test

Tier III of SSC CHSL 2021 would be the skill test or typing test which would be of qualifying nature. Skill Test/ Typing Test would be in accordance with the job profile.

  • Tier III will be a Skill Test/Typing Test for the qualifiers of Tier I and Tier II.
  • 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. The skill test is conducted for the 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.

Candidates must know how the skill test/ typing test is conducted, so read complete details about Skill Test/Typing Test in SSC CHSL. The final merit of the successful candidates would be determined on the basis of total scores in Tier-I and Tier-II and qualifying Tier-III.

CHSL Books

Best Books for SSC CHSL 2021 Preparation

All the aspirants are advised to read thoroughly the textbooks of class 11 and 12 since most of the questions are coming from 10+2 syllabus and they need to develop the fundamental knowledge on the subjects. However, to build in-depth knowledge on subjects, the candidates can take guidance on specific topics from the reference books. To know more about the reference books, click here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Who sets the SSC CHSL Syllabus?

Ans. The Staff Selection Commission sets the SSC CHSL syllabus.

Ques. Does the SSC CHSL SYllabus change every year?

Ans. No, the SSC CHSL Syllabus remains the same every year.

Ques. What is the duration of the SSC CHSL exam?

Ans. SSC CHSL Tier I and Tier II papers will be one hour duration exams. On the other hand, the Tier III exam will be a 15 minutes duration exam.

Ques. What type of questions are asked in SSC CHSL exam?

Ans. SSC CHSL Tier I exam is an objective type exam, where the questions of SSC CHSL Tier II is descriptive and SSC CHSL Tier III is a skill test.

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


yash raj singh
Can you tell some vital topics that can come in Letter/ Application writing?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates can prepare for the topics like increasing noise pollution, application for the post of a manager/ assistant/ clerk, etc., complaint letter regarding any trouble, etc. Since this section is included to assesses the writing skills of the candidates, so you need to prepare accordingly for the exam.

sandesh kumar
What kind of topics come in SSC CHSL essay section for Tier II?
jaya garg

Hi. Some of the important topics that you need to prepare for essays include Politics Finance and Economy, Social Issues, Sports, Technology, Environment, among many others. In this section, an Essay of 200-250 words comes and a letter/ application of almost 150-200 words.

Can I get a good score in the Reading Comprehension section?
jaya garg

Hi. There will be a Comprehension Passage and a total of 3 to 5 questions will be asked. In case you work harder, you can get a good score as this section is quite simple and scoring.
For more information on SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 – English Language, refer here.

tanishka shah
Do I need to prepare for the reading comprehension section as well, will it come?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, there will be a Comprehension Passage based on which 3 to 5 questions will be asked. This is a very simple and scoring section. So prepare for this exam as it helps improve your overall score.

sandesh kumar
What is Syllogism, will it come in the exam?
jaya garg

Hi. Syllogism is a kind of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two or three given statements. Candidates can use the Venn diagram for solving these kinds of questions. More information on SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 is here.

ananya pandey
I have studied maths till the class 10th, can I give the SSC CHSL exam?
jaya garg

Hi. The questions asked in the English section are based on of 10+2 level while questions on Quantitative Aptitude are of 10th standard. So you give the exam, but make sure you meet other eligibility criteria as well.

rajiv dharma bandela
I am studying btech 2nd year currently and can I try this exam ? And how to prepare myself without any coaching centre's help ??
gurpreet singh

Hi Rajiv

Yes you can apply for the exam but for preparation you first need to know the exam syllabus and the exam pattern which you can find on our official website and if you want to prepare without any coaching you need to  be dedicated and and study hard to crack the exam. YOu can get all the information related to the exam on our website SSC CHSL EXAM

santanu nandi
Sir iam preparing to chsl 2021 exam .. please help math syllabus
diya suresh

Hi Santanu, For CHSL maths, questions are usually asked from 10th class syllabus. Some of the important topics include:

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

There are other topics and subtopics and to know about them visit SSC CHSL 2020 syllabus.

sonu pradhan
I have a doubt is it only 10th or +2 level prefer books except below 10th standard .
diya suresh

Hi Sonu, You can click here to refer to SSC CHSL preparation books and exam pattern.

senty suthar
Hello ... How should I prepare for maths?? ( For chsl exam)
swati srivastava

Hi Senty, you can prepare maths by focusing on the syllabus and previous year papers. For details visit: SSC CHSL 2020

manu prasad k
Is it possible to avoid any difficult section in maths such as Trig by compensate in other..?
akankshya pattanaik


It is not really advisable to avoid mathematics. 

dharshini rajendran
Can I crack the SSC CHSL exam by joining CGL coaching?
jaya garg

Hi Dharshini. CHSL topics need moderate knowledge as compared to the CGL and in case you are preparing for the CGL you can crack the CHSL exam as the difficulty level of CGL is relativity higher as compared to CHSL. Coaching plays an important in preparing for some of the government exam. It's important that you choose a good coaching center that provides the best study material and resources helpful in preparing for the exam. But don’t depend only on the coaching, rather do your practice as well.

bhagyashri kene
What standard of questions of maths will be asked in the SSC CHSL?
jaya garg

Hi Bhagyashri. Questions asked in Maths will come till the 10th standard level only.

jaya garg

Hi Bhagyashri. Questions asked in Maths will come till the 10th standard level only.

karan rathod
How do I prepare both SSC and Bank exams simultaneously?
jaya garg

Hi kararn. Get a common online test series, do more Mock test for SSC and Bank exam, etc. are some of the ways by which you can prepare for the SSC and banking exam together. But before preparing for any competitive exam, you need to be extremely careful about the selection of your competitive exams. Know your ambition before starting for the exam.

sneha vasandani
i have one doubt is it necessary the you should be graduated from goverment university only
akankshya pattanaik

Hi Sneha, 

Not really. You need to be a graduate from any revognised board to be eligible to appear the exam. 

shatakshi patki
What is the best way to crack the SSC CHSL all 3 tiers in 1 year?
jaya garg

Hi Shatakshi. Try to solve minimum 50 questions each of Mathematics, English and Reasoning as it will help you clear your doubts. Start preparing notes on GK and maths as it will help you to go through the topics at the end. Do more last year papers of SSC CHSL and mock tests to judge your performance. One month is enough time to prepare for the SSC CHSL exam, so utilize the available time effectively.

vishram singh
Ssc chsl important topics
swati srivastava

Hi Vishram, SSC CHSL important topics include analogy, number series, syllogism, direction, non verbal reasoning and miscellaneous. For more details visit: SSC CHSL IMPORTANT TOPICS

koyena biswas
Will CGL questions come to the SSC CHSL exam?
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. Since the syllabus is almost the same, so you can expect some same question as well in the exam. But the difficulty level of questions in SSC CGL is higher as compared to SSC CHSL. CGL questions will come in CHSL and vice-versa.

ambar ahirawar
Does the SSC CHSL and SSC FCI have the same exam pattern and syllabus? Can I prepare for both simultaneously?
jaya garg

Hi Ambar. Yes the exam pattern and syllabus for both SSC CHSL and SSC FCI is the same. However, the level of difficulty differ in these exams. As compared to CHSL, FCI is tougher exam. So you need to start your preparation strategy with a determined mind.

avinash sahu
Is there any differences in syllabus between SSC CHSL EXAM & SSC CGL EXAM?
jaya garg

Hi Avinash. One of the significant difference between the SSC CGL and SSC CHSL exam is posts for which at which candidates will be appointed .


  • The educational qualification for the candidates appearing in SSC CGL is Bachelor’s degree from a Government recognised University
  • Also they must be between the age group of 18 years to 32 years.


  • The minimum educational eligibility criteria for a candidate is 12th pass or equivalent from a recognised Board or University.
  • Minimum and maximum age limit is 18 years and 27 years respectively.
yash raj singh
Does SSC CGL and SSC CHSL exams have the same exam pattern and syllabus? Should I follow the same strategy for both exams and should I study from the same books which I used for CGL?
jaya garg

Hi Yash. No the strategy to prepare for SSC CGL and SSC CHSL is different. Also the exam pattern for both exams is different from each other. Candidates must know the difference between the SSC CGL and SSC CHSL exam pattern before applying for the exam.

SSC CGL will have three tiers including:

  • Tier I (Objective):
  • Tier II (Objective)
  • Tier III (Descriptive)
  • Tier IV: Computer Proficiency and data entry speed test