SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for General Intelligence, GK, QA and English

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Mar 22, 2020

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SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 is prescribed by Staff Selection Commission. SSC CHSL recruitment exam is conducted in three tiers – Tier 1 (computer based objective test), Tier 2 (pen-paper based descriptive test) and Tier 3 (Typing test/ skill test). As per SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern, Tier 1 syllabus consists of four sections namely General Intelligence, General Awareness, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude.  Check SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL Tier 2 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 3 of SSC CHSL 2020 will be the skill test or typing test which would be of qualifying nature. For better preparations, candidates can also download  SSC CHSL Practice Papers.


SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier 1

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for Tier 1

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Syllabus comprises questions on General Intelligence, General Awareness, and English section 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 2020: 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 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 de-coding, Embedded figures, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, etc.  

Read How to prepare General Intelligence for SSC CHSL 2020?

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020: 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

Read How to Prepare General Awareness for SSC CHSL 2020?

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 – Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is the calculative section of Tier 1 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.

Read How​ to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for SSC CHSL 2020?

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 – English Language

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

Important topics in 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

Read How to Prepare English Language for SSC CHSL 2020?


SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier 2

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for Tier 2

Tier 2 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 2 would be 33 percent and the score in Tier 2 would be included in merit. The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English.

Important topics for essays are:

  • 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.

Must Read How to Prepare For Descriptive Paper in SSC CHSL 2020?

Important topics for Letter/ Application Writing are:

  • Complain letter regarding increasing noise pollution in your locality
  • Application for the post of a manager/ assistant/ clerk etc. in a company
  • Complain 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.

SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier 3

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for Tier 3/ Skill Test

Tier 3 of SSC CHSL 2020 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 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. 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.


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

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