SSC CHSL Syllabus & Exam Pattern

SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) Exam is conducted every year by Staff Selection Commission ( every year to recruit Data Entry Operators & Lower Division Clerks in various central government organizations.
Candidates need to clear the 3 Exams to get selected for various posts in the Government Offices
  • SSC CHSL Tier 1 – Computer Based Written Test which consists of four sections
  • SSC CHSL Tier 2 – Descriptive Test which asks Letter/ Application and Essay Writing
  • SSC CHSL Tier 3 – Skill Test / Typing Test, which is qualifying in nature

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier-I

General IntelligenceIt would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type such as Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, etc
English LanguageThe questions would be on Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt words, Idioms & Phrases, etc
Quantitative AptitudeIt would include questions on topics such as Number Systems, Fundamental arithmetical operations, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Statistical Charts, etc
General AwarenessQuestions are designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

The examination will consist of a Computer Based Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive Paper (Tier-II) and Typing Test/ Skill Test (Tier-III). Computer Based Examination: Tier-I (Objective Type):

SSC CHSL Tier-I Exam Pattern (Objective Type) -Computer Based Examination: 

Dates of
Based Exam(Tier-I)
(Not in Sequence)
Time Duration
(For All Four
IEnglish Language
(Basic Knowledge)
( 25 questions)
5060 Minutes
For VH/ OH (afflicted by
Cerebral Palsy and OH with
deformity in writing hand (Pl.
see Para 7 of notice).- 80
IIGeneral Intelligence
(25 questions)
IIIQuantitative Aptitude
(Basic Arithmetic
(25 questions)
IVGeneral Awareness
(25 questions)
This examination tier will consist of Objective Type - Multiple choice questions only. There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer

SSC CHSL General Intelligence Syllabus

It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation ,Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/Number Classification, Drawing inferences,Figural Classification, Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding , Semantic Series, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding, Other sub-topics, if any Numerical operations.

SSC CHSL English Language Syllabus

Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting Mis-spelt words, Idioms & Phrases, One word substitution, Improvement of Sentences, Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze Passage, Comprehension Passage.

SSC CHSL Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus


  • Number Systems: 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 centres, 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 sin20 + Cos20=1 etc.
  • STATISTICAL CHARTS: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart

SSC CHSL General Awareness Syllabus

Questions are designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.
Note-1: For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability and opting for SCRIBES there will be no component of Maps/Graphs/Diagrams/Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning / Quantitative Aptitude.

SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam Pattern

  • Tier 2 SSC CHSL Exam will be of 60 minutes duration and carries 100 marks.
  • Candidates who are Visually Handicapped or suffering from cerebral palsy exam duration is 80 minutes.
  • The Paper 2 would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words & Letter /Application writing of approximately 150-200 words.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.
  • The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing the final merit.
  • The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English.

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