SSC CHSL Syllabus

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SSC CHSL Syllabus

Amongst the most populous countries in the world, India has a considerable number of unemployed youth. The dearth of job opportunities has given rise to a robust private sector which is adjusting tens of thousands of youth on various portfolios. Further, appearing for government exams is an arduous task in itself, given the rigorous competition and higher difficulty level. One such government exam is SSC CHSL which organised by the Government of India’s Staff Selection Commission (SSC) in order to get effective employees on-board for various Government departmental posts like Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operator,  Lower Divisional Clerk, Court Clerk etc. To recruit candidates for these posts, a combined secondary level examination is being conducted to check their efficiency. This blog will provide you with a comprehensive guide on SSC CHSL syllabus as well as its exam pattern for the year 2020.

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SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 

Before taking a look at the SSC CHSL syllabus, it is important to familiarize yourself with its examination pattern. Glance through the tier-wise exam pattern for SSC CHSL 2020 given in the following tables:

Tier I

Name of Subjects No. of Questions Max Marks
English Language 25 50
General Intelligence 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Total 100 200

Tier II

Section  Word limit  Max Marks
Essay 200-250 100
Letter/Application 150-200 100

Tier III

Posts  Tests
Data Entry Operator (DEO) Skill Test
Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)/Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)/
Postal Assistant (PA)/Sorting Assistant (SA)
Typing Test


The SSC CHSL syllabus is divided into three tiers focusing different parameters. In tier I, you will face an Objective Multiple Choice Question paper while tier II is a descriptive Paper in English/Hindi and tier III is a Computer Proficiency Test. Glance through the SSC CHSL syllabus mentioned in the tabular form below:


Here are the key topics you need to cover under the tier I of the SSC CHSL syllabus:

General Intelligence Quantitative Aptitude
(Basic Arithmetic Skill)
English Language (Basic Knowledge) General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension History
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Culture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Allegations Para jumbles Geography
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest &
Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
Miscellaneous Economic Scene
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks General Policy
General Policy Time & Distance Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Scientific Research
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion Awards and Honors
Tabulation Data Interpretation One Word Substitution Books and Authors
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Active/Passive Voice Cloze Passage
Blood Relations Number Systems Idioms & Phrases Permutation, Combination & Probability
Input-Output Sequence & Series Shuffling of Sentence Parts Coding-Decoding

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SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus

Since this paper will be entirely a descriptive paper, there are no specific concepts or disciplines provided under its syllabus requirements. Moreover, a candidate is required to write 200-250-word descriptive essays, letter or related content under this section. Some of the prominent topics you can prepare for SSC CHSL Tier II syllabus are:

  • Politics, Schemes & Governance
  • Social Issues, Geopolitics
  • Technology
  • Finance and Economy
  • Sports
  • Environment/ Ecological Issues
  • National Interest
  • Technology

SSC CHSL Syllabus Tire III

As a computer proficiency test, the candidate needs to be proficient in typing for this section. Also, there is no prescribed syllabus for the tier III, however, a candidate will be given a material to write on the computer. The quicker you are able to write, the more chances you have to fetch high scores. Further, the SSC CHSL Tier III requires the candidate has the data entry speed of 8000 keywords per hour. Also, the duration of the test is 15 minutes.

Top Books 

Now that you know the sections and topics covered under SSC CHSL syllabus, you must also know about the preparatory guides and study materials you can utilise to crack this exam. Take a look at the following list of preparatory books for gearing up for the SSC Exams:

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Book name  Author  Buy Here! 
Analytical Reasoning M K Pandey Buy Here!
Test of Reasoning Edgar Thorpe Buy Here!
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning RS Aggarwal Buy Here!
Quantum CAT Sarvesh Verma Buy Here!
Advance Maths Rakesh Yadav Buy Here!
Magical Book on Quicker Maths M Tyra Buy Here!
Objective English SP Bakshi Buy Here!
From Plinth to Paramount  KD Campus Buy Here!
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis Buy Here!
General Knowledge Lucent’s Buy Here!

Hence, we hope that this blog has provided you with a detailed analysis of SSC CHSL syllabus. If you are preparing for competitive exams such as IELTS, GRE, SAT, GMAT, etc and need professional guidance, book a free online demo session with our Leverage Edu experts and we will help you sort out the preparation process along with providing with the necessary study material and strategies to ace your chosen exam with flying colours!

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