SSC CHSL Syllabus

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

The first and foremost thing that you need to do for solid preparation is understanding the exam patterns. This will help you take the proper steps to understand the sections where you need more focus as it contains higher marks and value.

There is a range of stages where candidates need to score and qualify to go ahead with the selection process. Here is an overall highlight of the exam pattern of the sections.

IComputer-BasedGeneral Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence
IIDescriptiveEssay and letter Writing
IIISkill TestTyping Test


This is a computer-based exam that is conducted online. In a total of 60 minutes, candidates need to solve 100 questions that would help them get 200 marks.  In the case of wrong attempts, there are ½ marks of deduction.

SSC CHSL Tier I Exam Pattern
SectionsNumber of QuestionsMax MarksTime
General Awareness255060 Minutes
English Language2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General Intelligence2550


If you successfully qualify for Tier I, you are eligible for Tier II. In this exam, your English or Hindi writing skills are checked. This is the reason why it is a descriptive test. Most of the time, the questions asked in this exam are from the 10th standard.

  • This comprises the Essay Writing for 200 to 250 words along with the Application Writing within 150 to 200 words. In this exam, candidates need to secure a minimum of 33% of the total. The total marks of the exam of 100 and the time provided are 60 minutes.


The Tier III exam is generally about the skill tests. When a candidate successfully passes this exam, they qualify for government posts. This final test includes:

  • 15 minutes of typing test where candidates need to have a minimum of writing 35 words every minute. For Hindi, it is 30 words per minute.
  • 30 minutes is given to the Visually Handicapped

SSC CHSL Syllabus

As mentioned earlier, you have to know the syllabus and exam patterns of the exam to be able to prepare accordingly. Therefore now that you have known the exam pattern, we will now have a look at the syllabus, which includes the topics and makes it easy for you to start preparing.

1. TIER I Exam Syllabus

As we have read earlier, the syllabus of Tier I includes General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Intelligence. So, let us have a detailed look at each of them and the topics you need to cover.

Quantitative AptitudeGeneral IntelligenceGeneral AwarenessEnglish Language
1. Number Systems
2. Algebra
3. Arithmetic Operations
4. Geometry
5. Mensuration
6. Statistical Charts
7. Trigonometry
1. Verbal & No Verbal
2. Symbolic Operations
3. Semantic Analogy Trends
4. Space Orientation
5. Figural Analogy
6. Symbolic Classification
7. Venn Diagrams
8. Drawing Inferences
9. Semantic Series
10. Pattern Folding & Unfolding
11. Problem Solving
12. Critical Thinking
13. Figural Series
14. Social Intelligence
15. Word Building
16. Emotional Intelligence
17. Numerical Operations  
1. Arts
2. Literature
3. Culture
4. General Polity
5. Geography
6. History
7. Science
1. Synonyms & Antonyms
2. Fill in the blank
3. Error Spotting
4. Spellings
5. One-Word Substitute
6. Phrases & Idioms
7. Active & Passive Voice
8. Comprehension Passage
9. Sentence Stuffing
10. Direct & Indirect Narration

2. TIER II Exam Syllabus

As you have known by now, Tier II is a descriptive exam where you can secure a maximum of 100 marks. Since the question will be Essay and Letter Writing, you need to keep an eye on the international and national current affairs. Keep practicing letter and essay writing of as many variants as you have known. This can enhance your writing speed and improve your success rate.

3. TIER III Exam Syllabus:

When the candidate has passed TIER I and TIER II, they are eligible for TIER III. It consists of Skill tests and typing tests.

  • Skill test: This is a mandatory test for the Data Entry Operators. Someone with a speed of between 8000 keys every hour to 15000 keys are generally priorities for the position of Grade A and DEO. You have 15 minutes of time.
  • Typing Test: The typing test is generally done for the Junior Secretariat Assistance or the Lower Divisional clerk, Storing or Posting Assistant. This is either conducted in English or Hindi.