The Staff Selection Commission is the body that conducts the SSC CHSL exam. The exam is a national level exam and is conducted annually. For candidates preparing for the upcoming SSC exams, knowing the syllabus and exam pattern for the post they are applying to is extremely important. 

The SSC CHSL exam is one of the most important exams conducted as it is conducted for the recruitment to various posts immediately after qualifying intermediate (10+2). The posts for which the SSC CHSL exam is conducted include Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators. The recruitment is conducted for various Government Departments, Offices and Ministries. 

Candidates who are willing to appear for the upcoming SSC exam must be aware of the basic details regarding the recruitment procedure like the eligibility criteria, application process, educational qualifications, etc. The most important is noting down the syllabus and exam pattern. Given below is the SSC CHSL syllabus and exam pattern for candidates to make a note of and then start the strategic preparation for the exam. 
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SSC CHSL Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The SSC CHSL exam pattern is subject to change as per the requirement of the conducting body. The latest SSC CHSL exam pattern comprises a three-tier exam pattern, which includes:

  1. Tier I (Computer Based Test)
  2. Tier II (Descriptive Test)
  3. Tier III (Typing Skill) 

The candidates who qualify the Tier I of the examination are shortlisted for Tier II and Tier III. The checking pattern and the final cut off is also decided by the conducting body. Given below is the SSC CHSL exam pattern and syllabus in brief: 

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Time Duration

Number of Questions


Tier I

English Language

60 minutes



General Intelligence



Quantitative Aptitude



General Awareness



Tier II

Descriptive Paper (Essay & Letter Writing)

60 minutes



Tier III

Qualifying in Nature

 Syllabus for the SSC exam is comprehensive and aspirants must prepare each topic equally well to score better marks in the exam. The section-wise syllabus for SSC CHSL exam is given below. Candidates can refer to this while preparing for the exam. 

English Language section comprises questions related to reading comprehension, fill in the blanks, jumbled paraphrases, idioms and phrases, cloze test, one-word substitution, active & passive voice. For the Quantitative Aptitude section, the topics that need to be prepared include algebra, number system, fundamental arithmetic operations, geometry, trigonometry and statistical charts. 

The General Intelligence questions in the reasoning section comprising questions of logical and analytical reasoning, which most importantly includes puzzles, seating arrangement, blood relations, syllogism, etc. The General Awareness section is the current affairs and static GK section, where the candidates must be aware of all the happenings around the world and all the general knowledge of things around. 

Hence, for candidates preparing for the upcoming SSC CHSL exam, the preparation needs to be exhaustive since the number of applicants is very high and to qualify the exam dedicating equal time to all the topics is a must.

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