SSC CHSL exam is one of the most popular exams conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC). Today I am going to explain you in detail about the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern i.e. Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination exam pattern.
SSC CHSL is a three stage exam. It is called as Tiers. So there are three tiers in SSC CHSL examination. I am explaining here about each tier in details for better understanding of the students.
In this post I will tell you not only about the detailed exam pattern and syllabus but will also tell you about best books for each section.
Tier-I is a computer based objective type examination. It will be an objective test having multiple choice questions. Tier-II will consist of a descriptive paper and Tier-III in which Typing Test is conducted for Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant, Lower Division Clerk and Junior Secretariat Assistant whereas Skill Test is conducted for Data Entry Operator.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier I
The duration of the exam will be one hour or 60 minutes. The Tier I will consists of four sections which are as under:
English Language (Basic Knowledge) (25 questions)
The level of English language section is generally remains easy to moderate in SSC exams and so is in the SSC CHSL exam. The section aims to test the basic knowledge of the English of the candidates. There will be 25 questions in this section. The syllabus or the topics for this section are spotting the error; spelling errors, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, sentence improvement, active & passive voice, direct and indirect, cloze passage, para jumbles, comprehension etc. There will be 2-3 questions on each topic. Maximum number of questions can be on comprehension passage. The level of questions will be of 10th level. Hence to develop your basic you should prepare from the grammar books of 10th level.
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General Intelligence (25 questions)
General Intelligence remains quite easy in SSC CHSL exam. The syllabus will mainly consists of analogy, venn diagrams, series, classification, figure matrix, paper cutting, symbolic series, coding decoding, problem solving, missing numbers etc. You can score maximum marks in this section with a bit of preparation. The best book for this section is RS Agarwal book.
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Quantitative Aptitude (25 questions)
This section remains moderate to difficult as the syllabus is quite wide and you need to prepare really well for this section. The syllabus mainly contains number system, percentage, average, ratio proportion, simple & compound interest, profit & loss, discount, partnership, mixture & allegation, time & work, time & distance, algebra, surds, graphs, circle, mensuration, geometry, triangles, tangents, charts, data interpretation etc.
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General Awareness (25 questions)
In this section the questions will be on topics such as Indian History, Geography, Indian Polity, General Science, Everyday GK, Economics, Current Affairs etc. The GK section is the most difficult section in all SSC exams. Therefore you need to prepare well for this section.
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The marks for each paper will be 50. Therefore there will be 100 questions in this exam of 200 marks which are required to be solved in 60 minutes. Negative marking in this exam is very high as the penalty is 0.50 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions. Normally in other competitive exams such as bank exams Negative Marking remains 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier II (Descriptive Paper)
Tier-II will be a descriptive paper in pen and paper mode. It means you have to write the answer on paper and not on computer. The duration of the paper will be 60 minutes. The descriptive paper will comprise an Essay of about 200-250 words and Letter / Application writing of about 150-200 words. This paper will be of qualifying nature only and the minimum qualifying marks are 33 percent. The paper will be available both in Hindi and English. Candidates have to choose any of the option for writing the paper.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier III (Typing Test / Skill Test)
This part will consist of Typing Test / Skill Test and will be of qualifying in nature. Tier-III of the Examination would be the Skill Test/ Typing Test which would be of qualifying nature. Skill test will be for Data Entry Operator posts and Typing Test will be for LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant.