How to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 2
Updated on Jun 15, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. IST by Team Careers360

How to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 2 - One challenging questions for SSC CHSL aspirants is how to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 Descriptive Paper asked in Tier 2. SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam includes questions of letter writing and essay writing that can be attempted in either English or Hindi. Preparation for SSC CHSL Tier 2 takes a lot of practice. You must also know the formats of letter writing and essay writing. The questions of SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam are based on topics concerned with current affairs and other relevant news. So apart from writing, you also need a strong suit in the information part of it. SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam is an offline, pen and paper test. Candidates are given 60 minutes to give this exam. Read the article below to know how to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 2 2019.

Latest: SSC has released SSC CHSL application form 2019 from December 3, 2019.

SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper - Preparation Essentials

Before starting the preparations of SSC CHSL Tier 2 you need to know a few things. You also need to know what are the tools that you can use for the preparation. Given below is a list of prerequisites that come in handy in the preparation of SSC CHSL Descriptive paper.

  • You should know the exam pattern of SSC CHSL Tier 2

  • You also need to know the syllabus and topics from where the questions will be asked

  • Essay and letter formats

  • Reference material on how to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 2 2019

  • A solid practice schedule

Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper

SSC CHSL exam pattern is different for all three stages. If you need to know how to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 2, you should obviously know about the exam pattern of the same. SSC CHSL Tier 2 descriptive paper is conducted in offline mode. It contains 2 questions for a total of 100 marks. There’s a certain word limit for each question of the paper. Candidates can pick Hindi or English as their preferred language. Candidates need to score 33% of the total marks in order to qualify this stage. Check out the SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam pattern in the table below.

SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

S. No.


Word Limit

Total Time

Total Marks


Essay Writing

200-250 words

60 minutes



Letter/ Application Writing

150-200 words

SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper - Syllabus and Topics

To know how to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam you must know its syllabus first. The syllabus for SSC CHSL is as vast as you can imagine. You should keep yourself updated with all the current affairs since they make topics for the questions of SSC CHSL Tier 2 descriptive paper. Some probable topics are listed below.

Topics that may appear in SSC CHSL Tier 2 Essay Writing

Digital India

Intellectual Property Rights

Pradhan Mantri Jan-dhan Yojana

Role of Technology in Development of country


Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

GST Bill and its Effects

Artificial Intelligence

Digital India

Benefits of Sustainable Development

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

LGBT Rights

Make in India Initiative

Government Policies & Scheme

Women Empowerment and more.

Agricultural Development in India

For the letter writing question, you can be asked to write an application or a letter to somebody as per the situation posed in the question. Generally the following situations are given for this question.

Probable Topics for Letter Writing in SSC CHSL Tier 2

Letter to accept a job opportunity or reject a job opportunity

Letter to editor

Letter to complain about noise pollution in your area

Letter to HR to postpone your joining date

Letter to the bank manager to reissue your Debit card

Letter to your friend asking for help

Letter to a relative, congratulating for success in exams

Letter to invite a friend to your wedding

Letter to your brother suggesting him to take care of his health

Books that you can rely on while preparing for SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper

SSC CHSL Tier 2 tests your writing and communication skills along with your knowledge of current affairs. You should get the best books to practice writing and to keep yourself abreast of current affairs. Some books that you can refer to are listed below.

Best books for SSC CHSL Tier 2


Name of the book


Practice Work Book for SSC CHSL 10+2 Stage - II Descriptive Exam by Kiran Prakashan (also available in Hindi)


Guide for SSC CHSL 10+2 Stage - II Descriptive Exam by Disha Publication


151 Essays by Arihant Publication


Nibandh Mala by Arihant Publication


Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh

How to prepare for SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper 2019 - Essay Writing

If you are appearing for SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam, you will be asked to write a 200-250 word essay. Follow the tips given below to write your essay.

  • Create an outline in your mind

  • Write an introduction of about 30 to 40 words

  • Include general information about the topic in your introduction

  • Break paragraph and start writing the body of your essay

  • Write statistics, facts and other minor details about the topic that are not commonly known. You can also add arguments, your views and conflicting opinions relevant to the topic.

  • Conclude your essay in a different paragraph.

  • Support your arguments, state the effect of the topic and write about the probable future of the topic in your concluding paragraph.

  • Try to maintain the continuity of your essay so that the reader is compelled to read further.

How to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 2 2019 - Letter/ Application Writing

The only other question in the SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam is of letter writing. Follow the format given below to write letters.

  1. Sender’s name and address

  2. Date

  3. Receiver’s name and address

  4. Greetings/ Salutation

  5. Body of the letter

  6. Closing (regards, best wishes)

  7. Sender’s signature/ name and designation

SSC CHSL Tier 2 sample paper and question papers

It is necessary that you solve sample papers and previous year question papers while preparing for SSC CHSL Tier 2. Solving the question papers of SSC CHSL makes you faster and more accurate. You not only need to prepare from books but also make use of sample papers and question papers of SSC CHSL to increase practice. You can time yourself while solving these papers and you can also evaluate yourself later. Some previous year questions for SSC CHSL Tier 2 are given below.

SSC CHSL Tier 2 questions from 2016 and 2017


Essay question

Letter writing question


Write an essay on Old Age and Social Security - 250 words

You are Jaspreet/ Mahima (a resident of Lodhi Road New Delhi). Write a letter to your younger brother Tinku suggesting him to focus on his studies and leave all the distractions - 150 words


Write an essay on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and How to eradicate girl child discrimination - 250 words

Write a letter to your friend explaining him about Digital India Initiative - 150 words.

Mock Tests for SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 2

Coaching institutes and educational websites provide mock tests and test series on how to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam. These mock tests are available online and can be bought as per your convenience.

Apart from previous year question papers and mock tests you can also take help from educational apps and YouTube channels.

SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 2 Preparation Tips

Given below are some tips on how to prepare for SSC CHSL Descriptive Paper that will make your preparation fruitful-

  • Practice essay writing and letter writing questions and time yourself

  • Read newspapers and other long text

  • Keep yourself updated about all current affairs news

  • Read in depth about all current affairs

  • Improve your writing skills by reading and practice writing essays and letters

  • Keep a check on your word count while writing

  • Stick to routine while preparing for SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam

  • Revise

  • Eat right and stay healthy so that you are alert while studying.

Important Exam Day Instructions for SSC CHSL Tier 2 2019

Apart from preparing right, you must also know how to perform on the day of the examination. You might be well prepared but being able to perform is a completely different experience. Given below are some exam day tips that will help you take the exam in the best way possible.

  • Wake up early and revise

  • Reach at the exam centre well before time

  • Take your time while attempting the questions

  • Write within the word limit

  • Stay hydrated

SSC CHSL 2019 vacancies and salary

The number of vacancies are not yet determined. The vacancies for SSC CHSL can be found on their official website -, when released by the exam body. Candidates can check the pay scale for different posts in the table below.

SSC CHSL recruitment - positions and their pay scales

Job Profile

Pay Band

Grade Pay

Data Entry Operator (DEO)

Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200)

Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)

Postal Assistant(PA)/Sorting Assistant(SA)

Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200)

Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)

Data Entry Operator, Grade “A‟

Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200)

Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)

Lower Division Clerk(LDC)/Junior Secretariat Assistant(JSA)

Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200)

Rs. 1900 (pre-revised)

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Questions related to SSC CHSL

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Does the cut off of ssc chsl will increase after Typing test and DV ?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 9th Feb, 2020


The cut off depends on various factors such as number of vacancies available, difficulty of exam, number of candidates appeared in the exam and other factors.It is not possible to say whether the cut off may increase or decrease.But over the years if you see the cut off trends it has been increasing.

You can refer the link below for other detailed information


Hello sir, I have entered my 10th mark in SSC CHSL application form for 2020 exam.Am I eligible to write exam?Would they call me up for the examination? So worried about this..Please let me know.. Thanks Sangavi

Sujatha Venkat 18th Feb, 2020

Hello Sangavi,

SSC CHSL Selection Process involves 3 stages - 1, 2 and 3. In Tier 1 of SSC CHSL selection process candidates have to appear for the computer-based examination. The qualified candidates will have to appear for the descriptive test which will be Tier 2 of selection. Shortlisted candidates in Tier 2 of SSC CHSL Selection Process  will have to appear for skill test/typing test.The exam will be around in march. So get updates through the official websites to know about the examination dates. Hope this is useful.


SSC chsl exam preparation how to prepare effectively

Vamsi Adda 11th Jan, 2020

dear aspirant,

This staff selection commission exam was notified on december 3rd.for preparing effectively u should know the syllabus that should be prepared and the model of question paper. If you know this then half the war u won.the eligibility criteria is 12th pass and the best preparation strategy and some tricks can be known by checking the below link:


hello sir. this is sairam Narsingh. I applied for ssc chsl 2020 . by mistake I did not mention post number in application form.. I m so worry about it.. is there any edit option? sir

Sanjay Khandelwal 11th Jan, 2020
I could not understand what you are trying to say. There is no post number in ssc chsl application form. If you are talking about address post then i dont think it will make a big mess. But for post preference there is no option given for Selection. You are just asked about DEO if you had science in 10+2 and nothing else.

best books for SSC chsl 2020 . tips for its preparation and how to attempt it.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 24th Dec, 2019


I have mentioned some books name below which you may find helpful,

Objective English by S.P Bakshi

Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis

quantitive aptitude by rs agarwal,

Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

General Knowledge by Lucent

bankars adda magazine for current affairs

for chsl you need to really have good grip on english and gk, as time is less but questions is more. if you get 80% questions correctly attempt from english and gk then it is a plus point. I suggest you to regularly practice numerical aptitude to make yourself faster in solving questions.

all the best for exams.

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