How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019
Supriya Kumari, 12 Nov 2018, #SSC CHSL

How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 - Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam for recruitment of Lower Divisional Clerk/Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operator in various Ministries/Departments/Organisations. SSC CHSL is conducted in three tiers – Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. To prepare for SSC CHSL exam, candidates must know the prescribed syllabus which is released by SSC. Candidates must prepare for the computer-based test which is Tier 1 exam and descriptive test i.e. Tier 2 exam. Candidates who qualify the descriptive test are eligible for typing/skill test.

SSC CHSL Tier 1 2019 is expected to be held in May 2020. To be eligible for SSC CHSL Tier 1 and 2 exam, candidates must know the pattern of the exam, section-wise preparation tips and tricks, important topics for the exam, best books to prepare, section-wise weightage of topics, the importance of solving question papers etc.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019

To understand more about SSC CHSL exam, candidates must know the stages of exams, mode, sections and time duration in detail. SSC CHSL 2019 will be conducted in three tiers - Tier 1 comprises of a computer-based objective test, Tier 2 is the long descriptive test and Tier 3 is typing/skill test.

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam

Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL consists of four sections - English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. The number of questions asked from each section is 25 which carries 50 marks. The total marks allocated to Tier 1 is 200 and the duration of the exam is of 60 minutes. There is negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.



No. of Questions


Total Duration


English Language



60 minutes


General Intelligence and Reasoning




Quantitative Aptitude




General Awareness



SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam 

Tier 2 of SSC CHSL is a descriptive test conducted in offline mode, the duration of the exam is one hour. The candidates who qualify Tier 1 exam are eligible for Tier 2 exam. In this descriptive test, candidates are asked to write an essay and application/letter on any current topic. This test is of 100 marks where the candidates can answer the paper in English or Hindi.



Word Limit



Essay writing


60 minutes


Letter/Application writing


SSC CHSL Tier 3 Exam

Tier 3 of SSC CHSL is conducted for Data Entry Operator, Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDC. It is skill test/typing ability test for candidates who qualify Tier 1 and 2 exam of SSC CHSL are called for tier 3 exam. The final merit list of SSC CHSL is prepared for the candidates who qualify Tier 4 exam adding the marks of tier 1 and 2.

SSC CHSL Tier 3 exam for Data Entry Operator

Test Type

Test Language


Test requirement

Test Duration

Skill Test for Data Entry on Computer


8000 key depressions per hour

(27 words per minute or around 1600 words per hour)

2000 - 2200 key depression from printed text to be entered on computer

15 minutes (35 minutes for OH/VH/PH/CP candidates)

SSC CHSL Tier 3 exam for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs:

Test Type

Test Language


Test requirement

Test Duration

Typing test on Computer

English or Hindi

10500 key depressions per hour (35 words per minutes in English and 9000 KPH)

(30 words per minute for HIndi)

Accuracy of words within given time with required speed

10 minutes (30minutes for OH/VH/PH/CP candidates)

How to prepare for English exam?

This section comprises of reading comprehension, para jumbles, miscellaneous, multiple meaning/error spotting, one-word substitution, active/passive voice and other important grammar topics. To score well in this section candidates must have command over basic grammar to answer the questions asked. To learn new words and memorize the spellings candidates must read newspapers, magazines and each topic daily.

How to prepare for General Intelligence and Reasoning?

To prepare for General Intelligence candidates must prepare from the basics of this section like conceptual and factual knowledge. The questions asked in these sections comprise of topics like logical reasoning, alphanumeric series, ranking/direction/alphabet test, data sufficiency, coded inequalities, seating arrangement, puzzle, tabulation etc. To have command over this section candidates must practice daily. The number of questions asked in this section is 25. Candidates must study daily topic-wise.

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude?

Quantitative Aptitude test is based on formulas as it covers the topics like percentage, profit & loss, ratio & proportion, speed distance & time, geometry, trigonometry, algebra and mensuration. Candidates must prepare and practice daily to score well. The questions in this section are generally asked from the high school mathematics topics. The questions asked in this section cover the topics of high school mathematics which can be practised from NCERT books.

How to prepare for General Awareness?

It is the most important and vast section. Candidates appearing for SSC CHSL exam must have the overall idea of the topics and sub-topics of General Knowledge. The questions are generally asked from history of India and geography, economics, books and their authors etc. To prepare well for this section, candidates must read newspapers, magazines and books related to general knowledge and general awareness more often.

How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 – General Tips

Know the exam pattern - It is essential for candidates to know SSC CHSL exam pattern. It helps the candidates to understand the number of questions asked in each section, maximum marks a candidate can score and prepare accordingly.

Solve SSC CHSL Previous years’ questions - Candidates applying for SSC CHSL must solve the previous years’ question papers to get an idea about the different sections, marking scheme, types of questions asked, important topics, etc.

Make a proper study plan - To start the preparation of SSC CHSL exam candidates must plan and divide the time equally to each section. He/she should follow the plan made by him/her strictly to perform well in the exam.

Make Short Notes for Preparation - It is compulsory for the candidates to make short notes for the preparing of the exam which can help them a lot in the last few days exam. They can easily revise the topics from the short notes and even refer to the notes if any problem occurs.

Importance of revision - It is important for the candidates to revise each topic daily as revision plays a very crucial role in preparation. Revising the topics and subtopics regularly help candidates to retain those topics in mind and help them solve the questions asked in the examination.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019

Candidates can check SSC CHSL syllabus, topics, sub-topics in detail from the table given below.

SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier 1

General Intelligence and Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

English Language

General Awareness

Logical Reasoning


Reading Comprehension


Alphanumeric Series

Profit & Loss

Cloze Test


Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

Mixtures & Allegations

Para jumbles


Data Sufficiency

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices


Economic Scene

Coded Inequalities

Work & Time

Fill in the blanks

General Policy

Seating Arrangement

Time & Distance

Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting

Scientific Research


Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

Paragraph Completion

Awards and Honours


Data Interpretation

One Word Substitution

Books and Authors


Ratio & Proportion, Percentage

Active/Passive Voice

Blood Relations

Number Systems

Input Output

Sequence & Series

Coding Decoding

Permutation, Combination, and Probability

SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier 2 

The syllabus of SSC CHSL Tier 2 comprises topics for essay writing, application and letter writing. To prepare for Tier 2, candidates should keep themselves updated with the current affairs. Here are few topics from previous year question papers. 

  • Make in India 

  • Digital india

  • Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana

  • Surgical strike

  • Women empowerment etc.

Best books to prepare for SSC CHSL 





Objective General

Word Power Made Easy


S.P. Bakshi

Norman Lewis

(Any leading Newspapers)


Analytical Reasoning

Lucent Reasoning

Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning

M.K. Pandey

Arihant Publication

R.S.  Aggarwal

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Magical Books on Quicker Maths

R S Aggarwal


General Awareness

Lucent G.K

Dr. Binay Karna and Manwendra Mukul

SSC CHSL 2019 Important Topics

The list of SSC CHSL important topics that candidates must prepare for the exam are given below.


  • Reading Comprehension

  • Cloze Test

  • Para jumbles

  • Miscellaneous

  • Fill in the blanks

  • One Word Substitution

  • Active/Passive Voice

  • Paragraph Completion

General Knowledge

  • Politics

  • History

  • Geography

  • Economics

  • Current Affairs

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Percentage

  • Profit & loss

  • Ratio & proportion

  • Speed distance & time

  • Geometry

  • Trigonometry

  • Algebra

  • Mensuration

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning

Data Sufficiency

  • Coded Inequalities

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Puzzle

  • Syllogism

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