How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2018 - 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 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 2 exam will be conducted on July 8, 2018. SSC CHSL Tier 1 exam was conducted from March 4 to 24, 2018. To be eligible for SSC CHSL tier one and two 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, importance of solving question papers etc.
To understand more about SSC CHSL exam, candidates must know the stages of exams, mode, sections and time duration in detail. SSC CHSL 2018 is conducted in three tiers- tier 1 comprises of computer based objective test, tier 2 is long descriptive test and tier 3 is typing/skill test.
Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL consists of four sections - English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. The number of questions asked form each sections are 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
General Intelligence and Reasoning
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.
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 exams adding the marks of tier 1 and 2.
SSC CHSL Tier 3 exam for Data Entry Operator
15 minutes (35 minutes for OH/VH/PH/CP candidates)
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
SSC CHSL Tier 3 exam for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs:
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)
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.
To prepare for 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 a command over this section candidates must practice daily. The number of questions asked in this section is 25. Candidates must study daily topic-wise.
Quantitative Aptitude test is based on formulas as it cover 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 practiced from NCERT books.
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.
Know the exam pattern - It is essential for candidates to know the exam pattern of SSC CHSL exam. It help the candidates to understand the number of questions asked in each section, maximum marks a candidate can score and preparing accordingly.
Solve SSC CHSL Previous years’ questions - Candidates applying for SSC CHSL must solve the pervious 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 exam.
Make Short Notes for Preparation - It is compulsory for the candidates to make short notes for the preparing of exam which can help them a lot in 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 very crucial role in preparation. Revising the topics and sub topics again and again help candidates to retain those topics in mind and help them solve the questions asked in the examination.
Candidates can check SSC CHSL syllabus, topics, sub topics in detail from the table given below.
SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier 1
Profit & Loss
Mixtures & Allegations
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
Work & Time
Fill in the blanks
Time & Distance
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
Awards and Honours
One Word Substitution
Books and Authors
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Sequence & Series
Permutation, Combination &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 years’ question papers.
Make in India
Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana
Women empowerment etc.
Best books for SSC CHSL Preparation
Word Power Made Easy
(Any leading Newpapers)
Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning
M K Pandey
R S Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
Magical Books on Quicker Maths
Dr. Binay Karna and Manwendra Mukul
The list of SSC CHSL important topics that candidates must prepare are given below.
Profit & loss
Ratio & proportion
Speed distance & time
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