How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 in 3 months
Updated on Jun 26, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. IST by Team Careers360

How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 in 3 months - Around 30 lakh candidates apply for SSC CHSL and around 15 lakh candidates appear for SSC CHSL 2019 exam, If you are planning to appear for SSC CHSL 2019, you must be wondering how to prepare for SSC CHSL in 3 months. It is difficult to prepare for SSC CHSL in such a short time but not impossible. In order to know how to prepare for SSC CHSL in 3 months, you need to have a strict and effective strategy. You also need the best preparation material in order to crack the exam. But you must limit the study material, so that you do not get confused. Find out how to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 in 3 months in the article below.

Latest - SSC CHSL registration 2019 will begin on December 3!

Must-haves before SSC CHSL Preparations

In order to prepare for SSC CHSL in 3 months, you need to know and have the particulars listed below.

  • SSC CHSL exam pattern for each stage

  • Syllabus of SSC CHSL for each stage

  • Best books for SSC CHSL

  • Sample papers and previous year question papers

  • Online Mock tests

  • 3 month or 100 day plan on how to prepare for SSC CHSL

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019

Before getting into How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 in 3 months, you must be aware of the exam pattern of SSC CHSL. The first stage of the exam - SSC CHSL 2019 Tier I is conducted in online mode. It has four sections and carries 200 marks. The second stage - SSC CHSL Tier II is a descriptive type paper that has letter writing and essay writing questions. Tier III exam of SSC CHSL is a skill test in which candidates are tested for their typing skills. Candidates need to clear all the stages in order to qualify the exam. Check the exam patterns of all the stages in the tables below.

Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL 2019 - Tier I

S. No.


Number of questions

Number of marks

Time duration


Quantitative Aptitude



60 Minutes






General Awareness




General Intelligence






SSC CHSL 2019 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

Exam Pattern for SSC CHSL 2019 Tier III


Test Type


Test requirement

Time Duration

Data Entry Operator

Skill Test for Data Entry on Computer

8000 key depressions per hour (27 words per minute or 1600 words per hour)

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

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

Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs

Typing test on Computer

10500 key depressions per hour (35 words per minute 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)

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019

Before wondering how to prepare for SSC CHSL in 3 months, you should check out the syllabus of SSC CHSL. You should know the complete syllabus so that you can divide it and put in your SSC CHSL 3 month preparation plan. The syllabus for SSC CHSL Tier I is for four different sections. SSC CHSL Tier I syllabus is given in the table below.

SSC CHSL 2019 Syllabus Tier I

Quantitative Aptitude

General Intelligence & Reasoning

General Awareness


Number Systems

Coded Inequalities


Fill in the blanks

Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time and work.

Logical Reasoning


Cloze test


Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

History, Culture

Reading comprehension


Seating Arrangement





Government Policies

Multiple meaning/ error detection


Alphanumeric Series

Books and Authors

One word substitution

Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership

Data Sufficiency

Awards and Honors


Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots

Blood Relations

Scientific Research

Paragraph completion

Input Output & Coding Decoding

Active and passive voice & Direct - Indirect Speech

The letter writing and essay writing questions that appear in the question paper of SSC CHSL Tier II are based on current affairs. Check the complete SSC CHSL syllabus from the link given above.

Best books for the Preparation of SSC CHSL 2019

It is essential that you refer to only reliable study material to qualify SSC CHSL. you need to have the best books on How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 in 3 months. Find out what are the best books to prepare for SSC CHSL in the list below.

Books for preparation of SSC CHSL 2019 Tier I





Objective Engish

S.P. Bakshi

Plinth to Paramount

Neetu Singh

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Common Errors in English

Kiran Prakashan

General Awareness

Lucent’s General Knowledge

Dr. Binay Kumar, R.P. Suman, Manvendra Mukul, Renu Sinha, Sanjeev Kumar

Manorama Yearbook

Philip Mathew, Mammen Mathew

Quantitative Aptitude

SSC Mathematics

Rakesh Yadav

Quantitative Aptitude

R.S. Aggarwal

Magical Book on Quicker Maths

M. Tyra

Fast Track Objective Arithmetic

Rajesh Verma

General Intelligence/ Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning

M.K. Pandey

Test of Reasoning

Edgar Thorpe

A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-verbal

B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali

Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning

R.S. Aggarwal

Books to prepare for SSC CHSL Tier II (Descriptive Paper)



151 Essays

Arihant Publication

Nibandh Mala

Arihant Publication

Plinth to Paramount

Neetu Singh

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

Disha Publication

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

Kiran Prakashan

Sample Papers and Previous Year Question Papers of SSC CHSL

You must solve sample papers and previous year SSC CHSL question papers because they enhance your practice. The advantage of solving question papers and sample papers of SSC CHSL is that your speed and accuracy is increased. You understand how to solve the question paper in the provided time. You also get an idea of what kind of questions might appear in the examination. Some previous year question papers are provided below in the table.

Previous year question papers of SSC CHSL Tier I


2017 papers

2016 papers

General Intelligence and Reasoning

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General Awareness

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Quantitative Aptitude

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English Comprehension

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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.

SSC CHSL Mock Tests 2019

Apart from solving question papers, you should also subscribe to online mock tests and test series that are provided by several coaching centres and educational websites. If you take mock tests in regular intervals you get the feel of the examination and the chance to evaluate and analyse your preparation. You can detect the topics that you find difficult and work on them.

How to prepare for SSC CHSL 2019 in 3 months?

3 months is a short period of time for the preparation of SSC CHSL. But if you stick to a plan and study the syllabus topic by topic without wasting any time, you can prepare well enough to crack the exam. You should plan so you can complete studying a particular amount of topics from the syllabus in a day or in a week.

You need to study at least 6 hours a day to be able to complete your preparations in 3 months. You should divide your time between the subjects and spend more time studying the subjects that you find difficult.

How to divide time for different sections

  • Quantitative Aptitude - 2 hours

  • General Intelligence/ Reasoning - 2 hours

  • General Awareness - 1 hour

  • English - 1 hour

SSC CHSL 2019 Preparation plan for three months


Quantitative aptitude

General Intelligence/ Reasoning

General Awareness


Week 1

Number Series, Probability, Permutation & Combination.

Alphanumeric Series, Logical Reasoning, Ranking/ Alphabet Test/ Direction.

Geography, Economics.

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test.

Week 2

Number System, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion.

Revise previous topics.

Data Sufficiency, Seating arrangement, Puzzle, Inequalities.

History, Culture.

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Miscellaneous.

Week 3

Data Interpretation, Mensuration.

Revise last week’s topics

Blood Relations, Tabulations, Syllogism, Paper Folding.

Polity, Policies.

Revise Geography, Economics.

Error detection, Fill in the blanks, Multiple Meanings.

Week 4

Work & Time, Time & Distance, Average.

Revise previous.

Input-Output, Coding/ Decoding, Mirror Images.


Revise History, Culture.

Paragraph Completion.

Revise previous topics and start taking mock tests.

Week 5

SI & CI, Surds, Indices.

Revise previous topics and solve mock tests.

Science, Awards & Honors.


Revise previous topics and solve question papers.

Week 6

Simplification, Profit & Loss, Mixture & Allegations.

Revise topics from week 1.

Revise difficult topics like seating arrangement, tabulation.

Solve test papers and sample papers.

Awards & Honors.

Revision of History, Geography, Economics and Polity.

Revise all the topics and solve test papers.

Week 7

Revise the topics that you have found difficult so far.

Revise Syllogism, Coding/ Decoding.

Solve mock tests.

Books & Authors.

Revise Culture and History.

Practice mock tests.

Week 8

Revise the above topics and start solving question papers.

Practice mock tests.

Revise Geography, Economics and Polity.

Start solving sample papers.

Practice sample papers and mock tests.

Week 9

Revise all the topics

Revise all the topics

Revise all the topics

Revise all the topics

Week 10

Solve mock tests and do an analysis for your weak areas

Solve mock tests and do an analysis for your weak areas

Solve mock tests and do an analysis for your weak areas

Solve mock tests and do an analysis for your weak areas

Week 11

Revise your weak topics

Revise your weak topics

Revise your weak topics

Revise your weak topics

Week 12

Solve previous year question papers of SSC CHSL and sample papers

Solve previous year question papers of SSC CHSL and sample papers

Solve previous year question papers of SSC CHSL and sample papers

Solve previous year question papers of SSC CHSL and sample papers

Week 13

Full syllabus revisions

Full syllabus revisions

Full syllabus revisions

Full syllabus revisions

Follow these preparation tips for SSC CHSL 2019 along with your weekly plan.

  • Do a self-evaluation after solving each sample paper, question paper and mock test

  • Find out what you find difficult

  • Practice more for what you find difficult

  • Follow your 8 hour routine strictly

  • Take at least two breaks while studying

  • Do not deprive yourself of sleep

  • Eat healthy food

How to prepare for later stages of SSC CHSL 2019 (Tier II and Tier III)?

SSC CHSL Tier II is a descriptive type exam that has questions of letter writing and essay writing. The questions are based on current events and news. You need to practice writing and keep yourself updated with the current affairs. Tier III exam is a typing skill test, so you need to practice typing so that you can become faster and more accurate.

SSC CHSL 2019 Vacancies and Salary

According to the notification of SSC CHSL, the number of vacancies is not yet determined. But will be posted on the website -, sometime soon. The pay scale for different posts is provided 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)

SSC CHSL is conducted for recruitment of candidates for the post of Data Entry Operator (DEO), Data Entry Operator, Grade “A‟, Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA) and Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA). It is a great opportunity for higher secondary level candidates.

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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.


i did a mistake while entering category in ssc chsl application. i applied under EWS . Actually i am from general category. how can i modify it. if cant what to do?

Sanjanaleekha 21st Dec, 2019

Hi there,

No, you cannot make any changes to your application once you have submitted the same, as the notification given on the website which can be accessed on the link given below, clearly states that in case of any mistake in filling of the application form, no request will be entertained for correction,


I applied under EWS category in ssc chsl application and submitted with payment too. Now after knowing eligibility of EWS I am not under this section.. so is there any chance to make it correct?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 21st Dec, 2019


There is no window for correction of your application form.You could make changes before submitting the application but as you have already submitted and made the payment you cannot do anything.You need to apply once again using a new mail id and phone number and make payment.

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