SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2020 - Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released SSC CHSL 2020 exam pattern on December 3, 2019 in its official notification. The tier wise exam pattern of SSC CHSL 2020 is released in the pdf file in online mode. The SSC CHSL exam pattern 2020 provides details regarding the mode, medium, sections and time duration of the exam. Questions will be asked from four sections which include English, General Intelligence, Quant and General Awareness. As per SSC CHSL 2020 exam pattern of Tier 1 stage candidates have to attempt 100 questions in 60 Minutes and marks allotted to it is 200. While the exam pattern of CHSL tier 2 is descriptive in nature and it will be conducted offline. This is a descriptive type test that assesses a candidate’s writing ability. The last stage of SSC CHSL exam is a skill test/typing test. Check the article to know more about SSC CHSL exam pattern and syllabus 2020 to understand the overall structure of the exam.
SSC CHSL 2020 paper 1 is slated to be held between March 16 to 27, 2020 in online mode across various centres in India.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2020

SSC CHSL Exam Stages





Tier – I

Objective Multiple Choice

Computer Based (Online)

60 minutes

Tier – II

Descriptive Paper

Pen and Paper mode (Offline)

60 minutes

Tier – III

Skill test/Typing test

(computer based)


15 minutes and 10 minutes

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2020

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern - Tier 1

The exam pattern of SSC CHSL provides information pertaining to the stages of the exam along with number of questions, duration of the exam and total marks allotted to the exam. By knowing SSC CHSL 2020 exam pattern candidates can draft their preparation strategy of the exam.

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern for Prelims Exam

Candidates should note that the prelims exam pattern of SSC CHSL 2020 comprises four sections which includes English Language, Numerical Ability, General Awareness and General Intelligence. SSC CHSL tier 1 stage exam is conducted for 100 marks. Check complete details regarding SSC CHSL exam pattern marks for prelims stage in below given table.

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2020

S. No.


Number of questions

Number of marks

Time duration


Quantitative Aptitude



60 Minutes






General Awareness




General Intelligence






SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern for Tier 2

Candidates who secure the minimum or more SSC CHSL cut off in prelims stage will be further shortlisted to appear for the mains stage of exam. The mains exam pattern of SSC CHSL is descriptive in nature and it includes two sections comprising Essay writing and Letter/Application writing. Detailed explanation of SSC CHSL tier 2 exam pattern is mentioned in the table below.

SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2020


Word Limit

Total Time

Total Marks

Essay Writing

200-250 words

60 minutes


1 Hour


Letter/ Application Writing

150-200 words

  • Qualifying Marks for SSC CHSL tier 2 are 33 % passing marks.

Marking Scheme in SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2020

As per the exam pattern of SSC CHSL 2020 for tier 1, candidates will be awarded 2 marks for each correct answer. Negative marking is also applicable in SSC CHSL exam and 0.50 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response given by the candidates. Hence, candidates should answer only those questions for which they know the answer.

SSC CHSL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 2020

Aspirants should note that SSC CHSL exam pattern for tier 3 stage is a skill test/typing ability test conducted for Data Entry Operator, Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDC. Candidates who qualify tier 1 and 2 exams of SSC CHSL will be invited to appear for tier 3 exam. SSC CHSL 2020 exam pattern of tier 3 exam for different posts below.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern For Data Entry Operator

Test Type


Test requirement

Test Duration

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 the computer

Test Language: English

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern For Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs: Typing Test


Test requirement

Test Duration

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)

Test Language: English or Hindi

SSC CHSL Syllabus

Candidates appearing for the exam must know SSC CHSL exam pattern and syllabus as both compliments to each other. Applicants can check the details about the topic and subtopics of tier 1 is mentioned in the given table below.

SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier I

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




Sequence & Series




Permutation, Combination & Probability



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SSC CHSL Question Papers

SSC CHSL question paper contains questions that are asked in the previous year exam . Solving previous year papers will enable the candidates to compose their strategy to qualify the exam by analyzing the question trends and question type. Sometimes even questions from the same concept are directly asked in exams and that will give candidates an edge over others.

How to prepare for SSC CHSL

After knowing the syllabus, question papers and exam pattern of SSC CHSL candidates are required to check the strategy to secure good marks in SSC CHSL exam. Preparation tips of SSC CHSL 2020 includes best books, study time table and concrete strategy to qualify the exam. Candidates should also solve mock tests regularly to qualify the exam.

SSC CHSL selection process is performed to recruit candidates for the post of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants(PA/SA), Data Entry Operator (DEO), Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC). Above mentioned SSC Chsl exam pattern will help the candidates to qualify the exam.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2020

Question: How many exams are there in SSC CHSL ?


SSC CHSL 2020 exam is of three stages.

Question: Is there any negative marking in SSC CHSL 2020?


Yes, there is negative marking scheme in SSC CHSL exam.

Question: Is Tier 3 compulsory in SSC CHSL?


Yes, applicants should note that the final merit list will be prepared by considering the SSC CHSL tier 3 stage.

Question: How many vacancies in SSC CHSL 2020?


There are a total of 4892 vacancies in SSC CHSL 2020 exam.

Question: When can I download SSC CHSL 2020 admit card ?


Applicants can download the admit card of SSC CHSL by visiting the official website.

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Questions related to SSC CHSL

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ssc chsl ki yeyarikea kare pleaase batao

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 16th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

The SSC CHSL Exams is a competitive exam which acts as a gateway to various government posts.The SSC CHSL Exam is conducted in three stages:

  • Tier I (Computer Based Exam)
  • Tier II ( Descriptive Exam)
  • Tier III (Skill/Typing Test)

To score well in the SSC CHSL exam, it is important that you be fully aware of the SSC CHSL Syllabus and the SSC Exam Pattern. I'll recommend you to list down all the topics asked in exam and start preparing for the exam. Give as much mocks you can to increase your speed. Read newspaper daily.

Good Luck


i wrongly. entered my cast i checked after getting hallticket for ssc chsl what should i do now please give me a solution for this problem

Sharon Rose Student Expert 15th Mar, 2020


You cannot make any corrections now or later.You cannot change your category once you have submitted the application and received the admit card.If you have mentioned your category as general you may continue with this if you wish to.Otherwise you have to appear next time .Please be careful while filling the application form.


ssc chsl previous years questions

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 8th Mar, 2020


You can get SSC CHSL previous year  question papers by visiting the link provided below;

It will give you basic idea about the exam and help you analyze your progress as well.


SSC chal admit card download link

Smrity 7th Mar, 2020


The Admit Card for SSC CHSL Tier 1 is released on 4th of March and the link of each region is present on the site provided below:

You can download the above from the official site also:

I hope this Helps.

All the Best!


which books are good to crack SSC chsl exam

Manisha Gupta Expert 22nd Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

You may refer the books given below:

SSC CHSL Best Book for General Intelligence and Reasoning-

Analytical Reasoning- M.K Pandey

Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning- R.S Aggarwal

A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical- B.S Sijwali, Indu Sijwali

SSC CHSL Best Book for General Awareness

General Knowledge- Lucent Publication

Manorama Yearbook- Mammen Mathew and Philip Mathew

Current Affairs- Monthly Magazine and News paper

SSC CHSL Best Book for English Comprehension

Objective General English- S.P Bakshi

Quick Learning Objective General English- R.S Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal

Word Power Made Easy- Norman Lewis

Plinth to Paramount- Neetu

SSC CHSL Best Book for Quantitative Aptitude

Fast Track Objective Arithmetic- Rajesh Verma

Quantitative Abilities Arithmetic Ability- Kiran Prakashan

Quantitative Aptitude- R.S Aggarwal

Arithmetic For General Competition Vol 1& 2- Neetu Singh

Good Luck!

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