SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019
Supriya Kumari, 16 Jul 2018, #SSC CHSL

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019 – The exam pattern of SSC CHSL provides details regarding the mode, medium, sections and time duration. SSC CHSL 2019 exam pattern will be released by Staff Selection Commission for Tier 1, 2 and 3. According to SSC CHSL, the tier 1 exam will be conducted in online mode. Questions will be asked from four sections including English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. Candidates have to answer 100 questions within 60 Minutes. Tier 1 exam as per SSC CHSL exam pattern carries 200 marks. Tier 2 examination will be conducted offline. This is a descriptive type test that assess a candidate’s writing ability. The test carries total 100 marks and will be held for 1 hour. Tier 3 exam is skill test/typing test. Candidates can check SSC CHSL exam pattern 2019 to understand the overall structure of exam.


Highlights of SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Pattern




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 2019 - Tier 1

SSC CHSL Tier 1 comprises of four sections - English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. There are 100 questions asked in tier 1 exam. The number of questions asked form each section 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. 0.50 marks are deducted for each incorrect answer. As per SSC CHSL exam dates 2019, Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL is expected to be held in April 2020. 

Detailed SSC CHSL exam pattern - Tier 1



No. of Questions



Total Duration


English Language



60 minutes



General Intelligence




Quantitative Aptitude




General Awareness



SSC CHSL 2018 Exam Pattern -Tier 2

SSC CHSL Tier 2 is a descriptive test conducted for 1 hour in offline mode. The test is conducted for candidates who have qualified Tier 1 exam. SSC CHSL 2019 tier 2 exam will be tentatively conducted in August 2020. Candidates are asked to write an essay and application/ letter on any current topic. This test carries 100 marks. Candidates can answer the paper in English or Hindi.

Exam pattern of SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 2

Exam Mode

Offline/Pen paper mode

Exam Language

English or Hindi

Time Duration

60 minutes (20 minutes extra for PH/OH/CP/VH candidates)

Total Marks

100 marks

Type of questions

Descriptive questions

Qualifying Marks

33% marks

The detail about the type of questions asked, word limit and duration is given below.



Word Limit



Essay writing


60 minutes


Letter/Application writing


SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019 - Tier 3

Tier 3 is 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 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 exam pattern of tier 3 exam for different posts below.


For Data Entry Operator

Test Type

Test Language


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

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)

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019

Candidates appearing for SSC CHSL can check the details about topic and subtopics of all three tiers are 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 &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

  • Surgicial strike

  • Women empowerment etc.

Sample papers of SSC CHSL 2019

The candidates appearing for SSC CHSL can download SSC CHSL sample paper to practice for better preparation. Solving SSC CHSL sample papers will help candidates to know the type of questions asked in the exam, weightage of topics etc. 

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