SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will release the Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (CHSL) notification along with an indicative SSC CHSL 2020 syllabus tentatively in the first week of December 2020. To ace the exam, candidates must accustom themselves with the syllabus of SSC CHSL 2020. Aspirants preparing for the exam can go through the subject wise important concepts and topics through the SSC CHSL syllabus 2020. Candidates can plan their studies and focus on topics accordingly with the help of SSC CHSL 2020 syllabus. Aspirants can also check previous year question papers along with syllabus of SSC CHSL 2020 to get an idea about the difficulty level of exam and nature of questions asked. To crack SSC CHSL, aspirants should follow the syllabus and exam pattern of each tier. SSC CHSL 2020 is conducted to recruit candidates to the post of Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators for various Ministries/ Departments/ Offices of the Government of India. SSC CHSL 2020 is a three stage exam consisting of tier 1, 2 and 3. According to the syllabus of SSC CHSL 2020, computer based test of tier I will comprise of English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. Tier II is a descriptive paper held in pen and paper mode and tier III will be a skill/ typing test.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern

The recruitment process, as per the SSC CHSL exam pattern 2020 is three phased; tier I, tier II and tier III. Tier I is conducted online for 200 marks. The questions are set in English and Hindi except for the test in English. There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the tests of SSC CHSL 2020. 1/4th mark assigned for a question will be deducted for each wrong answer in tier I. Candidates are required to score a minimum percentage mark on aggregate to be considered tier I qualified. Tier II of SSC CHSL is a descriptive test held in pen and paper mode for 100 marks. Tier III is a qualifying test comprising a skill test or typing test as per posts one applies.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2020

Exam Language

English and Hindi
(Except the test for English)


Tier I: Objective Type

Tier II: Descriptive

Tier III: Skill/Typing Test


1 hour

1 hour

15 minutes

Mode of Exam

Computer based

Pen and Paper mode


Max. Marks




Negative Marks

0.50 marks



SSC CHSL 2020 Syllabus - Stages

Candidates can check SSC CHSL 2020 syllabus for the following two stages:

  • Tier 1: Objective Type Test

  • Tier 2: Descriptive Test

  • Tier 3: Typing/ Skill Test

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - Tier I

Aspirants must know the topics covered under each section of the subjects for SSC CHSL 2020 prelims. With the help of SSC CHSL syllabus 2020, candidates are able to plan their studies and focus on topics. Along with the syllabus, a list of important books for SSC CGL preparation has also been provided here so that candidates can actually start their preparation for SSC CHSL 2020. Candidates need to score sufficiently high marks in SSC CHSL tier 1 to qualify for tier 2. However, VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability, there will be no component of Maps/ Graphs/ Diagrams/ Statistical Data in the General Intelligence and Quantitative Aptitude sections.

SSC CHSL 2020 Syllabus - Tier I Topics

  • English Language

  • General Intelligence

  • Quantitative Aptitude

  • General Awareness

SSC CHSL 2020 Syllabus - English Language


Important Books

  • Spot the Error

  • Fill in the Blanks

  • Synonyms/ Homonyms

  • Antonyms

  • Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt words

  • Idioms & Phrases

  • One word substitution

  • Improvement of Sentences

  • Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs

  • Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration

  • Shuffling of Sentence parts

  • Shuffling of Sentences in a passage

  • Cloze Passage

  • Comprehension Passage

  • Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis

  • English Grammar & Composition: Wren & Martin

  • Objective English: S. P. Bakshi

  • Plinth to Paramount (Volume I-II): KD Publication

SSC CHSL 2020 Syllabus - General Intelligence

Verbal and Non-Verbal Types

  • Semantic Analogy

  • Symbolic operations

  • Symbolic/ Number Analogy

  • Trends

  • Figural Analogy

  • Space Orientation

  • Semantic Classification

  • Venn Diagrams

  • Symbolic/ Number Classification

  • Drawing inferences

  • Figural Classification

  • Punched hole/ pattern folding & unfolding

  • Semantic Series

  • Figural Pattern-folding and completion

  • Number Series

  • Embedded figures

  • Figural Series

  • Critical Thinking

  • Problem Solving

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Word Building

  • Social Intelligence

  • Coding and de-coding

  • Numerical operations

  • Reasoning: M.K. Pandey

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning: R.S. Aggarwal

  • Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning: R.S. Agarwal

  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal: Arihant Publication

SSC CHSL 2020 Syllabus - Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers

  • Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time and work

  • Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations

  • Geometry: Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles

  • Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base

  • Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 𝜃 + Cos2 𝜃=1 etc

  • Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart

  • Magical Book on Quicker Mathematics: M. Tyra

  • Quantitative Aptitude: R.S. Agarwal

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exam : Pearson Guide

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic: Rajesh Verma- Arihant Publication

  • Brahmaastra Arithmetic Video Book: Ajay Gulati

  • SSC Mathematics: Rakesh Yadav

SSC CHSL 2020 Syllabus - General Awareness

  • History

  • Culture

  • Geography

  • Economics

  • General policy and scientific research

  • General Knowledge: Lucent Publication

  • India Year Book: Publications Division

  • Manorama Year Book

  • Yojana Magazine

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - Tier II

Tier 2 of SSC CHSL consists of a descriptive test for 100 marks. The test for tier II is held in pen and paper mode. An essay of 200-250 words and a letter or application of 150-200 words are required to be written either in English/ Hindi. The topics of this descriptive test generally will be from current affairs of national or international importance. Aspirants are encouraged to write as many essays and letters/ applications before the exam so that writing skills are enhanced and they clear SSC CHSL in one go.

Syllabus of SSC CHSL 2020 - Tier II Topics

  • Essay

  • Letter / Application

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - Tier III

Tier 3 of SSC CHSL will be conducted for the tier II qualified candidates. Candidates need to score maximum marks in both tier 1 and tier 2 to ascertain their selection in tier 3. Tier III is a qualifying test conducted in the cities of regional offices of Staff Selection Commission. Although, the marks secured by an aspirant will not be considered in the preparation of final merit list, they are to secure sufficient marks as decided by the Commission to be qualified and get recruited through SSC CHSL exam. Tier 3 comprises either skill test or typing test as per the post one applies.

  • Skill Test: The skill test is compulsory for the positions of Data Entry Operator. Data entry speed of 8000 key depressions per hour and 15000 key depressions per hour are required respectively for DEO and Grade A respectively. The test will be held for 15 minutes.

  • Typing Test: The typing test will be conducted for Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Posting Assistant/ Sorting Assistant. The typing test will be conducted either in Hindi or in English. The medium of the typing test is required to be chosen during the time of SSC CHSL application. The typing speed for English and Hindi

SSC CHSL Question Paper

Staff Selection Commission releases the SSC CHSL questions papers of Tier I and tier II after the end of the selection process. However, some memory based questions are released after the conclusion of each tier. With SSC CHSL question papers, candidates can check the number of questions asked from a particular section and prepare accordingly. Question papers indeed help aspirants know how to tackle the problems by giving insights to the nature of questions asked. Solving the previous year SSC CHSL question papers enhances the ability to know the pattern of questions, sources from where the questions are asked and thereby increase the possibility of selection.

SSC CHSL Preparation Tips

The benefits received in terms of salary, job satisfaction and various perquisites makes SSC CHSL a very competitive exam. To prepare for this exam, one needs to get accustomed with the syllabus and exam pattern. Aspirants are to follow a disciplined routine so that the progress is on track. A few important SSC CHSL preparation tips are listed:

  • Stay hydrated and positive

  • Learn shortcuts of reasoning and quantitative aptitude

  • Give mock tests

  • Solve previous year question papers

  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses and allot more time to refine the weaknesses

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020

Question: Who prescribes the SSC CHSL syllabus?


An indicative SSC CHSL syllabus is prescribed by SSC. This indicative syllabus is mentioned in the detailed notification of SSC CHSL.

Question: Is the syllabus prescribed for all tiers of the SSC CHSL exam?


SSC CHSL is a three-tier exam. The syllabus is mentioned for all the tiers in the official notification released by the commission.

Question: Does SSC CHSL syllabus change every year?


No, SSC CHSL syllabus does not change every year. However, if any changes are made, SSC will definitely inform the necessary changes made beforehand.

Question: What is the duration of the SSC CHSL exam?


Both tier 1 and tier 2 of SSC CHSL are conducted for a duration of 1 hour each. While the skill test, i.e., tier 3 is held for 15 minutes duration.

Question: How many questions are there in SSC CHSL Tier I exam?


There are 100 questions in SSC CHSL tier 1 exam.

Question: What is the weightage in SSC CHSL Tier III exam?


SSC CHSL tier 3 exam is a qualifying test. The final merit is deduced from the marks obtained from tier 1 and tier 2.

Question: Is there negative marking for wrong attempts in SSC CHSL exam?


For every wrong answer marked in SSC CHSL, 0.50 marks are cut as negative marks.

Question: What type of questions are asked in all the phases of SSC CHSL exam?


Tier I of SSC CHSL is a computer based test consisting of multiple choice questions. Tier II is a descriptive test held in pen and paper mode. A letter or an application and an essay is to be written in the descriptive test. Tier III is a qualifying skill/ typing test.

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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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