SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 - 5:31 p.m. IST by Vikrant.shukla

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019 - Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is expected to release the Combined Higher Secondary School Level Exam (CHSL) notification on December 03, 2019. The SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019 is also expected to be released along with the notification. The exam of SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level 2019 will be conducted in 3 tiers, therefore, candidates preparing for the exam can go through the tier-wise SSC CHSL 2019 syllabus, important points, topics and exam pattern of SSC CHSL 2019 in this article. It is advised to follow the SSC CHSL syllabus 2019 and the exam pattern of each tier to form a solid approach and pass CHSL with a decent rank. The SSC CHSL 2019 syllabus will help candidates to prepare their approach efficiently. According to the syllabus of SSC CHSL 2019, the exam is tier I is computer-based examination, tier II is a descriptive paper, while tier III is a skill test/typing test.

Latest: SSC CHSL 2019 Apply Online from December 3, 2019.

SSC CHSL 2019 paper-1 is slated to be held on March 16 to 27, 2020 in online mode.

SSC CHSL 2019 Syllabus is Divided into Three Tiers

Tier I



Tier II

Descriptive Paper

Tier III

Skill Test/Typing Test

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019 - Tier I Exam Pattern (Computer-based objective type multiple-choice examination)



Number of Questions/Maximum Marks

Time Duration


English Knowledge (Basic Knowledge)


60 Minutes (80 Minutes for candidates eligible for the category of blindness, locomotor disability (both arm affected-BA) and cerebral palsy or physical limitation.


General Intelligence



Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)



General Awareness



Part-II, III & IV will also be in Hindi.

Negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

For 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.

SSC CHSL 2019 Syllabus - Indicative Syllabus for Tier - I

English Language:

Spot the Error

Fill in the Blanks

Synonyms/Homonyms, Antonyms

Spellings/ Detecting misspelt 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.

General Intelligence:

Questions of both verbal and non-verbal type

Questions on Semantic Analogy

Symbolic operations

Symbolic/ Number Analogy


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

Other sub-topics, if any Numerical operations

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 Allegation, 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 πœƒ + Cos2 πœƒ=1 etc.

Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs:

Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios

Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 πœƒ + Cos2 πœƒ=1 etc

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

General Awareness:

Questions to test candidate's observation and knowledge of current events and everyday matters.

Questions designed to test candidate's general awareness of the environment and its application to society. India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019 General Awareness - History

Megalithic Sites



Important Neolithic Sites



Koldihwa(UP), Mahagara(UP),


Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Types of Painting found in Bhimbetka

Important site of Mehrgarh

Agriculture Pattern and Crop

Indus Valley Civilization

Early Harappan Phase

Early Life


Major Cities

Early Agriculture

Harappan Phase

Large cities and urban areas

Urban planning,

sewage and drainage system,

system of uniform weights and measures,

Late Harappan Phase

Important Tools

Trade with other countries

Export and Import

Important Port Cities

Vedic Period/Age

Early Vedic/Rig Vedic Period

Late Harappan and Early Vedic period

The end of Cemetery Culture

Iron Age of India

Later Vedic Age

The formation of Sixteen Maha Janapadas (Great Kingdoms)

The birth of Mahavira, founder of Jainism

The birth of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), founder of Buddhism

Earliest written records in Brahmi

Panini and his creations

Ancient India

Rise of Jainism and Buddhism

Rise of Jainism and Its teachings

Tirthankaras and their signs

Rise of Buddhism and its teachings

Chandra Gupta Maurya established the Maurya Empire

Emperor Ashoka took over the Maurya Empire

Important battles of Ashoka - The battle of Kalinga

Ashoka Inscriptions

Ashoka died and was succeeded by Dasaratha

Satavahana Empire

Tholkappiyam and his creation

Sunga dynasty

Kushan Empire

Gautamiputra Satkarni

Gupta Empire

Chandragupta I


Pallava Empire



Medieval Period

Early Medieval Period


Hiuen Tsang

First Muslim invasion by Mohammed Bin Qasim


Nripatunga Amoghavarsha I became Rashtrakuta king

Invasion by Mahmud of Ghazni

Alberuni travelled to India

Rule of the Chandelas, Cholas, Kadambas, and Rashrakutas

Kalyani Chalukya Empire attained peak, Vikramaditya VI introduced Vikrama Chalukya Era

First battle of Tarain between Mohammed Ghori & Prithivi Raj Chauhan III

Second battle of Tarain between Ghauri and Prithivi Raj Chauhan III

Battle of Chandawar between Ghauri and Jayachandra

Marco Polo came to India

Late Medieval Period

Khilji Dynasty

Vijayanagar Empire

Vasco-da-Gama to Goa

Post-Medieval Era

Babur and his conquest

Battle of Khanwa



Establishment of East India Company


Shah Jahan



Shah Jahan

Maratha Empire

Bahadur Shah I

Bajirao I conquered Delhi

Balaji Bajirao

Battle of Plassey

Third battle of Panipat

Tipu Sultan

Anglo Maratha Wars

Colonial Era

Prohibition of Sati

First Indian war of Independence

Indian National Congress was formed

Gandhi Came to India

Champaran Satyagraha

Dandi March

Simon Commission

First Round Table Conference

Home Rule League was founded by Annie Besant

Massacre at Jallianwalabagh

Bhagat Singh was hanged by the British

Second Round Table Conference

Gandhi-Irwin Pact

Khilafat Movement

Jalianwala Bagh Massacre

Rowlett Act

State Elections

Civil Disobedience Movement

Murder of Lala Lajpat Rai

Quit India Movement

Important Leaders Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Azad, etc

Chauri-Chura violence

Third Round Table Conference

Congress Sessions in Chronological order

SSC CHSL 2019 Syllabus General Awareness - Geography

Himalayan Mountain System

North India – River Systems

South India _ River Systems

Important Mountain Peaks

National Parks in India

Indian Climate


Indian Agriculture – important crops

Important mineral resources found in India

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019 for Tier-II (Descriptive Paper)

100 Marks

Pen and Paper Mode

Duration one hour (20 minutes compensatory time for candidates eligible for the category of blindness, locomotor disability (both arm affected-BA) and cerebral palsy or physical limitation)

To qualify SSC CHSL Tier-II candidates have to stay aware of the current affairs. In the previous years, the following topics were asked in this section:

  • Women empowerment

  • Digital India

  • Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana

  • Surgical strike

  • Make in India

Note: For reference, candidates can check CHSL 2018 official syllabus here

Important Instructions to Follow in SSC CHSL Tier-II:

  • In SSC CHSL Tier-II candidates will have to write an essay of 200-250 words and a letter/application of approximately 150-200 words.

  • The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.

  • SSC CHSL Tier II performance will be included while preparing the final merit.

  • The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Paper written partly in Hindi and partly in English will be awarded zero marks.

  • Candidate must write his/her correct Roll Number and affix signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression in the relevant columns in the Question Paper-cum-Answer Book failing which zero marks will be awarded.

  • Candidates are strictly advised not to write any personal identity e.g. name, Roll Number, Mobile Number, Address, etc inside the Answer Book. The candidates who fail to adhere to these instructions will be awarded zero marks.

  • The skill test/typing test is conducted for qualified candidates on computers provided by the exam conducting authority.

  • It will be conducted in cities where Regional Offices of the commission are located or which are decided by them.

  • It will be of qualifying in nature.

Skill test/Typing Test will be Conducted as per the Following Scheme:

Data Entry Operator:

  • For date entry operators it is mandatory and no candidate is exempted from appearing in the skill test.

  • Data entry speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) key depressions per hour on Computer. It will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage.

  • The duration of the Test will be 15 minutes and a printed matter of 2000-2200 key-depressions in English will be to each candidate to be typed.

For Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG):

  • The 'speed of 15000 key depressions per hour on Computerβ€Ÿ will be adjudged. The duration of the Test will be 15 minutes and a printed matter of 3700-4000 key-depressions in English will be given to each candidate to be typed.

  • 20 minutes compensatory time will be given to candidates of category blindness, locomotor disability (both arm affected-BA) and cerebral palsy or physical limitation)

Typing Test for LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant:

  • The medium of Typing Test will be Hindi and English. Candidates will have to opt for the medium in the online Application Form.

  • Choice of Typing Test given by the candidate in the application form will be treated as final and no change will be entertained later.

  • Candidates opting for English medium should have a typing speed of 35 words per minute and those opting for Hindi should have a speed of 30 words per minute.

  • 35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. correspond to about 10500 key depressions per hour and about 9000 key depressions per hour respectively.

  • The typing speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of a given text passage in 10 minutes.

  • 15 minutes compensatory time will be given for candidates who belong to the category of blindness, locomotor disability (both arm affected-BA) and cerebral palsy or physical limitation.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019 - Best Books

Candidates can refer to the below-mentioned books to prepare for SSC CHSL exam.

SSC CHSL 2019 Syllabus - Best Books for SSC CHSL Preparation





Objective General

Word Power Made Easy


S.P. Bakshi

Normen Lewis

(Any leading Newspaper)


Analytical Reasoning

Lucent Reasoning

Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning

M K Pandey

Arihant Publication

R S Aggarwal

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Magical Books on Quicker Maths

R S Aggarwal


General Awareness

Lucent G.K

Dr. Binay Karna and Manwendra Mukul

How to Prepare for SSC CHSL Exam 2019

  • Follow the official SSC CHSL 2019 syllabus.

  • Allot equal time to each section

  • In tier 1 exam candidates should focus on time management while answering the questions

  • Stay updated with current issues so that it becomes easy to answer tier 2 descriptive paper

  • Regular revision of all sections can help in important topics

  • Candidates should refer to section-wise important books

  • Read newspapers and stay updated with current issues

  • Solve previous year question papers to get an idea about the type of questions

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019

Question: Which topics does the SSC CHSL syllabus 2019 cover?


Questions are asked from General Intelligence and Reasoning (both verbal and non-verbal types), English Comprehension (Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms etc.), Quantitative Aptitude (Arithmetic, mensuration and basic mathematics), General Awareness (History, geography and current affairs), Essay, Letter and application writing.

Question: What are Posts that are Offered through SSC CHSL?


The posts offered through SSC CHSL include Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operators(DEO), Lower Divisional Clerks(LDC) and Court Clerk.

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Does the cut off of ssc chsl will increase after Typing test and DV ?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 9th Feb, 2020


The cut off depends on various factors such as number of vacancies available, difficulty of exam, number of candidates appeared in the exam and other factors.It is not possible to say whether the cut off may increase or decrease.But over the years if you see the cut off trends it has been increasing.

You can refer the link below for other detailed information


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,

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