SSC (Staff Selection Commission) conducts the SSC CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam to recruit candidates at different posts in various government offices and departments. The commission defines the SSC CHSL syllabus 2020 to guide the aspirants. Candidates must plan their study as per the SSC CHSL syllabus to qualify the exam.
SSC CHSL exam comprises three tiers which have to be qualified by the candidates for successful recruitment. The exam pattern and syllabus for SSC CHSL Tier 1, 2 and 3 differ from each other. Also, the SSC CHSL Tier 1 exam is divided into multiple sections. Thorough knowledge of the SSC CHSL syllabus 2020 for all the three tiers enables aspirants to devise a better preparation strategy. Read this article to understand the section-wise SSC CHSL syllabus 2020.
In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, the commission had to stop the SSC CHSL Tier 1 exam proceedings halfway on March 20. The Tier 1 exams were slated to be held from March 17 to 27, 2020. As per the latest notification issued by the SSC, the Tier 1 exams will be reconducted from August 17 to 21 and August 24 to 27. Hence, candidates have received around five additional months to prepare for the SSC CHSL Tier 1, which must be utilised to the maximum.
Candidates can check the Tier-wise exam pattern and syllabus for SSC CHSL below.
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The Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL is computer-based and is held for a duration of one hour. Candidates are required to answer questions from a total of four sections mentioned below.
The syllabus for all the sections of SSC CHSL 2020 is as follows:
|1||Spot the Error|
|2||Fill in the Blanks|
|5||Spellings/Detecting mis-spelt words|
|6||Idioms & Phrases|
|7||One word substitution|
|8||Improvement of Sentences|
|9||Active/Passive Voice of Verbs|
|10||Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration|
|11||Shuffling of Sentence parts|
|12||Shuffling of Sentences in a passage|
|13||Folding and Unfolding|
|15||Figural Pattern-folding and completion|
|24||Coding and decoding|
*This section can also include other topics if they have any numerical operations
|Number Systems||Computation of Whole Number|
|Decimal and Fractions|
|Relationship between numbers|
|Fundamental arithmetical operations||Percentages|
|Ratio and Proportion|
|Profit and Loss|
|Mixture and Alligation|
|Time and distance|
|Time and work|
|Algebra||Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems)|
|Graphs of Linear Equations|
|Geometry||Triangle and its various kinds of centres|
|Congruence and similarity of triangles|
|Circle and its chords|
|Angles subtended by chords of a circle|
|Common tangents to two or more circles|
|Right Circular Cone|
|Right Circular Cylinder|
|Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base|
|Height and distances (simple problems only)|
|Statistical Charts||Use of Tables and Graphs|
|1||Events and issues of National & International Importance|
|2||Countries and Capitals|
|6||Science, Technology and Research|
|8||Awards & Honours|
Candidates must also know about the exam pattern of SSC CHSL exam pattern.
|Mode of Exam||Computer-based|
|Duration of Exam||60 Minutes|
|Number of Sections||4|
|Number of Questions||100 (25 questions from each section)|
|Nature of Questions||Objective-type|
|Marking of Scheme||+2 for each correct answer |
-0.5 for each wrong answer
|Language(s) of Paper||English & Hindi (except English language section)|
SSC CHSL Tier II exam will be a descriptive paper of 100 marks to be held in an offline mode. Candidates have to answer the questions designed as per the SSC CHSL syllabus 2020 for Tier II within a duration of an hour (60 minutes). The commission allows aspirants to answer the questions in either English or Hindi language. Candidates who score a minimum of 33 marks will be marked qualified.
Qualifying SSC CHSL Tier II exam requires the candidates to write an essay and an application/letter on random topics picked by the examination authority. Nature of questions as per the SSC CHSL syllabus 2020 for Tier II is tabulated below:
Questions in Tier-II as per SSC CHSL Syllabus
|Essay Writing||200 – 250 words|
|Letter/Application||150 – 200 words|
Candidates must ensure that they do not exceed the prescribed word limit. Exceeding the word limit may lead to negative marking in the SSC CHSL Tier II exam
SSC CHSL Tier 3 exam is all about assessing the typing speed of candidates through skill test/typing test to be held on the computer.
Candidates who qualify the SSC CHSL Tier 1 and Tier 2 exams will be allowed to appear for the Tier 3 exam.
Typing Test would be conducted only for candidates applying for the post of Data Entry Operator (DEO).
SKILL TEST FOR DATA ENTRY OPERATOR (DEO)
SKILL TEST FOR DATA ENTRY OPERATOR IN OFFICE OF C & AG (DEO – C & AG)
TYPING TEST FOR LDC/JSA AND PA/SA
If a candidate doesn’t choose any medium while filling the CHSL application form, he/she will be considered for a typing test in English by default.
Here are some of the preparation tips for SSC CHSL recommended by the past year toppers and experts.
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The below table comprises of the best books suggested for SSC CHSL preparation:
|Logical Reasoning|| |
|General Awareness|| |
|Quantitative Aptitude|| |
A total of 100 questions are asked in SSC CHSL Tier I exam. As per the SSC CHSL syllabus 2020, these 100 questions are equally divided in four sections.
SSC released the detailed SSC CHSL syllabus with the official notification of the exam on December 3, 2019.
SSC CHSL Tier 1 and 3 exams will be computer-based in nature. However, the SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam will be conducted in a pen- and paper-based mode.
The Tier III exam of SSC CHSL will only be qualifying in nature. This means the candidates taking the Tier III examination will only require to meet minimum qualifying criteria set by the Staff Selection Commission.
Yes, for every wrong answer, a deduction of 0.5 mark shall be applicable as per the SSC CHSL marking scheme. Thus, it is advisable to mark each and every answer after careful consideration. .
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