SSC CHSL Syllabus – Subject-wise Syllabus and Pattern for Tier 1, 2, 3

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. 

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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SSC CHSL Syllabus – Computer-based Test (Tier – 1)

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.

  1. English Language
  2. General Intelligence
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. General Awareness

The syllabus for all the sections of SSC CHSL 2020 is as follows: 

Tier I SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for English Language

1Spot the Error
2Fill in the Blanks
5Spellings/Detecting mis-spelt words
6Idioms & Phrases
7One word substitution
8Improvement of Sentences
9Active/Passive Voice of Verbs
10Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
11Shuffling of Sentence parts
12Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
13Cloze Passage
14Comprehension Passage

Tier I SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for General Intelligence*

1Semantic Analogy
2Symbolic operations
3Symbolic/Number Analogy
5Figural Analogy
6Space Orientation
7Semantic Classification
8Venn Diagrams
9Symbolic/Number Classification
10Drawing inferences
11Figural Classification
12Punched hole/pattern 
13Folding and Unfolding
14Semantic Series
15Figural Pattern-folding and completion
16Number Series
17Embedded figures
18Figural Series
19Critical Thinking
20Problem Solving
21Emotional Intelligence
22Word Building
23Social Intelligence
24Coding and decoding

*This section can also include other topics if they have any numerical operations

Tier I SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for Quantitative Aptitude

Number SystemsComputation of Whole Number
Decimal and Fractions
Relationship between numbers
Fundamental arithmetical operationsPercentages
Ratio and Proportion
Square roots
Simple Interest
Compound Interest
Profit and Loss
Partnership Business
Mixture and Alligation
Time and distance
Time and work
AlgebraBasic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems)
Graphs of Linear Equations
GeometryTriangle 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
Regular Polygons
Right Prism
Right Circular Cone
Right Circular Cylinder
Rectangular Parallelepiped
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base
Trigonometric ratios
Complementary angles
Height and distances (simple problems only)
Standard Identities
Statistical ChartsUse of Tables and Graphs
Frequency polygon

Tier I SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for General Awareness

S. No.Topics
1Events and issues of National & International Importance
2Countries and Capitals
3Indian Polity
4Indian Geography
5Indian Budget
6Science, Technology and Research
8Awards & Honours
9Indian Constitution
10Indian Economy
12Indian Parliament
13Indian History

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Candidates must also know about the exam pattern of SSC CHSL exam pattern.

Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL Tier 1

Mode of Exam Computer-based
Duration of Exam 60 Minutes
Number of Sections 
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 PaperEnglish & Hindi (except English language section)

SSC CHSL Syllabus – Descriptive Test (Tier – 2)

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

QuestionWord Limit*
Essay Writing200 – 250 words
Letter/Application150 – 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 Syllabus – Skill Test/Typing Test (Tier – 3)

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). 


  1. Data entry speed of 8000 key depressions per hour is to be attained
  2. The accuracy of correct key depressions will be considered at the rate of 800 key depressions per hour
  3. The test is of 15 minutes duration. 
  4. Candidates will be provided with a printed matter which contains 2000 – 2200 key depressions


  1. Data entry speed of 15000 key depressions per hour is to be attained
  2. The accuracy of correct key depressions will be considered at the rate of 800 key depressions per hour 
  3. The test is of 15 minutes duration
  4. Candidates will be provided with a printed matter which contains 3700 – 4000 key depressions


  1. The typing test will be held in Hindi or in English medium as per the choice preferred by candidates while filling the SSC CHSL form
  2. English typing speed of candidates must be equal to or greater than 35 words per minute (W.P.M.) 
  3. Hindi typing speed of the candidates must be equal to or greater than 30 words per minute (W.P.M.) 

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. 

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SSC CHSL 2020 – Preparation Tips

Here are some of the preparation tips for SSC CHSL recommended by the past year toppers and experts.

  1. Read the newspaper on a daily basis. This will help in solving the general awareness/general knowledge with ease
  2. Work on speed and accuracy as only 60 minutes are given to solve 100 questions
  3. Polish your grammar, vocabulary and general knowledge to write an essay and letter in effective language in the tier III of SSC CHSL
  4. Explore the previous years’ questions papers of SSC CHSL to become well-versed with the nature of questions and paper pattern
  5. “Practice makes a man perfect” – make this your success mantra to qualify all the tiers of SSC CHSL exam

Click here to download the model test paper of SSC CHSL to optimize your preparation. 

SSC CHSL 2020 – Most Recommended Books for Preparation

The below table comprises of the best books suggested for SSC CHSL preparation: 

  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  • Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • A Mirror of Common Errors by Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh
  • Common Errors in English by Kiran Prakashan
  • Words Idioms & Phrases by Arihant Experts
  • Plinth to Paramount by KD Campus
  • Perfect Competitive English by Kiran Prakashan
Logical Reasoning 
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal and Analytical by BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
General Awareness 
  • General Knowledge by Lucent Publication
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • NCERT Books – Class X, XII
Quantitative Aptitude 
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • Fast Track by Rajesh Verma
  • NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11
  • Magical Books on Quicker Maths by M Tyra
  • Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav

SSC CHSL Syllabus – Frequently Asked Questions

✔️ How many questions are asked in the SSC CHSL Tier I exam?

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.

✔️ When did the Staff Selection Commission release the SSC CHSL syllabus 2020?

SSC released the detailed SSC CHSL syllabus with the official notification of the exam on December 3, 2019.

✔️ What is the mode of SSC CHSL examination?

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.

✔️ What is the weightage of SSC CHSL Tier III exam?

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.

✔️ Is there any negative marking in SSC CHSL Tier I examination?

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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