SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

By | September 16, 2020

SSC CHSL is conducted in 3 Tier. Tier I computer base is scheduled to be held from August 17, 2020 – August 21, 2020 and August 24, 2020 – August 27, 2020. Tier II is a pen and paper-based examination.  Lastly, Tier III is conducted on a computer as it is a typing/skill test.   

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Highlights 2020

Events Tier-I Exam Highlights Tier-II Exam Highlights
Exam mode Online (computer-based test) Offline (pen-and-paper based test)
Number of sections & subjects 4 (English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness) 2 (Essay and Letter/Application)
Exam duration 1 hour (60 minutes) 1 hour (60 minutes)
Number of questions 100 2
Type of questions MCQs; 4 options with 1 correct option Descriptive questions
Total marks 200 100
Language of paper English and Hindi English and Hindi

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern for Tier-I

Parts Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 General Intelligence 25 50
2 English Language 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 General Awareness 25 50
Total 4 Parts 100 Questions 200 Marks

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 2 Exam Pattern

Topics Word count Maximum Marks Duration
Essay writing 200-250 100 60 minutes
Letter/Application Writing 150-200

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 3 Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL Posts Tier-III Tests Expected Data Entry Speed (in key-depressions) Number of Key-Depressions Given
Data Entry Operator (DEO) Skill Test 8,000 2,000-2,200
Lower Division Clerk (LDC), Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant (PA), Sorting Assistant (SA) Typing Test 15,000 3,700-4,000

SSC CHSL 2020 Marking Scheme

  • Marking Scheme of SSC CHSL 2020 – Tier 1
  • Every correct response: +2 marks.
  • Every Incorrect response: -0.5 marks
  • No mark will be awarded or deducted – Un-attempted question

Marking Scheme of SSC CHSL 2020 – Tier 2

Descriptive paper marking scheme is yet not prescribed by the commission. The marks which are specified by the commission is the total marks of this section.

Tier 2 (Descriptive Paper) Total Marks

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020

Section 1: General Intelligence

Analog Number/ Alphanumeric Series
Syllogism Direction/Ranking
Non-Verbal Reasoning Odd One Out Embedded figures
Coding and decoding Critical Thinking
Problem Solving Word Building

Section 2: English Language

Spot the Error Fill in the Blanks
Shuffling of Sentence parts Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
Cloze Passage Synonyms & Antonyms
Spellings/ Detecting misspelled words Idioms & Phrases
Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration
Reading Comprehension One-word substitution

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude

Number System Fundamental Arithmetical Operations
Algebra Geometry
Mensuration Trigonometry
Statistical Charts

Section 4: General Awareness

The paper will comprise questions:

  • Related to India and its neighbouring countries
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic scene
  • General Policy and scientific research
  • Awards and Honour
  • Books and authors, etc.

Best Books for SSC CHSL 2020 Preparations

SSC CHSL Books for General Intelligence

Topic Author/Publisher
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning R S Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning M K Pandey
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal (English) B S Sijwali, Indu Sijwal

SSC CHSL Books for the English Language

Topic Author/Publisher
Objective English for Competitive Examinations Tata McGraw Hill
Competitive General English Kiran Prakashan
Objective General English S P Bakshi
Quick learning Objective General English RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal

SSC CHSL Books for Quantitative Aptitude

Topic Author/Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude R.S. Agarwal
Quicker Mathematics M. Tyra
Elementary and Advanced Mathematics Kiran Prakashan

SSC CHSL Books for General Awareness

Topic Author/Publisher
Manorama Yearbook 2020 (English and Hindi) Malayalam Manorama
Lucent’s General Knowledge (English and Hindi) Lucent’s


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