SSC CHSL Exam Pattern: Staff Selection Commission’s (SSC) Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination Pattern are given below…
Scheme of Examination: The examination will consist of a Written Examination and Skill Test for the post of Data Entry Operator and Written Test and Typing Test for the post of Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant & Lower Division Clerk on Computer. 
Written Examination: The Paper will consist of Objective Type- Multiple choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-I, III & IV.
The written examination will consist of one objective type paper as shown below : 
Part Subject Maximum Marks Total Duration/Timing Total Duration/ Timing for
VH Candidates
including compensatory Time
I General Intelligence (50 Questions) 50 2 Hours 10:00 A.M
12:00 Noon
2 Hours 40 Minutes
10:00 A.M to
12:40 Noon
II English Language (Basic Knowledge)
(50 Questions)
III Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)
(50 Questions)
IV General Awareness
(50 Questions)
Note-I: There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions.
Note-II: The Paper will consist of Objective Type- Multiple choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-I, III & IV.
B. Skill Test for Data Entry Operator: The Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on Computer will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words key depressions as per the given passage and the duration of the said Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 strokes/key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer. The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test would be of qualifying nature. Candidates allowed to take this test, will have to qualify the test at the prescribed speed on Computer, to be provided by the Commission or the agency authorized by the Commission to conduct such skill test at the Centre/venue so notified.
Note-I: Only those candidates who secure at least the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination, as may be fixed by the Commission at its discretion, will be called for skill test. The Commission may also at its discretion, fix qualifying marks in each component of the written examination.
C. Typing Test for PA/ SA & LDCs: Typing Test will be conducted for those candidates who qualify in the Written Examination. Such Typing Test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the Examination, will have to indicate his/her choice/option for Skill Test Medium in the Application Form. The choice of language in the application will be final and no change will be allowed. 
Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute and those opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute.
The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes. Visually Handicapped candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 30 minutes.
Note-I: 35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. corresponds to 10500 key depressions per hour/9000 key depressions per hour respectively.
Note-II: Only those candidates who secure at least the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination, as may be fixed by the Commission at its discretion, will be called for Typing Test. The Commission may also, at its discretion, fix the minimum qualifying marks in each component of the written examination.




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I. General Intelligence: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on 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, Other sub-topics, if any Numerical operations. 

II. English Language: 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. 
III. 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 sin20 + Cos20=1 etc., 

STATISTICAL CHARTS : Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart 

General Awareness: Questions are designed to test the candidate‟s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research. 

Note-1: For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability and opting for SCRIBES there will be no component of Maps/Graphs/Diagrams/Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning / Quantitative Aptitude.

Subject wise Tips & Strategies:


General Intelligence & Reasoning:
  • Give Proper time to solve questions of Verbal and Non verbal reasoning. It’s a quite tough part of this subject
  • Make notes for all reasoning and other topics regularly and read properly
  • Plan regular study for Analogies, Decision Making, Judgment, Visual Memory, Figure Classification, Semantic Classification, Numerical Operations etc.

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General Awareness:
  • It’s one of the scoring subjects in SSC Chsl. Candidates should read news paper, Magazines, many GK books for this subject
  • Always underline the important current affairs news in daily newspapers and maintain notes.
  • Candidates should study according to syllabus and prepare topics as History, Geography, Culture, General Policy, Economic Scene & Scientific Research.
  • General Awareness is the most important section of SSC Chsl Exam. This section acquires more importance because this is the only section which can be attempted quickly and at the same time, very high marks can be scored in this section. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as basic General Knowledge, Important Days, Important Persons, Award Winners, Books and Authors Games and Cups and Abbreviations.
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  • Listen and read National new on daily basis.
  • Go through the General Awareness books such as Competition Master, Competition Success Review or Pratiyogita Darpan on monthly basis.
  • Study the last budget passed by the Central Government.
  • Aware of all changes around the world 6-7 months before the exam.

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Quantitative Aptitude:
  • Quantitative Aptitude subject has mathematical questions. Students do study according to syllabus.
  • Solve maximum number questions regularly to increase speed of solving questions.
  • Read all mathematically formulas and detail study of topic are as  Square roots, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time & Work, computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles etc.
  Mathematics is not too difficult. It requires the concept clarity and practice. In SSC-CGL exam, Mathematics is the part of both Tier I and Tier II. So you can’t clear the exam by ignoring mathematics
  • Approach
      1) First see the topics of Quantitative aptitude in SSC notification, and divide it into topics, and try to practice one topic a day. Please don’t try to do topic of another chapter before completing a particular chapter. 
      2)Learn all the basic formulas, learn conceptual clarity and try to solve maximum questions of each topic.
      3)Try to learn short cut of each topic, otherwise you will not able to solve all question during your examination quickly.

    4)Please give at least one to two hours daily to mathematics.
    5)Try to solve mock practice paper (all 04 sections) of Tier I on daily basis.

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English Comprehension:
Vocabulary and English Grammar play very important factor in SSC chsl Exam. So give special attention to your Vocabulary and English. Watching different English news channels and read different-different English newspapers and magazine. The questions will be based on Passages, Common Errors, Antonyms and Synonyms. You have to improve your vocabulary. Apart from this study material, here are few tips:
  • Read English newspapers daily.
  • Improve your vocabulary by knowing 10 new words every day.
  • Watch good English news channels.

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Time Management for the Exam:

Its time to make a time table for cracking the Exam, Every day out of 10 hours you have to spent only 2 hours for your study next part and rest of the time you have to attend coaching classes and give a mock test and analyze it.
In 2 hours you should divide you time into some sections like example:
30 minutes for GK
30 minutes for English
45 minutes for Reasoning
15 minutes for Quantitative Aptitude
This type of time management will help you to crack the Exam.
In the last, I am just trying to say that is just make your mind that you must have to crack this EXAM. In the study, rest is also plays the important role. Give your mind a proper rest so that it will work fine. So all the best for your studies and crack all the competitive exam as you want and you will defiantly do it.

Time Management Tips Are As Follows
  • Practice with Stopwatch on your side: For any aspiring SSC candidate it is a must to keep a stopwatch by their side while preparing. Apart from the tenacity of the questions, what matters is that of the allotted time for solving those questions. One needs to practice so well in the paper so that he/she can answer most number of questions that too keeping the accuracy factor in mind. This also helps you to improve your time and boosts your confidence just before the examination.
  • Skip Questions that are troubling much: There are 200 questions and if at any point it is felt by the candidate that a certain question is troubling them much, they should immediately move away from that particular question and try and solve other known ones. Rather than sticking to any particular question, it is advisable to move along.
  • Go through Practice sets and Mock Question Papers: Mock question papers and practice sets can help the candidates to prepare for the examination effectively. By solving these sets you could have an idea of how many questions you are solving on the given time and try to improve that by applying and innovating newer techniques for solving problems through constant practice.
  • Do not go for everything: You certainly didn’t want to get in trap of ‘getting everything’ under your belt. Thus, you should set a target for yourself while you are preparing for any paper and decide how many questions you are going to attempt with accuracy to be on top of anything. You should keep an eye on quality of your answers rather than the quantity as doing this you could also avoid negative markings which can take down your chances of getting through. 

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Factors affecting to Score More
(i)  Everyone gets lots of wrong answer and blank answer too. Your goal should be to answer more no of correct answer to beat the competition.
(ii) You will hurt more if your easy question gets wrong and you will hurt less if you harder question gets wrong,right? So, be careful while answering easy one.
(iii) If you missed 3-4 question in raw, this will going to make metal attention on your mind (something like how can i miss 5 questions in raw?) These mind set will led you to negative time (slow speed of question solving).
(iv) Anyhow you have to reach finishing line, before time or on time


SSC CHSL Exam Preparation Tips:
  • Time Table: Candidates have to make time table for Chsl Preparation. Time should be made as candidate’s ability.
  • Study Material:Check the latest syllabus and exam pattern. SSC paper always follow updated pattern. Candidates can prepare with book, reference book (guide), previous paper, Notes etc.
  • Preparation:Candidates always concentrate on exam preparation and study regularly with books and keep maintain notes for last time preparation. 
  • Believe in Yourself: Always believe in yourself and think about your aim to would be succeeded in the SSC Chsl Exam. Try to don’t lose the self confidence.
  • Stress Management: Always keep your mind cool and stress free. Proper rest your mind after long study. Students should also listen sometime sweet music songs after long time study.
  • Time Management: Time Management is most important for SSC Chsl Exam.  Candidate’s gives proper time to study with books and other study materials like previous year papers, Notes, magazines etc.
  • Make Hand Notes: Regularly make notes for SSC chsl  Exam, so Candidates can easily understand and revise the previous topics.
  • Know your Strength and Weakness: Candidates should check their weakness and work hard to remove their weak point in study. Mange time to solve the hard and easy topics in your SSC Chsl syllabus.
  • Be Positive: Candidates should make positive thinking about the exam and their future result. Don’t be afraid the exam paper.
  • Take Advice to Expert: Candidates if you feel confused in any topic & question then to you should take an advice to your expert/teacher. Don’t waste time to solve these types of question.

You must dedicate 4- 5 hours of daily preparation and rather than making time schedule, you should list down the topics you should prepare per day. Little things like these tips will make your ride smoother:
  1. Eat Light – Start your day with a light breakfast like cereal and fruit. Avoid greasy food to spare yourself the lethargy and drowsiness that they induce. Eating light will make your body feel lighter, letting you focus better
  2. Short Study Hours, Strong Focus – If you cannot study for long hours, it is much better to sit for short hours, but with dedication! Promise yourself you’ll study well for those two hours.
  3. Take Regular Breaks – It’s always better to give yourself a break after every hour or two, than cramming everything nonstop. Give your mind time to soak it all in
  4. Take Time Out for Yourself – Constant studying makes your mind bored and unresponsive. So take time out to pamper yourself and let yourself unwind. A calm body and mind are the most receptive
  5. Unwind – When you are on a timeout, unwind with a fun, creative activity! Simple things like cooking, painting, or even a walk in the park are good ways to let your hair down. You could even rock out to your favorite music.
  6. Exercise – Take regular walks, go for runs or go gymming! Any kind of physical workout is a good break, for both your body and mind.
  7. Set Targets – Set achievable targets for yourself, like studying 4 comprehensive topics in an hour, or 7-8 small topics in an hour. This will boost your speed as your mind will not feel over taxed.
  8. Learn and Revise on the Go – Get your hands on a good book for your SSC preparations. This will let you touch up whenever you have the free time, or just feel the need
  9. Use Flashcards – This is another great tool that will let you revise anytime, anywhere and with ease! Make flashcards of important dates, event and keywords to keep your memory fresh.
  10. Get Ample Sleep – I cannot stress the importance of sleeping enough! Make sure you are well rested so that your body doesn’t decide to rest at a time you need it the most!
Simple things like these will let you prep better for the SSC! Some other simple things you should note is making sure you have your id and admit card, and carrying some snack and water to the exam venue.
Last Minute Tips
  • Don’t Overburden Yourself: It is important not to overburden yourself while preparing hard for the examination. There should be set hours for study for the candidates and there should be equal share of light hearted entertainment and physical outings necessary along with the studies. A healthy mind and body can become very important for your success and thus the candidates need to make their routine perfectly in tandem with the situation.
  • Keep a stopwatch by your side: If you are still wondering how you would manage your time and solve all the 200 questions that you need to solve in the four hour time period, the only option you are left with is to keep a stopwatch by your side and practice regularly.
  • Spot your weak areas: It is very easy to go along well with your strong areas, but it is the best time to work on your weaker areas and give it your best shot. Try and point out all the major areas you are stumbling and try to remove the blockings through constant practice and able guidance.
  • Device your own methods and techniques: This is one such practice which allows the candidates to solve questions in innumerably less time and boost confidence in the candidates. They could take suggestions from the coaching classes or take inputs from the mock question papers or guide books from which they prepare. Finding a pattern for any question could turn out to be gold for the candidates.
  • Make your own boundaries: You cannot possibly answer each and every question correctly in the given time and thus you need to limit your lines. This could help the candidates immensely in the time of giving the examination and make it possible for them to make a count on their chances for getting through.
  • Sharpen your weapons: You need to make sure you keep your admit cards, necessary stationary equipment ready for the examination and get ready to go for the examination.
  • Prepare yourself mentally: The examinations are mental game and you need to be psychologically strong in order to succeed in any examination. You need to feel assured of yourself and believe in yourself that whatever preparations you have gone through could sail you through to the next round. This confidence alone could ease your way while going for the examination.
  • Keep your eyes open for anything new: A good listener and observer can always benefit from whatever is around them. The candidates need to be aware of the ongoing events in their surroundings and be active mentally and physically to stay fit. They should look for new words, sentence formation structures and passages that appear in newspapers, magazines and journals which could help them in the English Language paper. Along with this they should go through internet surfing to find out resources and online material available for helping them in the examinations.


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