SSC CHSL: Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL Recruitment 2020

Every year Staff Selection Commission conducts the examination at the National Level for the group C and D category government post for different departments or ministries of Government of India this is one of the difficult exams in SSC and you can see the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern updated exam pattern for your preparation.

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Tier – 1 CHSL Pattern Description

SSC CHSL tier 1 is an MCQ type exam and it contains a total of 200 marks and the candidate should attempt all the hundred questions divided into four sections to qualify the exam, you can see the tier 1 CHSL Exam Pattern below.

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Tier 1 CHSL Paper Pattern

Section/ part Questions Marks
English subject 25 50
General knowledge(intelligence) 25 50
Quantitative(arithmetic) 25 50
General knowledge(current affair) 25 50
Total 100 200

Candidate should attempt all the questions under the given time of 60 minutes and 80 minutes are given to those who applied for using Scribe


The SSC CHSL Paper Pattern contains two languages Hindi and English candidates can understand the question in both mediums dear one exam paper contains a negative marking scheme of 0.50 marks deduction if a candidate selects the wrong answer.

Tier 2 CHSL Paper Pattern

In this tier, there is a 2 descriptive type question paper contain under 100 marks. The candidate needs to answer all the questions in an offline mode. And, that paper will be conducted for 1 hour only and 20 minutes extra given to the candidate who is using scribes in the examination

Description Marks Duration
Descriptive type essay writing application letter writing 100 1 hour 20 minutes extra for Scribe users


  • Candidate must have a minimum of 33% marks in tier two examination for the next round.
  • Candidates’ performance in Tier 2 exam will be considered in the merit list.
  • Candidate needs to answer the question in one language either English or Hindi any other language is not applicable in the examination.

Tier 3 CHSL Paper Pattern

This tier conducts testing for the data entry operator and typing speed and compulsory for the candidates applied for the data entry operator or lower division clerk(LDC) in different departments, the exam will be conducted in the computer provided by the commission. Only those candidates will be shortlisted for this tier examination who had qualified the previous tiers 1 & 2 examinations. Candidates should have a minimum of 33% in total of the previous both tiers.

Data entry operator/LDC: Candidates should type 8000 integration on computer keyboard depression will be counted on correct type words the duration of the exam is 15 minutes only and Printed matter in 2000 to 2200 (key depressions) will be given to the candidate on the same computer.

Data entry operator/LDC  for (CA&AG): Data entry operator Comptroller and Auditor General of India candidate must have the ability of typing 15000 key depressions per hour on a computer keyboard and the corrected words will be counted, The duration of the exam is 15 minutes only printed matter of 3700 to 4000 (key depressions) will be given to the candidate on the same computer.


  • Candidates eligible for Scribe will be given 5 minutes of extra time exam duration will be 20 minutes for these candidates

Frequently Asked questions

Is there any negative marking scheme in the SSC CHSL exam pattern?

Yes, there will be a deduction of 0.5 marks for each question, If the candidate gives an incorrect answer to the question.

In how many tiers(stages) will be exam conducted?

Exam will be conducted in 3 tiers(stages) ,tier 1,2 & 3.

Is SSC CHSL conducts only in online mode?

NO, tier 1 will be conducted in online mode while Tier 2 will be conducted in offline mode(using pen and paper) and tier 3 is the skill-based test.

What is the Full form of SSC CHSL?

CHSL is the acronym of the Staff Selection Commission-Combined Higher Secondary Level.

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