SSC CHSL 2020: Check Syllabus for Tier-1, 2, and 3

SSC CHSL 2020 Examination

For fighting any examination one should know the proper structure and the whole content of that examination, and after knowing all the facts and figures, it would be easy for the applicants to attend the examination in a proper manner. And the chances to score well in the examination increases.

As SSC CHSL is the most popular examination all over the country many students study so hard and so well to score good marks in the competitions and to score well one should know the proper syllabus of the examination, so in this article, we will tell you the proper structure and syllabus of SSC CHSL 2020 Examination.


Also Read: SSC CHSL Admit Card


SSC CHSL 2020 Examination Pattern

SSC CHSL 2020 Examination is divided into three phases, as to clear the examination the applicants needs to clear all the three phases and after clearing all three phases and also after scoring well the candidate will get the job in any of SSC departments, and the department of the job will depend on the marks you get in your exam.

Tier Type Mode
Tier-1 Objective Computer-based
Tier-2 Descriptive (Hindi/English) Writing based
Tier-3 Computer proficiency test Wherever applicable

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier-1 Examination Pattern

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier-1 Examination pattern consists of 4 subjects with equal marks and an equal number of Questions. The SSC CHSL tier-1 examination pattern is shown in the table mentioned below.

S.No Subject   Total Question Total Marks Time
1 English Language 25 50
2 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
3 General Awareness 25 50
4 General Intelligence 25 50
Total 100 200 60 min

Note: For the PWD candidates the examination duration will be 80 minutes.

SSC CHSL 2020 Examination Syllabus

SSC CHSL 2020 examination is divided into three levels named Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3, and candidates have to clear all three levels of examination then only they can get the job. In this article, we have mentioned all the three-levels of examination along with their Tier wise syllabus. SSC CHSL Tier-1 syllabus is shown in the below-mentioned table.


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SSC CHSL Tier-1 Examination Syllabus 

General Intelligence Quantitative Aptitude English Language General Awareness
Coding-Decoding Permutation, Combination Probability
Input-Output Sequence & Series
Blood Relations Number Systems
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Active/Passive Voice
Tabulation Data Interpretation One Word Substitution Books and Authors
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion Awards and Honors
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Scientific Research
Coded Inequalities Time & Work Fill in the blanks General Policy
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous Economic Scene
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Allegations Para jumbles Geography
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Culture
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension History

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier-1 Syllabus in a descriptive manner

English Language – Fill in the blank, spot the difference, antonym, and synonym, Homonym, correct the wrong word, phrases & idioms, word substitute, sentence correction, active & passive voice of verb, direct into the indirect narration, shuffling of the sentence, shuffling of the sentence into the passage, cloze passage, comprehensive passage. This is the complete syllabus that is covered in the Subject English Language.

General Intelligence – This subject consists of both verbal & non-verbal type of Questions, this subject consists of Question that is the symbolic operation, figural analogy, semantic analogy, trends, space orientation, symbolic number analogy, vein diagram, number classification, figural classification, pattern folding & unfolding, semantic classification, punched hole, semantic series, figural pattern folding, and completion, Figural Series, embedded figures, Number Series, critical thinking, drawing an inference, word building, emotional intelligence, problem-solving, social intelligence, coding & decoding, and another sub-topic when there is any Numerical operation.

Numerical Aptitude –

A Number system – Number system consists of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, the relationship between the two number systems.

Basic arithmetical operationspercentages, Ratio & proportion, Square root, interest, (simple & compound), averages, loss and profit, discount, business partnership, time & work, allegation and mixture, time & distance.

Algebraic – linear equations graphs, basic algebraic of school algebra & Elementary surds (simple problems).

Geometry –  Triangles & its different types of centers, Geometric facts and figures, similarities of triangles, tangents, circles, and cords, the angle subtended by chord, common tangents of more than two circles.

Mensuration – Quadrilaterals, Circle, Regular Polygons, Right Prism, right circular cone, Triangle, right circular cylinder, sphere, hemisphere, rectangular parallelepiped, a continuous right side pyramid with a triangular base or a square base.

Trigonometry – Complementary Angles, Trigonometric ratios, height & distance Trigonometry,  only simple problems of trigonometric.

Statistical – Graphs and tables, Frequency polygon, histogram, bar diagram, and pie chart.

General Awareness – The main motive of the general awareness exam is to check or verify the applicant’s general awareness knowledge and the knowledge of the surrounding environment & social plus a day to day life things. The Question paper is designed in such a manner that they can test the applicant’s current events knowledge and daily news observation & experience the scientific aspects. The Question paper consists of questions related to India’s neighboring country and to know about the country’s history, Geography, Culture, Scientific Research, Economic scene,  and General policy.


  • There is a negative marking in the SSC CHSL 2020 tier-1 examination, there is a 0.5 marks penalty for every wrong answer.
  • For the visually handicapped candidates, the exam duration will be 75 minutes.


Also Read: SSC CHSL Exam Pattern


SSC CHSL 2020 Tier-2 Examination Syllabus

After clearing the tier-1 examination the candidates will have to appear in the tier-2 examination which is a descriptive type exam in which the candidates have to write an essay, letter/application. The main motive of this tier-2 examination is to test the writing skills of the candidates, candidates have to write the essay, letter/application, etc on the paper with the pen physically. As we mentioned that SSC CHSL tier-1 examination is a writing skills examination and it consists of essay writing that should be of word count from (200 to 250 words) and when it comes to letter or application writing you have to write the application or letter of word count between 150 t0 200 words. In the essay writing, you have to write an essay on topics like 

  • National interest
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Geopolitics
  • Environmental concern

And when you have to write an application or letter you may have to write on the topic like 

  • Application of complaint
  • Suggestion
  • Offer application
  • Follow up feedback, etc

Key points

Here are some key points you need to go through while attending the SSC CHSL tier-2 examination. These key points are as follows

  • The SSC CHSL tier-2 exam is a 100 marks question paper with 60 minutes time duration.
  • The question level is based on 10 levels.
  • The examination is qualifying in nature.
  • The question paper is available in English and Hindi.
  • 80 minutes time duration is given to the candidates who are visible blinds.

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier-3 Examination Syllabus

The third stage of SSC CHSL Examination or we can say tier-3 is a stage that comes after tier-2, the candidates enter when after they clear the merit procedure as the candidates are selected based on merit that is marks obtained from the tier-1 and tier-2 exam. After clearing the two-level examination the candidates appear in the third round that is a skill test or we can say typing speed test in this candidate has to qualify the typing speed test on computer.

In the tier-3 level, the candidate should have the 8000 key depression per hour on your Desktop PC keyboard. The total time of tier-3 examination is 15 minutes and a document consisting of 2000-2200 words is being given to the candidates and asked to type as fast as they can, and based on tier-3 marks, they secure a position in the SSC CHSL Examination.

Key points

  • The “typing Test” would be done in Hindi or English, the candidates can share their language interest before appearing in the typing speed test or tier-3 examination.
  • It is compulsory to clear the typing speed test.
  • The typing speed test would be conducted on the particular Desktop computer-directed by any recognized agency or any institution.
  • The candidates choosing English as their typing language will have to type 35wpm.
  • The candidates choosing Hindi as their typing language will have to type 30wpm.
  • The accuracy should be considered in typing the full paragraph in just 10min.
  • The handicapped candidates who are handicapped of more than or equal to 40 % would be allotted total time is of 30 minutes.  
  • After Qualifying all the three stages of the SSC CHSL examination the candidates will get the job according to their merit and the marks. 

SSC CHSL 2020 Examination Eligibility Criteria

Staff selection commission board has fixed some eligibility criteria, the candidates who want to appear in the SSC CHSL 2020 examination have to fit in these criteria, in case they fail to fit in these criteria then they will not be allowed to apply for the SSC CHSL examination.

The eligibility criteria are being divided into  3 parameters, these parameters are as follows.

Nationality: The candidate should be of 

  • Citizen of India
  • Citizen of Nepal
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • Or if any individual who is migrated to India will have the citizen certificate of India.
  • In case any candidates fail to show his/her nationality will not be allowed to apply for the SSC CHSL Examination. 

AGE limit:

The age limit for the post in SSC CHSL Examination is from 18-27 years as on 01-01-2020 i.e (the candidates should not be born before 01-01-1993 and not after 01-01-2002) there is a special age relaxation is given by the staff selection board, we have mentioned all the age relaxation years in the below table depending on the caste and gender.

S.No Category Age relaxation in years 
01 OBC 3 years
02 SC/ ST 5 years
03 PwD-Unreserved 10 years
04 PwD + OBC 13 years
05 PwD + SC/ ST 15 years
06 Ex-Servicemen 3 years
07 Candidates who were migrated to Jammu and Kashmir from the year 1980 to 1989 5 years
08 Defense officer being disabled in any operation 3 years
09 Central government civilian employee who have rendered not less than 3 years of service Up to 40 year age
10 Central government civilian employee who have rendered not less than 3 years of service (SC/ST) Up to 45 years age
11 widow/ divorced women/ women judicially separated and not married Up to 35 years age
12 widow/ divorced women/ women judicially separated and not married (SC/ST) Up to 40 years age


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last date to apply for the SSC CHSL 2019-20 examination?

The last date to apply on SSC CHSL 2020 examination is 10 Jan 2020

What is the starting date to apply for the SSC CHSL 2020 examination?

The registration is being opened from 3 Dec 2019

Can we give examinations in the Hindi language?

The SSC CHSL examination will be available in two languages i.e. Hindi and English, you can read in Hindi and mark your answer in the OMR sheet.

What would be the time duration for the SSC CHSL 2020 Tier-1 examination?

There will be a time duration of a total of 60 minutes for giving Examination.

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