SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019 Tier 1, 2, 3 Exam Scheme and Syllabus Details

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019

SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level exam is conducted by SSC every year to fulfill the post of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants, Court Clerks, Data Entry Operators (DEO), and Lower Division Clerk (LDC) vacancies in government departments and offices. Every year there is huge no. of vacancies and thus it increases the competition level of the exam. Having a clear idea of the exam pattern and syllabus can help you in your preparations for the better results. Mainly, the SSC CHSL exam pattern 2019 is divided into 3 sections which are namely known as tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 of the exam too. Here, we are going to discuss each and every aspect of the CHSL Marking Scheme along with exam pattern.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019

SSC CHSL 2019 Important Dates

Release of Official SSC CHSL Notification 2019 12/12/2019
Commencement of Online Application Procedure 12/12/2019
Last Date to Apply Online 10/01/2020
Fee Payment Update Last Date Third Week of January 2020
Issue of admit cards 15 Days before exam
CHSL Examination Dates



Tier 1 Examination Likely in May-June 2020
Tier 2 Examination To be notified soon
Tier 3 Examination To be notified soon
SSC CHSL Result Out August-September 2020

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019 Details

The Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level SSC CHSL Exam Pattern includes in it tier wise process for the final selection of a candidate. These tiers are set over the difficulty level of the exam. The candidates can check and view the SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Pattern for online exam and CHSL Tier 2 Exam pattern for descriptive exam as it is also mentioned below. In addition to this, you also need to know about the Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam CHSL Marking Scheme from the below table.

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Pattern:

Section No. of Question Marks Total Time
English Language 25 50 60 minutes

(75 minutes VH candidates)

General Intelligence 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Total 100 200

SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Pattern:

Topic Word Limit Marks Total Time
Letter/Application Writing 150-200 100 60 minutes

(80 minutes for VH or those who suffer Cerebral Palsy)

Essay Writing 200-250

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019 Tier 3:

Tier-3 is a skill test which is qualifying in nature. The tier-3 exam will be of qualifying in nature. It will be divided into 2 parts Skill Test and Typing Test.



Having an idea of the syllabus can help you in preparing for the exam in a better way as you can come to know where you have to put your more efforts. Syllabus of SSC CHSL is quite similar to other SSC examinations but it is more sorted and the level of the questions is also belonging to the secondary and senior secondary courses. Given below are all the topics which a SSC CHSL aspirant should prepare to score as much as marks are possible to gain.

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

TIER-2 SYLLABUS for CHSL Marking Scheme:

Tier-2 exam will be a descriptive exam of 60 minutes and 80 minutes for those candidates who are visually handicapped or suffering from cerebral palsy. This exam will be conducted offline in both English and Hindi for 100 marks; the candidate can select to write in any one language. The candidate needs to score at least 33 per cent marks to qualify the exam. The topics for the Essay will be related to Politics, Technology, Environment, Social Issues, Ecology, Sports, Finance & Economy, Schemes & Governance, Geopolitics and National interest. Letter/Application writing will be about complaints, Suggestions, Official Appreciation, Feedback or Follow up etc…


Tier-3 exam will be of qualifying in nature. It will be divided into 2 parts:-

TYPING TEST: This test is only for those candidates who are applying for the post of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, LDC, and Court Clerk. For English typing test a typing speed of 35 words per minute required and for Hindi typing test a typing speed of 30 words per minute is required.

SKILL TEST: This test is only for those candidates who are applying for the post of Data Entry Operator. This test demands speed of 8000 key depressions per hour. It will be a 15 minutes test in which an English document having 2000-2200 strokes will be given to type.

Important Points for Candidates
  • Stay updated with dates and notifications that are related to exam.
  • Carry Xerox of all the important documents in case if you lose original.
  • Make a proper time table to study for the exam.
  • Don’t put too much time in only one topic, identify your weak points and make strategy to overcome them. You should go through every topic at least once.
  • Download and solve previous year question papers.
  • If you are planning for group studies then distribute the topics among friends to cover more topics.