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SSC CHSL Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2017-18 of Tier I, II, III

To prepare for SSC CHSL examination, you must be familiar with the complete exam pattern and syllabus. In order to score well, it is crucial to prepare according to the structure. The major change in the exam pattern is time duration. SSC has reduced the time limit for SSC CHSL Tier 1 from 75 minutes to 60 minutes, rest all are the same. Each question contains two marks and there will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer. SSC CHSL is conducted for the post of LDC, Postal Assistant and DEO respectively. Let’s check the SSC CHSL exam pattern and SSC CHSL syllabus in this article.


SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2017


SSC CHSL comprises three stages that candidates need to clear to get selected for various posts in government departments. SSC CHSL Tier I is Objective Multiple Choice Question paper, Tier II exam is Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi, while Tier III is the Computer Proficiency Test. Refer the below table to check three stages of SSC CHSL 2018.





Tier 1

Objective Type Questions


Tier 2

Descriptive Paper


Tier 3

Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test

If Applicable


SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Pattern


SSC CHSL Tier-I paper will be objective type. There will be 100 questions for which Candidates will get 60 minutes. These 100 questions mentioned in the below table will be based on the topics which are mentioned in the Syllabus.



Max. Marks

General Intelligence






Quantitative Aptitude



General Awareness




SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam Pattern


SSC CHSL Tier-II is a descriptive test that is conducted to test the written skills of candidates in English/Hindi. The paper involves the writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing of about 150-200 words. The minimum marks that a candidate needs to qualify SSC CHSL Tier-II are 33 percent. The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing merit. The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated.

  • The total time duration of the exam is 60 minutes and total marks are 100 marks.
  • All the questions are based on the concepts of 10th standard.
  • The total time duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.


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SSC CHSL Tier-III Exam Pattern


The Tier III of SSC CHSL 2017 comprises of a couple of skill tests which are needed for selection to certain government posts. SSC CHSL Tier-III of the Examination would be the Skill Test/ Typing Test which would be of qualifying nature. The final merit of the successful candidates would be determined on the basis of total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II.


SSC CHSL Syllabus 2017


SSC CHSL is conducted in three different levels; the syllabus of all the three levels is different. All candidates must be well-informed about the latest changes in SSC CHSL syllabus and exam pattern to prepare for SSC CHSL 2017.


General Intelligence: 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 decoding.


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.


Quantitative Aptitude: Arithmetic, Number Systems, Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time and work, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular and Statistical Charts.


General Awareness: 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.


SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus


As stated above, this paper calls for candidates to write an essay and Letter/Application that tests their writing skills of the candidates. The essay topics will be related to National Interest, Finance & Economy, Ecological Issues, Politics, Social Issues, Schemes & Governance, Sports, Technology, Geopolitics, Environmental Concerns etc. While, the type of letter/ application asked will be Application, Complaint, Suggestion, Official Appreciation, Follow up or Feedback etc.


SSC CHSL Tier III Syllabus


Tier-III of SSC CHSL 2017 will be a Skill/ Typing Test of qualifying nature. The final merit of the selected candidates will be based on the basis of total score obtained in Tier-I and Tier-II.


Skill test for Data Entry Operator


The data entry speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) key depressions per hour on the computer. For the post of Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG), a speed Test of not less than 15000 key depressions per hour for data entry work to be ascertained through speed test on Computer. 

SSC CHSL General Instructions


Candidates must write the papers/ indicate the answers in their own handwriting. In the question papers, wherever necessary, the metric systems of weights and measures only will be used. Use of mobile phone, calculator and other electronic gadgets and accessories is not permitted. Therefore, these should not be brought into the Examination Premises/ Venue.


Candidature of any candidate found to possess mobile phones or any other means of wireless communication or related accessories either in working or switched off mode, shall be cancelled forthwith. This will also invite further penal action as per the policy of the commission.

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