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SSC CHSL 2017-18 Syllabus & Pattern (Tier 1, 2 & 3)

Updated On - February 7th 2018

SSC CHSL is conducted in three tiers - Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. SSC CHSL 2017-18 Exam Pattern is set by the conducting body, Staff Selection Commission to fill in 3259 vacant seats for LDC, PA and DEO posts.

Tier 1 of SSC CHSL 2017-18 is an objective type computer-based exam. Tier 2 will be a descriptive exam in Pen and Paper based mode. Tier 3 is a skill test/typing test to be conducted for shortlisted candidates only. Both Tier 1 and 2 are conducted in Hindi and English. The total marks for Tier 1 is 200 marks, while for Tier 2 and Tier 3 it is 100 marks for each tier.

Tier 3 is only a qualifying exam. The SSC CHSL Syllabus is based on the topics covered in 10+2 standard.

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SSC CHSL 2017-18 Exam Pattern in Detail

Candidates can take a look at the detailed exam pattern for SSC CHSL 2017-18 below to know nature of questions and marking scheme applicable for each section.

  1. Tier 1: Computer-Based Written Exam (Objective Type) 
  2. Tier 2: Written Exam (Descriptive Paper)
  3. Tier 3: Typing Test/Skill Test

SSC CHSL 2017-18 Tier 1 Exam Pattern

  • Tier 1 is strictly objective in nature (MCQ) and the mode of the exam will be online.
  • The question paper will comprise 4 sections:
    1. Section 1- General Intelligence
    2. Section 2 -English Language
    3. Section 3- Quantitative Aptitude
    4. Section 4- General Awareness/General Knowledge.

Know How to Prepare for SSC CHSL Tier 1

  • Tier 1 Exam will have 100 questions with a total of 200 marks.
  • Duration of the exam is reduced to 60 Minutes.
  • The question paper will be displayed in both English and Hindi for the part 1, 3 and 4.
  • Negative marking of 0.50 marks will be done if answered wrongly.

The table below shows each section with their allotted marks:

PartSectionNumber of QuestionsMax. Marks
1General Intelligence2550
2English Language2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4General Awareness2550

SSC CHSL 2017-18 Tier 2 Exam Pattern

  • Tier 2 of SSC CHSL 2017 will be descriptive exam to be conducted offline (pen & paper based).
  • Topics will be given to write essay/ letters/ application, etc.
  • The type of question cannot be predetermined.
  • The exam will be of 100 marks which must be completed within 60 minutes.
  • The exam must be written in either Hindi or English.
  • The qualifying marks set by the conducting body in Tier 2 of SSC CHSL 2017 is 33 percent.

Check How to Prepare for Descriptive Paper in SSC CHSL

The table below shows the allotment of marks, word count, time and topics in Tier 2:

TopicWord countMax. MarksTime
Essay writing200-25010060 minutes
Letter/Application Writing150-200

SSC CHSL 2017-18 Tier 3 Exam Pattern

  • SSC CHSL Tier 3 will be the Skill Test and Typing Test.
  • Typing Test would be conducted only for candidates applying for Data Entry Operator (DEO). 
  • Candidates will have to qualify the test at the prescribed speed on Computer, provided by the Commission at the Centre/venue so notified. Check Skill Test/Typing Test for SSC CHSL
  • Typing Test: For English typing- typing speed of 35 words per minute is required, For Hindi typing- typing speed of 30 words per minute is mandatory. Typing test will be applicable for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, LDC, and Court Clerk posts.
  • Skill Test: Data Entry Speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on the computer. Skill test is conducted for Data Entry Operator post.
  • Your final admission would be governed on the basis of total score obtained in Tier 1 and Tier 2 only.
  • Only Candidates who are VH/OH (afflicted by Cerebral Palsy) and OH with a deformity in writing hand will be allowed 35 minutes including compensatory time 20 minutes for the skill test.

SSC CHSL 2017-18 Marking Scheme

The Tier I exam has 4 sections. Each section consists of 25 questions and all the questions carry equal marks. Candidates can refer to the table below for distribution of questions and marks allotted for each section.

SectionSubjectTotal No of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1General Intelligence2550
2English Language2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4General Awareness2550

Marking Scheme of SSC CHSL 2017-18 - Tier 1

  • Every correct response: +2 marks.
  • Every Incorrect response: -0.5 marks
  • Unattempted question- no mark will be awarded or deducted

Marking Scheme of SSC CHSL 2017-18 - Tier 2

The marking scheme for the descriptive paper is not specified by the commission. Only the total marks allocated for exam is specified by the commission.

Tier 2 (Descriptive Paper)Total Marks

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2017-18

SSC conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) exam and provides SSC CHSL syllabus for its preparation. There are 3 levels of this examination namely Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2017-18 for Tier 1

Level 1 of the examination i.e. Tier 1 includes 4 sections. There are many topics from each section which must be prepared by the candidates thoroughly. Some of them are:

Section 1: General Intelligence

Section 1 will have questions of both verbal and non-verbal type, so focus on Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Analogy, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Number Series, Semantic Trends, etc.

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Section 2: English Language

Section 2 will have questions from the topics such as: Comprehension Passage, Spot the Error, Antonyms, Synonyms/Homonyms Idioms & Phrases, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Cloze Passage, Spellings/ Detecting Misspelled words, etc.

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude

The syllabus for section 3 is quite vast and hence must be prepared thoroughly. The topics include: Number Systems, Fundamental arithmetical operations,  Algebra,  Geometry,  Mensuration,  Trigonometry and Statistical Charts

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Section 4: General Awareness

This section of the paper is designed to check the candidate’s awareness of his surroundings. The paper will comprise questions related to India and its neighbouring countries, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Policy and scientific research, Awards and Honour, Books and author, etc. 

Read Complete SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 

Best Books for SSC CHSL Preparation

Candidates can check below some important books recommended for SSC CHSL. Since, the questions are primarily based on 10+2 syllabus, candidates can refer to the textbooks of class 11 and 12 for understanding fundamental concepts.

However, the reference books still prove handy when candidates look for in-depth information and guidance on specific topics. All the books mentioned in this section cover specific aspects of each topic. Candidates can refer to only particular books from the list provided below while preparing for SSC CHSL 2017.

For General Intelligence

TopicAuthor/PublisherISBN Number
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning R S Aggarwal8121905516
Analytical ReasoningM K Pandey8190458914
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal (English)B S Sijwali, Indu Sijwal9351765105

For the English Language

TopicAuthor/PublisherISBN Number
Objective English for Competitive ExaminationsTata McGraw Hill0070151954
Competitive General EnglishKiran Prakashan-
Objective General EnglishS P Bakshi9351768449
Quick learning Objective General EnglishRS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal8121915317

For Quantitative Aptitude

TopicAuthor/PublisherISBN Number
Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Agarwal8121924987
Quicker MathematicsM. Tyra8190458922
Elementary and Advanced MathematicsKiran Prakashan-

For General Awareness

TopicAuthor/PublisherISBN Number
Manorama Yearbook 2015 (English and Hindi)Malayalam Manorama-
Lucent’s General Knowledge (English and Hindi)Lucent’s-

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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