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How to crack SSC CHSL 2017 Without Coaching

Last Updated - January 09, 2018

SSC CHSL 2017 is a wonderful opportunity for many candidates to get a stable career. The level of competition for this exam is huge, although the exam itself might not be toughest of all. Many candidates who want to prepare for the exam are in a confusion regarding whether to join a coaching or not?

Coaching is not necessary to crack SSC CHSL, but having someone to guide gives you an edge. But all coaching institutes have their own limitations as well, and might not be able to provide you flexibility in preparation.

Candidates, who want to crack this exam without coaching, need to have a perfect plan and resources. Therefore, we have made a comprehensive plan for you to crack this exam in first attempt, and we will also tell you all possible resources which you can use to ace this exam.

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SSC CHSL 2017 Exam Pattern

Before proceeding to the comprehensive plan let us take a look at the examination pattern and then move on to discussing ‘How to crack SSC CHSL without coaching’.

  • SSC CHSL will be conducted in 3 tiers. Check SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
  • Tier 1 is a Multiple Choice Questions based online exam, Tier 2 is offline descriptive test and Tier 3 is skill- based test.
  • Tier 1 will have 100 questions which are to be done in 60 minutes.
  • Tier 1 will have 25 questions each from Reasoning, Mathematics, English and GK.

SSC CHSL Study Plan

SSC CHSL 2017 for Tier 1 will be conducted between March 4, 2018 to March 26, 2018. So, around 10 weeks are left before the commencement of the exam to take place. This is not a huge amount of time, but if utilized properly, one can crack this exam within 10 weeks itself. Therefore, we have prepared a study plan assuming that you have 10 weeks in hand to crack this exam (one may have 12-13 depending upon the exam date, but ideally one should target the earliest date possible).

This plan is prepared by dividing the whole period into 3 phases. Take a look:

Phase I (First 4 weeks): - In this phase, the focus must be on completing the syllabus. We recommend you to complete the syllabus within this period itself as you might need a lot of practice to crack this exam. Here are the things you should do in this period:

  • Spend daily at least 90 minutes to study one topic each of English, reasoning and Mathematics
  • Read an English newspaper for at least 30 minutes every day, this will help in both GK and English
  • Take 30 minutes every day to prepare notes of GK
  • Take topic tests, if available, on any website or mobile app
  • Do not go for a lot of practice paper now, 2 tests will be sufficient in this period

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Phase II (Week 5 to 8): - This phase is all about practice. But If you could not complete your syllabus, do not let it go later than 5th week. It is time to get comfortable with more and more topics and turn your weaknesses into strengths. Take a look at the things which you can do during these 4 weeks:

  • Solve at least 50 questions each of English, Mathematics and Reasoning
  • Continue with making GK notes
  • Continue with English newspaper
  • Take mocks, 4 to 8 mocks with complete analysis
  • Focus on speed building, try to have time based practice.
  • Solve past year papers of SSC CHSL.
  • Focus is on all round development, do not let any one subject take over others.

Phase III (last 2 weeks): In this last phase of preparation, you need to do only two things – solving test papers and revision. Since you are so near the exam, it is time to get completely delved into preparation and get the most out of you. Take a look at the things you need to do in this period:

  • Practice Test papers and previous year papers. Target at least 10-12 mocks during this period, with a reasonable time being given to analysis.
  • Practice as much as possible. Focus on your strengths now.
  • Revise everything. Go through all the notes that you have made.
  • It isn’t necessary to reach newspaper now, rather keep on revising your GK notes.

Best Websites for SSC CHSL Preparation

There are a lot of websites which offer free and paid material for SSC CHSL and can be highly useful. Generally these websites provide national level topic, sectional and full length tests which are a best way to measure and strengthen your preparation. Take a look at the websites that are most useful for SSC CHSL preparation: - - Cracku is not a very famous platform but is of very high use. Here you can get previous year SSC CHSL paper in the format of a mock test for free. You also get SSC quotient which provides small tests of important questions. It has one free full length mock test and you can also buy their mock test series for SSC CHSL. - Indiabix is not specifically designed for SSC CHSL, but contains a huge question bank which is useful for all kinds of exams. You can practice questions of almost all levels and on all topics.

SSCAdda: - SSC Adda is a platform specifically dedicated to preparation of various exams under SSC. On this website you can get notes of various topics, GK quizzes, GK capsules and preparation videos as well.

Best YouTube Channels for SSC CHSL

There are numerous channels on YouTube that provide free lectures for many topics. All of these may not have specific lectures for SSC CHSL but do contain videos on all the topics of this test. The best thing is that if you use these properly, you can cover all the subjects right from basic to advanced level. Take a look at this list of YouTube channels that are worth subscribing for SSC CHSL preparation: -

WifiStudy: - WiFistudy is a YouTube channel dedicated to preparation for various competitive exams. This channel has close to 5 lakh subscribers and is loved to by students around the nation. These days this channel has created special playlists for SSC CHSL named Mission SSC CHSL 2017-18 which are being updated daily.

Mahendra Guru: - Mahendra Guru is probably the most preferred YouTube channel for all government exams. This can be recognized by the fact that Mahendra Guru has more than a million subscribers on YouTube. This channel contains videos of almost all topics.

Dinesh Miglani Tutorials: - Dinesh Miglani Tutorials is a very good source to learn all the basics for SSC CHSL. This channel has more than 1000 videos and 2.5 lakh subscribers. It covers a vast variety of topics.

Adda247: - Adda247 is the official channel of BankersAdda and SSCAdda. This has more than 9 lakh subscribers and again is a very good channel for SSC CHSL preparation. They also conduct live sessions on YouTube for various topics which is a good source of preparation.

CrazyGkTrick: - GK is generally a very troublesome section for many candidates as it quite monotonous to study GK. However, this channel is your solution to learn GK easily. This channel provides various interesting methods to learn and remember GK and has more than 5 lakh subscribers.

These are just 5 of the endless number of channels available for preparation. YouTube channels like Unacademy, Study Smart, Current Affairs Funda, Study IQ Education, CGL Aptitude Pathshala, SSC CGL Pinnacle Coaching are also very good ones for being successful in this exam.  

SSC CHSL 2017 Preparation Books

When you are not taking any coaching, having good books becomes a very crucial thing as this are your prime source of practice. Therefore, it is always good to know the best books to prepare for SSC CHSL. Take a look at the recommended list of books for SSC CHSL 2017-18: -

Quantitative Aptitude

  • SSC Mathematics Guide by Disha Experts
  • SSC Mathematics topics-wise latest solved papers by Disha Experts
  • SSC CHSL Chapter-wise Solved Papers Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

  • SSC Reasoning (Verbal and Non-verbal) for CGL/CHSL/MTS by Gajendra Kumar and Abhishek Banerjee
  • Rakesh Yadav’s REVEALING CONCEPTS (Reasoning) for SSC CGL, CHSL, MTS and other
  • SSC Reasoning – Previous Years’ Solved Papers by Pearson Education


  • SSC English Language Guide for CGL/CHSL/MTS by Disha Experts
  • SSC English Topic wise latest 35 solved papers by Disha Experts
  • Kiran’s SSC Chapter-wise solved papers by Kiran Prakashan

General Awareness

  • General Awareness for SSC Exams by Disha Publications
  • The Mega Yearbook 2017 by Disha Experts
  • SSC CHSL Chapterwise solved papers by Vidya Editorial

Practice books

  • SSC CHSL Tier I 25 practice set 2018 by GKP
  • SSC CHSL Practice work book by Arihant Experts

Online Tutorials for SSC CHSL 2017 Preparation

It is the case with many candidates that they do not have time go for coaching but need some amount of guidance to succeed. In such a situation, online coaching or online tutorials are a great option. They generally cost less than offline coaching and provide the option to access anytime and anywhere. Take a look at some of the best online tutorial providers for SSC CHSL:

Career power:  Career Power is an online platform which provides online video lectures for SSC exams. A very good thing about career power’s online course is that they provide coaching in Hindi as well, which is a much desired feature by many candidates. You can buy specific courses for English and maths as well. It covers syllabus of all SSC exams like CGL, CHSL, MTS, CPO and all others.

Excel SSC:  Excel SSC is another good option for online tutorials available. Their online lectures are designed in such a way so to run smoothly on even low bandwidth. Candidates are given live classes and recorded versions are also available to study later. Candidates’ doubts are cleared within 24 hours via email.

Super Profs:  SuperProfs is next in the list of online coaching available for SSC CHSL. Most of their professors have more than 10 years of experience and are highly qualified. You can choose individual subject courses and overall preparation courses as well.

VidyaGuru: Vidyaguru offers video course for all the subjects for preparation of SSC. Their full course includes online test series, hard copy of study material and video lectures of all the subjects in SSC. Candidates can watch any video any number of time and do self paced preparation with this course.



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