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SSC CHSL 2017 Preparation for Tier 1

Last Updated - January 09, 2018

SSC conducts SSC CHSL exam to fill vacancies for the post of DEO, LDC and Postal Assistant in various government departments. The notification for SSC CHSL 2017-18 for the post of LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA and DEO. Tier 1 of SSC CHSL will be held from March 4, 2018 to March 26, 2018.

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam will be an objective paper to be conducted in an online mode. The question paper will comprise 100 questions within 75 minutes only. There will be 4 sections in Tier 1 of SSC CHSL 2017 namely, General Intelligence, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

All 4 sections carry equal weightage in the paper i.e. 25 questions from each section. All correct answers carry 2 marks each and 0.5 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer, therefore be sure while marking options. For better understanding, each section of the paper is discussed in detail below.

SSC CHSL 2017 Exam Pattern

Before chalking out preparation strategy, candidates must be aware of the pattern on which SSC CHSL 2017 will be based for Tier 1. In 75 minutes, candidates will have to solve 100 questions. The other details of SSC CHSL 2017 Exam Pattern are as follows:

PartSubjectNo. of QuesMax Marks

Section-Wise Preparation Tips for SSC CHSL 2017

Let us get into the detailed analysis of each section covered in SSC CHSL 2017 Tier 1 exam and prepare a plan to ace it. Find below the tips to ace each section to proceed to Descriptive Paper.  

General Intelligence

  • The section is to test the candidate’s theoretical and factual knowledge rather than intellectual caliber.
  • Regular practice of solving the sample papers and past year papers would give clarity to a lot of topics in this section.
  • Mental alertness is required for logical reasoning questions and this can be brushed by going through different types of reasoning questions.
  • Topics to focus in this section are relationship concepts, visual memory, decision making, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. Keep in mind to read questions properly, they may seem easy at first go which would result in silly mistakes.
  • Timing is the most important thing to keep in mind. If you get stuck on a question, leave it and move ahead rather than wasting time. Later on if time permits then come back on that question. Allocate equal time to each section.

Books to Prepare for General Intelligence

  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non Verbal and Analytical by B S Sijwali and Indu Sijwali.

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Overall Exam Analysis for General Intelligence

TopicNumber of Questions
Sitting Arrangement (Circular/Linear)4-5
Puzzle Test4-5
Data Sufficiency Problems3-4
Blood Relationship Problems2-3
Coding- Decoding3-4
Statement- Assumptions, Statement- Conclusion Statement- Arguments, Statement- Courses of Action1-2
Visual Reasoning3

Quantitative Aptitude

  • The questions in the Quantitative Aptitude section will be structured to test candidate’s understanding on use of numbers and numerical sense.
  • The level of complexity will be till grade 10th but it so happens at times that questions are above that level. Along with 9th and 10th NCERT books, prepare from Advance Mathematics books as well. 
  • Make basic strong in each topic so that you can attempt all types of questions.
  • Candidates should thoroughly practice questions from topics such as computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, relationship, between the numbers, percentage, ratio and proportion, square roots, average, interest, profit and loss, discounts, partnership, mixtures and allegation.
  • Foundation to strengthen quantitative aptitude section is revision of all the basic formulae used in mathematics. Without formulae it will be tough to solve questions from any topic.
  • Work on tricks and short cuts to solve questions in lesser time. This will come automatically by solving multiple questions from different topics. Keeping check of timing is important for this section as well.

Best Books to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • Fast Track – RajeshVerma
  • Quicker Maths - M Tyra

Read How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SSC CHSL

SSC CHSL 2017 Tier 1 Overall Exam Analysis for Quant Section

TopicNumber of Questions
Volume & Surface area2-3

General Awareness

  • The section of General Awareness should be easier as compared to other sections in the exam and if the candidate is regularly updated with surroundings then he/she can score will in this section.
  • The course for this section might seem endless but if you plan well, all topics can be covered. Keeping track of recent national and international events is important for this section as questions will be based on the same. 
  • Prepare notes of latest happenings around on a daily basis and keep going through these notes to memorize them.
  • Thorough revision of History, Geography, Art & Culture, Indian Polity & Constitution, Economy & Finance, Advancements in Science and Technology is important to prepare for this section. Start with topics which you are comfortable with and have prior knowledge then move to other topics.
  • Keep in mind not to skip any of the topics mentioned as questions will be based on most of them.
  • Inculcate the habit of reading newspaper daily. Reading news will help you memorize better than watching news.
  • Learning and memorizing power has to be brushed up for this section. This can happen by regular practice and studies.

Read How to Prepare for General Awareness Section in SSC CHSL

Best Books for General Awareness

  • Manorama Yearbook 2017 (English)
  • Manorama Yearbook 2017 (Hindi)
  • Lucent`s General Knowledge (English)
  • Lucent`s General Knowledge (Hindi)

SSC CHSL 2017 Tier 1 Overall Exam Analysis for General Awareness

Name of the TopicNumber of Questions
Current Affairs4-6
Static Affairs6-8
Subject Based (History, Geography, Polity, Economics)12-14

English Comprehension

  • Aim of this section is to test candidate’s writing ability, understanding correct English and comprehension.
  • Having a sound knowledge of English grammar is important for this section. Error detection and sentence improvement requires very strong hold on grammar. Learn grammar rules and use them in day to day conversations. This will help you remember all the rules and help you formulate correct sentences.
  • It is important to read the comprehension and know the correct answers. It may happen that candidates are confused between two answers therefore the trick of elimination will come into play here.
  • Practice reading comprehensions from sample and past year papers.
  • A good vocabulary and strong basics of grammar are key to cracking this section.

Reference Books for English section

  • Objective General English by RS Aggarwal
  • Word Idioms & Phrases for SSC CGL - Arihant
  • Power Made easy by Norman Lewis by Normen Lewis
  • A Mirror Of Common Errors
  • Common Errors in English- Kiran Prakashan

SSC CHSL 2017 Tier 1 Overall Exam Analysis for English Section

TopicNumber of Questions
 English Miscellaneous4-7
 Fill in the blanks5
Spotting the Error4-5
Sentence Correction2-3
Para jumbles2-3
 Antonyms/ Synonyms4-5
Idioms and Phrases2-3

Keeping all the above points in mind study the entire syllabus of SSC CHSL Tier I Exam and keep marking difficult points for further revisions. Study one book at a time for a particular subject for preparations so that you do not get confused. Give equal importance to each section. After completing the entire syllabus do several revisions.

Make a target to complete one sample paper in 65 minutes only and check for errors as in the main exam you will have negative markings. By doing this you will know in which section or topic you need to study more. Questions do get repeated sometimes in SSC exams, so you will be lucky if the questions which you practiced come up in the final paper. Be self-motivated and keep your studies in line with the pattern of the exam, there is no doubt that you will not be able to perform well.



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