SSC is an organisation under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices. Full form of SSC CHSL is Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level.

SSC CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam is among one of the various exams conducted by Staff Selection Commission. The CHSL Exam is also termed as SSC 10+2, SSC LDC or SSC LDC DEO exam. The exam is conducted to select candidates for the posts of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operators (DEO), Lower Divisional Clerks (LDC), and Court Clerk under various government organisations.

SSC CHSL Syllabus:

In this section of the article, we will discuss SSC CHSL syllabus covering all the three tiers(Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III) in detail.

SSC CHSL exam has three different phases that candidates need to clear to get selected for various posts in the Government Offices.

  • SSC CHSL Tier I exam is Objective Multiple Choice Question paper
  • SSC CHSL Tier II exam is Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi
  • SSC CHSL Tier III exam is the Computer Proficiency Test.

Candidates can download the consolidated SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 PDF provided below:

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for Tier-I:

In SSC CHSL Tier-I exam we have four sections which includes: English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness which carries equal marks are summarised in the table given below:

Sections Questions / Maximum Marks
English Language 25 / 50
General Intelligence 25 / 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 / 50
General Awareness 25 / 50
Total 100 / 200

Section wise detailed SSC CHSL syllabus for Tier-I is given below:

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - Quantitative Aptitude:

According to latest SSC CHSL syllabus 2020 Quantitative Aptitude we have different topics but the catch is, all the topic are not of equal weightage. So, we have to plan our preparation accordingly from higher weightage  to lower weightage topics.

High  Weightage Topics (3-4 questions per paper):

S.No Topic Questions
1 Geometry 4
2 Bar Graph 4
3 Algebra 3
4 Trigonometry 3

Medium  Weightage Topics (1-2 questions per paper):

S.No Topic Questions
1 Profit and Loss 2
2 Mensuration 1
3 Simplification 1
4 Percentage 1
5 Time and Work 1
6 Number System 1
7 Average 1

Low  Weightage Topics (0-1 questions per paper):

S.No Topic Questions
1 Ratio and Proportion 2
2 Interest 1
3 Speed Time and Distance 1
4 Pie Chart 0
5 Mixture Problems 0
6 Line Graph 0

SSC CHSL  2020 complete syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude is as following.

  • Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.
  • 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: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.
  • Geometry: Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts, Triangle and its various kinds of centers, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.
  • Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallel piped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.
  • Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 𝜃 + Cos2 𝜃=1 etc.
  • Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - English Language:

This section tests the candidates’ ability to understand correct grammar usage, vocabulary usage and basic comprehension skills.

High  Weightage Topics (4-5 questions per paper):

S.No Topic Questions
1 Cloze Test 5
2 Synonyms or Antonyms 5

Medium  Weightage Topics (2-3 questions per paper)

S. No. Topic Questions
1 One Word Substitution 2
2 Error Spotting - Grammar 2
3 Phrase Replacement - Grammar 2
4 Phrase or Idiom Meaning 2
5 Fill in the Blanks (Vocabulary) 2

Low  Weightage Topics (1-2 questions per paper):

S. No. Topic Questions
1 Sentence Jumbles 2
2 Para Jumbles 2
3 Direct and Indirect Speech 1
4 Fill in the Blanks - Grammar 1
5 Active and Passive Voice 1

All the topics which are covered in  SSC CHSL syllabus 2020 for English language are:

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 Passage.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - General Intelligence and Reasoning:

This section tests the candidates’ ability to think and problem solving skills. The questions asked in this question are mainly the brain teasers. These questions can sometimes be quite tricky to answer.

High  Weightage Topics (5-6 questions per paper):

S. No. Topic Questions
1 Analogy 6
2 Non verbal reasoning 5

Medium  Weightage Topics (2-4 questions per paper)

S. No. Topic Questions
1 Series 3
2 Classification 3
3 Puzzle 2
4 Venn diagrams 2
5 Coding decoding 2

Low  Weightage Topics (0-1 questions per paper):

S. No. Topic Questions
1 Alphabet or word test 1
2 Blood relations 1
3 Direction and distance 0
4 Ordering and ranking 0

All the topics which are covered in  SSC CHSL syllabus 2020 for English language are:

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 de-coding, Other sub-topics, if any Numerical operations.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 - General Awareness:

This section is considered to be one of the highest scoring sections of the SSC CHSL Exam. But at the same time it is very hard to score full marks in this section. This section aims at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around her and its application to society. Questions from current affairs taking place around the world and in India will also be a part of this section.

S.No. Important Topics
1 History: Facts about Harappa Civilization; Vedic culture;
Name of the Kings who built important ancient Temples and
Institutions like Nalanda;
Chronology of Medieval India and their important systems;
India’s freedom movement and their leaders.
2 Geography: India and its neighboring countries;
Famous Seaport and Airport and their location;
the important institution of world and India and their
locations like BRICS, World Bank, IMF, and RBI, etc.
3 Economy: Terminology of Budget (like National Income,
GDP, Fiscal Deficit and many more);
Five Year Plan and its importance;
Famous persons in the economy;
Institutions and their importance like RBI, SEBI, etc.
4 Polity: Supreme Court; Meaning of Write;
Election of President and his functions; Important constitution bodies like CAG;
Facts about parliament; Fundamental Duties;
Governor and his functions; State legislature;
Major Constitutional amendments and their importance; Official Language;
Emergency Provisions; National political parties and their symbols.
5 Current Affairs: Population Census; Important books and their writers;
First sports achievement for India and the world like first Olympic,
first Asian Game, etc.; State Animals and Symbols;
Awards and their importance;
Name of the Scientist who got Noble prize for important discoveries,
Latest Scientific Research

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for Tier-II:

SSC CHSL Tier-II exam will be of descriptive type which is Paper Based Test (PBT). The paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and a letter/ application of approximately 150-200 words.

The section-wise details of SSC CHSL Tier-II exam are shown in the table given below:

Topic Word Limit Marks
Letter/Application Writing 150-200 100
Essay Writing 200-250

As stated above, this paper tests candidates' writing skills and clarity of their thoughts in terms of  essay and Letter/Application.

The essay topics will be related to:

  • National Interest
  • Finance & Economy
  • Ecological Issues
  • Politics, Social Issues
  • Schemes & Governance
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Geopolitics
  • Environmental Concerns etc.

The type of letter/ application asked will be Application, Complaint, Suggestion, Official Appreciation, Follow up or Feedback etc.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 for Tier-III:

Skill Test is mandatory for Data Entry Operators. Skill Test/ Typing Test for the qualified candidates will be conducted on computers provided by the commission or its authorised agency. Skill Test/ Typing Test will be conducted in the cities where regional offices of the commission are located.

Skill Test Speed Time
Data Entry Operator 8,000 Key Depressions per hour
adjudged on the basis of the
correct entry of words/ key depressions
15 minutes
Data Entry Operator
in the Office
of C&AG
15000 key depressions per hour
adjudged on the basis of the
correct entry of words/ key depressions
15 minutes

Typing Test for LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant:

Typing Test Typing Speed Time
English Medium 35 words per minute (w.p.m.)
correspond to about 10500
key depressions per hour
10 minutes
(Candidates eligible for scribe –
15 minutes)
Hindi Medium 30 words per minute (w.p.m.)
correspond to about 9000
key depressions per hour
10 minutes
(Candidates eligible for scribe –
15 minutes)