SSC CHSL Syllabus 2018 & Exam Pattern (Tier I, II, III)


For scoring well in SSC CHSL 2018, the first and foremost thing that candidates need to do is become well-versed with the SSC CHSL syllabus and exam pattern. It is vital that candidates know the structure of the exam and the syllabus that needs to be prepared. 

Here, we start with understanding the pattern of SSC CHSL 2018:

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2018

SSC CHSL exam is conducted in three different levels, which candidates need to clear to get selected for multiple posts in the Government Offices. 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.


Tier Type Mode
Tier – I Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online)
Tier – II Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode
Tier – III Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable

SSC CHSL Tier-1 Exam Pattern

Section Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200
  • There is negative marking in SSC CHSL 2018 Tier 1 Exam. Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to a penalty of 0.5 marks in all sections 
  • The exam duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.

SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL Tier-III Exam Pattern

The Tier 3 of SSC CGL Exam 2018 comprises of a couple of skill tests which are needed for certain government posts.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2018

SSC CHSL is conducted in three different levels, the syllabus of all the three sections is likely to be different. All candidates must stay updated about the latest changes in SSC CHSL syllabus and exam pattern to prepare thoroughly for SSC CHSL 2018.

SSC CHSL Tier-1 Syllabus

General Intelligence and Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension History
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Culture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Allegations Para jumbles Geography
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous Economic Scene
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks General Policy
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Scientific Research
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion Awards and Honors
Tabulation Data Interpretation One Word Substitution Books and Authors
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Active/Passive Voice
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

General Intelligence For SSC CHSL 2018:

It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation ,Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding ,Semantic Series, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding and de-coding and Other sub-topics.

For your convenience we are providing exact number of questions asked from respective topics in Previous Year SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam.

S.No.TopicsNo. Of Questions asked in SSC CHSL 2016
1Analogy4
2Odd One Out4
3Series5
4Statement & Conclusions1
5Directions2
6Sequence (Acc. to Dictionary)1
7Coding-Decoding1
8Mathematical Operations2
9Matrix1
10Blood Relation1
11Mirror Image1
12Venn Diagram1
13Paper Folding Image1
Total Questions25

English Language For SSC CHSL 2018:

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.


However SSC likes to surprise the candidates by bringing some new changes ever and anon. For Instance Active & Passive, Direct & Indirect were not a part of English Section since last of the years .But SSC CHSL 2016 came up with the questions from these topics. Also Phrase Replacement was a new affixed flavour in the English Section of 2016. But the assuaging thing to be apprised of is that the surprising questions will be of basic level.


Go through the below table accurately summing up the number of questions from the central topics in previous year SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam.
S.No.TopicsNo. Of Questions asked in SSC CHSL 2016
1Fill in the Blanks2
2Sentence Improvement2
3Error Detection2
4Sentence Rearrangement2
5Idioms and Phrases2
6Synonyms2
7Antonyms2
8Active Passive1
9Direct Indirect1
10Phrase Substitution2
11Spelling Correction2
12Cloze Test Passage5
Total Questions25

Quantitative Aptitude For SSC CHSL 2018:

Arithmetic: 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 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 centres, 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 Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base
Trigonometry: Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 + Cos2 =1 etc.,
Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar- diagram, Pie-chart For your convenience we are providing exact number of questions asked from respective topics in Previous Year SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam.
S.No.TopicsNo. Of Questions asked in SSC CHSL 2016
1Ratio1
2Average1
3Number System1
4Simplification4
5Time & Work1
6Speed & Distance1
7S.I. & C.I.1
8Profit & Loss2
9Co-ordinate Geometry3
10Geometry1
11Mensuration2
12Trigonometry3
13DI4
Total Questions25

General Awareness For SSC CHSL 2018:

Questions are designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.
Below we have provided number of questions from the relevant topics in previous year exam of SSC CHSL To let you remove your doubts regarding the weightage of particular topics.
S.No.TopicsNo. Of Questions asked in SSC CHSL 2016
1History3
2Polity2
3Geography0-1
4Economics2
5Static Awareness7
6Biology4
7Chemistry2
8Physcs2
9Computer2
10Current Affairs1
Total Questions25

SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus

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

SSC CHSL Tier III Syllabus

Tier-III of SSC CHSL 2018 will be a Skill/ Typing Test which would be of a 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:
In this test, a candidate must have data entry speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour. Duration of the Test will be 15 minutes and English document having about 2000-2200 strokes/key-depressions would be given to type.

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