SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 For Tier 1 & Tier 2 Exam

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020: Detailed SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier 1, 2 & 3 exams along with the exam-related topics & marking scheme has been provided. Check SSC CHSL 2020 Syllabus here.

| Updated On January 14th, 2020 at 02:22 pm

Looking for the SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 of all subjects? Check out the important topics in SSC CHSL Syllabus and their marking scheme. The SSC CHSL 2019-20 Notification has released on 3rd December 2019 and the SSC CHSL exam will be conducted from 16th to 27th March 2020. With lakhs of undergraduates applying to the prestigious posts under the SSC CHSL exam such as DEO, LDC, Postal Assistants, the competition is getting tough with each passing day. To surpass the competition with high marks, one must be aware of the SSC CHSL Syllabus completely covering each section with topics important with the exam point of view. As SSC CHSL 2019-20 consists of 3 Tiers namely Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3 [Wherever Applicable]. Here is the complete description of Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3 Syllabus. Check out below.

SSC CHSL 2020 Scheme of Examination 

SSC CHSL exam is conducted in 3 tiers, and candidates need to clear all the stages to get selected for multiple posts in the Government Offices. SSC CHSL Tier 1 is Objective Multiple Choice Question paper, Tier 2 exam is Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi, while Tier 3 is the Computer Proficiency Test.
Tier Type Mode
Tier 1 Objective Multiple Choice Computer-Based (online)
Tier 2 Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode
Tier 3 Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable

SSC CHSL Syllabus & Exam Pattern For Tier 1

The SSC CHSL Tier 1 is the first step towards the success where candidates will be appearing for 100 questions competing against lakhs of candidates. Candidates will be given 100 questions from 4 subjects; General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension to be attempted in 60 minutes. The marking scheme along with the complete syllabus of all sections under Tier 1 has been provided below:

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 Syllabus For Tier 1

The questions asked in Tier 1 are included from four subjects; General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. The overview of the section-wise syllabus is given in the below table. Candidates must go through all the topics, make a list of important topics and start studying to crack the exam.

General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus Quantitative Ability Syllabus English Language Syllabus General Awareness Syllabus
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


Now let’s take a look at each section separately and what are the important topics including in it. The detailed syllabus of each subject has been provided below:

SSC CHSL Syllabus for General Intelligence & Reasoning

The Reasoning syllabus 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 if any numerical operations.

For your convenience, we are providing the exact number of questions asked from the General intelligence section in the SSC CHSL Tier 1 2018-19 Exam which was held in July 2019.

S.No. Topics No. Of Questions Level
1 Analogy 2-3 Easy
2 Odd One Out 2-3 Easy
3 Series 2 Easy
4 Statement & Conclusions 1 Easy-Moderate
5 Directions
6 Sequence 3 Easy
7 Coding-Decoding 3 Easy
8 Mathematical Operations 1 Easy
9 Matrix
10 Blood Relation 1 Easy
11 Mirror Image 2 Easy
12 Venn Diagram & Syllogism 2-3 Easy
13 Paper Folding Image 1 Easy
Total 25 Easy

SSC CHSL Syllabus for English Language 

English language in SSC CHSL includes Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting misspelled 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.

Go through the below table accurately summing up the number of questions from the central topics in the SSC CHSL Tier 1 2018-19 Exam which was held in July 2019. The distribution will help you prepare the topics accordingly.

S.No. Topics No. Of Questions Level
1 Fill in the Blanks 2 Easy
2 Sentence Improvement 2 Easy-moderate
3 Error Detection 2 Easy
4 Sentence Rearrangement 2 Easy-moderate
5 Idioms and Phrases 2 Easy
6 Synonyms 2 Easy
7 Antonyms 2 Easy
8 Active Passive 1 Easy
9 Direct Indirect 1 Easy
10 Phrase Substitution 2 Easy-moderate
11 Spelling Correction 2 Easy
12 Cloze Test Passage 5 Easy-moderate
Total 25 Easy-Moderate


SSC CHSL Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude 

The SSC CHSL Quantitative Aptitude syllabus is the lengthiest and gives a hard time to many aspirants. The topics covered in Quantitative aptitude have been listed below with the subtopics. Candidates must go through this syllabus and work accordingly.

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 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 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

The Quantitative aptitude syllabus covers the topics mentioned in the below table along with the total distribution. Check out below:
S.No. Topics No. Of Questions Level
1 Percentage 1 Easy
2 Average 1 Easy-Moderate
3 Number System 1 Easy
4 Simplification 1 Easy
5 Time & Work 1 Easy-Moderate
6 Speed & Distance [Train] 1 Easy-Moderate
7 S.I. & C.I. 1 Easy-Moderate
8 Profit & Loss 2 Easy
9 Algebra 3 Easy-Moderate
10 Geometry 2 Easy
11 Mensuration 3 Easy-Moderate
12 Trigonometry 3 Easy-Moderate
13 DI [Bar Graph] 5 Easy
Total Questions 25 Easy-Moderate


SSC CHSL Syllabus for General Awareness 

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.
The difficulty level of the general awareness section can not be neglected when it comes to the SSC CHSL exam 2019-20. We have provided the number of questions from the relevant topics in the SSC CHSL Tier 1 2018-19 Exam which was held in July 2019.:
No. Of Questions
1 History 1
2 Polity 4
3 Geography 1
4 Economics 2-3
5 Static Awareness 1
6 Biology 1-2
7 Chemistry 2-3
8 Physics 2-3
9 Computer 1
10 Current Affairs 4-5
Total Questions 25

SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2019-20

SSC CHSL Tier 2 Syllabus 2019-20

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 3 Syllabus

Tier-III of SSC CHSL 2019-20 will be a Skill/ Typing Test which would be of qualifying nature. The final merit of the selected candidates will be based on the basis of the total score obtained in Tier 1 and Tier 2.
Skill test for Data Entry Operator:
In this test, a candidate must have a data entry speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour. The duration of the Test will be 15 minutes and English document having about 2000-2200 strokes/key-depressions would be given to type.