SSC CHSL 2022 - Subject-Wise Strategies to Crack the Exam

Last Modified: 15 May 2024

The Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam is conducted every year for recruiting candidates for the posts of DEO, LDC, Postal Assistants, etc. in different ministries, departments, organisations under the Government of India. The exam is conducted for undergraduate students and every year lakh of candidates apply for the same. The competition is getting tough with each passing year. Thus, a proper preparation strategy is required for qualifying for the examination. The examination is conducted in three stages and candidates are required to get through all the stages for final selection. So, here we have covered the Tier-wise (stage-wise) tips for preparation to crack the SSC CHSL exam.

The notification for the SSC CHSL 2022 exam is scheduled to be released on 01st February 2022.

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Tips for Cracking the SSC CHSL Exam

The tips provided here for cracking the SSC CHSL exam are as per the recommendations of experts and previous years’ qualifiers. Candidates must strictly follow these to score better in the exam.

1.) Know the Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The first thing in the exam preparation is to understand the exam and the best way is to know the pattern of the exam and the syllabus covered. So, here is the pattern for the SSC CHSL exam.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

The SSC CHSL exam comprises of the following tiers:

  • Tier-I Computer Based Examination
  • Tier-II Descriptive Paper
  • Tier-II Skill Test/ Typing Test

Scheme for Tier-I Computer Based Examination

The Tire-I exam will be of 60 minutes duration where candidates are required to answer questions from the following sections:



Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks


English Language

25/ 50


General Intelligence

25/ 50


Quantitative Aptitude

25/ 50


General Awareness

25/ 50

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Type of Questions: All the questions will be of Objective type and the question paper will be in both Hindi and English except Part-I (English Language).

Negative Marking: 0.50 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Scheme for Tier-II Descriptive Paper

Tier-II comprises is of descriptive type and the details for the paper are as under:

  • Mode of Paper - Pen-and-Paper based
  • Maximum Marks - 100
  • Duration of Paper - 1 hour
  • Sections in the Paper - One Essay writing (200-250 words) and a Letter/ application writing (150-200 words)
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks - 33%
  • Language of Paper - Either Hindi or English. If a part paper is answered in Hindi and part in English, Zero marks will be awarded.

Scheme for Tier-III Typing Test/ Skill Test

The skill test is mandatory for Data Entry Operators. The duration of the test will be 15 minutes where candidates are required to type at a speed of 8000 key depressions per hour (15000key depressions per hour for DEO Grade A in the office of C&AG) on the computer. A printed matter in English will be provided containing 2000-2200 (3700-4000 key depressions for DEO Grade A in the office of C&AG) key depressions.

The typing test is conducted for LDC/ JSA and PA/ SA posts. Candidates can opt for English or Hindi language for typing. The language choice is to be provided at the time of application filling. The duration will be 10 minutes. For English medium typing, candidates should have a typing speed of 35 words per minute and for Hindi typing, the typing speed should be 30 words per minute.

SSC CHSL Syllabus

The syllabus for Tier-I is prescribed by the Staff Selection Commission in the official notification. And, for Tier-II and Tier-III, there is no specific syllabus. You can check the syllabus on the official website.

2.) Prepare a Time-Table

While making the time-table, keep the following points in mind:

  • Make time for studying each subject daily.
  • Keep a break of 10 to 15 minutes between two study sessions.
  • The timetable must fit into your schedule if you are studying or working. So, see to it that can study smoothly daily.
  •  Keep 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the day for revising what you have studied throughout the day.

3.) Make a Study strategy for Each Subject

Each subject requires a different study strategy. So, you must form the strategies accordingly.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • Clear the concepts such as syllogism, analogy, classification, social intelligence, and others.
  • Understand the tricks for solving the sitting arrangement and direction based questions.
  • Solve previous year papers to get an idea about the type of questions.

English Language Comprehension

  • Memorize synonyms and antonyms.
  • Understand the grammar rules and work on their usage.
  • Read magazines, newspapers to improve vocabulary.
  • Practice reading comprehension daily.
  • Take the spelling test.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Clear the basic concepts.
  • Memorize all formulae.
  • Work on the shortcut and tricks.
  • Practice daily.

General Knowledge

  • Memorize the static GK - Geography, History, Culture, Politics, Sports, General Science, Economics, etc.
  • Read the newspaper daily or watch any News channel to stay updated about current events. 

4.) Practice Previous Years Papers and Appear for Mock Tests

This is a must. Practising previous years’ question papers help in understanding the paper pattern, type of questions, level of difficulty, etc. Also, sometimes you might get repeated questions in the paper, which will be a plus point. Along with solving the previous years’ papers, appear for mock tests. Mock tests give an idea about time management.

5.) Stay Positive and Healthy

Last but the least, stay positive and healthy through your preparation phase. Watch motivational videos, read interviews of previous years’ qualifiers, talk to your friends and family. Do not get distracted from your final goal. To stay healthy, eat good home-cooked food, sleep well, practise yoga and meditation, indulge in any physical/ sports activity.

The only key to cracking the SSC CHSL 2022 exam is consistency and dedication. It is easier for candidates to follow the study routine for a week or a month. But, after that, they might feel demotivated. Thus, you must stick to the routine and get through the exam with strong willpower.

Good Luck with the SSC CHSL Exam!


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