SSC CHSL Syllabus - Exam Pattern and Preparation Books 2022

Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024

The SSC CHSL 2022 syllabus is prescribed by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). The syllabus is included in the official notification along with other exam-related details. It is important for the aspirants to get familiar with the syllabus as well as the exam pattern to understand the exam better and to perform better in the exam. Candidates are advised to refer to the syllabus only through the official website as it will have the latest syllabus.

SSC CHSL 2021-22 Exam Pattern

The SSC CHSL exam will be conducted in the following stages:

  • Tier-I
  • Tier-II
  • Tier-III

Let’s have a quick look at the exam pattern for each stage.

Tier-I Pattern

The tier-I exam is computer-based and comprises Multiple Choice Questions from the following sections:


Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks


Quantitative Aptitude

25/ 50


60 Minutes

General Intelligence

25/ 50

General Awareness

25/ 50

English Language

25/ 50

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Negative Marking - 0.50 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response.

Tier-II Pattern

Tier-II is a descriptive-type paper that will be conducted in Pen-and-Paper mode. Here are the details:

Paper Duration: One Hour

Language: Hindi and English

Questions on: Essay (200-250 words) and Letter/ Application (150-200 words)

Minimum Qualifying Marks: 33 per cent

Tier-III Pattern

Skill Test

Tier-III paper will be a skill test where candidates are required to give a typing test. The content for the test will be provided in English. Candidates will be given 15 minutes for the test.

For Data Entry Operator - Candidates are required to type at a speed of 2000-2200 depressions in 15 minutes which is 8000 key depressions per hour on a computer.

For Data Entry Operator in the office of the C&AG - Candidates are required to type at a speed of 15000 key depressions per hour.

Typing Test

For Lower Divisional Clerk, Postal Assistant posts, candidates are required to appear for the typing test. They can opt for the medium of typing (Hindi or English) while filling the application form.

For English Tying, the required speed is to be 35 words per minute and for Hindi typing, the required speed is to be 30 words per minute. 10 minutes of time will be given for the test.

SSC CHSL 2021-22 Syllabus


The syllabus for Tier-I is as follows:

English Language: The questions are framed to check the candidate’s understanding of grammar, vocabulary, comprehension skills. The following topics are covered under the syllabus:

Comprehension Passage, Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Cloze Test, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Idioms & Phrases, Spellings/ Detecting misspelt words, One-word substitution, Improvement of Sentences, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect Narration, Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Shuffling of Sentence Parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a Passage.

General Intelligence and Reasoning: The questions in the section are mainly trick and tests the candidates’ ability for problem-solving. The questions are asked from the following sections:

Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Symbolic Operations, Trends, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Space Orientation, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern folding & unfolding, Figural Pattern-folding and completion, Semantic Series, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Coding and De-coding, Social Intelligence.

Quantitative Aptitude: The section comprises of questions to test the mathematical skills of the candidates.

Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Relationship between numbers, Decimal and Fractions.

Fundamental Arithmetical Operations: Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Square roots, Averages, Profit and Loss, Interest (Simple and Compound), Discount, Mixture and Allegation, Partnership Business, 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 centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, angles tangents, subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.

Mensuration: Triangle, Regular Polygons, Quadrilaterals, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cylinder, Right Circular Cone, Sphere, Rectangular Parallelepiped,  Hemispheres, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.

Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin + Cos=1 etc.

Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Bar-diagram, Frequency Polygon, Pie-chart.

General Awareness: This is a high scoring section if you know the correct answer. The questions are asked from the topics:

Current Events, Questions on India and its neighbouring countries pertaining to History, Geography, Culture, General Policy, Economic Scene, and Scientific Research.


The essay can be on any of the topics viz. Finance & Economy, National Interest, Social Issues, Ecological Issues, Politics, Schemes and Governance, Geopolitics, Sports, Technology, Environmental Concerns, etc.

Preparation Books for SSC CHSL Exam

Candidates are advised to stick to the syllabus and not study any irrelevant topic. The books for SSC CHSL exam are easily available online. You can purchase some good books for your preparation. Here are some references for the SSC CHSL preparation books, you can check these out:

Also, solving previous years’ question papers and appearing for mock tests also help in preparing for the exam.