SSC CHSL 2019: Complete Syllabus & Book List for Tier I II & III Exam

SSC CHSL 2019: Complete Syllabus & Book List for Tier I  II & III Exam

Government of India
Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) (10+2) Examination, 2018

F. No. 3/2/2019-P&P-I. The Staff Selection Commission will hold a competitive examination for recruitment to the posts of Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators for various Ministries/ Departments/ Offices of the Government of India.

SSC CHSL 2019 exam has three different phases that candidates need to clear to get selected for various 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.


SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL Tier-II is a descriptive test that is conducted to test the written skills of candidates in English/Hindi. The paper involves the writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing of about 150-200 words. The minimum marks that a candidate needs to qualify SSC CHSL Tier-II are 33 per cent.

The total time duration of the exam is of 60 minutes and total marks are 100 marks.

All the questions are based on the concepts of 10th standard.

The total time duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped or suffer from cerebral palsy.

SSC CHSL Tier-III comprises of a couple of skill tests which are needed for selection to certain government posts.

Tier 3 will be a Skill Test/Typing Test for the qualifiers of Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Typing Test would be conducted only for candidates applying for Data Entry Operator (DEO).

Candidates will have to qualify the test at the prescribed speed on Computer, provided by the Commission at the Centre/venue so notified.

Typing Test: For English, typing speed of 35 words per minute is required. For Hindi typing speed of 30 words per minute is mandatory. Typing test will be applicable for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, LDC, and Court Clerk posts.

Skill Test: Data Entry Speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on the computer. Skill test is conducted for Data Entry Operator post. For DEO in C&AG office speed of 15000 key depression per hour is required. Duration of the test is 15 minutes.

Candidate’s final admission would be governed on the basis of total score obtained in Tier 1 and Tier 2 only.

Only Candidates who are VH/OH (afflicted by Cerebral Palsy) and OH with a deformity in writing hand will be allowed 35 minutes including compensatory time 20 minutes for the skill test.

SSC CHSL 2019 Complete Syllabus & Important Books for Preparation

Section 1: General Intelligence: will have questions of both verbal and non-verbal type, so focus on Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Analogy, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Number Series, Semantic Trends, etc.

Best Books SSC CHSL General Intelligence preparation:

Lucent Reasoning: [Author: Lucent Publication] This book helps the students in mastering the reasoning section and cracking it right away. The reasoning is the easiest and most scoring part in RRB NTPC exam. This book guides the students in the easiest way of solving problems.


A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning: [Author: R S Aggarwal] This book guides the students in the easiest way of solving problems. Secondly, the questions are given in good quantity along with that, the answers are also given & this book covers a huge variety of topics.


Section 2: English Language: will have questions from the topics such as Comprehension Passage, Spot the Error, Antonyms, Synonyms/Homonyms Idioms & Phrases, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Cloze Passage, Spellings/ Detecting Misspelled words, etc.

Best Books SSC CHSL English Language preparation:

Quick Learning Objective General English: [AUTHOR: HARI MOHAN PRASAD & UMA SINHA‘Objective English For Competitive Examinations’ is a concise book on the English language for aspirants appearing in competitive examinations to secure jobs in SSC CHSL, SSC CGL, Banking, NDA, Civil Services, management and other public services.


Arihant’s Objective General English: [AUTHOR: SP Bakshi] English is an essential part of the curriculum of any competitive examination and this book helps in improving one’s grasp on the language that would give an edge for those sitting to take make or break examination.


Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude: is quite vast and hence must be prepared thoroughly. The topics include Number Systems, Fundamental arithmetical operations,  Algebra,  Geometry,  Mensuration,  Trigonometry and Statistical Charts.

Best Books SSC CHSL Quantitative Aptitude preparation:

Arithmetic for General Competition: [Author: Neetu Singh] This is another book which carries chapter-wise explanation and questions based on the same concept at the end of every chapter. This book also covers almost every question that one can expect in his exam.


Arihant Fast Track Objective Arithmetic: [Author: Rajesh Verma] The book is a best seller and helps enhance Aptitude skills. Secondly, the book is very much beneficial to crack the maths section of the exam.


Magical Books On Quicker Maths (2018-2019) by M. Tyra: Build command over the Maths topics by thoroughly practising the topics given in this book. Use the short tricks and this will help the candidate to increase their efficiency.


Section 4: General Awareness section is designed to check the candidate’s awareness of his surroundings. The paper will comprise questions related to India and its neighbouring countries, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Policy and scientific research, Awards and Honour, Books and author, etc.

Best Books SSC CHSL General Awareness preparation:

Lucent General Knowledge : [Author: Dr Binay Karna and Manwendra Mukul] This book alone is sufficient for RRB NTPC GK section. This is one of the most useful compendiums of high-quality recommended elements on all subjects – Geography, History, Polity, Economy, Finance, General Science, Environment, Art and Culture, Sports, Healthcare, Education and Career many more. Along with this the regular notes provided by different online platforms should be saved or noted down & finally regular attempting of quizzes of G.K. questions and note down important and rare info is the key to preparing G.K section.


Arihant General Knowledge 2019: [Author: Manohar Pandey] The book covers a wide range of topics of GK and General Science. For those of you who are looking for an alternative to Lucent GK, this book is the answer. This book covers every topic efficiently.



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