SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – All the Details of CHSL Pattern


The Staff Selection Commision (SSC) is going to conduct the SSC CHSL Exam to recruit for various posts in Central Government departments and institutions. The SSC CHSL 2019 notification would probably be released in January 2019. It is a nationwide exam, open to candidates who are above 18 years of age and have passed their 12th standard examinations. But what is the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern? What would be asked in the exam? In the following post, we would be a taking a look at the SSC CHSL exam pattern 2019 and know about all the facts that you should know before you start preparing for SSC CHSL 2019.

The SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – An Overview

The SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019 would be the same as the previous ones. The exam would be a three-tiered one. The Three Tiers are Tier I, Tier II and Tier III.

  • Tier I is a computer-based, MCQ type test.
  • Once you pass Tier I, you would have to appear for the Tier II exam
  • Tier II is a paper-based, descriptive type test.
  • Tier III is a skill test, which is only required for some of the posts.
  • Tier III is only of qualifying nature. Your selection would depend on the total marks you score in Tier I and Tier II.

Now, that we know about the overview, let us take a look at the details of the CHSL paper pattern for each of the tiers of the SSC CHSL exam.

The CHSL Pattern for Tier I

As said before, the CHSL Tier I examination is an MCQ type paper. This means that you have to choose the right answer from the list of available options. The complete details of the CHSL pattern for Tier I is given 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

In Tier I, for every right answer, you would get 1 marks. However, for every wrong answer, 0.5 marks would be deducted from your score.

The CHSL Pattern for Tier II

In Tier II, you have to write an essay/paragraph and a letter/application. This would be a traditional pen and paper test where you would have to write the answers by yourself. The following table gives the details of Tier II SSC CHSL paper pattern.

Topic No. of Questions Word Limit Time Limit Full Marks
Essay 1 200-250 60 Minutes 100
Letter 1 150-200 60 Minutes 100

Important Points

  • You have to score at least 33 percent marks in this examination.
  • There is no negative marking in this paper.
  • You can write the paper in either English or any other officially recognized regional language.
  • Duration of the exam in 80 minutes for candidates with disabilities like Cerebral Palsy.

SSC CHSL Pattern for Tier III

As we have said before, this exam is of a qualifying nature. At the same time, it is also of qualifying nature. This means that you only have to score the qualifying marks. The marks that you score here would not be calculated towards your final score.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier III for Data Entry Operator

Test Type Test Language Speed Test requirement Test Duration



15 minutes (35 minutes for OH/VH/PH/CP candidates)

Skill Test of Data Entry on Computer English 8000 key depressions per hour

(27 words per minute or around 1600 words per hour)

2000 – 2200 key depression from printed text to be entered on a computer

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier III for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs

Test Type Test Language Speed Test requirement Test Duration
Typing test on Computer English or Hindi 10500 key depressions per hour (35 words per minutes in English and 9000 KPH)

(30 words per minute for Hindi)

Accuracy of words within given time with required speed 10 minutes (30minutes for OH/VH/PH/CP candidates)

SSC CHSL Syllabus

Apart from SSC CHSL Exam Pattern, you should also have a good idea about the SSC CHSL syllabus. As you can see above, the test is mainly of four different subjects

Reasoning – Where questions would be asked on verbal, non-verbal, logical and visual reasoning.

English language – Questions would be asked about the English grammar and comprehension.

Quantitative Aptitude – Which basically deals with mathematics questions like profit and loss, simple interest etc.

General Awareness – Where you would be asked questions on GK and current affairs.

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SSC CHSL 2019 Syllabus

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