SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) started taking  the Combined Higher Secondary Level(CHSL) in three levels for various posts from 2019 we share SSC CHSL Exam Pattern.

Tier Type Mode
Tier – I Objective Multiple Choice Computer-Based (online)
Tier – II Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode
Tier – III Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

Before one starts preparing for SSC Exam, it is essential to make a note of modifications done in pattern and syllabus. The alterations to SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019 which are related to 2019 are given below::

  1. SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 1 exam will be held online.
  2. in tier 2 there will be a Descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode.
  3. There is a reduction in the time limit for examination of Tier -I from 120 minutes to 75 minutes.
  4. There is no change in Tier III.
  5. There will be no Sectional Cut off.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier-I

Exam pattern for CHSL tier-I is such that the question paper will be divided into four parts containing a total of 100 objective multiple choice questions. Candidates need to complete the exam in a duration of 60 minutes. For further clarification candidates can refer the table below:

Part Subject Questions Maximum Marks Duration
I English Language
(Basic Knowledge)
25 50 1 Hour [1 Hour 20 Minutes for VH/ OH candidates  (afflicted by Cerebral Palsy and OH with deformity in writing hand)
II General Intelligence 25 50
III Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 25 50
IV General Awareness 25 50
Total 100 200


SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier II

CHSL exam pattern for Tier II is such that the question paper will be descriptive in nature wherein candidates have to write an essay and a letter/ application (in pen and paper mode) in one hour duration. The paper has been designed “to assess the writing skills of the candidates which is necessary in Government jobs,” informs the official website.

Minimum marks required by candidates to clear Tier-II exam is 33%. For further clarification candidates can refer the table below:

Section Word Limit Maximum Marks Minimum Qualifying Marks Duration
Essay 200-250 100 33 1 Hour (1 Hour 20 Minutes for VH/ cerebral palsy candidates)
Letter/ Application 150-200


SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier III

CHSL exam paper for Tier-III contains a skill or typing test depending on the post a candidate is applying for.

Post Test
Data Entry Operator Skill Test
LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant Typing Test



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