The Staff Selection Commission is going to start the examination procedure for recruiting the prospective candidates in the year 2021. Although the notification has been published already on the website www.ssc.nic.in . SSC CHSL is conducted every year for the posts of- lower division clerk, postal assistance, junior secretariat assistant, data entry operator and sorting assistance. CHSL stands for Combined Higher Secondary Level. 

Let’s take quick look at the tentative dates set aside by the authority for Tier-1:

ParticularsDates
Release of notification6th November, 2020
Registration started on6th November, 2020
Last date to apply26th December, 2020
Release of Admit CardApril, 2021
Examination 12th– 17th April, 2021

Exam Pattern:

TierParticularsMode of Examination
1Multiple Choice QuestionsComputer Based Test
2Descriptive (in Hindi/English)Pen paper mode
3Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Based

Apart from the above pattern, there are also some alterations in the new pattern that students should a note of:

  • Descriptive test of 100 marks. It would be a pen paper based test and time allotted for the same is 60 minutes.
  • The time limit for tier-1 tests has also been reduced to 60 minutes from 75 minutes (earlier).
  • There is no sectional cut off
  • There is no change in tier-3.
General Awareness25 questions50 marks
General Intelligence25 questions50 marks
General English25 questions50 marks
Quantitative Aptitude25 questions50 marks
Total 100 questions200 marks

Total time allotted is 60 minutes.

Detailed Syllabus:

  1. General Intelligence:

Semantic analogy, symbolic operations, number analogy, figural analogy, trends, semantic classification, space orientation, number classification, Venn diagrams, drawing inferences, pattern folding-unfolding, semantic series, embedded figures, problem solving, critical thinking, word building, emotional intelligence, coding-decoding, social intelligence, numerical operations.

  1. General English:

Fill in the blanks, spot the errors, spelling detections, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, idioms and phrases, sentence improvement, direct-indirect narration, active voice and passive voice, jumbled sentences, comprehension, cloze test.

  1. Quantitative Aptitude:

Statistical charts, trigonometry, mensuration, geometry, algebra, number system, fundamental arithmetic calculations.

  1. General Awareness:

History, geography, polity, economic, scientific research, current affairs.

Recommended Books For SSC CHSL:

  • Lucent’s General knowledge
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Plinth to Paramount by K D Campus
  • Objective English by S P Bakshi
  • Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav
  • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
  • Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-verbal English by RS Aggarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thrope

Preparation tips for SSC CHSL:

  1. Previous year question papers:

Previous year question papers are like treasure to the aspirants. It tells you everything that you need to know about the questions and the level of the exam. In a true sense it is a good spirit of your exam. Many a time it is being witnessed that concepts and even the questions are being repeated from the previous year papers. All you need to do is look out for the best reliable and authenticated publication book of sample paper for your exam and make sure you purchase it. 

Beware while buying the previous year question papers booklet because if the publications are not trustworthy then there are chances that the answers which are marked are wrong, it can negatively affect your preparations and your morale too. Nowadays the previous year papers are also available on the official websites of the conducting agencies but simultaneously make sure that you also arrange the right answer key for the same.

  1. Books and study material:

Nowadays books for every sort of competitive exam are available in the market in abundance. It is your job to make sure that you buy books of trusted writers or of authenticated publications because a lot of people are out there just to make  money, don’t fall in their trap. You can look out for the ratings of any particular book on the internet, after all, the world is at your tips. If you don’t want to refer to any hard material then you can also access the online sources which are out there to impart paid or free knowledge regarding the same exam that you’re preparing for.

  1. Note making:

Please do not avoid this thing. Notes will be your weapons as well as your backups that would help you get through. Often, making notes is a very time absorbing task but please do not procrastinate it. It’ll help you not only in memorising and revising time and again but will also help you in final days right before the exam, then you won’t be required to wander around in the search of notes rather, you will be having your own. These notes will help you throughout your life even after the exams because the knowledge is never outdated.

  1. Practicing mocks:

This is one of those crucial things that smart people do. Yes, taking up mocks and practice sets throughout your preparations will not only tell you how well you are improving but will also reveal your strengths and weak area wherein you need to work within the given time frame. Mocks are available on many of the educational websites, platforms and apps. Many a time it is even free of cost. Now, the main thing that you need to keep in mind is don’t go on taking the mocks, yes, after every mock analyse it, go through the mistakes that you’ve committed and work build upon them so that you never commit the same mistake again. Analysing the mocks is must.

  1.  Keep visiting the official website:

This is an additional task which will give your preparations and edge. You should keep visiting the official of your exam in order to keep abreast of changes (if made any), regarding the release of application forms, admit cards and ultimately- the results. 

Hopefully these tips will help you in getting a good head start of your exam. Just try these religiously and you’ll be able to keep your preparations in good shape.

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