Tips to crack SSC CHSL examination in the first attempt


The SSC CHSL 2020 Tier-I exam will be conducted from 16th to 27th March and Tier-II on 28th June this time. Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination is a popular exam with candidates aspiring for a government job since the eligibility criteria only require the candidate to be a high school graduate.


By cracking this exam, the candidate can secure a good job in a government department. Even though SSC CHSL is not the toughest exam in the country, but since vacancies are limited, the competition in SSC CHSL is very high. It is not enough to just be good; a candidate needs to be the best out of the competition.


Before starting to prepare for the exam, it is better to have a look at the exam pattern of SSC CHSL 2020: -

  • Tier-I: This is an online MCQ (Multiple choice questions) exam. Candidates need to answer 100 questions of 2 marks each. 0.5 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. Tier-I tests the candidate’s English language skills, quantitative aptitude, general intelligence, and general awareness.
  • Tier-II: This is a descriptive paper that tests the candidate's essay and letter writing skills.
  • Tier-III: This is a test that judges the typing speed of the candidate. This is a qualifying stage.


If you want to crack the exam in your first attempt, you will need some special SSC CHSL preparation tips for each section. Read this:



  • For the quantitative aptitude section, solve as many practice questions as possible. Buy a good book of quantitative aptitude that covers all elements of the syllabus. Quantitative aptitude involves topics like profit and loss, interest, time and distance, permutations and combinations, statistics, probability, geometry, data interpretation, series, and sequence type of questions.
  • For general intelligence or the reasoning part, again solving as many questions from a Logical reasoning book is the best way. General intelligence questions can be of the following types: puzzles, logical series, patterns, coding-decoding, syllogism, etc.
  • For the general awareness section, read the newspapers and watch the news regularly. It is better to read the English papers. Another tip is to read from regular GK publications that are published every 1 or 3 months or buy a yearbook. These publications contain every important event that happened in that time span. Questions from this section can be about history, geography, politics, current affairs, science, etc.
  • For English language skills, reading good English books is sufficient. You should be proficient in grammar skills. This section includes reading comprehension, fill in the blanks, spellings, error spotting, synonyms, etc.



  • For the essay writing section, you need to write about 200-250 words. This section is of 100 marks. The topics that are generally asked are related to general issues, finance, issues of national interest, important international issues, Ecology and environment, sports, technology, etc. A well-read candidate will find it easy to attempt this part. A candidate can practice this by reading newspapers regularly and practicing writing on general issues by combining all the information into an essay.

  • The letter-writing section is also of 100 marks. For this section, a candidate has to know the right format of the letter, the tone they are supposed to use(business or casual). Practice letter writing regularly to score better in this exam.


Here are some general SSC CHSL preparation tips to help you crack the exam in your first attempt:


  • Choose good SSC CHSL study material. Too many cooks spoil the broth. Do not read from too many books. Rather, finish one good book first before starting another. You need different books for quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning; general awareness guides can be commonly found in the market. Choose a trusted publisher. 
  • For the English section letter and essay writing, choose a book that is standard. If you are not sure, ask for recommendations from previous toppers or teachers.
  • For the general awareness section, read a good newspaper. This will also develop your English language skills. The more you read, the more you know. General awareness is not built in a day or a week. It requires a habit and curiosity. Some people like to keep up with what’s going on around the world. These types of candidates will always do better in general awareness.
  • Before the exam, practice as many mock tests as you can. Practice at the same time as your SSC CHSL exam to tune your biological clock to focus at that time. Do not get up for the duration of the test.
  • The more you practice, the better you will get. This is the most important principle to remember.
  • Practice more of your weaker areas, during the early preparation.
  • You can also take mock tests regularly as soon as you begin SSC CHSL preparation. It is a good idea, and you can track your progress with time.
  • Make a plan for your preparation. Assign topics to be covered every month. A good plan is essential. Do not study randomly.
  • Have a strategy for solving the question paper. Attempt the section that you feel most comfortable in. The reasoning would be a good section to start. The sections that require less thinking and more factual knowledge like General awareness should be attempted last. Don’t spend too much time on one question.
  • Do not guess. Negative marking can do you some harm in the SSC CHSL exam.
  • You can read blogs or watch youtube videos to learn specific topics. There is a lot of resources available freely on the internet.

The difficulty level of the paper is not the toughest in India, but the competition is immense. This is what makes it difficult for the candidates to crack the exam. Your single mistake can cost you a year. You need both speed and accuracy.


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