SSC CHSL Syllabus 2016 pdf

SSC CHSL 2016 Tentative Exam schedule has been announced by SSC and informed through the Examination Calendar, that was released on 13th Nov, 2015. If, you have appeared in the CHSL-2015 Exam, then you should know the Exam Patter, Scheme and Syllabus of CHSL Exam, but, if this is your first appearance in this exam, then this post is worth reading as we will discuss in Detail, the Exam Pattern and Syllabus for CHSL 2016 Exam.

Applicants are also advised to read our upcoming post on SSC CHSL 2016 Cut Off, so that you got an idea, how many marks, you need to score, to be successful in the Written exam. As this exam, has only 2 stages ie Written Exam and Descriptive Paper, therefore, cuts offs are generally high. Another reason for Cut offs to be at higher side is large no. of applicants and lesser No. of vacancies. On an average over 20 to 25 Lakh candidates appear for this exam

SSC CHSL Exam is one of the most popular exams, next only to CGL Exam, conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC). While the CGL Exam is for graduates for Group B and C posts, CHSL Exam is for intermediates, who have passed the 12th Class. The Age Limit to appear in this exam 18-27 years.

But before we discuss the Exam syllabus, applicants must note the Timeline and Exam Schedule of CHSL Exam. Applicants must note that the Notification, for CHSL Exam was announced on 8th Oct, 2016 (after a Delay of 3 months), while the computer based written exam is tentatively scheduled on 7th Jan to 5th Feb, 2017

SSC CHSL Exam is primarily conducted for Lower Division Clerk (LDC) and Data Entry Operator posts, but from 2015 a new post Postal /Sorting Assistant have been included in the exams also. Ever since the SSC Exam calendar 2016 for was announced, aspirants have started to look out for the Syllabus and this is alarming, as aspirants for CHSL 2016 have already started preparing for the exam.

SSC CHSL exam is also known as SSC 10+2 Exam, OR SSC LDC and DEO Exam, so don’t get confused, as this is one and same thing, and the same syllabus, only the terminology is different.

Before, we discuss the syllabus, you must know the Selection Process for CHSL Exam.

The Selection process, comprises of Written exam and followed for Type/ Skill test. The Structure, scheme and syllabus for CHSL Written exam is given as follows,

Written Exam: All those applicants who successfully submit their applications before the last date will be called for a Written Exam provisionally. Applicants will have to Download the Call Letter / Admit cards, before appearing for the Exam.

The Date, Venue and Timetable of Exam, will be mentioned in the call letter.

The Written Exam, will have 200 Questions from 4 different sections with 50 Questions from each section. The Duration of Exam is of 2 hours only.
Let us go and have a complete overview of the syllabus and exam pattern:

Number of sections: 4

Total Marks: 200 Marks

Total time allotted: 75 minutes

  1. English (50 marks)
  2. Quantitative (50 marks)
  3. General Intelligence (50 marks)
  4. General knowledge (50 marks)
    Remember, there is negative marking and for that, SSC will deduct 0.50 marks for every wrong answer. So be very careful while attempting questions, as Cut offs for this exam is usually very high, when compared to other exams.

Here is the Pattern and Syllabus of SSC CHSL 2016 Exam:

CHSL 2016 written exam

CHSL 2016 written exam

If, you look at this syllabus, you will find that this syllabus, is almost same as have for CGL Exam, the only difference is the difficulty level. While the CGL syllabus is having difficulty level of Graduation, the difficulty level is CHSL Exam is of 10+2 level.

Meanwhile, there is no sectional cut for these exams, as we have in Bank Exams, there is only Overall cut off and those applicants who score higher marks and stood high in merit will be called for the Skill Test / Type test.
Section wise Syllabus for SSC CHSL Exam 2016
1) General Awareness Section (25 Questions / 50 Marks)

This is the less time consuming and high scoring section, only the condition is that, you have strong cramming power, as anything can be asked from this section. There is no defined syllabus for this section, and as such you need to memories so many things, to get at least 40 marks in this sections.

Over the years, we have analysed the previous papers to find out, what possible questions can be asked from this section
This section needs a regular update and complete knowledge. You should read a newspaper on a regular basis to get more knowledge of this section.

• This section covers general awareness of the environment and its surroundings.
• Topics related to everyday science

• Knowledge about India and its neighboring countries (history, culture, geography, general science, economic and scientific research)
Here is the Detailed Syllabus for General Awareness Section:



2) General Intelligence and Reasoning (25 Questions / 50 Marks)

If you appear for any of the competitive exams be it Banks, IBPS, UPSC , Railways, etc, then Reasoning these days, is part of every exam, and same is the case with the SSC CHSL Exam. Here, you will be asked 50 Reasoning Questions, carrying 50 Marks.

Preparing for reasoning is very easy and the difficulty level of this section is easy to moderate which you will easily get along with. You just have to go through each and every topic once and then decide where to start preparing from.

The Syllabus of Reasoning is some what defined, and we already knew, which topics, we need to prepare for Reasoning section

Here is the Detailed Syllabus of the Reasoning sections for CHSL 2016 Exam:

ssc reasoning

ssc reasoning

Here is the Marks wise Distribution of Topics for General Intelligence and Reasoning Section.
1. Analogy (Marks 9)
– Related word
– Related alphabet
– Related number

  1. Classification (Marks 9)
  • Unclassified word
  • Unclassified alphabet
  • Related number
  1. Series Completion (6 marks)
  • Number series
  • Alphabetic series
  • Alpha-Numeric series
  • Miscellaneous series
  1. Coding-decoding (2-3 marks)
  • Numer symbolic coding
  • Direct coding
  • Indirect coding
  1. Blood relations (3 marks)

  2. Sitting arrangement (5 marks)

– Circular Sitting arrangement
– Linear Sitting arrangement
– Square Sitting arrangement

  1. Direction senses test (2 marks)
  2. Logical Venn diagrams (1-2 marks)

  3. Alphabet test (2 marks)

  4. Ranking test (2 marks)

  5. Mathematical operation (1 marks)

  6. Syllogism (1-2 marks)

  7. Non-verbal reasoning (5-6 marks)
    3) English Section (25 Questions carrying 50 Marks)
    English is the easiest section of this exam (right?). No, please don’t be over confident you can crack this exam only if you give proper attention to each section most importantly to English.

Again, this section is the one of the high scoring section of CHSL Exam. If you know a few basic Grammar rules, then you can easily score, 40-45 marks in this section.

The Questions in this sections comprises of : Sentence Correction, One word Substitution, Cloze Passage, Comprehension passage, Synonyms / Antonyms , Homophones, Idioms, Phrases, Commonly Mis-Spelt words, Narration, change of Voice, Use of Article, Adjectives, Adverbs, verbs etc

• Spot the Error (2-3 marks)
• Fill in the Blanks (2marks)
• Synonyms (2 marks)
• Antonyms (1-2 marks)
• Spellings/Detecting Misspelt words (5 marks)
• Idioms & Phrases (3-4 marks)
• One word substitution (2-3 marks)
• Improvement of Sentences (4-5 marks)
• Active/Passive Voice of Verbs (3 marks)
• Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration (2 marks)
• Shuffling of Sentence parts (3-5 marks)
• Shuffling of Sentences in a passage (3 marks)
• Cloze Passage (5 marks)
• Comprehension passage (5-10 marks)
4) Quantitative Aptitude (25 Questions carrying 50 Marks)
This is Math’s section, and if you are not good at maths, then it can be nightmare for you. But, if you practice, practice and practice, then this section, can work in your favour and help you score enough marks, so that, you can easily be placed in the merit list. You still have 6 months to prepare for the exam. If, you give daily 2 hours to this section, then you can score 40-45 without much trouble.

This section is moderate to difficult. For some, this section is most easy but for some this section is a nightmare. But even if you don’t like quantitative you will have to study it if you want to clear the exam in the first attempt. Practice as much as you can it will only help you achieve confidence and better marks in the exam

The Questions from this section can be : Basic Maths, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry Mensuration, Statistics etc

Here, we complete with the Syllabus for SSC CHSL Exam 2016.
This is just an assumption made from previous year papers. Please do not depend on above information it is necessary that you are aware that SSC has all rights to change entire pattern in any case. All you can do is study hard and prepare well.
Updates ?

As the SSC CHSL 2016 Notification will be announced on 2nd July, 2016 and if there are any changes in the Exam pattern and Syllabus, the same will be notified on this page.

In our upcoming posts, we will share the Best Books for SSC CHSL Exam 2016.

If, you have any Queries, regarding the Syllabus, then kindly ask us through the Comments section below. If, you are looking for Previous SSC Question Paper, then you should Buy the SSC Question Bank, that has Last 10 years of CHSL Previous Papers.

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