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How to Prepare for SSC CHSL Exam from Beginning/ Start

SSC CHSL is a must to prepare exam for a decent entry-level government job. A large number of candidates apply for this exam every year. The level of competition is increasing at a fast pace. Therefore only the best fit strategy can help you in getting this job. This article includes all required vital pieces of information.

How to Prepare for SSC CHSL Exam from Beginning

The first and foremost important thing is to know the sections to be covered. This exam is conducted in three Tiers.

Tier 1: Objective Test: - There are four sections in this exam

Tier 2: Descriptive Test:-
  • Essay and Letter or Application, In English or Hindi language.
Tier3: Skill Test / Typing Test:-
  • Typing Test English Medium 35 words/minute, Hindi Medium 30 words/minute
  • Skill Test (Data Entry Operator) sheet containing 2000-2200 strokes would be offered, The candidates are required to enter it on the computer at a speed of 8, 000 key depressions an hour.
The candidates are required to clear these Tiers one by one. Therefore the first step is to start preparing for Tier 1 exam. This exam has four sections each section is equally important. As per previous years exam analysis, the candidates must score 150+ (UR-Category) out of 200 in orders to stay in the safe zone. These marks are only possible with a rational strategy.

Read- SSC CHSL 2018-19 Syllabus

The syllabus of SSC CHSL is vast, but there is a limited number of important topics. If the candidates are able to cover these topics well, they can easily score desired marks. The list of important topics is given below section wise:-

Reasoning Ability: 
In Reasoning ability, you can focus on below topics for SSC CHSL and other SSC exams.

 1. Classification:

  • Number
  • Letter 
  • General Knowledge 
  • Meaningful Words based

  2. Analogy: Important topics of analogy-

  • Letter 
  • Number 
  • General Knowledge 
  • Meaning-based
3. Coding Decoding: Important parts are-
  • Analogy 
  • Letter shifting 
  • Coding Letters of a Word 
  • Coding and decoding in fictitious language.
4Matrix: 1 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.

5. Word formation: From the given word finds whether the given option words can be formed or not. Most of the time word cannot be formed is asked.

6. Arranging words in Meaningful order or Dictionary order: It can be a meaningful order of doing a certain task or following a certain rule. Most Probably dictionary order based problems will be asked in which words are to be arranged according to dictionary sequence in ascending or descending order.

7. Venn diagram: Problems based on Venn Diagram, Syllogism, Types of Question: Represent the relation between Student, Teacher and Boys.

8. Directions & Distances: Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all the information on paper.

9. Blood Relations: Family Tree or General Blood Relation Problems.

10. Puzzles: Number-based puzzles like 7 × 5 × 6 × 5 = 6575, then 8 × 7 × 4 × 6 =? 
Find the correct equation type questions or Quant based questions like on age, speed and distance or Seating arrangement questions.

11. Series: Mainly questions on Number, Alphabet series. Question Type: Complete the given series a_bc_ _cbad_bcd_cda

12. Non-Verbal Reasoning: Questions like Complete the pattern, Assemble Image, Mirror Image, Hidden Image, Counting Figures. Figure based Analogy/Classification/ Series or cube based questions may be asked.

Numerical Ability:

1. Simplification: Questions on BODMAS Rule (calculation based), Fractions, Surds and Indices etc.

2. S.I & C.I: Problems on Simple Interests & Compound Interests and Installments.

3. Percentage: Calculation oriented basic Percentage Problems.

4. Ratio and Proportion: Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios

5. Average: Problems on Average Weight/Height/ Marks etc.

6. Problems on Ages: Basic Problems on Ages (involving linear equations and ratios)

7. Speed Time & DistanceProblems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.

8. Profit & Loss: Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Discount, MP, Partnerships, Sales & Tax etc.

9. Number Series: Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series, Finding Missing/ Wrong Term.

10. Number System: Moderate problems on LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers, Divisibility and Remainders.

11. Mensuration: Problems on 2D as well as 3D Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder, Sphere etc.

12. Data Interpretation: Problems on Bar/Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.

13. Time & Work: Problems on Work efficiency, Wages, Pipes and cistern.

14. Mixture problems: To Make a Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures

15. Algebra: Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic and Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities.

16. Geometry: Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords & tangent theorems, Co-ordinate geometry etc. Remember all the theorems.

17. Trigonometry: Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc. Remember all the Trigonometric Identities.

English Language:

1. Reading Comprehension: The passage could be on any topic. Questions are mostly fact-based & can be directly picked out of the passage. Sometimes vocabulary questions are asked on commonly used words. 

2. Fill in the Blanks: A mix of grammar and vocabulary based questions. Important topics: Phrasal verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, usage in context, homonyms words.

3. Spellings: Choose the correctly spelt word or the misspelt word from different words. The same word can be spelt in different ways and you are asked to select the correct spelling. 

4. Phrase or Idiom Meaning: Easy to the moderate difficulty level. The meaning of the phrase or idiom can be asked in a sentence. The meaning can also be asked directly. 

5. Synonyms & Antonyms: One word given with four options to choose from, (mostly 3 synonyms and 3 antonyms). Rarely the words can be given in sentences. Prepare a list of commonly asked words to answer this part and score full marks. 

6. One Word Substitution: Substitute one word for the phrase given. Go through a list of the one-word substitutions from past papers and solve questions on one-word substitution. 

7. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction: A mix of grammar and vocabulary Based questions (Mostly in the combination of 4:1 or 3:2 respectively). Important Topics: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech, Easily confusing words, Usage in Context. 

8. Error Spotting: Grammar-based Important Topics: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech.

General Awareness:

1. Static: 

  • Culture 
  • Indian History 
  • Geography (Indian + World) 
  • Environment 
  • Economy 
  • Polity 

2. Science: 

  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics +Space Science 
  • Computer & Mobile Technology 
  • Diseases, pollution 
  • Nutrition 

3. Others: 

  • Current Affairs 
  • Misc. GK- Sports, People In News, Books 
  • Dates, Portfolios, Schemes

After covering these topics start taking mock tests and do the proper analysis in order to know your weak areas. Work hard on your weak areas to turn them into your strength.

For Tier 2:- Keep following points in mind:-
  • Read the newspaper on daily basis.
  • Read news articles and other good quality articles from resources available online.
  • Mere reading is not sufficient; write essay and application on current topics on daily basis.
For Tier 3:- Keep following points in mind:- 
  • Follow any good quality typing software to improve typing speed.
  • Write pieces of articles in word files also 
  • Typing speed can be improved with daily practice only; there is no shortcut to it
SSC CHSL 2017-18 Study Material:
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