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How to Prepare for SSC CHSL Exam from Beginning

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 2017-18 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
General Knowledge
Meaningful Words based
General Knowledge
Coding Decoding
Letter shifting
Coding Letters of a Word
Coding and decoding in fictitious language.
1 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.
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.
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.
Venn diagram
Problems based on Venn Diagram, Syllogism,
Types of Question: Represent the relation between Student,
Teacher and Boys
Directions; Distances
Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all
information on paper.
Blood Relations
Family Tree or General Blood Relation Problems.
Missing Number
Find the missing number from the given matrix or diagram.
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.
Mainly questions on Number, Alphabet series.
Question Type: Complete the given series
a_bc_ _cbad_bcd_cda
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
Questions on BODMAS Rule (calculation based), Fractions, Surds and Indices etc.
Problems on Simple & Compound Interests and Installments
Calculation oriented basic Percentage Problems
Ratio and Proportion
Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios
Problems on Average Weight/Height/ Marks etc.
on Ages
Basic Problems on Ages (involving linear equations and ratios)
Speed Time & Distance
Problems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.
Profit & Loss
Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Discount, MP, Partnerships, Sales & Tax etc.
Number Series
Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series,
Finding Missing/ Wrong Term
Number System
Moderate problems on LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational
Numbers, Divisibility and Remainders
Problems on 2D as well as 3D Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder, Sphere etc.
Data Interpretation
Problems on Bar/Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.
Problems on Work efficiency, Wages, Pipes and cistern.
Mixture problems
To Make a Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures
Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic
and Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities
Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords & tangent theorems, Co-ordinate
geometry etc. Remember all the theorems.
Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc. Remember all the Trigonometric Identities.
English Language
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.
Fill in the Blanks
A mix of grammar and vocabulary based questions. Important topics: Phrasal verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, usage in  context, homonyms words
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.
Phrase or Idiom
Easy to moderate difficulty level. The meaning of the phrase or idiom can be asked in a sentence. The meaning can
also be asked directly.
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.
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.
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,
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
Indian History
Geography (Indian + World)
Physics +Space Science
Computer &
Mobile Technology
Diseases, pollution
Current Affairs
Misc. GK- Sports,
People In News,
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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