SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019

Get to know the CHSL Exam 2019

Preparing for the CHSL Exam? To crack any exam, complete knowledge of syllabus of the exam, important dates related to the exam, and the pattern of the questions coming in the paper, are really helpful for a candidate. In this article, we provide you with the CHSL Exam Pattern 2019 and much more.

As per the latest notification released by the Staff Selection Commission, CHSL Tier-I Exam will be conducted from 1st July 2019 till 26th July 2019

Pattern of the Exam

SSC CHSL exam is conducted in three different phases, namely -Tier I Tier II and Tier III.

Tier – I

  • It is an MCQ based paper that is computer-based and conducted at various test centres across the country.
  • It consists of 4 sections having 25 questions each i.e. 100 questions in total.
  • It has to be covered within a time span of 60 min. Each question carries 2 marks making it a 200 marks paper. A negative marking of 0.25 is also given for every wrong answer.

Tier-I Exam Pattern is as follows:

Section Section/Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
English Language (Basic Knowledge) 25 50 60 minutes
2 General Intelligence 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 25 50
4 General Awareness 25 50
Total 100 200
  • Based on the normalized scoring of the candidates, a cut-off mark is assigned for each category. The normalization of scores is done using the formula published by the Commission
  • Those who score marks equal to or above the cut-off mark become eligible to appear in the Tier II Exam.

For more information in Hindi read our article on Tier I

Tier -II

  • It is a descriptive paper of 100 marks for testing the writing skills of candidates in English or Hindi.
  • It includes writing an Essay of 200-250 words and a Letter or Application of about 150-200 words.
  • Total time allotted would be 60 minutes. 20 minutes extra time would be given to the candidates using a scribe.
  • The minimum qualifying marks would be 33 percent for Tier-II.
  • The marks scored in Tier II would be included for preparing merit.

Important Descriptive Paper Topics

(Hindi/ English)

Word Limit (Approximately)

Total Marks and Duration

Essay Writing

200 – 250


(1 Hour)

Letter/Application Writing

150 – 200

Essay topics are usually based on current social, political, economic or cultural issues. For letter or application writing, official topics are usually assigned. However, it is better to be able to write letters in all types of formats.

For more information in Hindi read our article on Tier II


Shortlisting of the Candidates for Tier-III Examination is done on the basis of their performance in Tier-I + Tier-II provided that they having scored a minimum of 33% marks in Tier-II Examination.

Tier III is either a Skill based Test or a Typing Test according to the type of post applied. Both are of qualifying nature.

Skill test is conducted for the posts of Data Entry Operators and Data Entry Operators in CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General)

Typing test is conducted for the posts of LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant

For further details read our article on Tier III

Physical Standard, Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards for the post of Lower Division Clerk (LDC) in Border Road Organisation (BRO) will be as follows:

Physical Efficiency Test



One Mile Run

10 Minutes

It is of qualifying nature but mandatory.

The last phase is Document Verification. For further details on this part go through the official notification.

We hope our article would have helped you understand the tidbits of SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019

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