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SSC CHSL 2016 Tier 1 Syllabus: Look out for English and Aptitude

Last Updated - December 09, 2016

Staff Selection Commission, SSC released calendar for SSC CHSL 2016 on October 08, 2016. The SSC CHSL 2016 Tier 1 Examination will be conducted on multiple dates from January 07 to February 05, 2017. The Tier 1 Admit Card for posts of LDC Deo (10+2) is released at ssc.nic.in. Admit Cards for other posts will be released soon as well. Before 2015, SSC CHSL examination was conducted for the posts of Lower Clerk Desk and Data Entry Operators but from 2015 a new post of Postal/ Sorting Assistant has been included.

The Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL 2016 comprises 200 multiple choice questions (MCQs). The paper is divided into 4 sections viz. English, Quantitative, General Intelligence and General Knowledge with 50 questions in each section. The total duration to complete the examination is 120 minutes. 

Selection of the candidates in SSC CHSL Tier 1 is solely based on marks secured by them in the exam. But the Final Merit List of candidate is based on the selection procedure which is comprised of 3 steps.


SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2016

SSC CHSL 2016 examination consists of 3 tier i.e. tier 1, 2, and 3. Candidates who qualify tier 1 are eligible to appear for tier 2.Similary, qualified candidates of Tier 2 are called for the third  Candidates will be called for skill test/ typing test who scored well in CHSL 2016 Tier 1 & 2. Following we are explaining the details of 3 tiers.

SSC CHSL 2016 Tier 1 Exam Pattern

It is an online computer based test. Tier 1 examination is comprised of a total number of 100 questions of 200 marks. Time to complete tier 1 exam is 75 minutes but for Handicapped candidates time to complete examination is 100 minutes. In the tier 1 examination questions asked from the subjects named as General Intelligence, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness.

The following table shows the number of questions, total marks, and tier 1 posts of different sections etc.

SectionNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksPosts
General Intelligence2550LDC, DEO, Court Clerk, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant
English Language2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General Awareness2550

Know More About CHSL Exam Pattern for Tier 1, 2 and 3


SSC CHSL Tier 1 2016: English Syllabus

It is one of the easiest sections of CHSL 2016 examination but candidates have to prepare this section with proper attention. Candidates can easily secure 40-50 marks if they know the basic grammar rules.

Following is the list of CHSL 2016 English Syllabus:

  • Spot the Error
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spellings/ detecting Misspelt words
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • One word substitution
  • Improvement of sentences
  • Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs
  • Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration
  • Shuffling of Sentence parts
  • Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
  • Cloze Passage
  • 2-3 marks Comprehension Passage

SSC CHSL 2016: Quantitative Syllabus

Comprising the mentioned topics, Quantitative Aptitude of CHSL Examination is considered the most complex and time consuming section of all. The difficulty level of this section is moderate to difficult. So, candidates have to practise very hard to secure better marks.

  • Fundamental Arithmetic Operations
  • Number Systems
  • Graphs of Linear Equations between numbers
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Statistical Charts
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry

SSC CHSL 2016: General Intelligence Syllabus

In this section candidates are asked 50 reasoning question carrying 50 marks. Preparation for Reasoning is quite simple and easy. However, the difficulty level of this section is considered to be in between easy to moderate.

Following is the list of CHSL 2016 General Intelligence Syllabus:

  • Symbolic / Number Classification
  • Figural Analogy
  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic Operations
  • Punched hole/ pattern folding & unfolding
  • Symbolic/ Number Analogy
  • Drawing Inferences
  • Number Series
  • Semantic Trends
  • Figural Series Space Orientation, Semantic Classification
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Figural Classification
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Series
  • Word Building
  • Figural Pattern – folding and completion
  • Embedded Figures
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Intelligence
  • Coding and de – coding
  • Other Numerical Operations

SSC CHSL 2016: General Knowledge

It could be one of the most scoring sections if the candidates keep themselves updated with all the current affairs and international events. A score of 40 marks in this section is considered very good. Candidates need to update themselves on regular basis. Reading newpapers daily will be a great help. There is no specific syllabus for this section. Candidates need to remember the pointers mentioned below.

  • Questions will be asked from general awareness about the environment. Questions are also asked from current events.
  • Questions are asked from India, Neighbouring countries and especially from History, Culture, Geography, Economics, General Policy & scientific research.

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