SSC CHSL: Detailed Preparation Tips for Tier-I

Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CHSL exam every year for recruitment of Lower Divisional Clerk, Data Entry Operator, Postal Assistant and Junior Secretariat Assistant in various departments of the Government of India. Usually the SSC CHSL syllabus and Notification for the year is released in the month of November, and according to the tentative exam calendar SSC CHSL Tier-I is held in the month of April.

Here are some useful tips that you can apply to ace the SSC CHSL Tier-I exam 2020.

SSC CHSL Section-Wise Preparation Tips for Tier-I Exam

Before beginning with preparation strategy, let’s get a look at the exam pattern of Tier-I exam:-

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English Language2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General Awareness2550

Tier-I exam comprises 100 objective type questions to be attempted in 60 minutes.

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  • Quantitative Aptitude

This section is one of the most fruitful sections of all, yet the most frightening to some candidates. Speed and accuracy is imperative in Quantitative Aptitude. Therefore, it is necessary that you remember at least tables upto 20, learn squares and cubes upto 30 and 20 respectively, and also memorize short-tricks and formulas. This will help you calculate faster and will save you time for other sections.

  • Algebra

This topic covers questions on Basic Algebraic Identities, Factorization and Simplification of polynomials and fractions, Graphs of Linear Equations and so on. It is expected that a candidate should practice as many questions as possible under this topic.

  • Number System

In order to ace this topic, chapters such as Computation/Operations of whole numbers, Decimal Fractions and L.C.M and H.C.F of numbers etc. are some elementary names which you need to have thorough understanding of.

  • Basic Arithmetic Operation

It includes Average, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Partnership, Discount, Mixture and Alligation and more. A candidate should have a grip on fundamental concepts in these chapters as fundamentals of some chapters form the base of others.

  • Mensuration

Questions under this part are of elementary school level and involve finding Area and Surface Area/Volume of basic 2D and 3D Shapes respectively. Some of them are Quadrilaterals, Triangles, Circles, Cube, Cuboid, Sphere, Hemisphere, Right Circular Cylinder and Cone etc. 

  • Geometry

It is vital to have knowledge of basic geometric shapes and related facts. It includes Congruency and Symmetry of Triangles, related facts (centroid, median, mid-point etc). Most of the questions are based on basic properties of these shapes.

  • Trigonometry

Mostly easy questions asked in this topic are on Trigonometric Ratios, Height and Distance, Complementary  Angles and Basic Trigonometric Identities. So, it would be feasible that you remember the basics and practice questions accordingly.

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  • Data Interpretation

Majority of questions in DI are based on chapters like Percentage, Ratio and Proportion and Average. A candidate should be proficient in these chapters in order to ace through questions in Data Interpretation.

  • English Language

This section tests a candidate’s understanding of basic Grammar, Vocabulary knowledge and Comprehensive reading skill. You can easily score 45 plus in this section by following some basic preparation tips.

  • Grammar

Learning basic rules of the 8 parts of speech in grammar and their usage will help you get through Error detection, Para- jumble, Fill in the blanks, Cloze test, Active/Passive Sentences and Direct/Indirect sentences and many more.

  • Vocabulary

Develop a strong Vocabulary by reading more whether good english newspapers, magazines or books. This will not only improve your vocabulary but will also boast your comprehensive reading skill. Vocabulary section consists of Synonyms/Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, One word substitution etc.

  • Reading Comprehension

Practice Comprehension passage daily to gain speed in comprehensive reading also, you must read 2-3 editorials of any renowned newspapers per day.

  • General Intelligence

The Reasoning section in SSC CHSL is easier than that in Banking exams. A candidate can score a good fortune of marks in this section with a decent practice of questions in each topic from previous years papers.

It comprises questions based on Verbal and Non-Verbal type, that includes Number series, Semantic Analogy, Venn Diagram, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Critical Thinking, Pattern Folding and  Unfolding, Coding – Decoding and many more.

  • General Awareness

This section checks a candidate’s cognisance of Current events and History, Culture, Polity and Geography of India and its neighbouring countries. Questions relating to Developments in Economic scene, Scientific Research, General policy are also asked. A candidate should develop a habit of reading the newspaper daily. Memorizing Static G.K by making mind maps and notes will help you in mugging them up. Make sure to revise them regularly.

Candidates should check previous year’s SSC CHSL Result to get a sound knowledge of the qualifying cut off for different posts in the Tier-I exam.

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