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8 Helpful Preparation Tips For SSC CHSL Examination

By Barnali Barman
Last updated on 3rd Jan 2022
8 Preparation Tips For SSC CHSL Exam

The SSC CHSL exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission to recruit qualified candidates for the post of Lower Division Clerk, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant, and Data Entry Operator posts. SSC will select and recommend candidates for Assistants / Clerks posts through a computer-based test, descriptive paper, and skill test, or typing test.

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the SSC CHSL exam every year for recruitment in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for the exam and only a few candidates get selected. To beat the cutthroat competition and to crack the exam, you should have some good strategies which have been mentioned below.

Preparation Tips

1. Be Familiar With the Details

To crack any exam, you should be well versed with the details of the exam. These details include syllabus, exam pattern etc. When you become familiar with the exam, you can apply the appropriate strategy to start the preparation.

The SSC CHSL exam is segregated into three parts including Tier I, Tier II and Tier III. Tier I is a computer-based examination, Tier II is a descriptive examination and Tier III is a skill test/typing test. Tier I comprises four subjects including English language, General Intelligence, Quantitative aptitude and General awareness carrying a total of 50 marks for each paper. Tier II comprises descriptive paper carrying a total of 100 marks. Tier III includes skill test/typing test.

2. Collect Study Materials

To crack any exam, you should have a good quality of study materials. You can collect study materials both online and offline. Do research well before buying books and other study materials. Buy those books which are capable of clearing your basic concepts. You may go through the following list to get an idea before buying a book:

  • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  • Quantitative Aptitude by Dr R.S. Aggarwal
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge

3. Make Notes

By preparing notes, you will be able to understand the topics in depth. When you make notes, you should write down the sentences in easy language and keep them short. Avoid writing down each and every detail of the topic. Instead, write down the main points related to the topics.

One of the important benefits of making notes is that you build a habit of answer writing which helps you during the exam. When you already have the practice of answer writing, you will be able to write the answers effectively and without wasting much time.


4. Revise

Revision is essential to retain the topics you have studied earlier. You should include extra time for revision in your study schedule. You can fix the time for revision at the weekend or any other day of the week at your convenience. When you revise the topics, fix the same topics on the same day and time. It will help you to associate with the topics and to retain them for a longer period of time.

There are many techniques of revision including flashcards, associative learning, mind maps etc. By applying any of these techniques, you will be able to do revision in a better way.

5. Practise Mock Test

The purpose of the mock test is to give the candidates a feeling of the actual exam. When you practise mock tests you will be able to manage your time effectively during the actual exam. It will also help you to reduce the pressure by making you familiar with the pattern of the exam. Mock tests help you to make you familiar with the environment of the real exam. Thus you get used to the environment of the exam.

The more you practise mock tests the more you gain self-confidence and you are able to get rid of the pre-exam nervousness.

Stage-wise Preparation Tips

The SSC CHSL exam is divided into three tiers. Tier I is a computer-based test including four sections. Tier II is a descriptive paper and Tier III is all about skill or typing tests.

Besides the aforementioned preparation tips, the following tips will help you to prepare for every stage of the exam.

6. Preparation for Tier I

Tier I is a computer-based examination that comprises four sections including English language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. To score in every section, you should go through the previous years question papers and prepare accordingly. The questions in this stage will be objective in nature and there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Therefore, you should attempt those questions you are fully sure about.

7. Preparation for Tier II

Tier II will be of descriptive type carrying a total of 100 marks. The purpose of this paper is to test the writing skill of the candidates. To score good marks in this stage you should practise and develop your writing skill. To improve your writing skill you should strengthen your vocabulary by reading at least one newspaper daily. Besides reading you should also practise writing.


8. Preparation for Tier III

Tier III is to test the typing skill of the candidates. It is of qualifying nature and the final merit of the successful candidates would be determined based on the total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II. The test includes a typing test for 15 minutes duration. Candidates have to write 35 words per minute (English) and 30 words per minute(Hindi). Therefore to go through this stage, you should have excellent writing skills.


Since this is one of the highly competitive exams, you should prepare carefully to get a successful result in this exam. To crack any exam, you should try to do smart work rather than only focusing on hard work. You should try to be more productive consuming less time. An only good strategy will help you to prepare for the exam in a smart way.

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