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SSC CHSL Books 2020 | Best study Materials for the Preparation

SSC CHSL Books : The Staff Selection Commission conducts the SSC CHSL exam every year for recruitment in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India. The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL, 10+2) Exam for recruitment to various posts like:

  • Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants(PA/SA)
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  • Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
  • Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)

Candidates should use this time to prepare well for the exam and should try to ace the exam in the first attempt itself. Candidates must be fastidious while choosing the books and online materials for their preparation. IBPS Guide’s best minds have joined hands together and provided a list of best books for the preparation. This book will cover all the topics from basics to advanced levels.

SSC CHSL Books 2020: Exam Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) starts conducting the Combined Higher Secondary Level(CHSL) in three levels for various posts:

Tier – IObjective Multiple ChoiceComputer-Based (online)
Tier – IIDescriptive Paper in English/HindiPen and Paper mode
Tier – IIISkill Test/Computer Proficiency TestWherever Applicable


SSC CHSL Books 2020: Syllabus

Since the SSC CHSL consists of 3 different levels, we must deal with their syllabus independently.

This is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL 2020, with 100 questions that account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:


SectionSubjectNo of QuestionsMax MarksExam Duration
1General Intelligence255060 minutes
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)2550
4English Language (Basic Knowledge)2550


SSC CHSL Tier 1 Syllabus

English Language:

Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting misspelled 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, Comprehension Passage.

General Intelligence:

It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ pattern folding & unfolding, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern-folding and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and decoding, Other sub-topics, if any Numerical operations.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.

Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time and work.

Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.

Geometry: Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centers, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.

Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.

Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 𝜃 + Cos2 𝜃=1, etc.,

Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.

General Awareness: Questions are designed to test the candidate‟s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy, and scientific research

SSC CHSL Tier 2 Syllabus

This is a descriptive exam that is designed to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing of approximately 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 percent. The performance in Tier-II would be included for preparing merit. The best way to prepare for the same is to read lots of articles from various newspapers. Apart from this, you need to be well aware of the SSC CHSL Exam pattern of Letter and Application.

SSC CHSL Tier 3 Exam Syllabus

The Tier 3 of SSC CHSl Exam 2020 comprises a couple of skill tests that are required for certain government posts.

Skill Test for Data Entry Operator(DEO):

  • Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer.
  • The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes.

Typing Test for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs and Court Clerks:

  • Typing Test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the Examination, will have to indicate his/her choice/option for Skill Test Medium in the Application Form.
  • The typing Test will be qualifying in nature.
  • It will be administered on the Computer, to be provided by the Commission or any agency authorized by the Commission.
  • Candidates opting for English medium should have a typing speed of 35 words per minute.
  • Candidates opting for the Hindi medium should have a typing speed of 30 words per minute.
  • The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes.
  • Visually Handicapped candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 30 minutes.

SSC CHSL Books 2020:

You should be careful while choosing the study material when you are going to prepare for any competitive exam. Our IBPS Guide masterminds have created a list of section-wise books that would provide a helping hand to boost your bank exam preparation. You can learn all the basic and advanced concepts from these books and use the previous year’s questions to analyze where you are standing. Take regular SSC CHSL Mock Test to examine your weaker and stronger sections.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Name of the BookAuthor / Publisher
Practice Book on Quicker Maths M.Tyra, K.Kundan/ Magical Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationR.S Aggarwal / S.Chand Publisher
Fast Track Objective ArithmeticRajesh Varma/ Arihant Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude by Arun SharmaArun Sharma / McGraw Hill


English Language:

Name of the BookAuthor
High School English Grammar and CompositionWren and Martin
Objective General EnglishSP Bakshi
Descriptive General EnglishSP Bakshi
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis


Reasoning Ability books:

Name of the Book Publisher
Test of ReasoningEdgar Thorpe / Pearson
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal ReasoningR.S Aggarwal/ S. Chand Publisher
Analytical Reasoning by MK PandeyMK Pandey / Magical book series


General Awareness Books:

Name of the Book Author 
General Knowledge Lucent
Banking Awareness handbook of Banking informationN.S Toor
Static General KnowledgeArihant Publication
Banking AwarenessArihant Publication


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Do these books contain all the concepts?

A. These books covers all the basics and advanced concepts 

Q. Is it possible to clear the SSC CHSL Exam with 2 Months Preparation?

A. With proper books and an effective study plan, it is possible to clear.

Q. Is online study material recommendable for competitive exam preparation?

A. Yes, you can rely on online materials. Choose the materials wisely.

Q.  What is the minimum eligibility criteria for the SSC CHSL exam?

A: Candidates need to clear class XII from a recognized board in order to be eligible for the exam.

Q. Mention the best books for the General Awareness section?

A. The below-mentioned books are the best books for the General Awareness section

Name of the Book Author 
General Knowledge Lucent
Banking Awareness handbook of Banking informationN.S Toor
Static General KnowledgeArihant Publication
Banking AwarenessArihant Publication


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