Every year the Staff Selection Commission(SSC) conducts Combined Higher Secondary Level(CHSL) tests to pick top quality candidates to work under different ministries of the Department of Government Of India. Candidates who have recently passed higher secondary exams can apply and appear for this exam that is done in two tiers and secure a prestigious government job. Cracking CHSL is not a walk in the park and it requires a lot of hard work to get through. If you are planning to attend the exam and score well then you should put a good study plan in place. Given beneath are some tips that will help prepare candidates for both Tier-I and Tier-II tests
How Is Tier-I Exam
As mentioned above if you want to crack SSC CHSL You have to crack both Tier-I and Tier-2 tests . Tier-1 contains 100 multiple type questions,from four areas like Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning/General Intelligence, English Language, and General Awareness. Unlike bank exams, luckily for candidates there is no sectional cut off in this test. But bank exams also have static GK. Check static GK topics if interested in bank exams and it also helps for all competitive exams. But each part carries equal marks and you have to perform equally well in all in order to qualify through the Tier-I exam. Now Let’s look at some section-wise tips a candidate should follow when preparing for exams.
- Quantitative Aptitude: Hardest part for majority of students, there are a lot of small equations to remember, shortcut ways to practice so solving a question doesn’t take a lot of time etc. Candidates need to strengthen their fundamental ideas of algebra, Mensuration, Basic Trigonometry, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Discount, and Partnership. There are easy shortcuts to crack the questions and need to be remembered during the exam, for that you have to do a lot of practice tests and mock tests.
- Reasoning and General Intelligence: This section is to analyse the reasoning and general intelligence capabilities of candidates. Questions from Analogy, Coding and Decoding, Classification, Number and Figural Series, Non-Verbal reasoning, Word building, Figural patterns, carries lot of weight and candidates need to practice as many questions from this topics so that they understand these topics well and achieve a high score in this section. You can seek help from previous year question papers as well as mock tests to fine polish your reasoning and general intelligence.
- English Proficiency: A section from which you can easily score a full mark if you have basic understanding of rules in grammar. Questions from Antonyms/Synonyms, Active/Passive voice, Direct and Indirect speech, Spotting Error, Fill in the blanks, Cloze test, Comprehensive passage need to be given priority for study. You need to develop a good vocabulary and comprehensive reading skills, it can be made possible by reading newspapers and editorials daily.
- General Awareness: Another section where newspapers help candidates to score good marks. If you are aware of current affairs that happened in the past six month then you will be easily able to score good marks in this section. Improve your knowledge of the History, Geography, Polity, Culture, Economic and Scientific development of India and world.
Tier-II And Tier-III Tests
If you have passed Tier – 1 with good marks you are qualified to attend for The Tier-II test of SSC CHSL exams. Unlike TIer-1, Tier-2 is a descriptive test separated into two segments, that are Essay writing and Application/Letter writing. Duration for the test is one hour and in this time the candidate has to write an essay of 200-250 words along with an application/letter of around 150-200 words. Subjects relating to essay writing are generally from Ecological, Social, and Environmental issues, Polity, Economy and Finance, Sports, Technology, and more so you need to be updated with things happening around the globe to write deeply impactul points and score good marks. You should be aware of correct grammar, punctuation and also spelling mistakes. You have to minimise the errors from this to score a good mark. Also make sure your handwriting is good. You have to practice a lot of article writing at home before you go for exams, as it will boost your confidence and you can also check your speed and handwriting is proper.
Tier-III is only applicable for data entry operators to analyse their speed in typing.