7 Ultimate Hacks, Critical Topics & Books to prepare SSC CHSL in 2021 effectively

7 Ultimate Hacks, Critical Topics & Books to prepare SSC CHSL in 2021 effectively

The SSC CHSL exam is a national level exam. Hence, it is one of the most difficult competitive exams as it is the gateway for many different government posts. It explains without saying that the SSC CHSL requires quite a few tips and strategies to crack the exam.

To crack the exam, it is required for applicants to have in-depth and thorough understanding of both the SSC CHSL curriculum as well as its exam pattern for a proper preparation strategy. So, once the curriculum and exam pattern is clear and understood it will be easy to plan out the strategy.

Lakhs of aspirants appear for SSC CHSL exam. Hence, it becomes extremely necessary to prepare in the right way. Thus, this article will provide you tips and strategies on the topics and subjects that can be studied and covered easily.

SSC CHSL: Ultimate Hacks to prepare effectively, Important Topics & Books

Here are some preparation tips and strategies for the SSC CHSL Exam:

Know the SSC CHSL Syllabus in and out: So, basically to score well in the exam it is extremely necessary that you are aware of the SSC CHSL syllabus as well as the exam pattern. Also, topics and difficulty-wise segregation of all the sections of the exam are recommended.

Create a personalized Time Table and Study Plan: It is important to make a proper study plan that will include all your events. This organized time table will be very helpful in making strategy and action plans for setting learning goals.

Make notes whenever possible: It is advisable that writing down notes of important topics will help you in understanding the topic well and you will remember it well. Also, it gets easy once the notes are all written for a quick revision or glance.

Brush up your Basics: As an aspirant of SSC CHSL exam, it is required for you to be very thorough with your understanding of basics in all the subjects. Thus it gets easy while preparing for the exam.

Refer Previous Year’s Paper:  Previous year SSC CHSL paper plays an important role during the preparation of the exam. It will enable you to understand the difficulty level in each section. Also, you will be able to know the weightage each question carries. It will also help you in managing time.

Take Mock Tests: Last but not the least, taking SSC CHSL mock tests will definitely help you in getting proper understanding about your status in preparation for the exam. Also, it will help in identifying your strengths and weaknesses so that you can work on the areas that require extra improvement and preparation.

Revise, revise & only revise: During the final phase of preparation, you must carry on with revision of important topics already covered. Please do not skip revising any particular topic. Refrain from starting anything new as it will only consume time.

SSC CHSL Tier - 1 Exam: Important Topics

Now, let's go through subject-wise topics that aspirants must prepare for SSC CHSL Tier - 1 Exam:

English Language:- This section is articulated to test the aspirants hold on English and grammar. It will include questions from various topics like - Reading Comprehension, Sentence Rearrangement and Improvement, Cone test, Spotting Error, Para Jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Paragraph Completion, One-word substitution, and others.

Hence in order to attempt the English Section,  all you need is a strong sense of grammar and vocabulary. To master all these, you can study a dictionary, English newspaper, and read books.

General Intelligence:- This section will test a candidate's factual and theoretical knowledge. This part of exam will include topics like - 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, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude:- This section is the most time consuming and challenging in the entire SSC CHSL Tier 1 exam. Even the new pattern changes has made it quite more difficult as compared to previous years. But this is the only section where candidates can score heavily.

The questions are made and put together in such a way that it will test applicant's understanding of Numerical and uses of Numbers. It will include questions from - Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple & Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligations, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Problems on age, Problems on Train, Quadratic equation

To master this section, you can learn quick tricks for calculations. It will save your time during the exam. Also, the questions from Time, Work and wages are of basic type but their type might differ. So, for that, you need to practice all kinds of questions of basic level questions.

Similarly, for Profit, Loss, & Discount, most of the questions will be formula based. So it will be easy if you remember and know how to use those formulas.

General Awareness:- This section is designed to test the knowledge about current affairs. The best thing about this section is that you would either know the answer or you wouldn't know it at all. All you need to do is, to think and remember calmly the correct answers. Also, attempt only those questions for which you can answer accurately. 

These questions will be about India and its neighbouring countries, in regards to their history, culture, geography, economic state, general policy, and scientific research. So, for the preparation of the General Awareness section, it is important that candidates must go through these topics:- List of Neighbouring Countries of India, List of highest mountains in India, List of Longest Rivers in the world, List of Indian Ambassadors to Foreign Countries.

To keep yourself updated about the ongoing scenarios as well as daily updates, you must go through these on a daily basis:- Daily Current Affairs & Daily News Analysis.

SSC CHSL Tier - 2 Exam Topics

1. It is a descriptive type paper where candidates’ ability will be checked on the basis of their in English / Hindi language Essays and Application writing.

2. The topic that will be given in the exam will include - National Interest, Finance & Economy, Ecological Issues, Social Issues, Politics, Schemes, and Governance.

SSC CHSL Tier 3 Topics

This exam is conducted to analyse candidates typing and computer skills. This Test is for Data Entry Operators (DEO) which require 8000 Key Depressions per hour on the computer. Candidates who apply for the post of PA & Court Clerks and are going for  English medium must have a typing speed of 35 words per minute and those who are going for Hindi medium must have speed of 30 words per minute.

Reference Books  for SSC CHSL Preparation

The preparation for the SSC CHSL Exam requires dedication and sincerity and the reference books come in handy while preparing for the same. These books will not only help candidates focus better on the subject, in return helping them in scoring well in the exam. Here is the list of subject-wise reference books:-

Books for English:

  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  • Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • A Mirror of Common Errors by Dr Ashok Kumar Singh
  • Common Errors in English by Kiran Prakashan
  • Words Idioms & Phrases by Arihant Experts

Books for Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • Fast Track by Rajesh Verma
  • NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11
  • Magical Books on Quicker Maths by M Tyra
  • Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav

Books for General Awareness:

  • General Knowledge by Lucent Publication
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • NCERT Books – Class X, XII

Books for Logical Reasoning:

  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal and Analytical by BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali.

So, we have explained everything that has to be kept in mind while preparing for the SSC CHSL Exam. With a proper preparation strategy along with a fair understanding of basic concepts, It is possible for you to crack this competitive exam with ease. We wish you all the best for the exam!

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