how to prepare for chsl exam?

SSC CHSL (Staff Selection Commission for e Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination) is a very popular recruitment exam in India. The exam is a very good job opportunity and has a minimum eligibility criterion of Class 12, which is why it is so popular amongst the youth of our country.
Lakhs of youngsters apply for this exam every year. Although it might not be amongst the toughest in the country, the level of competition is fierce. However, anyone can crack this exam if he/she is working hard and is consistent.

A lot of applicants attend coaching classes to crack this exam but there are a lot of others who get through it on their own. Excelling this exam without coaching is not an impossible task. All you need for that is to have the correct action plan and right study material.

Before proceeding to prepare and appear for the exam take a look at the examination pattern.
Tier 1: This is a Multiple Choice Questions based online exam. This exam has 100 MCQs, with a total of 200 marks that need to be attempted in 75 minutes
Tier 2: This is a written test of total 100 marks and containing an essay, letter or report writing
Tier 3: This is purely a skill-based test

Required study material

 Guidebooks: Before sitting down to study for any exam, it is always important to have the right set of books. Moreover, when you are not taking any coaching, having good books becomes a very crucial. Make sure you have the latest edition books on quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability, SSC reasoning, English, general awareness and practice books.

Three phase study plan by dividing the time period:

Phase I (First 4 weeks): During this time period, the focus must be on completing the syllabus. Below mentioned are the things you should do during this phase:

  •  Spend daily nearly 90 minutes to study one topic each of different subjects
  • Make sure to read an English newspaper, this will help you brush your GK and English
  • Take topic tests, if possible, on some website or mobile app
  • Do not go for a lot of practice paper now, 2 tests would be more than enough during this period
Phase II (Week 5 to 8): During this time period practice as much as you can. If you’re not able to complete our syllabus, make sure you do it by the end of the 5th week. Here are the things which you can do during these 4 weeks:

  • Solve at least 50 questions each of Mathematics, English and Reasoning
  • Make GK and English newspaper notes
  • Continue with mock test papers, 4 to 8 mocks with complete analysis
  • Try to solve past year papers of SSC CHSL
Phase III (last 2 weeks): During this last phase of preparation, you need to do only two things – solving test papers and revision. Take a look at the brief things you need to do in this period:
  • Try to solve at least 10-12 mock question papers in this phase, with a reasonable time being given to analysis.
  • Practice as much as possible. Focus on your strengths now.
  • Revise everything. Go through all the notes that you have made.
  • Continue to revise your GK notes

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