English Syllabus for SSC CHSL

The English Language section of the SSC CHSL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam assesses candidates on various aspects of English comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and language usage. Here is a detailed syllabus for the English Language section:

1. Reading Comprehension

  • Passages: Short and long passages followed by questions.
  • Types of Questions:
    • Direct questions based on the passage.
    • Inference-based questions.
    • Vocabulary-based questions (meanings and synonyms/antonyms of words used in the passage).

2. Grammar and Sentence Structure

  • Tenses: Correct usage of all tenses.
  • Subject-Verb Agreement: Ensuring subject and verb in a sentence agree in number and person.
  • Articles: Usage of ‘a’, ‘an’, and ‘the’.
  • Prepositions: Correct usage of prepositions in different contexts.
  • Conjunctions: Coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions.
  • Pronouns: Correct usage of pronouns, including possessive, relative, and reflexive pronouns.
  • Modals: Usage of modal verbs to indicate ability, permission, possibility, etc.

3. Vocabulary

  • Synonyms: Words with similar meanings.
  • Antonyms: Words with opposite meanings.
  • One-word Substitutions: Single words that replace a group of words.
  • Idioms and Phrases: Commonly used idiomatic expressions and their meanings.
  • Spelling: Correct spelling of commonly misspelled words.
  • Word Formation: Formation of words from given prefixes, suffixes, or roots.

4. Sentence Improvement

  • Error Spotting: Identifying grammatical errors in sentences.
  • Sentence Correction: Correcting the given sentences by rectifying grammatical mistakes.
  • Improvement of Sentences: Improving or rewriting sentences without changing their meanings.

5. Fill in the Blanks

  • Contextual Usage: Filling in the blanks in sentences with the most appropriate word or phrase.
  • Grammar and Vocabulary: Usage of correct grammatical forms and vocabulary.

6. Cloze Test

  • Passage Completion: Filling in blanks within a passage using contextually appropriate words.
  • Context Understanding: Understanding the overall theme and context of the passage to fill in the blanks accurately.

7. Para Jumbles

  • Sentence Rearrangement: Rearranging jumbled sentences to form a coherent and meaningful paragraph.
  • Logical Flow: Understanding the logical flow and sequence of ideas.

8. Active and Passive Voice

  • Voice Transformation: Converting sentences from active to passive voice and vice versa.

9. Direct and Indirect Speech

  • Speech Conversion: Converting sentences from direct to indirect speech and vice versa.

Preparation Tips

  1. Reading Practice: Regular reading of newspapers, magazines, and books to improve comprehension skills and vocabulary.
  2. Grammar Practice: Studying and practicing grammar rules from standard grammar books.
  3. Vocabulary Building: Learning new words daily and revising them regularly.
  4. Mock Tests: Taking mock tests and practicing previous years’ question papers to get a feel of the exam pattern and improve time management.
  5. Error Analysis: Analyzing errors in practice tests and working on weak areas.

Focusing on these areas and practicing regularly will help candidates perform well in the English Language section of the SSC CHSL exam.

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