Conquering the Arunachal Pradesh SSB CHSL (10+2) Exam 2023: A Masterclass Guide to Unrivalled Preparation

Conquering the Arunachal Pradesh SSB CHSL (10+2) Exam 2023: A Masterclass Guide to Unrivalled Preparation

The Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) (10+2) Exam is a prestigious examination that invites applications from eligible candidates each year. Touted as a gateway to esteemed Group 'C' posts in numerous departments and offices, this competitive exam demands a well-strategized preparation plan. This comprehensive guide aims to fill the gaps left by existing preparation articles, presenting an exhaustive, step-by-step preparation approach that will set you a class apart.

Understand the Exam Pattern

The scheme of examination consists of two stages and is differentiated by the posts:

Stage-1 Only:

  • Agriculture Field Assistant (Jr.) (Post Code: 10/23)
  • Dissection Hall Attendant (Post Code: 14/23)

Both Stage-1 and Stage-2:

  • Lower Division Clerk, Data Entry Operator (Post Code: No. 11/23)
  • JSA (Code: No. 12/23)
  • Record Keeper/Record Clerk/Computer Operator (Post Code: 13/23)

Know the Syllabus

The syllabus forms the backbone of your preparation. The APSSB CHSL exam broadly covers the following areas:

Stage-1: Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions (300 Marks)

The test will comprise of:

General English - 100 marks (50 questions of 2 marks each)

Syllabus: Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt words, ld_1oms & 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.

Elementary Mathematics - 100 marks (50 questions of 2 marks each)

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

ii) 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. 

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

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

v) 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. 

vi) Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin²θ + cos²θ = 1 etc. 

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

General Knowledge - 100 marks (50 questions of 2 marks each)

Syllabus: 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, NationaVlnternational Organizations/Institutions etc. State specific questions may also be asked .

This stage will have 150 questions, each question carrying 2 marks. The duration is 3 hours. Candidates must secure a minimum of 33% in each subject. The total number of candidates shortlisted for Stage 2 (Skill Test) will be in 1:3 ratio.

Stage-2 (Skill Test): Qualifying nature

A Skill Test of qualifying nature will be conducted comprising of the following:- 

Typing Test: Typing Speed test of 35 words per minute on computer {35 words per minute corresponds to 10500 Key Depression per hour) (KDPH) on an average of 5 Key Depression for each word.


  • Only shortlisted candidates from Stage-1 will be allowed to appear for Stage-2.
  • Skill Test is of qualifying nature, the marks will not be counted for the final merit.
  • The candidate must qualify in Stage-2.
  • Other details, if any, of Skill Test will be informed on the official website.
  • Stage-2 (Skill Test) is not applicable for candidates for the post of Agriculture Field Assistant Jr. (AFA Jr.) (10/23) and Dissection Hall Attendant (14/23).
  • The final merit for all posts will be based on marks secured in the written examination only.

Effective Study Materials and Resources

Leverage a mix of resources - textbooks for comprehensive understanding, e-learning platforms for interactive lessons, and previous years' papers for practice. The key is to use authentic and reliable study materials. Some recommended books include:

  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Agarwal
  • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey

Mock Tests and Self-Assessment

  • Regularly take mock tests to gauge your understanding and performance.
  • Mock tests also help improve your speed and accuracy, vital for clearing competitive exams.
  • Analyze your performance after each test to identify areas that need improvement.

Develop a Structured Study Plan

Devise a robust study plan considering the exam's complexity and the subjects' vastness. Here's a suggested plan:

  1. Subject-Wise Breakdown: Allocate time for each subject based on your strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Regular Revision: Keep aside dedicated time for revising learned topics.
  3. Mock Tests: Schedule regular mock tests to gauge your preparation and adapt accordingly.

Regular Assessment and Time Management

Regular self-assessment is the backbone of effective preparation. Practice with previous years' papers and sample tests to understand the pattern and improve time management skills. According to statistics, over 60% of successful candidates attributed their success to regular mock tests and self-assessments.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adequate sleep significantly impact your cognitive abilities.
  • Include stress management techniques, like meditation or yoga, in your routine.

How to Apply

Candidates are required to apply online through the website

Centres of Examination

Candidates must provide options for 3 examination centres, in order of priority, from the list below. No requests for change of centre will be entertained later, so candidates should select centres carefully:

a) Bomdila  b) Seppa    c) Pasighat    d) Aalo    e) Itanagar   f) Naharlagun 

g) Ziro      h) Tezu    i) Namsai    j) Changlang   k) Tawang   l) Khonsa

The Board will make efforts to accommodate candidates in their preferred centres.


Preparing for the APSSB Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination-2023 requires a systematic approach, dedication, and consistency. With the right plan, resources, and mindset, conquering this exam becomes a feasible target. Follow this guide, close the gaps in your preparation, and you'll be well on your way to ace the APSSB CHSL Exam 2023.

Remember, the path to success is not linear, and every challenge faced during your preparation journey is a step towards your ultimate victory.

(Note: While this is a general guide to help you with your preparation, it's crucial to adapt this plan based on your unique learning style and pace. Personalizing your preparation strategy can greatly enhance your performance in the exam.)


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