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Every year, the exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) helps in selecting candidates who will go on to fill important government posts. Of these, one of the most popular exams happens to be the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam. All posts on offer through SSC CHSL exam carry All India Service Liability (AISL). This means that if a candidate is selected for a post, he/ she may be asked to serve anywhere in the country.

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SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
Title Details
Conducting body SSC
Exam Level National
Purpose of Exam Selection of candidates for posts of LDC, JSA, PA, SA and DEO
Stages Tier-1, Tier-2 & Tier-3
Mode Tier-I - Online (CBT)
Tier-II - Offline (Descriptive)
Tier-III - Typing/Skill Test
Title Details
Exam Frequency Once a year
Mode of Language English, Hindi
Duration of Exam Tier-I - 60 minutes
Tier-II - 60 minutes
Tier-III - 15 minutes
Exam Helpdesk No. 011-24361359
Official Website

SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2020
  • Candidate must be either/or a citizen of India, subject of Nepal/Bhutan, Tibetan refugee, person of Indian origin.
  • Candidate appearing for his/her final class XII exams are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidate should clear class XII or equivalent from a recognised board or university.
  • Candidate must be aged between 18 and 27 years as on January 1, 2020
  • A person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • For the post of DEO Grade-A in C&AG office, candidates must have passed class 12 with Science stream and Mathematics as a compulsory subject.
  • For LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (except DEOs in C&AG): The candidates must have passed class 12 or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.
  • For Data Entry Operator (DEO Grade ‘A’) in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): The candidates must have passed class 12 in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent.

  • Pay levels and Job titles associated

    Vacancy Distribution

    Pay Level Posts
    Rs 19,900 - 63,200 Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
    Rs 19,900 - 63,200 Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)
    Rs 25,500-81,100 Postal Assistant (PA)
    Rs 25,500-81,100 Sorting Assistant (SA)
    Rs 25,500-81,100 Data Entry Operator (DEO)
    Rs 25,500-81,100 DEO (Grade A)

    The below link consists of the official notice released.

    SSC CHSL Notice
    Information Regarding Exam Timeline and Important Dates
  • SSC CHSL Notification : November – December 2020
  • Online Application Submission : December 2020 to January 2021
  • SSC CHSL 2020 Tier I Exam : March 2021
  • SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam : June 2021
  • SSC CHSL Tier III Exam : To be notified
  • SSC CHSL Vacancies : 4893
  • Online Application Submission : December 3, 2019, to January 10, 2020

  • SSC CHSL Application
  • The application fee is Rs 100/-
  • No fee is required to be paid by female, SC, ST, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen candidates
  • Applications fee should be pay only through SBI either in the form of challan or through SBI Net Banking or any other bank Credit/Debit Card. Challan form will be generated online
  • To pay fee in cash, candidate should take print out of challan generated online after the completion of Part-1 registration. Deposit the requisite fee in any branch of SBI and then continue with the Part-2 registration
  • Those candidates who want to pay online can go directly to part-2 registration after completion of part-1 registration. Candidate must supply registration number and date of birth to continue to Part-2 registration

  • Detailed Analysis of Exam

    Tier I details

    The SSC CHSL Tier I exam is a computer-based online test (CBT) exam conducted online. Candidates are given a total of 60 minutes to solve SSC CHSL Tier-I paper comprising 100 questions that count to a total of 200 marks (2 marks each question). For each wrong attempt, candidates are penalised with 1/2 marks in Tier-1 exam.

    General Intelligence 25
    General Awareness 25
    Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 25
    English Language (Basic Knowledge) 25
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    General Intelligence: This section includes questions of both verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The questions will be asked from Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ patternfolding & unfolding, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern-folding and completion, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding, Other subtopics, if any Numerical operations.

    General Awareness: Questions from General Awareness section are designed to test the candidate's general knowledge of the environment around him and its 14 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, Static Awareness, Indian GK and scientific research.

    Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill): Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers. 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. 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. Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations. 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. Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like $\cos^2θ+\sin^2θ=1$ etc. Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.

    English Language (Basic Knowledge): The English Language questions will be asked from following topics: Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt words, Idioms & 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.

    Details for Tier II
  • Essay Writing
  • Letter or Application Writing
  • 100
    Details for Tier III
  • The Tier 3 of SSC CHSl Exam 2020 comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts.
  • The duration of exam is 15 mintues.
  • Typing Test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the Examination, will have to indicate his/her choice/option for Skill Test Medium in the Application Form.

  • Skill Test:

  • Date Entry Skill Test (DEST):

  • Skill Test will be of qualifying nature.
  • Candidates eligible for scribe will be given compensatory time of 5 minutes. Therefore, the duration of the Skill Test for such candidates will be 20 minutes.
  • Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted for Tier-III Examination on the basis of their performance in Tier-I + Tier-II subject to having scored a minimum of 33% marks in the Tier-II Examination.
  • The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes.
  • the printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer.
  • The ‘Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on computer’ will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage.
  • Typing Test for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs and Court Clerks:

  • Typing Test will be of qualifying in nature.
  • It will be administered on the Computer, to be provided by the Commission or any agency authorized by the Commission.
  • Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute.
  • Candidates opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute.
  • The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes.
  • Visually Handicapped candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 30 minutes.
  • After skill test or typing test, those candidates who qualify it, will be appointed based on their position in the merit list.

  • Document Verification:

    The last step to the final selection would be Document Verification. Candidates will have to submit copies of various documents like Matriculation Certificate, educational qualification, caste certificate, relevant document, if any relaxation is taken, etc. Candidates will be required to produce all documents in original for verification at the time of document verification. Photo ID Proof: Candidates have to bring two passport size recent colour photographs and one original Photo ID Proof while appearing for the Document Verification.
    Photo ID Proof can be:

  • Aadhaar Card/ Printout of E-Aadhaar
  • Voter ID Card
  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Government School/ College ID Card
  • Employer ID (Govt./ PSU)