SSC CGL vs SSC CHSL: Understand differences between both SSC exams here!

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Before going through with anything  candidates must research about both SSC CGL and SSC CHSL carefully and then choose a career opportunity for themselves.In this article we will articulate for you the differences between SSC CGL & SSC CHSL Exam .
The Government of India, in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, on November 1975 constituted a Commission called the Subordinate Services Commission which has subsequently been re-designated as Staff Selection Commission effective from the 26th September 1977 to make recruitment to various Class III (now Group “C”) (non-technical) posts in the various Ministries/Departments of the Govt. of India and in Subordinate Offices. Every year lakhs of applicants apply for the SSC exams but only a few are able to get Group C or Group D posts. Candidates who wish to know which amongst the two is better or any other details can refer to this article for the same. When the question comes to appearing for the exams, candidates are often seen confused regarding the differences between SSC CGL and SSC CHSL Examination, most puzzling aspects are which exam has better perks like better career and growth opportunities etc.  In this article, we will cover the SSC CGL and SSC CHSL Examination in detail for the benefit of all the candidates. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our monthly FREE Current Affairs Ebook- Download Now
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What is SSC CGL & SSC CHSL ?

SSC CGL stands for SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination and is conducted by the commission for graduates who have just passed their Bachelor's exam  from   university.

Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam popularly known as SSC CHSL is conducted every year by the Staff Selection Commission for selection of candidates  to the posts of Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA) and Data Entry Operator (DEO).


The major difference between the two is in terms of the posts that are released for recruitment .Here is the tablulated chart of the various posts for which recruitment is conducted .
  • Assistant Audit Officer     
  • Assistant Accounts Officer    
  • Assistant Section Officer    
  • Assistant 
  • Inspector of Income Tax
  • Inspector (Central Excise)
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer 
  • Sub Inspector    
  • Inspector 
  • Junior Statistical Officer    
  • Statistical Investigator Grade-II    
  • Auditor
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant     
  • Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks     
  • Tax Assistant
  • Upper Division Clerks
  •  Lower Division Clerk (LDC)
  •  Junior Secretariat Assistant(JSA)
  •  Postal Assistant (PA)
  •  Sorting Assistant (SA)
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  • Data Entry Operator, Grade “A”



The eligibility criteria of both the exams has been listed down for you below:
SSC CGL  &  SSC CHSL: Eligibility Criteria
Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent. Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.
Candidates appearing for the exam must be between  18 years - 32 years of age.Relaxations in age as per government norms , Age limit for the posts is 18-27 years on the date of filling up the form .Relaxations will be provided to reserved categories as  per government norms.

The candidates who are willing to appear for the following exams can read more about the eligibility criteria  that is required  to be fulfilled by the candidates :
  • SSC CGL- Eligibility Criteria

  • SSC CHSL -Eligibility Criteria


    SSC CGL & SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

    The exam pattern for both the  exams is slightly different from each other. Candidates who are interested can  can know the difference between the SSC CGL and SSC CHSL exam pattern below:

    • The Examination will be conducted in four tiers :

       Tier-I: Computer Based Examination
       Tier-II: Computer Based Examination
       Tier-III: Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
       Tier-IV: Computer Proficiency Test/ Data Entry Skill Test (wherever applicable)
    • The examination will consist of:
    Computer Based Examination (Tier-I)
     Descriptive Paper (Tier-II)  Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III).

Interested  candidates who are willing to appear for the following exams can read more about the exam pattern  here:


Check SSC CGL & SSC CHSL Syllabus and other information here:


A. General Intelligence and
Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern- folding & un-folding, Figural Pattern-folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/ roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence  
B. General Awareness Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research  
C. Quantitative Aptitude For Arithmetic:
  • Number System
  • Square Root
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Time and Distance
  • Work and Time
  • Profit and Loss
  • Mixture and Alligations
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Probability
  • Permutation and Combination
For Data Interpretation:
  • Frequency Polygon
  • Histogram
  • Pie-Chart
  • Bar Diagram

For Algebra:
  • Basic Algebric Identities of School Algebra & Elementary Surds
  • Graphs of Linear Equations

For Geometry:
  • 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
  •  Triangle
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Regular Polygons
  • Circle
  • Right Prism
  • Right Circular Cone
  • Cylinder
  • Right Circular Cylinder
  • Sphere
  • Regular Right Pyramid with Triangular base or Square base
  • Rectangular Parallelepiped

For Mensuration:
  • Two-dimensional (2D) and Three-dimensional (3D) Mensuration
For Trigonometry:
  • Trigonometric ratio
  • Degree and Radian Measures
  • Standard Identities
  • Complementary angles.
  • Standard Identities
  • Heights and Distances
D. English Comprehension Synonyms & Antonyms, One Word Substitution, grammar skills, spelling error, comprehension passages


English Language  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  
General Intelligence: It would include questions of both verbal and nonverbal type. The test will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, 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, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding, Other subtopics, if any Numerical operations.  
Quantitative Aptitude: For Arithmetic:


Number System: 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,

For Algebra: Basic Algebric Identities of School Algebra & Elementary Surds, 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.

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

Trigonometry: Trigonometry , Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only), Standard Identities like sin2 � + Cos2 �=1 etc.

Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram Frequency polygon Bar-diagram Pie-chart
General Awareness 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


Analysis of SSC CGL & SSC CHSL Exams:

Candidates who are planning for SSC Exams must first understand that out of the two (CGL & CHSL) CGL Exam is of higher designation and offers more benefits  than SSC CHSL Exam. But the higher the position the higher the competion around to crack it .

In simpler terms Candidates willing to join a government job immediately after class 12th can opt to apply for the SSC CHSL  while those who want to do so after their graduation can go for SSC CGL .

But before going through with anything  they must research about both  SSC CGL and SSC CHSL carefully and then choose a career opportunity for themselves. 

Safalta also has preparation tips carefully crafted by our experts  to help you crack the SSC CGL & SSC CHSL exams with ease . These articles will not only help you to start your preparation with great zeal but also guide you with expert techniques which you'll find nowhere else other than

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