SSC CHSL Exam: Frequently Asked Questions

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he Staff Services Commission conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam every year for recruitment in various Ministries/Departments and organizations of the Government of India. Candidates who have passed class 12th and are pursuing graduation are eligible for this exam. This is a good opportunity for those who are looking for a job after Class 12th. If you are preparing for SSC CHSL Exam and are looking for best guidance, then join our course- SSC Complete Foundation Batch.

The various posts under the SSC CHSL Exam:

  1. Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
  2. Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)
  3. Postal Assistant (PA)
  4. Sorting Assistant (SA)
  5. Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  6. DEO (Grade A)
  7. Data Entry Operator (DEO) - Pay Level 5

 

It includes non-technical and clerical jobs in various ministries and central government officers including the department of post.

SSC CHSL Exam: Highlights

Name Of Exam

SSC Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level Examination

Conducted by

Staff Selection Commission

Conducted For

Recruitment to the posts of Lower Divisional Clerk/Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators

Exam level

All India

Vacancies

4893

Selection stages

·        Computer Based Examination (Tier-I)

·        Descriptive Paper (Tier-II)

·        Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III).

Time for Each Stage

Tier-I: 60 minutes

Tier-II: 60 minutes

 

 

Exam frequency

Once a year

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Mode of exam

Online/Ofline

Languages

English, Hindi and other regional languages

 

SSC CHSL Exam Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the exam is mentioned in the official notification. Candidates must ensure they meet all the criteria before they apply for the exam. The SSC CHSL Exam Eligibility criteria is as follows:

Parameter

Details

Nationality

·        Indian

·        A person of Indian origin,

·        A subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee

Age Limit

Should be aged between 18 and 27 years as on As on 01-01-2021. Candidates born not before02-01-1994 and not later than 01-01-2003 are eligible to apply.

Educational Qualification

Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University


Know SSC CHSL Eligibility in detail.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

There are 3 stages in this exam. The examination consist of one Computer Based Exam (Tier –I) and a descriptive paper as Tier- II. At last candidates have to appear for the skill test.

SSC CHSL Tier I Exam Pattern     

The first phase of the SSC CHSL exam is a online exam. Where candidates will have to secure marks more than a certain cutoff, in order to be eligible for other phases of the exam.

  1. Questions in Tier –I are objective type
  2. Each question carries 2 mark.
  3. Stipulated time for completion of Tier –I is one hour.
  4. SSC CHSL Tier –I is a bilingual exam, conducted in Hindi and English.
  5. In Tier-I, there will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.

 

The exam pattern is illustrated below:

Subject

Number of
Questions

Maximum
Marks

Time allowed

A. General Intelligence and
Reasoning

25

50

1 hour

   

B. General Awareness

25

50

C. Quantitative Aptitude

25

50

D. English Comprehension

25

50

 

Also Read: SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

SSC CSHL Tier 2 Descriptive Paper

Only those candidates who are able to clear the cut off of Tier 1 will appear for this stage. In this paper the descriptive skills of candidates are tested. Candidates will have to opt to write either in Hindi or English. The pattern of the exam is as follows:

  1. Maximum marks possible are 100.
  2. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II is 33 per cent.
  3. The paper can be written either in Hindi or in English.

 

Mode of
Examination

 

Maximum
Marks

Time Allowed

Pen and Paper
mode

Descriptive Paper in
English or Hindi
(Writing of Essay/ Precis/
Letter/ Application etc.)

100

1 hour


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SSC CHSL Tier 3 (Skill Test)


 In the Tier- III, Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) will be conducted. The details related to the Tier III exam are given below:

  1. This is the test of typing skills.
  2. The nature of stage is qualifying.
  3. Errors in the Skill Test will be calculated up to 2 decimal places.

The scheme for typing test is as follows:

Data Entry Operator

1.      Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (Eight Thousand) 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.

2.      Duration 15 minutes.

 LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant:

1.      The medium of Typing Test will be Hindi or English

2.      Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute (w.p.m.) and those opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute (w.p.m.).

 

SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus

 
The SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus is mentioned below:
 

Sections

Topics

General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Analogies
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Spatial Visualization
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Visual Memory
  • Discrimination
  • Observation
  • Relationship Concepts
  • Arithmetical Reasoning and Figural Classification
  • Arithmetic Number Series
  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Coding and Decoding

General Awareness

  • Sports
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Scientific Research
  • Current Events

Numerical Aptitude

  • Number Systems
  • Computation of Whole Numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Time
  • Time and Work

 General English

  • 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

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What are the posts in SSC CHSL Exam?

The different posts under SSC CHSL Exam are as follows:
  1. Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
  2. Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)
  3. Postal Assistant (PA)
  4. Sorting Assistant (SA)
  5. Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  6. DEO (Grade A)
  7. Data Entry Operator (DEO) - Pay Level 5

 

What is the age limit to be eligible for SSC CHSL Exam?

Candidates should be between 18 to 27 years of age to be eligible for SSC CHSL Exam.

What is the required educational qualification to be eligible for SSC CHSL Exam?

Candidates should have passed Class 12 or equivalent examination to be eligible for SSC CHSL Exam.

Is there any age relaxation for candidates in SSC CHSL Exam?

Yes, candidates belonging to reservede categories are given relaxation in upper age limit in SSC CHSL Exam.

I have 50% marks in Class 12. Can I apply for SSC CHSL Exam?

The commission has not notified any minimum limit on the number of marks to be secured by candidates to be eligible for SSC CHSL Exam. Candidates should only ensure that they clear class 12. The percentage does not matter.

What is the mode of SSC CHSL Exam?

SSC CHSL Exam is conducted online.

How many stages are there in SSC CHSL Exam?

There are 3 stages in this exam. The examination consist of one Computer Based Exam (Tier –I) and a descriptive paper as Tier- II. At last candidates have to appear for the skill test.

What is the exam pattern of Tier I and Tier II Exam?

The exam pattern of Tier I Exam is as follows:

Subject

Number of
Questions

Maximum
Marks

Time allowed

A. General Intelligence and
Reasoning

25

50

1 hour

   

B. General Awareness

25

50

C. Quantitative Aptitude

25

50

D. English Comprehension

25

50


The exam pattern of Tier II Exam is as follows:

Mode of
Examination

 

Maximum
Marks

Time Allowed

Pen and Paper
mode

Descriptive Paper in
English or Hindi
(Writing of Essay/ Precis/
Letter/ Application etc.)

100

1 hour

Can I apply for SSC CHSL Exam and Bank and Railways exam at the same time?

Yes, candidates can apply for different exams at the same time.

What is the salary that officers under SSC CHSL receive?

The post-wise details of SSC CHSL salary are as follows:
SSC CHSL Posts SSC CHSL Pay Scales 
Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC) Rs. 19,900 – 63,200/-
Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA) Rs. 19,900 – 63,200/-
Postal Assistant (PA) Rs. 25,500 – 81,100/-
Sorting Assistant (SA) Rs. 25,500 – 81,100/-
Data Entry Operator (DEO): Pay Level-4 Rs. 25,500 – 81,100/-
Data Entry Operator (DEO): Pay Level-5 Rs. 29,200 – 92,300/-
DEO (Grade A) Rs. 25,500 – 81,100/-

What are the posts for which Skill Test is conducted?

Skill Test is conducted for the posts of Data Entry Operator, LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant.

What is the time required to prepare for SSC CHSL Exam?

SSC CHSL required 4-5 months of serious preparation which includes 6-7 hours of studying on a daily basis.

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