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SSC CHSL: Everything you need to know about the exam

Registrations for SSC CHSL end on December 18 this year. Here are some important points you should remember

education Updated: Dec 13, 2017 16:59 IST
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The SSC Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level (SSC CHSL) is a nationwide exam conducted for recruitment to the posts of lower division clerk (LDC), data entry operator (DEO), postal assistants/sorting assistants (PA / SA) in various Central government departments and ministries.(Getty Images)

The SSC Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level (SSC CHSL) is a nationwide exam conducted for recruitment to the posts of lower division clerk (LDC), data entry operator (DEO), postal assistants/sorting assistants (PA / SA) in various Central government departments and ministries. This year, registrations for SSC CHSL2017-18 close on December 18.

In this article, we bring to you all the details regarding the SSC CHSL exam. This will cover: Vacancies, important dates, eligibility, selection process, exam pattern, syllabus, application fee and salary.

SSC CHSL: Post-wise vacancies

This year more than 3,000 vacancies have been announced for various posts. The following table shows the post-wise breakup of each of these.

SSC CHSL: Important dates

Some important dates for the SSC CHSL 2017 are listed in the following table.

SSC CHSL : Eligibility

•Candidate should be 18–27 years of age as on August 1, 2018.

•Age relaxation is provided for various categories as per government regulations

•Candidate must have passed Class12 or equivalent examination from a recognised board or university

•For data entry operator’s post in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): Candidate should have cleared Class 12 in science stream with mathematics as a subject from a recognised board or equivalent.

SSC CHSL: Selection Process

The selection is done in the following three phases:

•Computer based examination (Tier-I)

•Descriptive paper (Tier-II)

•Typing test/ skill test (Tier-III)

The following section will give all the details of these exams.

SSC CHSL: Exam pattern and syllabus

Tier-I exam pattern and syllabus: Objective computer based examination

This examination will consist of objective type – multiple choice questions. The questions will be set both in English and Hindi for part-II, III and IV.

There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

General Intelligence: Includes questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. Following are some important topics:

•Semantic analogy, semantic classification

•Symbolic operations, symbolic/ number analogy

•Trends, figural analogy, space orientation

•Venn diagrams, symbolic/number classification

•Drawing inferences, figural classification

•Figural pattern – folding and completion

•Semantic series, number series, figural series, embedded figures

•Critical thinking, problem solving, word building

•Emotional intelligence, social intelligence

•Coding and decoding

English language: The following topics will be covered

•Spot the error, cloze passage

•Reading comprehension

•Fill in the blanks

•Synonyms/homonyms, antonyms

•Spellings/ detecting misspelt words

•Idioms and 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

Quantitative aptitude


•Number systems

•Percentages, profit and loss, discount, partnership business

•Ratio and proportion

•Averages mixtures and allegation

•Simple and compound interest

•Time and distance

•Time and work





•Statistical charts

General Awareness: Questions are designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and her 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.




•Economic scene

•General policy

•Scientific research

Tier-II exam pattern and syllabus: Descriptive examination

•Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive test of 100 marks

•Will be conducted in pen and paper mode

•The duration of the test will be of 80 minutes

•Paper will comprise an essay (200-250 words) and,

•Letter/application of approximately 150-200 words

•It can be taken in either Hindi or English

The paper has been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates as it is necessary in government jobs. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II will be 33 %. The performance in Tier II will be included for preparing merit.

Tier-III exam pattern and syllabus: Typing/skill test

Tier-III of the examination is a skill test/ typing test which is qualifying in nature. It is conducted for those candidates who qualify in the computer based examination (Tier-I) and descriptive paper (Tier-II).

•Data entry speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) key depressions per hour on Computer for DEO

•For post of data entry operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): A speed Test of not less than 15,000 key depressions per hour for data entry work to be ascertained through speed test on computer

•Typing test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the examination will have to their choice/ option for skill test medium in the application form.

SSC CHSL: Application fee

•Fee payable: Rs.100/-

•Fee can be paid through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa/ Master-card/ Maestro Credit/ Debit card

SSC CHSL : Salary

Lower division clerk (LDC)/junior secretariat assistant (JSA)

•Pay band -1: (Rs.5,200 - 20,200)

•Grade pay: Rs.1,900 (pre-revised)

Postal assistant (PA)/sorting assistant (SA)

•Pay band -1: (Rs.5,200 - 20,200)

•Grade pay: Rs.2,400 (pre-revised)

Data entry operator(DEO)

•Pay band -1: (Rs.5,200 - 20,200),

•Grade pay: Rs.2,400 (pre-revised)

Data entry operator, Grade ‘A’

•Pay band -1: (Rs.5,200 - 20,200)

•Grade pay: Rs.2,400 (pre-revised)

The author is CEO and co-founder at Oliveboard, an online preparation portal for MBA, banking and government exams.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 16:58 IST