Staff Selection Commission has conducted the SSC CHSL EXAM

About SSC:

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices. The Staff Selection Commission was established in 1975.


SSC CHSL Exam Staff Selection Commission – Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination, often referred to as SSC CHSL, is conducted every year for the recruitment for various posts under the Government of India. It is a major exam for only 12th pass as the minimum educational qualification. Candidates can apply to get a job in the prestigious government jobs for posts such as Data Entry Operator (DEO), Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC), Court Clerk, Postal Assistant, and Sorting Assistant etc.


For LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (except DEOs in C&AG): The candidates who is planning to appear in CHSL 2021 exam must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.

For Data Entry Operator (DEO) in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent.

Age Limit:

The age requirements are between 18 to 27 years. The age is calculated as per the beginning of year of exam i.e. for 2021 it should be 1st Jan 2021. This means that the age of the candidate applying for the exam should be between 2nd January 1994 and 1st January 2003.

Exam Fee

There is also a required amount of application fee which needs to be paid for the examination. All women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation are exempted from paying application fee. For Unreserved and OBC – Rs 100.

Vacancies: 4893 vacancies.

SSC CHSL Last Year Vacancy (2019-20)

Post Name No. Of Vacancy
Lower Division Clerk / Junior Secretariat Assistant 1269
Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant 3598
Data Entry Operator 26
Total 4893

SSC CHSL Last Year Vacancy (2018-19)

Post Name No. Of Vacancy
Lower Division Clerk / Junior Secretariat Assistant 1855 Vacancies
Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant 3880 Vacancies
Data Entry Operator 54 Vacancies

Important Dates

Activity Dates
SSC CHSL Notification 6th November 2020
SSC CHSL Registration Process 6th November – 26th December2020
SSC CHSL Tier-1 Admit Card Jul-21
SSC CHSL Exam Date 2021 (Tier-1) August 4 to 12, 2021
SSC CHSL Tier-1 Answer Key Aug-21
SSC CHSL Tier-1 Result Sep-21

Exam Structure of SSC CHSL

The SSC CHSL Selection Process will require you to pass through 3 Tiers in order to be eligible to get appointed in the respective department. The  selection  process  has  been  briefly  mentioned  in  the table given below:

Tier – I: Objective Computer-Based Test

Tier – II: Descriptive Paper in English/ Hindi (Pen and Paper mode)

Tier – III: Skill Test/ Typing Test wherever Applicable

SSC CHSL Tier-I Exam Pattern:

A. SC CHSL Tier-I Exam Pattern:

SSC will conduct online Test comprising of 4 sections with about a 100 questions in total and with maximum marks of 200. The entire exam is needed to be completed in a time span of 60 minutes. There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. Therefore, it has become imperative for aspirants to perform well in four sections to clear the exam. Clearly this exam requires speed and a very good strike rate. No Blind guesses.

Exam Pattern::

S.No. Name of the tests No. of Maximum Marks Time allotted
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
2 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
3 English Comprehension 25 50 1 Hour
4 General Awareness 25 50

Total 100 200

SSC CHSL Tier-II (Descriptive Paper) Exam Pattern:

SSC CHSL Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in “Pen and Paper” Mode. The duration of the Descriptive Paper will be for one hour. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and a Letter/ Application of approximately 150- 200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.

SSC CHSL Tier 3 (Skill Test/ Typing Test):

SSC CHSL Tier 3 Exam comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts.

Skill Test for Data Entry Operator (DEO):

Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer. The duration of the Test will be 15 minutes.

Typing Tests for LDC/JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant:

Typing test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the examination will have to indicate his/her choice for Skill Test Medium in Application Form.

Typing Test will be qualifying in nature.

Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute.

Candidates opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute.

The speed will be adjusted on the accuracy of typing on the computer of a given passage in 10 minutes.

Note: After skill test or typing test, those candidates who qualify it, will be appointed based on their position in the merit list.

SSC CHSL Salary: Pay Scale

Post Name Pay Scale
LDC/ JSA Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs.1900 (pre-revised)
PA/ SA Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
DEO Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
DEO Grade ‘A’ Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)

SSC CHSL Salary after 7th pay commission

SSC has modified the SSC CHSL Salary Structure for all the Posts after the 7th Pay Commission. SSC CHSL Salary structure after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission in 2017 is given below:

Post Name Basic Pay HRA TA Gross Salary In Hand City

25500 6120 3600 35220 31045 X
DEO 25500 4080 1800 31380 27205 Y

25500 2040 1800 29340 25165 Z
LDC 19900 4776 1350 26026 22411 X
Court Clerk 19900 3184 900 23984 20369 X
PA/SA 19900 1592 900 22392 18777 X

SSC CHSL Cut off 2020:

The SSC CHSL Exam 2020 for tier-1 was conducted from 17.03.2020 to 19.03.2020, 12.10.2020 to 16.10.2020, 19.10.2020 to 21.10.2020, and on 26.10.2020. As the Tier-I Computer Based Examination was conducted in multiple shifts; marks scored by the candidates have been normalized. In this article, we will be discussing the cut-offs comparison for SSC CHSL Exam.

Following is the SSC CHSL Cut Off For the posts of LDC/JSA and PA/SA:

Category Cut-off Marks Candidates Available
UR 159.5244 8321*
SC 136.10355 7566
ST 127.32836 3557
OBC 156.10198 12380
EWS 149.98152 7074
ESM 87.32036 3987
OH 124.36599 608
HH 81.0802 575
VH 123.78857 535
Other PwD 74.32943 253

Note: No vacancies have been reported for the posts of DEO and DEO Grade ‘A’. Therefore, only 01 cut-off has been fixed by the Commission i.e. for the post of LDC/JSA/PA/SA.

SSC CHSL Previous Year Cut Off Marks For Tier-I: 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018-19

So, one must be aware of the SSC CHSL Previous Years cut off and how it differs over the years in the past 4-5 years. Knowing the previous years’ cut off surely helps in determining the possibility in the future and the extra efforts one needs to put in the exam preparation in order to score well. Take a look at the category wise cut off for SSC CHSL Tier 1 written exam over the years from 2015 to 2019 for the post of LDC/PA etc. The table shows a comparison between SSC CHSL Cut-offs accurately:

Some important points to note down from the above table:

It can be seen that the competition in the CHSL examination is getting stronger year by year. The cut off in 2018 was 135.60 as compared to 159.52 in 2019-20. This shows an increase of 23.9%. The cut off varies according to the category one applied from.

SSC CHSL Tier-I Syllabus

SSC CHSL Tier-I Syllabus comprises of 4 subjects which are: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence: & General Awareness. The subject wise topics for SSC CHSL 2021 Tier-I exam is given below:

General Intelligence Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) English Language (Basic Knowledge) General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension History
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Culture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Allegations Para jumbles Geography
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous Economic Scene
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks General Policy
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Scientific Research
Puzzle Menstruation – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion Awards and Honours
Tabulation Data Interpretation One Word Substitution Books and Authors
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Active/Passive Voice
Blood Relations Number Systems

Input Output Sequence & Series

Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination & Probability

SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus

SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus
Topics Word Count Maximum Marks Duration
Essay Writing 200-250 100 60 minutes
Letter/Application Writing 150-200 60 minutes

As stated above, this paper calls for candidates to write an essay and Letter/Application that tests their writing skills of the candidates. The essay topics will be related to National Interest, Finance & Economy, Ecological Issues, Politics, Social Issues, Schemes & Governance, Sports, Technology, Geopolitics, Environmental Concerns etc. While, the type of letter/ application asked will be Application, Complaint, Suggestion, Official Appreciation, Follow up or Feedback etc.

Here’s all you needed to know about SSC CHSL Exam.

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