SSC CHSL Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
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Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is one of the most desirable organizations for Government exams in India. SSC CHSL (10+2) includes Lower Division Clerk, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant, and Data Entry Operator posts. SSC will select and recommend candidates for Assistants / Clerks posts through a computer-based test, descriptive paper, and skill test, or typing test.

The Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CHSL exam every year for recruitment in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India. The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL, 10+2) Exam for recruitment to various posts like:

  • Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants(PA/SA)
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  • Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
  • Court Clerk

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Under Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Selecting candidates for posts of LDC, SA, JSA, DEO and PA
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
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SSC CHSL Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be either:
    (a) a citizen of India, or
    (b) a subject of Nepal, or
    (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
    (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    (e) 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.

    Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • For LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (except DEOs in C&AG): Candidates must have passed 12th Standard 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): 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent.

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the SSC CHSL Exam should be minimum of 18 years and maximum of 27 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 32 years
    OBC 30 years
    PwD (Unreserved) 32 years
    PwD (OBC) 40 years
    PwD (SC/ST) 42 years
    Ex-Servicemen (ESM) 30 years
    Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities (UR) 30 years
    Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities (ST/ST) 35 years
    Central Government Civilian Employees (UR) 40 years
    Central Government Civilian Employees (ST/SC) 45 years
    Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (UR) 35 years
    Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ST) 40 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. No well-defined number of attempts has been stated by the recruiting body. The candidate may appear as long as she/he fits into the age criteria stated by the recruiting body.

SSC CHSL Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application November 6, 2020
Last Date of Application December 15, 2020
Starting Date of SSC CHSL Exam (Tier-I) To be notified
Ending Date of SSC CHSL Exam (Tier-I) April 27, 2021
Date of Tier-II Examination (Descriptive Paper) To be notified

**Note:
The date of Tier-I exam for candidates who have opted for examination centers in West Bengal is 21-05-2021 to 22-05-2021.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2021

The examination will consist of Computer Based Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive Paper (Tier-II) and Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III). The paper is divided into four sections. Tier-II is a descriptive type of question conducted offline, and Tier-III is conducted to test the candidate’s skills and speed typing on a computer. In the question papers, wherever necessary, the metric systems of weights and measures will be used.

Pattern for Tier-I (Computer Based Examination)

Tier-I is an objective exam that contains 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) of 200 marks. The exam is conducted in online mode. Candidates need to complete the paper for a duration of one hour.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 English Language (Basic Knowledge)
Qualifying Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.50 50
2 General Intelligence
Qualifying Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.50 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)
Qualifying Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.50 50
4 General Awareness
Qualifying Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.50 50
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Tier-II

Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper’ Mode. The Paper will comprise of writing Essay/ Letter/ Application/ Precis etc. The duration of the Descriptive Paper will be for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also be provided to the candidates eligible for a scribe as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 above). The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 percent.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Descriptive Paper

This paper is conducted to test the writing skills of the candidate.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 60 mins 100
Total Marks* 100

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Tier-III (Skill Test/ Typing Test)

The Tier III of SSC CHSL will be a Skill Test/Typing Test which would be of qualifying nature. The final merit of the successful candidates would be determined based on the total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II.

SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Tier-I (Computer Based Examination)

1 English Language (Basic Knowledge)

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.

2 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 sub-topics, if any Numerical operations.

3 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.

4 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 research.

Syllabus for Tier-II

1 Descriptive Paper

  • Essay Writing
  • Letter Writing

Syllabus for Tier-III (Skill Test/ Typing Test)

  • The test includes a typing test for 15 minutes duration. Candidates have to write 35 words per minute (English) and 30 words per minute(Hindi).
  • For VH – visually handicapped candidates (40% disabled), will get an additional 30 minutes for this test.

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