Kick start your career right after clearing your 10+2 and get a coveted job in a government organisation. Armed with the knowledge and skill sets that you have acquired in school, you can clear the SSC CHSL Exam and get a promising career related to data entry and/or other clerical work for the various government department in the various ministries of the government.
To know more about SSC CHSL 2021 exam—who organizes it and how, the purpose behind the exam, eligibility, its entire process, syllabus, important dates, exam pattern, salary structure, admit card details, and other important information–read this article thoroughly.
- SSC CHSL Exam
- Recruitment Process
- SSC CHSL 2021 – Overview
- SSC CHSL Exam: Eligibility criteria
- SSC CHSL 2021: Apply Online
- SSC CHSL Exam: Application fee
- SSC CHSL Admit card
- SSC CHSL Salary & Payscale
- SSC CHSL Exam: Number of vacancies
- Resolution process in case there is a tie between candidates
- SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
- SSC CHSL Exam: Syllabus
- SSC CHSL Exam Result
- SSC CHSL Cut Off
- SSC CHSL Preparation
SSC CHSL Exam
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam for candidates who have completed their schooling to fill posts like Lower Division Clerk (LDC), Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant (PA), Sorting Assistant (SA), Court Clerk, and Data Entry Operator (DEO). The SSC selects the appropriate candidates through a computer-based test, a descriptive exam, and a skill/typing test.
The SSC CHSL exam is conducted in three tiers or stages. The first of these is an online exam. The following two are conducted offline. All communication, including registration, takes place online through the official SSC CHSL website. A candidate has to clear each of the first two tiers, one by one. On the basis of the cumulative performance of these two tiers, the list of shortlisted candidates is prepared for the third-tier skill-based test that assesses whether a candidate possesses the required skills. After successfully clearing this stage too, the process of document verification takes place. Finally, the candidates are allotted to the various departments on the basis of their skill sets, merit, and post preference.
SSC CHSL 2021 – Overview
|6th November 2020||Notification Released|
|6th November 2020||Starting Date to apply for SSC CHSL Exam|
|26th December 2020||Last Date to apply for SSC CHSL Exam|
|28th December 2020||Last Date for online fee payment|
|30th December 2020||Last Date for the generation of offline challan|
|1st January 2020||Last Date for fee payment through challan|
|12th April 2021 – 17th April 2021||SSC CHSL Tier I Exam Date|
|To be Announced||SSC CHSL Tier II Exam Date|
Also Read: SSC CHSL Question Papers
SSC CHSL Exam: Eligibility criteria
The following there criteria must be met in order to register for the SSC CHSL exam.
- Citizenship: A candidate must be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India (before the 1st January 1962, to settle in India permanently) or 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).
- Age limit: A candidate must be 18-27 years of age as of 01-01-2021. There is a provision of relaxation in the upper age limit as follows.
|Code No.||Category||Permissible age relaxation beyond the upper age limit|
|01||SC/ ST||5 years|
|03||Persons with Disabilities (PwD-Unreserved)||10 years|
|04||PwD OBC||13 years|
|05||PwD SC/ ST||15 years|
|06||Ex-Servicemen||03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.|
|07||Candidates who had domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989.||5 years|
|08||Defence personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.||3 years|
|09||Defence personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST).||8 years|
|10||Central Government civilian employees who have rendered 3 or more years of regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications.||Up to 40 years of age|
|11||Central Government civilian employees who have rendered 3 or more years of regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications (SC/ ST).||Up to 45 years of age|
|12||Widows/Divorced women or judicially separated women and who are not remarried.||Up to 35 years of age|
|13||Widows/Divorced women or judicially separated women and who are not remarried (SC/ ST).||Up to 40 years of age|
∙Educational Qualification: Candidates who plan to take the SSC CHSL exam must have cleared their twelfth board or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university for the post of LDC/JSA, PA/SA, or DEO (except for DEOs in the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General more often referred to as C&AG.
It is essential to have studied and cleared the science stream (with mathematics) to apply for the DEO position in the Office of the C&AG
SSC CHSL 2021: Apply Online
You can apply for the SSC CHSL exam by following the steps below:
- Visit the SSC official website – https://ssc.nic.in/
- Next click on the tab “Apply.” Now click on the “Combined Higher Secondary Level” exam.
- After filling in all the required information, it will generate the registration number and password.
- Next, fill in the required personal details and educational qualifications.
- Upload a scanned copy of your passport size photograph and signature.
- Now, You can select any three examination centres within the same region
- Carefully verify the information when you have completed the form. Once you submit the form, it’s final and you can’t make any further changes to the application form
- Finally, pay the application fee.
Documents required during form-filling
The following documents should be kept at hand so that the form filling is smooth and uninterrupted.
- A scanned copy of the applicant’s signature (of a size 1 kb < Size < 12 kb) in JPG format.
- A scanned copy of a passport-sized photograph of the candidate that is not more than three months old from the date of notification of the examination (size 20 kb < Size < 50 kb) in JPG format. The date of when the photograph was taken should be typed and be clearly visible on the photograph and on its scanned version too.
- Valid e-mail ID of the candidate for the purpose of registration and all related correspondence.
- Valid ID proof of the candidate.
SSC CHSL Exam: Application fee
All candidates who submit their application for taking the SSC CHSL exams are required to submit an application fee of Rs. 100/- with the exception of women, SC, ST, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen candidates. This fee is to be paid only through the State Bank of India (SBI) either in the form of a challan or through SBI’s Net Banking facility or any other bank’s credit/debit card. The challan form is to be generated online. In order to pay the fee in cash, the candidate should take a printout of the challan generated online after the completion of Part-1 of the registration and deposit the requisite fee in any SBI branch and only then continue with the registration process.
SSC CHSL Admit card
Within a stipulated time after registration has been completed, an e-admit card/hall ticket/call letter is generated and assigned to the candidate. This can be downloaded from the official website of SSC. The admit card for the CHSL Tier-1 exam will be released first. The admit card of the CHSL Tier-2 exam is released to only those candidates who clear the Tier-1 exam and have thereby qualified for the Tier-2 exam.
SSC CHSL Salary & Payscale
The modified salary structure for the different posts under the SSC CHSL exam, after implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, is as follows.
|Post||Basic pay||HRA||TA||Gross salary||In hand|
|DEO – I||25500||6120||3600||35220||31045|
|DEO – II||25500||4080||1800||31380||27205|
|DEO – III||25500||2040||1800||29340||25165|
SSC CHSL Exam: Number of vacancies
The number of vacancies for SSC CHSL posts is released through a notification and varies each year. Last year the 4893 vacancies released were as follows.
SSC CHSL Vacancies 2019-20
|Post||No. of vacancies|
Resolution process in case there is a tie between candidates
In case two candidates score the same in the cumulative result of Tier-1 and Tier-2 stages, then the following criteria, in the given order, helps decide the candidate who should be ranked higher in the merit list.
- Marks obtained in Tier-II examination.
- Marks obtained in Tier-I examination.
- Date of birth, with the older candidate, placed higher. The logic is that the younger candidate will have more chances to take the same exam in the coming years.
- Alphabetical order of the appearance of the names of the candidates.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
|Tier I Exam||Computer based Multiple Choice Questions|
|Tier II||Descriptive – English/Hindi|
|Tier III||Skill Test/Computer Test|
SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Pattern:
SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Pattern:
|Essay Writing & Letter and Application Writing||100|
SSC CHSL Tier 3 Exam Pattern: Typing Test
|Language||Pass Criteria||Test Duration|
|English||35 wpm||15 minutes*|
|Hindi||30 wpm||15 minutes*|
*For the visually handicapped (40% disability) the test duration is 30 minutes.
SSC CHSL Exam: Syllabus
SSC CHSL Tier I Syllabus
|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 and Allegations||Para jumbles||Geography|
|Data Sufficiency||Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Surds and Indices||Miscellaneous||Economy|
|Coded Inequalities||Work and Time||Fill in the blanks||General Policy|
|Seating Arrangement||Time and Distance||Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting||Scientific Research|
|Puzzle||Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere||Paragraph Completion||Awards and Honors|
|Tabulation||Data Interpretation||One Word Substitution||Books and Authors|
|Syllogism||Ratio & Proportion, Percentage||Active/Passive Voice|
|Blood Relations||Number Systems|
|Input Output||Sequence and Series|
|Coding Decoding||Permutation, Combination and Probability|
SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus
|Essay Writing||National Interest, Finance and Economy Ecological Issues, Politics, Social Issues, Schemes and Governance, Sports Technology, Geopolitics, Environmental Concerns, etc.|
|Letter and Application Writing||Official Appreciation, Suggestion, Follow up or Feedback, Complaints, Other Applications, etc.|
SSC CHSL Exam Result
The SSC will publish the results for each stage. You can check your results by going to the official website https://ssc.nic.in
How to check your SSC CHSL Exam Result?
- Visit the website – https://ssc.nic.in
- Click on the ‘Result’ tab.
- Search for the result which corresponds to your exam and click on it.
- You will find your results.
SSC CHSL Cut Off
SSC CHSL Preparation
Each year many candidates fill in forms for the SSC CHSL exam in the hope of acquiring government jobs. If this is your career goal, too, then stay alert for the next notification for the registration of this exam and get the opportunity to serve the nation.
Candidates can appear for this exam after completing their class 12.
There are three stages of the exam. While the first is conducted online, the other two are done offline.
A candidate must be 18-27 years of age as of 01-01-2021.
The minimum qualifying mark is 33 out of 100.