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SSC CHSL Exam 2021 - Complete Details


The SSC Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level ( SSC CHSL ) is a nationwide exam conducted for the 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.

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SSC CHSL Exam Notification

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.

Recruitment Process

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

Date Event
6th November 2020Notification Released
6th November 2020Starting Date to apply for SSC CHSL Exam
26th December 2020Last Date to apply for SSC CHSL Exam
28th December 2020Last Date for online fee payment
30th December 2020Last Date for the generation of offline challan
1st January 2021Last Date for fee payment through challan
12th April 2021 – 17th April 2021SSC CHSL Tier I Exam Date
9th January 2022SSC CHSL Tier II Exam Date

Also Read: SSC CHSL Question Papers

SSC CHSL Exam: Eligibility criteria

The following three criteria must be met in order to register for the SSC CHSL exam.


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.CategoryPermissible age relaxation beyond the upper age limit
01SC/ ST5 years
02OBC3 years
03Persons with Disabilities (PwD-Unreserved)10 years
04PwD OBC13 years
05PwD SC/ ST15 years
06Ex-Servicemen03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.
07Candidates who had domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989.5 years
08Defence personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.3 years
09Defence 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
10Central 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
11Central 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
12Widows/Divorced women or judicially separated women and who are not remarried.Up to 35 years of age
13Widows/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:

  1. Visit the SSC official website –
  2. Next click on the tab “Apply.” Now click on the “Combined Higher Secondary Level” exam.
  3. After filling in all the required information, it will generate the registration number and password.
  4. Next, fill in the required personal details and educational qualifications.
  5. Upload a scanned copy of your passport size photograph and signature.
  6. Now, You can select any three examination centres within the same region
  7. 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
  8. 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.

  1. A scanned copy of the applicant’s signature (of a size 1 kb < Size < 12 kb) in JPG format.
  2. 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.
  3. Valid e-mail ID of the candidate for the purpose of registration and all related correspondence.
  4. 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.

PostBasic payHRATAGross salaryIn hand
DEO – I25500612036003522031045
DEO – II25500408018003138027205
DEO – III25500204018002934025165
Court Clerk1990031849002398420369

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
LDC/ JSA1269 
PA/ SA3598 

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.

  1. Marks obtained in Tier-II examination.
  2. Marks obtained in Tier-I examination.
  3. 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.
  4. Alphabetical order of the appearance of the names of the candidates.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

TierExam Type
Tier I ExamComputer based Multiple Choice Questions
Tier IIDescriptive – English/Hindi
Tier IIISkill Test/Computer Test

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Pattern:

SubjectsTotal Marks
General Awareness50
General Intelligence 50
Quantitative Aptitude50
English Language50

SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Pattern:

SubjectsTotal Marks
Essay Writing & Letter and Application Writing100

SSC CHSL Tier 3 Exam Pattern: Typing Test

LanguagePass CriteriaTest Duration
English35 wpm15 minutes*
Hindi30 wpm15 minutes*

*For the visually handicapped (40% disability) the test duration is 30 minutes.

SSC CHSL Exam: Syllabus 

SSC CHSL Tier I Syllabus

General IntelligenceQuantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)English Language (Basic Knowledge)General Awareness
Logical ReasoningSimplificationReading ComprehensionHistory
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze TestCulture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestMixtures and AllegationsPara jumblesGeography
Data SufficiencySimple Interest, Compound Interest, Surds and IndicesMiscellaneousEconomy
Coded InequalitiesWork and TimeFill in the blanksGeneral Policy
Seating ArrangementTime and DistanceMultiple Meaning/Error SpottingScientific Research
PuzzleMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereParagraph CompletionAwards and Honors
TabulationData InterpretationOne Word SubstitutionBooks and Authors
SyllogismRatio & Proportion, PercentageActive/Passive Voice  
Blood RelationsNumber Systems  
Input OutputSequence and Series  
Coding DecodingPermutation, Combination and Probability  

SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus

Essay WritingNational Interest, Finance and Economy Ecological Issues, Politics, Social Issues, Schemes and Governance, Sports Technology, Geopolitics, Environmental Concerns, etc.
Letter and Application WritingOfficial 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 

How to check your SSC CHSL Exam Result?

  1. Visit the website –
  2. Click on the ‘Result’ tab.
  3. Search for the result which corresponds to your exam and click on it.
  4. You will find your results.


CategoryCut-off Marks
Other PwD74.32943

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When can I appear for the SSC CHSL Exam?

Candidates can appear for this exam after completing their class 12.

What are the different stages of the exam? +

There are three stages of the exam. While the first is conducted online, the other two are done offline.

What is the age limit for SSC CHSL Exam 2021? +

A candidate must be 18-27 years of age as of 01-01-2021.

What are the cut-off marks for this exam? +

The minimum qualifying mark is 33 out of 100.

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