SSC CHSL Exam – A Complete Guide

(Last Updated On: April 28, 2020)

SSC CHSL Exam is one of the most popular exams of the country. In this post I will provide you complete information about this very popular exam of our country. This is a very important exam as it gives an opportunity to the common students the country to government job at very early age.

This article I have divided in many sections and paragraphs which will help you to understand about SSC CHSL Exam in a better way. In case of query you can always ask me in comment section.

In the career section of my blog I have so far written a few articles on IBPS Clerk, IBPS PO, Exams conducted by SSC etc. My objective always remains to provide in-depth information on the topic. You may find my articles very long but you will also appreciate that only through such long articles I can provide you the information which will be of real help. Replica Rolex

So let us understand about SSC CHSL Examination.


The CHSL exam is Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination. This exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission every year. The CHSL exam is conducted for recruitment of various posts such Lower Divisional Clerk, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operator. All the recruitment is done for various offices of Central Government. Selected candidates are posted in various ministries and Central Government departments. This exam gives an opportunity to students to get a government job at a very young age just after 10 + 2. As I have told you CHSL exam is conducted by SSC or Staff Selection Commission which is the most popular body for recruitment of various posts in various government departments.

SSC CHSL Eligibility details

The age limit for SSC CHSL is from 18 to 27 years as per the cutoff date announced in each notification. The education qualification required for this exam is 12th Standard or equivalent examination passed from a recognized Board. For Data Entry Operator (DEO) in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India the qualification required is 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent.

SSC CHSL Vacancy details – Job Profile

I have already told you about the name of posts for which SSC CHSL exam is being conducted. Here I am explaining you about the brief details of each of the post. This will help you to select your preference for the posts. SSC CHSL Exam is conducted for recruitment of the following posts:-

Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant: As you can see that the post of Assistant is two categories i.e. Postal and Sorting. Luxury replica watches

The posting of Postal Assistants is in various post offices. These are located all over the country. Postal Assistants are required to collect the mail and to dispatch the same to the correct customers.

Sorting Assistant as the name suggests are required to sort the mail. The benefit of this job is that you can work in shifts. The shifts are in night also. If you work in a night shift then you are free for the day. Hence as per the convenience you can work.

Data Entry Operator: Data Entry Operator is a simple clerical post where one has to feed data in computer or to maintain registers as per the requirements. There are various types of data and records in every government office. The role of Data Entry Operator is to maintain data as well as to do other clerical job as instructed by the seniors.

Lower Division Clerk: Lower Division Clerk is the starting point of clerical jobs in any government office. This is also a clerical job like Data Entry Operator. While the job of Data Entry Operator is mostly related to data feeding, the job of Lower Division Clerk is to assist in handling routine day to day work such as files maintenance, keeping up the records, counter jobs and other clerical jobs as instructed by the seniors.


The salary structures for the various posts of the SSC CHSL are:

Lower Division Clerks and Junior Secretariat Assistant are in Pay Band – 1 which is Rs. 5200 – Rs. 20200 and Grade Pay of Rs. 1900 (pre-revised). Postal Assistant and Sorting Assistant are in Pay Band – 1 which is Rs. 5200 – Rs. 20200 and Grade Pay of Rs. 2400 (pre-revised). Data Entry Operators are in Pay Band – 1 which is Rs. 5200 – Rs. 20200 and Grade Pay of Rs. 2400 (pre-revised).

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

The exam of SSC CHSL is conducted in three stages. These three stages are called as Tier-I which is a computer based objective type examination, Tier-II which will consist of a descriptive paper and Tier-III in which Typing Test is conducted for Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant, Lower Division Clerk and Junior Secretariat Assistant whereas Skill Test is conducted for Data Entry Operator.

Tier – I (Objective Paper): Tier I will be an objective test having multiple choice questions. This will be a computer based online test. The duration of the exam will be 60 minutes. There will be four sections in this examination.

English Language (Basic Knowledge) (25 questions)

General Intelligence (25 questions)

Quantitative Aptitude (25 questions)

General Awareness (25 questions)

The marks for each paper will be 50. Therefore there will be 100 questions in this exam of 200 marks which are required to be solved in 60 minutes. Negative marking in this exam is very high as the penalty is 0.50 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions. Normally in other competitive exams such as bank exams Negative Marking remains 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Ladys watches

Tier-II (Descriptive Paper): Tier-II will be a descriptive paper in pen and paper mode. It means you have to write the answer on paper and not on computer. The duration of the paper will be 60 minutes. The paper is designed to test the writing skills of candidates. The descriptive paper will comprise an Essay of about 200-250 words and Letter / Application writing of about 150-200 words. This paper will be of qualifying nature only and the minimum qualifying marks are 33 percent. The paper will be available both in Hindi and English. Candidates have to choose any of the option for writing the paper.

Tier –III (Typing Test / Skill Test): This part will consist of Typing Test / Skill Test and will be of qualifying in nature. Tier-III of the Examination would be the Skill Test/ Typing Test which would be of qualifying nature. Skill test will be for Data Entry Operator posts and Typing Test will be for LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant.

SSC CHSL Detailed Syllabus

Now I am providing you the syllabus for each of the section of SSC CHSL exam. I have promised you that I will provide you complete information about SSC CHSL examination. I am sure you must be finding this article very useful.

English Language Syllabus

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General Intelligence Syllabus

ssc chsl exam reasoning syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

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General Awareness Syllabus

ssc chsl exam GK syllabus


Difference between SSC CGL and SSC CHSL


SSC CGL and SSC CHSL are two most popular exams of the Staff Selection Commission. Now I to tell you about the difference between these two exams as quite often students get confused about these two exams. Combined Graduate Level Examination which is popularly known as SSC CGL is conducted by SSC every year. This exam is conducted to recruit staff to various posts in various Government Departments and Institutions. Mainly recruitment is done for Group B and Group C posts. The eligibility for this exam is graduation.

The Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) 10+2 Examination gives an opportunity to students to get a government job at a very young age just after 10 + 2. The CHSL Exam is conducted for recruitment of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operators (DEO), Lower Divisional Clerks (LDC), and Court Clerk under various government organizations. The eligibility for this exam is 10 + 2.

SSC CHSL Admit Card

The admit card of SSC CHSL is released through online mode only. The admit card of the exam can be downloaded from either Regional SSC website or from the SSC main website. Since SSC CHSL is a very big exam therefore try to download your admit card as early as possible. Later due to congestion you may find it difficult to download as website can become slow.

The purpose of this detailed post on SSC CHSL exam is to provide you all the information about the exam at one place. Therefore for the benefits of the students I am providing you steps for downloading the SSC CHSL Admit Card.

Ist Step: Go to the Regional SSC website or SSC main website.

2nd Step: Click on the SSC CHSL Admit Card link.

3rd Step: Enter your roll number / registration number and date of birth and click on submit.

4th Step: Your admit card will be displayed on the screen. Save and download the same.

5th Step: After downloading the SSC CHSL Admit Card verify it for correctness. You should immediately verify important details such as name, date of birth, category, date of exam, centre of exam etc. These are vital information and any discrepancy in it will give you lot of trouble. Therefore in case of any discrepancy immediately contact with the SSC for correction.

SSC CHSL – Important Books

Now-a-days there are lot of good study material is available for SSC Exams. However here I am going to tell you about some of the core books for SSC CHSL exam. These books are vital not only for SSC CHSL exam but for any bank, insurance or SSC exam.

Reasoning Section: For reasoning section you should study RS Aggarwal reasoning book “A Modern Approach to Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning”. Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey is also a very good book, although it is more suitable for Bank PO however preparation from this book will increase your level of preparation.

Quantitative Aptitude Section: Two best books for this section are Quantitative Aptitude Book by RS Aggarwal and Quicker Math by M Tyra. Both are extremely good books and must be read.

General Awareness: Since there are various topics in General Awareness such as history, geography, polity, economics, science, current affairs etc. therefore you should study from various sources for preparation of this section.

English Section: Objective General English by RS Aggarwal and English is Easy are two top books in my opinion.

SSC CHSL – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here I have compiled a set of Frequently Asked Questions on SSC CHSL exam. My students often ask me many questions on this exam. To help you all I have framed answers of all the common questions asked by the students on this exam. This will help you to further get clarity on this big exam.


Question: When the SSC CHSL Notification is announced?

Answer: There is no set date for the SSC CHSL exam notification. However it is announced every year by SSC. The best way for students to know about the date of notification is to download SSC Calendar. Every year in the beginning of the year SSC releases a detailed calendar on the dates of its various exams. You should download the calendar which will keep you updated about all SSC examination.

Question: From where I can get the official notification?

Answer: There are only two authentic source of getting the detailed SSC official notification. First is the official website of SSC and the second is the Employment News.

Question: What are the Eligibility norms for SSC CHSL Examination?

Answer: I have already explained about the eligibility above. Here I am giving it in brief again.

1) You should have passed the 10+2 Examination

2) You must have attained the age of 18 years and maximum age should not be exceeding 27 years.

Question: My 12th result is yet to be announced. Can I apply for SSC CHSL?

Answer: Yes you can, however you have submit the proof of passing the 12th examination before the closing date of online application given in the notification.

Question: After qualifying the objective test do I need to appear in the interview for final selection?

Answer: You will be glad to know that there is no interview in CHSL examination. After the written exam there is typing and skill test.

Question: What is the application fee for the SSC CHSL Exam?

Answer: It is a very economical exam. The fee payable is only Rupees One Hundred Only. Further, women candidates of all categories and candidates belonging to SC, ST, PWD and EXS categories are exempted from payment of fee.

Question: Is there negative marking in the Tier I exam?

Answer: Yes. For incorrect answers penalty of 0.50 marks will be there.


I am sure that after reading this post now you must have a complete idea about the SSC CHSL exam. If you still have any query you can post that in the comment section and I will respond to that.

Due care has been taken while providing all this information. However it is always important to verify the details from the official website. Please note that before applying for SSC CHSL or any other government job you must visit the official notification as well as website.

SSC Official Website

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