Exam Date: Tier 1 (CBT) 12th April 2021 - 27th April 2021


About the Exam


Every year the exam of SSC CHSL is conducted by SSC. Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level or SSC CHSL is a national level exam. The aim of this exam is recruitment of eligible candidates for various posts in different ministries/ departments/ offices of the Government of India. The posts are LDC, JSA, PA, SA and DEO.


Posts and pay scale



Pay Levels

Pay Scales

Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)


Rs. 19,900-63,200

Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)


Rs. 19,900-63,200

Postal Assistant (PA)


Rs. 25,500-81,100

Sorting Assistant (SA)


Rs. 25,500-81,100

Data Entry Operator (DEO)


Rs. 25,500-81,100



Rs. 29,200-92,300

Data Entry Operator (Grade A)


Rs. 25,500-81,100


Eligibility Criteria



  • Nationality/ Citizenship



In order to be eligible for the SSC CHSL exam a candidate should be either of the following -:


  1. Citizen of India or
  2. Subject of Nepal or
  3. Subject of Bhutan or
  4. Tibetan Refugee who settled in India before January 1962 or
  5. A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia) Zaire and Vietnam came with an intention of permanently settling in India. 


If the person belongs in the category (b), (c), (d) or (e) he/ she should have an issued certificate of eligibility by the Government of India.



  • Age Limit



  1. For these posts the age of candidates should be between 18-27years as on 01//01/2021 i.e. only those candidates are eligible for the exam that were born between 02/01/1994 to 01/01/2003. 


  1. Age relaxations for different categories.


Code No.


Age-relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit



5 years



3 years


PwD (Unreserved)

10 years



13 years



15 years


Ex-Servicemen (ESM)

03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of receipt of online application


                    The Commission will determine the age and will only accept if the Date of birth on the online application form and the record in the Matriculation/ Secondary examination are the same. The request for change will not be considered or granted. 


Exam Pattern


The levels of exam are as follows:-


  1. Computer Based Test (Tier-1)
  2. Descriptive Paper (Tier-2)
  3. Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier -3)


Tier-1 (Computer Based Test)




Number of questions, Maximum marks

Time Duration

(For all four parts)


English Language (Basic Knowledge)

25 questions, 

50 Marks

60 Minutes (80 Minutes for candidates eligible for scribe)


General Intelligence

25 questions, 

50 Marks


Quantitative Aptitude

(Basic Arithmetic Skill)

25 questions, 

50 Marks


General Awareness

25 questions, 

50 Marks


  • Tier-1 Exam will consist of only Objective Type, Multiple choice questions. For part II, III and IV the questions will be set in both English and Hindi.
  • There will be negative marking. For every wrong answer 0.50 marks will be deducted.


Tier-2 (Descriptive Paper)


  • Tier-2 will be pen and paper mode descriptive test of 100 Marks. The time duration for the descriptive paper will be 1 hour.
  • Minimum qualifying marks will be 33 percent
  • The paper should be written either in Hindi or English. Keep in mind that zero marks will be awarded if you write part paper in Hindi and part paper in English.
  • On the cover page of the Answer sheet the candidates are advised to write their Roll number correctly in the prescribed places.
  • Candidates are advised not to write any personal detail inside the Answer Book.


Tier-3 (Skill Test/ Typing Test)


  • Test of skill / typing will be conducted for the shortlisted candidates on the computers provided by the Commission or its authorized agency.
  • These tests will be conducted in the cities decided by the Commission or where Regional Offices of the Commission are located.
  • In the skill test the error will be calculated up to 2 decimal places.


Syllabus for Computer Based Test (Tier-1)


  • English Language: 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.


  • 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 decoding, Other subtopics, if any Numerical operations.


  • Quantitative Aptitude: 


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 Alligation, 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 like sin2 θ + Cos2 θ =1 etc. 


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


  • 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.

Selection Process


  • Based on the performance of the Tier-1 Exam candidates will be shortlisted for Tier-2.


  • For different posts there will be category-wise cut-offs in Tier-1.


  • The selection of candidates for Tier-3 will be based on their performance in Tier-1+Tier-2. Keep in mind minimum qualifying marks in Tier-2 is 33%. The candidate who qualifies Tier-1 but fails to qualify Tier-2 will not be shortlisted for Tier-3.


  • On the basis of the performance in Tier-1+Tier-2 and skill test the candidates will be shortlisted for document verification. To get shortlisted the candidates have to pass the Tier-3 by qualifying standards fixed by the Commission.


  • Final selection and allocation of Ministries/ Departments / Offices will be done after the document verification where the performance of the candidate in Tier-1+Tier-2 will be seen and their preferences of Posts/ Departments.