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The full form of ‘SSC CHSL’’ exam is ‘Staff Selection Commission Combined High School Level (10+ 2)’ exam. SSC conducts a common SSC CHSL Exam every year to recruit for various posts like:-

  • Postal Assistants
  • Sorting Assistants D
  • Data Entry Operators
  • Lower Divisional Clerks
  • Court Clerk
Once you qualify, you are hired as one of these posts in one of the participating banks as per your preference and merit.


This year, SSC has reduced the time limit for Tier I examination from 75 minutes to 60 minutes. After getting recruited in SSC CHSL, you will be getting a handsome salary including other allowances. The final pay band of SSC CHSL officer including HRA, DA, etc. may be Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200). This will increase along with your career path at the bank.

SSC CHSL Vacancy List

There are 3259 vacancies this year in the SSC CHSL exam. To get an idea of the exact number of vacancies bank-wise, please read the table below:

Post Vacancies
Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant 2359
Lower Divisional Clerks 898
Data Entry Operators 2
Total 3259

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern & Selection Process

The examination will consist of three Tiers of exams:

  • Computer-based Written Examination (Tier -I)
  • Descriptive Paper (Tier-II) and
  • Typing Test/Skill Test (Tier-III) Examination for the post of Data Entry Operator, Postal Assistant & Sorting Assistant (PA/SA), Lower Division Clerk and Court Clerk

Subject No. of Qs. Max. Marks Time
General Intelligence 25 50
60 Mins
(80 Mins for VH/OH
& Cerebral Palsy)
English 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Total 100 200

Apart from the Prelims, the Tier II will be a descriptive paper 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper Mode The duration of the paper would be for one hour (20minutes extra will be provided for candidates with VH/OH afflicted by Cerebral Palsy, OH with a deformity in writing hand). This paper has been introduced to assess your writing skills. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200 -250 words and Letter/Application writing of approximately 150-200 words.

  • The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 percent.
  • The performance in Tier II would be included in preparing merit.
  • You have to write the paper either in Hindi or in English. The part paper written in Hindi and Part of English will not be evaluated.
The Tier III of SSC CHSL will be a Skill Test Skill Test/Typing Test which would be of a qualifying nature. The final merit of the successful candidates would be determined on the basis of total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II.

SSC CHSL Detailed Syllabus to Prepare for SSC CHSL exam

Given below is the SSC CHSL Prelims Syllabus. You go through the topics carefully or click on the link given to check the SSC CHSL Syllabus in detail.

General Intelligence English Language Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness
- 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 sub-topics
- if any Numerical operations.
- 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.
- Number Systems
- Fundamental arithmetical
- Operations
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Mensuration
- Statistical Charts
- questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries
- History
- Culture
- Geography
- Economic Scene
- General policy and scientific research.

Now that you know the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern, you should start your preparation accordingly.

A. Know the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2018

You should know the changed SSC CHSL Mains exam pattern including negative marking scheme.

B. Know the Expected & Previous Years SSC CHSL Cut Off

You should go through the previous years cut offs, especially SSC CHSL Cut Off 2015 & SSC CHSL question papers.

C. Preparation for all Sections with Equal Importance

You should give equal importance to each & every section such as Quant, GI, GA & English and try to work on the topics which are frequently asked. Also, you need to work on your weak areas and improve them accordingly.

D. Practice SSC Mock Test for CHSL

It is very important to solve Online SSC CHSL Mock Tests and question papers available on the Internet. It will give you confidence while solving the actual SSC CHSL exam.

SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria

Overall, there are 3 criteria on which the eligibility of a candidate is judged for SSC CHSL. You need to qualify these eligibility standards to apply for this exam. These 3 criteria are broadly classified into the following categories:

1) SSC Age Limit for CHSL Exam( As on 1st August 2018)
Minimum Age - 18years
Maximum Age - 27 years
You need to fall into this upper & lower age limit to apply for SSC CHSL.

2) SSC Age Relaxation for CHSL Exam ( As on 1st August 2018)
The Age Relaxation for IBPS PO Exam will be applicable as per Govt. norms. The IBPS PO Age Relaxation for different categories are as follows:

  • SC/ST - 5 years
  • OBC (Non - Creamy Layer) - 3 years
  • PWD - 10 years
  • Pwd + OBC - 13 years
  • PWD + SC/ST - 15 years

3) SSC CHSL Educational Qualification (As on 1st August 2018)
The minimum qualification required to apply for SSC CHSL Recruitment is an Intermediate Degree.

How to Apply for SSC CHSL?

Note that you can apply for SSC CHSL Exam through Online mode only. Therefore, make sure not to delay the application process any further! To apply for SSC CHSL Exam, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. You can register through SSC official website and click on the ‘Home Page’.
  2. You have to pay the Application fee online using Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking/Cash Cards/Wallets, etc.
  3. Use a valid email ID that should be kept active till the declaration of results.
  4. You should keep a scanned photograph and signature ready as per requirements mentioned in the official notification.
  5. Submit the Application Form.
  6. Take out the Print Out of the Application Form for future reference.
  7. By following these above steps, you will submit your SSC CHSL Form successfully.

SSC CHSL Previous Year Cut off

The SSC CHSL Cut Off vary from posts to posts every year. Below is the list of cut off for the post of Data Entry Skill Test for DEO & C&AG

Category Cutoff Marks in Paper I & II
SC 182.50
ST 172.00
OBC 194.00
Ex.S 149.50
OH 180.00
HH 145.00
VH 170.50
UR 202.50

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