SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination

The Staff Selection Commission is an administration association established in 1975. It conducts exams every year to recruit candidates for posts in various organizations of Government of India. This article talks about the SSC CHSL exam in India. Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination is one of those exams, which known as SSC CHSL Exam, is taken once in a year.

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Posts Name: Lower Division Clerk (LDC), Data Entry Operator (DEO), Postal Assistant (PA), Sorting Assistant (SA), Court Clerk etc. 

SSC CHSL Eligibility criteria vary as per the post applied by the candidate. Be that as it may, given underneath are the essential measures that applicants need to satisfy to following instructions:

  1. Nationality: An applicant must be either a resident of India, an individual of India cause, subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan exile.
  2.  Age Limit: An applicant ought to be somewhere in the range of 18 and 27 years in age. Age relaxation offered for specific candidates.  
  3.  Qualification:
    1. For LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (exclude DEOs in C&AG): An applicant should finish a 10+2 education from a recognized Board or University.
    2. For DEO – Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject.
  1. Tier-I: Objective exam is taken in online mode. Time Duration- 60 mins
  2. Tier-II: Subjective exam is taken in offline mode. Time Duration- 60 mins
  3. Tier-III:  a) Skill Test for DEO  b) Typing Test for LDC/ PA/ SA

We will take you through the SSC CHSL Salary, Pay Scale and In-Hand Salary for appointed candidates. The following table has the SSC CHSL Grade Pay details of different posts

Post Name

Pay Band

Grade Pay

Gross Salary


PB-1 (5200-20200)




PB-1 (5200-20200)



Court Clerk

PB-1 (5200-20200)




PB-1 (5200-20200)



To begin your preparation, you have to understand the SSC CHSL Tier I, II, and III Syllabus.Let’s look at the detailed syllabus of SSC CHSL Tier-I sections one-by-one:

 English Language: This section tests the candidates’ ability to understand correct grammar usage, vocabulary usage and basic comprehension skills. Here is the list of topics covered in English Language and Comprehension Section of SSC CHSL Tier-I Exam: Antonyms, Synonyms, Homonyms, One Word Substitution, Sentence Completion, Spotting Errors Sentence, Improvement Idioms & Phrases, Spelling Test, Reading comprehension, Active/ Passive Voice, Verbs Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze Passage, Fill in the Blanks etc.

General Intelligence and Reasoning: This section tests the candidates’ ability to think and problem solving skills. The questions will be of both verbal and non-verbal type out of the following chapters:

S. No.

Important General Intelligence Topics


Analogies – Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy


Classification – Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification




Space Orientation


Venn Diagrams


Drawing inferences


Series – Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series


Problem Solving


Emotional and Social Intelligence


Word Building


Coding and Decoding


Operations – Symbolic operations, Numerical operations


Punched hole/ pattern–folding & Un-folding


Figural Pattern–folding and completion


Embedded Figures


Critical thinking

Quantitative Aptitude: This section will test the candidates’ mathematical skills and how good he/she with numbers. Below are the major topics covered in SSC CHSL Tier-I exam under the Quantitative Aptitude Section:

S. No.

Important Quantitative Aptitude Topics


Number System: 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 Allegation, 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 centers, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.


Mesuration: 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 sin2𝜃+Cos2𝜃=1, etc.


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

General Awareness:This section is considered to be one of the high scoring sections of the SSC CHSL Exam. Questions from current affairs taking place around the world and in India will also be a part of this section. Below are the major topics covered in SSC CHSL Tier-I exam under the General Awareness Section:

S. No.

Important General Awareness Topics


History: Facts about Harappa Civilization; Vedic culture; Name of the Kings who built important ancient Temples and Institutions like Nalanda; Chronology of Medieval India and their important systems; India’s freedom movement and their leaders.


Geography: India and its neighboring countries; Famous Seaport and Airport and their location; the important institution of world and India and their locations like BRICS, World Bank, IMF, and RBI, etc.


Economy: Terminology of Budget (like National Income, GDP, Fiscal Deficit and many more); Five Year Plan and its importance; Famous persons in the economy; Institutions and their importance like RBI, SEBI, etc.


Polity: Supreme Court; Meaning of Write; Election of President and his functions; Important constitution bodies like CAG; Facts about parliament; Fundamental Duties; Governor and his functions; State legislature; Major Constitutional amendments and their importance; Official Language; Emergency Provisions; National political parties and their symbols.


Current Affairs: Population Census; Important books and their writers; First sports achievement for India and the world like first Olympic, first Asian Game, etc.; State Animals and Symbols; Awards and their importance; Name of the Scientist who got Noble prize for important discoveries, Latest Scientific Research

SSC CHSL 2019-20 Tier – II (Subjective Type) Exam Pattern

As mentioned above Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper’ Mode. Let’s look at the syllabus of Tier-II exam:

Important Descriptive Paper Topics

(Hindi/ English)

Word Limit (Approximately)

Total Marks and Duration

Essay Writing

200 – 250


(1 Hour)

Letter/Application Writing

150 – 200

SSC CHSL 2019-20 Tier – III (Skill Test/ Typing Test) Exam Pattern

Skill Test is mandatory for Data Entry Operators. Skill Test/ Typing Test for the qualified candidates will be conducted on computers provided by the Commission or its authorized agency.

Skill Test



Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer. The ‘Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on computer’ will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage

The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer

Data Entry Operator in the Office of the

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG)

The ‘speed of 15000 key depressions per hour on Computer’ will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage

The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 3700-4000 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer


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