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Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam is conducted every year by the Staff Selection Committee (SSC). The exam is conducted to select candidates for various posts in Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India. The posts are Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants(PA/SA), Data Entry Operator (DEO), Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC), Court Clerk.

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  • Minimum education qualification required is class 12 to apply for the exam
  • The tentative schedule for the SSC CHSL 2017 Tier 1 exam is in the months of March April 2018 and Tier 2 by the month of June 2018. Application forms will be available by November 2017.
  • The exam is conducted at 2 levels: Tier 1 is online with objective question pattern and Tier 2 is offline test with descriptive question pattern.
  • The candidates who clear Tier 1 are eligible for Tier 2.
  • Tier 1 question paper is of 200 marks and Tier 2 is of 100 marks.
  • There is also Tier 3 exam for testing typing speed and that is for a particular post only.

The new format of Computer based test is being introduced for the first time in 2016 and will be continued this year as well. The level of difficulty of questions asked in SSC CHSL is generally predicted to be of moderate with only few surprises. With growing popularity and recent changes in the CHSL Exam Pattern & Format, the cutoff of SSC CHSL is expected to follow the trend of CGL and soar high in the upcoming years.

SSC CHSL Exam Highlights

Name of the examCombined Higher Secondary Level
Conducted byStaff Selection Committee
Exam name in shortSSC CHSL
Official website,
DepartmentMinistries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India
PostsPostal Assistants/Sorting Assistants(PA/SA), Data Entry Operator (DEO), Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC), Court Clerk
Exam modeTier 1: Online, Tier 2: Offline
LanguageEnglish or Hindi
Exam patternTier 1: Objective, Tier 2: Descriptive
Number of vacancies7000 + in 2016
Number of applicants30 lakhs

SSC CHSL Exam Dates 2017

SSC releases the notification and application for SSC CHSL. It is a two-tier exam which is scheduled on June 26, 2018. SSC Notification for SSC CHSL will be released on November 18, 2017. Here is the tentative schedule for SSC CHSL 2017:

EventDate (Tentative)
SSC Notification for CHSL will be released onNovember 18, 2017
SSC CHSL Application form will be available fromNovember 18, 2017
Last date to submit SSCH CHSL Application form isDecember 18, 2017
Admit CardFebruary 2018
SSC CHSL Tier-1 ExamMarch 20 to April 20, 2018
Tier 1 ResultMay 2018
SSC CHSL Tier-2 ExamJune 26, 2018
Final Merit ListJuly 2018

SSC CHSL Eligibility 2017

There are 3 important eligibility conditions which candidates must fulfill in order to appear for SSC CHSL 2017. These conditions are set by Staff Selection Commission (SSC). They are enlisted below:

  • Age: 18 to 27 years as on January 1, 2017. However, candidates belonging to the reserved categories get a relaxation accordingly. Given below is the age limit relaxation provided to candidates from different categories:
01SC/ST5 years
02OBC3 years
03PH (Physically Handicapped)10 years
04PH + OBC (Other Backward Classes)13 years
05PH + SC / ST (Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe)15 years
09Ex-servicemen (general)3 years
10Ex-servicemen (OBC)6 years (3+3)
11Ex-servicemen (SC/ST)8 years (3+5)

Citizenship: Candidate must be a citizen of India or Subject of Nepal/Bhutan. Tibetan refugee who have settled in India can also apply provided they have a migration certificate. PIO (Person of Indian Origin) can also apply for the exam provided they have settled in India.

  • Educational Qualification: Candidates must have passed class 12 or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University. Candidates who will obtain document evidence to prove the mentioned qualification before January 01, 2018 are also eligible for the exam.

SSC CHSL Vacancies

The exam is conducted for 5134 vacancies of Lower Division Clerk, Data Entry Operator, Court Clerk, and Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant. Given below are the details of post wise vacancies:

SSC CHSL PostsNumber of VacanciesPay BandGrade Pay
Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant3281Pay Band-1 (INR 5200-20200)INR 2400
Data Entry Operator (DEO)506Pay Band-1 (INR 5200-20200)INR 2400
Data Entry Operator (DEO)Pay Band-1 (INR 5200-20200)INR 1900
Lower Division Clerk (LDC)1321Pay Band -1 (INR 5200-20200)INR 1900
Court Clerk26Pay Band -1 (INR 5200-20200)INR 1900

SSC CHSL Application Form 2017

Candidates can get their SSC CHSL Application form only through online mode on the official website of SSC- OR Download the application form, fill the details, upload with scanned images of their photograph and signature and submit it online along with the application fee on this website. Registration begins from November 18, 2017 tentatively. Given below are the steps to fill SSCH CHSL Application Form:

  • Application process for SSC CHSL is divided into 2 parts –Registration Part and Apply Part.
  • Part I of the Registration process involves filling candidates’ name, father’s name, class 10 roll number, DOB and gender. These details cannot be modified at any stage of the process. Verify carefully and click on Submit.
  • Enter Personal Details, Basic Details and Contact Details in the next window that opens. Enter each detail carefully keeping in mind the information given on all the related documents.
  • Submit the details after which you receive a registration number and password.
  • Upload your passport sized photo with size ranging from 100 pixels X 120 pixels and file size between 4 KB- 12 KB). Also, upload your signature in JPEG format with file size between 1 KB- 12 KB and size ranging from 40 pixels X 60 pixels.
  • Preview your application form and edit the incorrect details if any before the final submission. Also, check the uploaded images correctly. Enter your DOB, registration number and password to preview the form
  • Above mentioned steps are included in the Part 1 Registration. Application part includes payment of application fee and choice of exam centers.
  • Select your preferred exam center from the drop-down list and pay the application fee in the required mode.
  • Now finally verify all the details and then submit the form. Note that no requests for corrections in the application form will be entertained after submission.

Note: The mandatory fields are marked with an “*” symbol and it cannot be left blanked.

Application fee for the general and OBC category candidates is INR 100. Female and other reserved categories are exempted from paying the application fee. The fee can be paid through the following modes:

  • Payment by generating at any branch of SBI Bank
  • Payment through SBI Net Banking facility
  • Payment through Credit Card
  • Payment through Debit Card only

SSC CHSL 2017 Admit Card

Admit cards will be available for the eligible candidates few days before the exam. Every candidate can download the admit card from the official website of SSC. The admit card for the SSC CHSL Tier-1 exam will be released first followed by the admit card of Tier-2 exam. The Tier 2 SSC CHSL admit card will be available to only those candidates who qualify Tier 1 exam.

Candidates need to keep checking the official website for updates. SSC will release Admit Card for Tier I in the month of February 2018. Given below are the steps to download SSC CHSL Admit card:

  • Visit,
  • Search for SSC CHSL Admit Card 2017
  • Enter your Registration Id and Date of Birth
  • Your Admit Card will appear on the screen.
  • Download it and take a print-out of it.

SSC CHSL Exam Center

The exam centers are distributed region wise: Central Region, East Region, North Region, South Region, North East Region etc. Each of these regions has a number of centers to conduct the exam.             

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

SSC CHSL is a three-tier exam for recruitment as LDC, DEO, Postal Assistance & Sorting Assistance and Court Clerk.

  • Tier I- Online Exam (computer based test)
  • Tier II- Descriptive Exam (offline test)
  • Tier III- Skill Test/ Tying Test (offline)

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern for Tier I and Tier II

  • SSC CHSL Tier 1 exam is an online mode of exam, with 200 questions of 200 marks.
  • All questions are multiple choice objective type questions.
  • There are 4 sections (General Intelligence, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude & General Awareness) carrying 50 marks for each section and time duration to complete the paper is 75 minutes.
  • There is the system of giving negative marking (1/2 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer) in Tier 1 exam.
  • Candidates who clear Tier 1 will be eligible for Tier 2 exam.
  • Tier 2 exam is a written examination with descriptive questions carrying 100 marks in total and time duration to complete is 1 hour.
  • This examination is qualifying in nature and is conducted to test the skills of the candidates related to the posts.
  • The typing test post qualifying the written test decides the recruitment of candidate to the applied post.

Given below is SSC CHSL Exam Pattern for Tier I and Tier II:

ComponentsSSC CHSL Tier 1SSC CHSL Tier 2
Exam modeOnlineOffline
Questions’ TypeObjectiveDescriptive
Number of Questions100 -
Sections in Tier 1General Intelligence, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude & General AwarenessEssay, Letter and Application Writing
Exam duration75 Minutes60 minutes
Language ModeEnglish & HindiEnglish and Hindi
Marking Scheme2 marks for each question -
Negative Marking1/2 for each wrong answerNo negative marking

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern for Tier III

  • SSC CHSL Typing Test would be conducted only for candidates applying for Data Entry Operator (DEO).
  • Skill Test is conducted for the candidates appearing for recruitment in LDC, Court Clerk and Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant.
  • Candidates have to indicate their choice of language medium at the time of SSC Registration.
  • The skill test is held at the Commission's Regional Offices or other centers as may be decided by the Commission.
SSC CHSL Tier 3 (Skill Test)DEOData Entry Speed (8000 key depressions per hour)Qualifying Exam15 Minutes
SSC CHSL Tier 3 (Typing Test)LDC, Court Clerk, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant35 words per minuteQualifying Exam10 Minutes

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier I

General Intelligence and Reasoning section tests candidate’s observation and analytical skills. Given below are the topics tested in this section:

Logical ReasoningAlphanumeric Series
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestData Sufficiency
Coded InequalitiesSeating Arrangement
SyllogismBlood Relations
Input OutputCoding Decoding

The basic mathematical skills of a candidate are checked in the Quantitative Ability section. Given below are the important topics asked in this section:

SimplificationProfit & Loss
Mixtures & AllegationsSimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
Work & TimeTime & Distance
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereData Interpretation
Ratio & Proportion, PercentageNumber Systems
Sequence & SeriesPermutation, Combination & Probability

English section in SSC CHSL checks the vocabulary and grammatical knowledge of the candidate. Given below are the topics included in this section:

Reading ComprehensionCloze Test
Para jumblesParagraph Completion
Fill in the blanksOne Word Substitution
Multiple Meaning/Error SpottingActive/Passive Voice
Miscellaneous -

General awareness section in SSC CHSL Tier I tests the candidate’s knowledge of the events happening or the ones which have already occurred both in the country and the world. Here are the topics from which questions are framed in the exam:

GeographyEconomic Scene
General PolicyScientific Research
Awards and HonorsBooks and Authors

SSC CHSL 2017 Result

SSC CHSL 2017 Tier 1 result will be declared by May 2018.  The final merit list of successful candidates will be declared by July 2018. Candidates need to visit the site to get their result. They have to log on to the official site and enter their registered id and date of birth. The list of the names of the successful candidates will appear on the screen.

SSC CHSL Result is declared in pdf format mentioning the list of qualified candidates. As analyzed from previous year result trends, approximately 1/6th of the total participating candidates qualify the exam while 1.7% clear the cut off (sectional).

Given below are the steps to check SSC CHSL Result:

  • Visit the official website of SSC and navigate to find the result link
  • Find the result for SSC CHSL in the CHSL tab provided on the website
  • List of qualified candidates is displayed on the screen
  • Find your roll number in the given list of candidates.
  • You can find the cutoff on the same page by clicking on the link given after the list of qualified candidates

When CHSL 2018 results will be announced, you can see some of the following texts:

  • Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (10+2) examination, 2018 marks of candidates in Paper II in Roll No. Order.
  • Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (10+2) examination, 2018 list of candidates qualified in Paper II for appearing in skill test.
  • Combined Higher Secondary level Examination (10+2) examination, 2018 list of candidates qualified in Paper I for appearing in descriptive test.

SSC CHSL Answer Key

Candidates can check the answer key for all the sessions on the official website of SSC. They have to provide their roll number, password and the date of the examination for which they appeared for. These are tentative answer key released by the SSC. With the help of answer, candidates can check the scores and analyze their exam performance. Candidates can even challenge the answer key from March 15 to March 20, 2017 through online method only on payment on INR 100/- per answer.

SSC CHSL Cut off

The cut off list is prepared by the SSC depending on the number of applicants, complexity of the paper, last years’ cut off and so on. In 2016, the cut off was as follows:

CategoryCut off Marks

SSC CHSL Recruitment Process 2017

Once the final merit list of the successful candidates of SSC CHSL is released on the website, they will be invited via post or registered email id for counselling or admission. Dates, time and venue will be mentioned and candidates have to come for counselling only on the allocated date.

SSC CHSL is conducted for recruitment of Lower Division Clerks and Data Entry Operators at various ministries and other government organizations. Candidates are required to clear all the tiers/stages to be able to get shortlisted for the next round. The successful candidates of tier 1 are shortlisted for Descriptive Test and there on in similar fashion for skill test. The marks obtained in the stages must be above the mentioned cut-off to be able to get selected for the next round. Candidates successfully clearing all the exams are finally recruited on the basis of their position in the merit list. The merit list of the candidates is prepared on the basis marks scored by the candidates in each tier.

The final selection of the candidate is based on the verification of the certificates. Certified true copies or Photostat copies of the certificates are not accepted in any case.

Candidates need to bring the following documents on the day of verification:

  • Identity proof
  • Marksheet of class 10
  • Marksheet of class 12
  • SSC CHSL Result Sheet
  • SSC CHSL Admit card
  • Category certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Residence Proof


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1 Comment
sandip mukherjee

Respected sir, I am a Mechanical Diploma Engineer. I completed diploma in 2012. I studied diploma after my 10th exam so i never got through 10+2 . am i eligible for ssc chsl ? diploma board : "west bengal state council of technical education"

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