SSC CHSL Exam – Eligibility, Pattern, Selection Process & Dates (2019)

Every year Staff Selection Commission released the official notification for the Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination. Every year Lakh of candidates will the application form to get a job in various departments. This year also lakhs of applicants have filled the application form.

The candidates who pass the exam of CHSL will be recruited as the LDC (Lower Division Clerk), Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant & Data Entry Operators in the various departments. The CHSL Exam is also known as the 12th pass exam as the minimum educational qualification required for this post is 12th class.

SSC CHSL Exam 2019

Staff Selection Commission released the official notification for the SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination 2018-19 in the month of March 2019. The Commission also invited the application form from all eligible candidates for the same and the application form filling process started on the same date.

The last date for the receipt of the application was 5th April 2019. The online fee submission process closed on 7th April 2019 while the offline fee process closed on 9th April 2019. Now the link to fill the application form was disabled.

The Staff Selection Commission will conduct the Tier 1 exam for the SSC CHSL in the month of July. The exam will be held from 1st July 2019 to 26th July 2019. The admit cards will be released in June. The descriptive paper exam date is 29th September.  Here are the complete details of the SSC CHSL Exam with Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Reservation and other.

SSC CHSL Exam 2019 – Important Dates

SSC CHSL Notification Released On 5th March 2019
Application Process Started On 5th March 2019
Last Date for Application 5th April 2019
Last Date For Payment of Application Fee via Online Mode 7th April 2019
Payment via Offline Mode 9th April 2019
Admit Cards For Tier 1 In the last week of June 2019
SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam Date 1st July to 26th July 2019
SSC CHSL Tier 2 Admit Cards In September after 2nd Week
SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam Date 29th September 2019
Skill Test Date To be announced later on after Tier 2

Eligibility Criteria & Educational Qualifications

For the post of LDC, JSA, PA, DEO except for the DEOs and C&AG, the candidates must have passed the 12th standard or any equivalent examination from a recognized board or University. For the post of Data Entry Operator in the Officer of the Controller and the Auditor General of India, the candidates must have passed the 12th class in Science Stream with Math as a subject.

These are the minimum educational qualifications for the exam. All those candidates who are graduate or postgraduate can also fill the form for the CHSL exam. In short, all 12th pass candidates can fill the application form for the CHSL Examination.

SSC CHSL Exam – Selection Process

Staff Selection Commission selects the candidates for the various posts under the CHSL exam on Tier 1 and Tier 2 exam. The candidates who will clear the Tier 1 and Tier 2 will be selected. For some posts, there is also a tier 3. Tier 1 of the SSC CHSL is a CBT Exam (Computer Based Examination). Tier 2 is descriptive paper and Tier 3 is a skill test or typing test. If considered necessary, the Staff Selection Commission holds the right to introduce an additional stage in the selection process.

First of all, candidates will have to appear in the Tier 1 examination. Only those candidates will be called for the Tier 1 examination whose application form will be found complete. Without the application fee, the form is counted as incomplete. All those candidates who successfully clear the Tier 1 examination of the SSC CHSL Exam will be called for the Tier 2 exam. Those candidates who will clear the Tier 2 descriptive paper, will be called for the Skill test.

SSC CHSL Exam – Examination Pattern

As said above that the candidates will have to clear the Tier 1 CBT Exam, Tier 2 Descriptive Paper, And Skill Test. If the candidates have prepared well then all the three tiers are easy and qualifying in nature.

Tier 1 (CBT Exam): Tier 1 of the SSC CHSL exam will be held in the month of July 2019. The examination will be of 200 marks. There will be 4 sections in the Computer-Based test of the CHSL exam which will be of English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness. Each section will have total of 25 questions and each question will be 2 marks. The candidates will be given only 60 minutes to attempt the 100 questions which means there is less than 1 minute for each question.

Tier 1 examination of the SSC CHSL Exam is an objective type paper where each question will have four different options of the answer. The candidates will have to choose the right one. If the answer chosen is wrong, then there will be negative marking. After the exam, the Staff Selection Commission will upload the answer keys on the official website. The candidates can submit representation regarding any answer key within the time limit fixed by the SSC.

SSC CHSL CBT Exam Pattern (60 minutes duration)

Part Paper Marks & Questions
I English Language (Basic Knowledge) 25 questions of 50 marks
II General Intelligence 25 questions of 50 marks
III Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 25 questions of 50 marks
IV General Awareness 25 questions of 50 marks

Tier 2 (Descriptive Paper): Tier 2 of the SSC CHSL Exam is a descriptive paper which will be conducted in Pen and Paper mode. The maximum marks of the descriptive paper are 100. The duration of the descriptive paper of CHSL is 1 hour i.e 60 minutes. The candidates will be required 33% minimum marks in the descriptive paper to qualify it. The performance of the candidate in Tier 2 will be included in preparing the merit list.

Candidates will have the option to write the descriptive paper either in Hindi or English. Those candidates will be awarded zero marks who will write half of the paper in English and Half of the CHSL Paper in Hindi. Further, candidates will also have to write the correct roll number and affix the signature along with the thumb impression in the Question paper cum answer book.

Tier 3 (Skill Test): All those candidates who will clear the Tier 1 and then Tier 2 will go for the Skill Test. The Skill Test in the SSC CHSL exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission on computers provided by the Commission. The Staff Selection Commission will conduct the Skill test in those cities where the regional offices of the Commission are located. The Skill Test of the CHSL exam is qualifying in nature.

SSC CHSL Exam – Syllabus For Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 (Skill Test)

SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus for Tier 1: As said above that there will be 4 sections in the SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination Computer-based test – English Language, General Intelligence, Aptitude, and General Awareness. In the General Awareness section of the CHSL Exam, the questions will be designed to test the general awareness of the environment. There will be questions based on the current events, questions related to India and its neighboring countries, History, Culture, Geography, General Policy, Economic Scene & Scientific Research.

In the Aptitude section, there be questions from the Number System (Whole number, Decimals, Fractions & Relationship between numbers), Fundamental Arthimatic Operation (Percentage, Ratio, Square Roots, Average, Interest, Proportion, Profit/Loss, Time & Distance etc), Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry and Statistical Charts. In the General Intelligence section of the CHSL Exam, there will be questions from the Verbal, Non-Verbal type. The test will include the Senmatic Analogy, Number Analogy, Venn Diagrams, Figural Series, Coding, Decoding, etc.

In the General English Section of the SSC CHSL Exam there will be questions based on Spotting the error, Fill in the blanks, Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings, Mis Spelt Words, Idioms & Phrases, Active Passive Voice, Narration, Verbs, Direct-Indirect Speech, Shuffling of Sentence and Comprehension Passage, etc.

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier 2: In the descriptive paper of the SSC CHSL Exam, there will be Essay Writing and Letter/Application Writing. The candidates appearing in Tier 2 of the SSC CHSL Exam will have to write an Essay of 200 – 250 words and a leave/Letter/Application of 150-200 words. Candidates can write the Essay and Letter or Leave in Hindi or English Language. But if you choose to write in English then the letter and application will be written in English. Candidates are advised not to write anything inside the answer book and if found then the candidate will be awarded zero marks.

Tier 3 Skill Test: Skill test is mandatory for the post of Data Entry Operator. The candidates will have the data entry speed of 8000 Key Depressions per hour on the computer. The speed of the key depressions per hour on the computer will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words. The duration of the Data Entry or Skill Test will be 15 minutes. For the post of data entry in Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the speed required is 15000 Key depression per hour on Computer.

Typing Test for LDC, JSA and Postal/Sorting Assistant will be held in Hindi and English. For the typing test candidates can opt in between English and Hindi. The candidates who opted for the English language will have a typing speed of 35 words per minute while for the Hindi language, the typing speed will be 30 words per minute. The speed of typing will be adjudged on the basis of the accuracy of typing.

SSC CHSL Examination Mode of Selection

All those candidates who filled the application form on or before the closing date of online application and are found to be in order will be called to appear in the examination. The admit cards for all the eligible candidates will be uploaded on the Staff Selection Commission official website 10-15 days before the commencement of examination. No admit cards will be sent by post to anyone and candidates will have to download the roll numbers from the official website.

There will be category wise cut off in Tier 1 and subsequent Tiers for the different posts i.e for the post if DEO, DEO Grade A, LDC/JSA, and PA/SA. The candidates will be selected for the Tier 3 on the basis of score in Tier 1 and Tier 2 (Must have at least 33% marks in Tier 2 Descriptive Paper). Once the candidate clears all three tiers he/she will be called for the Document Verification to check the eligibility for the post.

Some Important Tips To Attempt The Paper of CHSL

As mentioned above that the CBT Exam has four sections in which there will be 25 questions each from the English Language, General Intelligence, Aptitude, and General Awareness. If you start attempting the Aptitude section and General Intelligence first then you may be left little time to attempt the English & General Awareness section. You don’t need more time to attempt the General English and General Awareness section. So start with these sections.

There will be a total of 50 questions in these sections and it will hardly take 15-20 minutes to attempt these questions. If the 50 questions are attempted in 20 minutes then you will have 40 minutes to attempt the next 50 questions. In this way, you can have enough time to solve the Aptitude and Intelligence section. Don’t attempt that question in which you are not sure about the answer as there will be negative marking and each negative marking will reduce your chances for selection to the Tier 2.

Try solving old question papers of the SSC CHSL Exam this will let you know that in how much time you can attempt the paper. There are a lot of apps available in which you can also practice. Be aware of the recent events as the question paper will have the questions regarding the latest events and happenings.

Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam – Application Fee

The application fee for the SSC CHSL Paper remains the same every year. Only candidates belonging to the General Category and OBC category will have to pay the application fee. The application fee or the examination fee for the SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination is Rs 100. The fee for the exam can be paid via various modes. Candidates can either choose to pay the fee via credit card, Debit card, Net Banking, BHIM UPI or via SBI Challan. It is better to pay the application fee via online mode.

All the women candidates from any category, candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Persons with disability and Ex-Servicemen are exempted from paying the application fee. Candidates applying for filling the application form make sure that they should pay the fee for the CHSL application form timely because, without the application fee, the forms will not be accepted.

Pay Scale For Various Posts Under the SSC CHSL Examination

1. For the post of Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA) candidates selected will get a pay band scale of Rs 5200-20200, and Grade Pay of Rs 1900.
2. For the post of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant candidates selected will get a pay scale of Rs 5200 – Rs 20200 with Grade pay of Rs 2400.
3. For the post of Data Entry Operator (DEO), the candidates selected will get a pay band scale of Rs 5200 – Rs 20200 with Grade Pay of Rs 2400.
4. For the post of Data Entry Operator Grade A, the candidates selected will get a pay band scale of Rs 5200 – Rs 20200 with Grade Pay of Rs 2400.

Important Instructions To Candidates During Application Form Filling Process

– Before filling the application form online on the official website of the Staff Selection Commission, candidates must go through the instructions given in the notification carefully. After the instructions, the candidates make sure that they met the eligibility criteria for the post or not. If he/she is eligible for the post, then fill the application form.

– Enter the correct name while filling the application form for the CHSL Exam. The candidates filling the form must write the exact name and date of birth in the form which is recorded in the matriculation certificate or secondary certificate. If the Commission will found any variation during the document verification, then the candidature will be canceled.

– Don’t wait for the last date. Fill the application form as soon as possible. Sometimes in the last few days lakhs of candidates started applying at the same time and at this time there are maximum possibilities for the server down or disconnection or failure to log in. So to avoid last minute rush and heavy load on the website fill the application form timely.

– Candidates filling the form for the CHSL exam are advised to fill only one form at a time. No candidate is allowed to fill more than one application form. If this is found than only the latest application from the candidate will be accepted and others will be canceled.

– Write the Father and Mother name in the application form which strictly matches the name in the matriculation form. The candidature will be canceled if the name found is incorrect or mismatched.

– Upload the visible photograph and signature. Application received with the blurry images, and signature will be rejected by the Commission. There is no facility to request any corrections in the application form once submitted in any circumstances. Candidates are advised to upload the latest photograph and also keep more than 2 copies of the same photograph.

Procedure of Filling the Application Form For CHSL Exam

There are two main steps in filling the application form for the SSC CHSL Exam. The first step is the Main registration and this is the important step because without the registration candidate’s won’t be able to fill the form. This is a one-time registration process. The second step is Filling the Application form of CHSL. In the first step, that is the registration process candidates need to enter the Mobile Number, Email ID, Aadhaar Number, 10th class roll number etc. Candidates need to enter the correct mobile number. During the registration process, an OTP will be sent on the number.

Fill all the details needed in the registration form. Candidates will have to enter the qualification details, Mother and Father name, Name of the education board, Gender, Mobile Number, Email ID, etc. After the registration process candidates can change the details twice only.

Now login on the official website of Staff Selection Commission with the registration number and password. After that click on the Apply now button on the home page and then select the SSC CHSL 10+2 Level Examination. Some of the details will be automatically filled from the registration section. If you want any corrections in the data then click on the Modify Registration link. Now select the preferences of the examination centre. Choose first preference as the nearby location and then other.

Now candidates will have to select the medium of the test and fill qualification details (12the Science or Mathematics). Select category and then proceed for the payment of application fee. Pay the fee via online or offline mode. After the whole process submit the application form.

SSC CHSL Exam – Tie Cases

There are possible chances that two or more than two candidates will secure equal aggregate marks in Tier 1 & Tier 2. In this case, the Staff Selection Commission will resolve this in three different ways. The first one is the total marks in the Tier 2 examination, the second one is Date of Birth. In the case of Date of Birth, the candidate with the older date of birth will be placed higher. And third tie-breaker is the Alphabetical Order of names.

Age Limit For Appearing in CHSL Exam

For all of the vacancies and posts under the CHSL Paper, the minimum age limit on or after which candidates can fill the application form is 18 years. The maximum age limit to apply for the CHSL Exam is 27 years. There is also age relaxation form the various categories which are as follows

– Candidates belonging to the SC and ST category will get 5 years age relaxation in upper age limit which means that the maximum age limit for these categories candidates is 32 years.
– For the candidates belonging to the OBC category, the age relaxation of 3 years is there. This means that the OBC category candidates with upper age up to 30 years can fill the application form.
– For the PWD category candidates (unreserved), the maximum age limit to apply for the post is 37 years. There is a 10 years age relaxation in the upper age.
– For the PWD (OBC) category candidates, there is a 13 years age relaxation. The candidates from this category with an upper age limit up to 40 years can fill the application form.
– For the PWD (SC/ST) category, there is a relaxation of 15 years in the upper age limit. This means candidates up to 42 years can fill the application form.
– For the Ex-Servicemen, the candidates will get 03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age.

Important: Malpractice in SSC CHSL Exam Can Give Up To 7 Years of Debarment Period

If candidates are found to entertain at any stage in any of the malpractices, Violations, Misbehaviour, etc during the examination or thereafter, their candidature for this exam will be canceled and they will be suspended from the examinations of the Commission for a period (depending on the malpractice). Below are details of debarment period details if the candidate found in entertaining any malpractice.

Debarment period of 2 years: If the candidate takes away any exam related material (OMR sheets, Rough Sheets, Commission copy of Admit cards, Answer sheet, etc) from the examination hall. Passing the answer sheet to unauthorized persons is also included in this. If the candidate leaves the hall of examination uninformed during the examination.

Debarment period of 3 years: Misbehaving in any manner with the Supervisor, Security Guard or Invigilator. Making incorrect statements, suppressing material information, etc. Obtaining support by any irregular means in connection with the candidature. Keeping the mobile phone during the exam (Switch off or Switch on mode). Appearing in the exam more than once etc.

Debarment period of 5 Years: Appearing in the exam with forged identity, Admit card, damaging the infrastructure and Equipment in the examination hall and possession of firearms and weapons during the examination.

Debarment period of 7 Years: Assault, use of force in any manner to the exam faculty, Threatening the exam functionaries, using unfair means in exams like the copying. Use of Bluetooth devices, cameras and any other electronic gadget, Making videos of question paper, sharing exam terminal via remote desktop and attempt to hack the servers, data and examination system.

SSC CHSL Exam – Centre of Examination

The CHSL Examination Centre depends on the centre selected by the candidates at the time of submission and filling of the application form. Below are the details regarding the centre of examination for CHSL Exam:

SSC Central Region: If the candidates have filled the examination form under the SSC Central Region which includes Bihar & Uttar Pradesh then he/she will get the examination centre from Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Agra, Varanasi, Lucknow, Moradabad, Meerut, Kanpur, Jhansi, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareily & Gorakhpur.

SSC Eastern Region (SSCER): SSC Eastern Region includes the Andaman & Nicobar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim & West Bengal. If the candidates have filled application form under SSC ER, then the centre of examination will be from Port Blair, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Balasore. Bhrampur-Ganjam, Siliguri, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttak, Hooghly, Asansol, Rourkela, & Sambalpur.

SSC Kerala Karnataka Region: Under the SSC Kerala Karnataka Region Lakshadeep, Karnataka and Kerala fall. If the candidates filled the application form under this region, then the examination centre will be from Belagaum, Bengaluru, Hubli, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Kavaratti, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Kollam, Kannur, Ernakulam, Udupi, Shimoga, & Mysore.

SSC MPR (Madhya Pradesh Sub Region): Under the Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh region of Staff Selection Commission there comes, the Chhatisgarh & Madhya Pradesh Region. The centre of examination of SSC CHSL exam will be from Bhilai Nagar, Bilaspur, Raipur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Ujjain, Satna, Sagar, Jabalpur, and Indore.

SSC NER (North Eastern Region): Under the Staff Selection Commission North Eastern Region there comes the Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland & Tripura. If the candidate has filled the application form under this region then they will get centre from Itanagar, Agartala, Aizwal, Kohima, Imphal, Shillong, Churachandpur, Tejpur, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat and Silchar.

SSC NR (Northern Region): Under the SSC Northern Region there comes the Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttrakhand. The examination centre under this region are Delhi NCR, Ajmer, Roorkee, Dehradun, Haldwani, Udaipur, Sriganganagar, Sikar, Kota, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur and Jodhpur.

SSC NWR (North West Region): Under the Staff Selection Commission North West region, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Jammu Kashmir falls. The centre of examination under the SSC NWR are Chandigarh, Hamirpur, Shimla, Jammu, Leh, Samba, Patiala, Mohali, Ludhiana, Amritsar, and Srinagar.

SSC SR (Southern Region): In the Staff Selection Commission Southern Region, there comes the Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana. The Centre of examination under this region are Chirala, Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Warangal, Karimnagar, Hyderabad, Bellore, Tirunelveli, Tiruchirapalli, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Salem, Madurai, Coimbatore, Chennai, Poducherry and Vizianagaram.

SSC WR (Western Region): In this region of Staff Selection Commission, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Gujrat and Maharastra falls. The centre of examination in this region are Panaji, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Pune, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Nanded, Nagpur, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Jalgaon, Vadodara, Amravati and Aurangabad.



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