SSC CHSL - "Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level" Exam


SSC CHSL 2021 Notification

Staff Selection Commission(SSC) is an organisation responsible for the recruitment of various central government employees.SSC conducts recruitment process for various departments in Govt.of India.SSC CHSL Exam includes recruitment for  Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA),Postal Assistant (PA)/Sorting Assistant (SA),Data Entry Operator (DEO),Data Entry Operator, Grade ‘A.
SSC CHSL exam is conducted every year in different phases.

Important Date



Dates for submission of online applications

06-11-2020 to 15-12-2020

Last date and time for receipt of online application

15-12-2020 (23:30)

Last date and time for making online fee payment

17-12-2020 (23:30) 

Last date and time for generation of offline Challan: 

19-12-2020 (23:30)

Last date for payment through Challan (during working hours of Bank): 


Schedule of Computer Based Examination (Tier-I)

12-04-2021 to 27-04-2021

Leftover Paper I

04/08/2021 to 12/08/2021

Date of Tier-II Examination (Descriptive Paper)

To be notified later

Vacancies in SSC CHSL

Vacancies will be determined in due course. Updated vacancy position will be uploaded on the website of the Commission (https://ssc.nic.in->Candidate’s
Corner- > Tentative Vacancy).  


Nationality/ Citizenship:  
  A candidate must be either: 
(a) a citizen of India, or
 (b) a subject of Nepal, or 
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
 (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
 (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar),Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. 
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. 
 A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the Examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after, the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.  
  Age Limit:  
  Age limit for the posts is 18-27 years as on 01-01-2021i.e. Candidates born not before 02-01-1994 and not later than 01-01-2003 are eligible to apply. 
Age Relaxation Extra as per Rules
  Essential Educational Qualifications (As on 01-01-2021):  
  • For LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (except DEOs in C&AG): Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University. 
  • For Data Entry Operator (DEO Grade ‘A’) in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent. 
  • As per Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification dated 10-06-2015 published in Gazette of India all the degrees/ diplomas /certificates awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the University Grant Commission Act, 1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government provided they have been approved by the Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission. Accordingly, unless such degrees are recognized for the relevant period when the candidates acquired the qualification, they will not be accepted for the purpose of Educational Qualification. 
  • As per UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 published in official Gazette on 23-06-2017, under Part-III (8) (v), the programmes in engineering, medicine, dental, nursing, pharmacy, architecture and physiotherapy etc. are not permitted to be offered under Open and Distance Learning mode. However, pursuant to the Hon’ble Supreme Court Order dated 11-03-2019 in MA No. 3092/2018 in W.P. (C) No. 382/2018 titled Mukul Kumar Sharma & others Vs AICTE and others, B. Tech. degree/ diploma in Engineering awarded by IGNOU to the students who were enrolled up to academic year 2009-10 shall be treated as valid, wherever applicable 
  • Candidates who have not yet acquired but will acquire the educational qualification and produce documentary evidence from the Board/University in support thereof as on 01-01-2021 will also be eligible. 
  • All candidates who are declared qualified for the Document Verification will be required to produce the relevant Certificates such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificates etc. for completion of Intermediate/ Higher Secondary/ 10+2/ Senior Secondary in original as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before 01-01-2021, failing which the candidature of such candidates will be cancelled by the Commission. The candidates who are able to prove, by documentary evidence, that the result of the qualifying examination was declared on or before the cut-off date and he/ she has been declared passed, will also be considered to meet the educational qualification. It is reiterated that the result of required educational qualification must have been declared by the Board/ University by the specified date. Mere processing of the result by the Board/ University by the crucial cut-off date does not fulfill the EQ requirement. 
  • In case of the candidates possessing equivalent educational qualification, such candidates shall also produce relevant Equivalence Certificate from the concerned authorities at the time of Document Verification. However, final decision regarding selection of such candidates will be taken by the concerned User Departments/ Appointing Authorities. 

How to apply:

  1.   Applications must be submitted in only online mode at the official website of SSC Headquarters i.e. https://ssc.nic.in.
  2. In the online Application Form, candidates are required to upload the scanned colour passport size photograph in JPEG format (20 KB to 50 KB). The photograph should not be more than three months old from the date of publication of the Notice of Examination, and, the date on which the photograph has been taken should be clearly printed on the photograph. Applications without such date printed on the photograph will be rejected. Image dimension of the photograph should be about 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height). The photograph should be without cap, spectacles and both ears should be visible.  
  3.   Last date and time for submission of online applications is 15-12-2020(23:30)   

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure will consist of 
  1. On-line test(Tier-I)
  2. Descriptive Paper (Tier-II)
  3. Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III).

1.On-line Test Structure



No of Question



English Language (Basic Knowledge)




General Intelligence




Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)




General Awareness


1 hr


  Note:There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions
Salary Structure of SSC CHSL


Salary Structure

Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)

Pay Level-2 (Rs. 19,900-63,200)

Postal Assistant (PA)/Sorting Assistant (SA): .

Pay Level-4(Rs. 25,500-81,100)

Data Entry Operator (DEO): Pay Level-4

and Level-5

Level 4(Rs. 25,500-81,100)

Level5(Rs. 29,200-92,300).

Data Entry Operator, Grade ‘A’:

: Pay Level-4(Rs. 25,500-81,100)



Cut-off Marks













Syllabus of SSC CHSL

  •   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:   
  1.  Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers  
  2.   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.  
  3.   Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.  
  4.   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  
  5.   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 
  6.   Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 � + Cos2 �=1 etc.,   
  7.   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 Page 14 of 63 research  
  Tier-II (Descriptive Paper)  
  •   Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper’ Mode. The duration of the Descriptive Paper will be for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also be provided to the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 above). The Paper will comprise of writing Essay/ Letter/ Application/ Precis etc  
  •   The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.
  Tier-III (Skill Test/ Typing Test)  
  •   Skill Test/ Typing Test for the shortlisted candidates will be conducted on the computers provided by the Commission or its authorized agency
  • Skill Test/ Typing Test will be of qualifying nature   

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