SSC CHSL ( Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam)

A candidate after passing Higher Secondary Exam i.e 10+2 have opportunity to get the government job by passing SSC CHSL exam . In this page we have given all the necessary details of the SSC CHSL exam for the young candidates who are preparing for this exam.

What is SSC CHSL (Combine Higher Secondary (10+2) Level Exam) ?

ssc chsl examThe Combine Higher Secondary Competitive Exam is conducted by Staff Selection Commission every year for the undergraduate candidates who have passed their Higher Secondary (10+2) exam. SSC CHS exam gives the opportunity to undergraduate candidates to join the government sector and obtain a permanent Government job. Successful candidates can get a recruitment to the post of Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, postal assistant / Sorting Assistant and Data entry operators for the various Ministries, Govt Departments, Offices and various Constitutional/Statutory Bodies.

Who can Apply for SSC CHSL Exam?

ssc chsl eligibilityEligibility Criteria

  • Nationality : A candidate should be citizen of India or a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan. A Tibetan refugee candidate who have migrated to India before the 1st Jan 1962 with intention of permanently settling in India can also apply. A PIO who has came over to India from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Age Limit : Age limit for applying for the SSC CHS exam is 18 – 27 years. Their is permissible relaxation in upper age limit for the different categories, for SC/ST its 5 years, for OBC its 3 years, for PwD(unreserved) its 10 years, for PwD (OBC) its 13 years, for PwD(SC/ST) its 15 years. For Ex-Servicemen its 3 years after deduction of the military service from the actual age. For Defence Personal disabled in operation its 3 years, for Defence Personal disabled in operation (SC/ST) its 8 years For Central Govt. Employee with at least 3 years service its upto 40years of age ,  For Central Govt. Employee (SC/ST) with at least 3 years service its upto 45years of age ,  Widow /Divorced women who are not remarried its upto 35 years of age and Widow/ Divorced (SC/ST) women who have not remarried its upto 40 years of age.
  • Education Qualification : For Lower Division Clerk, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operator (except in C&AG) a candidate should have passed the Higher Secondary Exam i.e (10+2) 12th standard exam from a recognised Board or University. For Data Entry Operator in C&AG a candidate should have passed the 12th standard exam in Science stream with Mathematics as one of the subject from the recognised Board or University. 

How to Apply for the SSC CHSL Exam ?

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The only way for applying to the SSC CHS is online mode through the SSC website. 

The Online Application process is divided in two parts

  1. One Time Registration
  2. Filling of Online Application for the Examination

Process of One Time Registration

  • While doing the process of One Time Registration, you should keep the following documents ready (Aadhar card, Voter ID card, PAN, Passport, Driving license, School / College ID, Employer ID
  • Information about Board and Year of passing the Matriculation Exam.
  • If you are a candidate of benchmark disability the be ready with Disability Certificate Number.
  • Click on ‘ Register Now ‘ link provided in Login section on SSC website
  • While doing one time registration candidates have to fill the Basic details, Contact details and Declaration.
  • While filling the Mobile number and Email ID both should be working as it will be verified by sending ‘One Time Password’ (OTP). If Commission wants to contact you the they will contact you on this mention Mobile number and Email ID.
  • After the submitting the information your Registration number will be generated and password will be sent to you on your mobile and Email.

Process of Filling Online Application

  • While filling the online application you will need the recent scanned colour passport size photograph in JPEG format (20KB to 50KB). The photograph must be without spectacles and cap and both ears should be visible. The dimension of image should be 3.5cm x 4.5cm.
  • You will also require the scanned signature in JPEG format (10KB to 20KB). The dimension of image should be neat about 4.0cm x 2.0 cm.
  • You have to Login to the online system by entering your Registration number and Password.
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  • You have to give the 3 preference of Examination Centres.  
  • If you have served in Armed Forces then you have to fill up the information.
  • After filling all the information go to the Declaration and click on ‘I agree’ check box for accepting the declaration. 
  • Preview the information you have filled and then verify the same.
  • Proceed to make a payment. Payment can be done through BHIM UPI, Net Banking, Debit cards or by cash at SBI branch by generating SBI challan.
  • After the submission of application successfully, take the printout of the application form.

What is the SSC CHSL Job Profile ?

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

Lower Division Clerks and Junior Secretariat Assistant are entry level clerks in all Government organisation, They are related with the daily office works and tasks, They are responsible for maintaining of data files and the other official documents. Indexing, Registering and Maintaining of Official files are some task which LDC/JSA  had to do on daily basis. LDC/JSA manages the drafting of Official Letters, notices and notification. Lower Division Clerks and Junior Secretariat Assistant have opportunity of Promotion and growth in their career, After one to two years of experience they are promoted to Upper Division Clerk then to Division clerk and then they are promoted to Section Officer.

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

Government of India have many department where Postal Services have been used like Army Postal Service, Foreign Post Offices , Mail Motor Services, Post Office, Railway Mail Service etc. All these departments need the clerical cadre to do day to day job like Disposal of Mails and Parcel, maintaining data related to sender and receiver of mail and parcel. Locating the correct address of receiver, customer support all this work responsibility is done by Postal Assistant (PA) / Sorting Assistant. After the 5 year of experience the Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant are promoted to Supervisor, Senior Supervisor and Chief supervisor.

Data Entry Operator (DEO) :

Data Entry Operators are responsible for handling official computers and entering data in system. The Data Entry Operator should be expert in MS Excel, Word and Power Point because Data Entry Operator have to create various reports on daily basis. Data Entry Operator have to make a backup of the various data so that is can be fetched when required. After getting experience Data Entry Operator are promoted to Grade B, Grade C, Grade, F which is System Analyst. 

What is SSC CHSL Salary ?

undraw Credit card re blmlPay Scale of Lower Division Clerk and Junior Secretariat Assistant is same which is Pay Level – 2 (Rs 19,900- 63,200)

Gross Salary of Newly joined LDC/JSA is near about 26,000/- per month and in hand salary is near about 23,000/- per month.

Pay Scale of Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant, Data Entry Operator is same which is Pay Level – 4 (25,500 -81,100)

Gross Salary of Newly joined PA/SA, DEO is nearly 35,500/- per month and in hand salary is 32,000/- per month.

SSC CHSL Syllabus :

The SSC CHSL examination is consist of 3 Tiers 

  • Tier I : Computer Based Examination
  • Tier II : Descriptive Paper
  • Tier III : Skill Test/Typing Test 

Tier I Examination is Multiple choice, objective type question only

ssc chsl syllabus

Indicative Syllabus for Tier I Subject is as follows: 

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, Close Passage, Comprehension Passage.

It would include questions of both verbal and non- verbal 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 de-coding, Numerical operations, Other sub-topics, if any .

  • Number Systems: 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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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 research.

Indicative Syllabus for Tier-II (Descriptive Paper) is as follows :

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. The Paper will comprise of writing Essay/ Letter/ Application/ Precis etc. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent. The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will be awarded zero marks.

Tier III : Skill / Typing Test :

Skill Test for Data Entry Operators :

  • ‘Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (Eight Thousand) 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. The passage to be entered in the Computer may also be displayed on the computer screen.


  • For the post of Data Entry Operator Grade ‘A’ in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): The ‘speed of 15000 (Fifteen Thousand) 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. The passage to be entered in the Computer may also be displayed on the computer screen.

Typing Test for LDC/JSA and Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant :

  • The medium of Typing Test will be Hindi or English. The candidates will have to opt for the medium of Typing Test (i.e. either Hindi or English) in the online Application Form.


  • The choice of Typing Test given by the candidate in the online Application Form shall be treated as final and no change in the medium of Typing Test will be entertained later.


  • Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute (w.p.m.) and those opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute (w.p.m.). 35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. correspond to about 10500 key depressions per hour and about 9000 key depressions per hour respectively.


  • The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes.