SSC CHSL 2020 Staff Selection Commission -Combined Higher Secondary Level

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What is SSC CHSL ?

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) usually holds a Combined Higher Level Secondary Level Exam every year for recruitment across Ministries/Departments of the Indian Government. The Staff Selection Commission conducts the exam for employment in the following posts:

  1. Postal Assistants
  2. Sorting Assistants
  3. Lower Divisional Clerk
  4. Court Clerk

About 30 Lakh candidates appear for the SSC CHSL every year out of which at least 2 Lakh is hired by the Central Government. The SSC CHSL exam every year is scheduled in the months of March (Tier 1) and June (Tier 2) exam. The exam is held in 3 stages - The first one is online based while the subsequent two are offline based. It is always important to take note of important changes in terms of the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern and SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus as that is the defining factor for one's success in the examination.

The SSC CHSL Tier 1 exam would be consisting of the following sections - General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. Giving the wrong answer in the exam would result in a negative marking of 0.5. The Tier 2 exam would be consisting of a Written Test which would have a section on essay and letter writing.

The Tier 3 exam is a set of skill tests that are conducted for certain government posts. There are Skill Tests conducted for Data Entry Operators, Sorting Assistants and Court Clerks. 

In order to fulfill the SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria, the candidate must be a citizen of India. He should be in the age limit of 18-27 as on 1st January 2019 and should have qualified 12th Grade or equivalent from a recognized Board/University.

The SSC CHSL Application Procedure for the next session would begin in November or December. The Application Fee that is required to be paid INR 100 and is exempted for Female candidates/SC/ST/Physically Handicapped/Ex-Servicemen Candidates.

The SSC CHSL Cutoff is a compulsory score that needs to be scored by a candidate to get selected further. Among the reserved categories, the cutoff marks for the General candidates are higher than the other categories like SC, ST, OPH and OBC.

The SSC CHSL Result would be uploaded on the website in the PDF Format wherein the candidates would be required to search for their name and roll number. Once the Tier-3 exam is done, the results shall be published. After the declaration of final posts, the candidates shall be appointed.

The SSC CHSL Answer Key is released by the Staff Selection Commission within 10-15 days of completion of the exam. The examinees can make use of the same to calculate their marks and ranks in the exam.

In case of a tie in percentile scores, the following would be applied:

  • Marks scored in a written exam
  • Seniority in Age
  • Alphabetical order in the names of the candidates

SSC CHSL 2020 Important Dates

Notification Date 12-Dec-2019
Registration Starts on 08-Dec-2019
Registration Ends on 05-Jan-2020
Exam Starts on 16-Mar-2020
Exam Ends on 27-Mar-2020
Result Date 28-Jun-2021

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SSC CHSL 2020 Eligibility

Candidates applying for SSC CHSL needs to fulfill the below-mentioned criteria:

Nationality: Candidates with the following nationality are eligible to apply for the exam

  • Indian Citizen
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan Refugee migrated to India before January 1, 1962, and now is settled in India on a permanent basis.
  • Candidates from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire. Ethiopia, Vietnam and now wishes to permanently settle in India are also eligible.

It is important to note that candidates need to produce government approved certificate of eligibility to apply for the exam.

Age Limit: Minimum age to apply for SSC CHSL is 18 years and the maximum is 27 years. For candidates belonging to reserved category, there is certain age relaxation as approved by Government of India.

SSC CHSL 2020 Application Procedure

Candidates would be able to get the SSC CHSL Application Form through online mode on the official website of SSC. The candidates must fill the application form with utmost care the steps of which are detailed as follows:

  1. The Registration Procedure requires the candidate to fill their personal details such as Name, Date of Birth, Parent details and Gender. Once these details are filled, the students must read through to check if everything is fine and then proceed.
  2. The Contact details would be filled subsequently to filling up the personal details.
  3. After the submission of details, the candidate would receive a registration number and password.
  4. The Passport size photo of the candidate would also be required to be uploaded along with your signature.
  5. The Application Form should be reviewed for any mistakes and the uploaded images should be checked to see if they are of enough clarity.
  6. Once this is done, you must make payment of the application fee and select exam centers of your choice.
  7. You can then select the preferred exam center and pay the application fee in the mode required.
  8. Once the details are verified, the form can be submitted.

In order to be able to fulfill the registration procedure, the candidate must fulfill the SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria.

Application Fees

The Application fee that needs to be paid is INR 100. However, all female/SC/ST/Physically handicapped candidates are exempted from paying the SSC CHSL Application fee. The payment can be made using the following methods - Net Banking, Debit Cards while the application fee offline can be deposited by SBI Challan or CIRF Stamps.

The SSC CHSL Application Procedure would begin in November or December for the next session. The candidates who would want to make an online payment can directly visit the latter part of the registration. The candidate is required to give his registration number and Date of Birth to continue to Part 2.

SSC CHSL 2020 Admit Card

The SSC CHSL Admit card would be released on the respective regional website. The Admit card is a mandatory document without which the candidate would not be allowed inside the exam hall. The admit card for Tier-1 would be released once the official notification and the link are posted online.

The download procedure for the admit card is as follows:

  1. Candidates should visit the official website of SSC to download the admit card.
  2. The candidates would have to enter their application number and date of birth.
  3. Admit card shall be displayed on the screen once the needed details are filled.
  4. Admit card print out can be taken for future reference.

SSC CHSL 2020 Preparation Tips

SSC CHSL Preparation requires all students to be completely aware of the exam pattern and syllabus before getting down to study. While it is a competitive exam, it requires the student to have a comprehensive competence across all sections as good performance across all sections would help a candidate maximize his score.

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern

The Tier-1 of SSC CHSL  would consist of 4 parts wherein about 25 questions would be asked from each part. Every question would be of 2 marks and the candidates would be given 2 hours to complete the exam. Questions would be given both in English and Hindi for Part 1, 3 and 4. There would be negative marking of 0.5 for every wrong answer. The exam pattern of SSC CHSL Tier 1 has been mentioned below:

Subject Marks Questions
General Intelligence 25 50
English 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General Awareness 25 50

The Tier-1 exam would be Objective Multiple Choice Based. The Tier-2 exam would be in a Pen and Paper mode which is descriptive in either English or Hindi. The Tier-3 is a Skill test which could be either online or offline. The modification suggested are as follows:

  1. SSC CHSL Tier 1 exam would be conducted in an online mode.
  2. Introduction of a descriptive paper of 100 marks to be done in 60 minutes in a pen and paper mode.
  3. Reduction in the time of the exam from 120 minutes to 75 minutes.
  4. There would be no sectional cutoff.

The Tier-2 exam is a descriptive paper of 100 marks. The test would be conducted in a pen and paper mode. This paper is held to evaluate the ability of the candidates to write which is important in Government jobs.

The Tier-3 exam is a skill test of qualifying nature which would not be used in determining the final merit list.

At this stage, the typing speed of the candidates would be tested. The test would be conducted for both English and Hindi:

English - 35 words/minute

Hindi - 30 words/minute

SSC CHSL 2020 Syllabus

The SSC CHSL Syllabus presented here is an exhaustive list of topics that can be prepared by students across to crack the exam. This Syllabus information is usually given to candidates to help them decide and make a study plan for themselves.

From this year onwards in 2017, SSC CHSL would be conducted online. This exam is alternately known as SSC 10+2 Level Exam. A huge number of aspirants inclusive of 12th Grade students would be preparing for the exam guaranteeing huge competition.

Section Topics
General Intelligence Figural Analogy, Semantic and Number Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding and Decoding, Venn Diagrams
English Synonyms/Antonyms, Fill in the Blanks, Sentence Improvement, Active/Passive Voice
Quantitative Aptitude Number Systems, Decimals, Fractions, Number Relationships
General Awareness Current Affairs, Static Affairs, Politics, History, Geography

SSC CHSL 2020 Study Material

For any student preparing for the SSC CHSL, the study material holds a lot of relevance as it determines both the quantum and quality of a student's preparation for the exam. There is a lot of preparatory material available for the student online as well as books published by numerous authors.Before buying a book, it is recommended that a student goes through the material to see if it really suits him and his study approach as any material purchased based on general feedback or suggestion by peers and coaching institutes without perusal on its information quality is not recommended.

SSC CHSL 2020 Result

SSC CHSL Result for Tier-1 is most likely to be declared in the month of August 2019. The region-wise announcements for the same have been made. The result is usually announced in 3 stages - Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. It is also declared in the form of pdf which is uploaded on

The result declared would carry details like - Name, Roll Number, Category, and Marks secured.

Candidates obtaining marks equal to or more than the cutoff would be eligible for Tier 2 Examination.

In order to check the SSC CHSL Result, you are required to do the following:

  1. Visiting SSC Website
  2. Clicking on Result Tab
  3. Visiting CHSL Link.
  4. In the PDF File searching for the roll number to get the status of SSC marks obtained.

If a candidate qualifies in a particular paper, "Y" is marked symbolizing a yes.

It should also be noted that Paper 3 ( Statistics) would be for the post of Junior Statistical Officer in Tier 2 while Paper 4 (Finance and Economics) would be applicable for aspirants to the post of Assistant Audit Officer.


The Cutoff is the minimum score a candidate must get in order to get selected for the subsequent stage of the exam. It is usually declared by the Staff Selection Commission every year. SSC CHSL is conducted in 3 tiers for recruitment of Lower Division Clerks, Postal/Sorting Assistants, and Data Entry Operators.

Some key characteristics of the SSC CHSL Cutoff that a candidate should keep in mind are as follows:

  1. Candidates who clear Tier-1 would be eligible to be selected for the Tier-2 test.
  2. The Cutoff for SSC CHSL would be declared category wise.
  3. All the candidates clearing SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam would be appearing for Tier 3 exam.
  4. As per the difficulty levels of the exam,  SSC CHSL cutoffs would be determined by the convening Board. 

SSC CHSL 2020 Selection Procedure

For the SSC CHSL Recruitment, the selection of the candidate would be based on his performance in the exam. Candidates would be required to get qualified in order to get selected for the same. Candidates who clear both Tier 1 and Tier 2 would be able to get finally selected. The final selection would be done after considering the overall position and merit performance of the candidate.

Tie cases would be solved in the following ways:

  1. Total Marks in the Written Examination
  2. Date of Birth wise, the older candidate would be given preference.
  3. Alphabetical order of the candidates

Any dispute in the same context would be dealt with by the Courts/Tribunals having authority over the concerned Regional/Sub-Regional office where the candidate had submitted his/her application. 


Refer to the detailed list of SSC CHSL Vacancies, as released on the official website

Examination Total Vacancies Salary
Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2)Examination 3259 Pay Band 1(INR 5200 -20200)+ Grade Pay INR 1900-2400

Candidates will be selected to fill the following positions:

  •  Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants (PA/SA)
  •  Data Entry Operator (DEO).
  •  Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC).
  •  Court Clerk

SSC CHSL Salary and Pay Scale

Post Name

Pay Scale


Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs.1900 (pre-revised)


Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)


Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)

DEO Grade ‘A'

Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)

SSC CHSL Vacancies

Documents to be Carried

Once the final list is declared, the selected candidates would be invited over for counseling. The Date, Time and Venue would be mentioned and the candidates would come for counseling on the date that has been allotted.

The final selection is also based on certificate verification for which candidates would have to produce their original documents:

  • ID Proof
  • 10th Grade Marksheet
  • 12th Grade Marksheet
  • SSC CHSL Result Document
  • SSC CHSL Hall Ticket
  • Category Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Resident Proof

Test Centres

Region State Cities
CR Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur,Lucknow, Meerut and Varanasi
CR Bihar Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and Patna
ER Sikkim Gangtok
ER Jharkhand Ranchi
ER West Bengal Barasat,Berhampore,Chinsurah,Jalpaiguri,Kolkata,Malda,Midnapur,Siliguri
ER Odisha Berhampore,Bhubaneshwar,Cuttack,Keonjhargarh,Sambalpur
ER Andaman and Nicobar Port Blair
KKR Karnataka Bangalore,Dharwad,Gulbarga,Mangalore and Mysore
KKR Kerala Kochi,Kozhikode,Trivandrum and Thrissur
NR Uttarakhand Almora,Dehradun,Haldwani,Srinagar and Hardwar
NR Rajasthan Alwar,Ajmer,Bikaner,Bharatpur,Jodhpur,Jaipur,Kota,Sriganganagar and Udaipur
NR Delhi Delhi
NER Assam Guwahati,Dibrugarh,Jorhat and Silchar
NER Nagaland Kohima
NER Meghalaya Shillong
NER Manipur Imphal and Churachandpur
NER Mizoram Aizwal
NER Tripura Agartala
SR Andhra Pradesh Kurnool,Guntur,Rajahmundry,Tirupati,Vishakapatnam,Hyderabad and Nizamabad
SR Tamilnadu Chennai,Coimbatore,Trichy,Madurai and Tirunelveli
SR Puducherry Puducherry
WR Gujarat Vadodara,Rajkot,Ahmedabad,Surat and Bhavnagar
WR Maharashtra Aurangabad,Amravati,Kolhapur,Mumbai,Nanded,Nagpur,Nashik,Pune,Thane,Bhandara,Akola,Chandrapur,Ahmednagar,Alibaug and Chandrapur
WR Goa Panaji
MPR Madhya Pradesh Chindwara,Guna,Gwalior,Jabalpur,Khandwa,Bhopal,Indore,Ratlam,Satna and Sagar
MPR Chattisgarh Ambikapur,Bilaspur,Raipur,Jagdalpur and Durg
NWR Jammu and Kashmir Baramula,Anantnag,Leh,Jammu,Srinagar,Rajouri,Kargil and Dodda
NWR Punjab Jalandhar,Bhatinda,Amritsar,Patiala and Chandigarh
NWR Himachal Pradesh Shimla and Hamirpur


About 30 Lakh candidates had applied for the SSC CHSL this year out of which only 53,200 candidates qualified for the Descriptive Test. The SSC CHSL exam is conducted for selection of candidates for posts on the likes of Lower Division Clerk, DEO, Postal and Sorting Assistant and Court Clerk Personnel. The exam was conducted from 07 January to 08 February 2017. 

In 2016, the Selection List released by the SSC CHSL had announced eligible candidates for 6,578 posts.

The examinee numbers have risen from being about 12 Lakh (2013) to 14 Lakh (2014) and to 17 Lakh in (2015) to finally about 30.2 Lakh in 2016.


With SSC CHSL 2017 closing in for the candidates, here is a list of few questions that a student must refer to in the course of giving the exam:

1) What is the SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria?

A Candidate must have passed 10+2 and should be aged between 18-27 years.

2) My Grade 12 result has not been announced still. Can I apply for SSC CHSL?

You can apply for SSC CHSL exam by submitting a proof of passing the exam by the closing SSC CHSL Application Date.

3) I belong to the SC Category.Should I get an age limit relaxation?

About 5 years are provided for relaxation for SC. 3 years for OBC,10 years for PH and 5 years for domicile from Jammu and Kashmir.

4) Is SSC CHSL conducted in any regional language?

As of now, SSC CHSL is conducted in English ad Hindi.

5) Is there an interview for SSC CHSL?

There is no interview for SSC CHSL  in general. The Selection Procedure comprises of a written test that is...

With SSC CHSL 2017 closing in for the candidates, here is a list of few questions that a student must refer to in the course of giving the exam:

1) What is the SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria?

A Candidate must have passed 10+2 and should be aged between 18-27 years.

2) My Grade 12 result has not been announced still. Can I apply for SSC CHSL?

You can apply for SSC CHSL exam by submitting a proof of passing the exam by the closing SSC CHSL Application Date.

3) I belong to the SC Category.Should I get an age limit relaxation?

About 5 years are provided for relaxation for SC. 3 years for OBC,10 years for PH and 5 years for domicile from Jammu and Kashmir.

4) Is SSC CHSL conducted in any regional language?

As of now, SSC CHSL is conducted in English ad Hindi.

5) Is there an interview for SSC CHSL?

There is no interview for SSC CHSL  in general. The Selection Procedure comprises of a written test that is followed by a skill test and a typing test.

6) How do you apply for SSC CHSL?

SSC CHSL Online Application needs to be submitted for which payment can be made in both online and offline modes.

7) What kind of preparatory material should be referred to crack SSC CHSL?

You would first need to understand SSC CHSL Exam Pattern and SSC CHSL Syllabus before proceeding further on preparation. You can refer to a suggestive list of SSC CHSL Study Material.

8) The SSC CHSL is conducted for what posts?

The SSC CHSL recruitment is conducted for the post of Data Entry Operators and Lower Division Clerks.

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