SSC CHSL Minimum Educational Qualification (10+2)

The Staff Selection Commission invites applications for the recruitment to the posts of Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators for various Ministries/ Departments/ Offices of the Government of India.










  • Lower Division Clerk / Jr. Secretariat Assistant: Pay Level-2 (Rs.19,900-63,200).
  • Postal / Sorting Assistant: Pay Level-4 (Rs. 25,500-81,100).
  • Data Entry Operator, Grade „A‟: Pay Level-4 (Rs. 25,500-81,100).
  • Data Entry Operator : Pay Level-4 (Rs. 25,500-81,100)


 Vacancies will be determined in due course.


Age limit for the above posts is 18-27 years as on 01-January 2020 (i.e. Candidates born not before 02January 1993 and not later than 01January 2002).

There is a provision of relaxation in upper age limit for different categories:

Age-relaxation is permissible beyond the upper age limit for  SC/ ST 5 years ,  OBC 3 years , PwD (Unreserved) 10 years,  PwD (OBC) 13 years,  PwD (SC/ ST) 15 years, Ex-Servicemen (ESM) 03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of receipt of online application.  There are other relaxations for the candidates, detailed can be viewed at the notice of the SSC.


 Fee payable for this examination is Rs 100/- (Rs one hundred only).  Fee can be paid online through BHIM UPI, Net Banking, by using Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, RuPay Credit or Debit cards or in cash at SBI Branches by generating SBI Challan.

Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Persons with Disabilities (PwD) and Ex-servicemen (ESM) eligible for reservation are exempted from payment of fee.

Examination Centre:  Candidates  must mention  the Centre(s) in the  Application Form in which they desires to take the examination. Details about the Examination Centres are given in the ssc website


There will be a Computer Based Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive Paper (Tier-II) and Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III).

Marks scored by candidates in Computer Based Examination, if conducted in multiple shifts, will be normalized by using the formula to be published by the Commission through Notice No: 1-1/2018-P&P-I dated 07 February  2019. Such normalized scores will be used to make final merit and cut-off marks.  It is noteworthy that the dates of examinations indicated in the Notice are tentative.


The Tier-I Examination will   of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions nature only. The questions  will be both in English & Hindi for Part-II, III & IV.

There is a provision of negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

Time Duration (For all four Parts) I English Language (Basic Knowledge) 25/ 50 60 Minutes (80 Minutes for candidates eligible for scribes as per Para II General Intelligence 25/ 50 8.1 and 8.2) III Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 25/ 50 IV General Awareness 25/ 50


 ENGLISH LANGUAGE: 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, Spot the Error, Direct/ Indirect narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage,  Passage, Comprehension Passage.

GENERAL INTELLIGENCE : It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations,  Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagram, Emotional Intelligence, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ pattern folding & unfolding, Space Orientation,  Semantic Series, Figural Pattern and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding etc.  

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE:  Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.  Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Square roots, 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 etc.

GENERAL AWARENESS: Questions are framed to test the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also asked  to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects that is expected of an educated person. It will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring nations.

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 scribes as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 above). The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and a Letter/ Application of approximately 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.

The paper will have to be written either in English or in Hindi. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will be awarded zero marks.

TIER-III (SKILL TEST/ TYPING TEST): 1 Skill Test/ Typing Test for the qualified candidates will be conducted on computers provided by the Commission or its authorized agency.

No candidate is exempted from appearing in the Skill Test. There should be Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer. The speed of 8000 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 15 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.

 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 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. Candidates eligible for scribe as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 will be given compensatory time of 5 minutes. Thus, the duration of Skill Test for such candidates will be 20 minutes.

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.   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.  Candidates eligible for scribe as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 will be given compensatory time of 5 minutes. Therefore duration of Typing Test for such candidates will be 15 minutes.  Passage Dictators will be provided to those VH candidates for the Typing test who have opted for Scribe in the online Application Form. The Passage Dictator will read out the passage to VH candidate within the allotted time period. Persons with Disabilities candidates who claim to be permanently unfit to take the Typing Test due to  a physical disability may, with the prior approval of the Commission, be exempted from the requirement of appearing and qualifying at such test, provided such a candidate submits a Certificate in the prescribed format (Annexure-XIII) to the Commission from the competent Medical Authority, i.e., the Civil Surgeon of a Government Health Care Institution declaring him/ her to be permanently unfit for the Typing Test because of a physical disability. In addition, such candidates must substantiate their claim by furnishing the relevant Medical Certificate in the prescribed format as per Annexure-X to Annexure-XII of the Notice of Examination, as applicable, at the time of Typing Test. Otherwise their claim for seeking exemption from Typing Test will not be entertained by the Commission.

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