Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) (CHSL) Examination is an exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission for recruitment of the Posts of Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operator. It conducts SSC CHSL exam every year for the post of thousands of vacancies and lakhs of students appear for these vacancies.
If you are preparing or considering starting preparing for the exam, you should have complete knowledge of the exam. e.g. SSC CHSL Pattern, Syllabus, Educational qualification, age limit previous year cut offs , number of vacancies and many more important information
Exam Pattern
SSC CHSL consists of three Tier exams and to qualify for the exam a candidate is required to clear all or required exams. The Tier I exam is Computer Based Examination and qualifying in nature and only candidates clearing the Tier I exam can appear for the Tier II exam.
Tier I Examination
This examination consists of Objective Type – Multiple-choice questions only. The questions will be bilingual for Part-II, III & IV.The exam consists of four sections comprising 25 questions each section and total time allotted for the exam is 60 minutes. Each correct answer weightage is of 2 marks.
Serial No. | Tier | Sections | No. of Questions | Total Marks | Time Allotted |
1 | I | English Language | 25 | 50 | A cumulative time of 60 minutes |
2 | General Intelligence | 25 | 50 | ||
3 | Quantitative Aptitude | 25 | 50 | ||
4 | General Awareness | 25 | 50 | ||
Total | 100 | 200 |
*In Tier-I, there is negative marking of ½ mark for each wrong answer.
Tier II Examination
It is a Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper) in which a candidate is asked to write essay/letter/application in stipulated time (60 minutes)
Tier | Mode of Exam | Type of Exam | Marks | Time Allotted |
II | Pen and Paper mode | Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.) |
100 | A cumulative time of 60 minutes |
This examination has been introduced to evaluate the writing skills of the candidates, which is mandatory in Government jobs. The Paper would consist of writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/ Application of approximately 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent. The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing merit. The paper will be written mandatorily either in Hindi or in English.
Tier III Examination
Tier III exam is Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test and will be of qualifying nature.The test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes and computer will be provided by the commission.
SSC CHSL Syllabus.
SSC CHSL syllabus for the Tier I exam consists of four sections and below are the syllabus of each section.
General Intelligence: This section consists of both verbal and non-verbal types of questions. It incorporates questions on below topics.
Analogies |
Indexing |
Figural Series |
Similarities And Differences |
Address Matching |
Problem Solving |
Space Visualization |
Date & City Matching |
Word Building |
Spatial Orientation |
Embedded Figures |
Coding & Decoding |
Problem Solving |
Critical Thinking |
Numerical Operations |
Analysis |
Emotional Intelligence |
Symbolic Operations |
Judgment |
Social Intelligence |
Trends |
Decision Making |
Other Sub-Topics |
Space Orientation |
Visual Memory |
Decoding And Classification |
Space Visualization |
Discrimination |
Semantic Analogy |
Venn Diagrams |
Observation |
Symbolic/ Number Analogy |
Drawing Inferences |
Relationship Concepts |
Figural Analogy |
Punched Hole/ Pattern- Folding & Un-Folding |
Arithmetical Reasoning |
Semantic Classification |
Figural Pattern- Folding And Completion |
Figural Classification |
Symbolic/ Number Classification |
Classification Of Centre Codes/ Roll Numbers |
Arithmetic Number Series |
Figural Classification |
Small & Capital Letters/ Numbers Coding |
Non-Verbal Series |
Semantic Series |
Syllogistic Reasoning Etc. The Topics Are |
Coding And Decoding |
Statement Conclusion |
English Language: This section is designed to test a candidate comprehension and knowledge of English Language and will be based upon.
Idioms & Phrases |
Fill In The Blanks |
Conversion Into Direct/ Indirect Narration |
One Word Substitution |
Spot The Error |
Active/ Passive Voice Of Verbs |
Antonyms |
Improvement Of Sentences |
Detecting Misspelled Words |
Synonyms |
Shuffling Of Sentence Parts |
Shuffling Of Sentences In A Passage |
Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities): This section is designed to test a candidate’s ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense and will be based upon.
Mixture and Alligation |
Decimals |
Tangents |
Percentage |
Ratio & Proportion |
Square roots |
Averages |
Interest |
Profit and Loss |
Discount |
Hemispheres |
Rectangular Parallelepiped |
Right Circular Cone |
Right Circular Cylinder |
Sphere |
Standard Identities |
Complementary angles |
Heights and Distances |
Histogram & Bar diagram |
Frequency polygon & Pie chart |
Partnership Business |
Triangle |
Time and distance |
Time & Work |
Trigonometric ratio |
Regular Polygons |
Circle |
Right Prism |
Circle and its chords |
Quadrilaterals |
Angles Subtended By Chords Of A Circle |
Common Tangents To Two Or More Circles |
Computation of Whole Numbers |
Fractions and Relationships Between Numbers |
Regular Right Pyramid With Triangular or Square Base |
Basic Algebraic Identities of Algebra & Elementary Surds |
Graphs of Linear Equations |
Triangle and Its Various Kinds Of Centres |
Congruence and Similarity Of Triangles |
Degree and Radian Measures |
(B) General Awareness: This section is designed to test a candidates’ general awareness of the ambiance around him and its application to society. It also includes questions on current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions implicitly or explicitly related to India and its neighbouring countries particularly related to History, Culture, Geography, Economic s, General Policy & and of Scientific domain.
(C): Quantitative Aptitude: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be based on the below topics
Whole Numbers |
Decimals |
Fractions And Relationships Between Numbers |
Percentage. Ratio & Proportion |
Square Roots |
Averages |
Interest |
Profit And Loss |
Discount |
Partnership Business |
Mixture And Alligation |
Time And Distance |
Time & Work |
Basic Algebraic Identities Of School Algebra & Elementary Surds |
Graphs Of Linear Equations |
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 |
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 |
Trigonometric Ratio |
Degree And Radian Measures |
Standard Identities |
Complementary Angles |
Heights And Distances |
Histogram |
Frequency Polygon |
Bar Diagram & Pie Chart |
(D) English Comprehension: This section is designed to test a candidates’ capability of comprehending correct usage of English. Under this section a candidate’s comprehension, grammar and vocabulary skills are tested.
The questions asked in Parts A, B, & D will be of a level commensurate with the essential qualification viz. Graduation and questions in Part-C will be of 10th standard level.
Syllabus for Tier-II of the Examination
Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities): This section is designed to test a candidate’s ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense and will be based upon.
Mixture and Alligation |
Decimals |
Tangents |
Percentage |
Ratio & Proportion |
Square roots |
Averages |
Interest |
Profit and Loss |
Discount |
Hemispheres |
Rectangular Parallelepiped |
Right Circular Cone |
Right Circular Cylinder |
Sphere |
Standard Identities |
Complementary angles |
Heights and Distances |
Histogram & Bar diagram |
Frequency polygon & Pie chart |
Partnership Business |
Triangle |
Time and distance |
Time & Work |
Trigonometric ratio |
Regular Polygons |
Circle |
Right Prism |
Circle and its chords |
Quadrilaterals |
Angles Subtended By Chords Of A Circle |
Common Tangents To Two Or More Circles |
Computation of Whole Numbers |
Fractions and Relationships Between Numbers |
Regular Right Pyramid With Triangular or Square Base |
Basic Algebraic Identities of Algebra & Elementary Surds |
Graphs of Linear Equations |
Triangle and Its Various Kinds Of Centres |
Congruence and Similarity Of Triangles |
Degree and Radian Measures |
Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension): This section is designed to test a candidate comprehention and knowledge of English Language and will be based upon
Idioms & Phrases |
One Word Substitution |
Fill In The Blanks |
Spot The Error |
Conversion Into Direct/ Indirect Narration |
Active/ Passive Voice Of Verbs |
Educational Qualification: The minimum educational qualification is Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute. However, there are other education qualification for specific post.
Age Limit: There is no specific age criteria for the all the posts and age limit varies from post to post. However, the minimum age is 18 year and the maximum age is 32 year which imply if you are above 18 year or below 32 year old you can appear for the exam.
Moreover, there is an age relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit for the reserved categories which varies according to the category and maximum age relaxation a candidate can avail is upto 15 years