SSC CHSL 2021: Staff Selection Commission has released the Tier I SSC CHSL 2021 exam date for leftover candididates. The CHSL Tier 1 exam is now scheduled to be held from August 04 – 12, 2021 as a Computer Based Test. SSC CHSL is a competitive examination for the recruitment of Lower Divisional Clerk / Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators for various Government of India Ministries / Departments / Offices. It is conducted in 3 phases namely Tier-1 (computer-based exam), Tier-2 (written exam) and skill test as Tier-3. The final merit list is prepared based on the result of all the phases of the selection process. To know more about SSC CHSL 2020, read the article till the end.
Latest: SSC CHSL 2021 Tier I Exam date has been announced. Check below.
SSC CHSL 2021
As the exam is conducted in various shifts, the normalization process is applied in preparing the results of the exam. The schedule for all the important dates of SSC CHSL 2021 is provided below.
|Start Date of Application Form||16 Nov 2020|
|Last Date of Application Form||15 Dec 2020|
|Last date for making online fee payment||17 Dec 2020|
|Last date for generation of offline Challan||19 Dec|
|Last date for payment through Challan|
(during working hours of Bank)
|21 Dec 2020|
|Release of Admit Card (tier I)||–|
|Date of Tier – I examination|
04 – 12 Aug 2021
|Date of Official Answer Key (tier I)||TBA|
|Release of Tier I Result||TBA|
|Release of Admit Card (tier II)||TBA|
|Date of Tier – II examination||TBA|
|Release of Tier II Result||TBA|
Overview of SSC CHSL
The Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam is conducted for the recruitment of Lower Divisional Clerk / Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators for various Government of India Ministries / Departments / Offices. One needs to have qualified the higher secondary to apply for this exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission once a year. Here we have provided a brief overview of the SSC CHSL 2021 to check out the main features of the exam at a glance.
|Name of Exam||Combined Higher Secondary Level|
|Conducting Body||Staff Selection Commission|
|Frequency||Once a year|
|Last Conducted in||2020|
|Minimum Eligibility||Higher Secondary|
|Key Stages||Tier 1|
|Exam Fees||Rs 100/-|
|Mode of application||Online|
|Mode of exam||Offline|
Latest update on SSC CHSL 2021
Revised Schedule of Examination
Addendum – Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level Examination, 2020
Click here to check detailed addendum.
SSC CHSL Admit Card 2021
Admit Card for SSC CHSL 2021 releases online at the official website of the SSC. Staff Selection Commission regional / sub-regional websites host admit cards on their sub-regionals website. Candidates can download the SSC CHSL admit card / hall ticket / admission certificate from website of regional / sub-regional SSC. Admit card is made available separately for all three tiers. To download the admit card, candidates need to enter login credentials. The admit card contains the time table and venue of examination apart from candidate details. It is compulsory to take admit card along with photo ID (voter ID / driving license / ID card issued by government or other offices where candidate is working), 3 passport size photographs.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2021
The CHSL 2021 exam is conducted in three stages indicated as Tier I, II and III. Each tier has a different pattern and candidates can check the exam pattern of all the stages of SSC CHSL 2021 here.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier 1
Name of exam: SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 1
Mode: It is a Computer-based examination
Duration: The time duration of paper is 60 minutes but 80 minutes for VH / OH candidates
Number of Questions: There is total 100 questions
Maximum marks: It consists of total 200 marks
Types of questions: Paper consists of Objective (multiple choice questions)
Language: The questions for Part-II, III & IV will be in English & Hindi
Negative marking: There will be a negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier 2
Name of exam: SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 2
Mode: It is a Pen and Paper based
Duration: The time duration of paper is 60 minutes
Maximum marks: It consists of total 100 marks
Types of questions: It is a Descriptive paper.
|Type of question||Words|
|Essay writing||200 – 250 words|
|Letter / Application Writing||150 – 200 words|
Note: The candidates are to attempt the paper in Hindi or English Language.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier 3
Name of the exam: SSC CHSL 2021 Tier 3
Nature: Skill Test
|Skill Test for DEO||Data entry speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on the computer|
|Typing Test for PA/SA, LDC, Court Clerk||35 WPM for English, 30 WPM for Hindi|
Note: Tier III will only be qualifying in nature.
Syllabus Of SSC CHSL 2021
SSC CHSL 2021 syllabus must be known to every applicant as it is a key part of preparing well for the exam. SSC CHSL 2021 exam’s syllabus contains topics on which questions are asked in the exam. The indicative syllabus as released by the Staff Selection Commission can be checked from below.
General Intelligence (Verbal, Non-Verbal)
- Coding and decoding
- Critical Thinking
- Drawing inferences
- Embedded figures
- Emotional Intelligence
- Figural Analogy
- Figural Classification
- Figural Pattern – folding and completion
- Figural Series
- Number Series
- Numerical operations.
- Problem Solving
- Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding
- Semantic Analogy
- Semantic Classification
- Semantic Series
- Social Intelligence
- Space Orientation
- Symbolic operations
- Symbolic/Number Analogy
- Symbolic/Number Classification
- Venn Diagrams
- Word Building
- Active / Passive Voice of Verbs
- Cloze Passage
- Comprehension Passage
- Conversion into Direct / Indirect narration
- Fill in the Blanks
- Idioms & Phrases
- Improvement of Sentences
- One word substitution
- Shuffling of Sentence parts
- Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
- Spellings / Detecting Mis-spelt words
- Spot the Error
- Synonyms / Homonyms
- Algebra: basic algebraic identities, elementary surds (simple problems), graphs of linear equations.
- 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.
- Geometry: triangle, 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, the regular right pyramid with the triangular or square base
- Number Systems: computation of whole number, decimal, and fractions, the relationship between numbers
- Statistical Charts: histogram, frequency polygon, bar- diagram, pie-chart
- Trigonometry: trigonometry, trigonometric ratios, complementary angles, height and distances, standard identities.
- General awareness of the environment around oneself and its application to society
- Knowledge of current events
- Matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects
- History, culture, geography, economic scene, general policy, scientific research of India and its neighboring countries
Preparation Tips For SSC CHSL 2021
It is important that candidates prepare well before appearing in the exam to secure marks not only over the minimum qualifying marks but over the cut offs. It requires a good amount of smart and strategic study complemented by diverse learning resources to secure above-average marks in the SSC CHSL 2021 exam. As such, we have compiled a list of useful preparation tips and tricks that can escalate the final score if followed.
#1: At first, download the syllabus of SSC CHSL 2021 and use it to develop a study plan. Chalk out the plan in the form of a table and allocate study hours to each subject individually. Do not forget to reserve enough time for revisions during the last few days of the exam.
#2: Candidates must acquire diverse learning resources such as previous year papers, solved papers, mock tests etc, and include them in preparations. One must utilize these resources in a way so as to ensure that it can help them understand the exam pattern and increase the overall number of good attempts.
#3: Solve mock tests as much as you can. Because solving mock tests can help you to manage the duration in a better manner and help increase the number of good attempts. Thus it can help one increase the overall marks.
#4: Take short notes of descriptive subjects that you study. A crucial advantage of taking short notes is that candidates can study and memorize at the same time. In addition, these notes can also help in last minute revisions.
SSC CHSL Result 2021
The result for SSC CHSL 2021 releases on the official website. It is released separately for all the stages of the selection process. The candidates need to clear the computer-based test to appear in the written exam of Tier-2. Candidates must score marks more than or equal to the minimum cut-off marks of the exam. The merit list is prepared for the candidates who clear the qualifying cut-off. The candidates who clear the written exam are called for the skill test.
Resolution of tie cases: For cases where more than one candidate secures equal cumulative marks for Tier-I+Tier-II, tie will be resolved by applying one after another the following methods:
- Total Tier-II marks Examination
- Date of birth, with older candidates placed higher
- Alphabetical order in which candidates ‘ names appear
SSC CHSL Answer Key 2021
The answer key for SSC CHSL releases on the official website of SSC i.e. ssc.nic.in. The candidates do not need their login details to download the official answer key. The official answer key comes for all the exams and all the sets of the question paper. The answer key is the set of all the right answers considered for evaluating the answer sheet of all the candidates who appeared in the exam. The candidates can use the answer key to know their probable result for the exam.
The answer key can also be objected by filing an objection form. Candidates also need to pay the objection fee for the objection form of Rs. 100 per objection. The final answer key will be published only after all the objection is received. Candidates can not object to the official answer key. The changes in the answer key will apply to all the candidates equally.
Selection Process Of SSC CHSL 2021
The selection procedure of SSC CHSL 2021 includes three phases of examination i.e. Tier -I, II and III. In each phase examination, the candidates have to qualify. SSC has decided the minimum qualifying marks for CHSL 2021.
The candidates have to obtain a minimum 33% marks qualifying marks in Tier I + Tier-II examination, only then they are eligible to appear in the Tier III examination. The candidates should note that the Tier III examination will be qualifying in nature. No marks will be awarded in the Skill Test. The position of the candidates in the merit list is entirely depended on the marks obtained in Tier I and Tier II examination.
SSC CHSL Exam Centers
In the online application form, a candidate must indicate the Center(s) in which he / she wishes to take the exam. The following are the details of the examination centers and regional offices under whose jurisdiction these examination centers are located:
Eligibility Criteria of SSC CHSL 2021
Below is the eligibility criteria for SSC CHSL 2021 for the candidates who wish to apply for the SSC CHSL 2021:
Nationality: The candidate can be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan, a Tibetan refugee, 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 with a certificate from the government of India.
Age Limit and Relaxation: Posts age limit is 18-27 years as of January 01, 2020 (i.e. candidates born not before January 02, 1993 and not later than January 01, 2002). Below is the upper age limit and relaxation for the SSC CHSL exam:
|Category||Age Relaxation Permissible|
|PH + OBC||13 years|
|PH + SC/ST||15 years|
|Ex-Servicemen (ExS)||3 years after deduction of the military service rendered|
|Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ ST) with |
3 years regular and continuous service
|Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ ST) with|
3 years regular and continuous service
|Up to 45 years of age|
|Candidates who had ordinarily been in the State of |
Jammu & Kashmir from January 1980 to 31st December 1989.
|Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially |
separated and who are not remarried
|Up to 35 years of age|
|Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially |
separated and who are not remarried (SC/ ST)
|Up to 40 years of age|
|SC/ST category candidates who resided in |
Jammu and Kashmir from 1sty January 1980 to 31st December 1989
|Defence Personnel disabled in operation(SC/ ST).||8 years|
For LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (except DEOs in C&AG) – Applicants must have passed the 12th Standard or equivalent exam 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 the Mathematics Science Stream as a subject from a recognized board or equivalent.
SSC CHSL Application Form 2021
The candidates can fill the application form for SSC CHSL 2021 in online mode only. The candidates need a scanned copy of a recent photograph and signature to upload in the application form. Candidates also need their mobile no., Aadhar card no. and mail ID for filling the application form. The application fee is Rs. 100 to complete the application form. However, applicants from the SC, ST, ESM, and Women classes are exempt from paying the application fee. The fee can be paid offline as well as online mode. Below is the mode of payment for the application fee:
- SBI Challan
- Net Banking
- Debit Card10+2
- Credit Card
- BHIM UPI
Pay Scale Of SSC CHSL 2021 Qualifiers
- 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 (Rs. 25,500-81,100) and
- Data Entry Operator, Grade „A‟: Pay Level-4 (Rs. 25,500-81,100)
Reservation In SSC CHSL 2021
Reservations are required for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), Ex-Servicemen (ESM) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) etc as per the Governemnet norms.
The Commission selects candidates for different posts in compliance with the vacancies identified by the User Departments concerned. The Commission has no role to play in deciding on any User Department’s number of vacancies. The enforcement of the reservation plan, the management of the reservation roster and the distribution of vacancies to various categories are the User Department’s responsibility.
SSC CHSL 2021 Document Verification
After the decalaration of result candidates will be called for the document verification process. All the candidates qualified for Document Verification are required to appear for DV along with the photocopies and original documents as listed below:
- Candidates will show two recent color photographs of the passport size and one initial valid Photo ID evidence
- Submit a copy of Matriculation/ Secondary Certificate
- A copy of Educational Qualification Certificate
- Order/ letter in respect of equivalent Educational Qualifications claimed, indicating the Authority (with number and date)
- Caste/ Category Certificate, if belongs to reserved categories
- Relevant Certificate if seeking any age relaxation
- Persons with Disabilities Certificate in the required format, if applicable
- No Objection Certificate, in case already employed in Government/ Government undertakings
- A candidate who claims a change in name after matriculation on marriage or remarriage or divorce
- Any other document specified in the Admission Certificate for DV.
SSC CHSL 2021 Cut Offs
A cut off will be fixed separately for Tier 1, 2, 3. SSC CHSL 2021 Cut Off will be announced with each result. You can check past year cutoffs to get an idea of statistics.
Following are SSC CHSL 2016 cutoffs.
SSC CHSL Tier 1 Cut Off
|Category||Cut Off Marks|
SSC CHSL Tier 2 Cut Off – Candidates qualified for Data Entry Skill Test for DEO in CAG
|Category||Cut Off Marks in Paper I+II|
SSC CHSL Tier 2 Cut Off – Candidates qualified for Typing Test for Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant / LDC / Court Clerk
|Category||Cut Off Marks in Paper II|
SSC CHSL Tier 2 Cut Off – Candidates qualified for Data Entry Skill Test for DEO in Deptt. Other than CAG
|Category||Cut Off Marks in Paper I+II|
The staff selection board is an organization established for conducting the selection process as per the vacancies notified by the central government. The commission is established under the Department of Personnel and Traning and consists of Chairman, two Members and a Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations. It also conducts examination for the Constable, Police department as per the central government. The SSC has its headquarters in the capital of India.
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SSC CHSL 2020 Frequently Asked Questions
Ans : Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level (SSC CHSL). The exam is conducted for 10+2 level pass outs. The exam is conducted for recruitment to LDC (Lower Division Clerk), DEO (Data Entry Operator), PA (Postal Assistant), SA (Sorting Assistant), JSA (Junior Secretariat Assistant) posts.
Ans : SSC CHSL encounters moderate to tough questions. The competition in the exam is tough as lakhs of candidates apply for a limited number of vacancies.
Ans : The SSC CHSL (10+2) exam consist of 3 tiers in total.
You can prepare for SSC CHSL exam at home. Some tips to prepare for the exam are as follows: