SSC (Staff Selection Commission) conducts the SSC CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam, which is a recruitment exam to fill vacancies for the post of Lower Divisional Clerk/Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators in various Government departments. Candidates who have passed the 10+2 level examination fulfil the basic qualification criteria to appear for the SSC CHSL 2020 exam for 4893 posts at various levels.
The SSC CHSL exam 2020 includes three tiers (out of which some shifts of Tier – 1 are yet to be held). Candidates have to qualify all the three tiers of SSC CHSL for successful recruitment. Tier 1 is a computer-based objective type exam, Tier 2 is a written descriptive test which is followed by Tier 3, a skill/typing test. Read this article to gain insightful information on SSC CHSL 2020.
Important Information: The Staff Selection Commission has released the revised exam dates for SSC CHSL Tier I examination. SSC had to postpone the Tier I shifts of SSC CHSL 2020 on March 20 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The leftover exam proceedings of SSC CHSL Tier I will now take place in two phases – August 17 to 21 (Phase 1) and August 24 to 27 (Phase 2).
SSC CHSL – Highlights
- The Staff Selection Commission acts as the regulatory body to conduct SSC CHSL.
- A total of 4893 vacancies are to be filled through the SSC CHSL 2020.
- Candidates qualifying in one tier are eligible for participation in the subsequent tier of SSC CHSL.
- Candidates recruited through the SSC CHSL exam will enjoy a pay scale ranging in Rs. 19,900 – Rs. 81,100, depending on their respective posts.
- Tier I exam for SSC CHSL is conducted in online mode whereas Tier II exam is held offline i.e. pen and paper-based mode.
- Unlike SSC CHSL Tier I and II exams, the Tier III exam, which is the skill test/ typing test will only be qualifying in nature.
- SSC CHSL form fee is Rs. 100 only. However, SC (Schedule Caste), ST (Schedule Tribe), ESM (Wards of Ex-Servicemen), and women candidates are exempted from paying the SSC CHSL registration/exam fee.
- SSC CHSL recruitment exam is a national-level exam under the control of the central government. Thus, a qualified candidate may be recruited in any part of the country.
SSC CHSL – Important Dates
Missing any deadline can lead to non-consideration of the candidature for the recruitment process. The table below mentions the important dates of SSC CHSL 2020.
SSC CHSL 2020 Event Schedule
|Start of online registration for SSC CHSL||December 3, 2019|
|Last date for filling and submitting the application form||January 10, 2020|
|Last date for payment of registration fee in online mode||January 12, 2020|
|Last date for generation of offline challan||January 14, 2020|
|Last date to pay the registration fee through challan||January 16, 2020|
|Release of admit card for SSC CHSL Tier I examination||March 4, 2020 onwards|
|Earlier date for SSC CHSL Tier – I exam||March 17 to March 27, 2020 (cancelled)|
|Issuance of revised admit card||To be notified|
|Rescheduled SSC CHSL exam dates 2020 (Tier I) for leftover candidates||August 17 to August 21, 2020
August 24 to August 27, 2020
|Release of admit card for SSC CHSL Tier II exam||To be notified|
|SSC CHSL exam date (Tier – II)||To be notified|
|Release of Answer Key||To be notified|
|Declaration of Result||To be notified|
What is the pay scale for recruitment done through SSC CHSL 2020?
SSC CHSL is one of the most desirable exams amongst the government job seekers due to its high pay scale right after the completion of class 12th. The SSC CHSL pay scale for different posts is given below.
Post-Wise SSC CHSL Pay Scale
|Posts||Pay Levels||Pay Scales|
|Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)||2||Rs. 19,900 – Rs. 63,200|
|Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)||2||Rs. 19,900 – Rs. 63,200|
|Postal Assistant (PA)||4||Rs. 25,500 – Rs. 81,100|
|Sorting Assistant (SA)||4||Rs. 25,500 – Rs. 81,100|
|Data Entry Operator (DEO)||4||Rs. 25,500 – Rs. 81,100|
|DEO (Grade A)||4||Rs. 25,500 – Rs. 81,100|
Who all are eligible to take SSC CHSL 2020?
Candidates are required to fulfil the SSC CHSL eligibility criteria for taking the recruitment exam. Any candidate who is found ineligible at any stage of the SSC CHSL will be debarred by the commission.
The eligibility criteria for SSC CHSL is as follows:
Candidates who possess a nationality/citizenship as per the following criteria are eligible for the SSC CHSL recruitment exam:
- Candidates who are citizens of India, Nepal or Bhutan
- A Tibetan refugee whose family has settled in India before June 1, 1962 permanently
- Indian origin migrants from any of the following places with the intention of permanently settling in India:
- Sri Lanka
- The United Republic of Tanzania
Note – Candidates under point no. 3 must hold an eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India.
AGE LIMIT –
Candidates born not before January 02, 1993 and not after January 01, 2002 are eligible for SSC CHSL 2020 (18 Years – 27 Years). Also, some categories are given relaxation in an upper age limit.
Category-wise Relaxation of Age
|Category||Permissible relaxation of age|
|PwD unreserved||10 years|
|PwD (OBC)||13 years|
|PwD (SC/ST)||15 years|
|Ex-Servicemen (ESM)||3 years (after the deduction of military service rendered)|
|Central Govt. Civilian Employees with 3 years regular and continuous service||Up to 40 years of age|
|Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ST) with 3 years regular and continuous service||Up to 45 years of age|
|Candidates who were domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir from January 1980 to 31st December 1989||5 years|
|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|
|Defence Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area||3 years|
|Defence Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area (SC/ ST)||8 years|
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION –
- For all posts except DEOs in C&AG – Candidates who have qualified the 12th class or equivalent exam from a recognized board or university are eligible for all the posts offered through SSC CHSL except DEO in C and AG.
- For Data Entry Operator in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General (DEO C and AG) – Candidates who have qualified the class 12th or equivalent exam in Science Stream with Mathematics as a core subject from a recognized board are eligible.
The commission hasn’t put any restriction on minimum marks. However, candidates must attain passing marks in all the subjects.
SSC CHSL – How to fill and submit SSC CHSL Form?
The Staff Selection Commission releases the SSC CHSL application form in online mode only. Candidates have to visit the official website of SSC (ssc.nic.in) to fill the SSC CHSL form. Filing and submitting an SSC CHSL form requires multiple steps. All the steps are divided into two parts. The steps to be performed during SSC CHSL application form submission are as follows.
SSC CHSL Application Form Part I
- Visit the official website and click on the ‘Register now’ button.
- Enter basic details such as your date of birth, name, email ID, mobile number, etc.
- You will receive an auto-generated registration ID and password on your registered email ID; use the same to login
- Enter some additional information and contact details
- Upload the scanned copies of your photograph and signature in the prescribed format
- Verify your mobile number by entering the OTP sent by the officials
- The first part of SSC CHSL form is now complete
SSC CHSL Application Form Part II
For initiating the second part of SSC CHSL form, candidates need to log in again using their registration ID and password
- The information filled in part one of the SSC CHSL form will appear automatically
- The second part of SSC CHSL 2020 form will ask for reservation details, category details, qualification details and preference for the exam centre. Enter all the required details carefully
- Pay the requisite fee to submit the form
What is the Application Form Fee for SSC CHSL 2020?
The application fee can be paid in online as well as offline mode. The details related to the SSC CHSL application fee are as follows.
Application Fee – Rs. 100
The application fee will be non-refundable in nature. However, some categories of candidates are exempted from payment of application form fee. These are:
- Scheduled Castes (SC)
- Scheduled Tribes (ST)
- Ex-Servicemen (ESM)
Note – Candidates choosing the offline payment mode need to download a challan for SSC CHSL application fee payment and submit the same with cash in any SBI Bank branch.
SSC CHSL – How to Download SSC CHSL 2020 Admit Card?
The Staff Selection Commission has allocated 9 regional offices. Based on the exam centre preference during application form submission, candidates are required to visit the regional SSC official website and download the admit card. The commission will issue a separate SSC CHSL hall ticket 2020 for Tier I, II and III exams. Candidates are required to enter their login credentials such as roll number, registration number, mobile number, etc. for downloading the SSC CHSL admit card.
Once the admit card is downloaded, candidates will have to paste their recent passport size photograph in the space provided. It is mandatory to carry the printed copy of the SSC CHSL admit card 2020 at the examination centre along with a valid photo ID proof.
SSC CHSL – Regional Offices
The Staff Selection Commission has allocated a total of nine regional offices for SSC. All the regional offices are located in different parts of the country under different jurisdictions. The table below enlists all the regional SSC offices.
Regional Centres of SSC
|1||Central Region (SSC CR)||ssc-cr.org|
|2||Eastern Region (SSC ER)||sscer.org|
|3||Northern Region (SSC NR)||sscnr.net.in|
|4||Western Region (SSC WR)||sscwr.net|
|5||Southern Region (SSC SR)||sscsr.gov.in|
|6||Kerala-Karnataka Region (SSC KKR)||ssckkr.kar.nic.in|
|7||North-Eastern Region (SSC NER)||sscner.org.in|
|8||Madhya Pradesh Sub-Region (SSC MPR)||sscmpr.org|
|9||North-Western Sub-Region (SSC NWR)||sscnwr.org|
SSC CHSL – Exam Centers
While filling the online application form, candidates are required to choose the exam centre preferences for taking the SSC CHSL. The exam centres are also divided into nine regions. The table below mentions the region-wise exam cities available for SSC CHSL 2020.
Region-Wise SSC CHSL Exam Centres
|SSC CR||SSC MPR||Ukhrul (5503)||SSC KKR|
|Agra (3001)||Bhopal (6001)||Shillong (5401)||Belagavi (9002)|
|Bareilly (3005)||Bilaspur (6202)||Kohima (5302)||Bengaluru (9001)|
|Bhagalpur (3201)||Durg-Bhilai (6205)||Churachandpur (5502)||Ernakulam (9213)|
|Darbhanga (3202)||Gwalior (6005)||Aizawl (5701)||Hubballi (9011)|
|Gorakhpur (3007)||Indore (6006)||Agartala (5601)||Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) (9005)|
|Jhansi (3008)||Jabalpur (6007)||SSC WR||Kannur (9202)|
|Kanpur (3009)||Raipur (6204)||Ahmedabad (7001)||Kavaratti (9401)|
|Lucknow (3010)||Sagar (6015)||Amravati (7201)||Kollam (9210)|
|Meerut (3011)||Satna (6014)||Anand (7011)||Kottayam (9205)|
|Muzaffarpur (3205)||Ujjain (6016)||Aurangabad (7202)||Kozhikode (9206)|
|Patna (3206)||SSC SR||Gandhinagar (7012)||Mangaluru (9008)|
|Prayagraj (3003)||Warangal (8603)||Jalgaon (7214)||Mysuru (9009)|
|Purnea (3209)||Vizianagaram (8012)||Kolhapur (7203)||Shivamogga (9010)|
|Varanasi (3013)||Visakhapatnam (8007)||Mehsana (7013)||Thiruvananthapuram (9211)|
|SSC ER||Vijayawada (8008)||Mumbai (7204)||Thrissur (9212)|
|Balasore (4601)||Vellore (8208)||Nagpur (7205)||Udupi (9012)|
|Berhampore (Odisha) (4602)||Tirupati (8006)||Nanded (7206)||–|
|Bhubaneshwar (4604)||Tirunelveli (8207)||Nashik (7207)||–|
|Cuttack (4605)||Tiruchirapalli (8206)||Panaji (7801)||–|
|Dhenkanal (4611)||Salem (8205)||Pune (7208)||–|
|Gangtok (4001)||Rajahmundry (8004)||Rajkot (7006)||–|
|Hooghly (4418)||Puducherry (8401)||Surat (7007)||–|
|Kolkata (4410)||Nellore (8010)||Vadodara (7002)||–|
|Port Blair (4802)||Madurai (8204)||SSC NR||–|
|Ranchi (4205)||Kurnool (8003)||Udaipur (2409)||–|
|Rourkela (4610)||Karimnagar (8604)||Sriganganagar (2408)||–|
|Sambalpur (4609)||Kakinada (8009)||Sikar (2411)||–|
|Siliguri (4415)||Hyderabad (8601)||Roorkee (2006)||–|
|SSC NWR||Guntur (8001)||Kota (2407)||–|
|Srinagar(J&K) (1007)||Coimbatore (8202)||Jodhpur (2406)||–|
|Shimla (1203)||Chirala (8011)||Jaipur (2405)||–|
|Samba (1010)||Chennai (8201)||Haridwar (2005)||–|
|Ludhiana (1405)||SSC NER||Haldwani (2003)||–|
|Leh (1005)||Silchar (5111)||Delhi (2201)||–|
|Jammu (1004)||Jorhat (5107)||Dehradun (2002)||–|
|Jalandhar (1402)||Itanagar (5001)||Bikaner (2404)||–|
|Hamirpur (1202)||Imphal (5501)||Bharatpur (2403)||–|
|Chandigarh/Mohali (1601)||Guwahati (Dispur) (5105)||Alwar (2402)||–|
|Amritsar (1404)||Dibrugarh (5102)||Ajmer (2401)||–|
SSC CHSL – Exam Pattern
The Staff Selection Commission has determined different exam patterns for all the three tiers of SSC CHSL. It is suggested to plan your preparation in accordance with the SSC CHSL paper pattern mentioned below.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier 1
|Mode of the exam||Computer Based Test (CBT)|
|Duration of the exam||1 hour (60 minutes)|
|Number of questions||100|
|Type of questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)|
|Medium||English and Hindi|
|Number of sections||4|
|Marking Scheme||+2 marks for a correct response|
|-0.50 marks for an incorrect response|
Section Wise Distribution of Questions and Marks – Tier I exam
|Part||Section||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier 2
|Mode of the exam||Pen and Paper based (Offline)|
|Duration of the exam||1 hour (60 minutes)|
|Nature of questions||Descriptive|
|Medium||English and Hindi|
|Type of Questions||Essay Writing – 200 to 250 words|
|Letter/ Application Writing – 150 to 200 words|
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier 3
- Tier 3 exam of SSC CHSL 2020 will be a skill test/typing test
- The SSC CHSL Tier 3 exam will be qualifying in nature
Qualifying Criteria for SSC CHSL 2020 Tier III
|Type of test||Qualifying Criteria|
|Skill Test for DEO||Data entry speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on the computer*|
|Typing Test for other posts than DEO||35 words per minute (W.P.M) for English typing|
|30 W.P.M. for Hindi typing|
|Skill Test for DEO (C & AG)||Data entry speed of 15000 key depressions per hour on the computer*|
*The accuracy of correct key depressions will be considered at the rate of 800 key depressions per hour for the posts of DEO and DEO (C & AG)
SSC CHSL – What is the Syllabus for SSC CHSL Tier – 1?
Other than the exam pattern, candidates must also have the complete knowledge of the SSC CHSL 2020 syllabus. SSC prescribes the syllabus for Tier I exam only as it is the only exam having predefined topics.
SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier I Exam
|General Intelligence (Verbal, Non-Verbal)||
Tips to Prepare for SSC CHSL 2020 Tier I, II & III Exam
For recruitment in thousands of government posts, lakhs of candidates fill and submit the SSC CHSL application form. In order to embrace success in the SSC CHSL 2020 recruitment exam, candidates must have a good overall preparation strategy.
- Gain insights into the SSC CHSL 2020 exam pattern and syllabus
- Prepare a schedule based on the approximate days left for the exam. Reserve some time for the revision
- Tier 3 of SSC CHSL will be a skill test/typing test. Keep a maximum of 10 minutes aside for practising for skill test/typing test on a daily basis
- Start your morning with reading reputable newspaper(s) daily
- Practice previous years’ question papers to know the nature of questions in SSC CHSL exam
- For the SSC CHSL Tier I exam, time management is the key to success as you need to answer 100 questions in a span of 60 minutes
SSC CHSL – Answer Key
The Staff Selection Commission will release the answer key for SSC CHSL Tier I examination soon after the completion of all the shifts. Candidates have to visit the official website of SSC (ssc.nic.in) to check the official answer key. The login credentials of candidates (registration ID and password) are used for checking the SSC CHSL answer key.
SSC releases the CHSL answer key in two phases – first is the provisional answer key. The commission allows candidates to raise objections against question(s) in the provisional answer key after paying an objection fee of Rs. 100 per objection. After considering the genuine objections, a final answer key is released. Candidates can calculate their probable SSC CHSL score using the SSC CHSL answer key and marking scheme.
SSC CHSL – Result
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will release the results for the SSC CHSL 2020 Tier I, II and III exams on the official website (ssc.nic.in). Candidates need to clear all the three tiers of the SSC CHSL for successful recruitment. The results for all the three tiers are released separately. However, the process to check all the three remains the same.
Candidates qualifying in Tier I of SSC CHSL as per the cutoff will be marked eligible for the Tier II. Similarly, the candidates qualifying the Tier II will be marked eligible for Tier III. However, the Tier III is only qualifying in nature.
SSC CHSL – Cutoff
The commission releases SSC CHSL cut off for Tier I and then a combined cutoff for SSC CHSL Tier I & II. The table below encompasses the past year’s SSC CHSL cut off trends.
SSC CHSL Cut Off for 2018-19 (Marks-wise)
|Name of the Post||Tier I (to appear for Tier II)||Combined Tier I & II (to appear for Tier III)|
|DEO (Other than C&AG)||181.47||252.06|
|DEO in C and AG||165.93||223.60|
|LDC/JSA and PA/SA||135.60||190.33|
SSC CHSL – Merit List (Final Result)
Candidates are shortlisted for the Tier III skill test/typing test and the document verification round based on their combined performance in Tier I and Tier II (a minimum score of 33% in Tier II is mandatory).
There can be instances when two or more candidates get similar aggregate scores in the SSC CHSL merit list. The resolution of a tie in such cases will be done using the chronology mentioned below:
#1 Candidates with the higher score in Tier-II of SSC CHSL will be considered first
#2 If the Tier II score is equal for both the candidates, the candidate who is older in age will be given preference
#3 If the date of birth is also the same, alphabetical order of names is considered. Candidates whose name appears first as per the alphabetical order will be preferred in the merit list
SSC CHSL – Selection Process for Recruitment
Selection of the candidates for the recruitment through SSC CHSL exam comprises a 3-stage process (Tier I, Tier II and Tier III). Candidates have to qualify all the three phases of SSC CHSL exam and fulfill the documental needs for final recruitment through SSC CHSL.
Note – Tier 3 of SSC CHSL will be qualifying in nature. Thus, no marks will be awarded for the same.
SSC CHSL – Number of Vacancies
Candidates filling the application form for SSC CHSL will be competing for a total of 4893 vacancies in different departments for different posts. Check the table below to know the post-wise vacancies available under SSC CHSL.
Post-Wise Vacancy for SSC CHSL 2020
|SSC CHSL Posts||SSC CHSL Vacancies 2020|
|Lower Division Clerk/Junior Secretariat Assistant (LDC/ JSA)||1,269|
|Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant (PA/ SA)||3,598|
|Data Entry Operator (DEO)||26|
Click here to check detailed overview of vacancies through SSC CHSL 2020 recruitment exam.
SSC CHSL – Reservation Policy
The Staff Selection Commission has reserved some vacancies for the candidates belonging to certain categories.
Category Wise Vacancy Reservation
|Categories||SSC CHSL Vacancies|
SSC CHSL – Requisite Documents for Verification
After the announcement of the SSC CHSL result for Tier I and II exams, candidates will be shortlisted for the Tier III exam and the document verification process. Candidates have to choose the options for recruitment into different posts before the document verification.
Candidates have to carry the following documents as per the schedule to get themselves verified:
- Two recent passport size photographs
- Any of the following valid photo ID proof –
- Aadhaar Card/ Printout of E-Aadhaar
- Voter’s ID Card
- Driving License
- PAN Card
- ID Card issued by University/ College/ School,
- Employer ID Card (Govt./ PSU),
- Ex-serviceman Discharge Book issued by the Ministry of Defence.
- Any other photo-bearing valid ID card issued by the Central/ State Government
- Matriculation/Secondary Certificate
- Educational Qualification Certificate
- Caste/Category Certificate (if belongs to any of the reserved categories)
- PwD Certificate (If applicable)
- Serving defence personnel certificate (for ESM category candidates)
- Discharge Certificate (for ESM category candidates)
- Relevant certificate for claiming any kind of age relaxation
- NOC if already employed
- Any other document as specified on the admission certificate for document verification
Candidates found ineligible after the document verification will be debarred from the recruitment through SSC CHSL 2020
SSC CHSL – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
✔️ What is the mode of SSC CHSL 2020 exam?
The Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CHSL in three tiers. Tier I is conducted as a computer-based test whereas Tier II is a pen and paper-based test. Tier III is a skill test/typing test on the computer.
✔️ For which posts does the Staff Selection Commission conduct SSC CHSL?
SSC CHSL is conducted for recruitment of Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC), Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant (PA), Sorting Assistant (SA) and Data Entry Operator (DEO) in various government departments.
✔️ How many vacancies are available under SSC CHSL?
The Staff Selection Commission is conducting SSC CHSL 2020 to fill the 4893 vacancies for the posts of LDC, JSA, PA, SA and DEO. Out of a total of 4893 vacancies, LDC/JSA has a holding of 1269 vacancies, PA/SA has a holding of 3598 vacancies and DEO has a holding of 26 vacancies.
✔️ Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree for recruitment through SSC CHSL 2020?
No. Candidates who have completed the class 12th or equivalent exam are marked eligible for recruitment through SSC CHSL. Other than the educational qualification, a candidate must be between the age bar of 18 – 27 as per SSC CHSL eligibility criteria.
✔️ Will there be any negative marking in SSC CHSL 2020?
There will be a negative marking of 0.5 marks (per wrong answer) in the SSC CHSL Tier I exam. However, there will be no negative marking in SSC CHSL Tier II and III exams. Still, it is suggested to complete your descriptive test (Tier II) within the defined word limit to get a good score in SSC CHSL Tier II.
✔️ How many attempts are allowed in the SSC CHSL?
Candidates can appear for SSC CHSL as many times as they wish to. However, the candidate must lie in the age bracket set by the Staff Selection Commission for the recruitment.
✔️ Can I take the Tier I exam of SSC CHSL in Hindi medium?
Tier I of SSC CHSL consists of a total of four sections including English language, General Awareness, General Intelligence and Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates can answer the three sections (other than English Language) in Hindi medium.
✔️ When will the commission issue the admit cards of SSC CHSL 2020 Tier I?
Staff Selection Commission is yet to notify the release date of SSC CHSL admit card Tier I. It is recommended to bookmark this page to catch any latest update regarding the issuance of SSC CHSL admit card 2020 for Tier 1.
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