SSC CHSL is conducted for recruiting postal assistants, sorting assistants, data entry operators, lower divisional clerks and employees for several departments and ministries of the government of India. The exam is based on 10+2 level education and consists of three tiers. The overall difficulty level of the exam is easy to moderate.
The SSC CHSL 2020 Tier-1 exam dates have been announced. The exam will be conducted for leftover candidates from August 17 to 21, 2020 and August 24 to 27, 2020. SSC CHSL 2020 was postponed from March 20, 2020, because of COVID-19 pandemic.
The SSC CHSL 2018 Cut-off and result has been released in March 17, 2020. Check Here SSC CHSL 2020 Cut Off
SSC CHSL 2018 Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Typing Test (TT) for eastern region candidates was scheduled for April 4-9. It has been postponed until further notice for COVID-19
The final SSC CHSL Result that was subject to the final order in WP No. 234/2018 of the Supreme Court is now free of that condition.
The Commission has declared that it will make decisions after the COVID-19 lockdown on SSC CHSL UFM Case Row 2020.
The Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam or CHSL is conducted by SSC on a national level every year. The following table gives an overview of the exam:
|Exam Name||SSC CHSL (Staff Selection Commission-Combined Higher Secondary Level)|
|Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|Exam Mode||Tier-I: Online (CBT) Tier-II: Offline (Descriptive) Tier-III- Typing/Skill Test|
|Exam Duration||Tier-I: 60 minutes Tier-II: 60 minutes Tier-III- 15 minutes|
|Exam Purpose||Selection of candidates for posts of LDC, JSA, PA, SA and DEO|
|Exam Language||English and Hindi|
|Exam Helpdesk No.||011-24361359|
|SSC CHSL Posts||SSC CHSL Pay Levels||SSC CHSL Pay Scales|
|Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)||2||Rs 19,900-63,200|
|Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)||2||Rs 19,900-63,200|
|Postal Assistant (PA)||4||Rs 25,500-81,100|
|Sorting Assistant (SA)||4||Rs 25,500-81,100|
|Data Entry Operator (DEO)||4||Rs 25,500-81,100|
|DEO (Grade A)||4||Rs 25,500-81,100|
Candidates who aspire to start their career right after completing the higher secondary education can apply for SSC CHSL 2020.
The candidate is liable to serve anywhere in the country if selected for a post through CHSL 2020 as the exam carry All India Service Liability or AISL.
The exam dates has been postponed and new dates will be released soon. Find the exam dates in the table below:
|Official Notification Out on||November 29, 2019|
|SSC CHSL 2020 Registration Began on||December 3, 2019|
|Last Day to submit SSC CHSL 2020 Application Form||January 10, 2020|
|Last Day to pay online SSC CHSL 2020 Application Fee||January 12, 2020 (up to 11:59 PM)|
|Last day to Pay offline SSC CHSL 2020 Application Fee||January 14, 2020 (during banking hours)|
|Availability of SSC CHSL 2020 Admit Card||SSC will release the new Admit Cards|
|SSC CHSL Exam 2020 Date (Tier 1)||August 17-21, 2020 and August 24-27, 2020|
|SSC CHSL Exam 2020 Date (Tier 2)||To be announced|
The authorities had released the new exam day guideline for the candidates but now the exam has been postponed due to COVID 19. The new exam dates will be released soon.
By taking into consideration the present situation created due to Covid-19, the Commission has decided the following:
No Bio-metric Registration of the candidates will be conducted. However, the thumb impression of the candidates is mandatorily for the Commission Copies and Attendance Sheets.
Candidates can bring their own masks in the examination hall. But candidates have to remove the masks for taking the photographs at the Registration Desks. These photographs can be used by the Commission for verification during subsequent Tiers of the examination.
Candidates can bring their own hand sanitizers (small size) and water bottles (transparent/ see through).
Candidates can bring their own ball pens (having transparent outer cover). Translucent pens are not allowed.
The Commission has also issued necessary instructions to its Service Provider for cleaning/ sanitizing frequently used objects such as mouse/ keyboards/ tables/ door handles, etc. before the start of each shift of examination in the larger interest of the candidates.
Before applying for the recruitment exam, candidates must make sure that they fulfill SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria as only eligible candidates will be allowed to appear for the exam. The basic minimum eligibility criteria that candidates need to meet in order to appear for SSC CHSL is that a candidate must be aged between 18 and 27 years as on January 1, 2020 and should have passed class 12.
The detailed eligibility criteria is as follows:
Nationality: Candidate must be an Indian Citizen or should belong to Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 to permanently settle in India.
Educational Criteria: must have cleared or appearing class 12 or its equivalent from a recognized educational board or University.
Age Criteria: Age must be between 18 – 27 years as on January 1, 2020, however, certain reserved category candidates can claim for reservation according to the Indian government norms.
The age relaxation will be provided as follows:
For SC/ST – 5 Years
For OBCs – 3 Years
For PH – 10 Years
For PH + OBC – 13 Years
For PH + SC/ST – 15 Years
SSC CHSL 2020 Application Form is available from December 3, 2020. Interested candidates can register for Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination on the official website of SSC. Follow the steps given below to fill SSC CHSL 2020 Application Form:
Go to ssconline.nic.in.
Click on the link provided for CHSL stating “Click here to Apply”
Read the instructions and move on to the registration page.
Fill in basic details such as Name, Father’s Name, class 10 roll number, DoB, and Gender.
Enter verification text and submit the details.
A registration ID and password is generated. Keep it safe for future use.
After registration, upload scanned image of recent passport size photograph and signature in JPG format.
Passport Size Photograph Size: 20 kb to 50 kb
Signature: 10 kb to 20 kb
The registration process completes after uploading images. Fill the application form by entering communication details, educational details, etc. Fill in tentative post preferences out of the following:
Lower Divisional Clerk- 898 vacancies
Postal Assistant- 2359 vacancies
Data entry Operator- 2 vacancies
Application fees of INR 100 have to be paid via online or offline mode for the final submission of SSC CHSL 2020 Application Form.
Applicants can remit the fee in online mode till January 12, 2020 (11:59 PM) and in offline mode till January 14, 2020 during bank’s working hours.
However, the challan can be downloaded till January 12, 2020 (11:59 PM) only.
Online Mode: Use BHIM UPI, Net Banking, or Visa/ Mastercard/ Maestro Credit/ Debit card
Offline Mode: Download SBI Challan from the web portal and pay and submit in any SBI Bank branch during working hours.
|Note: Females and candidates belonging to SC, ST, PwD, and Ex-servicemen are exempted from paying the application fee.|
Take out the printed copy of the SSC CHSL Application Form 2020 after successful submission.
SSC CHSL 2020 Admit Cards for Tier 1 are available on the regional website of the Staff Selection Commission. To access the admit card, use Registration Id, Date of Birth and Roll Number.
The hall ticket is required at the time of entering the exam center.
The commission releases the admit card separately for each tier. Only Tier 1 qualifiers can download the Tier 2 admit card.
There are 9 regions, admit card for each region can be obtained from the official website as per the region preference.
Candidates can download SSC CHSL 2020 Admit Card from the regional SSC website.
Aspirants should make preparation strategy in accordance with SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern for better performance. Below is the brief of SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern:
The exam will be conducted in three stages- Tier 1(Computer Based Test), Tier 2 (Written Test) and Tier 3 (Skill Based Test)
Tier 1 will comprise 100 MCQs to be completed in 60 minutes.
Tier 2 will have questions on essay or letter writing to be completed in 60 minutes.
The next stage i.e. Tier 3 will be a skill-based test for selected candidates.
1/4th marks of the total marks allotted to the question will be deducted as penalty for every wrong answer in Tier 1 exam.
There is no sectional cut-off for any of the papers.
Candidates clearing the cut-off of tier-I will be eligible to appear for tier-II and subsequently for Tier-3 which is skill test and typing test of prospective new recruits.
|Tier 1||Objective Multiple Choice||Computer Based (online)|
|Tier 2||Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi||Pen and Paper mode|
|Tier 3||Skill Test/ Typing Test||Depends on the Post|
|Components||Tier 1||Tier 2|
|Exam duration||60 Minutes||60 Minutes|
|Language Mode||English and Hindi||English and Hindi|
|Negative marking||1.50 or for each wrong attampt||NO|
Tier 3 exam will be a skill-based test where typing and data entry speed is analyzed of the prospective candidates:
Typing Test: For English, typing speed of 35 words per minute is required, For Hindi, typing speed of 30 words per minute is mandatory. Typing Test will be applicable for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, LDC, and Court Clerk posts.
Skill Test: Data Entry Speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on the computer. The skill test is conducted for the Data Entry Operator post.
SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 1 will be held across 9 regions, 33 states and UTs, 146 cities and 361 exam centers. The exam centers are located in the following states and UTs:
|Andaman and Nicobar||Karnataka||Kerala|
|Mizoram||Andhra Pradesh||Tamil Nadu|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Himachal Pradesh||Punjab|
Understanding the cut-off trends of the previous years, gives a vivid idea about the potential cut-off that can be expected for SSC CHSL 2020. The cut-off depends on several factors like the total number of candidates appearing for the exam, the difficulty level of the papers, and the available tentative vacancies.
The following table has the cut-off required out of 200 in the tier-1 exam to qualify for tier-2:
|Category||Expected cut-off 2020||2018||2017||2016|
SSC CHSL Tier 1 has four sections – General Intelligence, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language. Detailed syllabus for each section is given below:
General Awareness Section: 25 Questions (50 Marks)
This Section covers all general awareness of the environment and its surroundings.
Read all topics which relate to everyday science
You must have good knowledge about India and its neighboring countries which means knowledge of (Culture, History, General Science, Geography and Scientific Research)
General Intelligence and Reasoning: 25 Questions (50 Marks)
Series Completion, Coding-Decoding
Blood Relations, Alphabets Test
Sitting Arrangement, Ranking Test, Syllogism, etc
Quantitative Aptitude Section: 25 Questions (50 Marks)
Basic Mathematics, Trigonometry
English Language Section: 25 Questions (50 Marks)
Fill in the Blanks
Comprehension passage, etc
Check Here SSC CHSL Syllabus
SSC CHSL 2020 Selection Process is based on the result of all the three tiers.
Candidates need to qualify each tier to appear in the subsequent tier.
The final selection list is prepared by shortlisting applicants on the basis of their cumulative performance across the first two tiers.
Tier 3, a skill-based test is a final stage to ensure that candidates possess the required skills.
Candidates will be allotted to the various departments for the post of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operators, Lower Divisional Clerks, and Court Clerks on the basis of their merit and preference of post.
Resolution of Tie Cases:
Tie cases will be resolved by applying the following methods one after another till the tie is resolved.
Total marks in Tier 1+Tier 2.
Total marks in Tier 2 Examination.
Total marks in Tier 1 Examination.
Date of birth, with older candidates, placed higher.
Alphabetical order in which the first names of the candidates appear.
Candidates also need to undergo a document verification procedure after clearing all the tiers for the final appointment. Candidates failing to fulfill the eligibility criteria are automatically dropped from the final selection list.
The tentative vacancies in SSC CHSL 2020 for the posts namely, LDC, PA/SA, and DEO counts up to 3259.
Lower Divisional Clerk: 898 vacancies
Postal Assistant: 2359 vacancies
Data Entry Operator: 2 vacancies
Pay Scale of the Posts
Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA): Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 1900 (pre-revised)
Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA): Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
Data Entry Operator(DEO): Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised) and
Data Entry Operator Grade ‘A’: Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised).
In order to qualify, you have to get the minimum cut-off marks in tier-1 and tier-2. Moreover, you must qualify the tier-1 in order to be eligible for tier-2. Though the exam has been postponed, this is the best time to prepare yourself as much as possible. We have shared a few tips that will definitely be effective for tier-1 preparation.
Read and practice at least one comprehension per day as it is a vital part of the English section.
Read the entire passage once. After that, practice reading the question first and then looking up the passage for the answer- it will be quicker.
For cloze test, try and understand the logic behind the passage and what the most suitable phrase for the blank seems. If you fill one blank correctly, you can find the answers for the rest easily.
For synonyms and antonyms practice new sets of words every day by referring the dictionary or making note of words you hear or read around you.
General intelligence and reasoning
Keep practicing the puzzles and number games to get habituated with such questions.
Practice the patterns you find in previous years questions as they are often repeated.
Pick specific topics at a time and solve them till you are fluent in understanding these specific types of problems.
Try and learn to approach the problems using short cut methods as you have to solve them as fast as possible in the exam.
Practice mental calculation and avoid using calculators.
Memorize all the formulas relevant to your syllabus.
Give more time to practicing the sections that you find difficult.
General awareness and knowledge
Read the newspapers daily to stay updated about current affairs.
Watch the national news channels as well.
Subscribe for current affairs magazines like Manorama.
Specifically take note of topics related to Business, Politics, and Economics.
SSC CHSL 2020 will primarily entail questions of 10+2 standard syllabus set by CBSE. However, for better preparation here are some Recommended Books for SSC CHSL 2020:
|Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning||R S Aggarwal||8121905516|
|Analytical Reasoning||M K Pandey||8190458914|
|Objective English for Competitive Examinations||Tata McGraw Hill||0070151954|
|Quick learning Objective General English||RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal||8121915317|
|Quantitative Aptitude||R.S. Agarwal||8121924987|
|Quicker Mathematics||M. Tyra||8190458922|
|Manorama Yearbook 2020 (English and Hindi)||Malayalam Manorama||-|
SSC CHSL 2020 Result is declared separately for each tier. The result can be accessed from the official website or regional SSC website. The commission releases the result in the form of merit list. Given below are the steps to download SSC CHSL 2020 Result.
Visit the official site – ssc.nic.in.
Click on the link “SSC CHSL 2020 Results”
Download the result in the PDF file.
Press ‘Ctrl + F’ and type your name and roll number
Check your score and qualifying status
As per the initial reaction of candidates, the overall paper was of moderate difficulty level. Candidates can check the detailed paper analysis of March 18, 2020 of SSC CHSL Shift 1 & 2 below.
|Subjects||Difficulty Level (Shift 1)||Good Attempts (Shift 1)||Difficulty Level (Shift 2)||Good Attempts (Shift 2)|
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||Easy||20-23||Easy-Moderate||19-22|
Ques: What is the mode of examination for SSC CHSL 2020?
Ans: The exam will be conducted in online mode. The recruitment exam consists of 3 phases – Tier 1 (online test), Tier 2 (descriptive test), and Tier 3 (skill test). As per SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern, Tier 1 is a 60 minutes long computer based test of 200 marks. The exam will have 25 questions each from General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language sections. Each question will be of 2 marks and for every wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted.
Ques: For how many vacancies is the exam conducted?
Ans: The tentative vacancies in SSC CHSL 2020 for the posts namely, LDC, PA/SA, and DEO counts up to 3259.
Pay Scale of the Posts
Ques: What is the eligibility criteria to apply for SSC CHSL 2020?
Ans: The basic minimum eligibility criteria that candidates need to meet in order to appear for SSC CHSL is that a candidate must be aged between 18 and 27 years as on January 1, 2020 and should have passed class 12. Know More SSC CHSL Eligibility
Ques: Is there any negative marking in SSC CHSL 2020?
Ans: Yes. As per SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern, Tier 1 is a 60 minutes long computer based test of 200 marks. The exam will have 25 questions each from General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language sections. Each question will be of 2 marks and for every wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted.
Ques: How many times is SSC CHSL conducted in a year?
Ans: The exam is divided into 3 tiers and each tier is conducted only once in a year. The syllabus for each tier is different. Tier 1 syllabus includes sections of General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language. Candidates who will qualify in Tier 1 will become eligible to appear for Tier 2 and 3. Check Detailed SSC CHSL Syllabus
Ques: What is the final selection criteria followed by SSC CHSL?
Ans: SSC CHSL 2020 Selection Process will be based on the result of all the three tiers. Candidates need to qualify each tier to appear in the subsequent tier. The final selection list will be prepared by shortlisting applicants on the basis of their cumulative performance across the first two tiers. Tier 3, a skill-based test is a final stage to ensure that candidates possess the required skills.
Ques: Can I apply for CHSL after graduation?
Ans: Yes, the maximum age limit for the exam is 27 years and the minimum educational qualification necessary is till class 12. So, a graduate is definitely eligible for the positions.
Ques: Do I get the select the shift in which I can take the exam?
Ans: No, the shift and date of your exam is pre-finalized and provided through your admit card. It cannot be changed under any circumstances.
Ques: Will I get my chosen exam center?
Ans: The exam center is allotted on a first come first serve basis and hence, to ensure your first preference as your exam center, it is best to apply at the earliest as soon as the registration starts.
Ques: Will I get my preferred post?
Ans: Even though you have to fill up a tentative post preference while applying, it is not guaranteed that you will be recruited for the same. It depends entirely on your performance in the exam and whether you are deemed suitable for the post accordingly.
Ques: When will the postponed date be announced for the exam?
Ans: There is no specification regarding the date of announcing regarding the postponed exam dates. You will have to occasionally keep tab of the official website for the same.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.