SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Notification – Eligibility, Salary, Admit Card, Exam Date, and Full Notification –Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is one of the most desirable organizations for Government exams in India. SSC CHSL (10+2) includes Lower Division Clerk, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant, and Data Entry Operator posts. SSC will select and recommend candidates for Assistants / Clerks posts through a computer-based test, descriptive paper, and skill test, or typing test.
The Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CHSL exam every year for recruitment in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India. The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL, 10+2) Exam for recruitment to various posts like:
• Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants(PA/SA)
• Data Entry Operator (DEO)
• Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
• Court Clerk
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Notification
Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has been working day in, day out to adhere to its calendar since August 2020. SSC has released the notification for the post of Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant (PA/SA), and Data Entry Operator(DEO) on 06th November 2020. The online application for the combined higher secondary level examination (CHSL) from 06th November. Candidates can apply for the recruitment till 15th December 2020. The tier 1 exam is for 2020-21 is going to take place from 12to to 27th April 2021 Candidates are advised to visit this page regularly for any updates.
|SSC CHSL (Staff Selection Commission-Combined Higher Secondary Level)
|Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
|Tier-I: Online (CBT)Tier-II: Offline (Descriptive)Tier-III- Typing/Skill Test
|Tier-I: 60 minutesTier-II: 60 minutesTier-III- 15 minutes
|Selection of candidates for posts of LDC, JSA, PA, SA, and DEO
|English and Hindi
|Exam Helpdesk No.
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Dates
The tentative schedule for the SSC CHSL 2020-21 exam has already been published by SSC along with its Official Calendar. The Tier-1 computer-based online exam is scheduled to be conducted from 12th to 27th April 2021. The Tier-2 exam date will be released later. Please note down the important dates related to SSC CHSL 2020-21 Exam:
|SSC CHSL 2020-21 Notification
|6th November 2020
|SSC CHSL Registration Strats From
|6th November 2020
|SSC CHSL Online Application Ends on
|15th December 2020
|SSC CHSL Tier-1 Admit Card
|SSC CHSL 2021 Tier-1 Exam Date
|12th April to 27th April 2021
SSC CHSL Exam Posts
SSC CHSL posts and pay scales for which recruitment is done by Staff Selection Commission include:
|SSC CHSL Posts
|SSC CHSL Pay Levels
|Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
|Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)
|Postal Assistant (PA)
|Sorting Assistant (SA)
|Data Entry Operator (DEO)
|DEO (Grade A)
Note: All posts on offer through SSC CHSL exam carry All India Service Liability (AISL). This means that if a candidate is selected for a post, he/ she may be asked to serve anywhere in the country.
With the approval of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) by the Union Cabinet, NRA CET 2021 (NRA Common Eligibility Test 2021) is likely to be conducted by the agency to replace the tier-I paper of SSC CHSL and other exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The exact NRA CET exam dates are yet to be announced.
SSC CHSL Exam Posts Salary: Pay Scale
|Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs.1900 (pre-revised)
|Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
|Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
|DEO Grade ‘A’
|Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
SSC CHSL Exam Salary after 7th pay commission
SSC has modified the SSC CHSL Salary Structure for all the Posts after the 7th Pay Commission. SSC CHSL Salary structure after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission in 2017 is given below:
SSC CHSL Exam Eligibility Criteria
There are 3 important criteria which a candidate must fulfill in order to be eligible for the SSC CHSL 2020. The 3 parameters are given below:
Citizenship: A candidate must be either:
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of 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.
Age Limit for SSC CHSL Exam
The age limit for the posts is 18-27 years as of 01-01-2021 (i.e. Candidates born not before 01-01-1994 and not later than 01-01-2003). Permissible relaxation in upper age limit for different categories are as below:
|Permissible age relaxation beyond the upper age limit
|Persons with Disabilities (PwD-Unreserved)
|PwD + OBC
|PwD + SC/ ST
|03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.
|Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989.
|Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.
|Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST).
|Central Government Civilian Employees: Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications.
|Up to 40 years of age
|Central Government Civilian Employees: Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications (SC/ ST).
|Up to 45 years of age
|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
Educational/Technical Qualification & Experience for SSC CHSL Exam
(A) The basic requirement is a pass certificate in class 12 from a recognized board or university.
(B) For the post of DEO in the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG),
applicants must have studied science and mathematics as main subjects in Class 12th.
Note: Candidates who are appearing in their 12th standard can also apply provided they produce the educational qualification and the documentary evidence from the board/ university as of January 1st, 2020
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SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Pattern
The exam pattern of SSC CHSL 2020-21 is explained in the tables below. SSC CHSL 2020-21 comprises of three Tiers. Tier-I is mainly screening exams and scoring also.
|Type of Examination
|Mode of examination
|Objective Multiple Choice
|Descriptive Paper in Hindi/ English
|Pen and Paper Mode
|Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test
The SSC CHSL 2020 Tier I and Tier II are scheduled to be held from 16th to 27th March 2020 and 28th June 2020 respectively. The elaborated Exam Patterns of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III of SSC CHSL 2020 Recruitment are given in the table below. It is important for candidates to know every bit of exam pattern to prepare well for every section of the examination.
|General Intelligence and
|60 Minutes (Total)
Note- In Tier-I, there will be a negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.
After qualifying Tier-I of SSC CHSL 2020 Examination. Candidates have to appear for Tier II and Tier III. SSC CHSL Tier-II is scheduled to be held on 28th June 2020. The Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL Tier-II and Tier III and is explained in the table below.
|Mode of Examination
|Scheme of Examination
|Pen and Paper Mode
|Descriptive Paper in
English or Hindi
(Writing of Essay/ Precis/
Letter/ Application etc.)
|Proficiency in Word Processing,
Generation of Slides and
Students must note down that Tier II is scoring and qualifying in nature while Tier III is only qualifying in nature. You have to do well in all the Tiers of the SSC CHSL Examination. Candidates can check the detailed exam pattern and Syllabus on our website by clicking on the link provided below.
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Syllabus
Since the SSC CHSL is comprised of 3 different levels, we must deal with their syllabus independently.
This is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL 2020-21, with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:
|No of Questions
|Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)
|English Language (Basic Knowledge)
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Tier 1 Syllabus
English Language: Spot the Error, 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, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze 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, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ patternfolding & unfolding, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern-folding and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding, Other subtopics, if any Numerical operations.
Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.
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.
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, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 ???? + Cos2 ????=1 etc.,
Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.
General Awareness: Questions are designed to test the candidate‟s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.
• There is negative marking in SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 1 Exam. Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to a penalty of 0.5 marks in all sections
• The exam duration is 75 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Tier 2 Syllabus
This is a descriptive exam that is designed to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing 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 best way to prepare for the same is to read lots of articles from various newspapers. Apart from this, you need to be well aware of the pattern of Letter and Application.
• The exam is of 60 minutes’ duration and carries 100 marks.
• The questions are based on 10 level.
• The exam is qualifying in nature.
• Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated.
• The exam duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped or suffer from cerebral palsy.
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Tier 3 Exam Syllabus
The Tier 3 of SSC CHSl Exam 2020 comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts.
Skill Test for Data Entry Operator(DEO):
• Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer.
• The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes .
Typing Test for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs and Court Clerks:
• Typing Test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the Examination, will have to indicate his/her choice/option for Skill Test Medium in the Application Form.
• Typing Test will be of qualifying in nature.
• It will be administered on the Computer, to be provided by the Commission or any agency authorized by the Commission.
• Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute.
• Candidates opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute.
• The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes.
• Visually Handicapped candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 30 minutes.
Note: After skill test or typing test, those candidates who qualify it, will be appointed based on their position in the merit list.
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Application Fee
- The application fee to be paid while applying for SSC CHSL is Rs. 100/-
- No fee is required to be paid by female, SC, ST, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen candidates as they are exempted from paying the fee.
- Application fees can be paid through offline or online methods.
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Selection Process
SSC CHSL selection process 2020-21 includes the following steps:
Step 1: Apply online for SSC CHSL
SSC CHSL 2020-21 application form will be out on November 6. Candidates can fill the SSC CHSL application form in two parts – registrations and applications.
- SSC CHSL registrations: For the same, candidates need to visit the official website of SSC (ssc.nic.in) and click on the ‘New User? Register Now’ link. Thereafter, candidates need to fill all details asked in the SSC CHSL registration form. On successful registration, a registration ID and password will be generated. Candidates need to note down the ID and password and retain the details for future reference.
- SSC CHSL applications: Candidates can start filling the SSC CHSL application form by logging into their registered accounts using registration ID and password. Once the form is filled, candidates also need to pay SSC CHSL application fee of Rs 100 in online mode.
Step 2: Download SSC CHSL tier-I admit card
SSC CHSL admit card for tier-I is released few weeks before the exam. Candidates can download their admit card for the exam from the regional websites of the commission.
Step 3: Appear for SSC CHSL tier-I exam
Candidates who successfully apply for the exam first need to appear for the tier-I paper. SSC CHSL tier-I is a computer-based test (CBT) containing 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
Step 4: Check SSC CHSL tier-I result
The SSC CHSL tier-I result is released on the official website of the commission. The result contains the names and roll numbers of all the candidates who qualify the tier-I exam.
Step 5: Download SSC CHSL tier-II admit card
The tier-II admit card is released for candidates who qualify the SSC CHSL tier-I exam. The admit card is released in online mode on the regional websites of the Staff Selection Commission.
Step 6: Appear for SSC CHSL tier-II exam
Candidates qualifying the tier-I paper need to appear for tier-II exam. The SSC CHSL tier-II exam is a descriptive paper conducted in offline mode as a pen-and-paper based test.
Step 7: Check SSC CHSL tier-II result
The SSC CHSL tier-II result is declared on the official website of SSC as per the prescribed schedule. The result contains details about the candidates qualifying the tier-II exam to appear for tier-III paper.
Step 8: Appear for SSC CHSL tier-III exam
Candidates clearing the tier-II exam need to take the tier-III paper. SSC CHSL tier-III is basically a skill/typing test conducted as per the post applied by the candidate.
Candidates qualifying the tier-III exam are finally allocated services based on the SSC CHSL vacancies released by the commission and posts applied by the candidates.
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Preparation Tips
Some of the basic SSC CHSL 2020 preparation tips that candidates should keep in mind are mentioned below:
- Current Affairs are usually important for SSC CHSL preparation
- Some important topics to prepare for the English section of the exam include Synonyms & Antonyms, One Word Substitution, and Idioms & Phrases
- Some important topics to prepare for the General Intelligence section include Symbolic Operations, Semantic Analogy, Venn Diagram, Series and Coding & De-coding
- Focus on understanding concepts of different topics rather than adopting a rote learning technique
- Regular practice by attempting SSC CHSL question papers is the key to success
- Candidates must focus on their speed while attempting the previous year question papers or sample papers
- Candidates must evaluate themselves from time to time by scanning through the questions that they could not answer while attempting the question papers
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21: Important Documents & Things to Carry
Documents and things that candidates must not forget to carry to the allotted exam centre include:
- SSC CHSL admit card
- Two passport-size photos
- A valid and original photo ID proof
- An additional document as the date of birth proof (if the date of birth is not mentioned in the photo ID proof)
- Selef-declaration form
- Hand sanitizer
- Face mask
- Water bottle
Documents Specifications in SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Application Form
Photo Details: While uploading the photo for the application form goes through the specifications required. Here is the list of important pointers on this subject:
- The photograph must be clicked in front of white color or light-colored background
- The photograph must be more than JPEG format (20 KB to 50 KB).
- The photograph resolution must be 100*120 pixels in width and height.
- The photograph should not be more than three months old from the date of the publication of the Notice of Examination.
- The date on which the photograph has been taken should be clearly printed on the photograph.
Signature Details: Along with the photo, candidates are also required to attach scanned images of signature. The specifications are listed below:
- The signature must be in black or blue ink on a white sheet.
- The scanned copy of the signature must be in jpg format
- It should be more than 1 kb in size and less than 12 kb.
- The resolution should be 40*60 pixels in width and height.
SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21 Registration: Steps to Follow
Candidates are required to apply online to register for SSC CHSL 2020. Below are the steps that one needs to follow for successful online registration for the exam:
Step 1: Click on the official link which is provided on this page.
Step 2: Click on the link of Apply Link given on the page. The registration link will open up in the new window.
Step 3: Click on New Registration in SSC CHSL 2020 application window and then click on the register button.
Step 4: Firstly, candidates need to provide basic details like name, parents’ name, date of birth, email id, mobile number, etc.
Step 5: Click on the submit button to submit your completed online registration form for SSC CSHL 2020. Verify your details before submitting the form. All the candidates will be issued a Registration ID for SSC CHSL 2020 exam.
Candidates are supposed to log in with the provided Registration ID, date of birth, and password to complete registration for SSC CHSL 2020.
Step 6: In the next step, candidates must upload photograph and signature following the requisites mentioned by SSC.
Photograph – Upload Passport Size Image in JPG format.
Signature – Upload Passport Size Image in JPG format.
Step 7: Log in with registered ID and password to fill up the Part-II of the application form of SSC CHSL 2020.
Step 8: After filling up the application form, candidates need to preview the entire application form of SSC CHSL 2020 once to look for any glitches in the form. Verify the entire data entered by you.
Step 9: Click on the Final Submit button after previewing the entire online SSC CHSL application form. It is recommended that Candidates download and get print copies of the submitted application form of SSC CHSL 2020. Lastly, candidates can advance to submit the application fee for SSC CHSL 2020 either via online mode or offline mode of fee payment. A candidate must pay Rs. 100/- as SSC CHSL 2020 Online Application Fee.
Important Links to Apply SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21
|Download Notification in PDF Format
A quick FAQ to Apply for SSC CHSL Exam 2020-21
When will SSC CHSL recruitment notification 2020-21 be out?
A: SSC CHSL 2020-21 recruitment notification has been released on the official website of Staff Selection Commission on November 6, 2020.
For which posts is SSC CHSL exam conducted?
A: SSC CHSL is conducted for recruitment to Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC), Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant (PA), Sorting Assistant (SA) and Data Entry Operator (DEO) posts.
What is SSC CHSL salary?
A: The approximate in-hand salary for candidates recruited through SSC CHSL exam is Rs 24,000-29,000 for LDC/JSA post, Rs 30,000-36,000 for PA/SA and DEO posts.
Is SSC CHSL a good job?
A: The career opportunities for candidates recruited through SSC CHSL exam are good. Through the exam, candidates get the opportunity to work in different central government departments and offices. Moreover, the jobs include various perks and allowances for candidates and promotion opportunities.
Is SSC CHSL tough?
A: The difficulty level of SSC CHSL exam papers is usually easy to moderate. However, considering the number of applicants who sit for the exam every year, it can be said that the competition for the exam is tough.
How many vacancies are released for SSC CHSL exam every year?
A: The number of SSC CHSL vacancies varies every year. For the CHSL 2020 exam, the commission has released 1,269 tentative vacancies for LDC/JSA, 3,598 tentative vacancies for PA/SA and 26 tentative vacancies for DEO.
How can I prepare for SSC CHSL 2020-21?
To prepare for SSC CHSL 2020-21 exam:
1.Be well-versed with the SSC CHSL exam pattern and syllabus
2.Follow a proper study plan
3.Pick up only a few best SSC CHSL preparation books
4.Practice as many previous year SSC CHSL question papers as possible
Is there any negative marking in SSC CHSL exam?
A: There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks in tier-I of the exam. There is no negative marking in tier-II or III of the SSC CHSL exam.
Do questions repeat in SSC CHSL exam?
Yes, some questions are repeated in SSC CHSL exam usually every year.
Is SSC CHSL conducted in online mode?
A: Tier-I of SSC CHSL exam is conducted in online mode. However, tier-II of SSC CHSL exam is conducted in offline mode as a pen-and-paper-based-test (PBT).
What is the minimum eligibility criteria for SSC CHSL exam?
Candidates need to clear class XII from a recognised board in order to be eligible for the exam.