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SSC CHSL Exam 2022


SSC CHSL Posts

SSC CHSL Exam 2022 : All SSC CHSL posts made available through SSC CHSL exam carry AISL -All India Service Liability. This means that the candidates selected for any post may be asked to serve anywhere in the country.

The different SSC CHSL Posts offered through SSC CHSL recruitment are as follows:

  1. Sorting Assistant/Postal Assistant (SA/PA),
  2. Data Entry Operator (DEO),
  3. Lower Division Clerk (LDC).
  4. Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)

The table given below highlights the SSC CHSL pay scale for varied SSC CHSL Posts:

SSC CHSL Posts & Pay Scale
SSC CHSL PostsSSC CHSL Pay Scale
Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)19,900-63,200
Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)19,900-63,200
Sorting Assistant (SA)25,500-81,100
Postal Assistant (PA)25,500-81,100
DEO (Grade A)25,500-81,100
Data Entry Operator (DEO)25,500-81,100

Eligibility Criteria for SSC CHSL Age Limit

SSC CHSL Exam 2022 : The SSC CHSL age limit for the posts has been set at a minimum 18 years and a maximum of 27 years as on 1st of February 2022, i.e. candidates born not before 2nd January 1995 and not later than 1st January 2004 are eligible to apply for the SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam.

For details on the CHSL Age Limit, please see the table below:

SSC CHSL Age Limit
PostMinimum AgeMaximum Age
LDC/JSA18 years27 years
PA/SA18 years27 years
DEO18 years27 years

The table below gives an idea about the age relaxation for reserved candidates:

SSC CHSL Upper Age Limit RelaxationCategory
5 YearsSC/ST
3 YearsOBC
10 YearsPwD (Unreserved)
13 YearsPwD (OBC)
15 yearsPwD (SC/ST)
3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age on the closing date of receipt of online applicationEx-Servicemen (ESM)
5 yearsCandidates domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st Jan 1980 to 31st December 1989
3 yearsDefence personnel disabled in hostilities with a foreign nation
8 yearsDefence personnel disabled in hostilities with a foreign nation (SC/ST)
Up to 40 years of ageCentral Government Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on a closing date for receipt of online application
Up to 45 years of ageCentral Government Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on a closing date for receipt of online application (SC/ST)
Up to 35 years of ageWidows/Divorced Women/Women judicially separated and who are not married
Up to 40 years of ageWidows/Divorced Women/Women judicially separated and who are not married (SC/ST)
Up to 45 years of ageService Clerks in the last year of their color service in the Armed Forces
Up to 50 years of ageService Clerks in the last year of their color service in the Armed Forces (SC/ST)
3 years plus the length of service rendered by them in connection with census and weightage of past serviceRetrenched census employees of the office of Registrar General of India

SSC CHSL candidates must satisfy the given nationality criteria in order to attempt the exam:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st of January, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • 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.

SSC CHSL Eligibility – Educational Qualification

SSC CHSL Exam 2022 : The minimum educational criteria to write the SSC CHSL exam is to have passed the 12ths std or an equivalent examination from a recognized university board. The table below gives a detailed insight into the qualification requirements:

CHSL PostsEducational Qualification
LDC/JSAShould be a 12th graduate or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university
PA/SAShould be a 12th graduate or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university
DEOShould be a 12th graduate or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university
DEO in Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG)Should be a 12th graduate in Science Stream with Mathematics as a subject equivalent examination from a recognized board or university

SSC CHSL Eligibility – Physical Disability

The Staff Selection Commission has made concessions for candidates who are physically disabled, which still makes them eligible to write the SSC CHSL Exam. The relaxations vary from post to post. The complete list of disabilities is given in the table below:

SSC CHSL Eligibility – Physical Disability
DisabilitySSC CHSL Posts
One Leg Affected (OL)Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
One Arm Affected (OA)Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
One Arm One Leg Affected (OAL)Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
Both Leg Affected but not Arm (BL)Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
Muscular weakness and limited Physical Endurance (MW)Posting Assistant/ Sorting Assistant
Blind (B)Posting Assistant/ Sorting Assistant, LDC
Low Vision (LV)Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
Hearing Handicapped (HH)Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC,

Candidates must go through each eligibility criteria to properly understand whether they meet all the required standards set by the SSC and should also keep their relevant documents in hand during verification in order to avoid any last-minute mishap.

SSC CHSL Exam 2022 Pattern

SSC CHSL Exam 2022 : The overall highlight of SSC CHSL Exam Pattern topic-wise breakdown is as mentioned below:

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
TierType/Mode of examTopics
Tier IComputer-BasedEnglish Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness
Tier IIDescriptive PaperLetter/Application Writing, Essay Writing
Tier IIISkill TestSpeed Typing Test adjudged on the correct entry of data

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier I

SSC CHSL Exam 2022 : As already mentioned above, the SSC CHSL Tier I is a computer-based exam conducted online. Candidates are given a total of 60 minutes to solve SSC CHSL Tier I paper comprising 100 questions that count to a total of 200 marks (2 marks each question). For each wrong attempt, candidates are penalised with 1/2 marks i.e. 0.50 marks which were 0.25 marks in the previous year recruitments.

Note* – the time limit of 60 minutes to complete the SSC CHSL Tier I examination is extended by 20 minutes i.e. total 80- minutes are given to PwD candidates.

The Tier I of SSC CHSL exam covers questions based on the following sections:

  • Reasoning Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Awareness
  • English Language

The SSC CHSL Tier I Exam Pattern is Summarised below:

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier I
Sections/SubjectsNumber of Questions each sectionMaximum MarksTime Duration
General Awareness255060 minutes (80 Minutes for PwD candidates)
Reasoning/General Intelligence2550
English Language (Basic Knowledge)2550
Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)2550
Total100200

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier II

Candidates who qualify Tier I exam are called to appear for SSC CHSL Tier II. The Tier II of SSC CHSL Exam assesses the English/Hindi writing skills of candidates, which is why it is a descriptive type of test. The questions asked in the Tier II paper are based on 10th standard concepts.

The written test of SSC CHSL Tier-II comprises an Essay writing of 200-250 words and Application/Letter writing of 150-200 words. The minimum marks that candidates need to attain in Tier-II exam is 33%.

The SSC CHSL Tier-II test is of 100 marks and the total time allowed to candidates for completing the test is 60 minutes (80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped or suffer from cerebral palsy).

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Tier III

The SSC CHSL Tier III comprises a couple of skill tests which candidates need to qualify to get selected to certain government posts. The final merit list of candidates selected for the CHSL exam is prepared after this skill test. The skill test for SSC CHSL includes:

  • Typing test for 15 minutes duration in which candidate must have the speed to write 35 words per minute (English Medium) and 30 words per minute (Hindi Medium). 
  • For VH – visually handicapped candidate (40% disabled), 30 minutes is provided for this test. 

SSC CHSL exam pattern – Salient points

Salient points regarding the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern are:

  1. SSC CHSL Tier I is an objective type paper conducted only in online mode. Tier I has 100 questions of 2 marks each to be completed in 60 minutes. Candidates will lose 0.50 marks for every wrong answer.
  2. SSC CHSL Tier-II is a descriptive exam conducted in Pen and Paper mode only for the candidates who qualified Tier I. There is no negative marking for wrong attempts in SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam. Candidates must secure a minimum of 33% marks to clear Tier II of SSC CHSL Exam. 
  3. SSC CHSL Tier III is a skill test for Data Entry Operator and typing test for various posts such as PA/SA, LDC and Court Clerk. Tier II of SSC CHSL Exam is qualifying in nature. The Final Merit is prepared based on the scores obtained in Tier I and Tier II only.  

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier I

The following table gives in detail the topics covered in Tier I SSC CHSL syllabus for the exam-

SSC CHSL Tier I Syllabus
General Intelligence/ReasoningQuantitative AbilityEnglish LanguageGeneral Awareness
Logical ReasoningComputation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.Reading ComprehensionHistory
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze TestCulture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestSimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesPara JumblesGeography
Data SufficiencyWork & TimeSynonyms/Antonyms/HomonymsEconomic Scene
Coded InequalitiesTime & DistanceFill in the BlanksGeneral Policy
Seating ArrangementMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereMultiple Meaning/Error SpottingScientific Research
PuzzleData InterpretationParagraph Completion
TabulationRatio & Proportion, PercentageOne Word Substitution
SyllogismNumber SystemsActive/Passive Voice
Space Orientation, Semantic Classification,Sequences & Series
Figural Series, Critical Thinking,Mixtures & Allegations
Coding/DecodingPermutation, Combination & Probability

The question weightage of each topic in the SSC CHSL Syllabus is as mentioned below:

SSC CHSL Syllabus
SectionsTopicsWeightage
General Knowledge and General AwarenessIndian History
Indian Polity
General science
Geography
Current Affairs & Economics
Static G.K
4-5 Questions
3-4 Questions
4-5 Questions
2-3 Questions
5-6 Questions
4-5 Questions
English LanguageError Spotting
Fill in the Blanks
Para Jumbles
Cloze test
Synonyms & Antonyms
Phrase and Idioms 
One Word Substitution
Spellings Improvement of Sentences
Active/Passive Voices & Direct/Indirect Sentences
Reading Comprehension
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
1-5 Questions
5 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
3 Questions
5 Questions
General Intelligence and ReasoningAnalogy
Figural,Number & SymbolicClassifications
Number Series
Venn diagram
Pattern- Folding-Unfolding
Coding-Decoding
Problem Solving
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning
Missing Numbers 
3-4 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
3-4 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
3-4 Questions
2-3 Questions
1-3 Questions
Quantitative AptitudeStatistical Charts
Trigonometry
Mensuration
Geometry
Algebra
Arithmetic
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
2-3 Questions
3-5 Questions
12-15 Questions

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier II

The table below gives a brief description of the SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier II:

SSC CHSL Syllabus Tier-II 
TopicsWord CountMaximum MarksDuration
Essay Writing200-25010060 minutes
Letter/Application Writing150-20060 minutes

Important points related to Tier II SSC CHSL Syllabus:

  • The topics asked in this exam will be related to National Interest, Finance & Economy, Ecological Issues, Social Issues, Politics, Schemes and Governance, Technology, Sports, Geopolitics, Environmental Concerns, etc.
  • The minimum qualifying marks is 33%.
  • The marks obtained in this exam will be added to the final merit list.
  • The paper must be completely written in either Hindi or English. Papers that are written in Part English, Part Hindi will be rejected.

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier III

This exam will be a skill/typing test that would be of qualifying nature. The final merit of the selected candidates will be based on the total score obtained in the Tier – I and Tier – II exams.

The table below lists out in detail the SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier III:

SSC CHSL Syllabus – Tier III
Skill TestSpeedTime
Data Entry OperatorData Entry Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on the computer. The ‘speed will be adjudged based on the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passageThe duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer
Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG)The ‘speed of 15000 key depressions per hour will be adjudged based on the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passageThe duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 3700-4000 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer
Lower Division Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (LDS/JSA) and Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants (PA/SA)The speed of 10500 key depressions per hour will be adjudged based on the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passageThe duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 9000 key-depressions/hour would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer.

Frequently Asked Question – SSC CHSL Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Q.1. How many questions are there in SSC CHSL Tier I exam?

Ans. SSC CHSL Tier I asks a total of 100 objective-type questions to the candidates.

Q.2. What is the weightage in SSC CHSL Tier III exam?

Ans. The SSC CHSL Tier III exam is only qualifying in nature hence, it does not hold any weightage in the exam.

Q.3. What is the weightage in SSC CHSL Tier II and Tier I examination?

Ans. SSC CHSL Tier I holds a total weightage of 200 marks while CHSL Tier II holds the weightage of 100 marks.

Q.4. Is there negative marking for wrong attempts in SSC CHSL exam?

Ans. As the SSC CHSL exam pattern, there is a negative marking of 1/2 marks in the Tier I exam. But, there is no negative marking in SSC CHSL  Tier II and Tier III papers.

Q 5. What type of questions are asked in all the phases of SSC CHSL exam?

Ans. Candidates are asked objective-type questions in SSC CHSL Tier I exam. The CHSL Tier II paper contains descriptive questions on letter/essay/application writing while the SSC CHSL Tier III exam is a skill/typing test.

Q 6. What are the subjects covered in SSC CHSL Syllabus?

Ans. Candidates are required to study General Awareness, General Reasoning, English language, and Quantitative Aptitude to complete the SSC CHSL Syllabus.

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