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SSC CHSL Recruitment 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more


CHSL stands for Combined Higher Secondary Level. CHSL Examination is conducted every year by the Staff Selection Commission to recruit government job aspirants for Clerk, Data Entry Operator and Sorting Assistants. The examination is conducted at the Higher Secondary (10+2) level. SSC has announced 4726 vacancies under CHSL recruitment for various LDC, DEO, and SA posts this year.

SSC CHSL Exam 2021 - At a glance

Exam nameStaff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam
Conducting bodyStaff Selection Commission
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Date of Examination04 August 2021 to 12 August 2021 (revised)
Exam ModeTier 1: Online Tier 2: Offline
Examination purposeSelection of candidates for posts of LDC, JSA, PA, SA and DEO
Official website

Important dates

SSC CHSL Notification06 November 2020
SSC CHSL Registration Period06 November 2020 to 26 December2020
SSC CHSL Tier-1 Admit Card23 July 2021
SSC CHSL Exam Date 2021 (Tier-1)04 August 2021 to 12 August 2021 (revised)
SSC CHSL Tier-1 Answer Key20 August 2021
SSC CHSL Tier-1 ResultSeptember 2021
SSC CHSL Exam Date 2021 (Tier-2)to be announced

Eligibility Criteria


Indian Citizens are eligible to apply for SSC CHSL Exam.

Candidates will have to get the certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India in the following cases-

  • A Citizen of Bhutan/Nepal/Bangladesh
  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1 January 1962 to settle permanently.
  • An Indian origin migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan & East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

Educational Qualification

PostMinimum Educational Qualification
For LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (except DEOs in C&AG)12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a board recognised by Govt. of India.
For Data Entry Operator (DEO Grade ‘A’) in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG)12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject conducted by a recognised Board.

Age (as on 01/01/2021)

  • Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Maximum Age: 27 years

Upper age limit relaxations are applicable as under:

CategoryRelaxation in upper age limit
SC/ST5 years
OBC3 years
PwD (UR)10 years
PwD (OBC)13 years
PwD (SC/ST)15 years
Ex-Servicemen3 years

Application fee

General₹ 100
SC/ST/PwD/Ex-servicemen/Women Candidatesexempted

How to Apply

The applications for SSC CHSL Examination 2021 are no longer active. Visit the official website for more information.

Admit Card

The Admit Cards for SSC CHSL Examination 2021 are available for download on the official website of SSC. The direct link is provided here.



Reserve List


For a detailed distribution of vacancy, click here.

Selection Process

The examination will consist of three tiers:

  1. Tier-1: Computer Based Examination
  2. Tier-2: Descriptive Paper
  3. Tier-3: Skill Test/ Typing Test

Examination Pattern

Tier-1: Computer Based Examination

PartSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
IBasic English2550
IIGeneral Intelligence2550
IIIQuantitative Aptitude2550
IVGeneral Awareness2550
  • The test will consist of Multiple Choice Questions only.
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Negative Marking: 0.5 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Tier-2: Descriptive Paper

SubjectMaximum MarksDurationLanguageMode
Essay Writing/ Letter Application/ Precis Writing10060 MinutesEnglish/ HindiPen and Paper mode
  • The descriptive paper will be conducted in offline mode.
  • The descriptive paper should be attempted in only one language completely. It can be either English or Hindi.
  • The word limit for the essay will be 200-250 words.
  • The word limit for a letter or application will be 150-200 words.
  • The Minimum qualifying mark in Tier-2 is 33%.

Tier-3: Skill Test/ Typing Test

Standard testTest Details
Typing Test for LDC/JSA and Postal Assistant/Sorting AssistantTyping Speed of 10500 Key Depressions (English) and 9000 Key Depressions (Hindi) per hourA text will be given to the candidates. The typing speed required for English is 35 words per minute, and for Hindi, 30 words per minute. The speed will be judged based on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes.
Skill Test for Data Entry OperatorData Entry Speed of 8,000 Key Depressions per hour on ComputerPrinted matter in English containing 2000-2200 key depressions will be given. The candidate is supposed to enter the given passage on the same computer in 15 minutes.
Skill Test for Grade 'A' Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG)Speed of 15,000 Key Depressions per hour on ComputerPrinted matter in English containing 3700-4000 key depressions will be given. The candidate is supposed to enter the given passage on the same computer in 15 minutes.


Tier-1: Computer Based Examination

SubjectTopics Included
EnglishReading Comprehension - includes questions based on interpretation of the passage and vocabulary
General IntelligenceBlood Relationship Tests
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs of National and International Economy
Quantitative AptitudeNumber Systems


The results of the SSC CHSL Examination will be released after the completion of each tier. The examination results will be uploaded on the official website of the SSC. You can visit the website here for updates.

Tentative Answer key for SSC CHSL Examination 2020 (Tier-1)


The previous years' cut-offs will give you an idea about the pattern and requirements for qualification. The cut-off depends on various factors like the difficulty level of examination, the number of candidates appearing for the examination, the number of vacancies advertised, etc.

We have listed the cut-off of previous years examination here for reference.


This year's cut-off is expected to be in the same range.

Job Profile

Lower Division Clerk

The job description of a Lower Division Clerk recruited through SSC CHSL include:

  • Clerical Work.
  • Data Entry on computer
  • Maintenance of file registers.
  • Typing formal letters and notifications.
  • Assisting officers with paperwork.

Data Entry Operator

The job description of a Data Entry Officer recruited through SSC CHSL include:

  • Entry of Data on computer.
  • Tabulation of information and results for ready reference.
  • Scanning and printing documents.
  • Maintenance of files for easy access.

Postal / Sorting Assistants

The job description of a Postal / Sorting Assistant recruited through SSC CHSL include:

  • Customer Support.
  • Sorting through emails and noting down important correspondences.
  • Drafting official emails.


Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)₹ 19,900-63,200
Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)₹ 19,900-63,200
Postal Assistant (PA)₹ 25,500-81,100
Sorting Assistant (SA)₹ 25,500-81,100
Data Entry Operator (DEO)₹ 25,500-81,100
DEO (Grade A)₹ 25,500-81,100

Exam Analysis

The SSC CHSL Tier-1 exam takes place in three shifts. Here we have given the section-wise analysis of examination conducted on 09 August 2021:

SectionDifficulty Level
English Language and ComprehensionEasy
Quantitative AptitudeEasy-Moderate
General Intelligence and ReasoningEasy
General KnowledgeModerate - Difficult
  • Questions from the Quantitative aptitude section are moderately challenging.
  • Questions from English Language and Comprehension are usually in simple, understandable language.

Preparation tips

Master the problematic concepts: By marking out the concepts, you find complex in every chapter, master the complex ideas while preparing. Keep reading the complex formulae over and over again.

Create Unique Study Styles: There is a unique way in which all of us study. Some like to make notes and study, some love graphics, while some try to relate the concepts with real-life situations. Use whichever works the best for you.

Cut down distractions: Eliminate pointless distractions, which steals your precious time to prepare for something so big that it will shape your future. Don't waste your precious time on your cell phone, visiting relatives, watching TV etc. Instead, pick up one hobby and stick to it. That will help you eliminate stress and exam anxiety.

Question papers

You can access Model Papers provided by the Staff Selection Commission here.

Recommended Books

Quantitative Aptitude

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Magical Books on Quicker MathsM-Tyra (BSC Publication)
Data InterpretationArun Sharma/TMH Publication
Quantitative AptitudeR. S. Aggarwal/S. Chand Publication
Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) Quantitative AptitudeDisha Experts
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Fourth edition (2018)Rajesh Verma/ Arihant Publications;

Reasoning Ability Books

Book nameAuthor/Publication
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-VerbalArihant Publication
Disha ExpertsR. S. Agarwal/S. Chand Publication
Analytical ReasoningM. K. Pandey/BSC Publication
Bank Clerk Reasoning Chapter-wise Solved Papers 2003 - Till DateKiran Prakashan

English Language

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Plinth to Paramount (Both Volumes)KD Publication
English Grammar & CompositionWren & Martin
Objective EnglishS. P. Bakshi/Arihant Publication
Word Power Made EasyNorman & Lewis
Bank Clerk English Language Chapter-wise Solved QuestionsKiran Prakashan

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Daily newspapersIndian Express, The Hindu, local newspapers
Press Information Bureau (PIB)website
Current Affairs monthly magazinePratiyogita Darpan, Competition success review

Study Plan

A study plan is specific to a particular candidate. What works for one may not for another. However, you can follow some simple guidelines to draft your study plan.

Making a Schedule - divide the syllabus into small topics and allot time for each of those according to the priority list prepared by you before starting. Dedicate two hours at the end of each day for revision. Do not overload yourself for a single day. Remember to take breaks in between. Distribute the syllabus throughout the preparation period.

Solve old question papers - Solving these will help you get familiar with the exam pattern and type of questions asked.

Pay attention to time management - you will be given 20 minutes to attempt each section in the exam. Solving a maximum number of questions in the stipulated time is a challenge. Time yourself whenever you are cracking an old question paper or attempting a mock test. Stay aware of your time management skills and try to improve them for practising more.

Practise - all the questions in SSC CHSL Tier-1 Examination are of objective type. These need to be practised repeatedly. These are infinite objective questions on Numerical Ability, Logical Reasoning, General English you can access on the internet and books. Keep solving these whenever you can. Work on your calculations and reasoning ability.

Hope you found all the information you were looking for about SSC CHSL Examination 2021. Stay updated with the latest news about the exam and plan your preparation accordingly. All the best!

Link to Official Notification

You can view the Official SSC CHSL Examination 2021 notification here.