Know about the SSC CHSL Examination

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is one of the recruiting agencies of the Central Government. Every year, it conducts four/five major recruitment examinations for various posts in Central Government offices. The author has mentioned the details of one such recruitment examination, SSC CHSL Examination. Read to know.

All of us are aware that the Government of India recruits people through various recruiting agencies like the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Staff Selection Commission and various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), etc. While UPSC recruits in Officer-level posts, SSC recruits candidates for various lower level (mainly non-Gazetted) posts in various Central Government offices except Zonal Railways (which is done by RRBs).

The most popular recruitment examinations conducted by SSC are SSC Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGL), SSC Higher Secondary Level Examination (SSC CHSL), SSC Multi-Tasking Staff Examination (SSC MTS), SSC Stenographers' Examination. Lakhs of candidates from all over India appear in each of these recruitment examinations which are held every year. In this article, we will try to know about various aspects of the SSC CHSL Examination.

Who are eligible

  1. All Indian nationals who have passed X+II Examination from any recognized Board can appear in this examination. They must possess the qualifying degree as on 1st August of the year of SSC CHSL.
  2. The candidates must be above 18 years of age as on 1st August on the year of examination. The upper age limit is 27 years for the General category candidates. SCs/STs get an age relaxation of 5 years whereas the OBC candidates and ex-Servicemen get 3 years of relaxation. Persons with disabilities get 10 years age relaxation.

Post filled by this recruitment examination

Through SSC CHSL Examination, Government of India recruits for the posts of Postal Assistants, Sorting Assistants, Lower Division Clerks, Data Entry Operators and Junior Secretarial Assistants in various Central Government offices all over the country (except Zonal Railways). The pay levels of these posts are generally Level-2 and Level-4 of the salary structure adopted after the VIIth Central Pay Commission (CPC).

Structure of SSC CHSL Examination

This recruitment examination is conducted in three stages. In the first stage (called the first tier), the candidates are required to appear in a computer-based test. This test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. 25 questions are on English comprehension and grammar, 25 questions are on quantitative aptitude, 25 questions are on reasoning and last 25 questions are on general awareness. The duration of this computer-based test is 75 minutes except for physically challenged candidates.

Those who qualify the test (the qualifying criterion is fixed by SSC and it varies every year), are required to appear in a pen & paper test on descriptive English of one-hour duration. The candidates, who qualify this descriptive test, have to appear in the skill test/computer proficiency test of a duration of 15 minutes.

Summing up

The application form for SSC CHSL Examination is required to be filled online by candidates. For the male candidates belonging to the General Category, the examination fee is Rs. 100/-. Female candidates, reserved category candidates and the physically challenged candidates are not required to pay any fee.

Every year, the Government recruits around three thousand candidates on the basis of SSC CHSL Examination. The interested candidates may seriously prepare for six months and make a serious attempt for Central Government jobs qualifying this examination.

For more details regarding syllabus and timetable of this examination, interested young men and women must go through the SSC Website (

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