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SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Highlights

Exam Name Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (SSC CHSL)
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Official Website ssc.nic.in
Exam Date July 1 – 26, 2019
Mode of Application


Exam Mode

Tier 1- Online (CBT)

Tier 2- Offline (Descriptive paper)

Tier 3- Skill Based Test (Typing Test)

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released the recruitment notification for Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination, 2019. Commonly known as SSC CHSL, this Exam is conducted every year for the post of Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant (PA/SA) and Data Entry Operator(DEO).

SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Notification

SSC jobs are considered one of the best jobs in the governmnet sector and therefore chased by most of the job aspirants. SSC gives a golden chance to all the job aspirants who wish to make a career in the government sector. The notification for SSC CHSL 2019 Exam has been released and the exam will be conducted for the posts of Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant (PA/SA) and Data Entry Operator(DEO). The SSC CHSL Tier I Exam is scheduled to be held from 1st July to 26th July 2019 and Tier II is scheduled to be held on 29th September 2019.  

SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Pattern

SSC exams are generally held in various stages called 'tiers'. Candidates need to qualify step by step in each tier and go ahead in the selection process. SSC CHSL 2019 examination will also be conducted in three phases:

Tier 1: Objective Type Computer Based Examination

Tier 2: Descriptive Paper (Pen and paper mode)

Tier 3. Typing Test/ Skill Test (wherever it will be applicable)

Exam Pattern for SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 1

The SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 1 is the first stage for all the candidates in the SSC CHSL Examination process. Candidates need to qualify this stage in order to move to the next stage. The SSC CHSL Tier 1 will be a computer based examination which will consist of objective type questions with multiple choices. Tier 1 will consist of four subjects: English Language,General Intelligence,Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. All the sections will be allotted equal marks with a composite timing of 1 hour and of total 200 marks.


Subjects (Not in sequence)

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration


English Language (Basic Knowledge)



60 Minutes


General Intelligence




Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)




General Awareness



  • For VH/ OH (afflicted by Cerebral Palsy and OH with deformity in writing hand, the time duration would be 80 Minutes.
  • The questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-II, III & IV.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer

Exam Pattern for SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 2

SSC CHSL Tier 1 is followed by Tier 2 All the candidates who qualify Tier 1 are supposed to appear in Tier 2 Exam. The Tier 2 exam will be conducted in offline mode. SSC CHSL Tier 2 consists of a single descriptive paper of English where the candidates are required to write an essay and a letter within the specified word limit. The exam pattern for Tier 2 SSC CHSL Exam is as follows:

Descriptive Paper

Total Marks


Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/ Application of approximately 150-200 words.


60 minutes

SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Syllabus

The Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL consists of questions from English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness. All the subjects hold equal importance for a candidate and therefore you need to prepare all the subjects in a proper manner. All the above mentioned subjects consist of various topics from which the questions are asked. It is therefore advised to know the complete syllabus in detail, so that you do no miss anything important.

General Intelligence

English Language

Quantitative Aptitude

General Awareness

Semantic Analogy

Symbolic operations

Symbolic/ Number Analogy


Figural Analogy

Space Orientation

Semantic Classification

Venn Diagrams

Symbolic/ Number Classification

Drawing inferences

Figural Classification

Punched hole/ pattern-folding & 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 sub-topics, if any Numerical operations

Spot the Error

Fill in the Blanks

Synonyms/ Homonyms


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



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 andwork.

Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of LinearEquations.

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 morecircles.

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, Height and Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2 Cos2 1etc.,

Statistical Charts : Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar- diagram, Pie-chart

Questions will be 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.

For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability and opting for SCRIBES there will be no component of Maps/ Graphs/ Diagrams/ Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning/ Quantitative Aptitude

SSC CHSL 2019 Salary

SSC or Staff Selection Commission releases its recruitment notification every year for various posts under CHSL. CHSL jobs come under the group C category. Most of the job aspirants wait for this recruitment as it gives a chance to work under the Central Government. SSC provides a stable career along with a descent salary which makes it a stable job for all the aspirants. The salary varies according to the different posts as follows:

Post Name Salary
LDC/ JSA Rs. 5200-20200, Grade Pay: Rs.1900
PA/ SA Rs. 5200-20200, Grade Pay: Rs. 2400
DEO Rs. 5200-20200, Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 
DEO Grade ‘A’ Rs. 5200-20200, Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 

SSC CHSL 2019 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the various vacancies under SSC CHSL2019  Exam, a candidate needs to fulfil certain eligibility criteria. The SSC CHSL notification mentions the eligibility criteria with respect to age, qualification, nationality etc. All candidates need to follow this criteria in order to appear in the exam, failing which he/she will not be permitted to give the exam. 

SSC CHSL 2019 Educational Qualification

SSC mentions a specific educational criteria for all the candidates who are willing to apply for the post under CHSL. The job being of 'higher secondary level', the minimum educational qualification required to apply for SSC CHSL is 10+2/HSC.  

SSC CHSL 2019 Age Criteria

All the candidates willing to apply for SSC CHSL job need to follow a certain age criteria. SSC specifies a minimum and maximum age limit for all the candidates. The minimum age required to apply for SSC CHSL is 18 years and the maximum age limit is 27 years. The age will be considered as on August 01,2019.

SSC CHSL 2019 Age Relaxation

Apart from the minimum and maximum age limit that SSC mentions for CHSL posts, it also provides a relaxation in age for some categories. The relaxation may vary according to the different posts as follows:



Upper Age Limit  Relaxation


Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe

5 years


Other Backward Classes (OBC)

3 years


Person with Disabilities (PwD)

Note: Persons with Disabilities are not eligible for any post in Border Road Organisation (BRO)

General  : 10 years

OBC : 13 years

SC/ ST : 15 Years



3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of receipt of online application


Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989

5 years


Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

General/ OBC : 3 years

SC/ ST : 8 years


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

General/ OBC : Upto 40 years of age

SC/ ST :Upto 45 years of age


Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried

General/ OBC : Up to 35 years of age

SC/ ST : Up to 40 years of age


Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces.

General/ OBC : Up to 45 years of age

SC/ ST :Up to 50 years of age


Retrenched census employees of the office of Registrar General of India (They will be considered only for offices under RGI in their order of merit and subject to availability of vacancies)

3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with census, before retrenchment and weightage of past service

SSC CHSL 2019 Previous Year Cut-Off

Being aware of exam pattern and syllabus of any exam is important. Equally important is to understand the previous year cut-offs. SSC CHSL being an important examination, you can expect the competition to be high enough to challenge you on various aspects. Therefore, having each and every information is extremely necessary which involves the pevious years' cut-offs too. It gives you an idea about the exam level and the pattern through all the years. 

SSC CHSL 2016 Tier 1 Cut-off

The SSC CHSL cut-offs 2016 for Teir 1 are as follows:

Category wise SSC CHSL 2016 Tier-I Cut-Off is as follows: 

The table given below indicates the category-wise cut-off of SSC CHSL Tier I held in 2016.











Cut-Off Marks










No. of Candidates










Category wise Tier-I cut-off for different posts filled through SSC CHSL 2016 Exam is as follows:

For better clarity, and to check out the cut-offs of different categories according to the different posts, refer to the table given below:




























Postal/ Sorting Assistant









In SSC CHSL 2016, based on the cut-off fixed by the Commission, 5,766 candidates had qualified (provisionally) for Skill Test for the post of DEO in C&AG, 344 candidates qualified (provisionally) for Skill Test for the post of DEO in Departments other than C&AG, and 41,326  qualified (provisionally) for Typing Test for the post of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant/ LDC/Court Clerk as per the details given below: 

List I: 2016 Cut Off for Candidates qualified for Data Entry Skill Test for DEO in C&AG:


Cutoff Marks in Paper I & II

















List II: 2016 Cut Off for Candidates qualified for Typing Test for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant/ LDC/Court Clerk:


Minimum Qualifying Marks in Paper II

Candidates Available



























List III: 2016 Cut Off for Candidates qualified for Data Entry Skill Test for DEO in Deptt. other than C&AG: 


Cutoff Marks in Paper I & II

Candidates Available
























SSC CHSL Exam Calendar

Now that the notification for SSC CHSL has released, it is important to know all the important dates related to the examination process so that you do not miss out on any necessary information. The dates will also help you in planning your preparation in a more organziaed manner. The SSC CHSL Tier I Examination is scheduled to be held from 1st of July to 26th of July 2019. The admit card for Tier I will be released in June. All the important dates for SSC CHSL are as follows:

Events Dates
Official Notification out on March 5, 2019
Availability of Application Form March 5, 2019
Last Date of the submission of the Application Form April 4, 2019
Last date for submission of Application Fee April 7, 2019 (up to 5:00 PM) 
Availability of Admit Card June, 2019
SSC CHSL Exam 2019 Date (Tier 1) July 1 – 26, 2019
Announcement of the result (Tier 1) August, 2019
Availability of Admit Card (Tier 2) September, 2019
SSC CHSL Exam 2019 Date (Tier 2) September 29, 2019
Final Result To be announced soon.

SSC CHSL Admit Card

The centre, venue address, date and time for both online Preliminary and online Main examinations and interview shall be intimated in the respective call letter. All the candidates should download their call letters from the authorised SSC website by entering their details i.e. Registration Number and Password/Date of Birth. No hard copy of the call letter/ Information Handout etc. will be sent by post/ courier.

SSC CHSL Free Mock Tests

To gear up for your SSC CHSL preparation you need a lot of practice along with gaining knwoledge and information. Practicing mock tests will let you test yourself and check on your exam performance and get an idea about what do you need to improve. It is necessary to assess yourself in the preparation process.You can practice SSC CHSL Tier I mock tests at ixamBee which are designed according to the latest exam level and pattern and are absolutely free. These tests will help you in building speed and accuracy along with testing your knowledge.

SSC CHSL Exam Language

SSC CHSL 2018-19 Exam will consist of objective type questions in Tier I. All the questions will be available in both English & Hindi, except in the test of English Language. This implies that candidates will be able to choose their default language for the exam as English or Hindi. They can change the choice of language for any particular question if they feel the need by clicking on the drop-down menu available on the top right corner. This facility will not be available for the English Language section.

SSC CHSL Marking Scheme

SSC CHSL 2018-19 Tier I Exam will have objective type questions which will carry 2 marks each. For every incorrect answer, there will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks. If a question is left unattempted, no marks will be deducted for that. Therefore, the online test needs to be attempted carefully with complete accuracy.

SSC CHSL Vacancy

SSC CHSL is one of the most awaited notifications among the job aspirants, especially for those who are trying hard to get into a government job. SSC announces vacancies for various posts every year and a huge number of candidates apply for it. SSC CHSL is also popular among students as this is a (10+2) level examination and many aspirants have the opportunity to apply for the various job posts. According to the latest announcement, SSC has released around 5689 vacancies for SSC CHSL 2018-19 posts. There are various posts for which the vacancies have been announced. Knowing the number of vacancies gives a slight idea about what to expect from the examination as far as the cut-off of level is concerned. A large number of vacancies may imply that the cut-off would not go very high and vice-versa. Having the idea of vacancies, all candidates can start preparing for this much awaited exam. Get complete details of the SSC CHSL vacancies from the table given below:

Post Name


LDC/ JSA 1855 Vacancies
PA/ SA 3880 Vacancies
DEO 54 Vacancies

SSC CHSL How to Apply

The SSC CHSL 2018-19 Recruitment is one of the most important notifications and most sought-after by the job aspirants. The first important step in any examination process is applying for the post for which you are eligible. After ensuring your eligibility, the next main step is to register and apply for the job. To avoid committing any mistake, it is important to be aware of the complete application process in advance. We have listed down the application process in a few steps

  • Candidates will have to visit the official website of SSC: http://www.ssconline.nic.in to start the online application process.
  • Click on ‘Register Now’ link and start filling all the details in the registration form. You will be required to fill your basic details along with your contact and additional details.
  • A Registration number and password will be provided for further use. It will be sent through the mail and sms.
  • The next step will be to upload scanned images of passport sized photograph and signature.
  • After uploading the required documents, you will be directed to the next part of the application process.
  • You will have to fill all other details in this part including education, experience, etc.
  • The next part would be to enter your post preference.
  • The final step before submitting the application will be payment of the application fee. Without the fee payment, the application will remain incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • Click on ‘Final Submit’.

SSC CHSL Application Fee

SSC CHSL 2018-19 application form will not be considered complete unless the application fee is paid. SSC CHSL Notification is a golden chance for all government job aspirants and therefore you should be able to complete the application process successfully. For successful completion you need to make the payment and only after that you will be able to appear for the exam. The application fee is Rs 100/- for all categories except some. Check out complete details below:

Category Application Fee
SC/ST/PWD/Ex-Serviceman/Female No fee
Others Rs. 100/-

SSC CHSL Job Profile

SSC CHSL Recruitment 2018-19 is being conducted in the year 2019. Tier I is scheduled to be conducted in the month of July. After qualifying all the stages in SSC CHSL Examination, the selected candidates will be appointed on various posts according to their post preference. There are three posts for which SSC has announced vacancies: LDC, DEO & Postal/ Sorting Assistants. All the three posts have their duties and responsibilities which are pointed below.

Job Profile of Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)

The candidate selected as LDC or Lower Divisional Clerk will be handed over the clerical responsibilities as soon as he/she joins. LDCS are usually the first level clerks in any Government organization. They are responsible for handling daily tasks. Some of the common tasks handled by an LDC are as follows:

  • Maintenance of office files and other documents in a proper manner.
  • Handling mails.
  • Data Entry

Job Profile of Data Entry Operator (DEO)

A candidate who is selected and appointed as a Data Entry Operator (DEO) will be responsible majorly for data related tasks as the title suggests. A DEO will be expected to have a fair knowledge of computers due to the complete computer-based work. Some basic duties of DEO are:

  • Securing the Government data.
  • Operating, maintaining and updating the data regularly.
  • Interacting with the clients.
  • Printing and scanning the important documents.

Job Profile of Postal/Sorting Assistants

The candidates selected as Postal / Sorting Assistants will also handle clerical level job. Both these positions are similar in rank and responsibilities. There are minor differences between the two. The Postal Assistant has a small advantage over Sorting Assistant that he/she can get a posting in the respective hometown owing to the language proficiency as the necessary criteria. We have listed down the roles and responsibilities for both the posts here:

  • Handling & resolving customer complaints.
  • Maintaining data and distribution of emails.
  • Intra-city mail transmission between Post Offices & Mail Offices.
  • Transferring of foreign articles.


SSC CHSL being among the largely sought-after jobs, holds quite a lot of importance for all the job aspirants. A huge number of candidates apply and appear for the SSC CHSL Exam. Therefore, we can expect that the competition will be good enough. To beat that competition you should be prepared in every way and gather information from every possible source which can guide you in your preparation. To get some more information and guidance, you can read our blogs which will be helpful in the SSC CHSL 2018-19 Exam preparation.


To prepare in a good way for any exam, the major prerequisite is a good quality study material. Without a good study material it is nearly impossible to prepare for an exam. SSC CHSL Examination is a very important one and you should not leave any stone unturned in the preparation process. You should first get hold of proper books which will guide you well in the process of SSC CHSL Exam preparation. We have listed down some useful books that will surely be useful.

SSC CHSL Subjects

Useful Books for SSC CHSL

SSC CHSL Exam Book’s Author


Quicker Mathematics

BSC Publications

Quantitative Aptitude

RS Agarwal

Class Notes

SS Bharti

General Science

Lucent General Science

Lucent Publication

General Knowledge

Arihant Publication

General Science

Kiran Publications


A modern approach to verbal & Non-verbal reasoning

R.S. Agarwal

Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning


Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Arihant Publication

Static GK/ Current Affairs

Lucent G.K.


Pratiyogita Darpan

SQ Sachdeva Mahendra Jain

English Comprehension

English Comprehension

Wren & Martin

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

SSC CHSL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What is SSC CHSL?

Answer. SSC CHSL is a Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination that recruits candidates for different posts in ministries/government offices.

Question: Can I upload the passport size photo and signature in any format?

Answer. No, you must upload the photo and signature only in JPG/JPEG format. The passport size photo should be between 30 to 50 kb and signature should be between 1 to 12 kb.

Question: Is there any NEGATIVE MARKING in SSC CHSL Exam?

Answer. Yes. Negative marking for wrong answers in SSC CHSL Exam is 0.50 marks.

Question: SSC CHSL 2018 -19 Exam is in ONLINE or OFFLINE mode?

Answer. SSC CHSL 2018-19 Exam will be in online mode.

Question: What is the educational qualification for SSC CHSL?

Answer. Candidate must have passed 10+2 in any discipline.

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