SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Highlights

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has recently released the official notification for Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination, 2020. 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). Before proceeding further let’s look at the Exam highlights.

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Highlights

Exam NameStaff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (SSC CHSL)
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Official Website
Dates for submission of online applications December 03, 2019 to January 10, 2020
Last date for receipt of application January 12, 2020
Last date for making online fee payment January 12, 2020
Last date for generation of offline Challan January 12, 2020
Last date for payment through Challan January 14, 2020 (During working hours of Bank)
Exam Date (Tier-I) March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020
Exam Date (Tier-II) June 28, 2020
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Tier 1- Online (CBT) Tier 2- Offline (Descriptive paper) Tier 3- Skill Based Test (Typing Test)

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Notification

SSC jobs are considered one of the best jobs in the government 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 2020 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 2020 Tier I Exam is scheduled to be held from March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020 and Tier II (Descriptive Paper) is scheduled to be held on June 26, 2020.

SSC CHSL 2020 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 2020 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)

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 1 Exam Pattern

The SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 1 is the first stage for all the candidates in the SSC CHSL 2020 Examination process. Candidates need to qualify this stage in order to move to the next stage. The SSC CHSL 2020 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.

PartSubjects (Not in sequence)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
I English Language (Basic Knowledge) 25 50 60 Minutes
II General Intelligence 25 50
III Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 25 50
IV General Awareness 25 50
  • 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

SSC CHSL 2020 Tier 2 Exam Pattern

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 via 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 SSC CHSL Tier 2 Exam is as follows:

Descriptive PaperTotal MarksDuration
Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/ Application of approximately 150-200 words. 100 60 minutes

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Syllabus

The Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL 2020 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.

SSC CHSL Tier 1 Syllabus

SSC CHSL Tier 1 syllabus consists of a total of four sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness and English Language. Each section is equally important as it holds equal weightage in the exam, therefore it is advice to complete the syllabus for each section. Complete syllabus for SSC CHSL 2020 exam is provided below:

SSC CHSL Syllabus

To start off with the preparation, you will first need the syllabus of the SSC CHSL 2019 Exam,so that you know what to study. Refer to the complete syllabus here:

Quantitative Aptitude
  • 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: Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities
  • Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart
Reasoning Ability
  • Figural Pattern-folding and completion
  • Semantic Series
  • Punched hole/ pattern folding & unfolding
  • Figural Classification
  • Drawing inferences
  • Symbolic/ Number Classification
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Semantic Classification
  • Space Orientation
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal
  • Figural Analogy
  • Symbolic/ Number Analogy
  • Symbolic operations
  • Semantic Analogy
  • Number Series
  • Embedded figures
  • Figural Series
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Emotional Intelligence,
  • Word Building
  • Social Intelligence
  • Coding and de-coding
General Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • Indian Financial System
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General policy
  • Scientific research
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

SSC CHSL 2020 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 decent salary which makes it a stable job for all the aspirants. The salary varies according to the different posts in SSC CHSL exam and are as follows:

Post NameSalary
Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA) Rs. 19,900-63,200 (Pay Level-2)
Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA) Rs. 25,500-81,100 (Pay Level-4)
Data Entry Operator (DEO) Rs. 25,500-81,100 (Pay Level-4)
Data Entry Operator, Grade "A" Rs. 25,500-81,100 (Pay Level-4)

SSC CHSL 2020 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the various vacancies under SSC CHSL 2020 Exam, a candidate needs to fulfill certain eligibility criteria. The SSC CHSL 2020 official notification mentions the eligibility criteria with respect to age, qualification, nationality etc. All candidates need to follow these criteria in order to appear in the exam, failing which he/she will not be permitted to take the exam.

SSC CHSL 2020 Educational Qualification

SSC mentions specific educational criteria for all the candidates who are willing to apply for the post under SSC CHSL 2020 exam. The job being of 'higher secondary level', the minimum educational qualification required to apply for SSC CHSL 2020 exam is 10+2/HSC.

S.noName of the PostEducational Qualification
01 LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (except DEOs in C&AG) The candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University
02 Data Entry Operator (DEO Grade ‘A’) in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent

SSC CHSL 2020 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 January, 01, 2020.

S.NoName of the PostAge criteria
01 Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA), Data Entry Operator (DEO), Data Entry Operator, Grade "A" 18-27 years as on 01-01-2020

SSC CHSL 2019 Age Relaxation

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

S.No.CategoryUpper Age Limit  Relaxation
1 Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 years
2 Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 years
3 Person with Disabilities (PwD)
  • General : 10 years
  • OBC : 13 years
  • SC/ ST : 15 Years
5 Ex-Servicemen 3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of receipt of online application
6 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
7 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
8 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
  • SC/ ST :Upto 45 years
9 Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried
  • General/ OBC : Up to 35 years
  • SC/ ST : Up to 40 years

SSC CHSL Previous Year Cut-Off

Being aware of exam pattern and syllabus of any exam is important. Equally important is to understand the previous year's 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 previous 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: 

Cut-Off Marks 108 99 120 96 97.5 65 64.5 127.5 ,
No. of Candidates 7879 3509 20813 436 1123 509 4415 14517 53201

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

DEO 110-124 96-101 119-137 91-100 94-102 74-87 77-84 129-138
LDC 112-129 104-109 122-141 101-110 98-104 79-97 81-94 130-140
Postal/ Sorting Assistant 115-129 107-111 125-131 103-113 99-107 78-87 90-95 132-145

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

CategoryCutoff Marks in Paper I & II
SC 182.5
ST 172
OBC 194
Ex.S 149.5
OH 180
HH 145
VH 170.5
UR 202.5

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

CategoryMinimum Qualifying Marks in Paper IICandidates Available
SC 33 6025
ST 33 2727
OBC 33 16595
Ex.S 33 2869
OH 33 854
HH 33 341
VH 33 318
UR 33 11597

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:

CategoryCutoff Marks in Paper I & IICandidates Available
SC 200.5 101
ST 195 31
OBC 44
Ex.S 177.5 30
OH 0
HH 151 31
VH 0
UR 222 107
Total 344

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

CategoryMinimum Qualifying Marks in Paper IICandidates Available
SC 33 6025
ST 33 2727
OBC 33 16595
Ex.S 33 2869
OH 33 854
HH 33 341
VH 33 318
UR 33 11597

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:

CategoryCutoff Marks in Paper I & IICandidates Available
SC 200.5 101
ST 195 31
OBC 44
Ex.S 177.5 30
OH 0
HH 151 31
VH 0
UR 222 107
Total 344

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:

SSC CHSL 2020 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 organized manner. The SSC CHSL Tier I Examination is scheduled to be held from March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020 The admit card for Tier I will be released in the month of March itself. All the important dates for SSC CHSL 2020 are as follows:

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Dates

Official Notification out on December 03, 2019
Availability of Application Form December 03, 2019
Last Date of the submission of the Application Form January 10, 2020
Last date for submission of Application Fee January 12, 2020 (up to 5:00 PM) 
Availability of Admit Card Feburary, 2020
SSC CHSL Exam 2019 Date (Tier 1) March 16 – 27, 2020
Announcement of the result (Tier 1) June, 2020
Availability of Admit Card (Tier 2) June, 2020
SSC CHSL Exam 2019 Date (Tier 2) June 28, 2020
Final Result To be announced soon

SSC CHSL 2020 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. Admit card for SSC CHSL 2020 exam will be available a few days before the examination. It is advised to the candidates to keep visiting the website from time to time in order to get updated about the admit card. All the candidates should download their call letters from the authorized 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 knowledge 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.

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SSC CHSL Exam Language

SSC CHSL 2020 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 2020 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 unattended, no marks will be deducted for that. Therefore, the online test needs to be attempted carefully with complete accuracy.

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Marking scheme

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Marking schemeConsidered Marks
For correct answers 2 mark
For wrong answers -0.50 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

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. 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. The vacancies For SSC CHSL 2020 is not yet released. The vacancies for the year 2020 will be updated once the notification for the same will be released by SSC.

SSC CHSL 2020 How to Apply

The SSC CHSL 2020 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: 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 2020 application form will not be considered complete unless the application fee is paid. SSC CHSL 2020 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:

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

SSC CHSL Job Profile

SSC CHSL Recruitment 2020 is being conducted in the May 2020. SSC CHSL 2020 Tier I is scheduled to be conducted in the month of May in the year 2020. 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.

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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 2020 Exam preparation. We have listed down some useful books that will surely be useful.

SSC CHSL SubjectsUseful Books for SSC CHSLSSC CHSL Exam Book’s Author
Mathematics 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
Reasoning  A modern approach to verbal & Non-verbal reasoning R.S. Agarwal
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning S.Chand
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Arihant Publication
Static GK/ Current Affairs Lucent G.K. Lucent
Pratiyogita Darpan SQ Sachdeva Mahendra Jain
English Comprehension English Comprehension Wren & Martin
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis