SSC CHSL exam pattern and syllabus pdf


     SSC holds a Combined All India Open Examination for recruitment to the posts of Data Entry Operator and Lower Division Clerk  for which 12th Standard Pass or equivalent is the minimum qualification. The Examination comprises of a Written Objective Type  Examination followed by Data Entry Skill Test / Typing Test


   Group X:

   The posts of LDC in Group-X, are expected to be located in the following offices/Services:












  Group Y:

  The posts of LDC/Others are expected to be in Subordinate Offices of Govt. of India located all over India, Offices of the Controller   and Auditor General of India, Accountant General (Audit), Accountant General (Accounts & Estt.), Controller General of Defence   Accounts & Any other Office/ Organisation not mentioned above

   SSC CHSL  Exam Eligibility Criteria

  •  As per Eligibility Criteria, candidate must be aged between 18 to 27 years
  •  There is a age relaxation in case of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (5 yrs), Other Backward Classes (3 yrs) and few such other reserved categories.
  • A candidate must be either:
  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • 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

   Educational Qualifications required for SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2016

  • Candidates, applying for the recruitment exam, must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognized Board.
  • Degree obtained through open Universities/Distance Education Mode must be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU.
  • Unless such Degrees had been recognized for the period when the candidates acquired the relevant qualification, they will not be accepted for the purpose of Educational Qualification.
  • The appearing candidates, who will get the educational qualification certificate from their respective Board/University, are also eligible for the appearing in the recruitment exam.
  • The candidates, who are called for appearing at the Typing Test/Skill Test, are required to produce the relevant Certificate in Original format such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificate, etc.
  • Candidates, failing to produce the original documents, will get their candidature cancelled by the Commission.
  • The candidates, who prove by documentary evidence that the result of the qualifying examination was announced on or before the specified date and he/she has been declared passed, will also, be considered of having the required Educational Qualification.
  • If a candidate obtained a degree through open Universities/Distance Education Mode, it must be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU.

   Let us go and have a complete overview of the  exam pattern:

     Tier – I(CBT  Mode Multiple choice questions)

    Number of sections: 4

    Total Marks     : 200 Marks

    Total time alloted  : 75 minutes 

  1. English (50 marks)

  2. Quantitative (50 marks)

  3. General Intelligence (50 marks)

  4. General knowledge (50 marks)

  Remember, there is negative marking and for that, SSC will deduct 0.50 marks for every wrong answer. So be very careful while  attempting questions, as Cut offs for this exam is usually very high, when compared to other exams.

  Tier-II (Descriptive Paper)

 Tier-II Paper of CHSL 2016 will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper Mode The duration of the paper would be  for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also be provided to the candidates mentioned in Para 7 above). This paper has    been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which is necessary in Government jobs. The Paper would comprise  writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter / Application writing of approximately 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying  marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent. The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing merit. The paper will have to be  written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated.

  Tier-III Examination

 Tier-III of the Examination would continue to be the Skill Test / Typing Test which would be of a qualifying nature. Skill Test / Typing Test would be in consonance with the provisions contained in para 12.2 and 12.3 given below. The final merit of the  successful candidates would be determined on the basis of total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II.

  Skill test for Data Entry Operator:

   Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer.

  The ‘Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on Computer’ will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key   depressions as per the given passage and the duration of the said Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English   containing about 2000- 2200 strokes/key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the   Computer.

 Typing Test for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs and Court Clerks:

 Typing Test will be conducted for those candidates who qualify in the Computer based Written Examination (Tier-I) and    Descriptive Paper (Tier-II). Such Typing Test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the  Examination, will have to indicate his/her choice/option for Skill Test Medium in the Application Form.

 Typing Test will be of qualifying in nature. It will be administered on the Computer, to be provided by the Commission or any  agency authorized by the Commission.

 Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute and those opting for Hindi medium  should have typing speed of 30 words per minute.

 The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes. Visually Handicapped  candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 30 minutes.



It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/pattern –folding & un-folding, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics, if any.


Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.


The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion,Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, 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, 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, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart


Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested. The questions in Posts A,B & D will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification prescribed for the post viz graduation and questions in Part C will be of 10+2 level.