The Staff Selection Commission annually conducts a recruitment exam named Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam (SSC CHSL) for recruiting eligible candidates for the post of Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operator in various department of the government. Interested candidates must fill the application form in order to appear for the exam.

The exam will be held in two tiers namely- Tier-I and Tier-II. Those who qualify Tier-I will be eligible to appear for Tier-II exam. There will also be a skill test conducted by the commission after Tier-II. Candidate should go through the eligibility criteria before heading to the application form. The duration of the exam will vary from Tier to Tier.

SSC CHSL 2020 Important Dates

The tentative dates for SSC CHSL 2020 exam are as follows-

EventsDates (Tentative)
Online form availability3rd week of November 2019
Last date to submit the form3rd week of December 2019
Admit card for Tier-IFebruary 2020
Tier-I ExamMarch 2020
Result of Tier-I ExamMay 2020
Admit card for Tier-IIJune 2020
Tier-II ExamJuly 2020
Result of Tier-II ExamYet to be notified
Skill TestYet to be notified
Document Verification and Post PreferenceYet to be notified

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern

Given below is the exam pattern for SSC CHSL-

  • Exam mode: Online and Offline
  • Duration: 1 hour for both Tier-I and Tier-II
  • Medium: English and Hindi
  • Type of questions: Objective and Subjective
  • Marking scheme: In Tier-I, two (2) marks will be awarded for right answer.
  • Negative marking: In Tier-I, one-fourth (1/4th) marks will be deducted for wrong answer.

The pattern of Tier-I exam is-

PartSubjectTotal QuestionTotal Marks
IEnglish Language2550
IIGeneral Intelligence2550
IIIQuantitative Aptitude2550
IVGeneral Awareness2550


  • Tier-II will be descriptive paper carrying 100 marks.
  • The final round i.e. skill test will be held for the LDC/JSA/Postal assistants and sorting assistant post where the typing skills of the candidates would be tested. The skill test will be of 10 minutes.

SSC CHSL Application Form 2020

The application form for SSC CHSL 2020 exam can be filled online by visiting the official website of the SSC i.e. Those appearing for the exam the first time need to register themselves for the same. However, candidates who previously have given the exam can apply using the same login credentials to fill the form. The form must be filled with an outmost care as no correction window will be provided once the form is submitted successfully. Candidates should keep their documents, scanned copy of signature and photograph ready when they fill the form. They must pay the necessary application fee specified by the commission to avoid rejection of the application form.

Application fee: Candidates need to pay Rs. 100/ via – SBI E-Challan, credit card, debit card and net banking. Female candidates/SC/ST/PWD/Ex- Servicemen are exempted from paying the fee.

Eligibility Criteria for SSC CHSL 2020

The eligibility criteria that must be met by the candidates for appearing in SSC CHSL exam is given below-

Nationality: 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 1st January,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.

Age limit: The age of the candidate should not be less than 18 years old and not exceed 27 years old as on 1st August 2020.

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates should have passed class 12th or its equivalent from a recognized board/ university.
  • For the post of data entry operator in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG), a pass in class 12th with Mathematics as a subject is mandatory.
  • Those appearing in class 12th can also apply.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020

The syllabus for SSC CHSL 2020 exam includes-

English Language: Cloze Passage, Grammar, Spelling, Fill in the Blanks, Comprehension passage, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude: Trigonometry, Statistics, Basic Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Tables, Graphs etc.

General Awareness: Environment and its surrounding, everyday science, General Science, Knowledge of India and its neighboring countries History, Culture, Geography and Scientific Research etc.

General Intelligence: Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Emotional Intelligence, Analogy, Figural Classification, Word Building, Social Intelligence, etc.

Recommended Books

Here are some of the noteworthy books that will help the candidates succeed in the exam-

  • Quantitative Ability by R.S Aggarwal.
  • Competitive General English by Kiran Publication
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publication
  • English Grammar by Wren and Martin
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal and Arihant Publication
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge

Admit card

  • Candidates can download their admit card for the exam through the regional website of the SSC.
  • The admit card for Tier-I and Tier-II will be different.
  • Candidates should keep the printout copy of the hall ticket and preserve it for future reference.
  • It is mandatory for them to bring the admit card to the exam venue or else they won’t be allowed to take the exam.
  • The admit card will typically be made available to download a week or two prior to the exam date.

Result and Selection

  • Candidates can check the result of SSC CHSL 2020 exam by visiting the official website of the same.
  • The result will be declared tier-wise. Only those candidates can appear for Tier-II exam who have qualified the Tier-I exam.
  • The final result will be based on the performance of the candidates in all Tiers and skill test.
  • A merit list will be drawn by the authority for shortlisting the candidates.
  • Selected candidates will undergo documents verification phase where their original documents will be thoroughly verified.
  • A provisional allotment letter will also be sent to the candidates stating the date of reporting and other information pertaining to the recruitment.

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