The Staff Selection Commission conducts the annual Combined Higher Secondary Level, CHSL (10+2) exam to select eligible candidates across the country to various Ministries or organizations. Through this recruitment, the commission hires candidates to positions like Lower Division Clerk, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant, Sorting Assistant, and Data Entry Operators. The SSC CHSL selection process has three stages screening process; two stages of exams and skill tests. Since the required education qualification is of a higher secondary level, candidates can expect questions of the same level. Let’s check the SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021 and exam pattern.
SSC CHSL Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021
The Staff Selection Commission’s Combined Higher Secondary Level recruitment has three stages of screening, and they are:
|Tier: I||Objective Multiple Choice||Computer-Based Exam|
|Tier: II||Descriptive Paper in English/ Hindi language||Pen and Paper mode|
|Tier: III||Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test|
The skill test varies based on the post, while the typing speed for the Data Entry operator is 8,000 Key Depressions, that of the Lower Division Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (LDS/ JSA) and Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants (PA/SA) will be 10500 Key Depressions. The skill test will be of qualifying in nature, so the candidate’s performance in the test matters in the rank list.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
The SSC CHSL (10+2) exam pattern has a preliminary stage of the test, which would be objective and the second stage would be descriptive. For the last recruitment cycle, the cut-off score was 159 marks and nearly 50,000 examinees were shortlisted to the second round of screening.
- Tier-I CHSL Preliminary Exam
|Subject||Number of Questions||Maximum
|1||General Intelligence and Reasoning Ability||25||50||60 minutes (80 Minutes for PWD candidates)|
|2||General Awareness, Current Affairs||25||50|
The test will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions only. The question paper will be set both in English and Hindi for General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence and Reasoning Ability sections. Candidates scores in the test will be normalized by using the formula published by the Commission in 2019. Interested candidates can find the normalization score on the Staff Selection Commission’s website.
- Descriptive Test
The SSC CHSL Stage-II exam is descriptive with two questions, and the examinees will ask to write an essay and a letter of 200- 250 words, and 150-200 words respectively in 01 hours for 100 marks. Candidates should score at least 33.33% to consider for the next stage, the skill test of the SSC CHSL exam.
SSC CHSL Skill Test
The typing test/ skill test will be conducted by the commission on the computers provided either by an authorized agency or by the commission itself. SSC usually conducts the skill tests at the commission’s regional offices or at any centers chosen by them. The typing test/ Skill Test will be of qualifying nature only, and mandatory for Data Entry Operators, and the mistakes will be calculated up to 2 decimal places.
For the skill tests, candidates will be provided with the passage, and the required Key Depressions per hour on Computer for the Data Entry Operator positions is 8000. For the 15 minutes test, each candidate will get the English passage of about 2000-2200 key-depressions. Any candidates appearing for the DEO positions in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG), the required typing speed is 15000 Key Depressions per hour for the passage containing about 3700-4000 key depressions.
The skill test for the Lower Division Clerk, Junior Secretariat Assistant and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant will be available in both Hindi or English. Examinees opting for the English language for their skill test should have a typing speed of 35 words per minute and that of Hindi should have a typing speed of 30 words per minute. The required key depressions for the English is 10500 per hour and that for the Hindi language is 9000 key depressions per hour respectively.
SSC CHSL Syllabus 2021
The detailed syllabus for all the four sections in the SSC CHSL (10+2) syllabus is given below.
|General Intelligence||Quantitative Aptitude||English Language||General Awareness|
|Logical Reasoning||Simplification||Reading Comprehension||History: Ancient, Medical, Modern, Post Independence|
|Alphanumeric Series||Profit and Loss||Cloze Test||Culture, Arts, Dance forms, Literature|
|Rankin, Direction, Alphabet Test||Mixtures and Allegations||Para jumbles||Geography|
|Data Sufficiency||Simple Interest and Compound Interest||Miscellaneous||Economics|
|Coded Inequalities||Work and Time||Fill in the blanks||Current Affairs|
|Seating Arrangement||Time and Distance||Error Spotting||Science, Technology|
|Puzzles||Mensuration||Paragraph Completion||Awards and Honors|
|Tabulation||Data Interpretation||One Word Substitution||Books and Authors|
|Syllogism||Ratio and Proportion, Percentage||Active, Passive Voice|
|Blood Relations||Number Systems|
|Input-Output||Sequence and Series: Numbers, Alphabets, Alphanumerics|
|Coding and Decoding||Permutation, Combination and Probability|
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