SSC CHSL Exam 2020 - Application Process, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, and Result

Last Modified: 16 Apr 2024

The Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level (CHSL) examination is conducted for recruitment at posts of Lower Division Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Sorting Assistant/ Postal Assistant, and Data Entry Operators in various Offices/ Departments/ Ministries of the Government of India. The examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission every year at the national level.

Latest Update - As per the latest update, the Tier-I of the SSC CHSL 2019 recruitment has been postponed due to COVID-19. It was scheduled from 17th to 28th March 2020. The 2020 notification is scheduled to be released on 30th November 2020.

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SSC CHSL Exam 2020 Highligts

Exam name


Exam conducting body

Staff Selection Commission

Official website

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode

Tier-I: Computer Based Test

Tier-II: Descriptive

Tier-III: Typing Test

Application Mode


Exam Language

English and Hindi

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Scheduled for SSC CHSL Exam 2020

As per the SSC Annual Calendar, the SSC CHSL 2020 dates are as under:

Exam Events

Important Dates

Notification release date

30th November 2020

Application process begins

30th November 2020

Application process ends

15th December 2020

Admit card (Tier-I)

One week before the exam

Tier-I exam

To be announced

Admit card (Tier-II)

One week before the exam

Tier-II exam

To be announced

Admit card (Tier-III)

One week before the exam

Tier-III exam

To be announced

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SSC CHSL 2020 Eligibility

All candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for the exam. Here are the eligibility details:


  • An India citizen or
  • A subject of Bhutan or
  • A subject of Nepal or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India, before the 1st January 1962 for permanently settling in India, or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam for permanently settling in India

Age Limit

The age limit will be calculated as on 1st January 2021:

  • Minimum age limit: 18 years
  • Maximum age limit: 27 years

In other words, the candidates must not be born before 2nd January 1993 and not after 1st January 2002.

Permissible relaxation in the upper age limit is provided to reserved category candidates.

Educational Qualification

For LDC/ JSA, SA/ PA, and DEO

Candidates must have passed class 12th (any stream) or equivalent examination from a recognised Board.

For DEO in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General on India (C&AG)

Candidates must have passed class 12th (Science stream with Mathematics as a subject) examination from a recognised Board.

SSC CHSL 2020 Application Process

The SSC CHSL application form can be submitted only through the online mode. It is advised to submit the application form well before time. As no modifications are allowed in the application form after final submission, candidates must fill all the details carefully. Here is the application process.

Steps to Filing the SSC CHSL Application Form

  • Visit the official website at -
  • The candidates who have not registered at the SSC website before are required to register as a new user. And, those who have already registered before are to log-in using their registration number and password.
  • After successful log-in, click on the SSC CHSL exam link.
  • Fill the required details such as exam centers, category, etc.
  • Make fee payment.
  • After successful fee submission, take a print of the completed application form.

Application Fee - The application fee for the General and OBC category candidates is ₹ 100/-. The candidates belonging to SC, ST, PwD, Ex-Servicemen category and Female candidates are exempted from application fee payment.

Mode of Payment - The application fee can be paid using Net Banking, Debit Card, Credit Card. The fee can also be paid in cash at SBI branches.

SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Pattern

The SSC CHSL exam comprises of:

  • Tier-I Computer Based Examination
  • Tier-II Descriptive Paper
  • Tier-III Skill/ Typing Test

Tier-I (Computer Based Examination)

All questions in the Tier-I exam are of objective type. The question paper will be in both Hindi and English language (except for English Language part which will be only in English). The details are as under:



Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks



Quantitative Aptitude

25/ 50


60 Minutes


General Intelligence

25/ 50


General Awareness

25/ 50


English Language

25/ 50

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There will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks in the Tier-I examination.

Tier-II (Descriptive Paper)

The paper will be conducted in ‘Pen-and-Paper’ mode. The duration of the paper will be for one hour. The details are as under:



Paper Mode

Pen-and-Paper Based


One Hour

Comprises of

An Essay (200-250 words)

A Letter/ Application (150-200 words)


Hindi and English (Candidates are required to answer in any one of the languages.)

Minimum Qualifying Marks


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Tier-III (Skill/ Typing Test)

Skill Test

Skill Test is mandatory for Data Entry Operators. Candidates 2000-22000 key depressions printed matter in English which they are required to enter at a speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on a computer in 15 minutes.

For Data Entry Operators in the office of the C&AG, candidates are required to enter the data at the speed of 15000 key depressions per hour on the computer in 15 minutes.  A printed matter in English containing 3700-4000 key depressions will be provided.

Typing Test

For LDC/ JSA and PS/ SA posts, candidates are required to appear for the typing test. The typing test will be in Hindi or English. The medium for typing test is selected at the time of application for filling.

In English Medium, candidates should have a typing speed of 35 words per minute. And, in Hindi Medium, candidates should have a 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.”

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2020 -

  • Quantitative Aptitude - Number Systems, Fundamental Arithmetical Operations, algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistical Charts.
  • General Intelligence - Semantic Analogy, Symbolic Operations, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Drawing Inferences, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern-folding and completion, Number Series, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Word Building, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Coding and De-coding, Social Intelligence, Numerical Operations.
  • General Awareness - Current Events, Questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries about Culture, History, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy, and Scientific Research.
  • English Language - Comprehension, Spot the Error, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, One Word Substitution, Active/ Passive Voice, Sentences in a Passage, Cloze Passage.

Admit Card for SSC CHSL 2020

The SSC CHSL admit cards for all the Tiers are released separately. The admit card will be tentatively released 7 days before the exam. The candidates whose applications will be submitted successfully can download the admit cards from the respective regional websites using their registration number and password.

SSC CHSL 2020 Result

Staff Selection Commission will declare the SSC CHSL 2020 result separately for different Tiers. The results will be uploaded at the respective regional websites. Those who qualify a Tire are eligible to appear for the next stage of the exam. The final result is announced after all the stages are over.