SSC CHSL 2019-20: Exam Schedule, Eligibility, Application Form Download, Syllabus and Upcoming Vacancies


The SSC (Staff Selection Commission) is a Government of India recruiting agency. It serves as the nodal agency in recruiting staff for posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India. Every year, SSC conducts CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam to select suitable candidates for the LDC (Lower Division Clerk)/ JSA (Junior Secretariat Assistant), PA (Postal Assistant)/ SA (Sorting Assistant) and DEO (Data Entry Operator) posts. The exam is administered in three stages or tiers –

  • Tier I (Stage I) – Computer-Based Test (CBT)
  • Tier II (Stage II) – Descriptive Paper
  • Tier III (Stage III) – Skill and Typing Test

All the candidates who have qualified all the three Tiers are required to appear for the Document Verification (DV) process.

What is CHSL in SSC?

CHSL is Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) examination which is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. The exam is conducted every year and lakhs of candidates apply for the exam with the dream of getting a government job. The posts for which recruitment is done under CHSL includes:

  • Data Entry Operators
  • Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants
  • Lower Divisional Clerk
  • Court Clerk
  • Other posts as per the vacancies in the Ministries

Candidates are recruited for the above posts in various ministries, departments, or offices under the Government of India.

SSC CHSL 2019 Latest Updates – Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has uploaded the SSC CHSL Tier 1 Admit Card 2020, for all regions including NR Region, NER Region, SR Region, KKR Region, NWR Region, CR Region, WR Region, ER Region and MP Region on official websites. Candidates can download SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Admit Card 2019-20 from SSC Regional Websites or by clicking this link.

The commission has completed the registration process for the CHSL 2019 recruitment on 10th January 2020.

In a recent notice, the Commission has the following points due to COVID-19:

  1. No Bio-metric Registration of the candidates will be conducted. However, thumb impression of the Candidates will be mandatorily taken on the Commission Copies and Attendance Sheets.
  2. Candidates will be allowed to bring their own masks to be worn during the examination. However, masks will have to be removed for taking photographs at the Registration Desks. These photographs can be used by the Commission for verification during subsequent Tiers/ stages of the examination.
  3. Candidates will be allowed to bring their own hand sanitizers (small size) and water bottles (transparent/ see-through).
  4. Candidates will be allowed to bring their own ball pens (having transparent outer cover). Any other type of pen, which is translucent, will not be allowed.
  5. The Commission has also issued necessary instructions to its Service Provider for cleaning/ sanitizing frequently used objects such as mouse/ keyboards/ tables/ door handles, etc. before the start of each shift of examination in the larger interest of the candidates.

Check out the official notice.

SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Overview:

Name of Exam


Conducting Authority

Staff Selection Commission

Exam Level

National Level


Recruiting Staff for Government Posts

Exam Type

Objective Type

Mode of Exam


Official Website (new) (old)

Total Vacancies


Post-wise Distribution of Number of Vacancies for SSC CHSL

The details of vacancies for the SSC CHSL 2019 will be announced later and uploaded on the official website of the Commission. The vacancies for the SSC CHSL 2020 are as follows:

Name of Post

Number of Vacancies

Lower Division Clerk


Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant


Data Entry Operator




Post-wise Distribution of Pay Grade/ Pay Band -

Name of the Post

Pay Band

Grade Pay

Pay Band (INR)

Lower Division Clerk

Pay Band-1



Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant

Pay Band-1



Data Entry Operator

Pay Band-1



Court Clerk Post

Pay Band-1



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SSC CHSL Exam 2019-20 Important Dates

The previous dates for the SSC CHSL exam 2019-20 are as under:

SSC CHSL 2019-20 Events

SSC CHSL 2019-20 Dates

Registration began

3rd December 2019

Closing date of Application

10th January 2020

Last date for making the online fee payment

12th January 2020

Last date for generating the offline challan

14th January 2020

Last date of fee payment through the offline mode

16th January 2020

Admit Card Availability

05th October 2020 onwards

SSC CHSL Tier-I Exam (Computer Based Test)

12th to 16th October 2020,

19th to 21st October 2020, and 26th October 2020

SSC CHSL Tier-I Result

To Be Announced

SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam (Descriptive Paper)

To Be Announced


To Be Announced

SSC CHSL Result (Final)

To Be Announced

SSC CHSL Exam 2019-20 Pattern & Syllabus

To get through the recruitment process, the candidates need to qualify all three Tiers – Tier I, Tier II and Tier III.

Tier I is a computer-based exam where the applicants get objective type questions. Tier II is a descriptive type paper. Tier II qualified candidates then progress to the next stage, i.e. the skill test. It is qualifying in nature.

Tier - 1 Exam Pattern

About the Exam


Type of Exam


Number of Sections

4 (English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, and General Intelligence)

Number of Questions


Total Marks


Mode of Exam

Computer-Based Exam


60 minutes (80 minutes for candidates afflicted by Cerebral Palsy and OH with a deformity in writing hand’)


Hindi and English (Except for English Language section)

Scheme of Negative Marking

0.50 marks get deducted for every incorrect answer

Exam Pattern of Tier - 1

Sections/ Parts


Number of questions

Total Marks


General Intelligence




General Awareness




Quantitative Aptitude




English Language







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Tier - 2 Descriptive Type Exam Pattern

Tier II (Descriptive Paper) tests the candidates writing skills. The marks scored by the candidate in this stage are added to the final merit list.

About Tier-2 Exam


Type of Exam

Descriptive type

Mode of Exam

Pen and Paper Mode

Duration of Exam

60 minutes (80 minutes for candidates ‘afflicted by Cerebral Palsy and OH with a deformity in writing hand’)

Type of Questions

Essay (200-250 words) and Letter/Application (150-200 words)

Medium of Exam

Hindi or English.

Note: In this exam, the candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks of 33 per cent. The performance in this Tier will be considered for preparing the merit list. The paper will be in both Hindi and English language. Candidates have to attempt the paper in only one language.

Tier - 3 Exam Details

Only those candidates who qualify Tier - 1 and Tier - 2 exams will be called for Tier III exam. It is a Skill Test/Typing Test. Skill test will be only of qualifying nature.

The candidates appearing for the Data Entry Operator needs to have a typing speed of minimum 8000 Key depressions on the computer per hour. They will be asked to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.

SSC CHSL 2019 Syllabus –

Syllabus for Tier I

General Intelligence and Reasoning

English Language

Quantitative Ability

General Awareness

Logical Reasoning

Reading Comprehension



Data Sufficiency


Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

Economic Scene

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

Para jumbles

Mixtures & Allegations


Alphanumeric Series

Cloze Test

Profit & Loss


Coded Inequalities

Fill in the blanks

Work & Time

General Policy

Seating Arrangement

Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting

Time & Distance

Scientific Research


Active/Passive Voice

Ratio & Proportion, Percentage

Books and Authors


One Word Substitution

Data Interpretation

Awards and Honors

Coding Decoding

Paragraph Completion

Permutation, Combination &Probability


Blood Relations


Number Systems




Sequence & Series




Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere


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Tier II Syllabus –

It is a descriptive paper conducted in pen and paper mode. Tier II is purely based on the writing skills where the candidates are asked to write an essay and a letter of 200 words each. The test-takers can opt for their preferred test language – either in English or in Hindi.

Tier III Syllabus –

There’s no prescribed syllabus for typing test or skill test. Make sure you have an amazing typing skill.

SSC CHSL Exam 2019-20 Eligibility

Nationality -

  • The candidate should be an Indian citizen.
  • Persons from Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan Refugees and Indian origin (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zaire, Uganda, Kenya, etc.) are also eligible for the exam provided that the Government of India has issued a certificate of eligibility in the favour of the candidate. They should have moved over to India before 1962 with an intention of settling down here permanently.

Educational Qualification for SSC CHSL Exam-

  • Candidates should have passed the Class 12th or equivalent exam from a recognized Board/University.
  • Candidates appearing in the final Class 12th exam are also eligible for the exam.
  • For DEO posts in the Office of C&AG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India), an applicant must possess a 12th Class certificate in Science with Mathematics. 

Age Limit -

  • Candidates should be between 18 and 27 years of age as on 1st August 2019 i.e. the candidates must be born between 2nd August 1992 and 1st August 2001. There is a provision of age relaxation in the upper age limit. Check below –

S. No.


Age Relaxation in Upper Age Category



5 years



3 years





10 years


13 years


15 years





Ex-servicemen - General

3 years

Ex-servicemen - OBC

6 years

Ex-servicemen - SC/ST

8 years




Central Government Employees – General

40 years

Central Government Employees – OBC

43 years

Central Government Employees – SC/ST

45 years


Candidates who had moved to Jammu & Kashmir ( General) between 01.01.1980 and 31.12.1989

5 years



Divorced Woman

35 years

Divorced Woman – SC/ST

40 years



Defence Personnel Disabled (General)

5 years

Defence Personnel Disabled (SC/ST)

8 years

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SSC CHSL Exam 2019-20 Application Process

The application process for SSC CHSL 2019 is over. It started on 3rd December 2019. The last date to register for the exam was 10th January 2020. The application process for the same is as under:

How to Apply for SSC CHSL 2019 Exam?

  • Visit the official website of SSC, i.e.
  • By clicking on the application link, you will be directed to the application form page
  • Go through the instructions before submitting the application form.
  • Fill the educational and personal details in the application form carefully
  • Make the application fee payment
  • Click on the ‘Submit’ button. Get the Registration ID and Password for future use.
  • Now login again and upload the scanned copies of your signature and recent, coloured passport-size photograph. Make sure the uploaded document meet the required size. 4 KB to 20 KB for the photograph and 1 KB to 12 KB for the signature.
  • After submitting the form, take a printout of the acknowledgement page for future correspondence.

Application Fee

Candidates belonging to the general category should pay INR 100/- as the application fee.

The reserved category candidates and females of all categories are exempted to pay the application fee.

Pay the fee online through net banking, credit card and debit card. The application fee can also be paid through SBI Bank Challan.

Other Details

SSC CHSL Admit Card

Candidates can download their admit card/hall ticket from the official regional websites of the commission. Candidates can also download their SSC CHSL tier-I 2020 application status by clicking on the given link. The SSC CHSL tier-I 2020 exam for remaining shifts will be conducted from 12th to 16th October, 19th to 21st October, and 26th October 2020.

It may be noted that SSC CHSL tier-I 2019-20 admit card for all the regions (ER, NR, SR, KKR, NER, NWR, CR, MPR and WR) was released earlier in March. However, since the CHSL tier-I exam was postponed with effect from 20th March 2020 due to Coronavirus pandemic, the admit card for the remaining days and shifts of the exam is being released by the commission again.

Detailed Mentioned in SSC CHSL Admit Card

Candidates need to check all details in the admit card:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Roll Number
  • Date Of Birth
  • Category of the applicant
  • Gender of the applicant
  • Photograph of the candidate
  • Exam Date and time
  • Exam Centre Name
  • Exam Centre Address
  • Reporting Time at the Centre
  • Duration of the exam
  • Guidelines for the exam
  • Space for the candidate’s signature and thumb impression
  • Space for signature of the invigilator, etc.

Exam Day Important Instruction

Candidates are advised to read these important points before going to the exam center

  • Candidates need to bring a photocopy of the Admit Card.
  • Candidates need to carry one Valid I.D proof (Aadhar Card, Pan Card, Driving Licence, Passport, any Govt. I.D, Voter I.D,) along with the Admit Card which contains the name, Date of Birth as mentioned on the Admit card.
  • If they don’t have valid I.D proof with the date of birth, then candidates need to carry the one supporting document which contains the Date of Birth as mentioned on the Admit Card.
  • Candidates need to take 2 passport size photograph with them.
  • Candidates with a digital watch, pen, any kind of electronic devices are not allowed to take the exam.
  • For girls, any kind of Jewellery items, any kind of clips are not allowed in the exam center.
  • A pen and rough sheet will be provided in the exam hall itself.

How to Download SSC CHSL Admit Card 2019-20 -

  • Go to the official website -
  • Choose your region.
  • Provide your name, roll number, registration number and date of birth.
  • Your admit card will display right on the screen.
  • Take a printout.


The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will declare the SSC CHSL 2019 exam after every Tier. And, the merit will be prepared only on the basis of Tier-I and Tier-II scores. Tier-III is of qualifying nature. The result will be published on the official website. Candidates who qualify in Tier-I have to appear for Tier-II and those who qualify Tier-II will be called for Tier-III. The final list of qualifying candidates will be released after the Document Verification (DV) process. The document verification will be conducted for those who qualify all the Tiers of the SSC CHSL exam.

To Check SSC CHSL Result -

  • Visit
  • Click on the ‘Result’ tab on the top of the home-page.
  • Select the CHSL tab and click on the link for result.
  • Provide roll number or registration number and password
  • Enter the given CAPTCHA and click on SUBMIT

The result will be displayed on the screen.

SSC CHSL Cut-off 2018-2019


Cut-off Marks

Number of Candidates

General (Unreserved)

































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SSC CHSL 2019 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The SSC CHSL exam is conducted for various posts viz. Postal Assistant, LDC, Sorting Assistant, Lower Division Clerk, Data Entry Operator every year. The FAQs section here will answer the questions related to the exam.

Q: What is the minimum qualification required to be eligible for the SSC CHSL 2019-20 exam?

A: SSC CHSL 2019-20 Tier-I exam will be held from 12th to 16th October, 19th to 21st October, and 26th October 2020. Check out the FAQs section for answers to important questions.

Q: Can you brief me about the exam pattern?

A: The SSC CHSL exam has 3 stages, namely Tier-1, Tier-2 and Tier-3. In Tier-1, objective-type questions are asked; in Tier-2, descriptive questions are asked; and in Tier-3, skill test is conducted. In Tier-I, there are multiple-choice questions. It has four sections, namely, General Awareness, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and English language. It has a total of numbers of 100 questions and has a total of 200 marks. Complete details are available in the article above.

Q: What is the question pattern of the SSC CHSL Tier-2 exam?

A: The Tier-2 exam is of descriptive type. It essentially tests the writing skill of the candidates. They are required to write an Essay and Letter/Application in about 200-250 words.

Q: How is the final merit list of the successful candidates prepared?

A: The final merit list of the SSC CHSL exam is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in Tier-1 and Tier-2 exams. Tier-3 is only qualifying in nature.

Q: Is there a provision of age relaxation for the reserved category candidates in the SSC CHSL exam?

A: Yes, candidates belonging to the reserved category are given age relaxation in the upper age limit category for the aforesaid exam. Check the eligibility section of the article to know more about the age limit and other qualification details.

Q: If I’m applying for the test, how much should I pay for the application fee?

A: Candidates belonging to the general category should pay an application fee amount of INR 100/-. Those belonging to the reserved category and the females of all categories are exempted from this.

Q: In a given year for how many times the SSC CHSL Exam is conducted?

A: It is conducted once a year.


SSC CHSL 2019 Tier-I exam will be held from 17th to 27th August 2020. Check out the FAQs section for answers to important questions.