SSC CHSL 2018: Exam Schedule, Eligibility, Application Process, Exam Pattern and Syllabus


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.

 SSC CHSL 2018 Latest Updates – The commission has completed the registration process for the CHSL 2018 recruitment. The detailed information bulletin is available on the official website. The Tier-1 of the SSC CHSL 2018 exam will be tentatively conducted from 1st July to 26th July 2019. And, the Tier-II examination (Descriptive Paper) will be conducted on 29th September 2019.

Recently, on 10th May 2019, the commission has declared the SSC CHSL 2017 Tier-II result. The Tier I and Tier II exam was conducted on 4th to 28th March 2018 and 15th July 2018 respectively. As per the latest exam calendar, the dates of Tier III exam, which is a typing and skill test, will be notified later. Candidates must keep a check on the regional websites for the same. The SSC CHSL 2017 recruitment is being conducted for 5134 vacancies in the Ministry and various Departments of Government of India.

SSC CHSL 2018 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


Answer Key Now Available

Post-wise Distribution of Number of Vacancies for SSC CHSL –

The details of vacancies for the SSC CHSL 2018 will be announced later and uploaded on the official website of the Commission. The vacancies for the SSC CHSL 2017 are as follows: 

Name of Post

Number of vacancy

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 2018 Important Dates

SSC CHSL 2018 Events

SSC CHSL 2018 Dates

Registration began

5th March 2019

Closing date of Application

5th April 2019

Last date for making the online fee payment/ generating the offline challan

7th April 2019

Last date of fee payment through the offline mode

9th April 2019

Admit Card Available

One week before the exam

SSC CHSL Tier I Exam (Computer Based Test)

1st to 26th July 2019

SSC CHSL Tier II Exam (Descriptive Paper)

29th September 2019


To be notified later

SSC CHSL Exam 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 Application Process

The application process for SSC CHSL 2018 is over. It started on 25th March 2019. The last date to register for the exam was 25th April 2019. The application process for the same is as under:

How to Apply for SSC CHSL 2018 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 2018 Admit Card

The Commission releases the SSC CHSL admit cards region wise. Candidates belonging to various regions are suggested to check the official website to get exact information regarding the availability of the hall tickets. The admit cards will be tentatively released one week before the exam.

How to Download SSC CHSL Admit Card 2018?

  • 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

SSC CHSL Result 2018

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will declare the SSC CHSL 2018 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 2017-2018


Cut-off Marks

Number of Candidates

General (Unreserved)
























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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the minimum qualification required to be eligible for the SSC CHSL 2018 exam?

A: The applicants must be Indians and should have passed the 12th Standard exam or equivalent from a recognized board or University.

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.