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SSC (Staff Selection Commission) is a recruiting agency which is attached with the DoPT (Department of Personnel Training) of the Government of India. It was established in the year 1975 on the recommendations of the Estimate Committee. It was set with an aim to serve as the nodal agency to recruit staff for the various posts of the government across various Ministries and Departments.

Every year SSC selects candidates for the post of LDC (Lower Division Clerk), Postal Assistant and DEO (Data Entry Operator). It conducts SSC CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam to recruit candidates for these posts.

For the year 2017 the SSC has already released the official notification. It will conduct the SSC, CGHL 2017, Exam for the total number of 5134 posts. The vacancy is for the posts of Postal Assistants, Lower Division Clerks and Data Entry Operator. For further details of the exam read this article further below.

Eligibility for SSC CHSL Exam

There are certain conditions of eligibility which are necessary to be fulfilled by the candidate.

Nationality – The candidate should be an Indian citizen. Person from Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan Refugees and Indian origin are also eligible for the exam provided that the Government of India has issued a certificate of eligibility in the favour of the candidate.

Educational Qualification

Candidate should have passed the 12th exam/equivalent from the recognized board or University, under the Section 3 of the UGC act of 1956 of the Parliamentary act.

Candidates who are appearing for their 12th standard exam are also eligible to appear for the exam, provided that they should get their certificates by the January 1st ,2017.

Age Limit

  • Candidate should be between the age group of 18- 27 years. They should not be less than 18 years of age and not more than the 27 years of age. It means they should be born earlier than 02-01-1990 (January.02, 1990) and not later than 01-01-1999 (January 01, 1999).
  • There is provision for age- relaxation in the upper age limit, for not only candidates belonging to the reserved category but also for candidates put under different conditions. Check below –




Age Relaxation in the Upper age limit category






3 years.



10 years.



13 years.



15 years.





Ex-servicemen -General

3 years.



6 years.



8 years.


Central Government Employees – General

40 years.


Central Government Employees – OBC

43 years.


Central Government Employees – SC/ST

45 years.



Candidates who has been domiciled in the Jammu & Kashmir ( General)



Candidates who has been domiciled in the Jammu & Kashmir-OBC

8 years


Candidates who has been domiciled in the Jammu & Kashmir-SC/ST

10 years


Divorced Woman -General

35 years.


Divorced Woman - OBC

38 years.


Divorced Woman – SC/ST

40 years.



Defense Personnel Disabled-General



Defense Personnel Disabled- OBC

8 years.


Defense Personnel Disabled- SC/ST

10 years.

Centre of Exam

The SSC CHSL exam is a national level exam. It is held across the nation in all the major cities. Candidates are required to fill their centre of choice from the given list of the centres of the exam. They can choose for maximum of 3 centres of the exam. It is important to note that once the Application form is submitted and the candidate has already chosen for 3 centres of his exam, no further changes in the centre of the exam will be made at the request of the candidate.

But the Commission reserves the right to change the centre of the exam. It is its discretion to make any changes in the allotment of the centre of the exam. In such circumstances candidates has to appear at the changed centre of the exam.

SSC CHSL Exam Admission Process

How To Apply

  • Candidates must visit the official website of the SSC, i.e.
  • It will lead to the link of the Application form. In other words, it will provide accessibility to the authentic Application form. It is advised that candidate should get the Application form only from the official website of the SSC.
  • Candidates are required to fill the necessary details about their name, age, address and educational qualifications. They should fill every column of the Application form carefully, because after the submission of the Application form they will not be given chance to correct it. And incorrect representation about oneself might lead to the rejection of the form by the candidate.
  • Candidates are required to upload the scanned copies of their documents related to their educational qualification and photo along with the Application form.
  • They should also pay the Application fee along with the form. Without the required amount of the Application fee, form will be rejected by the commission.
  • After doing all the necessary steps of form filling, candidate should proceed further to submit the form. Before submitting the form candidates are advised to recheck the form for any mistakes.
  • After submitting the form candidates should not forget to take the print of the Application form. This will be used for the future reference.

Application Fee

  • General candidates should pay Rs.100/ as the Application fee.
  • Candidates belonging to reserved category, SC/ST/OBC/PH/Ex-servicemen and Female are not required to pay any Application fee. They are exempted from payment of the Application fee.
  • Note – The ex-servicemen are those who has been employed by the Army, Navy or Air Force of India either as a combatant or non-combatant, but has retired or relieved from the service after earning his pension or on the medical grounds.
  • Candidates can pay their fee online through the Net banking, Credit Card and Debit Card. They can pay through the SBI Bank Challan also.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern (Syllabus)

The candidates wishing to qualify for the exam, are required to clear the 3 Tiers of the exam. In the Tier-1, candidates are given a written examination of objective type and in the Tier-2 exam they are given descriptive type of questions. Those qualified progresses to the Tier-3 of the exam, i.e. the skill test. The skill test is only qualifying in nature.

Tier -1 Exam details, Objective Type.

About the Exam


Type of exam


Number of sections


Number of questions


Total marks


Mode of the exam

Computer based exam.


75 minutes.

Language of the Exam

Except English language question paper all other question paper will be in Hindi and English.

Scheme of negative marking

0.50 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.

Question Pattern of the Tier-1 exam



Number of questions

Total Marks


General Intelligence




General Awareness




Quantitative Aptitude




English Language







Tier -2 Exam Details, Descriptive Type

This Tier-2 of the exam tests the candidates writing skills. In government jobs it is necessary that a person should have a good writing skills, so Tier-2 exam have been introduced by the commission. Thus the marks scored by the candidate in this Tier is added into the final merit list. 

About the Tier-2 exam


Type of exam

Descriptive type

Mode of exam

Pen and Paper Mode

Duration of the exam

20 minutes.

Type of questions

Essay and Letter/Application writing to write in 200-250 words.

Medium of exam

Hindi or English.

Tier-3 Exam Details

Only those candidates who qualify in the Tier-1 and Tier-2 of the exam are called for the Tier-3 of the exam. The Tier-3 is a Skill Test/Typing Test. This exam is only qualifying in nature. The score of Tier-3 exam is not included in the final merit list preparation.

Those candidates who are appearing for the Data Entry Operator needs to have a typing speed of minimum of 8000 Key depressions on computer per hour. Accordingly, the candidate is asked to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.

SSC CHSL Exam Important Dates

About the Exam

Date of the Exam

Get Application Form from

7th October,2016.

Closing date of Application form

11th  November,2016.

Exam Date for Tier-1

7th January to 5th February,2017.

Details About the SSC, CHSL , Exam- Number of vacancies, Number of Posts, Pay Grade & Salary.

Post wise distribution of number of vacancies.

Name of the Post

 Number of vacancy

Lower Division Clerk


Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant


Data Entry Operator


Court Clerk Post




Post wise distribution of the Pay grade /Pay band.

Name of the Post

Pay Band

Grade Pay

Pay Band (in Rs.)

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



Admit Card

Candidates are issued Admit card for the exam online. They can download their Admit Card from the official website of the SSC. It is mandatory to keep the Admit Card with themselves at the centre of the exam.

Result Announcement

The final merit list of the successful candidates is prepared on the basis of the Tier-1, Tier-2 exam and qualifying performance in the Tier-3 exam. The result is displayed on the official website of the SSC. Candidates can see their results by entering their roll number, name and Registration number.


Q. When will be the exam of the SSC, CHSL 2017, will be held?

It will be held in the 7th January to 5th February,2017.

Q. What is the minimum qualification required to become eligible for the SSC, CHSL exam?

The candidate should have passed the 12th exam or equivalent from any recognized board or University.

Q. How many stages are there in the SSC, CHSL exam?

The SSC, CHSL exam has 3 stages, namely Tier-1, Tier-2 and Tier-3. In the Tier-1 objective type questions are asked, in the Tier-2 descriptive questions are asked and in the Tier-3 skill type of test is conducted.

Q. How is the final merit list of the successful candidates are prepared by the SSC, CHSL exam?

The final merit list of the SSC CHSL 2017, Exam is prepared on the basis of the Tier-1 and Tier-2 exam. The Tier-3 of the exam is only of qualifying in nature.

Q. What is the question pattern of the Tier-1, of the SSC CHSL exam?

The Tier-1 exam is objective type. There are multiple choice questions. It has four sections, namely, General Awareness, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and English language. It has total of numbers of 100 questions and has total of 200 marks.

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

The Tier-2 exam is of descriptive type. It essentially tests the writing skill of the candidate. The candidate is required to write an Essay and Letter/Application in about 200-250 words. This Tier-2 of the exam has been introduced because candidates in government jobs are required to write reports and letters frequently, thus they should have a good linguistic skill also.

Q. What type of the test is the Tier-3 of the SSC, CHSL exam?

 The Tier-3 of the exam is basically a Skill test of the candidate. The candidate is required to show his practical ability on the spot. For example, Data Entry operator candidates are required to type or make 2000 key impressions in 15 minutes.

Q. If there is provision of age relaxation for the reserved category candidates in the SSC, CHSL exam?

Yes, candidates belonging to reserved category are given age relaxation in the Upper age limit category for the aforesaid exam. For getting the details of the age relaxation please check the above article in the section of the eligibility criteria, age limit section.

Q. What is the Application fee which is required to be paid by the candidate for the exam?

The candidates belonging to the general category should pay an Application fee of Rs. 100/. While the candidates belonging to the reserved category and the female candidates are not required to pay any fee.

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

It is conducted for only once in a given year.