SSC CHSL 2020 - Exam Pattern & Syllabus

SSC conducts CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam once in a year for the appointment of various clerical posts in the various central government departments. The Selection procedure of the SSC CHSL Recruitment consisting of a Computer Based Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive Paper (Tier-II) and Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III).

SSC CHSL 2020 - Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Part Subject No of Qus Max. Marks Time Duration
1 General Intelligence 25 50 60 Minutes (80 Minutes
for candidates eligible
for scribes) 
2 English language 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skills) 25 50
4 General Awareness 25 50

The Tier-I Examination will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-II, III & IV.

Penalty for Wrong Answers

There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.50 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

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SSC CHSL 2020 - Tier 2 Descriptive Test Pattern

Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in “Pen and Paper” Mode. The duration of the Descriptive Paper will be for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also be provided to the candidates eligible for scribes as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 above).

The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and a Letter/ Application of approximately 150-200 words.

The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.

Candidates must write their correct Roll Number at the prescribed places on the cover page of the Answer Book. Candidates must also affix signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression in the relevant columns in the Answer Book.

Answer Books not bearing Roll Number, Signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression shall be awarded zero marks.

Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will be awarded zero marks.

SSC CHSL 2020 - Tier-III (Skill Test/ Typing Test)

Skill Test/ Typing Test will be of qualifying nature. 13.9.4 Errors in the Skill Test will be calculated up to 2 decimal places

Skill Test for Data Entry Operator:

Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer. The “Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on computer” will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage.

The duration of the 15 Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer.

For the post of Data Entry Operator Grade A in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): The speed of 15000 key depressions per hour on Computer will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage.

The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 3700-4000 key depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer.

Candidates eligible for scribe as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 will be given compensatory time of 5 minutes. Therefore, duration of Skill Test for such candidates will be 20 minutes.

Typing Test for LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant:

The medium of Typing Test will be Hindi or English. The candidates will have to opt for the medium of Typing Test (i.e. either Hindi or English) in the online Application Form.

Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute (w.p.m.) and those opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute (w.p.m.). 35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. correspond to about 10500 key depressions per hour and about 9000 key depressions per hour respectively.

The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes.

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