SSC CHSL Exam Pattern Detail You Might Want to Know About

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern:

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) examination for the recruitment of eligible candidates to various posts in the government machinery. The SSC CHSL has released a notification regarding the postponement of the SSC CHSL exam. The SSC CHSL exam pattern helps in the systematic preparation of the exam.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

Date of start of registration of application: 3rd December 2019

Last date to submit completed application: 10th January 2020

The SSC CHSL exam consists of 3 tiers, these include:

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 3

SSC CHSL Tier 1 exam pattern:

  • The exam is a computer based online examination.
  • The exam consists of MCQ or multiple choice objective questions.
  • The duration of the exam is 1 hour or 60 minutes.
  • The total number of questions that willl be asked is 100.
  • The total weightage of the exam is 200 marks.
  • The marking scheme is as follows:
  • For every Correct answer: + 2 marks
  • For every Incorrect answer: – 0.5 marks will be deducted
  • The exam consists of various sections which include the following:
  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Language
Section Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1 General Intelligence 25 50 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 25 50
4 English Language (Basic Knowledge) 25 50
Total 100 200

 SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam pattern:

  • The exam is a pen and paper based offline examination.
  • The exam consists of descriptive/ subjective questions.
  • The writing skills of the candidate are assessed in the exam.
  • The candidate is required to write an application/ letter and an essay on the given topics.
  • The medium of the exam is English/ Hindi.
  • The essay should consist of 200 to 250 words.
  • The letter/ application should consist of 150 to 200 words.
  • The duration of the exam is 1 hour/ 60 minutes.
  • The total weightage of the exam is 100 marks.
SSC CHSL Tier-II Sections Word Limit SSC CHSL Tier-II Maximum Marks
Essay 200-250 100
Letter/Application 150-200

SSC CHSL Tier 3 exam pattern:

  • The tier 3 exam is a skill test conducted for Data Entry Operator (DEO) and a typing test is conducted for Lower Division Clerk (LDC), Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant (PA), Sorting Assistant (SA)

DEO skill test

SSC CHSL Posts Expected Data Entry Speed (in key-depressions) Number of Key-Depressions Given
DEO 8,000 2,000-2,200
DEO (Grade-A) 15,000 3,700-4,000

LDC/ JSA/ PA/ SA Typing test

Mode of Typing in SSC CHSL Typing Test Expected Typing Speed in SSC CHSL Typing Test
English 35 words per minute
Hindi 30 words per minute

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