Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) Preparation

What is CHSL Exam?

Staff Selection commission Combined Higher Secondary Level(10+2) which is also known as SSC CHSl. It is a secondary level exam. 12 th passed students are eligible for the SSC CHSL. SSC conducts the exam every year. More than lakhs of students are appeared for the exam but only thousands of students are selected. It is an examination for the post of Lower Division Clerk/Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant and Data Entry Operator.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Educational Qualification (As on 01.08.2018)

    i. Must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.

    ii. For Data Entry Operator in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent.

    Candidates who have not yet acquired but will acquire the educational qualification and produce documentary evidence from the Board/ University in support thereof as on 01.08.2018 will also be eligible.

    All candidates who are called for appearing in the Document Verification will be required to produce the relevant Certificate in Original such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificate, etc. as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before 01.08.2018 failing which the candidature of such candidate will be cancelled by the Commission. The candidates who are able to prove, by documentary evidence that the result of the qualifying examination was declared on or before the cutoff date i.e. 01.08.2018 and he/ she has been declared passed, will be considered to have the required Educational Qualification

    Age Limit:

    18-27 years as on 01.08.2018 (Candidates born not before 02-08-1991 and not later than 01-08-2000)

    Nationality/ Citizenship:

    A candidate must be either:
    (a) a citizen of India, or
    (b) a subject of Nepal, or
    (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
    (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar),Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

    Examination Pattern

    SSC conducts a three tier examination:

    Tier I- Objective
    Tier II- Descriptive
    Tier III- Skill based

    Tier I is a object type based exam. It consist 4 section which is listed below with their weightage:
    Subject Question Marks Duration
    General Intelligence 25 Question 50 Marks 60 Minutes
    Quantitative Aptitude 25 Question 50 Marks
    General Awareness 25 Question 50 Marks
    English 25 Question 50 Marks
    Total 100 Question 200 Marks 60 Minutes

    Note:- For VH/ OH (afflicted by Cerebral Palsy and OH with deformity in writing hand - 80 Minutes

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

    There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

    Answer Keys, in due course after the written examination, will be placed on Commission’s website. Any representation regarding answer keys received within the time limit fixed by the Commission at the time of uploading of the answer keys will be scrutinized and the decision of the Commission in this regard will be final. No representation regarding Answer keys shall be entertained, afterwards.

    Tier-II (Descriptive Paper)
    Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper Mode The duration of the paper would be for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also be provided to the candidates mentioned in Para 7 above). This paper has been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which is necessary in Government jobs. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application of approximately 150-200 words.

    The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent. The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing merit. The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated.

    Tier-III Examination
    Tier-III of the Examination would be the Skill Test/ Typing Test which would be of qualifying nature. Skill Test/ Typing Test would be in consonance with the provisions contained in para 12.2 and 12.3 given below. The final merit of the successful candidates would be determined on the basis of total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II.

    CHSL Syllabus

    General Intelligence Quantitative Aptitude English Language General Awareness
    Analogy Simplification Reading Comprehension Culture, Indian History
    Symbolic operations Profit & Loss Cloze Test Geography (Indian + World)
    Symbolic/Number Analogy Mixtures & Alligations One word substitution Environment
    Figural Analogy Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Shuffling of Sentences in a passage Economy
    Space Orientation Work & Time Fill in the blanks Polity
    Semantic Classification Time & Distance Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting Science Biology
    Venn Diagrams Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Shuffling of Sentence parts Chemistry
    Symbolic/ Number Classification Data Interpretation Synonyms/ Homonyms Physics, Space Science
    Drawing inferences Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Antonyms Computer, Mobile and Technology
    Figural Classification Number Systems Detecting mis-spelt words
    Pattern-folding & unfolding Sequence & Series Idioms & Phrases
    Semantic Series Permutation, Combination & Probability One word substitution
    Number Series Algebera Improvement of Sentences
    Embedded figures Geometry Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs
    Figural Series Trigonometry Direct/ Indirect Narration
    Critical Thinking Statistical Charts
    Problem Solving
    Emotional Intelligence
    Word Building
    Social Intelligence
    Coding and de-coding

    When the Candidate are eligible for minimum cut off for Tier I then they can attempt Tier II. Tier II is a descriptive based. SSC checks the writing skill of the candidate. He/She need to write essay and application/ letter for Tier II exam. Some of the important topics for the essay and application/letter are given below:

    Essay Application
    National Interest Complaint
    Finance & Economy Suggestion
    Ecological Issues Official Appreciation
    Politics Follow up or Feedback etc
    Social Issues
    Schemes & Governance
    Environmental Concerns

    Important Dates

    How To Apply?

    1. Candidates must apply online through the website
    'Click here to apply' link provided at> Apply-> CHSL.

    2. Candidates should read the instructions given in the Notice of Examination carefully before filling up the online one time 'Registration Form'/ Application Form.

    3. After reading the instructions, candidates should move to the Registration Part and fill up the online Registration Form.

    4. In the Registration Part, candidates will have to fill in basic information relating to them. On submission of details, candidates shall be prompted to check the details and make, corrections, if any, before submitting the Form.

    5. Candidate should provide all the required details while filling up the Online Registration/Application Forms. Mandatory fields are marked with * (asterisk) sign.

    6. On submission of the Registration Form, Registration ID and password will be provided. Note down the Registration ID and password and keep them safely. This would be your permanent Registration ID & Password which would be required to apply for this examination as well as any other Recruitment Examination of the Commission.

    7. After submission of the Registration Form, candidate should upload his/ her latest colour photograph and signature. The photograph and signature and must be uploaded in jpg format. The digital size of the photograph must be more than 4 KB and less than 20 KB. The digital size of the signature must be more than 1 KB and less than 12 KB.

    8. The Registration becomes complete only after the photograph and signature are uploaded by the candidate.

    9. After completion of the Registration Part the candidates should proceed to fill up the Online Application Form.

    10. Candidates already registered can omit instructions given from S No-3 to 9 above and can directly log into the system using their "Registration ID" and "Password" and proceed to fill up the Application Form.

    11. In case, there is any discrepancy in ‘One time registration’ data filled by the candidate, photograph / signature, etc., ‘One time Registration’ data may be suitably edited before proceeding to fill online application form. The commission allows editing of information like name, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, gender and matriculation roll number only once after Registration. Therefore, these fields MUST BE ENTERED/ EDITED VERY CAREFULLY. Other fields in the ‘One Time Registration’ can be edited once before every examination but prior to submission of Application for Examination. SUCH EDITING IS ALLOWED BEFORE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. ONCE THE APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED, NO CHANGE IN ‘One Time Registration’ and Application data will be allowed.

    12. Candidates should read the instructions in the Notice carefully before filling up the Online Application Form. They must satisfy themselves that they are eligible to apply for the posts.

    13. Candidate should thoroughly check all the entries filled in the online application form, before final submission. In case of any discrepancy, relevant entry may be corrected/ edited. After final submission of online application, no change in any particular shall be allowed.

    14. After filling online application, the candidates are required to make fee payment (Candidates who are exempted from fee payment are not required to pay fee). Fee can be paid through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa/ Mastercard/ Maestro Credit/ Debit card. The facility of submission of online application (including payment of fees through online method) will be available from 18.11.2017 to 18.12.2017 (5.00PM). However, candidates who wish to make the payment through challan of SBI may make the payment to designated branches of SBI within the working hours of bank up to 20.12.2017 provided the challan has been generated by them before 5.00 PM of 18.12.2017.

    15. One successful fee payment, your application will be complete. You may take printout of this application for your own record but you are not required to submit this printout to the Commission.

    Application Fee & Mode of Payment

    ♦ Fee payable: Rs. 100/-(Rupees One Hundred only).

    ♦ Fee can be paid through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa/ Mastercard/ Maestro Credit/ Debit card.

    ♦ Women candidates of all categories and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Persons with Disability (PwD) and Ex-servicemen (ExS) eligible for reservation are exempted from payment of fee. Applications received without the prescribed fee shall not be considered and summarily rejected. No representation against such rejection will be entertained. Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor will it be adjusted against any other examination or selection.

    ♦ Candidates who are not exempted from fee payment must ensure that their fee has been deposited with SSC. If the fee is not received by SSC, status of Application Form is shown ‘Incomplete’ and this information is printed on the top of the Application Form.

    SSC CHSL Results

    SSC CHSL Result is separately released for each of the 3 Tiers. The candidates can access the SSC CGL Result from the official website of SSC. The Commission releases the result in PDF Format. The candidates have to check their result against their Name and roll number. The individual score card will also be uploaded on the official website. The candidates can avail the same using their Registration no./ Roll no. and date of birth.

    Check SSC CHSL 2017 Tier-1 Marks (Official Link)

    CHSL Admit Card

    The commission has strictly announced that it is very important for the aspirants to get their Hall Ticket from the official website; else they won’t be allowed to sit for the examination.

    Steps to download the Admit Card

    The aspirants can get their hall ticket of the SSC CHSL Exam, by following the simple steps given below:
    ♦ First of all candidate need to visit the official website of the Staff Selection Commission which is SSC

    ♦ From the homepage, candidate needs to hit on the “Admit Card” tab which is present in the menu bar.

    ♦ A new window will appear on your screen, from which candidate need to select the region.

    ♦ Now in the details of the candidate titled window, enter your registration number, date of birth and hit on the “Submit” button.

    ♦ As soon as hit on the submit button, your SSC CHSL Admit Card 2017, will appear on your screen. Download it and take print out of future reference.

    ♦ In case if you forgot your registration number, then you can enter your name and date of birth and hit on the “Search Status” button.

    CHSL Selection Procedure

    ♦ Candidates will be shortlisted for Tier-II Examination on the basis of their performance in Tier-I. There may be separate cut-offs for different posts i.e DEO, DEO Grade 'A', LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA in Tier-I and subsequent Tiers.

    ♦ Candidates will be shortlisted for Tier-III Examination the basis of their performance in (Tier-I + Tier-II) subject to having minimum score of 33% in Tier-II. Tier-III Examination i.e. Skill Test will be of qualifying type. The candidates who qualify Tier-III will be called for Document Verification to check the eligibility of candidates as per information given by him/ her in the online Application Form.

    ♦ Final allocation of candidates will be made to User Departments depending on their merit position and the option exercised by them during document verification.

    ♦ SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidates, who are selected on their own merit without relaxed standards, along with candidates belonging to other communities, will not be adjusted against the reserved share of vacancies. Such SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidates will be accommodated against the unreserved vacancies as per their position in the overall Merit List. The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidates.

    ♦ The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If, on verification, at any time, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

    CHSL Previous Year Cutoff Marks

    SSC CHSL Cutoff Marks 2018

    Category Cut Off Marks
    SC 122.50
    ST 112.00
    OBC 139.00
    UR 143.50
    OH 111.50
    HH 73.50
    VH 95.50
    ExS 83.00

    SSC CHSL Cutoff Marks 2017

    Category Cut off Marks
    General 127.0
    OBC 120.0
    SC 108.0
    ST 99.0
    OH 97.50
    VH 96.0
    HH 65.0
    EXS 64.50

    SSC CHSL Cutoff Marks 2016

    Category Cut off Marks
    General 127.0
    OBC 120.0
    SC 108.0
    ST 99.0
    VH 96.0
    OH 97.50
    HH 65.0
    EXS 64.50

    SSC CHSL Cutoff Marks 2015

    Category Cut off Marks
    General 119
    OBC 110
    SC 89.5
    ST 99
    OH 88
    VH 83
    HH 55
    EXS 45.5

    How To Prepare?

    Few General Preparation Strategies-

    ♦ Get a proper syllabus over view
    ♦ Overview of exam pattern
    ♦ Focus more on topics which carries highest marks
    ♦ Make proper simplified notes
    ♦ Do not get stick to one topic for long time.
    ♦ Pick up a time when you can concentrate more be it day time or in the night.
    ♦ Keep yourself away from addicted things like mobile phone, social media.
    ♦ Take small 10-15 min breaks after a long hour of study.
    ♦ Do not stress yourself or take any kind of pressure.
    ♦ Solve previous year questions.

    Tips during the Exam

    ♦ If you find any particular question difficult, make sure that you don’t waste your time trying to solve it. Instead, you should move to the next question and if time permits come back to this question later.
    ♦ One thing that is crucial is that you have to clear the sectional cut off of each section and also the overall cut off.
    ♦ So, if in the Exam, you find any particular section a bit challenging, attempt the minimum number of questions that are required to clear the sectional cut off of that section.
    ♦ Sometimes, the questions can be very tricky. We advise you to read them very carefully before answering. In the Exam, avoid using any shortcut that you are not completely sure about.
    ♦ Avoid Guesswork in the Exam.

    Practice Paper

    CHSL Exam Important Instruction

    (i) The Examination will comprise of a Computer Based Examination for Paper-I and written examination for Paper-II.

    (ii) The Commission will not undertake detailed scrutiny of applications for the eligibility and other aspects at the time of written examination and, therefore, the application is accepted only provisionally. The candidates are advised to go through the requirements of educational qualification, age etc. and satisfy themselves that they are eligible before applying. Copies of supporting documents will be sought at the time of document verifications. When scrutiny is undertaken, if any claim made in the application is not found substantiated, the candidature will be cancelled and the Commission‘s decision shall be final.

    (iii) Candidates seeking reservation benefits available for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwD/ExS must ensure that they are entitled to such reservation as per eligibility prescribed in the Notice. They should also be in possession of the certificates in the prescribed format in support of their claim.

    (iv) Candidates with physical disability of 40% and more only would be considered as Persons with Disability (PwD) and entitled to reservation for PwD.

    (v) Central Government Civilian Employees claiming age relaxation should produce a certificate in the prescribed format from their office at the time of document verification in respect of the length of continuous service which should be for not less than three years during the period immediately preceding the closing date for receipt of application. They should remain Central Government civilian employees till the time of appointment in the event of their selection.

    (vi) FEE: Rupees one hundred ONLY (Rs. 100/-). Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped, and Ex- Servicemen (eligible for reservation) are exempted from paying application fee as per extant Government Orders.

    (vii) Only one online application is to be submitted by a candidate for Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination – 2017. Therefore, the candidates are advised to exercise due diligence at the time of filling their application forms. In case, duplicate applications of a candidate are detected, the Commission will consider latest application. If a candidate submits multiple applications and appears in the examination more than once, his candidature will be cancelled.

    (viii) Mobiles and other electronic gadgets are banned within the premises of the examination centers. Possession of such equipment whether in use or in switch off mode, during the examination will be considered as use of unfair means. Candidature of such candidates will be cancelled. They will be liable for further action including initiation of criminal proceedings and debarment from commission’s examination up to 3 (three) years, as may be decided by the commission.

    ix) The facility of on-line application (including payment of fees through online method) will be available from 18.11.2017 to 18.12.2017 (5.00PM). However, candidates who wish to make the payment through challan of SBI may make the payment to designated branches of SBI within the working hours of bank up to 20.12.2017 provided the challan has been generated by them before 5.00 PM of 18.12.2017. Candidates should retain the Registration ID assigned to them online and details of payment of fee for further correspondence with the Commission. They should not submit print out of their application to the Commission.

    x) Fee paid by modes other than SBI challan or online payment through SBI Net Banking/ Visa/ Mastercard/ Maestro Credit/ Debit Card will not be accepted and the applications of such candidates will be rejected forthright and the payment made shall stand forfeited.


    xii) Only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/ Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate available on the date of submission of application will be accepted as proof of date of birth.

    xiii) Candidates should bring 3 passport size colour photographs. Candidates not carrying photographs may not be allowed to appear in the written examination.

    xiv) In case the scanned photograph(s) appearing in the Commission’s copy of Admission certificate and/ or on Attendance sheet is not clear, invigilators are required to verify the identity of the candidate with reference to the photo ID Proof and get colour photographs pasted on the Commission’s copy of Admission certificate and or on Attendance sheet. Accordingly candidates should bring passport size colour photographs for affixing it in the Commission’s copy of Admission certificate in the presence of Invigilators. Candidates not carrying photographs will not be allowed to appear in the examination.

    xv) All the posts carry All India Service Liability (AISL) i.e. the candidate, on selection, may be asked to serve anywhere in the country.

    xvi) No admission certificates for aforesaid examination will be issued by post. Candidates are required to download admission certificate for the examination from the website of concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional Offices.

    xvii) Applications with illegible/ blurred Photograph/ Signature will be rejected summarily.

    xviii) Request for change/ correction in any particulars in the Application Form, once submitted will not be entertained under any circumstances.

    xix) Candidates are advised to fill their correct and active e-mail addresses and mobile number in the online application as correspondence may be made by the Commission through e-mail/ SMS. Candidates also have to regularly visit website of SSC-HQ and concerned SSC-Regional Office for examination related latest update/ information.

    Important Forms