SSC CHSL 2019: Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Online Application, Career Path, and Salaries

SSC CHSL has been one of the most popular competitive exams in India. Every year thousands of vacancies are filled by SSC in various Government departments. In this post, we will look at SSC CHSL 2019 Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Exam Dates, Online Application, Salaries, Career Path, and Promotion. Read SSC CHSL 2020.


The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an autonomous organization that conducts several exams every year for the recruitment of various posts in various departments, offices, and ministries of the Government of India. SSC CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) is one such exam. SSC CHSL exam is conducted for the recruitment of various positions like:


  • Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants or PA/SA
  • Data Entry Operator or DEO
  • Lower Divisional Clerk or LDC
  • Court Clerk




So if you’re preparing for SSC CHSL exam, check out dates, syllabus, exam pattern, eligibility, salary, cutoff here.



Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Online Application, Career Path, and Salaries

Co-authored by Rahul Chaddha (


SSC CHSL 2019: Important Dates


SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Dates



SSC CHSL Online Application


The online application for SSC CHSL will start from 5th March 2019.




  • For General Category, the SSC CHSL application fee is Rs 100
  • However, for SC/ST/Females, there is no fee applicable
  • You can pay the application fees through online or offline mode
  • The registration has two-parts, after submitting the fees, you can proceed to the second part of the registration


SSC CHSL 2019 Eligibility


1. Citizenship:  A candidate must be either-


  • A citizen of India, or

  • A subject of Nepal, or

  • A subject of Bhutan, or

  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

  • 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.


2. Qualification: In order to appear for SSC CHSL Exam, a candidate must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.


If a candidate possesses any Degree obtained through open Universities/Distance Education Mode, then that must be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU.


12th standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a recognized Board or equivalent. When you are called for the typing test/skill test, you should bring all the original educational certificates and documents.


3. Age: The age limit for SSC CHSL candidates set by the officials is 18 – 27 years as on 1st August 2019.


SSC CHSL age relaxation:


SSC CHSL 2019 Eligibility - Age Relaxation


SSC CHSL 2019 Exam Pattern


The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) start conducting the Combined Higher Secondary Level(CHSL) in three levels for various posts:


Tier Type Mode
Tier – I Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online)
Tier – II Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode
Tier – III Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable


Changes in SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019


  • SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 1 exam will be conducted in online mode.

  • Introduction of a descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode.

  • Reduction in the time limit for examination of Tier -I from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.

  • Tier III will remain the same.

  • No Sectional Cut off.


SSC CHSL 2019 preparation


SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019


Since the SSC CHSL is comprised of 3 different levels, we must deal with their syllabus independently.

This is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL 2019, with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:


Section Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200


SSC CHSL Tier 1 Syllabus


General Intelligence and Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension History
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Culture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Allegations Para jumbles Geography
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous Economic Scene
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks General Policy
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Scientific Research
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion Awards and Honors
Tabulation Data Interpretation One Word Substitution Books and Authors
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Active/Passive Voice
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability


There is negative marking in SSC CHSL 2019 Tier 1 Exam. Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to a penalty of 0.5 marks in all sections

The exam duration is 100 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.


SSC CHSL Tier 2 Syllabus


This is a descriptive exam that is designed to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing of approximately 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33%. The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing merit. The best way to prepare for the same is to read lots of articles from various newspapers. Apart from this, you need to be well aware of the pattern of Letter and Application.


• The exam is of 60 minutes’ duration and carries 100 marks.

• The questions are based on Class 10 level.

• The exam is qualifying in nature.

• Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated.

• The exam duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped or suffer from cerebral palsy.


SSC CHSL Tier 3 Exam Syllabus


The Tier 3 of SSC CHSl Exam 2019 comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts.


Skill Test for Data Entry Operator (DEO):


• Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer.

• The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes.


Typing Test for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs and Court Clerks:


• Typing Test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the Examination, will have to indicate his/her choice/option for Skill Test Medium in the Application Form.

• Typing Test will be of qualifying in nature.

• It will be administered on the Computer, to be provided by the Commission or any agency authorized by the Commission.

• Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute.

• Candidates opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute.

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

• Visually Handicapped candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 30 minutes.

Note: After skill test or typing test, those candidates who qualify it, will be appointed based on their position in the merit list.


SSC Recruitment 2019


SSC CHSL 2019 Admit Card


Every candidate who registers for SSC CHSL Exam 2019 within the stipulated time will be assigned an e-admit card/hall ticket/call letter that can be downloaded from the official website of SSC. The admit card for the CHSL Tier-1 exam will be released first followed by the admit card of CHSL Tier-2 exam (administered to only those candidates who qualify for the Tier 1 exam).


Admit card can be downloaded from the official site:


SSC CHSL 2019 Results


As per SSC CHSL exam calendar, SSC CHSL 2019 notification along with the application form will be available from December 12, 2019.


SSC CHSL 2018 TIER- 1 Cut-Off


Cut-Off Marks 122.50 112.00 139.00 143.50 83.00 111.50 73.50 95.50
Candidates Available 8152 3959 15984 14371 3898* 904 545 605 48404*


SSC CHSL Exam 2019 Posts & Vacancies


Examination Title Combined Higher Secondary Level
Posts under SSC CHSL ●     Postal Assistants (PA)/ Sorting Assistants (SA)

●     Data Entry Operator (DEO)

●     Lower Division Clerk (LDC)

●     Court Clerk


Number of Vacancies ●     PA/ SA: 2359

●     LDC: 898

●     DEO: 2


Why you should consider researching about promotion and career growth before the application process?


SSC Exams 2019It is better to know about your job in advance than regretting later due to job dissatisfaction. There is a total of 4 posts under SSC CHSL. Let us study which job post will be most suitable for you. Considering the in-hand salary, the two best-paid jobs in CHSL are that of Data Entry Operator (DEO) and Postal Assistant.


Data Entry Operator (DEO)


Less work pressure: If you are concerned about too much work pressure then you must opt for a data entry operator. This is quite a peaceful job with least work pressure.


First promotion after SAS Exam: Once you complete 2 years of employment on the same pay-scale, you will be eligible for departmental exam i.e. SAS Exam. Although cracking SAS exam takes a lot of hard work, you will end up getting a handsome promotion.


Promotion after every 10 years: As per the MACP rules, you will get the promotion after every ten years.


DEO Salary Structure
City of Posting Gross Pay Net Salary
(After deductions)
City X Rs. 35181/- Rs. 32565/-
City Y Rs. 31343/- Rs. 28727/-
City Z Rs. 29306/- Rs. 26690/-


Postal Assistant


Highest paid job profile: Under this job-profile, you can get the highest grade-pay of 6600. In addition, you will get timely promotion as per the MACP guidelines.


Fastest career growth: Initially, you will be on 2400 grade pay but later after 3 years you will be promoted to grade-II assistant.    


After Tenure of 8 years: After completion of 8 years, you will be promoted to grade-III assistant.


Postal Assistant Salary 

City of Posting Gross Pay Net Salary
(After deductions)
City X Rs. 35181/- Rs. 32565/-
City Y Rs. 31343/- Rs. 28727/-
City Z Rs. 29306/- Rs. 26690/-


Lower Division Clerk (LDC) Salary/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)


Promotion to Upper Division Clerk: A lower division clerk has to work on the same pay-scale for 5 to 7 years to be eligible for promotion to Upper Division Clerk (UDC).


UDC Exam: For UDC, an eligible employee also needs to pass the UDC exam, conducted by Staff Selection Commission.


Timely promotion: An employee working as an LDC will get timely promotion as per the MACP rules. The highest-level position is a Section Officer for an employee starting career as an LDC.


Salary Structure of Court Clerk

City of Posting Gross Pay Net Salary
(After deductions)
City X Rs. 23976/- Rs. 21641/-
City Y Rs. 22066/- Rs. 19731/-
City Z Rs. 20606/- Rs. 18271/-


Court Clerk


Timely promotion: Starting your career as an Assistant Clerk will put you in the administrative department. With experience, you will gradually get promoted to Senior Clerk, Head Clerk, and then finally Office Superintendent.


Maximum Grade pays 4800: By the time you retire, your Grade pay will rise up to 4800 on average. Though a number of vacancies play a significant role in promotion.


Salary Structure of Court Clerk

City of Posting Gross Pay Net Salary
(After deductions)
City X Rs. 23976/- Rs. 21641/-
City Y Rs. 22066/- Rs. 19731/-
City Z Rs. 20606/- Rs. 18271/-


Promotion & Growth Overview | SSC CHSL 2019


Are you still not clear with the promotion pattern of CHSL posts? Study the table below to know the promotion pattern of each post.


Post Name Entry-Level Medium-Level High-Level
Postal Assistants (PA) Lower Selection Grade Higher Selection Grade II Higher Selection Grade III
Data Entry Operator (DEO) DEO Grade B DEO Grade C DEO Grade F
(System Analyst)
Lower Division Clerk (LDC) Assistant Division Clerk Section Officer
Court Clerk Assistant Clerk Bench clerk Head Clerk


Hope this article helped you out in understanding the SSC CHSL Promotion and Career Growth.


Author Bio: Rahul has got more than 5 years of work experience in the Education Industry. He worked in Onlinetyari, and few offline coaching centers. Currently, Rahul is working as a community manager of SSC, State, Railways, and other Govt. exams in Gradeup. 


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