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Subjects /STAFF SELECTION COMMISSION / SSC-CHSL / Combined Higher Secondary Level

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25 Jan 2022

About The Exam

The Staff Selection Commission holds a competitive examination every year for recruitment to the posts of Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators for various Ministries/ Departments/ Offices of the Government of India under the Combines Higher Secondary Level Examination. The details of the examination are as under:

Eligibility for appearing for the Examination

Age Limit

Age limit for the posts is 18-27 years as on 1st August of the year in which the notification for the examination is released by the Commission.

Permissible relaxation in Upper age limit for different categories are:

Code No


Age relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit



5 years



3 years



10 years






15 years


Ex-Servicemen (ESM)

03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of receipt of online application.


Widows/ Divorces Women/ Women judicially separated and who are no remarried

Up to 35 years of age & for SC/ST up to 40 years of age

Education Qualifications



LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO (except DEOs in C&AG)

12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University

Data Entry Operator (DEO) 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

  • All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for Document Verification will be required to produce the relevant Certificates such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificates etc. for completion of Intermediate/ Higher Secondary/ 10+2/ Senior Secondary in original as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification.


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.

Application Fee

  • Fee payable: Rs 100/- (Rs one hundred only).
  • Fee can be paid online through BHIM UPI, Net Banking, by using Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, RuPay Credit or Debit cards or in SBI Branches by generating SBI Challan.
  • Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Persons with Disabilities (PwD) and Exservicemen (ESM) eligible for reservation are exempted from payment of fee.

Terms of Office of CAG

Under the Comptroller and Auditor-General’s (Conditions of the Service) Act, 1971, some of the terms of office of CAG are:

  • Term of Office: 6 years from the date o which he assumes office.
  • He shall vacate office on attaining the ager of 65 years, of earlier than the expiry of the 6-year term.
  • He may, at any time, resign his office, by writing under his hand, addressed to the President of India.
  • Salary: It is equal to that of a Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Pension: On retirement, eligible for annual pension.
  • Conditions of Service: It is determined as per the rules applicable to a member of the I.A.S. holding a rank of a Secretary to the Government of India.

Did You Know

Scheme of Examination

The examination will consist of a Computer Based Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive Paper (Tier-II) and Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III).

The detailed syllabus for all the Tiers is given below:

Tier 1 (Computer Based Examination-Objective Type)



Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks

Time Duration (For all four Parts)


English Language (Basic Knowledge)


60 Minutes (80 Minutes for candidates eligible for scribes as per para 8.1 and 8.2)


General Intelligence



Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)



General Awareness


  • 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.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.
  • Marks scored by candidates in Tier-I will be normalized by using the formula published by the Commission through Notice No: 1-1/2018P&P-I dated 07-02-2019 and such normalized scores will be used to determine final merit and cut-off marks.

Indicative Syllabus for Computer Based Examination (Tier-I):

English Language

  • Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt words, Idioms & Phrases, One word substitution, Improvement of Sentences, Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze Passage, Comprehension Passage.

General Intelligence

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Type of Questions
  • Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern-folding and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding, Other sub-topics, if any Numerical operations.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time and work.
  • Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.
  • Geometry: Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centers, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.
  • Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.
  • Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities
  • Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.

General Awareness

  • Questions are designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society.
  • Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person.
  • The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.

Tier II ( Descriptive Paper)

Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in „Pen and Paper‟ Mode. The duration of the Descriptive Paper would be for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also be provided to the candidates eligible for scribes as per Paras 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 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 be awarded zero marks.

Tier-III (Skill Test/ Typing Test):

Skill Test/ Typing Test for the qualified candidates will be conducted on computers provided by the Commission or its authorized agency.

Skill Test/ Typing Test will be of qualifying nature.


Skill Test

Data Entry Operators

Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on computer

Data Entry Operator in the Office of C&AG

Speed of 15000 key depressions per hour on Computer

LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant

In English medium -typing speed of 35 words per minute (w.p.m.)

In Hindi medium -typing speed of 30 words per minute.