QUES: What is Skill Test in the SSC’s Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination, 2012? Who will have to appear for it?
ANS: Candidates who have applied for the posts of Data Entry Operator will have to appear for a Skill Test if they qualify the written examination and secure at least minimum qualifying marks fixed by the Commission. Those found eligible to appear for the Skill Test should have a 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 and the duration of the said Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 strokes/key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer.
The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test would be of qualifying nature. Candidates allowed to take this test, will have to qualify the test at the prescribed speed on Computer, to be provided by the Commission at the Centre/venue.
Only those candidates who qualify in the Skill Test at a speed of not less than 8000 key depressions per hour will be eligible for being recommended for appointment as per their position in the merit list.
None of the candidates including PH candidates who qualify in the written part of the examination will be exempted from the Skill Test as passing of the skill test is a precondition and one of the essential qualifications for appointment to the post of Data Entry Operator.
Candidates belonging to SC, ST, PH, Ex-S and OBC may be called for the Skill Test by applying relaxed standards if the Commission is of the opinion that sufficient number of candidates of these categories are not likely to be called for the skill test on the basis of general standard in order to fill up the vacancies reserved for these categories.
Central Government civilian employees availing age relaxation must furnish “No Objection Certificate” from their Employer/Office at the time of the skill test, failing which the benefit of age relaxation will not be allowed to such candidates and they will not be allowed to appear in the Skill Test.