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SSC CHSL Exam 2017 : Step by Step guide for Selection

Dec 12, 2017 16:39 IST
    SSC CHSL Exam Step by Step Preparation Guide
    SSC CHSL Exam Step by Step Preparation Guide

    SSC CHSL Exam fulfils the dream of getting a Government Job at an early age of 18-20 years. It gave the job security and future security through the SSC CHSL Exam and the candidates can start the preparation of another career option for the later life. The candidates getting jobs from SSC CHSL Exam have a very long span of career and it is more often that they start preparing for the higher Government Exams.

    SSC CHSL gave an opportunity for the candidates to enjoy the services and facilities of government service in a very early age. It helps them to learn various things from the elders, seniors in the office and can shape their future in a better way.

    SSC CHSL Exam is one of the biggest exams conducted in India due to the number of applicants appeared in the previous years. The number of candidates also pushes up the competition involved in the SSC CHSL Exam. SSC CHSL Exam demands higher accuracy and speed of solving the questions because the difficulty level is not so high, the speed and accuracy play a crucial role in the selection in the SSC CHSL Exam.

    Moreover the recent development to do away with the interview in the SSC CHSL exam has been a great impact on the competition of the written examination. All the merit for the Selection is decided in the written exam only as there is no interview/personality test in the SSC CHSL exam process.

    SSC CHSL Exam cut off marks has increased in the recent year due to the increase in the number of applicants and regularly increasing competence level of various candidates who take  the help of internet and mobile. SSC CHSL was made fully online in the year 2016. After its transformation to only online mode, the number of applications as increased tremendously and so the competition level.

    Another leveller which plays its part, was the removal of interview from the SSC CHSL Exam. It was done in the year 2015 when the Modi Government issued notification related to this The positive impact of this was of dual nature. Firstly, it weeded out any possibility of the corruption at the interview  stage of SSC CHSL Exam and secondly, all the focus of the SSC CHSL candidates was shifted to the written exam only.

    SSC CHSL Eligibility

    A. 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. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the Examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

    B. Age Limit: 18-27 years

    Permissible relaxation of Upper age limit: Relaxation in upper age limit is permissible for different categories. Upper age relaxation is mentioned for few categories is mentioned below. For full list, refer the complete notification.

    C. Educational Qualification : Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.

    Candidates who have not acquired but will acquire the educational qualification and acquire documentary evidence from the Board/University in support thereof as on 01.01.2017 will also be eligible.

    All candidates who are called for appearing at the Typing Test/Skill Test 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 01.01.2017 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. 01.01.2017 and he/she has been declared passed, will also be considered to have the required Educational Qualification.

    SSC CHSL Exam Process

    SSC CHSL Exam consist of two stages of exam officially called as the Tier I and Tier II in the SSC CHSL Notification. SSC CHSL Tier I exam works as a filter for the Tier II exam. The huge number of candidates appearing in the CHSL Exam Tier I and only Tier I passed candidates appear in the SC CHSL Tier II Exam.

    SSC CHSL Tier I Exam

    The Tier I SSC CHSL exam is an objective type test divided into four sections, General Intelligence, English Language (Basic Knowledge), Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) and General Awareness. Each Section is of 50 Marks and Total marks for SS CHSL Exam Tier I Exam is 200.

    Also One thing is very important to note here that there is negative marking of 0.50 marks for every wrong answer. Candidates qualifying the Tier I exam securing the qualifying marks will be selected for the Tier II exam. The major change in SSC CHSL 2017 is the reduction of time from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.

    Sectionwise Tips and Strategy for SSC Exams



    Max Marks

    Total Timing


    General Intelligence
    (25 Questions)


    60 minutes

    (For VH/OH afflicted
    by Cerebral Palsy
    OH with deformity
    in writing hand
    – 80 minutes)


    (25 Questions)



    Quantitative Aptitude
    (25 Questions)



    (25 Questions)


    Points to remember

    • The exam is objective type and will be conducted online.
    • There would be 25 questions from each section which make the total number of questions to 100. 2 marks are awarded  for each correct response and -0.50 marks deducted for every wrong response.
    • Questions will appear both in English and Hindi except the English language Questions.
    • Total time in 1 hour(60 Minutes)

    SSC CHSL Tier II Exam

    Candidates who qualify the Tier I exam by securing the required qualifying marks as notified by the SSC will be allowed to appear for the Tier II descriptive paper. The cutoff marks for different categories will be released by SSC with the declaration of marks. The Tier II exam is the second stage of SSC CHSL Exam and it evaluates the necessary writing skills of the candidates which are necessary of government jobs.

    The paper asks questions regarding the essay writing (200-250 words) and letter/application writing of approximately 150-200 words. Total marks for the Tier II exam is 100 and it will held offline i.e. pen and paper mode. Candidates will have to secure 33% as their minimum qualifying marks to qualify this stage of SSC CHSL.
    The candidates can write the Essay and Letter/Application in English as well as in Hindi.


    SSC CHSL Previous Year Paper

    SSC CHSL Syllabus

    The SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus is very simple in nature and hence the competition level is very high. The SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus includes four major areas of study.

    General Intelligence

    General Intelligence questions in the SSC CHSL Exam are meant to evaluate the cognitive and analytical skills of the candidates. General Intelligence is a very important  part of the SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus because it tests the candidate’s analytical, reasoning and cognitive skills in a comprehensive way.

    General Intelligence questions demand accurate observation power and analytical speed from the candidate to solve the questions in time bound manner. It helps in getting good marks in the SSC CHSL Exam but the risk starts due to the negative marking in the SSC CHSL Exam. The negative marking make it little difficult to approximate the answer. The candidate has to solve the question in its entirety and check with the given answer options.


    English is the most common language around the world and it is used as the working language in India also apart from Hindi. The English language test forms an integral part of the SSC CHSL Exam. It is a very important component because it can help in saving time in the SSC CHSL paper which the candidates can use in other sections of the SSC CHSL Question Paper.

    English can be a time saver, but only in the case when it is prepared in a structured manner. A whole lot of practice is required to prepare the English section of the SSC SCHL Exam. The candidates should practice the English question online because it will help them to prepare in a manner which will be very helpful in the SSC CHSL Online Exam.

    Quantitative Aptitude

    Quantitative Aptitude is to test the objective competence in the SSC CHSL Exam. SSC CHSL Exam asks the Quantitative Aptitude questions from the various topics, such as average, number system and the likes. It tests and evaluates the problem solving skills of the SSC CHSL candidates. The questions asked a very easy on nature, but the real thing is the accuracy and the speed to solve those questions in the SSC CHSL Exam. These questions are time consuming and the candidate can only master these questions through practice.

    General Awareness

    General Awareness is a must for almost all the SSC Exams and Government Exams. General Intelligence ensures that the SSC CSHL candidates should be aware of all the important events and news occurring I country in the recent times. Though very deep knowledge is not required, but the overview of the General Knowledge and current affairs is necessary.

    General Awareness includes questions from day to day life and topics from History of India, Geography of India,Economic Institutions and the other important aspects of the General Knowledge which can help in knowing the country’s past present and future. General Intelligence is a time saver if it is prepared in a well planned manner. It can help in  qualifying the SSC CHSL Exam in a well assured manner.

    Section wise SSC CHSL Model Test Papers

    Setup of the Staff Selection Commission-SSC

    The Staff Selection Commission is one of the largest recruiting agencies in the world in the Government sector in terms of number of applicants. The Commission is entrusted with the task of making recruitment to all Group ‘B’ (non-gazetted) and Group ‘C’ (non-technical) posts in various Ministries/ Departments of Government of India and their Attached and Sub-ordinate Offices except those posts exempted from the purview of Commission.
    The Commission is headed by a Chairman who is assisted by two Members and a Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations. They are further supported by other officers and Staff of the HQ (Organization Chart at Appendix III) and by a Regional Network of offices established at various locations. The Headquarter of the Commission is located at New Delhi.


    The Staff Selection Commission has its Headquarter at New Delhi. All Examinations as well as administrative matters are submitted to the Chairman through two Members. The Secretary functions under both the Members. Besides, there are post of one Director, one Deputy Secretary, two Joint Directors, nine Under Secretaries, four Deputy Directors, one Finance & Budget Officer, one Assistant Director (OL), 24 Section Officers and more than 183 supporting officers / staff working at the Headquarters for discharging the duties and responsibilities of the Commission. An Organisational Chart of the Commission (Hqrs.) is given at Appendix II,. The functions of various Branches/Sections of the Hqrs. are briefly outlined under the heading "Functions of the Sections".

    SSC CHSL Exam 2017: Notification

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