SSC CHSL 2020 notification: pay scale, exam pattern, qualification

SSC CHSL 2020 notification has been released at Read about online application process, exam pattern, pay scale and qualification here.

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) released the notification for Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) examination on December 3rd and with that, the link to apply for the same has been activated. The interested and eligible candidates may now visit the SSC website and register for SSC CHSL 2020.

The SSC conducts this CHSL examination on behalf of the Government of India for recruitment to the posts of Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant and Data Entry Operators (DEO) for various Ministries, Departments and Offices. 

Here are the highlights from the official notification with important details easily laid out for you to read. 

SSC CHSL 2020 Important Dates

Online application submission starting dateDec 3rd, 2019
Last date to apply online with receiptJanuary 10th, 2020
Last date for online fee paymentJanuary 12th, 2020
Last date for offline Challan generationJanuary 12th, 2020
Last date for payment through Challan (during working hours of the Bank)January 14th, 2020
Tier 1 Computer Based Exam Date16th March to 27th March, 2020
Tier 2 Descriptive Exam Date28th June, 2020
Tier 1 Admit card Release DateFebruary 2020 (expected)
Tier 1 Result dateN/A
Tier 2 Result DateN/A

Pay Scale

There are different pay scale for different posts. Here they are:

  • Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA): Pay Scale 2 ( Rs 19,900 – Rs. 63,200)
  • Postal Assistant (PA)/Sorting Assistant (SA): Pay Scale 4 (Rs 25,500 to Rs. 81,100)
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO): Pay Scale 4 (Rs 25,500 to Rs. 81,100)
  • Data Entry Operator, Grade A: Pay Scale 4 (Rs 25,500 to Rs 81,100)

The number of vacancies have not yet been decided.

Qualification Necessary to apply for SSC CHSL 2020

  • A candidate must be a citizen of India OR Bhutan, Nepal, a Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962, 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, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. 
  • Age Limit for the posts is 18-27 years as on 1st January, 2020 i.e., the candidates born not before 2nd January, 1993 and not born after 1st January, 2002. 
  • The relaxation in age has been given to candidates from reserved and special categories. The age relaxation for SC/ST candidate is 5 years, 3 years for OBC, 10 years for PwD (Unreserved), 13 years for PwD (OBC), 15 years for PwD (SC/ST). For full details on relaxation to special categories such as for Ex-Servicemen etc, Kindly refer to the official notification.
  • The candidate must have a 12th passing degree from any recognized board or equivalent.

Tier 1 Exam pattern

  • The tier 1 exam will be a Computer Based Test (CBT). 
  • A total of 100 questions will be asked in the exam where each question will carry 2 marks. The paper in total will therefore carry a total of 200 marks for 100 questions. 
  • There are four sections for Tier 1 exam- English Language, general Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness, each carrying 25 questions.
  • There will be negative marking in Tier 1 exam which states that 0.5 mark(s) will be deducted upon each incorrectly marked answer. 

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