18 Oct


Staff Selection Commission has recently released the official notification for its most awaited examination: Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) exam. It is the common recruitment exam for Lower Division Clerk, Data Entry Operator, Postal & Sorting Assistant and Court Clerk vacancies across the country.

With over 5000 vacancies up for grabs, the Tier-I exam is slated to be held from 7th January to 5th February, 2017. The experts at the Institute for SSC and Bank Exams Coaching expect that around 12 to 15 lakh candidates will appear in this exam. Needless to say that the level of competition is going to be very high and only the well prepared would stand a chance of cracking the exam.

Keeping in line with the changing trend of most competitive exams, SSC has transformed the pattern of CHSL exam as well. After CGL, even this 10+2 level exam has now become online (computer based). Thus, it becomes critical for you to understand the changes made and prepare for the exam accordingly.

Scheme of Examination:


The examination is divided into three parts viz.

  • Tier – I (Computer Based Exam)
  • Tier – II (Descriptive Paper)
  • Tier – III (Typing Test / Skill Test)

Tier – I (Computer Based Objective Exam):

This 200 mark multiple choice question exam will be divided into four parts with composite time duration of 75 minutes. The four parts are as follows:

  1. Part 1 consists of General Intelligence carrying 25 questions with a maximum of 50 marks.
  2. Part 2 consists of English Language (Basic Knowledge) carrying 25 questions with a maximum of 50 marks.
  3. Part 3 consists of Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) carrying 25 questions with a maximum of 50 marks.
  4. Part 4 consists of General Awareness carrying 25 questions with a maximum of 50 marks.

NOTEWORTHY POINTS – (I) The question paper is bilingual. It is set in both Hindi and English, except Part 2 (English Language) which is available only in English. (II) Negative marking of 0.50 marks is applicable to each wrong answer. No marks will be deducted for questions that are not attempted.

Syllabus for Tier – I Exam:


(I) General Intelligence – This section consists of both verbal and non-verbal types of questions. Questions on semantic analogy, number analogy, symbolic operations, trends, figural series, critical thinking, drawing inferences, figural classification, venn diagrams (statement & conclusion), embedded figures, punched hole / pattern folding & unfolding, problem solving, emotional intelligence, number series, social intelligence, word construction, coding & decoding and other sub-topics.

(II) English Language – This section consists of wrongly spelt words, active voice / passive voice of verbs, cloze test, sentence rearrangement (paragraph jumbles), comprehension passage, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, synonyms, antonyms, common confusables, spot the error, sentence completion, jumbled sentences (shuffling of sentence parts), conversion of direct speech into indirect speech and vice-versa (narration).

(III) Quantitative Aptitude (Maths) – The section consists of the following parts:

  • Geometry: congruence & similarity of triangles, common tangents to 2 or more circles, triangle & its various kinds of centres and circle & its chords, tangents, secants, angles subtended by the chords of a circle.
  • Algebra: linear equations graphs, elementary surds and basic algebraic identities included in school algebra.
  • Number Systems: relationship between numbers, decimal & fractions and computation of whole numbers. 
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations: profit & loss, ratio & proportion, mixture & allegation, percentages, time & work, square roots, averages, pipes & cisterns, simple & compound interest, hcf & lcm and time, speed & distance.
  • Trigonometry: basic trigonometric ratios, complementary angles, Pythagoras theorem, height & distances and standard trigonometric identities.
  • Mensuration: sphere, hemisphere, cube, cuboid, rectangular parallelepiped, pyramid with triangular or square base, cylinder, right prism, right circular cone, triangle, quadrilateral, circle and regular polygon,.
  • Statistical Charts: frequency polygon, pie-chart, tables and bar graphs or histograms

 (IV) General Awareness – These questions are designed to check your knowledge related to the current affairs and world events. Questions related to history, geography, scientific research, culture, economic scene, general policy, and also questions about India and its neighboring countries are included here.

Tier – II (Descriptive Paper):

It will be a 1 hour exam with a total of 100 marks. The exam will be conducted in ‘Pen & Paper’ mode. The objective of this exam is to assess the writing ability of a candidate. The exam comprises:

  • An Essay between 200-250 words
  • A Letter / Application writing of 150-200 words

NOTEWORTHY POINTS – (I) The minimum qualifying marks out here are 33 %. (II) The candidate can choose to attempt this paper in either English or Hindi. (III) The paper will not be evaluated if a candidate attempts it in part Hindi & part English medium. (IV) Candidate’s score in this paper will be included in the final merit list.

 Tier – III (Skill Test /Typing Test):

Only those candidates who have successfully cleared Tier – I and Tier – II examinations will be eligible for Tier – III.

  • Date Entry Operator – There will be a skill test for DEO positions. The candidate must have a data entry speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on computer. This 15 minute skill test is of qualifying nature.
  • LDC, Court Clerks & PA/SA – For these positions, there will be a typing test of qualifying nature. This computer based test will be of 10 minutes duration. Those opting for English medium must be able to type at the speed of 35 words per minute. However, candidates opting for Hindi medium must be able to type at the speed of 30 words per minute.

Now that you have understood the pattern of this exam in detail, you can devise or fine tune your preparation strategy. Even those who have already attended Classes for Best SSC CGL Coaching in Delhi must attempt CHSL as it will give them insight into the type of questions asked by the Staff Selection Commission. Considering the 10+2 level exam unimportant is not advisable.


This article has been specially designed to provide the necessary details and information regarding SSC CHSL Examination 2016 to all the interested aspirants. As you are aware of the criteria, pattern, rules and regulations of the examination now, you need to start moving in the right direction. Correct guidance along with your dedication and efforts can take you through, no matter how tough the competition may be. Further, we encourage you to take help from video tutorials available on You Tube channel powered by Vidya Guru, a renowned Centre offering Top Coaching for SSC in Delhi.

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