Every year, the exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) helps in selecting candidates who will go on to fill important government posts. Of these, one of the most popular exams happens to be the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam. Though nominally less tough, it is still a fiercely competitive exam. This article will cover all important aspects of the SSC CHSL Exam 2020.

SSC CHSL Exam update:

The Staff Selection Commission has postponed the SSC CHSL Exam due to spread of Coronavirus (COVID -19) in India. The commission scheduled the SSC CHSL 2019 exam from March 17th to March 27th, 2020.

The exam is now scheduled to conduct in May/June tentatively. The new exam dates for SSC CHSL 2019-2020 shall be updated soon on SSC official website (

Table of Contents:

  1. SSC CHSL Exam Date
  2. SSC CHSL Notification
  3. SSC CHSL Posts
  4. SSC CHSL Eligibility
  5. SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
  6. SSC CHSL Syllabus
  7. SSC CHSL Apply Online
  8. SSC CHSL Preparation
  9. SSC CHSL Admit Card

To know more about other SSC Exams, visit the linked article.

SSC CHSL Exam Date

As the commission has not yet released the SSC CHSL 2020 notification, the exam dates for the same will be notified once the notification is announced.

Given below is the tentative schedule of SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Dates:

SSC CHSL 2020 Highlights
SSC CHSL Notification November – December 2020
Online Application Submission December 2020 to January 2021
SSC CHSL 2020 Tier I Exam March 2021
SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam June 2021
SSC CHSL Tier III Exam To be notified

The following table gives brief information about the SSC CHSL Exam 2020.

SSC CHSL Exam 2019 Highlights
Name of the Recruitment Exam SSC CHSL 2019-2020
Recruiting Board SSC
SSC CHSL Notification December 3rd, 2019
SSC CHSL Vacancies 4893
Online Application Submission December 3, 2019, to January 10, 2020
SSC CHSL Admit Card March 4th, 2020
Tier I Exam May/June 2020 (Tentative)
Tier-II Exam June 28th 2020
Tier III Exam Not notified

Last SSC CHSL exam 2018 was conducted in the month of July 2019 and the notification was released on March 5th, 2019. Candidates can check the detailed information on SSC CHSL exam dates to know the dates for the year 2018, 2019, and 2020.

SSC CHSL Exam - Combined Higher Secondary Examination, Eligibility, Notification, Admit Card, Syllabus

SSC CHSL Notification

The official website of the SSC releases the notification for SSC CHSL every year. The notification for SSC CHSL exam for the year 2020 was released on December 3, 2019. Tentative dates regarding certain exam dates will be released by the SSC soon. Candidates can visit the official SSC Website ( to stay apprised of these updates.

SSC CHSL Exam update in detail:

The examination for SSC CHSL 2019-2020 already started from March 17th, 2020 but owing to the current situation because of COVID-19, the commission decided to postpone the examination in the larger public interest.

The detailed notice regarding SSC CHSL 2019 exam postponement is as mentioned below:

SSC CHSL Exam 2019 Postponed amidst Covid-19

Candidates are advised to keep a track on this page for latest updates on SSC CHSL admit card and exam dates.

As per the notice announced by the commission earlier, the examination for CHSL 2019 was not being postponed but some guidelines were released to successfully conduct the SSC CHSL Tier I 2019 examination. The notice released in this context is highlighted below:

SSC CHSL 2019 exam Covid-19 guidelines below:

SSC CHSL 2019 - SSC Guidelines for Covid-19

We are providing detailed SSC CHSL Exam Analysis Tier I for the exams already conducted. Aspirants of SSC CHSL 2020 can go through the detailed SSC CHSL Tier I analysis for better preparation.

SSC CHSL 2019 Admit Card For Tier I exam to be conducted from March 17th to 28th March 2020 is released by the Commission. Candidates can download the SSC CHSL Admit Card from the given link.

The Staff Selection Commission has released the SSC CHSL 2018 Result for Tier-II exam which was conducted on September 29th, 2019. Candidates who appeared for the SSC CHSL Tier-II 2018 exam can check their SSC CHSL Result on the linked page.


The SSC CHSL vacancies 2020 counts to 4893 SSC CHSL recruitments for the different SSC CHSL posts in the Indian Government.

All SSC CHSL posts made available through SSC CHSL exam carry AISL -All India Service Liability. This means that the candidates selected for any post may be asked to serve anywhere in the country.

The different SSC CHSL Posts offered through SSC CHSL recruitment are as follows:

  1. Sorting Assistant/Postal Assistant (SA/PA),
  2. Data Entry Operator (DEO),
  3. Lower Division Clerk (LDC).
  4. Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)

The table given below highlights the SSC CHSL pay scale for varied SSC CHSL Posts:

SSC CHSL Posts & Pay Scale
Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA) 19,900-63,200
Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC) 19,900-63,200
Sorting Assistant (SA) 25,500-81,100
Postal Assistant (PA) 25,500-81,100
DEO (Grade A) 25,500-81,100
Data Entry Operator (DEO) 25,500-81,100

Candidates can check the detailed SSC CHSL vacancies 2019-20 for the above-mentioned SSC CHSl Posts and full notification details on the SSC CHSL notification page, linked here.

SSC CHSL Eligibility

Those candidates writing the SSC CHSL Exam this year must thoroughly understand the eligibility criteria. The SSC CHSL Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. Nationality: Candidates must be nationals of India, Nepal, Bhutan
  2. Age Limit: Candidates must be between the age group of 18 years to 27 years.
  3. Qualifications: Candidates must be 12th pass or equivalent from a recognized board of a university.

Candidates can check the detailed SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria by referring to this linked article

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern.

The SSC CHSL Exam is conducted in three stages or tiers. The following is the basic outline of the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern:

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
Tier Mode/Type
Tier I Computer-Based
Tier II Descriptive Paper
Tier III Skill Test

Before outlining a preparation strategy, candidates must check the official SSC CHSL Notification from time to time to get updates regarding changes in the exam pattern.

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SSC CHSL Syllabus

The SSC CHSL Syllabus covers a wide range of topics on a variety of subjects. The syllabus for the SSC CHSL Exam may vary from tier to tier.

The syllabus for this year’s exam is as follows:

Tier I: The topics in this section will be related to General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language.

Tier II: This is a descriptive exam where a candidate’s writing skills will be put to the test. Candidates will be asked to write applications and essays on various topics like Economic reforms, national securities etc.

Tier III: This tier consists of a Data Entry Speed Test & Computer Proficiency Test. This test is compulsory for those candidates who have applied for the post of DEO and DEO (CAG).

For more detailed information on SSC CHSL Syllabus, candidates can visit the linked page.

SSC CHSL Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

SSC CHSL Apply Online

To register for the SSC CHSL Exam 2020, candidates must visit the official SSC website to fill the application form.

The steps for SSC CHSL registration is as follows:

  • Step 1 – Visit the official SSC website
  • Step 2 – Register using your mobile number and email id
  • Step 3 – Login using your registration id, which will be generated after you register with your mobile number and email id
  • Step 4 – Fill all the basic details like name, address, etc.
  • Step 5 – Upload necessary documents like photographs, signature.
  • Step 6 – Before clicking on the ‘submit’ button, review the application form to make sure that all the data entered are correct and free of any errors.
  • Step 7 – Select your mode of payment for the payment of the application fee and fill in the details. The registration process will be completed.

The crack an exam like the SSC CHSL, it is not enough to just work hard but to work smart as well. To this extent candidates must stay updated on the Exam pattern and syllabus on a regular basis by visiting the official SSC website. The right set of study material will also go a long way in creating a clear concept of the topics covered in the SSC CHSL Exam.

Visit the given link for more details on the SSC CHSL preparation strategy and best books for CHSL.

Candidates preparing for SSC CHSL exam can visit the SSC CHSL mock test page to get free mock tests based on the latest exam pattern and prepare for the upcoming SSC exams.

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SSC CHSL Admit Card

Facility for download of the Admission Certificates/Admit Cards (ACs) for the Examination will be uploaded on the website of the concerned Regional/Sub Regional Office one week before the exam. Candidates are advised to visit the website of the concerned Regional Office and SSC HQ regularly for updates and information about the examination.

Steps to download SSC CHSL Admit Card:

  1. Visit the SSC CHSL official website
  2. Click on the link ‘SSC CHSL Admit Card’
  3. Enter registration number and password to login.
  4. Admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  5. Download it and take the printout for further use.

SSC CHSL Exam Centres

The examination centre for the SSC CHSL Exam is one of the details a candidate must always check with due diligence. Candidates must select the Centre(s) in the online Application Form in order to indicate where they desire to take the examination.

The Exam Centres of the SSC CHSL 2020 exam are:

  • Central Region (CR) – Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
  • Eastern Region (ER) – Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal.
  • Karnataka, Kerala Region (KKR) – Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep
  • Madhya Pradesh Sub-Region (MPR) – Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh
  • North Eastern Region (NER) – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
  • Northern Region (NR) – Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand
  • North Western Sub Region (NWR) – Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.
  • Southern Region (SR) – Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
  • Western Region (WR) – Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra

BYJU’S provides top of the mark study materials that will prove to be an excellent asset in cracking the SSC CHSL Exam. Candidates can also refer a few Solved Question Papers of prior years of the different sections to get the feel of a real test and identify any weak spots in the process. Thus one can attempt and crack the exam with relative ease.

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Frequently Asked Question – SSC GD Constable Exam

Q.1. What are the SSC CHSL Posts for which the SSC CHSL exam is conducted?

Ans. SSC CHSL is conducted for recruitment for the following SSC CHSL Posts: Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC), Sorting Assistant (SA), Postal Assistant (PA), Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), and Data Entry Operator (DEO) posts.

Q.2. For how many SSC CHSL vacancies usually the CHSL exam is conducted?

Ans. The number of vacancies for CHSL usually varies every year. The SSC CHSL vacancy for the year 2019 counts to 4893 and for 2018 the Staff selection Commission released total 5,789 vacancies.

Q.3. What is the age relaxation in SSC CHSL eligibility criteria for SC/ST candidates?

Ans. As per the SSC CHSL eligibility criteria, 5 years of relaxation in the age criteria is given to SC/ST candidates. It means that SC/ST candidates between 18 and 32 years in age can apply for the SSC CHSL exam.

Q.4. What is the application fee for SSC CHSL exam?

Ans. SSC CHSL application fee for General category candidates is Rs 100. Women aspirants and candidates belonging to reserved categories are exempted from paying the application fee.

Q 5. How many tiers are there to qualify the SSC CHSL exam?

Ans. There are three tiers in the SSC CHSL exam, Tier I, Tier II and Tier III. A candidate needs to clear all the three tiers in order to qualify for the exam.

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