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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 (

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


June 2021


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 CHSL Notification

December 3rd, 2019

SSC CHSL Vacancies


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.

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.


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


SSC CHSL Pay Scale

Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)


Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)


Sorting Assistant (SA)


Postal Assistant (PA)


DEO (Grade A)


Data Entry Operator (DEO)


SSC CHSL Eligibility

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.

Qualifications  :  Candidates must be 12th pass or equivalent from a recognized board of a university.

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 I


Tier II

Descriptive Paper

Tier III

Skill Test

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).

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.

About The Author

About The Author

Piyush Pankaj Srivastava

Piyush Pankaj Srivastava , with over 25 years of experience , as a Career Consultant ( https// ) has guided thousands of job seekers in achieving their dream jobs . Mr. Piyush is also a professional blogger . He writes about various career options in India & abroad , online business strategies and international events for the benefit of readers .