SSC CHSL FAQs 2020: Check Frequently Asked Questions Here

SSC CHSL 2020 is about to be released on 6th November,2020. Before the start of application process, many candidates have queries regarding Vacancies, Application Dates, Age Limit, Educational Qualification, etc for the SSC CHSL. To clarify the candidate’s queries, here we have provided a list of some of the most common SSC CHSL FAQs. Before completing your application, do refer this article and get your doubts resolved.


This article consists of Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) for SSC CHSL 2020 for your reference:

  • When will the official notification of the SSC CHSL 2020-21 exam be released?

The official notification for SSC CHSL 2020-21 exam will be released on 6th November 2020.

  • Is the SSC CHSL 2020 Exam Bilingual?

Yes, SSC CHSL will be conducted in both Hindi and English languages.

  • Is there negative marking in the SSC CHSL exam?

There is a provision for the negative marking of 1/4th of the marks per question. So, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

  • What are the posts included under the SSC CHSL exam?

SSC CHSL is conducted for the following posts:
=> Lower Division Clerk (LDC)
=> Postal Assistant (PA)
=> Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)
=> Data Entry Operator (DEO)
=> Sorting Assistant (SA) 

  • How many vacancies are there in the SSC CHSL exam?

There is no fixed number of vacancies. It varies every year but to get an idea in 2019 and 2018 the number of vacancies was 4893 and 5789 respectively.



LDC/ JSA 2000+
Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant 1000+
DEO 2000+
Data Entry Operator Grade ”A” 500+
  • What is the salary for SSC CHSL candidates?

Selected candidates for SSC CHSL gets their salary according to the following pay scale:  


Post Details


1 Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA) Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200 – 20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 1900 (pre-revised)
2 Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA) Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200),

Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised

3 Data Entry Operator (DEO) Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
4 Data Entry Operator, Grade A‟ Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)

Complete Salary Details for SSC CHSL Officer

  •  What is the application fee for the SSC CHSL exam?

The application fee for candidates of the General category is ₹100. Fee exemption is applicable for reserved category candidates and women candidates.
For General: ₹100
For SC/ST/OBC/PwD/Female: Nil

  •  How many tiers are there to qualify for the SSC CHSL exam?

The SSC CHSL examination tests are conducted in three stages i.e. tier I, tier II and tier III. To clear the examination one has to qualify all the tiers.

Recruitment stages:

  • Computer-based examination (Tier I)
  • Descriptive Paper (Tier-II)
  • Skill test / Typing test (Tier III)

Take an elaborated look at the exam pattern 2020

  • What is the age limit for SSC CHSL?

    The eligible age for applying for SSC CHSL ranges from 18 to 27 years. Age relaxation is also applicable for reserved category aspirants.
    Minimum: 18 yrs
    Maximum: 27 yrs

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


Age Relaxation

SC/ST 5 Years
OBC (Non-creamy Layer) 3 Years
PwBD 10 Years
Ex-Serviceman 3 Years
PwD+OBC 13Years
PwD+SC/ ST 15 Years
Defense service personnel disabled in operation 3 Years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1.1.1980 to 31.12.1989 5 Years
  • What is the syllabus for SSC CHSL 2020-21?

SSC CHSL tests the candidate mainly in four sections. To give you a brief idea listed below are some topics per subject:
a) Reasoning= Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Problem Solving, Venn Diagrams, Figural Pattern, folding and completion, etc.
b) English Language=
Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonym, Antonyms, Idioms & Phrases, One-word substitution, cloze passage, etc.
c) General Awareness= Geography, Current affairs, General Polity, Scientific Research, History, Economic Scene, etc.
d) Quantitative Aptitude= Profit and Loss, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and Distance, Mensuration, etc.

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  • What is the educational qualification required for applying for SSC CHSL 2020-21?

As the name Combined Higher Secondary Level itself suggests any individual with a higher secondary level education can apply for the exam.

  • How many months of current affairs are asked in SSC CHSL?

On speculations of previous year papers, it can be inferred that current affairs of at least 6 months should be thoroughly prepared.

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  • How can I prepare for SSC CHSL?

This is one of the most common question seen in the SSC CHSL FAQ 2020 section.
Learning the basics, focusing on your strong topics, and continuous analysis through mocks are the sure-shot ways of succeeding in the exam. Don’t forget to take extra efforts on the current affairs.

Attempt Mock test: Full, Sectional and topic wise tests

  • What are the best books for SSC CHSL 2020?

The following given list shows the best sources to boost your preparation all the sections of SSC CHSL
Refer following books for the Reasoning
a) Reasoning by Guidely Experts
b) Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey
c) A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Nonverbal (English) by BS Sijwali, Indu Sijwal
d) Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal

Refer following books for the English Language
a) Sharpen your English ability with Guidely
b) Objective English for Competitive Examinations by Tata McGraw Hill
c) Competitive General English by Kiran Prakashan
d) Objective General English by S P Bakshi

For Quantitative Aptitude
a) Try topic and sectional tests to increase your speed
b) Quicker Mathematics by M. Tyra
c) Elementary and Advanced Mathematics by Kiran Prakashan
d) Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Agarwal

For General Awareness
a) Current affairs quiz
b) Manorama Yearbook (English)
c) Manorama Yearbook (Hindi)
d) Lucent’s General Knowledge (English)
e) Lucent’s General Knowledge (Hindi)

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