SSC CHSL 2021: Tier-II Exam Analysis (Out), Result, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern & Syllabus

What is SSC CHSL?

SSC CHSL Tier 2 exam was conducted on February 14, 2021. The candidates were asked one essay and one formal letter in the paper. The questions were easy and the SSC provided the name and address of the sender and receiver for the letter. This was done to avoid any UFM issues faced by some of the candidates in the previous years. Earlier, SSC CHSL admit card for tier II exam was released by the North East regional website. Staff Selection Commission-Combined Higher Secondary Level (SSC CHSL) is a national-level level exam conducted by SSC every year.

The exam is conducted to recruit eligible candidates for various posts such as LDC, JSA, PA, SA and DEO in various ministries/departments/offices of the Government of India. SSC CHSL recruitment 2020-21 has commenced on November 6, 2020. Candidates could apply online for SSC CHSL 2020 latest by December 26. The SSC CHSL tier-I 2021 exam will be conducted from April 12-27. Meanwhile, SSC CHSL tier-I 2019-20 result has been declared on January 15, 2021. SSC CHSL tier-II 2019 exam will be held on February 14, 2021.

SSC CHSL Posts and Pay Scales

SSC CHSL posts and pay scales for which recruitment is done by Staff Selection Commission include:

SSC CHSL PostsSSC CHSL Pay LevelsSSC CHSL Pay Scales
Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)2Rs 19,900-63,200
Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)2Rs 19,900-63,200
Postal Assistant (PA)4Rs 25,500-81,100
Sorting Assistant (SA)4Rs 25,500-81,100
Data Entry Operator (DEO)4Rs 25,500-81,100
DEO5Rs 29,200-92,300
DEO (Grade A)4Rs 25,500-81,100

Note: All posts on offer through SSC CHSL exam carry All India Service Liability (AISL). This means that if a candidate is selected for a post, he/ she may be asked to serve anywhere in the country.

With the approval of National Recruitment Agency (NRA) by the Union Cabinet, NRA CET 2021 (NRA Common Eligibility Test 2021) is likely to be conducted by the agency to replace the tier-I paper of SSC CHSL and other exams conducted by Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The exact NRA CET exam dates are yet to be announced.

Latest Updates:

    • February 14: SSC CHSL Tier-II 2019 Exam was conducted on February 14. The candidates were asked one essay and one formal letter. See here Exam Analysis
    • February 10: SSC CHSL Tier-II 2019 exam will be conducted on February 14. Read here last-minute tips for the SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam.
    • February 1: SSC CHSL tier-II 2019 admit card was released by North Eastern Regional website. See here details
    • January 22: SSC CHSL tier-I 2019 answer key has been released. Read More 
    • January 15: SSC CHSL result 2019 for tier-I has been declared. Read More
    • January 15: SSC CHSL tier-I 2019 result will be out today. Read More
    • December 29: The final SSC CHSL result 2018 will be out on June 30, 2021. Read More

SSC CHSL 2020-21 Exam Update

SSC CHSL application form 2020-21 filling process is over. Candidates could fill the CHSL application form till December 26. Now, the SSC CHSL tier-I 2021 exam will be held from April 12-27. The SSC CHSL 2020-21 notification was released on November 6, 2020.

SSC CHSL 2019-20 Exam Update

SSC CHSL tier-I answer key 2019 has been released by Staff Selection Commission on January 22, 2021. SSC CHSL result 2019 for tier-I was announced on January 15, 2021. Along with the result, the Commission had also released the SSC CHSL cutoff. The provisional SSC CHSL answer key was released on November 5, 2020. The SSC CHSL tier-I exam was conducted from October 12-16, October 19-21 and October 26.

The SSC CHSL 2019 exam for tier-II will be conducted on February 14, 2021.

SSC CHSL Exam Highlights 2021

Exam NameSSC CHSL (Staff Selection Commission-Combined Higher Secondary Level)
Conducting BodySSC
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam ModeTier-I: Online

Tier-II: Offline

Exam DurationTier-I: 60 minutes

Tier-II: 60 minutes

Exam PurposeSelection of candidates for posts of LDC, JSA, PA, SA and DEO
Exam LanguageEnglish and Hindi
Exam Helpdesk No.011-24361359
Official Websitehttp://ssc.nic.in/

SSC CHSL Eligibility 2021

The basic criteria that candidates need to meet in order to fulfill SSC CHSL eligibility 2021 are:

  • A candidate must be either/or a citizen of India, subject of Nepal/Bhutan, Tibetan refugee, person of Indian origin
  • A candidate must be aged between 18 and 27 years as on January 1, 2021
  • A candidate should clear Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised board or university
  • A candidate appearing for his/her final Class 12 exams are also eligible to apply

Check complete SSC CHSL eligibility.

SSC CHSL Exam Dates

Check important exam dates for SSC CHSL 2020 and CHSL 2019 below:

Important SSC CHSL Exam Dates 2020-21

SSC CHSL notification 2020-21 was released on November 6. Check all important SSC CHSL 2020-21 exam dates below:

SSC CHSL Exam EventsSSC CHSL Exam DatesSalient Features
Notification06-Nov-2020SSC CHSL 2020-21 notification was earlier scheduled to release on November 30. But it will now be out early on November 6.
Applications06-Nov-2020 to 15-Dec-2020 19-Dec-2020 26-Dec-2020SSC CHSL online application process has been extended till December 19. Earlier, candidates could fill the CHSL application form till December 15.
Last date for application fee submission in online mide17-Dec-2020 21-Dec-2020 28-Dec-2020Candidates can now pay SSC CHSL application fee 2020 in online mode latest by December 21.
Last date for generation of offline challan19-Dec-2020 23-Dec-2020 30-Dec-2020Candidates can now generate bank challan for application fee payment in offline mode till December 23.
Last date for application fee payment through challan21-Dec-2020 24-Dec-2020 01-Jan-2021Candidates can now pay SSC CHSL application fee in offline mode latest by December 24.
Tier-I exam12-Apr-2021 to 27-Apr-2021SSC CHSL 2021 exam for tier-I will be held from April 12-27. 
Tier-II examto be notified laterSSC CHSL 2021 exam date for tier-II will be announced later.

Important SSC CHSL Exam Dates 2019

The SSC CHSL tier-II 2019 exam will be held on February 14, 2021. Check important SSC CHSL exam dates 2019 below:

SSC CHSL Exam EventsSSC CHSL Exam DatesSalient Features
Notification03-Dec-2019SSC CHSL 2019-20 notification was released on December 3.
Applications03-Dec-2019 to 10-Jan-2020 (till 11:59 PM)SSC CHSL 2019-20 application process had commenced on December 3 and concluded on January 10 at 11:59 PM.
Last date for online fee payment12-Jan-2020 (till 11:59 PM)Candidates could make the SSC CHSL application fee payment in online mode till January 12 (11:59 PM).
Last date for generation of offline challan14-Jan-2020 (till 11:59 PM)Candidates can generate offline challan for application fee payment till January 14 (11:59 PM).
Last date for application fee payment through challan16-Jan-2020Candidates could make the application fee payment in offline mode through challan till January 16.
Tier-I application status01-Oct-2020 onwardsSSC CHSL tier-I 2020 application status for different regions started releasing from October 1 onwards.
Tier-I admit card04-Oct-2020 onwardsThe revised SSC CHSL tier-I 2020 admit card for various remaining shifts of the exam started releasing from the first week of October.
Tier-I exam12-Oct-2020 to 16-Oct-2020, 19-Oct-2020 to 21-Oct-2020 and 26-Oct-2020SSC CHSL tier-I 2020 for candidates who were not able to take the exam due to Coronavirus was conducted on different dates in October.
Tier-I answer key05-Nov-2020SSC CHSL answer key 2020 for tier-I was released on the official website on November 5.
Tier-I result and cutoff15-Jan-2021SSC CHSL result and cutoff for tier-I has been announced on January 15, 2021.
Tier-I marks19-Jan-2021 to 18-Feb-2021SSC CHSL tier-I marks will be uploaded on the official website on January 19, 2021 and will be available till February 18, 2021.
Tier-I final answer key22-Jan-2021 to 21-Feb-2021The final SSC CHSL answer key has been released on January 22, 2021. Candidates will be able to check the answer key till February 21, 2021.  
Tier-II exam28-Jun-2020 14-Feb-2021SSC CHSL tier-II 2020 exam was earlier scheduled to be conducted on June 28. Now, the exam was conducted on February 14, 2021.

SSC CHSL Final Answer Key 2021 for Tier-I

Staff Selection Commission has released the final SSC CHSL answer key 2019 for tier-I on January 22, 2021. Candidates can check the SSC CHSL answer key on the official website of the Commission by using their roll number and password.

SSC CHSL Result 2021 for Tier-I

SSC CHSL result for tier-I 2019 paper has been declared on January 15, 2021. The result has been released in the form of a merit list on the official website of the Staff Selection Commission. Total 44,856 candidates have cleared the tier-I exam. Along with the result, the Commission has also released the SSC CHSL cutoff. The SSC CHSL final answer key will be released on January 21, 2021. Candidates can check the final SSC CHSL answer key by logging into their registered accounts latest by February 20, 2021.

SSC CHSL Exam Analysis 2020 for Tier-I

All the shifts of SSC CHSL tier-I 2020 exam conducted on October 15 are over now. Similar to previous days, candidates found SSC CHSL papers held on October 15 easy to moderate. As per most of the students, the Reasoning section was a bit time taking. In GK section, only few current affair questions were asked. English section was easy and Maths was easy to moderate. Good attempts for the exam held on October 15 will be 77-88.

SSC CHSL exam for all shifts conducted on October 14 was easy to moderate. Good attempts for the exam will be 71-82 questions.

Student reaction for SSC CHSL tier-I exam conducted on October 13 was similar as for the paper held on October 12. Majority of the students found the paper easy to moderate. Good attempts for the exam for the exam held on October 13 will be 71-81 questions.

The first shift of the remaining shifts of SSC CHSL tier-I 2020 exam was successfully conducted from 10:00-11:00 AM on October 12. Shiksha reported live from an exam centre in Noida to know the difficulty level of the exam and check COVID-19 related arrangements at the test centre. Majority of the candidates that Shiksha spoke with gave reviews similar to that of students who appear for the exam in March. The SSC CHSL tier-I paper was of easy to moderate level. The SSC CHSL cutoff 2020 for tier-I is expected to be high. Read More: SSC CHSL 2020: Student Reaction and Exam Analysis amid COVID-19

Also Read: SSC CHSL 2020 exam analysis by students for shifts held in March

SSC CHSL Selection Process

SSC CHSL selection process 2020-21 includes the following steps:

Step 1: Apply online for SSC CHSL

Candidates can fill the SSC CHSL application form in two parts – registrations and applications.

  • SSC CHSL registrations: For the same, candidates need to visit the official website of SSC (ssc.nic.in) and click on the ‘New User? Register Now’ link. Thereafter, candidates need to fill all details asked in the SSC CHSL registration form. On successful registration, a registration ID and password will be generated. Candidates need to note down the ID and password and retain the details for future reference.
  • SSC CHSL applications: Candidates can start filling the SSC CHSL application form by logging into their registered accounts using registration ID and password. Once the form is filled, candidates also need to pay SSC CHSL application fee of Rs 100 in online mode.

Step 2: Download SSC CHSL tier-I admit card

SSC CHSL admit card for tier-I is released few weeks before the exam. Candidates can download their admit card for the exam from the regional websites of the commission.

Step 3: Appear for SSC CHSL tier-I exam

Candidates who successfully apply for the exam first need to appear for the tier-I paper. SSC CHSL tier-I is a computer-based test (CBT) containing 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

Step 4: Check SSC CHSL tier-I result

The SSC CHSL tier-I result is released on the official website of the commission. The result contains the names and roll numbers of all the candidates who qualify the tier-I exam.

Step 5: Download SSC CHSL tier-II admit card

The tier-II admit card is released for candidates who qualify the SSC CHSL tier-I exam. The admit card is released in online mode on the regional websites of the Staff Selection Commission.

Step 6: Appear for SSC CHSL tier-II exam

Candidates qualifying the tier-I paper need to appear for tier-II exam. The SSC CHSL tier-II exam is a descriptive paper conducted in offline mode as a pen-and-paper based test.

Step 7: Check SSC CHSL tier-II result

The SSC CHSL tier-II result is declared on the official website of SSC as per the prescribed schedule. The result contains details about the candidates qualifying the tier-II exam to appear for tier-III paper.

Step 8: Appear for SSC CHSL tier-III exam

Candidates clearing the tier-II exam need to take the tier-III paper. SSC CHSL tier-III is basically a skill/typing test conducted as per the post applied by the candidate. The tier-III exam is only qualifying in nature.

Step 9: Appear for SSC CHSL document verification round

All candidates who qualify the tier-III exam finally have to appear for the document verification round. Candidates need to appear for document verification round along with all the educational and other documents (original and photocopies) such as Class 10 and 12 certificate, caste/category certificate, PwD certificate, relevant certificate if seeking age relaxation, two passport-size photos, phpto ID proof, etc.

Candidates whose documents are successfully verified are finally allocated services based on the SSC CHSL vacancies released by the commission and posts applied by the candidates.

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SSC CHSL Preparation Tips 2021

Some of the basic SSC CHSL 2021 preparation tips that candidates should keep in mind are mentioned below:

  • Current Affairs are usually important for SSC CHSL preparation
  • Some important topics to prepare for English section of the exam include Synonyms & Antonyms, One Word Substitution and Idioms & Phrases
  • Some important topics to prepare for General Intelligence section include Symbolic Operations, Semantic Analogy, Venn Diagram, Series and Coding & De-coding
  • Focus on understanding concepts of different topics rather than adopting rote learning technique
  • Regular practice by attempting SSC CHSL question papers is the key to success
  • Candidates must focus on their speed while attempting the the previous year question papers or sample papers
  • Candidates must evaluate themselves from time to time by scanning through the questions that they could not answer while atempting the question papers

SSC CHSL 2021: Important Documents & Things to Carry

Documents and things that candidates must not forget to carry to the allotted exam centre include:

  • SSC CHSL admit card
  • Two passport-size photos
  • A valid and original photo ID proof
  • An additional document as date of birth proof (if date of birth is not mentioned in the photo ID proof)
  • Selef-declaration form
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Face mask
  • Water bottle

SSC CHSL FAQs

Q: When will SSC CHSL recruitment notification 2020-21 be out?

A: SSC CHSL 2020-21 recruitment notification was released on the official website of Staff Selection Commission on November 6, 2020.

Q: When will SSC CHSL tier-I 2019-20 result and cutoff be announced?

A: The SSC CHSL 2019 result and cutoff for tier-I have been announced on January 15, 2021.

Q: For which posts is SSC CHSL exam conducted?

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

Q: What is SSC CHSL salary?

A: The approximate in-hand salary for candidates recruited through SSC CHSL exam is Rs 24,000-29,000 for LDC/JSA post, Rs 30,000-36,000 for PA/SA and DEO posts.

Q: Is SSC CHSL a good job?

A: The career opportunities for candidates recruited through SSC CHSL exam are good. Through the exam, candidates get the opportunity to work in different central government departments and offices. Moreover, the jobs include various perks and allowances for candidates and promotion opportunities.

Q: Which is the best SSC CHSL post/job?

A: It is difficult to pick the one best SSC CHSL post as it depends one’s interest. However, all the posts in which recruitment is done through SSC CHSL exam offer decent growth opportunities.

Q: Is SSC CHSL tough?

A: The difficulty level of SSC CHSL exam papers is usually easy to moderate. However, considering the number of applicants who sit for the exam every year, it can be said that the competition for the exam is tough.

Q: How many vacancies are released for SSC CHSL exam every year?

A: The number of SSC CHSL vacancies varies every year. For the CHSL 2020 exam, the commission has released 1,269 tentative vacancies for LDC/JSA, 3,598 tentative vacancies for PA/SA and 26 tentative vacancies for DEO.

Q: What is SSC CHSL syllabus?

A: Questions in SSC CHSL exam are typically asked from subjects such as English, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence and General Awareness. Check complete SSC CHSL syllabus.

Q: How can I prepare for SSC CHSL 2021?

A: There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks in tier-I of the exam. There is no negative marking in tier-II or III of the SSC CHSL exam.

Q: Is there any negative marking in SSC CHSL exam?

A: Yes, some questions are repeated in SSC CHSL exam usually every year.

Q: Do questions repeat in SSC CHSL exam?

A: Tier-I of SSC CHSL exam is conducted in online mode. However, tier-II of SSC CHSL exam is conducted in offline mode as a pen-and-paper-based-test (PBT).

Q: Is SSC CHSL conducted in online mode?

A: Candidates need to clear class XII from a recognised board in order to be eligible for the exam.

Q: What is the minimum eligibility criteria for SSC CHSL exam?

A: No, candidates from 18-27 years of age are only eligible to apply for the exam.

A: To prepare for SSC CHSL 2021 exam:

  • Be well-versed with the SSC CHSL exam pattern and syllabus
  • Follow a proper study plan
  • Pick up only a few best SSC CHSL preparation books
  • Practice as many previous year SSC CHSL question papers as possible

Q: I am 29 years old. Am I eligible to apply for the CHSL exam?

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