SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria

The CHSL Eligibility Criteria is set by the Staff Selection Commission.

Every year the SSC (Staff Selection Commission) conducts an annual examination known as Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) to recruit candidates to fill the posts of Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA), Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA) and Data Entry Operator (DEO). These posts will form the backbone of the various ministries and departments of the Government of India.

Candidates who are taking the SSC CHSL Exam this 2019 must go through SSC CHSL Eligibility criteria carefully to ensure they meet the key requirements, before filling up the application form.

The SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria are as follows:

  1. Nationality
  2. Age Limit
  3. Educational Qualifications

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SSC CHSL Eligibility

The Staff Selection Commission will conduct the SSC CHSL 2019 exams in the following stages

  1. Tier I – Objective Multiple Choice Paper
  2. Tier II – Descriptive Paper
  3. Tier III – Skill Test / Computer Proficiency Test applicable to a few select posts

Only candidates who fulfil the required SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria can attend the exam.

You can check the latest SSC CHSL Notification for the updated eligibility requirements. Now, let’s look at the required criteria in great detail

SSC CHSL Eligibility – Age Limit

The SSC CHSL Age Limit for the posts has been set at a minimum 18 years and a maximum of 27 years as on 1st of August 2019:

For details on the CHSL Age Limit, please see the table below:

SSC CHSL Age Limit
Post Minimum Age Maximum Age
LDC/JSA 18 years 27 years
PA/SA 18 years 27 years
DEO 18 years 27 years

The table below gives an idea about the age relaxation for reserved candidates:

SSC CHSL Upper Age Limit Relaxation Category
5 Years SC/ST
3 Years OBC
10 Years PwD (Unreserved)
13 Years PwD (OBC)
15 years PwD (SC/ST)
3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age on the closing date of receipt of online application Ex-Servicemen (ESM)
5 years Candidates domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1s Jan 1980 to 31st December 1989
3 years Defence personnel disabled in hostilities with a foreign nation
8 years Defence personnel disabled in hostilities with a foreign nation (SC/ST)
Up to 40 years of age Central Government Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on a closing date for receipt of online application
Up to 45 years of age Central Government Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on a closing date for receipt of online application (SC/ST)
Up to 35 years of age Widows/Divorced Women/Women judicially separated and who are not married
Up to 40 years of age Widows/Divorced Women/Women judicially separated and who are not married (SC/ST)
Up to 45 years of age Service Clerks in the last year of their color service in the Armed Forces
Up to 50 years of age Service Clerks in the last year of their color service in the Armed Forces (SC/ST)
3 years plus the length of service rendered by them in connection with census and weightage of past service Retrenched census employees of the office of Registrar General of India

To know more about the eligibility criteria of other SSC Exams visit the SSC Eligibility, page.

SSC CHSL candidates must satisfy the given nationality criteria in order to attempt the exam:

  • A citizen of India,
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st of January, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • A person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

To know more about other upcoming Government Exams, you can visit the linked article

SSC CHSL Eligibility – Educational Qualification

The minimum educational criteria to write the SSC CHSL Exam is to have passed the 12ths std or an equivalent examination from a recognized university board. The table below gives a detailed insight into the qualification requirements:

CHSL Posts Educational Qualification
LDC/JSA Should be a 12th graduate or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university
PA/SA Should be a 12th graduate or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university
DEO Should be a 12th graduate or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university
DEO in Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) Should be a 12th graduate in Science Stream with Mathematics as a subject equivalent examination from a recognized board or university

Aspirants can check the SSC CHSL Syllabus here.

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SSC CHSL Eligibility – Physical Disability

The Staff Selection Commission has made concessions for candidates who are physically disabled, which still makes them eligible to right the SSC CHSL Exam. The relaxations vary from post to post. The complete list of disabilities is given in the table below:

SSC CHSL Eligibility 2019 – Physical Disability
Disability SSC CHSL Posts
One Leg Affected (OL) Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
One Arm Affected (OA) Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
One Arm One Leg Affected (OAL) Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
Both Leg Affected but not Arm (BL) Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
Muscular weakness and limited Physical Endurance (MW) Posting Assistant/ Sorting Assistant
Blind (B) Posting Assistant/ Sorting Assistant, LDC
Low Vision (LV) Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC, Court Clerk
Hearing Handicapped (HH) Posting Assistant / Sorting Assistant, DEO, LDC,

Candidates must go through each eligibility criteria to properly understand whether they meet all the required standards set by the SSC and should also keep their relevant documents in hand during verification in order to avoid any last-minute mishap.

You can visit our SSC CHSL Preparation page for important tips, study material and a general guideline on which books to read up for the exam.

Candidates can visit the SSC CHSL Mock test page and get free mock tests based on the latest SSC exam pattern and analyze their performance by the marks scored at the end of the test.

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