SSC CHSL Eligibility – The criteria for SSC CHSL eligibility is set by the Staff Selection Commission. Candidates must fulfil the eligibility conditions set by the commission to get selected in the SSC CHSL examination.
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 2021 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:
- Age Limit
- Educational Qualifications
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SSC CHSL Eligibility
The Staff Selection Commission will conduct the SSC CHSL 2021 exams in the following stages
- Tier I – Objective Multiple Choice Paper
- Tier-II – Descriptive Paper
- Tier III – Skill Test / Computer Proficiency Test applicable to a few select posts
Only candidates who fulfil the required SSC CHSL eligibility criteria can attempt the exam.
The vacancies for SSC CHSL 2020-21 has not yet been declared by the conducting body. However, candidates can download pdf for SSC CHSL vacancies 2019 at the below-mentioned link for reference.
You can check the latest SSC CHSL Notification for the updated eligibility requirements. Now, let’s look at the required criteria in detail.
Eligibility Criteria for SSC CHSL 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 January 2021, i.e. candidates born not before 2nd January 1994 and not later than 1st January 2003 are eligible to apply for the SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam.
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|
|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 1st 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.
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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|
Those who are willing to appear for the next recruitment of SSC CHSL can check the following links for assistance regarding relevant details –
|SSC CHSL Admit Card||SSC CHSL Exam Date||SSC CHSL Salary|
|SSC CHSL Result||SSC CHSL Apply Online||SSC CHSL Exam Analysis|
Candidates can also go through the SSC CHSL Cut Off to analyse the previous year trend to strategize the preparation accordingly.
SSC CHSL Eligibility – Physical Disability
The Staff Selection Commission has made concessions for candidates who are physically disabled, which still makes them eligible to write 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 – 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.
Candidates preparing for various SSC examinations can check the links given below for help in their preparation-
- How to start SSC exam preparation?
- Section-wise Preparation tips for SSC Exams
- Mistakes to Avoid in SSC exams
- How to prepare SSC exams without Coaching?
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|SSC Notification||SSC Exam Date||SSC Admit Card|
|SSC Mock Test||SSC Cut Off||SSC Recruitment|
Those who are willing to prepare for other government exams can check the eligibility criteria for those examinations from the given links.
Frequently Asked Questions – SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria
Q.1. Who can apply for SSC CHSL exam 2020-21?
Q.2. A candidate who is 28 years of age, satisfies the criteria for SSC CHSL Age Limit?
Q.3. What is SSC CHSL Syllabus?
Q.4. What is SSC CHSL negative marking scheme?
Q.5. Is there an Interview or personality test in SSC CHSL exam?
Q.6. Is there a sectional cut-off in SSC CHSL exam?
Q 7. What is the starting SSC CHSL Salary?
Ans. Candidates qualifying the SSC CHSL exam will get the starting SSC CHSL salary as mentioned below:
- Lower Division Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant: Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 1900 (pre-revised).
- Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant: Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised).
- Data Entry Operator: Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised) and
- Data Entry Operator, Grade A: Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised).
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