The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) Examination for recruiting candidates in various Government departments. This article will share details related to the SSC CHSL examination pattern that an aspiring candidate has to be aware of while preparing for the SSC CHSL Examination.
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Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL
The examination will consist of Computer Based Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive
Paper (Tier-II) and Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III). The questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-II, III & IV.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier I
The Tier-I Examination will consist of Objective Type, Multiple-Choice questions only. There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.
|Part||Subject (Not in Sequence)||Number of Questions / Maximum
(For all four Parts)
|I||English Language (Basic Knowledge)||25 / 50||60 minutes (80 minutes for candidates eligible for scribe as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 given in the official notification of SSC)|
|II||General Intelligence||25 / 50|
(Basic Arithmetic Skill)
|25 / 50|
|IV||General Awareness||25 / 50|
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier II
Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper’ Mode:
- The paper will consist of writing an Essay/ Letter/ Application/ Précis etc.
- The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will be awarded zero marks.
- The duration of the descriptive paper will be for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also be provided to the candidates eligible for scribe).
- The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern – Tier III (Typing Test & Skill Test)
The Skill Test/ Typing Test will be of qualifying nature. Skill Test/ Typing Test for the shortlisted candidates will be conducted on the computers provided by the Commission or its authorized agency.
Tier-III – Typing Test for LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant
In the online application form, the candidates will have to opt for the medium of the Typing Test (i.e. either English or Hindi):
- The speed will be judged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes.
- 35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. correspond to about 10500 key depressions per hour and about 9000 key depressions per hour respectively.
- Candidates opting for Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute (w.p.m.).
- Candidates opting for the English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute (w.p.m.).
- Passage Dictators will be provided to those VH candidates for the Typing test who have opted to scribe in the online Application Form. The Passage Dictator will read out the passage to the VH candidate within the allotted time period.
- 5 Candidates eligible for scribe as per Para 8.1 and 8.2 will be given compensatory time of 5 minutes. Therefore, the duration of Typing Test for such candidates will be 15 minutes
Tier-III – Skill Test for Data Entry Operator
The Skill Test is mandatory for Data Entry Operators. No candidate is exempted from appearing in the Skill Test.
- The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer. The passage to be entered in the Computer may also be displayed on the computer screen.
- ‘Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (Eight Thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer’ will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage.
For the post of Data Entry Operator, Grade ‘A’ in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG):
- The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 3700-4000 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the Computer.
- The ‘speed of 15000 (Fifteen Thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer’ will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage.
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