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SSC CHSL 2018: Answer Keys, Admit Card, Pattern & Syllabus

Updated On - March 23rd 2018 by SAKSHI JAIN

SSC CHSL 2018 exam is scheduled from March 4, 2018 to March 26, 2018. SSC CHSL will be conducted in two tiers- Tier 1 and Tier 2. Those who qualify in both the stages, appear for Tier 3, i.e. Skill- based test. Final selection is based on cut off prepared for tier 1 and tier 2 marks combinedly. Check SSC CHSL Expected Cut Off 2018

  • Fill the application form until December 27, 2017 (5 PM). 
  • Age limit for SSC 10+2 exam is between 18-27 years as on August 1, 2018.
  • Candidates who pass 10+2 exams will be eligible.
  • SSC CHSL 2017 for Tier 1will be held from April 4, 2018 to April 26, 2018, while Tier 2 exam will be conducted on July 8, 2018.
  • Questions from 10+2 standard are covered in syllabus defined for SSC CHSL 2018. 
  • Tier 1 will have four sections- General Awareness, English Comprehension, General Intelligence and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Tier 2 will have questions based on Essay Writing or Letter Writing.

Latest News

  • SSC CHSL 2016 Final Marks Out, Check Here
  • Commission was informed that in the morning Shift on March 7, 2018, at one venue namely R.S. Digital, Patna, a candidate was found indulging in unfair means with the assistance of a Test Administrator. The Commission has taken a serious view of the incident and has cancelled the candidature of the candidate with immediate effect and has also initiated criminal proceedings against the candidate and the Test Administrator. Furthermore, as an additional safeguard, all examination functionaries of the aforesaid venue are being changed w.e.f. March 8, 2018. Read Official Notice 
  • SSC CHSL Tier I was conducted successfully till March 8. Candidates can check the answer keys for different sessions of SSC CHSL 2017 Tier I below:

As per the previous year analysis, the exam was of Moderate difficulty. Out of all the 4 sections in Tier 1, General Awareness and English Comprehension were slightly difficult while the other two sections were comparatively easy. 

Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination) to recruit candidates for the post of Data Entry Operator (DEO), Lower Division Clerk (LDC), Sorting Assistant, Court Clerk, and Postal Assistant.

SSC CHSL 2018 Vacancies

In SSC CHSL 2018 Notification, Staff Selection Commission announced the tentative vacancies for the posts namely, LDC, PA/SA and DEO which counts upto 3259. 

  • Lower Divisional Clerk: 898 vacancies
  • Postal Assistant: 2359 vacancies
  • Data Entry Operator: 2 vacancies

SSC CHSL 2018 Exam Highlights

Exam NameStaff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (SSC CHSL)
Conducting BodyStaff Selection Commission (SSC)
Exam TypeNational Level Test
Exam DateApril 4, 2018 – April 26, 2018
Eligibility CriteriaMust have cleared 10+2 board
Mode of Application

Online at

Exam Mode

Tier 1- Online

Tier 2- Offline

Tier 3- Skill Based Test

DurationTier 1: 75 minutes Tier 2: 60 minutes 

SSC CHSL 2018 Exam Date

Candidates who aspire to start their career right after completing the higher secondary education, can apply for SSC CHSL 2017. Find SSC CHSL 2017 Exam Dates in the table below:

Official Notification out onNovember 18, 2017
Availability of Application FormNovember 18, 2017
Last Date of the submission of the Application FormDecember 18, 2017 December 27, 2017 (5:00 PM)
Last date for submission of Application FeeDecember 18, 2017 December 27, 2017 
Availability of Admit CardOne week before the exam
SSC CHSL Exam 2017 Date (Tier 1)March 4, 2018- March 26, 2018 April 4, 2018 – April 26, 2018
Announcement of the result (Tier 1)May 2018
SSC CHSL Exam 2017 Date (Tier 2)July 8, 2018
Final ResultAugust 2018

SSC CHSL 2018 Eligibility

As per the norms set by Staff Selection Commission, applicants must have passed 10+2 exams. The other requirements under SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2018 are:

Nationality: Candidate must be an Indian Citizen or should belong to Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 to settle in India permanently. 

Educational Criteria: must have cleared class 12 or its equivalent from a recognized educational board or University.

Age Criteria: Maximum age- 27 years, however, certain reserved category candidates can claim for reservation according to the Government norms.

The age relaxation will be provided as follows:

  • For SC/ST – 5 Years
  • For OBCs – 3 Years
  • For PH – 10 Years
  • For PH + OBC – 13 Years
  • For PH + SC/ST – 15 Years

Click Here to Know About SSC CHSL Job Profile and Career Prospects 

SSC CHSL 2018 Notification

SSC CHSL 2018 Application Form

The application form must be submitted online at Steps to fill SSC CHSL Application Form 2018 are:

STAGE 1: Registration ID & Password Generation

  1. Keep class 10 Marksheet, ID proof & scanned copy of signature and passport size photograph in the given dimensions ready with you. 
  2. Visit and click on the Register button under New Registration Section
  3. Fill the Details such as Roll No, Date of Birth, Father’s Name, gender, etc.
  4. You will get a provisional registration id and password

STAGE 2: Upload Signature and Photograph

  1. Upload the Scanned files of Signature & Photograph
  2. The image size should not exceed 20 kb
  3. Signature file should not exceed 12 kb

Check SSC CHSL 2017 Photo Size, Dimensions, Format and Other Details

STAGE 3: Form Filling and Application

Fill in the educational details, communication details and Personal details after uploading the documents successfully. Candidates must fill the application form carefully. Though registration details can be edited, however, only 2 attempts are allowed for this process.

STAGE 4 – Online Payment or Challan

Applicants must pay INR 100 to submit the application, the payment can be made either online or offline via challan directly in bank.

  • Female candidates must click the exemption button.
  • Those who wish to pay offline fee must download the bank challan and submit in any nearby State Bank of India branches. After 48 hours revisit the application page and click on “Check Your Application Status Here” for the status of payment made.
  • For Online Option, Choose the desired mode of payment from drop down and continue with the payment
  • In case of any technical failure and the amount gets deducted, refund will be processed in 48 Hours or connect with the respective bank for further queries.

SSC CHSL 2018 Admit Card

The admit card for SSC CHSL 2018 is available approximately 2 weeks before the commencement of exam. Candidates can download SSC CHSL 2018 Admit Card from the regional SSC website.

  • Admit Card will be available for different stages separately.
  • Link to download admit card will be provided at the registered email ID
  • To access SSC CHSL Admit Card use Registration Id, Date of Birth and Roll Number.
  • The admit card will be in the .pdf form

SSC CHSL 2018 Exam Centers

SSC CHSL 2018 will be held across 9 SSC Regions in multiple cities. The exam centers are located in the following states:

Uttar Pradesh BiharSikkim
JharkhandWest BengalOdhisha 
Andman and NicobarKarnatakaKerala 
Arunachal PradeshAssamNagaland
MizoramAndhra PradeshTamil Nadu
Telangana GujaratMaharashtra 
GoaMadhya PradeshChattisgarh
Jammu and KashmirHimachal PradeshPunjab

SSC CHSL 2018 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Aspirants can start making preparation strategy in accordance to the examination pattern for a better performance. Here, get the details of SSC CHSL 2018 Exam Pattern:

  • SSC CHSL will be conducted in three stages- Tier 1(Computer Based Test), Tier 2 (Written Test) and Tier 3 (Skill Based Test)
  • Tier 1 will comprise 200 MCQs to be completed in 75 minutes. 
  • Tier 2 will have questions on essay or letter writing to be completed in 60 minutes’ time.
  • The next stage i.e. Tier 3 will be a skill based test for selected candidates.

1/4th marks of the total marks allotted to the question will be deducted as penalty for every wrong answer in Tier 1 exam.

Questions in Tier 1 will be from various topics viz. General Intelligence, English Language, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude.

Have a glance at all the stages of SSC CHSL exam along with the modes in which they will be conducted.

Tier 1Objective Multiple ChoiceComputer Based (online)
Tier 2Descriptive Paper in English/HindiPen and Paper mode
Tier 3Skill Test/Computer Proficiency TestWherever Applicable

The detailed SSC CHSL Exam Pattern is as follows:

ComponentsTier 1Tier 2
Exam ModeOnlineOffline
Question typeObjectiveDescriptive
Exam duration75 Minutes60 Minutes
Language ModeEnglish and HindiEnglish and Hindi
Negative marking0.50 for each wrong attemptNO

Tier 3 exam will be skill based test where typing and data entry speed is analyzed of the prospective candidates:

  • Typing Test: For English typing- typing speed of 35 words per minute is required, For Hindi typing- typing speed of 30 words per minute is mandatory. Typing test will be applicable for Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, LDC, and Court Clerk posts.
  • Skill Test: Data Entry Speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on the computer. Skill test is conducted for Data Entry Operator post.

SSC CHSL 2018 Syllabus

For General Awareness Section: 25 Questions (50 Marks)

  • This Section covers all general awareness of the environment and its surrounding.
  • Read all topics which relates to everyday science
  • You Must have good knowledge about India and its neighboring countries which means knowledge of (Culture, History, General Science, Geography and Scientific Research)

Click Here to Know Complete SSC CHSL Syllabus

For General Intelligence and Reasoning: 25 Questions (50 Marks)

  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Series Completion, Coding-Decoding
  • Blood Relations, Alphabets Test
  • Sitting Arrangement, Ranking Test, Syllogism, etc

English Section: 25 Questions (50 Marks)

  • Spelling
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Comprehension passage, etc

Quantitative Aptitude Section: 25 Questions (50 Marks)

  • Algebra
  • Basic Mathematics, Trigonometry
  • Geometry, Statistics
  • Mensuration
  • Tables
  • Graphs

Best Books for SSC CHSL 2018

SSC CHSL 2018 will primarily entail questions of 10+2 standard syllabus set by CBSE. However, for better preparation here are some Recommended Books for SSC CHSL 2018:

TopicAuthor/PublisherISBN Number
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning R S Aggarwal8121905516
Analytical ReasoningM K Pandey8190458914
Objective English for Competitive ExaminationsTata McGraw Hill0070151954
Quick learning Objective General EnglishRS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal8121915317
Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Agarwal8121924987
Quicker MathematicsM. Tyra8190458922
Manorama Yearbook 2015 (English and Hindi)Malayalam Manorama-

SSC CHSL 2018 Result

SSC CHSL 2018 Result is declared separately for each tier. To access your results, go to the official website of SSC or regional SSC website. The commission releases the result in the form of merit list. Given below are the steps to download SSC CHSL 2018 Result.

  • Visit the official site of SSC,
  • Click on the link “SSC CHSL 2017 Results”
  • Download the PDF file for SSC CHSL Results
  • Press ‘Ctrl + F’ and type your name and roll number
  • Check your score and qualifying status

SSC CHSL 2018 Expected Cut Off

Candidates must obtain the equal or more than SSC CHSL 2018 cutoff marks in order to qualify in the exam. Candidates who belongs to reserved category can get relaxation of cutoff marks in compared to general category candidates.

The expected cut-off for Tier 1 of SSC CHSL 2018 are given below:

CategorySSC CHSL Expected Cut off Marks (DEO)SSC CHSL Expected Cut off Marks (LDC)SSC CHSL Expected Cut off Marks (Postal / Sorting Asst.)

The expected cut off for Tier 2 exam of SSC CHSL 2018 is:

CategorySSC CHSL Expected Cutoff Marks

Final SSC CHSL 2018 Expected Cut Off will be as follows:

CategoryCut off Marks (LDC / DEO)

Read More About SSC CHSL Expected Cutoff 2017- 2018

SSC CHSL 2018 Selection Process

SSC CHSL 2018 Selection Process is based on the result of all the three tiers. Candidates need to qualify each tier to appear in the subsequent tier. The final selection list is prepared by shortlisting applicants on the basis of their cumulative performance across the first two tiers. Tier 3 which is skill based test is the final stage to ensure that candidate possess required skills. 

Candidates will be allotted to the various departments for the post of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operators, Lower Divisional Clerks and Court Clerks on the basis of their merit and preference of post.

Resolution of Tie Cases: Tie cases will be resolved by applying one after another, as applicable till the Tie is resolved.
i. Total Marks in Tier 1+Tier 2.
ii. Total marks of Tier 2 Examination.
iii. Total marks in Tier 1 Examination.
iv. Date of birth, with older candidates placed higher.
v. Alphabetical order in which first names of the candidates appear.

Candidates also need to undergo a document verification procedure after clearing all the tiers for final appointment. Candidates failiing to fullfil the eligibility criteia are automatically dropped from the final selection list.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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Sandeep Kumar Sandy

Will you please tell me when the answer key of SSC CHSL appear.

06 Mar, 2018 12:39
Bhawna Vedwal

Answer key for SSC CHSL Tier 1 is released in April. You can use this link to see answer key : Answer key

28 May, 2018 14:28
sandip mukherjee

Respected sir, I am a Mechanical Diploma Engineer. I completed diploma in 2012. I studied diploma after my 10th exam so i never got through 10+2 . am i eligible for ssc chsl ? diploma board : "west bengal state council of technical education"

06 Mar, 2017 12:00

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