SSC –CHSL Eligibility Criteria

SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2016 – SSC will be conducting the stage 1 of the CHSL 2016 in the month of September and October 2016 and the Application process will commence in the month of July 2016. The candidates who want to fill the application form must be getting ready to fill the application form. They should have a firm look on the SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2016 before going on to fill the Application form. The following article has been framed to give the students an insight into the eligibility criterions like the educational, age and nationality.

Details as per the SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2016
The eligibility criterions for the SSC CHSL can broadly be categorized in various sub sections like the educational qualifications, the age qualifications and the nationality factors. All the sections have been given here in full details. Check it out.

Nationality/Citizenship as per the SSC CHSL 2016 Eligibility Criteria
  • A candidate must be either:
  • A citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • 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

Educational Qualifications required for SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2016
  • Candidates, applying for the recruitment exam, must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognized Board.
  • Degree obtained through open Universities/Distance Education Mode must be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU.
  • Unless such Degrees had been recognized for the period when the candidates acquired the relevant qualification, they will not be accepted for the purpose of Educational Qualification.
  • The appearing candidates, who will get the educational qualification certificate from their respective Board/University, are also eligible for the appearing in the recruitment exam.
  • The candidates, who are called for appearing at the Typing Test/Skill Test, are required to produce the relevant Certificate in Original format such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificate, etc.
  • Candidates, failing to produce the original documents, will get their candidature cancelled by the Commission.
  • The candidates, who prove by documentary evidence that the result of the qualifying examination was announced on or before the specified date and he/she has been declared passed, will also, be considered of having the required Educational Qualification.
  • If a candidate obtained a degree through open Universities/Distance Education Mode, it must be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU.

Age relaxation as per SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2016

As per Eligibility Criteria, candidate must be aged between 18 to 27 years as on 1 August 2016. He must be born not before 2 August 1987 and later than 2 August 1996. As a proof of age, class X passing certificate or date of birth certificate will be used.

The constitution of India also provides the age relaxation for the reserved categories, the detail of which is provided in the following table

Category Age Relaxation
Other Backward Category (OBC) 03 years
Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribes 05 years
Physically Handicapped students 10 years
PH + OBC 13 years
PH + SC/ST 15 years

Application fees
Candidates applying for the SSC CHSL 2016 exam have to pay the application fees of Rs. 100. Female/Physically handicapped/SC/ST and Ex-Serviceman candidates no need to pay any application fee. The application fee can be paid offline or online through bank challan.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

Each candidate is suggested to read the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern before starting the preparation. It would tell about the number, type of questions, marking scheme and exam duration. Reading this will help them to prepare a strategy and improve the attempt in the examination.

Part I
  • There shall be 4 parts of the single question paper. 50 questions each would be asked from these sections.
  • These parts are – General Intelligence, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness.
  • Weightage of each section is 50 marks.
  • Duration of the exam is 2 hours or 120 minutes.
  • The Paper will consist of objective type (multiple choice questions) only.
  • Questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-I, III & IV.
  • There will be negative marking of ¼ marks for each wrong answer.

Serial Subject Marks Questions
1 General Intelligence (Basic Knowledge) 50 50
2 English Language (Basic Knowledge) 50 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 50 50
4 General Awareness (Current Affairs) 50 50

Part II

As per the SSC CHSL 2016 Paper Pattern, This round will be conducted for the candidates who qualify the written examination. This round is qualifying in nature and it would test a candidate’s skills pertaining to the post he has applied for.

  • Typing Test for LDC
    Typing test will be held for those candidates who qualify in the written examination. This test will be conducted in English or Hindi. A candidate need to specify the language of typing while filling the application form. This test is qualifying in nature and would be taken on a computer, which would be provided by the Commission or any agency authorized. The candidates who opt for English medium must have a typing speed of 35 words per minute and those who opt for Hindi medium must have typing speed of 30 words per minute.

  • Skill Test for Data Entry Operator
    Skill test will be held for those candidates would qualify in the written examination. They must maintain a data entry speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) key depressions per hour on a computer. Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on computer will be judged on the basis of correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage. Duration of this test will be 15 minutes. Printed matter in English language which would contain about 2000- 2200 strokes/key-depressions would be provided to each candidate.

SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus

The selection process consists of a written exam followed by skill tests. The merit is based on the marks secured in the written exam and the skill test is of qualifying nature only.
Written exam consists of Objective Type Multiple choice questions only. There is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

General Intelligence Syllabus
  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic/Number Analogy
  • Figural Analogy
  • Semantic Classification
  • Symbolic/Number Classification
  • Figural Classification
  • Semantic Series
  • Number Series
  • Figural Series
  • Problem Solving
  • Word Building
  • Coding and de-coding
  • Numerical operations
  • Symbolic operations
  • Trends
  • Space Orientation
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Drawing inferences
  • Punched hole/pattern - folding & unfolding
  • Figural Pattern - folding and completion
  • Embedded figures
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Intelligence
  • Other sub-topics

English Language
  • Spot the Error
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Synonyms/Homonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • One word substitution
  • Improvement of Sentences
  • Active/Passive Voice of Verbs
  • Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
  • Shuffling of Sentence parts
  • Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
  • Cloze Passage
  • Comprehension Passage

Quantitative Aptitude
Number Systems:
  • Computation of Whole Number
  • Decimal and Fractions
  • Relationship between numbers

Fundamental arithmetical operations:
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Square roots
  • Averages
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time and distance
  • Time and work


Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra (and their simple applications) e.g. Formulas for (a+b)2, (a-b)2, (a+b)3, (a-b)3, a3-b3, a3+b3, a2-b2; if a+b+c=0, then a3+b3+c3=3abc, etc. and Elementary surds (simple problems) Graphs of Linear Equations

Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts:
  • Triangle and its various kinds of centres viz. Centroid, In-centre, Orthocenter, Circumcentre
  • Congruence and similarity of triangles
  • Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.

  • Triangle, Quadrilaterals
  • Regular Polygons (sum of the internal angles of a polygon)
  • Circle
  • Right Prism
  • Right Circular Cone
  • Right Circular Cylinder
  • Sphere, Hemispheres
  • Rectangular Parallelepiped
  • Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base

  • Trigonometry (for acute angles θ with 0≤θ≤90)
  • Trigonometric ratios
  • Degree and Radian Measures
  • Standard Identities like sin2θ + Cos2θ = 1, etc.
Complementary Angles, Heights and Distances (simple problems only)

Statistical Charts
Use of Tables and Graphs:
  • Histogram
  • Frequency polygon
  • Bar-diagram
  • Pie-chart

General Awareness
Questions are designed to test your general awareness of the environment around you and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.

Skill Test for DEO
In the DEO skill test, you are given printed passage in English containing 2000-2200 strokes/key-depressions which you have to enter in the computer within 15 minutes. You are judged based on how many correct entries of the key depressions you made.
This test is of qualifying nature only. You just have to reach the threshold level of 8,000 Key Depressions per hour i.e. in 15 minutes; you have to make 2,000 correct key depressions.

Typing Test for LDC
You can take the test either in Hindi or in English. You are given a text passage, which you have to enter correctly in 10 minutes. The speed is judged based on how many words you could correctly type on the computer.
This test is qualifying nature only. You just have to reach the threshold level of 35 words per minute for English (10500 key depressions/hour) or 30 words per minute for Hindi (9000 key depressions/hour).

SSC CHSL Selection Procedure

The selection process of SSC CHSL exam consists of two successive stages. The explanations of both the stages are given below.

First Stage: Written Exam
In the first stage of the selection process, the candidates are required to appear for the written exam. This exam is an objective type and qualifying in nature.

The following table consists of the scheme of the written test.

S.No. Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1. General Intelligence 50 50
2. English Language (Basic Knowledge) 50 50
3. Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 50 50
4. General Awareness 50 50
Total 200 200

The candidates who will qualify in the written test will be called for the next stage of selection process.

Second Stage: Skill Test or Typing Test
The candidates who will score minimum qualifying marks in the written examination are called for Skill Test for the post of Data Entry Operator; and Typing Test for the post of Postal Assistant & Sorting Assistant (PA/SA), and Lower Division Clerk.

The Commission reserves the right to introduce additional stage of examination which would be notified at suitable time, if considered necessary.

Mode of Selection
Candidates who qualify in the Skill Test/Typing Test will be recommended for appointment by the Commission on the basis of their performance in the Written Examination. Allocation of candidates will be made to User Departments depending upon their merit position and the option exercised by them.

Mode of Selection for Reserved Categories
1. SC, ST, OBC, and PH candidates, who are selected on their own merit without relaxed standards, along with candidates belonging to other communities, will not be adjusted against the reserved share of vacancies.
Such SC, ST, OBC, and PH candidates will be accommodated against the general/unreserved vacancies as per their position in the overall Merit List.
2. The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible SCs, STs, OBCs, and PH candidates which will, thus, comprise of SC,ST,OBC and PH candidates who are lower in merit than the last general candidate on merit list of unreserved category but otherwise found suitable for appointment even by relaxed standard.
3. An Ex-Serviceman or Physically Handicapped (OH/VH/HH) category candidate who qualifies on the basis of relaxed standards viz. age limit, experience or qualifications, permitted number of chances in written examination, extended zone of consideration, etc. is to be counted against reserved vacancies and not against general vacancies.
Such candidates may also be recommended at the relaxed standards to the extent the number of vacancies reserved for them, to make up for the deficiency in the reserved quota, irrespective of their rank in the order of merit.

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If, on verification, at any time, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

Commission’s Decision Final
The decision of the Commission in all matters relating to eligibility, acceptance or rejection of the applications, penalty for false information, mode of selection, conduct of examination(s), allotment of examination centre’s, selection and allotment of posts/organizations to selected candidates will be final and binding on the candidates and no enquiry/correspondence will be entertained in this regard.