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All you need to know about the SSC-CHSL exam 2018

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All you need to know about the SSC-CHSL exam 2018

The SSC-CHSL (SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level) is a nationwide exam conducted for recruitment to vacant posts in various Central government departments and ministries. It includes posts such as:

  • LDC (lower division clerk)
  • Data entry operator (DEO)
  • Postal assistants/sorting assistants (PA / SA)

In this article, we bring to you all the details regarding the SSC CHSL exam. This will cover Vacancies, important dates, eligibility, selection process, exam pattern, syllabus, application fee and salary.

Eligibility

  • Candidate should be 18–27 years of age as on August 1, 2018.
  • Age relaxation is provided for various categories as per government regulations
  • Candidate must have passed Class 12 (or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university
  • For data entry operator’s post in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): Candidate should have cleared Class 12 (10+2) in science stream with mathematics as a subject from any recognized board or equivalent.

Selection Process

The candidates must go through the three phases to get selected:

  • Computer-based examination (Tier-I)
  • Descriptive paper (Tier-II)
  • Typing test/skill test (Tier-III)

Exam pattern and syllabus

Exam Pattern of General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • No. of questions: 25
  • Total marks: 50
  • Marks per correct answer: 2
  • Negative Marking for the incorrect answer: 0.5
  • Paper Mode: Online
  • Question Type: Multiple choice objective type

Tier-I exam pattern and syllabus

Objective computer-based examination

This examination consists of objective type (multiple-choice) questions. The questions will be set both in English and Hindi for part-II, III and IV. There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

General Intelligence

It Includes questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. Following are some important topics:

  • Semantic analogy, semantic classification
  • Symbolic operations, symbolic/ number analogy
  • Trends, figural analogy, space orientation
  • Venn diagrams, symbolic/number classification
  • Drawing inferences, figural classification
  • Figural pattern – folding and completion
  • Semantic series, number series, figural series, embedded figures
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving, word building
  • Emotional intelligence, social intelligence
  • Coding and decoding

English language

Candidates need to cover the following topics:

  • Spot the error, cloze passage
  • Reading comprehension
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms/homonyms, antonyms
  • Spellings/ detecting misspelled words
  • Idioms and phrases
  • One-word substitution
  • Improvement of sentences
  • Active/passive voice of verbs
  • Conversion into the direct/indirect narration
  • Shuffling of sentence parts
  • Shuffling of sentences in a passage

Important Vocabulary

  1. Egg-headed- intelligent
  2. Anomaly- something that is not normal
  3. Equivocal- neutral, uncertain
  4. Lucid- very transparent, clear
  5. Precipitate- to bring down
  6. Assuage- to satisfy someone, to pacify, allay
  7. Erudite- directly related to knowledge
  8. Opaque- not clear
  9. Prodigal- wasteful, extravagant
  10. Enigma- a mystery that cannot be explained
  11. Fervid- intense emotion
  12. Placate- to satisfy someone
  13. Zeal- enthusiasm
  14. Abstain- to stay away from something
  15. Apathy- an absence of feeling
  16. Adulterate- to mix with the impurity
  17. Audacious- very bold that becomes a negative quality
  18. Laconic- very brief, to the point
  19. Capricious- given to sudden behavior change
  20. Vagarious- given to sudden behavior change
  21. Laudable- applause
  22. Loquacious- talkative
  23. Corroborate- to sustain something
  24. Mitigate- to reduce the seriousness
  25. Desiccate- lacking spirit
  26. Pedant- formalist
  27. Engender- give rise to something
  28. Pragmatic- practical

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Arithmetic
  • Number systems
  • Percentages, profit and loss, discount, partnership business
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Averages mixtures and allegation
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Time and distance
  • Time and work
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistical charts

General Awareness

The Questions are designed to test the candidate’s general awareness and to test his knowledge of current events and on the economic and scientific developments.

  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General policy
  • Scientific research

Tier-II exam pattern and syllabus

Descriptive examination

  • Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive test of 100 marks
  • Will be conducted in pen and paper mode
  • The duration of the test will be of 80 minutes
  • Paper will comprise an essay (200-250 words) and,
  • Letter/application of approximately 150-200 words
  • It can be taken in either Hindi or English

The paper has been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II is 33 %. The performance in Tier II is included while preparing merit.

Tier-III exam pattern and syllabus

Typing/skill test

Tier-III of the examination is a skill test/ typing test which is qualifying in nature. It is conducted for those candidates who qualify in the computer-based examination (Tier-I) and descriptive paper (Tier-II).

  • Data entry speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) key depressions per hour on Computer for DEO
  • For the post of data entry operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): A speed Test of not less than 15,000 key depressions per hour for data entry work will be ascertained through speed test on computer
  • Typing test will be conducted in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the examination will have to their choice/ option for skill test medium in the application form.

Application fee

  • Fee payable: Rs.100/-
  • The fee can be paid through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa/ Master-card/ Maestro Credit/ Debit card

Salary

Lower division clerk (LDC)/junior secretariat assistant (JSA)

  • Pay band -1: (Rs. 5,200 – 20,200)
  • Grade pay: Rs. 1,900 (pre-revised)

Postal Assistant (PA)/sorting assistant (SA)

  • Pay band -1: (Rs. 5,200 – 20,200)
  • Grade pay: Rs. 2,400 (pre-revised)

Data entry operator(DEO)

  • Pay band -1: (Rs. 5,200 – 20,200),
  • Grade pay: Rs. 2,400 (pre-revised)

Data entry operator, Grade ‘A’

  • Pay band -1: (Rs. 5,200 – 20,200)
  • Grade pay: Rs. 2,400 (pre-revised)

Exam Date

Staff Selection Commission or SSC would be holding the CHSL exam from 4 March 2018 to 26 March 2018 in a computer-based pattern. This exam consists of a General Awareness (GA) section with 25 questions. It plays an important part in getting the score required to cross the cut off marks.

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