SSC CHSL 2021: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Date

The Staff Selection Commission will organize the recruitment process to shortlist the candidates for the posts of Lower Divisional Clerk, Sorting Assistant, Data Entry Operator, etc. For the purpose of selecting the candidates, the commission will conduct one online exam (tier I), one written exam (tier II) and a skill test (tier III). The process application for SSC CHSL 2021 will begin tentatively from the month of November 2020. The tier I exam is expected to be conducted in March 2021 and tier-II in August 2021.

SSC CHSL 2021 Main Highlights

  • Only online mode will be provided to the candidates for filling and submitting the application form.
  • Before applying, the candidates must make sure that they fulfill the required eligibility criteria for CHSL exam.
  • Candidates found ineligible at any stage of the selection process will be disqualified and any fees submitted will be forfeited.
  • The selected candidates will be liable to serve anywhere in the country as appointed by the commission.
  • Any notification regarding the exam and selection may be communicated to the candidates on their registered email id and phone number. Therefore, they must be valid and kept active till the selection process is over.

SSC CHSL 2021 Important Dates

The tentative dates for SSC CHSL 2021 are provided in the table given below:

Important Events Tentative Dates
Availability of online application form November 2020, 3rd week
Last date to submit the application December 2020, 3rd week
Issue of tier I admit card February 2021, 4th week
Exam date for tier I March 2021, 1st to 4th week
Announcement of tier I result Yet to be notified
Issue of tier II admit card August 2021, 1st week
Exam date for tier II August 2021, 2nd week
Announcement of tier II result Yet to be notified
Date for skill test Yet to be notified

SSC CHSL 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria must be fulfilled by the SSC CHSL 2021 aspirants:


The following candidates can apply:

  • A citizen of India,
  • A subject of Bhutan,
  • A subject of Nepal,
  • A Tibetan refugee, who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling,
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling

Age Criteria:

  • The minimum and maximum age of the candidates should 18 and 27 years respectively as on 1st August 2021.

Relaxation in upper age limit is provided as per the following rules:

Category Relaxation in upper age
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PwD 10 years (General candidates)

13 years (OBC candidates)

15 years (SC/ ST candidates)

Ex-Servicemen 3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date
Central Govt. Civilian Employees who have rendered a minimum 3 years regular and continuous service as on the last date of application Up to 40 years of age

Up to 45 years of age (SC/ ST candidates)

Candidates ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 5 years
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried Up to 35 years of age

Up to 40 years of age (SC/ ST candidates)

Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof 3 years

8 years (SC/ ST candidates)

Service Clerks in the last year of their color service in the Armed Forces Up to 45 years of age

Up to 50 years of age(SC/ ST candidates)

Retrenched census employees of the Office of Registrar General of India (considered only for offices under RGI) 3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with census, before retrenchment, and weightage of past service


  • The candidates should have passed their class 12th exam or equivalent.
  • A pass in class 12th with Mathematics as a subject is required for data entry operator in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG).
  • Candidates who will acquire the required qualification on or before 1st August 2021 are also eligible.

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Application Form

The SSC CHSL 2021 application form will be made available on the official website Candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria for the exam can fill and submit their online application form.

  • At first, the candidates will have to fill a registration form providing details such as name, gender, category, address, date of birth, etc.
  • In the registration form, scanned copies of candidates’ photograph and signature will also be uploaded.
  • Duly-filled registration form can then be submitted online. A registration id and password will be generated after that.
  • Candidates can login using the id and password and fill the remaining details in the application form.
  • Once all the details are provided in the application form, it can be submitted along with the application fee.
  • The candidates should take a printout of the application form and keep it safe in case of future reference.

Application fee

  • The application fee for general/ OBC candidates will be Rs. 100/-.
  • Women candidates and candidates of SC/ ST/ Ex-servicemen category will not have to pay any application fee.
  • Application fee payment can be done using SBI Challan, SBI net banking or any bank debit card/ credit card.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2021

The SSC CHSL 2021 exam pattern is given below:

Tier I

  • Mode of exam: Online
  • Test duration: 1 hour
  • Question paper language: English and Hindi both (expect language section)
  • Number of questions: 100
  • Type of question: Multiple-choice question
  • Total marks: 200
  • Marking scheme: 2 marks will be given for each correct answer and 0.5 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer
Topics No. of questions Maximum marks
English Language 25 50
General Intelligence 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Total 100 200

Tier II

  • Mode of exam: Offline
  • Test duration: 1 hour
  • Question paper language: English or Hindi
  • Type of question: Descriptive type
  • Total marks: 100
  • Topics: Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/ Application of approximately 150-200 words

Tier III

Skill Test for Data Entry Operator:

  • Number of key depression given: 2000- 2200
  • Duration: 15 minutes

For Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General:

  • Number of key depression given: 3700- 4000
  • Duration: 15 minutes

Typing Test for LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant:

Passage dictation to test the typing speed of 35 words per minute for English medium candidates and 30 words per minute for Hindi medium candidates

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The syllabus for SSC CHSL 2021 is provided as:

  • General Awareness: General Knowledge, India & Neighboring Countries pertaining to their Geography, Culture, History, General Science and Scientific Research
  • General Intelligence: Analogy, Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, etc
  • English Language: Spot the Error, Synonyms & Antonyms, Fill in the Blanks, Cloze Passage, Direct/ Indirect Narration, Reading Comprehension, etc
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Number Systems, Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Square Roots, Tables & Graphs, Histogram, Trigonometry, Statistical Charts, etc.

Admit Card

  • The candidates can download their SSC CHSL 2021 admit card from the official website of the concerned regional/ sub-regional website.
  • Admit card will be released around one week before the date of the examination.
  • The admit card along with a valid identity proof and 3 passport size photographs must be carried to the exam center.
  • No candidate will be allowed entry into the exam hall in case of absence of these documents.
  • The admit card for tier II and III will be released only for the candidates qualifying the preceding exam.

Result & Selection

  • The result of the CHSL exams will be announced in online mode. Candidates will able to check the result by visiting the official website of SSC.
  • Candidates who clear the tier I exam will be eligible for tier II and clearing tier II will make them eligible for the skill test.
  • Those who clear the tier III (skill test) will be called for document verification.
  • At the time of document verification, the candidates will be asked to provide their post preference.
  • Final allocation of candidates will be made on the basis of their merit position and the option exercised by them.
  • However, the final allocation will be subject to verification of documents and eligibility of the candidates.

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