Exam Preparation



Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam (also known as CHSL Exam) for the posts/rank of LDC (Lower Division Clerk) and DEO (Data Entry Operator) in central government departments/ ministries. Huge numbers of candidates apply for SSC exam each year. Therefore, competition is considered very tough. The minimum educational Qualification for CHSL exam is 12 class. Those candidates, who want to clear CHSL exam, should prepare as per syllabus given by staff selection commission. We do our best to provide you all information related to CHSL exam and HOW TO CRACK CHSL EXAM.

1) Written examination (Objective type). 
2) Typing/Skill Test. 
The Prelims exam consists of MCQ or objective type Questions. The candidates, who those applicants who qualify Prelims test, are eligible for the next stage of the examination. The syllabus for both the exams are mentioned below (subject-wise) for your easy and better understanding. The Objective type has four sections, where the candidate is given an OMR sheet and the question paper. For each question asked in examination, there are four options and the candidate has to mark the best answer in the OMR sheet. 

1) General Intelligence and Reasoning (GI &R) (50 marks-50 Questions): 
This section consists 50 MCQ questions based on the following topic: Analogy, Classification, Series, Coding and Decoding, Blood relations, Direction Sense Test, Logical Venn Diagram, Alphabet Test, Sitting arrangement, Mathematical Operations, arithmetical reasoning, Asserting the missing character, Syllogism, Logical sequence of word, Puzzle test, Alpha Numeric Test, Number Ranking and time sequence test. 

2) English Language and Comprehension (EL&C) (50 marks-50 Questions): 
This section consists of 50 MCQ questions based on the following topics: 

1. Reading Comprehension Passage
2. Find the Error 
3. Fill in the blanks 
4. Idioms & Phrases 
5. Shuffling of Sentences in a passage 
6. One Word Substitution
6. Antonyms Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration,
7. Shuffling of sentence parts
8. Improvement of sentences Spellings/ Detecting Misspelled words
9. Cloze Passage
10. Active and Passive Voice
11. One word substitution

3) General Awareness: (50 Questions- 50 marks): 
Question in SSC CHSL/LDC/DEO Syllabus of the general awareness section is based on the following knowledge of current affairs: 
Facts relating to India’s history- 
a. Culture, 
b. Geography, 
c. Economic scene, 
d. General policy, 
e. Scientific research 
f. Moreover, general knowledge about neighboring countries. 

4) Quantitative Aptitude: (50 Questions- 50 marks): 
The questions in this section are asked from the following topics: 

A. Arithmetic : 
1. Number Systems: 
2. Decimal and Fractions 
3. Computation of the Whole Number 
4. Relationship between numbers. 

B. Fundamental arithmetical operations: 
1. Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, 
2. Square roots 
3. Averages 
4. Discount Problems
5. Profit and Loss
6. S.I and C.I
7. Problem on Partnership Business
8. Mixture and Allegation
9. Time, Speed and Distance
10. Time and work. 

C. Geometry: 
Overview of Geometry facts and figures-
1. Triangle
2. Circle and its chords
3. Angles subtended by chords of a circle
4. Tangents and common tangents to two or more circles
5. Congruence and similarity of triangles 

D. Algebra: 
Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations. 

E. Mensuration: 
Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone. 

F. Trigonometry: 
Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin20 + Cos20=1 etc., Complementary angles. 

G. Statistical Charts: 
Use of Tables and Graph, Histogram, Pie-chart, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram. 

*Note: For Visually Handicapped candidates (of 40% and above visual disability), also opting SCRIBES there will be no questions of Maps/Graphs/Statistical Data for them. 

Skill Test / Typing Test for the 12th level exam. There is a skill test to be attempted for those candidates who have cleared the written examination. In SSC test, those who had opted for Data Entry Operator (DEO) posts will also have to take up a skill test; whereas SSC candidates who had filled in for Lower Division Clerk (LDC) posts will have to take a typing test. SSC LDC Skill Test Syllabus Pattern. 

SSC LDC is a qualifying nature exam in which candidates should have Data Entry Speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on the computer. The candidates will be provided with the matter in The English language, which is to be typed into the computer. To qualify this part of the SSC LDC Skill test, the candidate must have a minimum speed of 2000-2200 strokes/key-depressions; in the time duration of 15 minutes of the exam. The typing speed of MS office is also to be tested to qualify the SSC LDC Skill Test. 

{*Key depressions or keystrokes are the numbers of key a candidate can press in the given time duration for the test. The right words are counted the correct key depressions of the candidate to qualify.} 

SSC DEO typing tests Pattern: 
Time for Typing test - 10 minutes (VH candidates- 30 minutes) 

Typing Speed - 
If the candidate has opted for English medium in the SSC application form, then 35 words per minute are the preferable speed. 
Whereas, if you have opted for Hindi medium in the SSC application form, then 30 words per minute will be the preferred rate. 
After the skill test/typing test result; candidates who have qualified will be appointed as per the position obtained in the merit. 

This paper will be of the descriptive type, which broadly covers the syllabus stated below. It will consist of the four sections 50 marks each:- 

a) English Language and Comprehension - 50 marks (including Essay and Letter Writing)
b) General Intelligence and Reasoning - 50 marks
c) Quantitative Aptitude - 50 marks
d) General Awareness - 50 marks 

Total time duration of the exam is about 2 hours, and Physical Handicapped/VH candidates are permitted to take 2hrs 40 min. 

Descriptive Exam: 

*SSC CHSL 2014 had a descriptive paper. Questions in this paper asked from above-given topics. 
*SSC CHSL 2015 does not have a descriptive test as a part of the selection process as per the notification issued. However, SSC said that they may include it if it needs. 

Post's name: Lower Division Clerk known as LDC, Data Entry Operator known as DEO and Sorting Assistant known as SA. 

Total Number of vacancies: 6578, it is figured that the vacancies for the post of Postal Assistant (PA) /Sorting Assistant, LDC and DEO are 3523, 2049 and 1006 respectively. 

Eligibility Criteria: (LDC) Lower Divisional Clerk posts and (DEO) Data entry operator posts 

Education Qualification: All intermediate 12th pass students are eligible to fill the application form for SSC CHSL posts. This exam can prove to be an excellent opportunity for Intermediate qualified students. 

Age limit: minimum 18 year and maximum 27 years as per 1st August 20XX. 
*Reserved category candidates will get benefits in their respective reservation categories. 

Salary/Pay Out: Selected candidates for the posts of lower division clerk and Data entry operator posts will be appointed in the: 
Data Entry Operator DEO in the pay band 1 (grade pay) will get 2400 rupees in their salary. 
Lower Division Clerk (LDC) in the pay 1 (grade pay) will get 1900 rupees in their salary. 

* These posts are Classified in Group C category of various Central Government Ministries / Departments / Offices. 

1. Postal Assistant (PA) /Sorting Assistant PB -1 (Rs. 5200-20200) Grade Pay 2400
2. Data Entry Operator: Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 2400
3. Data Entry Operator (DEO): Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 1900
4. Lower Division Clerk: Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 1900 

For SSC CHSL Written Examination 

Best books for the General Knowledge Preparation of SSC examination- 

i) NCERT books for Science of High School
ii) GK of Luent 
iii) Monthly Magazine 'PratiyogitaDarpan PD and Pratiyogitakiran
iv) Newspaper - The Hindu (Available online Free)
v) Reasoning Book: Try to solve previous year question paper for the Reasoning preparation its sufficient .
vi) ENGLISH Preparation for SSC Examination

MATHS Preparation for SSC CHSL- 

viii) Quick Arithmetic by Ashish Aggarwal (Now it has Geometry & Trigonometry both included); of course the best book for CHSL Exam 
ix) Quantitative Aptitude by R S Agrawal
x) Class IX & X Maths books of NCERT/R D Sharma for geometry and trigonometry 

Some these tips can be used to crack the examination and score well. These tips are made for you to prepare for SSC with a strategy for all the stages of the selection. 

1. Analyze your strengths and weaknesses; working on the latter is the most important task to improve.
2. The timetable is the essential key while following it rigorously.
3. Dedicating equal and sufficient to all sections, topics and subtopics of every subject will be helpful in keeping everything sorted in one’s mind.
4. Remember to Revise what you have studied on a regular basis to know how well the topic is learnt and to determine future time-table.
5. Pay special attention to the exam-important topics/questions that have higher weight –age in marking scheme.
6. Practice a lot for General Intelligence and Aptitude (General for every entrance exam).
7. Solve sample papers of previous years for improvement and performance to track time while improving your time management.
8. Keep the typing practice on typewriter and keyboard on a daily base for the skill test.