SSC CHSL 2018:- Staff service commission is an organization that conducts CGL (Graduate Level), SSC CHSL (12th level), MTS (10th level) examination every year to recruit desirable candidates for various position in the government sector across the country.

Notification: SSC has recently released the SSC CHSL notification for the 2018 to recruit candidates for 3271 Posts on various Ministries and Department of Government of India.

Vacancies: – There are the tentative vacancies for the posts of LDC/ JSA, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant and DEO as follows:-

  • LDC / JSA( Junior sorting assistant) – 910
  • Postal assistant/ Sorting assistant – 2359
  • DEO- 2

Exam dates: The tentative dates for the recruitment of Data Entry Operator and other posts are as follows:-

SSC CHSL 2018 Tier I exam will be conducted from March 2019 and Tier II exam has will be conducted in July 2019 to recruit the eligible candidates for Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants, Lower Divisional Clerks, and Data Entry Operators (LDC & DEO) Posts.

SSC CHSL Important dates are given as follows:-

SSC CHSL 2018 Notification Release Date 17th November 2018
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates & Payment of Application Fees 18th November 2018
SSC CHSL Application Form Last Date 27th December 2018
Tier-I Exam Date March 2019
Tier-II (Descriptive Paper) July 2019
Tier-III (Skill Test) Exam Date Nov-Dec 2019


Age Limit: 18-27 years as on 01.08.2018 (Candidates born not before 02-08-1991 and not later than 01-08-2000).

Educational Qualification: Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.

HOW TO APPLY: – Candidates can apply online only from 18-11-2017 to 27-12-2017 and

no other mode of application will be accepted. Visit the official website – to apply.

Fee: Rs 100 (For SC/ST/PWD/ women candidates: No fees). Mode of fee payment will be only through SBI either in the form of challan or through SBI Net Banking or any other bank Credit/Debit Card. Challan form will be generated online.

Challan mode: – Candidate should take print out of challan generated online after the completion of Part-1 registration. Deposit the requisite fee in any branch of SBI and then continue with the Part-2 registration.

Online mode: – Candidates can go directly to part-2 registration after completion of part-1 registration. Candidate must supply registration number and date of birth to continue to Part-2 registration

Recruitment Process: – The recruitment is done through three stages:- Tier -1 & Tier – 2 Test followed by the Descriptive test.


Tier Type Time Mode
Tier 1 Computer Based Test Objective (CBT)  60 minutes Online
Tier 2 Descriptive 60 minutes Offline
Tier 3 Skill Test NA Wherever applicable

Marks scored by candidates in SSC CHSL Tier-I and Tier-II examinations, if conducted in multiple shifts, will be normalized and such normalized scores will be treated as final and will be used for qualifying the candidates to next stage of examination and to determine final merit.

Note: – SSC CHSL 2018 Tier 1 exam will be conducted in online mode and the descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode. Reduction in time limit for examination of Tier -I from 75 minutes to 60 minutes. No Sectional Cut off.


Scheme of SSC CHSL Tier-1 Examination: – There will be 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CHSL 2018, with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:


Section Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1. General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
2. General Awareness 25 50
3. Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4. English Comprehension 25 50
  Total 100 200

*Negative marking – 0.5 marks for every wrong answer.

SSC CHSL 2016 TIER- 1 Cut-Off:

Category Cut-Off Marks
     SC 108.00
     ST 99.00
    OBC 120.00
    Ex. S 64.50
       HH 65.00
       VH 96.00
       UR 127.50


SSC CHSL 2015 TIER- 1 Cut-Off:

Category Gen OBC SC ST OH VH HH Ex-S
Cut off Marks 119 110 99 89.50 88 83.50 55 45.50


Scheme of SSC CHSL Tier-2 Examination: – The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing of approximately 150-200 words in 60 minutes caries 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent. The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing merit.

Scheme of SSC CHSL Tier-3 Examination: – Skill test

1) Data Entry Operator (DEO):

  • Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer.
  • The duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes.


2) Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant LDCs and Court Clerks:


  • English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute.


  • Hindi medium should have typing speed of 30 words per minute.
  • The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the Computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes.


The list below is the tentative and the candidate need to check his eligibility before filling the preference list for the Posts. To guide you in choosing the best suitable post for yourself matching the caliber you possess, we are providing details of all the posts:-


Order of Preference Code Name of Department/Office
1 D48 Data entry operator (C&AG)
2 D49 DEO Controller general of account
3 D50 DEO, Department of animal, husbandry, Dairying & fisheries
4 D51 DEO, Department of industrial policy and promotion
5 P47 PA/SA (Ministry Of Communications)
6 C46 Court Clerk (Department of legal affairs)
7 L06 Controller general of account
8 L28 Ministry of external affairs
9 L04 Central bureau investigation
10 L17 Intelligence bureau
11 L15 Income tax settlement commission (d/o Revenue)
12 L05 Central bureau of narcotics
13 L03 Central administrative tribunal.
14 L10 Department of food & public Distribution
15 L40 National investigation agency
16 L31 Ministry of home affairs
17 L13 Election commission
18 L01 Bureau of police research &Development
19 L07 Controller general of defence account
20 L09 Department of electronics and Information technology
21 L21 Ministry of communication (department of post)
22 L22 Ministry of communication (department of post)
23 L23 Ministry of communication (department of telecommunication)
24 L25 Ministry of defence
25 L33 Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
26 L36 Ministry of power
27 L37 Ministry of Statistic & Programme implementation
28 L35 Ministry of mines
29 L02 Canteen store department (mod)
30 L45 Registrar general of India
31 L43 Office of Development Commissioner (msme)
32 L32 Ministry of housing and urban Affairs
33 L29 Ministry of health and family Welfare
34 L30 Ministry of health and family Welfare
35 L26 Ministry of Development of North eastern region
36 L27 Ministry of environment forests & climate change
37 L39 Ministry of shipping
38 L41 National Technical Research Organization
39 L11 Department of forensic science Services (m/o home affairs)
40 L19 Mes (army hq)
41 L16 Indian coast guard
42 L20 Ministry of agriculture (agriculture &Cooperation)
43 L24 Ministry of culture
44 L18 Lbsnaa (dopt)
45 L14 Ihq mod (n)/dcmpr
46 L44 Rajbhasha vibhag(mha)-chit
47 L42 O/o the dg archaeological survey of india (m/o culture)
48 L38 Ministry Of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
49 L08 Department of animal husbandry, Dairying & fisheries
50 L34 Ministry of labor & employment
51 L12 Department of industrial policy and Promotion


How to approach the SSC CHSL exam 2018?

As per the latest notification of SSC CHSL 2018, there are not many changes in the Pattern of both Examinations except that Normalization will be done in the Tier-I exam from now on.

The total time you get for solving the paper is 60 minutes. There is no sectional time limit so you have the liberty to attempt various sections in any order you want. Now let’s go through each section individually and device a strategy that can help you to ace this exam.


Quantitative Aptitude: It is considered to be the most difficult and time-consuming part of the exam. But with proper practice, good marks can be scored. So, utilize the time & make yourself expert in at least some of the areas of quant section. Do not rush directly to the Shortcuts and tricks, learn basics first and after you are done with conventional method, you should move toward the advance methods. Simplification, interest, percentages, ratio and proportion and age-problems are easy to solve and scoring so spend more time with these topics. Profit and loss, number series, mensuration, number systems, speed and distance, etc. are scoring topics but take more time to solve. In 2017, questions were also asked from Coordinate geometry. So, don’t leave any topic. Be thorough with all the chapters mentioned in the syllabus. Learn all the important formulas by heart. First attempt those questions which are take less time to solve then, move to those question which are easy but take more time to get solve. While preparing for Quantitative Aptitude, Solve as many different types of questions and topics as you can to know your strong and weak areas.

S.No. Topics No. Of Questions (2016- 17) No. Of Questions (2017- 18) Expected

(2018- 19)

1 Ratio/ Percentage 3(E) 1 (E) 0-1
2 Average 1 (E)    1 (E-M) 2-3
3 Partnership 1(E) 1 (E) 1
4 Simplification 1 (E) 1-2
5 Time & Work 2 (E)     1 (E- M) 1-2
6   Speed &Distance 2 (E) 1(E) 1-2
7 C.I., S.I. 2(E) 1 (E) 2-3
8 Profit & Loss 2(E)     2 (E- M) 0-1
9 Number System 1 (E) 1 (E) 2
10 Geometry 3-4 (E)     3-4 (E- M) 1-2
11 Mensuration 4-5 (E) 2 (E) 2-3
12 Trigonometry 3-4 (E) 1 (E) 1-2
13 DI 2 (E)     5 (E- M) 5
14 Algebra 4-5 (E)   2-3 (M) 3-4
Total Questions 25 (E -M) 25 (M) 25 (E-M)


Reasoning: Solving General Intelligence (GI) questions can be very tricky unless you have sufficient practice. Try to solving as many practice papers, as you can. As you go on practicing, you will gradually devise tricks of your own to tackle GI questions. Topics like Puzzles, analogy, coding-decoding, series, figure-based questions, etc. are very scoring. Start with these and move on to more versatile questions. Also, practice consistently. Furthermore, non-verbal reasoning topics like image assembling, figure-counting, etc. require you to use visual imagination. Do not skip or ignore these questions because they seem time-consuming to you. Solving them is the best way to make them less time-consuming. While practicing, make your aim to attempt at least 23-24 questions in 20 minutes with reasonable accuracy.

S.No. Topics No. Of Questions (2016-17) No. Of Questions (2017-18) Expected


1 Analogy 3-4 (E) 2-3
2 Odd One Out 2-3 (E-M) 2-3 (E) 3-4
3 Series 10-12(E-M) 3 (E-M) 4-5
4 Statement & Conclusions 2(E-M) 1 (E) 2
5 Directions 3(E-M) 1 (E) 2
6 Sequence (Acc. to Dictionary) 1 (E) 2
7 Coding-Decoding 1 (E) 3-4 (E) 2-4
8 Mathematical Operations 2-3(E) 2 (E) 1
9 Matrix 1(E) 1 (E) 2
10 Blood Relation 2(E-M) 1 (E) 2
11 Water/Mirror Image 1 (E) 1 (E) 2
12 Venn Diagram & Syllogism 1(M) 2 (E) 1
13 Paper Folding Image 1 (E) 1
Total 25 (E-M) 25 (E) 25


English: – To prepare well for the SSC or any other competitive exam, you must prepare for three things in English section, these are vocabulary, grammar and comprehension. If you achieve proficiency in vocabulary and grammar, you will score good marks. After this, all you need is to work on comprehension. The pattern and questions in this exam often get repeated. Therefore, a thorough preparation can help you wrap up this entire section within 10 minutes in the exam. Comprehension – Practice passages daily. The trick is to read the questions before you read the passage, as then while reading the passage you will know exactly what you are looking for. Vocabulary – Try to read as much as you can. Whenever you come across new words, make a list. Also, go through all the questions asked in previous years. Grammar – Just like vocabulary, your grammar will also improve if you read more sincerely. Try as many questions as you can on Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement and Fill in the Blanks.


S.No. Topics No. of Questions


No. Of Questions   (2017-18) Expected (2018-19)
1 Fill in the Blanks 4(E-M) 2-3 (E-M) 2
2 Sentence Improvement 1-2 (E-M) 2-3
3 Error Detection 4(M) 2-3 (M) 1-2
4 Sentence Rearrangement 1-2(M) 1-2 (M) 1-2
5 Idioms and Phrases 4-5(E-M) 3 (E) 2-3
6 Synonyms 2(E-M) 2 (E) 1-2
7 Antonyms 2(E-M) 2 (E) 1
8 Active Passive 1(M) 3 (M) 2-3
9 Direct Indirect 2(M) 1 (E) 2
10 One word Substitution 3-4(E-M) 2-3 (E) 3-4
11 Spelling Correction 1(E) 2 (E) 1-2
12 Cloze Test Passage 3-4(M) 5 (E-M) 5
Total 25 25 (E-M) 25


General Awareness: As General awareness (GA) is the most scoring section of the exam. If you prepare this section properly, it will not take more than 10 minutes of your time during the exam. You can utilize the time you save here for doing calculations in Quantitative Aptitude. The exam usually has more questions from static GK than Current Affairs. Therefore, focus more on static GK as well as stay in touch with Current Affairs. Your order of priority for the subjects should be Science – Polity – History- Geography – Economy – Miscellaneous


S.No. Topics   No. of Questions (2016-17) No. of Questions (2017-18) Expected (2018-19)
1 History 3 1 2-3
2 Polity 2-3 3-4 4-5
3 Geography 2-3 1 2
4 Economics 3 2-3 1-2
5 Static Awareness 3-4(E- M) 3-4 2-3
6 Biology 3(M-D) 2-3 1-2
7 Chemistry 2-3 (M-D) 1-2 2-3
8 Physics 1-2(M-D) 2-3 1-2
9 Computer 2 (E) 1 0-1
10 Current Affairs 4-5 (E-M) 7-8 5-6
Total Questions     25 25

 Descriptive Paper: The aim of this paper to test you on your writing skills. Therefore “Practice” is the key to your success. Since you have only limited time to frame and write your essay and letter, you need to focus on your writing skills. Read newspapers, articles and political magazines as much as possible. This would not only increase your vocabulary but also helps you bring flow in your writing. You can cover social, economic, political, environmental issues to prepare for your essay writing. Remember that you have only 60 minutes to attempt 2-3 descriptive topics, so do not spend unnecessary time on any of them Attempt the Essay first as it would require some brainstorming. Attempt the Letter next as it has a set format and you need to only make out the body. This can easily be achieved in a set amount of time. Finally attempt the Precise (if it appears) as it requires on-the-spot thinking and creation of content within a specified number of words.


Skill test: – To test the skills of the candidates, that are required for the various positions, there will be a third phase of exam, which test the Typing speed, Computer proficiency and Data entry will speed (if any of these applicable for the particular position). These are just qualify in nature. So Practicing is the only key to success.

Exam pattern & changes in SSC CHSL 2018

Quant For this section, we can observe that the difficulty level has been increased a lot .The Quant questions asked in SSC CHSL 2018 saw a drastic change from the previous year’s exams. No questions were repeated and the level of questions of Advanced Maths was moderate. The questions required more than just formulas to solve them. A logical approach towards the questions is what we require to attempt the exam. So the expectation for this year is same new pattern with a bit of increase in difficulty level.

English in the SSC CHSL 2018, Vocabulary portion had new questions and repetition was not there. Overall, the level of exam was same as previous years.

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