ssc chsl exam pattern

As you all know, the recent notification for SSC CHSL exam 2016 on 8th Oct, 2016 for the recruitment of DEO, Clerks and Postal Assistant vacancies. The last date to submit application form is 25th Nov 2016.

Let us take a look at the exam pattern for SSC CHSL 2016. The computer based exam will be held on 7th Jan, 2017 & 5th Feb, 2017.  The descriptive test will be held on 9th April, 2017.

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SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2016

The exam pattern for CHSL is extremely simple and based on testing the ability of a candidate under a given time frame. As per the 2016 notification, there are three tiers i.e.

  • Tier -I – Computer based test
  • Tier -II – Descriptive Test
  • Tier -III – Typing Test/Skill Test

Tier-IComputer Based Test: The tier-I exam for CHSL is a computer based exam of 200 marks where candidates are asked to answer maximum number of questions out of the given set of 200 questions within a time frame of 75 minutes. A breakdown of this exam, follows as below:

Subject Number of questions Maximum Marks
English Language 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
Total 100 200

The exam is available in both languages- English and Hindi, except for the English Language section where it is mandatory to attempt all the questions in English. The exam will have a MCQ type paper where candidates would be required to answer in an OMR sheet. A negative marks of 0.50 will be applicable for every wrong answer. However, if a candidate doesn’t attempts a question then it has a neutral effect on the overall score.

Tier-II – Descriptive Test:

  • The test will be of 100 marks and 1 hour duration
  • Pen and paper mode
  • To assess writing skills of the candidates
  • The paper consists writing of an Essay of 200-250 words.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II exam is 33 per cent.
  • The candidates can choose Hindi or English language.

Tier-III- Typing Test/Skill Test: The tier III exam for CHSL compromises of a skill test where candidates would be required to prove their ability in the practical field. Based on the selection of the post, a candidate would be either required to appear for a Typing Test or a Data Entry Operator Test.

Typing test qualification

If a candidate has applied for the post of a Lower Division Clerk (LDC), then he is required to appear for a typing test where the benchmark would be 35 words per minute. If the application has been made for typing in Hindi, then the requirement is 30 words per minute.

Test for Data Entry Operator

Candidates who have applied for the post of DEO are required to prove their skill in a 15-minute test where a sheet containing 2000-2200 strokes would be offered. The candidate needs to enter the same on the computer at a speed of 8, 000 key depression an hour.

Candidates who will clear both the examinations will become eligible for a post under the Government. Candidates who belong from the reservation quota may enjoy certain extended benefits in terms of age relaxation, duration of exam and cut off at Part I examination of CHSL 2016.

For complete information about exam pattern, please download the official notification from link given below.

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