Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination, 2017 Notification

Important Dates

Closing Date  :   18.12.2017

Date of Computer Based Examination (Tier-I) : 04.03.2018 to 26.03.2018

Date of Tier-II Examination (Descriptive Paper) : 08.07.2018

Pay of the Posts

Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA) : Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs.
1900 (pre-revised)
Postal Assistant (PA)/ Sorting Assistant (SA) : Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
Data Entry Operator(DEO) : Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised) and
Data Entry Operator, Grade ‘A’: Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay: Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)

Vacancies

Tentative vacancies for the posts of LDC/ JSA, Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant and
DEO are 898, 2359, 2 and Data Entry Operator Grade”A”- Nil, respectively.

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 (As on 01.08.2018)

  1.  Must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board
    or University.
  2. For Data Entry Operator in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India
    (C&AG): 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from a
    recognized Board or equivalent.

How to apply

Candidates must apply online through the website http://www.ssconline.nic.in. or ‘Click here
to apply’ link provided at http://www.ssc.nic.in->Apply->CHSL.

Application fee and mode of fee payment

Fee payable: Rs. 100/-(Rupees One Hundred only).
Fee can be paid through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa/ Mastercard/
Maestro Credit/ Debit card.

Scheme of Examination

The examination will consist of a Computer Based Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive Paper
(Tier-II) and Typing Test/ Skill Test (Tier-III).
Computer Based Examination: Tier-I (Objective Type) 

This examination tier will consist of Objective Type – Multiple choice questions only. The
questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-II, III & IV.

There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

Answer Keys, in due course after the written examination, will be placed on Commission’s
website. Any representation regarding answer keys received within the time limit fixed by the
Commission at the time of uploading of the answer keys will be scrutinized and the decision
of the Commission in this regard will be final. No representation regarding Answer keys shall
be entertained, afterwards.

The Commission reserves the right to introduce additional stage of examination which would
be notified at suitable time, if considered necessary.

Indicative Syllabus for Computer Based Examination (Tier-I)

General Intelligence :

It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type.
The test will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/
Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation ,Semantic Classification, Venn
Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification,
Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding , Semantic Series, Figural Pattern – folding and
completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem
Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding,
Other sub-topics, if any Numerical operations.

English Language :

Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms,
Spellings/ Detecting
mis-spelt words, Idioms & Phrases, One word substitution,
Improvement of Sentences, Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect
narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze Passage,
Comprehension Passage.

Quantitative Aptitude :

Arithmetic : Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship
between numbers
Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots,
Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership
Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time and work.

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

Geometry : Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts:
Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and
its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or
more circles.

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

Trigonometry : Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and
distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin 2 + Cos 2 =1 etc.,
Statistical Charts : Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-
diagram, Pie-chart

General Awareness :

Questions are designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of
the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to
test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and
experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test
will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially
pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific
research.

For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability and opting for SCRIBES there will be
no component of Maps/ Graphs/ Diagrams/ Statistical Data in the General Intelligence &
Reasoning/ Quantitative Aptitude.

Tier-II (Descriptive Paper)

Tier-II Paper will be a descriptive Paper of 100 Marks in ‘Pen and Paper Mode
The duration of the paper would be for one hour (20 minutes compensatory time will also
be provided to the candidates mentioned in Para 7 above). This paper has been
introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which is necessary in Government
jobs. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/
Application of approximately 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would
be 33 per cent. The performance in Tier II would be included for preparing merit. The paper
will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in
English will not be evaluated.

Tier-III Examination

Tier-III of the Examination would be the Skill Test/ Typing Test which would be of qualifying
nature. Skill Test/ Typing Test would be in consonance with the provisions contained in para
given below. The final merit of the successful candidates would be determined
on the basis of total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II.

Skill Test for Data Entry Operator

  1. Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour on Computer.
  2. For 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 15000 key depressions per hour for
    data entry work to be ascertained through speed test on Computer

The ‘Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on Computer’ will be adjudged on the basis of
the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage. The duration of the
Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200
key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the
Computer.

For the post of Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of
India (C&AG): The ‘speed of 15000 key depressions per hour on Computer’ will be adjudged
on the basis of the correct entry of words/ key depressions as per the given passage. The
duration of the Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing
containing about 3700-4000 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would
enter the same in the Computer.

VH/ OH (afflicted by Cerebral Palsy) and OH with deformity in writing hand (with 40%
disability and above) will be allowed 35 minutes including compensatory time 20 minutes for
the Skill Test.

The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test would be of qualifying nature. Candidates allowed to take
this test, will have to qualify the test at the prescribed speed on Computer, to be provided by
the Commission or the agency authorized by the Commission to conduct such Skill Test at
the centre/ venue so notified.

Only those candidates, who secure at least the minimum qualifying marks in the Computer
Based Examination (Tier-I) and Descriptive Paper (Tier-II), as may be fixed by the
Commission at its discretion, will be called for Skill Test. The Commission may also at its
discretion, fix qualifying marks in each component of the written examination.

Provided that candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBC, ExS and
PwD categories may be called for the Skill Test by the Commission by applying relaxed
standards if the Commission is of the opinion that sufficient number of candidates of these
categories are not likely to be available for the Skill Test on the basis of qualifying criteria for
general category candidates in order to fill up the vacancies reserved for these categories.

Only such candidates who qualify in the Skill Test at a speed of not less than 8000/15000
key depressions per hour (as applicable) will be eligible, after their document verification, for
being recommended for appointment as per their position in the merit list.

None of the candidates including PwD candidates who qualify in the written part of the
examination will be exempted from the Skill Test as passing of the Skill Test is a precondition
and one of the essential qualifications for appointment to the post of Data Entry Operator.

Central Government civilian employees availing age relaxation must furnish “No Objection
Certificate” from their Employer/ Office at the time of the Document Verification/ Skill Test,
failing which the benefit of age relaxation will not be allowed to such candidates and they will
not be allowed to appear in the Skill Test.

The Skill Test will be held at the Commission’s Regional Offices or other centers as may be
decided by the Commission.

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

Typing Test will be conducted for those candidates who qualify in the Computer Based
Examination (Tier-I) and Descriptive Paper (Tier-II). Such Typing Test will be conducted in
English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the Examination, will have to indicate his/
her choice/ option for Skill Test Medium in the Application Form.

Typing Test will be administered on the Computer, to be provided by the Commission or any
agency authorized by the Commission.

Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute
(w.p.m) and those opting for 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. VH/ OH (afflicted by Cerebral Palsy) and OH with deformity in writing
hand (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 30 minutes including compensatory time
20 minutes.

Passage Dictators will be provided to VH candidates for the Typing test. The Passage
Dictator will read out the passage to VH candidate within the allotted time period. Further,
Passage Dictators will be allowed for Typing Test only to those VH candidates who have
taken Scribe in the written examination.

35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. corresponds to 10500 key depressions per hour and 9000 key
depressions per hour respectively.

OH candidates who claim to be permanently unfit to take the Typing test because of a
physical disability may, with the prior approval of the Commission, be exempted from the
requirement of appearing and qualifying at such test, provided such a candidate submits a
Certificate in the prescribed format to the Commission from the competent Medical Authority,
i.e., the Civil Surgeon declaring him/ her to be permanently unfit for the Typing Test because
of a physical disability.

If an OH candidate who submits a Medical Certificate from the Medical Board attached to
VRC for PwD persons or from the Medical Board attached to Special Employment Exchange
for PwD persons, his/ her claim for exemption from Typing Test would be accepted.

However, if, he/ she submits Medical Certificate from Civil/ Orthopaedic Surgeon, his/ her
case would be referred to a Medical Board in a Government Hospital or Medical Board
attached to VRC/ Special Employment Exchange for PwD persons for clearance.

OH Candidates seeking exemption from Typing test on medical ground must substantiate
their claim by furnishing the relevant Medical Certificate in the prescribed format as per
Annexure-VII of this Notice of Examination (Form II & IV) at the time of Typing Test.
Otherwise their claim for seeking exemption from Typing Test will not be entertained by the
Commission.

If any candidate does not opt for any medium for typing, his option will be deemed to be for
English medium.

Only those candidates who secure at least the minimum qualifying marks in the Computer
Based Examination (Tier-I) and Descriptive Paper (Tier-II), as may be fixed by the
Commission at its discretion, will be called for Typing Test. The Commission may also, at its
discretion, fix the minimum qualifying marks in each component of the written examination.

Preference

The Examination is being held for multiple posts for various Ministries/ Departments/ Offices.
The candidate, at the time of document verification, is required to indicate his/ her preference
for Post/ Ministry/ Department very carefully. He/ she will not be considered for a post/
Ministry/ Department, if he/ she has not indicated his/ her preference for it. Option exercised
at the time of document verification will be final and therefore, candidates are advised to be
careful in exercise of such options.

Mode of selection

Candidates will be shortlisted for Tier-II Examination on the basis of their performance in
Tier-I. There may be separate cut-offs for different posts i.e DEO, DEO Grade ‘A’, LDC/ JSA,
PA/ SA in Tier-I and subsequent Tiers.

Candidates will be shortlisted for Tier-III Examination the basis of their performance in (Tier-I
+ Tier-II) subject to having minimum score of 33% in Tier-II.

Tier-III Examination i.e. Skill Test will be of qualifying type. The candidates who qualify Tier-
III will be called for Document Verification to check the eligibility of candidates as per
information given by him/ her in the online Application Form.

Final allocation of candidates will be made to User Departments depending on their merit
position and the option exercised by them during document verification.

SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidates, who are selected on their own merit without relaxed
standards, along with candidates belonging to other communities, will not be adjusted
against the reserved share of vacancies. Such SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidates will
be accommodated against the unreserved vacancies as per their position in the overall Merit
List. The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible SC, ST,
OBC, ExS and PwD candidates.

SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD category candidate who qualifies on the basis of relaxed
standards viz. age limit, experience or qualifications, permitted number of chances in written
examination, extended zone of consideration, etc., irrespective of his/ her merit position, is to
be counted against reserved vacancies and not against general vacancies. Such candidates
may also be recommended at the relaxed standards to the extent the number of vacancies
reserved for them, to make up for the deficiency in the reserved quota, irrespective of their
rank in the order of merit. In so far as cases of Ex-Serviceman are concerned, deduction of
the military service rendered from the age of Ex-Servicemen is permissible against the
reserved or unreserved posts and such exemption cannot be termed as relaxed standards in
regard to age. Similarly relaxation in age limit shall be applicable for PwD candidates
irrespective of the fact whether the post is reserved or not, provided the post is identified
suitable for persons with disabilities.

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility
conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination
will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If, on
verification, at any time, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, their
candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.