SSC 2018 |Eligibility Criteria|Syllabus|Pattern|Preparation,Notification

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Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will hold an examination for Recruitment of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operators, Lower Divisional Clerks and Court Clerk and other posts. Here in this article, we will explain to you complete detail about SSC also notifications and Vacancies will be updated.


Salary for the SSC posts are 

  • Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant PB -1(Rs. 5200-20200) Grade Pay 2400 (pre-revised)
  • Data Entry Operator: Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 2400 (pre-revised)
  • Data Entry Operator: Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 1900 (pre-revised)
  • Lower Division Clerk: Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 1900 (pre-revised)
  • Court Clerk: Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 1900 (pre-revised)

Available job (Vacancies)

  • The vacancies for the post of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, LDC, DEO and Court Clerks are 3281, 1321, 506 and 26 respectively.

Eligibility Criteria for SSC


A candidate must be either:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East
  • African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the Examination, but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

Age Relaxation

  • 18-27 years as on the current year (Candidates born not before 02-01-1990 and not later than 01-01-1999).
  • SC/ST applicants seeking FEE CONCESSION, AGE-RELAXATION, RESERVATION shall invariably submit, along with the printout of their Application Forms, the requisite Certificate as per FORMAT (Appendix-II of this Notice) from COMPETENT AUTHORITY (APPENDIX-I of this Notice) and their Sub-Castes/Communities are approved by the Government of India on or before the closing date of receipt of applications otherwise their claims for fee concession, age relaxation, reservation, etc. shall not be considered.

Permissible disability for PH candidates

Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant

  • One Leg affected (OL), One Arm Affected (OA), One Arm One Leg affected (OAL), Both Leg Affected but not Arm (BL), Muscular weakness and limited Physical endurance (MW), Blind(B), Low Vision (LV), Hearing Handicapped (HH) are eligible for the post of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant.

Data Entry Operator

  • One Arm Affected (OA), One Leg Affected (OL), One arm and one leg affected (OAL), Both Leg Affected (BL), Hearing Handicapped (HH) and Low Vision (LV) are eligible for
    the post of Data Entry Operator.

Lower Division Clerk

  • One Arm Affected (OA), Both Legs Affected (BL), One Leg Affected (OL), One arm and one leg Affected (OAL), Blind (B), Low Vision (LV) & Hearing Handicapped (HH), are
    eligible for the post of Lower Division Clerk.

Court Clerk

  • One Arm Affected (OA), Both Legs Affected (BL), One Leg Affected (OL), One arm and one leg Affected (OAL) and Low Vision (LV) are eligible for the post of Court Clerk.

Educational Qualification for SSC

  • Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.
  •  As per Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification No. 44 dated 01-03-1995 published in Gazette of India edition dated 08-04-1995, the Degree obtained through open Universities/ Distance Education Mode needs to be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU. Accordingly, unless such Degrees had been recognized for the period when the candidates acquired the relevant qualification, they will not be accepted for the purpose of Educational Qualification.
  •  All candidates who are called for appearing at the Typing Test/Skill Test will be required to produce the relevant Certificate in Original such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificate, etc. as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before 01.01.2017 failing which the Commission will cancel the candidature of such candidate.
  • The candidates who can prove, by documentary evidence that the result of the qualifying examination was declared on or before the cutoff date i.e. 01.01.2017 and he/she has been declared passed, will also be considered to have the required Educational Qualification.

Physical Fitness for SSC

  • A candidate must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient discharge of his/her duties as an  Officer of the service.
  • A candidate who, after such medical examination as may be prescribed by the competent authority, is found not to satisfy these requirements, will not be appointed.
  • Only such candidates as are likely to be considered for the appointment will be medically examined.
  • In the case of the disabled Ex-Defence Services personnel, a certificate of fitness granted by the Demobilisation Medical Board of the Defence Services will be considered adequate for the purpose of the appointment.


  • The Government has dispensed with Interviews for Junior Level Posts. Accordingly, recruitment to Selection Posts will be through OMR/Computer Based Objective Type Multiple Choice Examination.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted for OMR/Computer Based Examination based on the percentage of marks in Essential Qualifications as indicated by them in their application. Candidates will be shortlisted in the ratio of 1:25, i.e. 25 candidates for every vacancy, subject to availability of a sufficient number of eligible candidates.
  • For the purpose of shortlisting of candidates for OMR/Computer Based Examination, the Commission will follow the yardstick adopted by the University/Institution and take into account the percentage of marks as indicated in the Final Year Marks Statement.
  • Where the Merit of the candidate is given in the Final Year Mark Statement in CGPA without showing the similar percentage of marks, the Commission will follow the criteria mentioned by the University/Institution in the Certificate, if any for arriving at the similar percentage.
  • The criteria followed by the Commission in shortlisting candidates will be final. No appeal or representation will be entertained against such Shortlisting criteria.The information furnished by the candidates in their applications will be verified by the Commission concerning the original documents after the OMR/Computer Based Examination.

Pattern for SSC Examination

The examination will consist of a Computer-based Written Examination (Tier-I), Descriptive
Paper (Tier-II) and Typing Test/Skill Test (Tier-III) Examination for the post of Data Entry
Operator, Postal Assistant & Sorting Assistant (PA/SA), Lower Division Clerk and Court

Computer Based Examination (Objective type)

  • General Intelligence
  • English Language(Basic Knowledge)
  • Quantitative Aptitude(Basic ArithmeticSkill)
  • General Awareness

Each of the above paper is of 50 marks

  • The written examination consists of Objective Type- Multiple choice questions only. The
    questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-I, III & IV.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

Syllabus of SSC

Computer-based Written Examination (Tier-I) Syllabus
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 ,SemanticClassification, 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 decoding, 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.


  • Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square rootsAverages, 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 centers, 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.
  • 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 such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test also includes questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially 10 about History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.

General Awareness

  • Current events – International, National, and Local.
  • Sports.
  • Science and Technology.
  • Personalities in News.
  • History – India.
  • Indian Polity.
  • Indian Economy.
  • Indian Constitution.
  • Geography – India etc.

Tier-II (Descriptive Paper)

  • Tier-II Paper of CHSL 2016 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 article has been
    introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which are necessary for Government jobs. The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter /
    An application essay 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 English. An apart paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated.

Tier-III Examination

  • Tier-III of the Examination would continue to be the Skill Test / Typing Test which would be of qualifying nature.  Skill Test / Typing Test would be in agreement with the provisions contained in para 12.2 and 12.3 given below. The final merit of the selected candidates would be determined by total score obtained by them in Tier-I and Tier-II.

Centre of Examination for SSC


Agra AllahabadBareilly GorakhpurKanpur Lucknow
Meerut Varanasi BhagalpurMuzaffarpur Patna Gangtok
Ranchi Barasat Berhampore Chinsurah JalpaiguriKolkata
MaldaMidnapur Siliguri Berhampore (Odisha) Bhubaneshwar Cuttack
Keonjhargarh Sambalpur Port BlairBangaloreDharwar Gulbarga
Mangalore MysoreKochi Kozhikode(Calicut)Thiruvananthapuram Thrissur
Regional Director(KKR)Almora Dehradun HaldwaniSrinagar (Uttarakhand)Haridwar
Delhi Ajmer Alwar BharatpurBikanerJaipur
JodhpurKota SriganganagarUdaipurItanagar Dibrugarh Guwahati(Dispur)
JorhatSilcharKohima ShilloImphal Churachandpur
Agartala AizwalCoimbatore MaduraiTiruchirapalli Tirunelveli
Puducherry HyderabadNizamabadWarangal--

 Skill test for Data Entry Operator

  • Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions per hour 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, and the duration of the said Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 strokes/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 the 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 authorised 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 written Examination (Tier-I) and Descriptive Paper (Tier-II), as may be fixed by the Commission at its discretion, will be called for skill test.

Why your SSC Application is rejected?

  • Applications being incomplete.
  • Any variation in the Signatures.  [All the SIGNATUREs (in FULL NOT IN SHORT) done on the Printout of the Application Form and also on other Documents must be THE  same.]
  • Application without CLEAR and LEGIBLE PHOTOGRAPH.
  • Non-payment of Examination Fees, if not otherwise exempted.
  • Fee not paid as per instructions.
  • Under aged/over aged candidates.
  • Non-forwarding of  Self Attested legible Copies  of all the relevant Certificates/Documents issued by the competent authority, along with the  print out of Application Forms, in support of the information given in  their Application Forms about their Educational Qualifications;  Experiences; Percentage of Marks obtained; Proof of Age; Proof of  Category [SC/ST/OBC/PH(PWD)/EXS].
  • Not having the requisite Educational Qualification/Experience/Category Status as on the closing date.
  • Incorrect information or misrepresentation or suppression of material facts.
  • Non-receipt / Late receipt of the printout of the Application Form along with self-attested copies of the relevant documents.
  • For carrying mobile phones/accessories in the Examination premises/  Hall.
  •  Any other irregularity.
  • Non-production of Original Certificates at the time of Verification of  Documents

How to apply for SSC

Applications must be submitted only in online mode. For detailed instructions click here

 Admission to the Examination  of SSC

  • Admission Certificates (ACs) for the Examination indicating the time table and also venues of examination for each candidate will be uploaded on the website of the Commission about two weeks before the date of examination.
  •  If any candidates do not receive admission certificate for the test one week before the time of examination, he/she must immediately contact the concerned Regional/Sub Regional Office (s) of the Commission with proof of having submitted his/her application. Failure to do so will deprive him/her of any claim for consideration.
  • Candidates also have the option to download the Admission Certificate from the concerned Regional/Sub-Regional office website. Such facility will be available at least one week before the examination.
  • The photographs used by the candidates must be a new, relaxed face, and the picture should be in color, against a light-coloured, preferably white, background.

How to Prepare for SSC

  • Try to Learn whole Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude & Especially English Comprehension.
  • Practice is the Key for Tier 2 Exam.
  • Tier 2 Exam will be online, so Candidates have to make Strategy according to that.
  • Candidates who get Good Marks in Quant Section & As Well as in English have Fare chance to qualify for Next Stage.
  • As There is no Interview so cut off may go high, so candidates are advised to Practice according to that.
  • Focus on your Goal, Regular Reading & Selection-Oriented preparation only helps you to crack this exam.
  • Study Topic wise. Take one topic at one time & practice more questions on that topic to make it your strength in an exam.
  • After Reading all syllabus. Make yourself time to revise relevant topics related to exam. In Revision process focus more on the Topic which is your weakness. Pay less attention to Topic you well prepared.
  • In the Examination Hall make strategy according to your preparation. Take that section which is your strength & less time making.
  • Pay attention towards time during solving questions.
  • Before filling your options on OMR sheets, take the final look at questions & recheck your Answers.

Books for SSC

  • Math/Quant by Arihant’s Fast Track
  • English Objective General English by S P Bakshi (Arihant)
  • Reasoning    Analytical Reasoning by M K Pande.
  • General Awareness     Manorama Yearbook 2016 (English)
  • Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
  • New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical by B S Sijwali, Indu Sijwali
  • NCERT books

Application fee of SSC Examination

  • Mode of payment of fee payable Rs. 100/-(Rupees One Hundred only).Fee paid in respect of online application through SBI Challan/Net banking and any credit and debit cards will be accepted.
  • Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Persons with disability and Ex-servicemen eligible for reservation are exempted from payment of fee as per rules/instructions of Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India
How  to Prepare for SSC

About the Author

Hi Guys, I am Sandeep Co-founder of IASpaper and UPSCToday Staying in Mumbai (India) and pursuing graduation in Computer Science and Engineering from Mumbai University. I love helping Aspirants. You may join me on Facebook

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  1. Sana singh says:

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