Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for SSC Exams depends on the level of recruitment.


For Secondary Level: Applicant must have passed 10th standard or equivalent.

Age Limit

Applicant must have attained the age of 18 years and should not be more than 27 years age.

SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Or Data Entry Operator

SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Or Data Entry Operator Examination:

  • The Combined Higher Secondary Level Examinations are held for various posts like data entry officer and lower division clerk.
  • The minimum qualification required to apply for this exam is Class 12th.
  • Some of the subjects included in the syllabus are Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness and English Language.


  • The candidates who have qualification of 10+2, are eligible to apply for the Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination.
  • In the same examination, those who are having Stenography speed of 80 WPM can apply for Stenographer also.

Age Limit:

  • Minimum 18 years
  • Maximum 27 years

Age Relaxation:

Category Age Relaxation permissible beyond the Upper age limit
SC/ST 5 Years
OBC 3 Years
PH 10 Years
PH + OBC 13 Years
PH + SC/ST 15 Years
Ex-Servicemen (OBC) 8 Years
Ex-Servicemen (SC & ST) 10 Years

Stages of Examination

Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination is for posts of LDCs and Stenographers is conducted in 2 stages.

  1. Tier 1 (The Preliminary Examination): The Tier 1 (Preliminary Examination) is conducted to shortlist the candidates for next examination
  2. Typewriting Test (For Lower Divisional Clerk)/Skill Test (For Data Entry Operator): Candidates, who have appeared Tier 2 Examination, are to appear in a typewriting test/stenographer test for final selection.

Appointment of Successful Candidates

The successful candidates will be appointed as Group "C" Staff in: SSC in Delhi

  • Central Secretariat Clerical Service
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Clerical Service
  • Grade VI of the I.F.S. Branch "B" Clerical Service and
  • Central Vigilance Commission Clerical Service.
  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Central Bureau of Investigation
  • Any other Department/Office not mentioned above

Names of Posts

  • Data Entry Operator
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Lower Division Clerk

Scheme of Examination

The written examination will consist of one objective type paper as shown below:

Topics Maximum Marks
General Intelligent & Reasoning 50
General Awareness 50
Numerical Aptitude and 50
English Comprehension 50
Total 200
Maximum Time Two Hours
There is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer

NOTE: The Paper will consist of Objective Type- Multiple choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi for Part-I, III & IV.
The Commission may also at its discretion, fix qualifying marks in each component of the written examination.

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.

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 qualify in the written part of examination and secure at least minimum qualifying marks as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion, will be eligible to take the Skill Test. Only such candidates who qualify in the Skill Test at a speed of not less than 8000 key depressions per hour will be eligible for being recommended for appointment as per their position in the merit list. None of the candidates including PH 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.

Typing Test for LDCs

Typing Test will be conducted for those candidates who qualify in the Written Examination. 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. The choice of language in the application will be final and no change will be allowed.

Typing Test will be administered on the Computer, to be provided by the Commission or any agency authorized by the Commission will be of qualifying in nature. Candidates opting for English medium should have typing speed of 35 words per minute 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. Visually Handicapped candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 30 minutes. Passage Dictators will be provided to each of VH candidates for the Typewriting test. The Passage Dictators will read out the passage to the VH candidates within the allotted time period.

NOTE-I: 35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. corresponds to 10500 key depressions per hour/9000 key depressions per hour respectively.

General Intelligence English Language
Semantic Analogy Spot the Error
Symbolic/Number Analogy Fill in the Blanks
Figural Analogy Synonyms/Homonyms
Semantic Classification Antonyms
Symbolic/Number Classification Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words
Figural Classification Idioms & Phrase
Semantic Series One word substitution
Number Series Improvement of Sentences
Figural Series Active/Passive Voice of Verbs
Problem Solving Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
Word Building Shuffling of Sentence parts
Coding and de-coding Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
Numerical operations Cloze Passage
Symbolic operations Comprehension Passage
Space Orientation  
Venn Diagrams  
Drawing inferences  
Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding  
Figural Pattern ? folding and completion  
Embedded figures  
Critical Thinking  
Emotional Intelligence  
Social Intelligence  
Other sub-topics, if any  
Quantitative Aptitude ALGEBRA
ARITHMETIC Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra (and their simple applications) and Elementary surds (simple problems)
Number Systems Graphs of Linear Equations
Computation of Whole Number GEOMETRY
Decimal and Fractions Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centres viz. Centroid, In-centre, Orthocentre, Circumcentre
Relationship between numbers Congruence and similarity of triangles
Fundamental arithmetical operations Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles
Ratio and Proportion  
Square roots  
Interest (Simple and Compound)  
Profit and Loss  
Partnership Business  
Mixture and Allegation  
Time and distance  
Time and work  
Triangle, Quadrilaterals Trigonometry (for acute angles 0 with 0=0=90) Use of Tables and Graphs
Regular Polygons (sum of the internal angles of a polygon) Trigonometric ratios Histogram
Circle Degree and Radian Measures Frequency polygen
Right Prism Standard Identities Bar-diagram
Right Circular Cone Complementary Angles, Heights and Distances (simple problems only) Pic-chart
Right Circular Cylinder Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles  
Sphere, Hemispheres    
Rectangular Parallelepiped    
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base    


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 neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.

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