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SSC CGL vs SSC CHSL: Differences Between SSC CGL and SSC CHSL

Lots of aspirants get confused between which exam to prepare for. In the post below we will be comparing both the exams in detail and aspirants can decide which exam they want to prepare for.

SSC CGL vs SSC CHSL: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts recruitment drives every year to fill in numerous vacancies across the country for different departments. SSC CGL and SSC CHSL are the two highly competitive exams conducted by SSC every year. Lots of aspirants get confused between which exam to prepare for. Today in the post below we will be looking at difference between ssc cgl and ssc chsl exams in detail and aspirants can decide which exam they want to prepare for.

What is SSC CGL?

The SSC CGL Exam is the Combined Graduate Level Exam. This exam is conducted to recruit candidates in different Group B and Group C posts in various Government Departments and Ministries.

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What is SSC CHSL?

SSC CHSL job is for all the 12th pass students. The post varies from Level 2 to Level 4. This exam is conducted for the lower division clerks in various Government offices.

Posts Under SSC CGL & SSC CHSL

Given below are the posts for which Staff Selection Commission recruitment is conducted under CGL and CHSL.

SSC CGL SSC CHSL
  • Assistant Audit Officer
  • Assistant Accounts Officer
  • Assistant Section Officer
    (Central Secretariat Service, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Railway, Ministry of External Affairs
    and other Ministries)
  • Assistant (Government Ministries)
  • Inspector (Central Excise & Income Tax)
  • Sub Inspector (CBI & NIA)
  • Junior and Senior Statistical Officer
  • Auditor, Accountant
  • Tax Assistant
  • Lower Divisional Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant
  • Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  • Data Entry Operator, Grade “A‟

Eligibility Criteria For SSC CGL & SSC CHSL

The eligibility criteria for both SSC CGL and SSC CHSL exam is different. Aspirants preparing for the exams must make sure they are fulfilling the eligibility criteria required. Failing to do so will lead to the dismissal of the candidature.

SSC CGL SSC CHSL
The educational qualification for a candidate is a Bachelor’s degree from a Government recognized University The educational Qualification for a candidate is 12th pass or equivalent from a recognized Board or University
The candidate must be between the age group of 18 years to 32 years The candidate must be between the age group of 18 years to 27 years.

Selection Procedure For SSC CGL & SSC CHSL

Both the examinations of SSC CGL and SSC CHSL are conducted in certain stages called Tiers. A candidate needs to qualify every stage in order to qualify. Below is the tier wise selection procedure of SSC CGL and SSC CHSL.

SSC CGL  SSC CHSL 
Tier I (Objective): General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language Tier I (Objective): General Intelligence, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language
Tier II (Objective): Quantitative Aptitude, Statistics, English Language & Comprehension, General Studies (Finance & Economics) Tier II (Descriptive): Writing an Essay or a Letter/ Application
Tier III (Descriptive): Writing Essay/ Letter/ Application, Precis, etc.) Tier III (Skill/ Typing Test): to test Computer proficiency and data entry speed
Tier IV: Computer Proficiency and data entry speed test

Exam Pattern For SSC CGL & SSC CHSL

1. SSC CGL

  • SSC CGL examination is conducted in four stages: Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV respectively.
  • Tier I & Tier II are conducted online and Tier III is conducted in pen & paper mode. Further Tier IV is a computer skill test held in two steps.
  • Tier I consists of 4 subjects/tests – General Awareness, General Intelligence & Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Comprehension.
  • Tier II also consists of four subjects/tests – Quantitative Ability, Statistics, General Studies (Finance & Economics) & English Language, and Comprehension.
  • Tier III is a descriptive English paper.
  • Candidates must remember that there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks.

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2. SSC CHSL

  • SSC CHSL examination is conducted in three stages: Tier I, Tier II and Tier III.
  • Tier I of SSC CHSL exam is an online objective (multiple choice) test. It contains the questions from General Awareness, General Intelligence & Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Comprehension.
  • Tier II consists of a descriptive paper to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The Paper would comprise an ‘Essay’ writing of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing of approximately 150-200 words.
  • Tier III of SSC CHSL Exam comprises of certain skill tests which are required for selected government posts.
  • There is a typing test for some jobs.

Salary Comparison For SSC CGL & SSC CHSL

  • SSC CGL

SSC offers the highest pay level post via SSC CGL exam. The pay level varies from level 4 to level 8 in SSC CGL. Candidates will be asked for the posts while filling up the preference form. Qualified candidates will be allotted the post according to the marks scored by them in the overall merit.

  • Pay Level-8
S.No Name Of Post Ministry Group Grade Pay
1 Assistant Audit Officer Indian Audit & Accounts
Department under C&AG
Group “B”
Gazetted (None
Ministerial)
4800
2 Assistant AccountsOfficer Indian Audit &Accounts
Department underC&AG
Group “B”
Gazetted (None
Ministerial)
4800
  • Pay Level-7
S.No Name Of Post Ministry Group Grade Pay
3 Assistant Section Officer Central Secretariat Service Group “B” 4600
4 Assistant Section Officer Intelligence Bureau Group “B” 4600
5 Assistant Section Officer Ministry of Railway Group “B” 4600
6 Assistant Section Officer Ministry of External Affairs Group “B” 4600
7 Assistant Section Officer AFHQ Group “B” 4600
8 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 4600
9 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 4600
10 Assistant Section Officer Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 4600
11 Inspector of Income Tax CBDT Group “C” 4600
12 Inspector,(Central Excise) CBIC Group “B” 4600
13 Inspector(PreventiveOfficer)
14 Inspector(Examiner)
15 Assistant Enforcement Officer Directorate of Enforcement,
Department of Revenue
Group “B” 4600
16 Sub Inspector Central Bureau of Investigation Group “B” 4600
17 Inspector Posts Department of Post Group “B” 4600
18 Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics Group “B” 4600
  • Pay Level 6
S.No. Name Of Post Ministry Group Grade Pay
19 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 4200
20 Assistant/Superintendent Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 4200
21 Divisional Accountant Offices underC&AG Group “B” 4200
22 Sub Inspector NationalInvestigationAgency (NIA) Group “B” 4200
23 Junior Statistical Officer M/o Statistics &ProgramImplementation. Group “B” 4200
24 Statistical Investigator Grade-II Registrar Generalof India Group “B” 4200
  • Pay Level-5
S.No. Name Of Post Ministry Group Grade Pay
25 Auditor Offices under C&AG Group “C” 2800
26 Auditor Other Ministry/Departments Group “C” 2800
27 Auditor Offices under CGDA Group “C” 2800
28 Accountant Offices under C&AG Group “C” 2800
29 Accountant/
Junior Accountant
Other Ministry/Departments Group “C” 2800
  • Pay Level-4
S.No. Name Of Post Ministry Group Grade Pay
30 Senior Secretariat Assistant/
Upper Division Clerks
Central Govt. Offices/
Ministries other than CSCS cadres.
Group “C” 2400
31 Tax Assistant CBDT Group “C” 2400
32 Tax Assistant CBIC Group “C” 2400
33 Sub-Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics Group “C” 2400
34 Upper Division Clerks Date. Gen Border Road Organization (MoD) Group “C” 2400
  • SSC CHSL

SSC CHSL job is for all the 12th pass students. The post varies from Level 2 to Level 4. You will be recruited as Lower Division Clerk, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Postal Assistant, DEO etc.

S.No Post Pay Level Grade Pay Pay Scale
1 Lower Division Clerk (LDC)/
Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)
Pay Level-2 1900 Rs. 19,900 – 63,200
2 Postal Assistant (PA)/
Sorting Assistant (SA)
Pay Level-4 2400 Rs. 25,500 – 81,100
3 Data Entry Operator (DEO) Pay Level-4 2400 Rs. 25,500 – 81,100
4 Data Entry Operator, Grade “A‟ Pay Level-4 2400 Rs. 25,500 – 81,100

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can an aspirant apply for both SSC CGL and SSC CHSL Exams?

Ans. Both SSC CGL and SSC CHSL exams are conducted separately by SSC o  yes candidates can apply for both the exams.

Q. How many times I can apply for SSC CGL or SSC CHSL?

Ans. As long as a candidate is satisfying the eligibility criteria one can apply for the SSC CGL and CHSL exams. There is no such limitations.

Q. How many tiers are there in the SSC CGL & CHSL exams?

Ans. SSC CGL includes 4 stages and CHSL includes just 3 stages.

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