Changes introduced in the SSC-CHSL Exam Notification 20161. From this year on, through SSC-CHSL Exam 2016, the Commission will also be selecting qualifying candidates for the post of Court Clerks.
2. Changes have also been made in the examination pattern. From this year onwards, SSC will conduct the Tier-1 Written Exam through online mode. This change has been made to bring in more transparency and also reduce the time taken in completing the recruitment processes. Usually, one recruitment cycle takes more than a year to get completed as the exam is conducted after around 4-5 months once the advertisement is published, followed by another 6-7 months in the declaration of results. And then the second phase of selection process takes another 2-3 months till the final result is announced. Thus, the Commission will be adopting the computer-based written exam to cut short the recruitment process duration.
3. The Tier-1 Online Written Exam would be objective-type. It will have four sections and the questions will be set both in English and Hindi for Sections-I (General Awareness), Section-III (Quantitative Aptitude) and Section-IV (General Awareness). Section-II will be the English Language.
4. Earlier, the Tier-1 Exam had 200 questions but now that number is reduced to 100 questions only.
5. Also, the time limit for the Tier-1 Online Written Exam has been reduced to 75 minutes as against the earlier limit of 120 minutes.
6. Negative marking is increased for Tier-1 Online Written Exam. From now on, there will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer as against the earlier 0.25 marks.
7. Further, there will be no sectional cut-offs for the Tier-1 Online Written Exam.
8. Last but not the least, earlier till 2015, after the Tier-1 results, all the shortlisted candidates were supposed to give the Skill Test for Data Entry Operator’s post and Typing Test for Lower Divisional Clerk’s post. Now, between these two levels, SSC has introduced a new stage i.e., offline Tier-2 (Descriptive) Test of 100 marks where the qualifying candidates will be tested for their writing skills. There would be questions on letter and essay writing in this exam. The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English and the time duration for this test is One Hour. The minimum qualifying marks for this paper would be 33 per cent.
Apart from this, there are no changes made in the Tier-3 Test (Skill Test/Typing Test) which would be of qualifying nature.
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