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SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2013 – Scheme of Examination and Syllabus

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SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2013 – Scheme of Examination and Syllabus for Written Examinations to be held on 10.11.2013 and 17.11.2013

Staff Selection Commission is all set to conduct SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2013 on 10.11.2013 and 17.11.2013 to select candidates for the posts of Lower Division Clerk and Data Entry Operators in Central Governent Departments.

The examination will consist of a Written Examination common for the posts of Lower Division Clerk and Data Entry Operator. Those who qualify with the minimum marks prescribed in the Written Test will be allowed to sit for Skill Test for the post of Data Entry Operator and Typing Test for the post of Lower Division Clerk as the case may be.

Check also these important SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2013 information:

SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2013 – Scheme of Written Examination

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

Date ofExam Part Subject MaximumMarks TotalDuration /Timing Total Duration/Timing forVisually Handicapped candidates including compensatory time.




General  Intelligence(50 questions) 50  

2 Hours

10.00    A.M.    to

12.00  Noon


2 Hours 40 mins

10.00 A.M. to 12.40 PM


English Language(Basic Knowledge) ( 50 questions ) 50


Quantitative Aptitude(Basic Arithmetic Skill) (50 questions) 50


General Awareness(50 questions) 50

NOTE-I :   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.

NOTE-II: There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.  Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions.

SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2013 – SYLLABUS

General Intelligence:

1. Semantic Analogy 14. Symbolic operations
2. Symbolic/Number Analogy 15 Trends
3. Figural Analogy 16. Space Orientation
4. Semantic Classification 17. Venn Diagrams
5. Symbolic/Number Classification 18. Drawing inferences
6. Figural Classification 19. Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding
7. Semantic Series 20. Figural Pattern – folding and completion
8. Number Series 21. Embedded figures
9. Figural Series 22. Critical Thinking
10. Problem Solving 23 Emotional Intelligence
11. Word Building 24. Social Intelligence
12. Coding and de-coding 25. Other sub-topics, if any
13 Numerical operations

English Language :

1. Spot the Error
2. Fill in the Blanks
3. Synonyms/Homonyms
4. Antonyms
5. Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words
6. Idioms & Phrases
7. One word substitution
8. Improvement of Sentences
9. Active/Passive Voice of Verbs
10. Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
11. Shuffling of Sentence parts
12. Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
13. Cloze Passage
14. Comprehension Passage

Quantitative Aptitude:


C.1.1     Number Systems:

Computation of Whole Number

Decimal and Fractions

Relationship between numbers

C.1.2     Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages

Ratio and Proportion

Square roots


Interest (Simple and Compound)

Profit and Loss


Partnership Business Mixture and Alligation Time and distance Time and work


C.2.1     Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra (and their simple applications) e.g. Formulas for (a+b)2,(a-b)2, (a+b)3   (a-b)3 , a3-b3, a3+b3, a2-b2;  if a+b+c=0, then a3+b3+c3=3 abc etc. and Elementary surds (simple problems)

C.2.2     Graphs of Linear Equations.


Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts:

C.3.1     Triangle and its various kinds of centres viz. Centroid, In-centre, Orthocenter,


C.3.2     Congruence and similarity of triangles

C.3.3     Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.


C.4.1     Triangle, Quadrilaterals

C.4.2     Regular Polygons (sum of the internal angles of a polygon)

C.4.3     Circle

C.4.4     Right Prism

C.4.5     Right Circular Cone

C.4.6     Right Circular Cylinder

C.4.7     Sphere, Hemispheres

C.4.8     Rectangular Parallelepiped

C.4.9     Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base


C.5.1     Trigonometry (for acute angles 0 with 0≤0≤90)

Trigonometric ratios

Degree and Radian Measures

Standard Identities like sin20 + Cos20=1 etc.

C.5.2     Complementary Angles, Heights and Distances (simple problems only)


Use of Tables and Graphs: C.6.1      Histogram

C.6.2     Frequency polygon

C.6.3      Bar-diagram

C.6.4     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 neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.

NOTE-1: 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 / General Awareness Paper.

NOTE-2: The questions will be of the level commensurate with Educational Qualification prescribed for the posts.

SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2013 – 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.

NOTE-I: Only those candidates who secure at least  the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination, 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 PH 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 (i.e. SC, ST, PH, ExS and OBC).

NOTE-II: Central Government civilian employees availing age relaxation must furnish “No Objection Certificate” from their Employer/Office  at the time of the 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.

SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2013 – 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 of qualifying in nature. It 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 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 VH candidates for the Typewriting test.  The Passage Dictator  will read out the passage to the VH candidate  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.

NOTE-II:    OH  candidates  who  claim to  be  permanently  unfit  to  take  the  typewriting  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 Typewriting Test because of a physical disability.

NOTE-III:   If an OH candidate who submits a Medical  Certificate from the Medical Board attached to VRC for PH persons or from the Medical Board attached to Special Employment   Exchange   for   PH   persons,   his/her   claim  for   exemption   from Typewriting  Test  would  be  accepted.     However,  if,  she/he  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 PH 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 published in this Notice (Annexure-IX ) at the time of Typing Test. Otherwise their claim for seeking exemption from Typing Test will not be entertained by the Commission.

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

NOTE-V Only those candidates who secure at least   the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination, 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.


(i)        Candidates must write the papers/indicate the answers   in their own hand.   The ovals on page-1 and page-2 of the OMR answer sheet should be marked with black/blue ball point pen.

(ii)       In the question papers, wherever necessary, the   Metric systems of weights and measures only will be used.

(iii)      Candidates are not  permitted to use calculators and other electronic gadgets.  They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Premises / Venue.

(iv)      If any candidate is found to possess mobile phones or any electronic equipment or any other means of wireless  communication in the working or  switched off mode in the examination

hall,  his/her  candidature  shall  be  cancelled  forthwith,  besides  entailing  debarment  from Commission’s examination for a period of up to 5 years and/or criminal prosecution.

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