Lower Division Clerk Exam Preparation

SSC holds a Combined All India Open Examination for recruitment to the posts of Data Entry Operator and Lower Division Clerk for which 12th Standard Pass or equivalent is the minimum qualification. The Examination will comprise of a Written Objective Type Examination followed by Data Entry Skill Test / Typing Test.

Staff Selection Commission conducts an All India Open Competitive Examination for recruitment to the Group-"C" posts of Data Entry Operator in Pay Band-1, Grade Pay s 2400 & 1900 and Lower Division Clerk in Pay Band-1, Grade Pay s1900 in various Central Government Ministries / Departments / Offices.
AGE LIMIT: 18 to 27 years for Data Entry Operator and Lower Division Clerk
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent or higher examination from a recognised 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.
SCHEME OF EXAMINATION: The examination will consist of a written examination and skill test for the post of Data Entry Operator and Typing Test for the post of Lower Division Clerk on Computer.
The written examination will consist of one objective type paper as shown below :

PartSubjectMaximum MarksTotal Duration / Timing for General candidatesTotal Duration/ Timing for Visually Handicapped candidates
IGeneral Intelligence (50 questions)502 Hour2 Hours 20 mins
IIEnglish Language (Basic Knowledge)( 50 questions )50
IIIQuantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) (50 questions)50
IVGeneral 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. The Commission may also at its discretion, set questions in Part-I,III and IV in Mizo, Manipuri, Assamese, Sindhi, Oriya, Telgu, Tamil, Malayalam,Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Kashmiri subject to approval from the Department of Personnel & Training and subject to availability of experts/printing facilities.
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.

General Intelligence:

  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic/Number Analogy
  • Figural Analogy
  • Semantic Classification
  • Symbolic/Number Classification
  • Figural Classification
  • Semantic Series
  • Number Series
  • Figural Series
  • Problem Solving
  • Word Building
  • Coding and de-coding
  • Numerical operations
  • Symbolic operations
  • Trends
  • Space Orientation
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Drawing inferences
  • Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding
  • Figural Pattern รข€“ folding and completion
  • Embedded figures
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Intelligence
  • Other sub-topics, if any

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

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
  • Averages
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation