Posts Offered and Vacancies in SSC CHSL Exam 2016


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Here we will explain you which posts are offered and profiles of LDC (Lower DIvision Clerk), DEO (Data Entry Operator), PA/SA (Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant) and Court Clerk. It is very important to know these as this is the sole reason you are doing so hard work and trying to crack this exam. In this section, you will also get to know about the exact salary and other details.

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Posts offered in SSC CHSL Exam 2016

LDC – Lower Division Clerk

Pay Band – I (5200-20200), Grade Pay 1900

Vacancies: 1321

Profile: Lower Division clerk does simple tasks. Their day-to-day activities includes Maintenance of documents, Receiving and sending documents, Typing of letters and sending them through post/fax, making salary of office staff, recording leaves and relevant data of company and office staff. They get promoted as Upper Division clerk, Division clerk and Head division clerk.

DEO – Data Entry Operator

Pay Band – I (5200-20200), Grade Pay 2400/1900

Vacancies: 506

Profile: The work of Data Entry operator is not just bound to system. They do most of the work done by LDC (Lower Division Clerk’s) but the extra duty of DEO is that they need to enter lots of data in computer. 

Court Clerk

Pay Band – I (5200-20200), Grade Pay 2400/1900

Vacancies: 26

Profile: The major task of court clerk is to do day-to-day administrative works to help courts run smoothly. They help schedule court hearings, does paper work, contacting involved parties, setting up courts, etc.

PA/SA – Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant

Pay Band – I (5200-20200), Grade Pay 2400

Vacancies: 3281

Profile: The work varies as per the department allotted:

  • PAPO (Postal Assistant in Post Offices): You will be posted behind the counter in Post offices. The major duties are selling stamps, helping people in booking, filling forms, ensuring letters/postage are in good condition for mailing, answering questions posted by customers, etc. You will be meeting many new people as you are directly involved with public and will get good insights on postal department.
  • PAFPO (Postal Assistant in Foreign Post Organization): Here you will be dealing with foreign posts/packages
  • SARMS (Sorting Assistant in Railway Mail Service): You will be posted in RMS units in railway circles. The main work is to sort mails according to pin-codes. You will be working in shifts. Many a times you might work in night shift, but you will get the next day off in case you work for night shift. Hence, this may not be suggested for female candidates.
  • PASBCO (Postal Assistant in Savings Bank Control Organization): In this the work is mainly to take care of banking related activities related to postal savings. But one advantage is that you will be posted only in head offices (Urban areas) as mostly only head offices has postal savings account. But this might change in future as postal savings services are now rapidly being expanded to rural areas
  • PACO/RO (Postal Assistant in Circle/Regional Offices): As you will be in Circle/Regional offices, you will not be directly dealing with customers but instead you will be working with files and other small administrative works unlike in post offices. Advantage is that you will be surrounding cities and also you will have office hours (Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • PAMMS (Postal Assistant in Mail Motor Services): You will play a important role in inter-city mail transmission between mail offices and postal offices
  • PARLO (Postal Assistant in Returned Letter offices): In case you have entered wrong address on a letter, it will be sent to Returned Letter offices. Here either they will try to locate correct address and send it to the them or will return the letter if from address is written on it. IIf both won’t work, they will dispose them. This is the work of this office and your work will be related to this
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Comparison of Vacancies with previous years


Note: Generally SSC takes more candidates than what is mentioned in notification. So, going by 2015 trend, the number of vacancies for 2016 can be estimated to be 7500 (instead of 5134 mentioned in Notification)

Detailed Salary Structure (Pre-revised)


City Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 2400 Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 1900
6th Pay Commission Estimated (7th Pay Commission) 6th Pay Commission Estimated (7th Pay Commission)
X 23167 32375 21866 26306
Y 22384 31592 21134 25574
Z 21601 30809 20402 24842


X Cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune

Y Cities: Agra, Ajmer, Aligarh, Allahabad, Amravati, Amritsar, Asansol, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Belgaum, Bhavnagar, Bhiwandi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bikaner, Bokaro Steel City, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Durg-Bhilai Nagar, Durgapur, Erode, Faridabad, Firozabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Gulbarga, Guntur, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hubli-Dharwad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jamnagar, Jamshedpur, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Kannur, Kanpur, Kakinada, Kochi, Kottayam, Kolhapur, Kollam, Kota, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Malappuram, Malegaon, Mangalore, Meerut, Moradabad, Mysore, Nagpur, Nashik, Nellore, Noida, Patna, Pondicherry, Raipur, Rajkot, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Rourkela, Salem, Sangli, Siliguri, Solapur, Srinagar, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Tirupati, Ujjain, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vasai-Virar City, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal

Z Cities: All others

Preference Order for SSC CHSL Exam 2016

Note: Although we give you a preference order here, we strongly recommend you to go through the various job profiles posted above and decide for yourself. 

Code Post Vacancies Pay Band Grade Pay
P PA/SA (Postal Assistant or Sorting Assistant) 3281 Pay Band – I (5200 to 20200) 2400
D DEO (Data Entry Operator) 506 2400
E DEO (Data Entry Operator) 1900
L LDC (Lower Division Clerk) 1321 1900
C Court Clerk 26 1900


You can do the following customization’s as per your interest:

  • Swapping D and P – If you prefer Data Entry operator over Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, please put Data Entry operator on top (Be careful about the two DEO posts of different scales – D is 2400 grade pay and E code is 1900 Grade pay)
  • Swapping E and L – In case you prefer LDC over DEO in same grade pay of 1900 


Can I change the preference order in between the exam process?

No, you cannot change the preference order. Whatever options you put in the application is final. You will only be able to give preferences for Ministries during your Skill test/Typing test.

Will I be considered for only my 1st or 2nd preference?

No, you will be considered for all the posts as per your preference. In case, you do not get qualified for first or second, you will be considered for other posts as per your preference order.

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