SSC (Staff Selection Commission) holds a competitive exam for recruitment of Data Entry Operators. The selections are based on a written test, here we will discuss the syllabus, pattern and marks for the exam.

Pattern / Scheme of Examination:

The examination will be conducted in two stages:

Part I (Written Examination, 200 Questions, 200 Marks, 2 Hours):

The questions in the written test will be "Objective Multiple-Choice-Type". Candidates will be required to qualify all papers separately. The medium of the exam is both English and Hindi.

The Written Examination will consist of the following four papers:

(i) General-Intelligence (50 Questions, 50 Marks)

(ii) General-Awareness (50 Questions, 50 Marks)

(iii) English-Language (50 Questions, 50 Marks)

(iv) basic Arithmetic (Numerical Aptitude) (50 Questions, 50 Marks)

Syllabus for SSC Written Exam:


(i) General Intelligence: The Syllabus for General Intelligence would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test may include questions on

  • analogies
  • similarities
  • differences
  • space visualization
  • problem solving
  • analysis
  • judgement
  • decision making
  • visual memory
  • discrimination
  • observation
  • relationship concepts
  • arithmetical reasoning
  • verbal and figure classification
  • arithmetical number series etc.

The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate's abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical functions.

(ii) General Awareness: Questions in General Awareness component will be aimed at testing the candidate's General Awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be 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 pertaining to

  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Sports
  • Literature
  • Scientific Research
  • Basics/fundamentals of Computer etc.

These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

(iii) English Language: Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidate's understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on error recognition, fill in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles etc), Vocabulary, Spellings, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words, etc. There will be a question on passages and comprehension of passages also. The standard of the questions will be only of 10+2 level.

(iv) Arithmetic: This paper will include questions on problems relating to

  • Number Systems
  • Computation of Whole Numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • use of Tables and Graphs
  • Menstruation
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Time
  • Time and Work etc.


Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousands) Key Depression 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 all the key depressions in computer as per the given text passage and the duration of the said Test will be 15 (Fifteen) minutes and printed passage of running text 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.

Negative Marking:

There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.


Click for Past Question Paper for SSC Data Entry Operator Recruitment Exam.

More Sample Question Papers:

You can find more sample papers here: Computer, English, Reasoning, Maths, General Knowledge

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