Time Required to Learn Typing

Time required to learn Typing [(Staff Selection Commission (SSC)]

In the Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level (CHSL) Exam 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. 35 wpm. corresponds to 10500 key depressions per hour and 30 wpm corresponds to 9000 key depressions per hour.

Time taken to learn typing for the typing test at this speed we generally need 5-6 months, though it also depends on an individual how much time he takes to gain typing speed at 35 wpm. Starting typing learning from an institute does help but if you are not comfortable in finding an institute nearby you can learn it at home too. In both the cases utmost sincerity is required.

For the speed of 27 wpm that you need in the DEST or CPT it takes around 4 months roughly.

NOTE-I: In the Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level the Typing Test is necessary for the following posts:

  1. Jr Secretariat Assistant (LDC) 
  2. Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant
  3. Court Clerk 

NOTE-II: Typing Test will be conducted only in English or Hindi and candidates while applying for the Examination will have to indicate his/her choice/option for Typing Test Medium in the Application Form.

NOTE-III: Typing Test will be of qualifying nature, means marks scored in this test are not added to the total marks while preparing the merit list of the exam.

NOTE-IV: The speed will be adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the computer of a given text passage in 10 minutes. Candidates eligible for scribe will be given compensatory time of 5 minutes. Therefore duration of Typing Test for such candidates will be 15 minutes.

NOTE-V: Persons with Disabilities who claim to be permanently unfit to take the Typing Test because of a physical disability may, with the prior approval of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), 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 of a Government Health Care Institution declaring him/ her to be permanently unfit for the Typing Test because of a physical disability.

In addition, such candidates must substantiate their claim by furnishing the relevant Medical Certificate in the prescribed format of the Notice of Examination, as applicable, at the time of Typing Test. Otherwise their claim for seeking exemption from Typing Test will not be entertained by the Commission.

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


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  1. October 4, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    What if one has been using computer since last 7-8 years but not specially for typing purpose … will it be possible to get speed of 35 wpm in a month if my current speed is appr. 20-25 wpm and i do not type like a typist as they do by putting right finger on right keys should i start typing like that or how can i clear CPT DEST for cgl 13 as from now i will have maximum 2 months …. also plz tell can i modify the words anywhere in the passage i have typed or i can rectify just my last word i have typed

    • October 5, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      I think speed of 35 or so can’t be gained in the manner you are doing currently. Speed of 20-25 is the saturation point. Also percentage of errors are more in this way. There are almost 2 months left now, in my view you should give a sincere try to the other method. Yes you can make corrections anywhere in the typed matter.