Typing Test for LDC & PA/SA; DEST for TA/DEO

Typing Test For LDC & PA/SA; DEST for DEO

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) CHSL Exam: Typing Test for LDC & PA/SA

1. 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 on computer.

35 wpm corresponds to 10500 key depressions per hour and 30 wpm corresponds to 9000 key depressions per hour. The Typing Test will be qualifying in nature, means marks scored in the typing test are not added to the final merit to select the candidates for posts of the exam. Computer will be provided by the Commission at the centre/venue notified for the purpose.

2. 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.

3. 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. In English the passage to be typed in 10 minutes has 1750 key depressions and in Hindi it has 900.

4. Passage Dictators will be provided to each of VH candidates by the commission for the typewriting test. The Passage Dictators will read out the passage to the VH candidates within the allotted time period.

5. 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 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 declaring him/her to be permanently unfit for the Typewriting Test because of a physical disability.


SSC CHSL Exam: Skill Test (DEST) for D.E.O.

Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer.

  • The Data Entry Skill Test is at 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes, and it is also qualifying in nature. Computer will be provided by the Commission at the centre/venue notified for the purpose.

NOTE-I: Exemption from Skill Test for OH candidates is subject to Government policy in force. The OH candidates opting for the post of Tax Assistant (TA) post in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) can only be exempted for appearing in Skill Test whereas OH candidates opting for this post in CBIC / CBEC cannot be exempted from the DEST.

HH and VH candidates are not eligible for exemption from the DEST for both CBDT and CBEC.

NOTE-II: (VH) Visually Handicapped candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 35 minutes for the DEST.



Key depression means pressing of any key of the keyboard of the computer. Key depression includes all the keys of the computer like the keys from ‘A’ to ‘Z’; digit keys 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0; keys of special characters like !, @, #, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), _, +, -, =, [, ], {, }. Pressing of SPACE BAR is also called a key depression. And keys like COMMA, SEMI-COLON, FULL STOP KEY, QUESTION MARK, <, >, \, |, TAB KEY, ENTER KEY also are a key depression. But key depression does not include DELETE, BACKSPACE, SHIFT, and other keys.



Well, if we see the DATA ENTRY SKILL TEST is no different than a typing test; in which we have to do typing on the computer @ 8,000 characters per hour i.e. at a speed of almost 27 wpm (words per minute). Whereas for the posts of LDC and POSTAL/SORTING ASSISTANT we have to do typing on the computer @10,500 characters per hour i.e. at a speed of 35 wpm. The difference in speed of both is big; and therefore that might be one of the reasons of much higher cut-offs for the post of DEO than LDC.

For DEO the speed is adjudged on the accuracy of typing on the computer of a given text passage of 2,000 characters in 15 minutes whereas for LDC and POSTAL/SORTING ASSISTANT the speed is adjudged on the computer of a given text passage of 1,750 characters in 10 minutes

The difficulty level of the passages in both is exactly the same.


Typing is Essential —- IMPORTANCE

In the Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level (CHSL) Exam how high you score in the written is; is worthless unless you are able to qualify the Typing Test/DEST. In the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam too the post of Assistant Section Officer (CSS), etc and TA require typing. So to learn typing at the needed speed becomes a must for CHSL exam and for certain posts of CGLE. If a person knows typing already; he too should do practice at least 20 minutes for daily; and if a person is fresher he must start it learning from this very moment for 40-45 minutes at least for daily. Otherwise the things will be disastrous.

Generally it’s seen many of the aspirants for CSS or TA or LDC or Postal/Sorting Assistant or DEO  tend to ignore learn typing at right time. They become serious to it only after the declaration of CGLE tier-II result or CHSL exam written result  as the case may be. I’m of the opinion that they should not do so with an intention that they can learn these things in that short period of time that is left for the skill test of their respective exam. Dear friends, here let me say that these things always take their own time to be learnt. It takes at least 5-6 months for typing, you can’t learn it before it how hard you should try.

The other illness is use of laptop for typing purpose. The keyboard in the exam is that we use on the PC. Though the key pattern in both type of keyboards is same, one can’t ever type on the laptop the way one should be doing in the exam. So why it is so! If you have to type on the laptop arrange the keyboard that we use on the PC. In the end I’ll say you must start learning typing at least 6 months before the expected date of the skill test and do it on the keyboard of the PC if you are serious to a post associated with typing.

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Maha Gupta

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  1. July 11, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    sir, in the sample passage both of LDC and DEST have paragraph, and at the starting of the paragraph there is a small space .

    so, my question is do we have to give an enter and a space to start a para?

    • July 13, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      You have to press the TAB button once; nothing else.

  2. September 17, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    if we complete the passage one time….we should write it again or not from starting in balanced time……

    • September 22, 2015 at 1:37 PM

      You should not write it again, no benefit for that. Spend that extra time in correcting your errors.