SSC CHSL 2016 Topper Interview: Rishabh Pargaien - “Identify weak areas & work on them; success will follow”
Updated on Jan 31, 2019 - 4:34 p.m. IST by Bachan Thakur

Know something backwards and forwards, if you want to ace something. Rishabh Pargaien strongly believes in this saying, as the SSC CHSL 2016 topper qualified the exam by polishing what he was not good at. Typing speed was something he wanted to excel in and he did put in extra effort to work more on this weak area to ensure that he cracks all the three stages of the exam. With an AIR of 2421 in SSC CHSL, Rishabh Pargaien cracked the exam in the first attempt itself. Working as a PA in Circle Office cadre in Guwahati, Assam Postal Circle, he shares with Careers360 that strengthening the areas where he was not up to the mark, was his success mantra. The CHSL topper narrates his success story. 

Excerpts - SSC CHSL 2016 Topper Interview Rishabh Pargaien


Careers360: Tell us about your childhood and schooling. Who all are there in the family and what are their professions? 

Rishabh Pargaien: I was born and brought up in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, had done my class 10th and 12th from DAV Centenary Public School, Haridwar. My family consists of my father, mother and a younger brother. My father is working as a teacher in a state-run school, while mother is a home-maker. My brother is studying in class 12.

Careers360: What was your All India Rank, score/marks in SSC CHSL? Which year did you qualify the exam and when were you recruited as Postal Assistant (Circle Office) at India Post?

Rishabh Pargaien: I secured AIR 2421 in SSC CHSL 2016. In Tier 1, I scored 144.5/200 and in Tier 2, 51/100. Total score was 195.5/300. The final results after the typing test were declared in February 2018 and the revised results were declared in May 2018. I joined as PA in Circle Office cadre on 13.09.2018 in Guwahati, Assam Postal Circle.

Careers360: What made you think that SSC CHSL is the career you want to pursue? On which date did you join as Postal Assistant (Circle Office) at India Post? Which all other exams did you appear in and which all have you been able to crack?

Rishabh Pargaien: It was never the career I wanted to pursue. It still isn’t something that I would want to do forever. Therefore, I am looking for better career options, as per my capabilities and qualifications. Being an engineering graduate, my aim is to crack engineering exams like GATE and Engineering Services Examination. Though I appeared for GATE 2017 & 2018, however my 90+ percentile was not enough both the times to secure a job. Thereon, I started exploring other options too, so I took non-technical exams which include SBI PO 2017 and IBPS PO 2017, but was only able to crack the IBPS PO (Prelims) 2017.

Careers360: How much time did you prepare for the SSC CHSL? Did you crack it in the first attempt?

Rishabh Pargaien: To be honest, not very much. The approach was not very strict towards the Tier 1 exam. However, when the results of Tier 1 exam were announced in June 2017, I started focusing more on essay and letter writing part to ensure my breakthrough in Tier 2. Though the score was fairly low, I was able to crack it successfully and subsequently qualified the typing test and made it to the final merit list.

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Careers360: Tell us the challenges/difficulties you had to face during your preparation period? 

Rishabh Pargaien: The main challenge was in the last phase of the examination where I had to increase my typing speed to the minimum requisite of 35 wpm. This took a fair amount of practice and dedication and the result in the end was fruitful.

Careers360: Tell us about your current role and responsibility at India Post? Please describe a typical day at work for you as a Postal Assistant.

Rishabh Pargaien: PA in CO cadre is related to administrative work since the Circle Office is the control centre/ Headquarters of the respective state’s postal circle. Hence, the work is mostly file-related. Public dealing is not a part of the routine as is the case with PA in PO cadre. There is absolutely zero interaction with people. The week is with five working days but extended working hours per day.

Careers360: How should one prepare for the examination? Tell us the strategy you had applied for preparing. 

Rishabh Pargaien: I would recommend to go through the syllabus very clearly and know exactly what is needed. This, I feel, is the most important part. It should be clear what needs to be read and what doesn’t. Half of the preparation is done here only. There are plenty of resources available in the market and one may choose anything that suits according to one’s needs. I would strongly recommend practice using good quality and a number of mocks.

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Careers360: What is your success mantra? 

Rishabh Pargaien: Just identify the weak points and work towards them. Success is always round the corner.

Careers360: In case of self study, how much is the probability of cracking the exam? What should be the preparation strategy for self study?

Rishabh Pargaien: Self study is sufficient for an exam of this level. But perseverance is a must. One needs to be consistent in one’s approach while preparing for any exam. Look out for resources online. Don’t look for too much of books for one subject. Utilise the internet for your benefit.

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Careers360: While preparing for the Tier I, Tier II and the typing/skill test, what different strategies should one make? Which part one needs to focus more on and why for all the three tiers?

Rishabh Pargaien: Every part is necessary as one mark may land you in or become the reason for exit from the examination as the competition is increasing day-by-day. Thus everything mentioned in the syllabus should be given equal importance.

Also read, How to prepare for SSC CHSL 

Careers360: Any online test series you suggest for CHSL exam?

Rishabh Pargaien: Qmaths has provided very good interface which is very much similar to the actual examination. Their quality of questions is also good. Other test series include Testbook, KD Campus and others which can be chosen from, depending on one’s requirements.

Careers360: Is there any training tenure after one is selected as a Postal Assistant? If yes, kindly share the process.

Rishabh Pargaien: Yes the training period is of 8-9 weeks. Training may be imparted at any time during your service time and is conducted at the Postal Training Centre concerned to your respective circle.

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SSC chsl exam preparation how to prepare effectively

Vamsi Adda 11th Jan, 2020

dear aspirant,

This staff selection commission exam was notified on december 3rd.for preparing effectively u should know the syllabus that should be prepared and the model of question paper. If you know this then half the war u won.the eligibility criteria is 12th pass and the best preparation strategy and some tricks can be known by checking the below link:


hello sir. this is sairam Narsingh. I applied for ssc chsl 2020 . by mistake I did not mention post number in application form.. I m so worry about it.. is there any edit option? sir

Sanjay Khandelwal 11th Jan, 2020
I could not understand what you are trying to say. There is no post number in ssc chsl application form. If you are talking about address post then i dont think it will make a big mess. But for post preference there is no option given for Selection. You are just asked about DEO if you had science in 10+2 and nothing else.

best books for SSC chsl 2020 . tips for its preparation and how to attempt it.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 24th Dec, 2019


I have mentioned some books name below which you may find helpful,

Objective English by S.P Bakshi

Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis

quantitive aptitude by rs agarwal,

Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

General Knowledge by Lucent

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for chsl you need to really have good grip on english and gk, as time is less but questions is more. if you get 80% questions correctly attempt from english and gk then it is a plus point. I suggest you to regularly practice numerical aptitude to make yourself faster in solving questions.

all the best for exams.


i did a mistake while entering category in ssc chsl application. i applied under EWS . Actually i am from general category. how can i modify it. if cant what to do?

Sanjanaleekha 21st Dec, 2019

Hi there,

No, you cannot make any changes to your application once you have submitted the same, as the notification given on the website which can be accessed on the link given below, clearly states that in case of any mistake in filling of the application form, no request will be entertained for correction,


I applied under EWS category in ssc chsl application and submitted with payment too. Now after knowing eligibility of EWS I am not under this section.. so is there any chance to make it correct?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 21st Dec, 2019


There is no window for correction of your application form.You could make changes before submitting the application but as you have already submitted and made the payment you cannot do anything.You need to apply once again using a new mail id and phone number and make payment.

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