The Staff Selection Commission will hold an Open Competitive Computer Based Examination for recruitment to the posts of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ (Group ‘B’, Non-Gazetted) and Stenographer Grade ‘D’ (Group ‘C’) for various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations in the Government of India. Only those candidates who have skills in stenography are eligible to apply.
You can download the official notification for 2020-21 Exam here:
Please make a note of Important Dates:
|Event||Date & Time|
|Dates for submission of online applications||10.10.2020 to 04.11.2020|
|Last date and time for receipt of applications||04.11.2020 (23:30)|
|Last date and time for making online fee payment||06.11.2020 (23:30)|
|Last date and time for generation of offline Challan||08.11.2020 (23:30)|
|Last date for payment through Challan (during working hours of Bank)||10.11.2020|
|Dates of the Computer Based Examination||29.03.2021 to 31.03.2021|
Please note that these dates are subject to change due to COVID19.
SSC Stenographer 2020 Pay Scale:
- Grade C salary generally ranges between INR 9300 – INR 34800.
- Grade D salary generally ranges between INR 5200- INR 20200
|Specifications||Grade C (In Rs)||Grade D (In Rs)|
|Pay Band||4,200 or 4,600 (Pay Grade 2)||2,400 (Pay grade 1)|
SSC Stenographer Eligibility Criteria
Students interested in writing SSC Stenographer 2020-21 exam will have to fulfill certain eligibility requirements to successfully fill the application form.
- Interested Candidates must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent exam from a recognized board or university (Please look at Age Limit for eligibility before you apply)
- Candidates who have not acquired the essential qualification as on 01.08.2020 will not be eligible and need not apply.
A candidate must be either:
- (a) a citizen of India, or
- (b) a subject of Nepal, or
- (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
- (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
- (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the Examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.
- Stenographer Grade ‘C’: 18 to 30 years as on 01.08.2020 i.e. candidates born not before 02-08-1990 and not later than 01-08-2002 are eligible to apply.
- Stenographer Grade ‘D’: 18 to 27 years as on 01.08.2020 i.e. candidates born not before 02-08-1993 and not later than 01-08-2002 are eligible to apply.
- Permissible relaxation in upper age limit as specified in Para-5 (a) and 5 (b) above and category codes for claiming age relaxation are as follows:
beyond the upper age limit
|SC/ ST||5 years|
|PwD (Unreserved)||10 years|
|PwD (OBC)||13 years|
|PwD (SC/ ST)||15 years|
|Ex-Servicemen (ESM)||3 years|
|Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof||3 years|
|Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST)||8 years|
|Central Govt. Civilian Employees:
Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications.
|Up to 40 years of age|
|Central Govt. Civilian Employees:
Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications. (SC/ ST)
|Up to 45 years of age|
|Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried.||Up to 35 years of age|
|Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ ST )||Up to 40 years of age|
SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern
- SSC Stenographer 2020-21 will be a computer-based exam with multiple-choice questions.
- The question papers will be set in both English and Hindi (except for the English language section).
- Each question carries 1 mark and 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Below table shows the Exam Pattern:
|Subjects||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks||Total Duration|
|General English and Intelligence||50||50||
Cumulative time duration of 2 Hours
|English Language and Comprehension||100||100|
|Total||200 Questions||200 Marks||120 Minutes|
The candidates who obtain the qualifying marks in the above Exam, will be called for the skill test.
The skill test will be of qualifying nature and the Commission will fix the qualifying standards in the skill test for different categories of candidates.
The candidates will have to appear for the stenography test. The candidates will be given one dictation for 10 minutes in English / Hindi at the speed of 100 w.p.m. for the post of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and 80 w.p.m. for the post of Stenographer Grade ‘D’. The matter will have to be transcribed on compute. The transcription time is as follows:-
For Stenographer Grade ‘D’: 50 minutes (English); 65 minutes (Hindi)
For Stenographer Grade ‘C’: 40 minutes (English); 55 Minutes (Hindi)
SSC Stenographer Syllabus
(1) General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and non- verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and other analytical functions.
(2) General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of 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 aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its Neighboring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline. For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability /cerebral palsy affected candidates and opting for scribe there will be no component of Maps/Graphs/Diagrams/Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning / General Awareness Paper.
(3) English Language & Comprehension: In addition to the testing of candidates’ understanding of the English Language, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and its correct usage, etc. his/her writing ability, would also be tested.