SSC Stenographer 2020: Preparation tips, Date, Eligibility, Pattern

Candidates who wish to get selected for the post of Stenographer Grade C and Grade D can appear for the SSC Stenographer 2020 exam. The exam will be conducted by the Staff Selection Commission and will be held in online mode. The interested and eligible candidates can fill and submit their application from June 2020. The online test is expected to be held in the month of September 2020. In this post, the complete details of the SSC Stenographer 2020 selection process are given.

Major Highlights – SSC Stenographer 2020

  • The application form filling and submission can be done only through online mode.
  • Admit card to appear for the exam will also be released in online mode only.
  • Shortlisting of the candidates for recruitment will be done on the basis of online test and skill test.
  • Any communication to the concerned regional office must be done by providing name, roll number, registration id, date of birth and exam name.
  • Candidates must submit only a single application for the exam. Multiple applications might get rejected.
  • Commission will communicate with the candidates on their email id and phone number provided during registration.

Important Dates- SSC Stenographer 2020

The tentative dates related to SSC Stenographer 2020 are given in the table below:

ActivitiesTentative Dates
Online application form release date3rd week of June 2020
Last date for submission of application form3rd week of July 2020
Admit card release dateAugust 2020
Exam date1st week of September 2020
Result declarationTo be notified

Exam Pattern

Overview of the SSC Stenographer exam pattern is given below:

  • Mode of the exam: Computer-based test
  • Duration of the exam: 2 hours (40 extra minutes for VH/ OH candidates*)
  • Question paper language: English & Hindi both (except English specific section)
  • Number of questions: 100
  • Type of questions: Multiple-choice questions (MCQs)
  • Total marks: 100
  • Marking scheme: 1 mark will be awarded for each correct response
  • Negative marking: 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response
TopicsNumber of questionsMaximum marks
General Intelligence & Reasoning5050
General Awareness5050
English Language & Comprehension100100
Total 100100

* VH/ OH candidates afflicted by Cerebral Palsy and locomotor disability whose writing speed is affected to the extent of slowing down the performance

Stenography Test/ Skill 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 computer within the transcription time given as:

  • For Stenographer Grade D: 50 minutes (English) and 65 minutes (Hindi)
  • For Stenographer Grade C: 40 minutes (English) and 55 Minutes (Hindi)

For VH/ OH candidates:

  • For Stenographer Grade D: 75 minutes (English Shorthand) and 100 minutes (Hindi Shorthand)
  • For Stenographer Grade C: 70 minutes (English Shorthand) and 95 minutes (Hindi Shorthand)


The syllabus for the SSC Stenographer exam is given below:

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning: Analogies, Similarities And Differences, Space Visualization, Relationship, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Number Series, Non-Verbal Series, Arithmetical Computation, Visual Memory, Discriminating Observation, Arithmetical Reasoning, Verbal And Figure Classification, Abstract Ideas And Symbols And Their Relationship, etc.
  • General Awareness: General Awareness Of The Environment Its Application To Society, Current Events, India and Neighboring countries, Sports, Culture, Scientific Research, History, Geography, General Polity including Indian Constitution, etc.
  • English Language & Comprehension: Understanding of the English Language, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Their Correct Usage, Writing Ability, etc.

Preparation Strategies

Some helpful tips that can help the candidates in clearing their SSC Stenographer exam are given below:

  • Know your exam pattern and syllabus before you start your preparation for the exam.
  • Read newspaper daily without fail and listen to news on radio/ TV to strengthen your general awareness.
  • Give much time as you can to practice questions to prepare strongly for general intelligence & reasoning.
  • Make notes of any formulae or any news which you think might be important.
  • To get idea of topics which are more important, you can solve previous years’ sample papers.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for SSC Stenographer in terms of nationality, age and qualification are given here:


The candidate must be either:

  • A Citizen of India
  • A Subject of Bhutan
  • A Subject of Nepal
  • A Tibetan refugee, who came to India before 1st January 1962 to become a permanent settling in India
  • A Person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of settling permanently

Age limit:

The lower age and upper age of the candidates should be 18 years and 27 years as on 1st August 2020.

Relaxation in the upper age limit will be provided as follows:

SC/ ST5 years
OBC3 years
PH10 years (for general)

13 years (for OBC)

15 years (for SC/ ST)

Ex-Servicemen (Relaxation after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of application)3 years (for general)

6 years (for OBC)

8 years (for SC/ ST)

For Group ‘B’ posts

Central Govt. Civilian Employees who have rendered at least 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date of application

5 years (for general)

8 years (for OBC)

10 years (for SC/ ST)

For Group ‘C’ posts

Central Govt. Civilian Employees who have rendered at least 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date of application

Up to 40 years of age (for general)

Up to 43 years of age (for OBC)

Up to 45 years of age (for SC/ ST)

Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during 1st January 1980 to 31st December 19895 years (for general)

8 years (for OBC)

10 years (for SC/ ST)

For Group ‘C’ post

Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried

Up to 35 years of age (for general)

Up to 38 years of age (for OBC)

Up to 40 years of age (for SC/ ST)

Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof5 years (for general)

8 years (for OBC)

10 years (for SC/ ST)

Service Clerks in the last year of their color service in the Armed ForcesUp to 45 years of age (for general)

Up to 48 years of age (for OBC)

Up to 50 years of age (for SC/ ST)

For Group ‘C’ post

Retrenched census employees of Office of Registrar General of India (considered only for offices under RGI in their order of merit and subject to availability of vacancies)

3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with census, before retrenchment and weightage of past service (for general)

3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with census, before retrenchment and weight age of past service + 3 years (for OBC)

3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with census, before retrenchment and weightage of past service + 5 years (for SC/ ST)

Educational qualification:

  • The candidates should have passed their class 12th exam from a recognized board/ institute.
  • Degree/ diploma awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education will be considered provided they have been approved by the Distance Education Bureau, UGC.

SSC Steno Application Form 2020

The interested candidates can submit their SSC Stenographer application form in online mode. Applicants will first have to complete the one-time registration process providing their basic personal details. After successful registration, registration ID and password will be generated that can be used to fill the application form.

  • In the application form, the candidates will have to provide their rest personal details, contact details and educational details.
  • The applicants will also have to upload their photograph and signature in scanned format.
  • Choice for exam center, order of preference for the posts of Stenographer Grade C and D and language for Stenography test must also be mentioned in the application form.
  • After providing all the details carefully in the application form, the candidates can make its final submission.
  • No change/ correction in the particulars of the application form will be possible after final submission.
  • A printout of the duly filled application form should be taken and kept safe for future correspondence.

Application fee:

  • To complete the application process, the candidates will have to submit a prescribed amount of application fee.
  • Application fee will be Rs. 100/-, except for women/ SC/ ST/ PWD/ Ex-servicemen candidates, who are exempted from fee submission.
  • Payment of fee can be done through SBI Challan/ SBI Net banking or through credit card/ debit card.

Admit Card

  • The admit card to appear for the exam will be uploaded on the website of the concerned Regional Office about two weeks before the examination.
  • Time table and venue of the exam will be communicated to the candidates in the admit card.
  • If any candidate is unable to download the admit card one week before examination, he/ she should contact the concerned regional/ sub regional office of the commission.
  • The admit card/ admission certificate along with a valid photo identity proof and 3 passport size photos must be carried to the exam center on the day of exam.
  • Candidates without admit card and id proof will not be allowed entry into the examination hall.

Result & Selection

  • Result of the online test will be declared in online mode on the official website.
  • Those who clear the online exam will have to appear for the skill test in stenography.
  • The skill test will be held at the commission’s regional/ sub regional offices or other centers decided by the Commission.
  • On the basis of the performance of the candidates in both tests, merit lists will be prepared.
  • Candidates whose names appear in the merit list will be shortlisted for selection.
  • Allocation of the candidates to different departments will be made on the basis of their merit and choice made by them.
  • Final selection will depend on the verification of original certificates and eligibility of the candidates.
  • Selected candidates will be on probation for a period of 2 years, on successful completion of which, the eligible candidates will be confirmed to their post by the Controlling Authority.

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