SSC Stenographer Exam

Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

About SSC:

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices. The Staff Selection Commission was established in 1975.

Exams Conducted By SSC

SSC currently functions as a subordinate office of DOPT and is mainly engaged in conducting competitive exams for recruitment to various posts in the SSC departments, organizations. In the previous years, SSC has conducted various exams as given below:
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam (SSC CGL)
  • SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam (SSC CHSL)
  • SSC Junior Engineer Exam
  • SSC Junior Hindi Translator Exam
  • SSC GD Constable Exam
  • SSC Multitasking Staff Exam (SSC MTS)
  • SSC Staff Selection Post Exam
  • SSC SI in CAPFs, ASI in CISF and SI in Delhi Police Exam
  • SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Exam

SSC Stenographer Exam

Staff Selection Commission has conducted the SSC Stenographer examination for the recruitment of various posts for Grade ’C’ (Group “B‟ Non-Gazetted) & Grade ’D’ (Group “C‟ Non-Gazetted).

Age Limit:

For Grade C – The age limit for this exam should be between 18 to 30 years, which means, age of the candidate should be between 2-8-1990 and not later than 01-08-2002.

For Grade D – The age limit for this exam should be between 18 to 27 years, which means, age of the candidate should be between 2-8-1993 and not later than 01-08-2002.


Candidates applying for the various posts need to be 10+2 pass or have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university at the time of applying.

Exam Fee

There is also a required amount of application fee which needs to be paid for the examination. All women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation are exempted from paying application fee.

While for General and OBC, the amount fixed is Rs.100


SSC Stenographer 2020-21 vacancies will be announced in due course of time. In 2018, the total number of vacancies announced for the SSC Stenographer Grade C & D exam was 1,464, out of which 473 were for Stenographer Grade C and 991 for Stenographer Grade D. 

Important Dates

SSC Stenographer 2020-21 Dates

The table below contains SSC Stenographer dates pertaining to the exam.

Details are below:

SSC Stenographer Events SSC Stenographer Dates Salient Features
Release of notification 10-Oct-20 SSC Stenographer notification was released online in PDF form.
Application dates 10-Oct-2020 to 04-Nov-2020 Earlier, the application form was scheduled to be released on August 4. The last date of application was September 3. The application form could be filled online only. The application fees could be paid both online and offline.
Computer-based test date 29-Mar-2021 to 31-Mar-2021 (Postponed) In view of Assembly Elections 2021 in some states/UT, the exam has been postponed. The new dates will be announced soon.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern:

SSC Stenographer Examination will consist of Tier – I- Objective Multiple Choice and Tier – II – Skill Test.

This is an online examination comprising of four sections having 200 questions (50 questions in each section) which will account for a total of 200 marks (maximum 50 marks in each section). The time duration for this exam will be 2 hours.

Details are below:

S.NO. Name of the Tests  No. of questions  Maximum Marks Time allotted
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50
2  General Awareness 50 50
3  English Language & Comprehension 100 100 120 minutes

 Total 200 200


  • Question paper will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice only.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

Skill Test in Stenography:

The candidates who are shortlisted in the Computer Based Examination for the next stage will have to appear for the Skill Test in Stenography. The candidates will be given one dictation for 10 minutes in English or Hindi (as opted by the candidates in the online Application Form) at the speed of 100 words per minute (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.

The transcription time is as follows:

Candidates who opt to take the Stenography Test in Hindi will be required to learn English Stenography and vice versa after their appointment, failing which their probation may not be cleared by appointing departments. Candidates have to work as English/ Hindi stenographers as per the functional requirement of the User Office irrespective of the medium of Skill Test of candidate during the examination.

Department Wise SSC Stenographer Vacancies For Reserved Categories 2019-2020

Name of the department ST SC OBC EWS
Indian Audit & accounts department (assistant audit officer) 38 75 135 50
Indian Audit & accounts department (assistant account officer) 0 0 0 0
Central Secretariat Service (DOPT) 10 19 34 7
Intelligence Bureau 1 1 0 1
Ministry of railway 5 7 9 4
Ministry of External Affairs 0 4 11 8
AFHQ (Ministry of Defence) 5 11 23 8
Ministry of Parliamentary affairs 0 0 2 1
Other Ministry/ Departments 0 0 0 0
Central administrative tribunal/ central vigilance commission/ election commission 3 1 3 0
CBDT 16 14 64 31
CBIC (Central Excise) 168 335 553 210
CBIC (Preventive officer) 11 22 63 21
CBIC (examiner) 8 22 27 11
Enforcement director 5 7 20 7
Central Bureau of investigation 3 12 10 0
Ministry of communications (SPN) 2 7 6 4
Central Bureau of Narcotics 2 7 8 7
Bureau of police research & development/ coast guard headquarters/ enforcement directorate (revenue)/ ministry of external affairs/ ministry of textiles/ narcotics control bureau 0 5 3 0
Ministry of mines 2 1 3 0
Comptroller and auditor general of India 30 60 108 40
National Investigation agency 0 0 0 0
M/O statistics & programme implementation 34 45 55 61
Registrar General of India 63 126 226 84
Offices under comptroller & auditor general of India 0 0 0 0
Other ministries/ departments 0 0 0 0
Offices under controller general of defence accounts 43 81 134 38
Offices under controller and auditor general of India 0 0 0 0
Controller General of Accounts/ ministry of communication 49 91 190 39
Ministry of textiles/ directorate general of defence estates/ controller bureau of narcotics 6 14 24 14
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) 121 213 385 108
CBIC 41 55 95 41
Central Bureau of Narcotics 1 7 7 6
DTE general border roads organization (MOD)- (only male aspirants) 0 0 0 0

SSC Stenographer Previous Year Category-Wise Cut-off

The below-mentioned table gives you all the details of cut off marks for previous years category –wise to help you anticipate this year’s cut-offs. 

Category-Wise SSC Stenographer Grade C Previous Year Cut-Offs (2018-2019)

Category Cut-off
SC 127
ST 101
OBC 138
OH 100
VH 100

Category-Wise SSC Stenographer Grade D Previous year Cut-Off (2018-2019)

Category Cut-off
SC 123.5
ST 106
OBC 124.5
OH 106
VH 66
UR 134.5

SSC General Intelligence & Reasoning Syllabus 2021

  • Analogies
  • Similarities and differences
  • Space Visualization
  • Problem Solving
  • Analysis
  • Judgment
  • Decision making
  • Visual memory
  • Discriminating observation
  • Relationship concepts
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Verbal & Figure Classification
  • Arithmetical number series
  • Non-verbal series etc
  • Abstract ideas & symbols
  • Relationship
  • Arithmetic computation
  • Analytical functions of abstract ideas & symbols

SSC Stenographer General Awareness Syllabus

  • Indian History
  • Indian Independence Movement, Mughal Empire, etc
  • Art and Culture
  • Indian Polity
  • Government Policies and Schemes
  • Indian Geography
  • The soil in India, Indian Crops
  • Farming and Irrigation in India
  • Indian Rivers, etc
  • Indian Constitution
  • Scientific Research
  • India and World Economics Scenes
  • Awards and Honours
  • Countries, Currencies, and Capitals
  • Indian Economy
  • Current affairs of National and International
  • Days and Events
  • Indian Neighboring countries Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Science and Technology

SSC English Language & Comprehension Syllabus

  • Basic English Grammar
  • Sentence structure
  • Parts of Speech
  • Noun, Pronoun
  • Verb
  • Preposition
  • Conjunction
  • Articles
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Correction
  • Spellings
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • Antonyms and Synonyms
  • Spotting Errors
  • Para jumbles
  • Phrase Replacement
  • Comprehension Reading
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