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SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 13th April, 2021
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The SSC Stenographers exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission every year to select candidates for the position of Grade “C” and “D” stenographers in central government organisations or department or ministries.

The exam is conducted in two stages, computer-based examination and skills test. The exam requires the candidate to have the minimum qualification of clearing class XII. The examination is conducted in both Hindi and English and selected SSC Stenographers to have the work profile of press conference briefings, helping in public relations, speech writing, etc., in various departments of the government. Work pressure wise both Grade C and D jobs are the same. Grade “C” candidates will be posted in the Department of Central Government, and the job is comparatively less hectic. At the same time, Grade “D” candidates have a comparatively more hectic life.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Under Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Selecting eligible candidates for the post of Stenographer Grade C (Grade B Non-Gazetted) and Stenographer Grade D (Group C) for various Departments/ Ministries/ Organizations in the Government of India.
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
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SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. 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.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. Candidates must have passed the 12th standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.

  5. Age Limit
  6. Lower Age Limit: 18 years

    Upper Age Limit:

    • Stenographer Grade “C” – 30 years
    • Stenographer Grade “D” – 27 years

    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST (Grade C) 35 years
    SC/ST (Grade D) 32 years
    OBC (Grade C) 33 years
    OBC (Grade D) 30 years
    PwD + General (Grade C) 40 years
    PwD + General (Grade D) 37 years
    PwD + OBC (Grade C) 43 years
    PwD + OBC (Grade D) 40 years
    PwD + SC/ST (Grade C) 45 years
    PwD + SC/ST (Grade D) 42 years
    Ex-Servicemen (ESM) Grade “C” 33 years
    Ex-Servicemen (ESM) “D” 30 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no restriction on the number of times one can attempt the exam; as long as the candidate meets the eligibility criteria.

SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application October 10, 2020
Last Date of Application November 4, 2020
Starting Date of the Computer Based Examination To be announced later
Closing Date of the Computer Based Examination To be announced later

SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the exam:

  • The SSC Stenographers exam is conducted in two stages, the Written computer-based exam and the Skill Test.
  • The computer-based examination is an objective exam, and the paper is divided into three sections.
  • The candidates who are shortlisted in the Computer Based Examination will be required to appear in the Skill Test for Stenography.
  • In the skill test, exam candidates have to take down dictation in either English or Hindi and type on the computer.

Pattern for Computer Based Exam

The paper is divided into three sections. A composite time of 120 minutes is given for the exam.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning

The test includes questions that aims to test the candidates abstract ability and their understanding of symbols; their other arithmetical computation and analytical functional.

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
2 General Awareness

This section of the paper is created to understand the candidate’s knowledge of the environment that surrounds him/her.

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
3 English Language and Comprehension

This section of the paper is designed to understand the candidate’s knowledge of English Language, grammar, vocabulary, and writing ability.

Merit Ranking Nature 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 100
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Skill Test

The candidates who are shortlisted in the Computer Based Examination will be required to appear in the Skill Test for Stenography.

SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Computer Based Exam

1 General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Similarities and Differences,
  • Analysis,
  • Decision Making,
  • Visual Memory,
  • Arithmetical Reasoning,
  • Verbal and Figure Classification,
  • Judgement,
  • Discriminating Observation,
  • Space Visualisation,
  • Non-Verbal Series,
  • Arithmetical Number Series,
  • Analogies,
  • Blood Relation,
  • Syllogism,
  • Relationship Concepts,
  • Problem Solving Skills.

2 General Awareness

  • Current Events,
  • India and its neighbouring countries,
  • Daily Observations and Experiments,
  • Sports,
  • History,
  • Geography,
  • Culture,
  • National Economics,
  • General Politics,
  • Indian Constitution,
  • Scientific Research

3 English Language and Comprehension

  • Grammar,
  • Synonyms and Antonyms,
  • Vocabulary,
  • Para Jumbles,
  • Sentence Structure,
  • Reading Comprehension.

Syllabus for Skill Test

Candidates are given a dictation for 10 minutes English or Hindi which the candidate’s need to type at the speed of 100 words per minute for the post of Stenographer Grade C and 80 words per minute Stenographer Grade D post.

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