SSC Stenographer (Grade 'C' & 'D')

Staff Selection Commission


Staff Selection Commission conducts this exam every year as per their schedule for the posts vacant in Central govt. departments / ministries etc. Huge number of candidates apply for this exam and the competition is tough. In order to clear the examination the candidates must know the correct syllabus & techniques. Age Limit: 18-27 years as on 01.08.2015 (Candidates born not before 02-08-1988 and not later than 01-08-1997).

  • Educational Qualifications:
    Candidate must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent from a recognized Board or University.
  • Examination:
    These examinations are divided into 2 parts
    1) Written Exams
    2) Skill test


  • 1) General Intelligence and Reasoning
    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.

    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.

    English Language & Comprehension: In addition to the testing of candidates' understanding of the English, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and its correct usage, etc. his/her writing ability, would also be tested.

    Candidates who obtain the qualifying marks in the Written Examination as may be prescribed by the Commission will only be called for the Skill Test. It may also prescribe qualifying marks in each part of the Written Examination. 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 computer only. The evaluation of transcription will be done electronically
    only. 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 )
    Subject Maximum Marks
    General Intelligence & Reasoning(50 questions ) 50
    General Awareness ( 50 questions) 50
    English Language and Comprehension(100questions) 100
    NOTE : The duration for the examination is 2 hours
    For Visually Handicapped/cerebral pulsy candidates the duration of this exams is 2 hours 40 min.
    All questions of written examination will be MCQ type only.

    Coaching Duration:
    3 Months (Weekdays) Or 4 Months (Weekends)
    Coaching Mode: Weekdays (Mon-Fri) Or Weekends (Saturday-Sunday)
    Class Duration: 3 Hours/day for Weekdays Or 5 Hours/day for Weekends