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SSC Stenographer 2021 Exam: SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility, Cut-offs

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an exam conducting body responsible for recruiting Stenographers in various sections that comes under the Government of India. The posts for Stenographers are classified into two categories namely, Grade C and Grade D. SSC Stenographers have a good pay scale & being a government job, SSC Stenographers have a stable salary structure. SSC has recently released SSC Stenographer Official Notification 2020 on 10th October 2020.

Recent Updates:

The Staff Selection Commission has recently announced the Revised Exam Dates for the SSC Stenographer Grade 'C' and 'D' Examination 2019 Cycle from 16th to 18th November 2020 to 24th to 30 December 2020 due to upcoming Bihar elections.

The SSC stenographer 2021 exam has been postponed till further notice due to the conduction of Assembly Elections in different UT’s/ States in the month of March and April 2021.

SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2021

The key points about SSC Stenographer 2021 are tabulated below for quick reference:

Exam Name SSC Stenographer
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Official Website ssc.nic.in
Exam Level National
Posts Offered Grade C and D Stenographers
Eligibility Criteria 10+2board from a recognized university
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Written Exam and Skill Test
Duration WrittenTest: 2 hours
Skill Test: 10 minutes

SSC Stenographer 2021: Important Dates

The Important Dates pertaining to SSC Stenographer 2020 exam as per its new official notification released on 10th October 2020

Activity Name Important Dates
SSC Stenographer Notification 10th October 2020
Availability of Application Form 10th October 2020
Last date for registration 4th November 2020
Last date for making online fee payment 4th November 2020
Last date for payment through Challan 8th November 2020
Commencement of SSC Stenographer Grade C and D exam To be announced soon

SSC Stenographer Vacancy 2021

The vacancy detail for the year 2021 has not been released yet by SSC in its latest notification of October 10,2020. The Updated vacancy list shall be uploaded on the website of the Commission once the same is decided by the Board.
In 2019 recruitment process, 429 vacancies were released for Grade C and 1276 vacancies were released for Grade D posts.
In 2018 recruitment process, 473 vacancies were released for Grade C and 991 vacancies were released for Grade D posts.

Exam Pattern

SSC Stenographer 2021 Exam Pattern

The SSC Stenographer 2021 examination will be conducted in 2 stages. The first stage comprises of ‘Grade C and Grade D’ exam conducted in Online mode & having MCQs and is conducted online.

Computer Based Examination

Topic/Section Total Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
General Awareness 50 50 2 Hours
English Language and Comprehension 100 100
General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50
Total Marks 200 200

Notes:

  1. All questions will be Objective in nature having Multiple Choices and will be set in Hindi and English except for English section.
  2. If the Computer Based Examinations are conducted in multiple shifts then marks scored by the candidates will be normalized and the normalized scores will determine the final merit.
  3. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer marked by you, so please do keep this in mind while attempting the questions.

Skill Test

Candidates qualifying the Computer Based Examination will be called for the Skill Test. The Skill Test shall be of qualifying nature only and the Board has the right to fix the qualifying standards in the Skill Test as per the categories of candidates.

Candidates appearing for this process will be given one dictation for 10 minutes in English/ Hindi at the speed of 100 words per minute for Grade ‘C’ posts and 80 w.p.m. for Grade ‘D’ posts of Stenographer.

Post Name Language of Skill Test Time Duration (in minutes)
Stenographer Grade ‘D’ English 50
Stenographer Grade ‘D’ Hindi 65
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ English 40
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ Hindi 55

Note:The Candidates who are opting Stenography Test in "Hindi" will compulsorily be required to learn English Stenography and vice-versa after their appointments in probation failing which the appointing departments may cancel their candidature during probation period. Candidates need to work as English/ Hindi stenographers as per requirements of the Office, irrespective of the medium of Skill Test that candidate opted during the examination process.

Exam Date

SSC Stenographer Exam Date 2021

The SSC stenographer 2021 exam has been postponed till further notice due to the conduction of Assembly Elections in different UT’s/ States in the month of March and April 2021. Commission has released its official notification on 10th October 2020 having Exam Dates for SSC Stenographer 2020 exam. The Computer Based Examination Date for SSC Stenographer 2020-21, 2019-20 Grade C and D are mentioned below.
Initially SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination were scheduled from 05.05.2020 to 07.05.2020 but due to COVID-19 pandemic, it had been delayed. Now it will be held from "24th to 30th December 2020".

Activity Dates
SSC Stenographer Notification Date 10th October 2020
Application Form Available on 10th October 2020
Last date for registration 4th November 2020
Last date for online fee payment 4th November 2020
Last date for payment through Challan 8th November 2020
Commencement of SSC Stenographer Grade C and D exam To be announced soon

Important Dates to Remember

Every candidate must remember the Important Dates for SSC Stenographer 2020 exam:

Activity Name Important Dates
Availability of Application Form 10th October 2020
Last date for fee payment 4th November 2020
Computer Based Exam To be announced soon

How To Apply

How to Apply for SSC Stenographer Exam 2021

  • Candidates need to submit the Applications via online mode only by logging into the official website of SSC viz.,https://ssc.nic.in.
  • While filling the online Application Form, candidates need to upload the scanned colour passport size photograph (preferably in JPEG format having size 20 KB to 50 KB).
  • Note:

    1. It is to be noted that the photograph must be less than 3 months old from the date of Exam Notification and, the date on which the photograph has been taken must be clearly printed on the photograph.

    2. Applications without such dateprinted on the photograph will be rejected. The dimension of the photograph image should be 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height).

    3. Also, the photograph should be taken without wearing cap, spectacles and both ears should be visible in the Photograph.

  • Candidates are advised to submit online applications much before the last date and not to wait till the last date so as to avoid the possibility of disconnection/ inability or failure to login to the SSC website on account of heavy load on the website during the last day.
  • Candidates must check that they have filled all details correctly before submission of the online application as after final submission, no change/ correction/ modification will be entertained under any circumstances.

Requests received in this regard in any form like Post, Fax, Email, by hand, etc shall not be accepted.

SSC Stenographer Syllabus 2021

The indicative syllabus for Computer Based Examination for SSC Stenographer 2020 - 21 are mentioned below:

(a) General Intelligence and Reasoning: This section shall include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgment, 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.

(b) General Awareness: In this section, questions are designed to test the ability of the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to the society. Questions will also be framed 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 Neighbouring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc.

(c) For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability, there will be no component of Maps/ Graphs/ Diagrams/ Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning/ General Awareness Paper.

(d) English Language and Comprehension: Apart from 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.

(e) Skill Test in Stenography: Candidates qualifying the Computer Based Examination will be called for the Skill Test. The Skill Test shall be of qualifying nature only and the Board has the right to fix the qualifying standards in the Skill Test as per the categories of candidates.

Candidates appearing for this process will be given one dictation for 10 minutes in English/ Hindi at the speed of 100 words per minute for Grade ‘C’ posts and 80 w.p.m. for Grade ‘D’ posts of Stenographer.

Post Name Language of Skill Test Time Duration (in minutes)
Stenographer Grade ‘D’ English 50
Stenographer Grade ‘D’ Hindi 65
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ English 40
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ Hindi 55

Notes:

The Candidates who are opting Stenography Test in "Hindi" will compulsorily be required to learn English Stenography and vice-versa after their appointments in probation failing which the appointing departments may cancel their candidature during probation period. Candidates need to work as English/ Hindi stenographers as per requirements of the Office, irrespective of the medium of Skill Test that candidate opted during the examination process.

For your ease, we are tabulating the Syllabus for quick reference:

General Intelligence & Reasoning General Awareness English Language & Comprehension
Analogy
Coding Decoding
Puzzle
Matrix
Word Formation
Venn Diagram
Direction & Distance
Blood Relation
Order & Ranking
Number Series
Words Arranging in logical order & Dictionary Order
Verbal Reasoning
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Current Affair
Static Awareness from topics:
Sports, History, Culture, Geography,
Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc.
Reading Comprehension
synonyms & antonyms
Fill in the Blanks
Spellings
Phrases & Idiom
Active & Passive Voice
Direct & Indirect Speech
Para Jumble & Sentence Jumble
Phrase Replacement / Sentence Correction
Error Spotting

SSC Stenographer Previous Year Cut off:

The Cut-Offs for SSC Stenographer Cut Off 2021 exam shall be declared once the results are announced by SSC (Staff Selection Commission). Let's have a glimpse on the previous year’s cut-off for the SSC Stenographer exam.

The previous year cut off for SSC Stenographer 2018-19 is listed below for both Grade C and Grade D.

List A: Candidates qualified for Skill Test (Stenographer Grade ‘C’)

Category Cut-off Marks
SC 127.00
ST 101.00
OBC 138.00
OH 100.00
VH 100.00
UR 141.00

List B: Candidates qualified for Skill Test (Stenographer Grade ‘D’)

Category Cut-off Marks
SC 123.50
ST 106.00
OBC 124.50
Ex. Servicemen 40.00
OH 106.00
VH 66.00
UR 134.50

Vacancies

SSC Stenographer 2021 Vacancy

The vacancy detail for the year 2020-21 has not been released yet by SSC in its latest notification of October 10,2020. The Updated vacancy list shall be uploaded on the website of the Commission once the same is decided by the Commission.
In 2019 recruitment process, 429 vacancies were released for Grade C and 1276 vacancies were released for Grade D posts.
In 2018 recruitment process, 473 vacancies were released for Grade C and 991 vacancies were released for Grade D posts.

SSC Stenographer Exam Vacancy

Post Name Vacancies in 2018 Vacancies in 2019
Stenographer Grade 'D' 991 1276
Stenographer Grade 'C' 473 429

SSC Stenographer 2021: Salary & Job Profile

The Stenographer Exam is conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for the recruitment of Stenographer Grade "C" and Grade "D" posts in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations in the Government of India.

SSC Stenographer 2021 Job Profile:

Let’s briefly discuss the job profile of a Stenographer. There are two grades in SSC Stenographer post:

  1. Stenographer Grade C: Candidates will be posted in Delhi region only for this Grade who opts for Grade C Examination.
  2. Stenographer Grade D: These posts can be further subdivided into two groups:

    a. Group X Stenographers: Required for Ministries/Departments of Central Government located in Delhi and nearby regions.

    b. Group Y Stenographers: Required for Offices/Departments of Central Government including Attached/Subordinate Offices located in various States and Union Territories of India.

SSC Stenographer 2021 Job Responsibilities:

The main job responsibilities of SSC Stenographer include hearing and taking down shorthand notes. The overall work profile of an SSC Stenographer are listed below:

  1. PR (Public Relations): A Stenographer is required to makes notes daily. They have to make notes on the government’s response on various issues that need to be communicated among the masses.
  2. Assisting the Ministries: A stenographer helps the ministers in preparing the speech which has to be delivered by them.
  3. Press Conference: Stenographers need to attend press conferences along with the Ministers or Senior Officers so that he could record the statements of the persons in the conference to make it available for the general public through the newspapers, journals, etc.
  4. Writing/transcribing speeches: Stenographers are required to take shorthand notes of public speeches which are made by the various ministries time to time. Then he needs to transcribe those notes on a computer which are then made public via media.

SSC Stenographer 2021 Salary:

SSC Stenographer Salary varies as per grades (Grade C and Grade D). The Salary structures for both grades are discussed below:

SSC Stenographer Salary for Grade C posts

SSC Stenographer Grade C Salary as per 7th pay commission is explained below:

Pay Scale 9300-34800
Pay Band 4200 or 4600 (Pay Grade 2)
Basic Salary 14500
Initial Salary 5200
SSC Stenographer Salary for Grade D posts

SSC Stenographer Grade D Salary as per 7th pay commission can be calculated in the below manner:
Net Pay = (Basic pay as on 1st January 2016 2.57) + All allowances as applicable for the post

SSC Stenographer Allowances:

SSC Stenographers gets multiple emoluments apart from the Basic Pay, such as Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Family Allowance, Telephone Allowance, Conveyance Allowance, etc.

SSC Stenographer Eligibility 2021

TCandidates who want to apply for SSC Stenographer 2020 should fulfil certain eligibility criteria in order to successfully fill the application form.

Academic Qualification (as on 01/08/2020):

The Candidates applying for SSC Stenographer must have passed 12th standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board/University. Note: Candidates qualifying in the Computer Based Examination and the Skill Test will be required to produce all the relevant Certificates in original such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificates etc. for completion of 12th standard or equivalent examination as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before 01.08.2020, failing which the candidature of such candidates will be cancelled by the Commission.

Nationality:

Candidates applying for SSC Stenographer posts must be either:

  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who took asylum in India before January 1, 1962. Person with Indian origin who has transferred from one of the following countries: Myanmar, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, etc. provided that the candidate has to produce a certificate of eligibility at the time of appointment.

Age Limit:

(a) Candidate should be in the age domain of 18-30 years to become eligible for SSC Stenographer Grade C Exam are eligible to apply.

(b) For SSC Stenographer Grade D Exam, candidate should be in the age domain of 18-27 years to become eligible to apply for this post.

Age Relaxation:

Pay Scale 5200 – 20200
Pay Band 2400 (Pay grade 1)
Basic Salary 7600
Initial Salary 5200
Category Relaxation in age (In years)/Upper Age Limit
SC/ ST 5
OBC 3
PwD (Unreserved) 10
PwD (OBC) 13
PwD (SC/ ST) 15
Ex-Servicemen (ESM) 3
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