SSC Stenographer Syllabus

SSC Stenographer Syllabus ( Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ ) Examination

The written examination for SSC Stenographer will consist of one objective type paper.

Subject Max. Marks / Questions General candidates Visually Handicapped
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 Marks

2 Hours

10.00 A.M. to 12.00

2 Hours 20 Min

10.00 A.M. to 12.20

General Awareness 50 Marks
English Comprehension 100 Marks

NOTE - I: The Paper of SSC Stenographer will consist of Objective Type - Multiple choice questions only. The questions except in Part III will be set both in English & Hindi.

NOTE - II: Candidates are not permitted to use Mobile Phone, Calculators or any other electronic/electrical device for answering any paper (Test Booklets). Candidates must not, therefore, bring Mobile Phone, Calculators or any other electronic/electrical device inside the Examination premises. Possession of these items , whether in use or not, will be considered as “use of unfair means” in the SSC Stenographer Examination and appropriate action will be taken by the Commission against such candidates, as per extant policy of the Commission.

General Intelligence: It would include questions of both verbal and non verbal type. The General Intelligence part of SSC Stenographer exam will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, judgement, decision making, visual memory, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetic reasoning, verbal and figure classification, coding and decoding etc...

General Intelligence Complete study material - Click here
General Intelligence 6 Mock Test - 500 Questions - Click here

General Awareness: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates 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 neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, economic scene, General polity and scientific research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline

English Comprehension: Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.

SSC Stenographer English Syllabus and Study Material - Click Here
English Questions from SSC Previous Year Question Paper - Click Here

There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions.

Instruction to the Candidates for Stenography Test for Stenographer Grade ‘D’ & Grade ‘C’ & Departmental Examinations (On Computer)

  • The SSC will provide the Computer and Shorthand Notebook for the test no candidates will be allowed to bring his own key board
  • For short hand test (on computer) at the speed of 80/100 words per minute for Stenographer Grade’D’ and Grade’C’ the scheme of Test is as under.


Post Skill Test Norms on Computer
Stenographer Grade ‘D’ Dictation: 10 minutes @ 80w.p.m.Transcription: 50 minutes (English)65 minutes (Hindi)
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ Dictation: 10 minutes @ 100w.p.m.Transcription: 40 minutes (Eng.)55 minutes (Hindi)

Candidates who are taking SSC Stenographer exam shall be given two trial passages each of one minute’s duration which need not be transcribed. Thereafter, the actual passage shall be dictated. As soon as it is over, the candidates shall return to the transcription room and read their shorthand notes silently for ten minutes. The time for the commencement of the transcription will be announced by the Invigilator/Venue Supervisor as soon as the reading time is over. Thereafter, they will have to complete their transcription including comparison, correction etc. within the stipulated time. The candidate shall have to transcribe the shorthand notes in DOUBLE SPACE.

Immediately after the Stenography test is over, the candidate will have to write in his/her own handwriting one paragraph of about 50 - 60 words from the Shorthand passage given to him/her on a separate sheet and will have to write his/her name and Roll No. and affix his/her signature at the end.


FULL MISTAKES : The following mistakes are treated as full mistakes :

A) Every omission of a word or figure including omission of a definite or indefinite article. In case a group of words is omitted, mark as many mistakes as the actual number of words omitted.

B) Every substitution of a wrong word or figure. The number of mistakes will be
equal to the number of words/figures dictated which have been replaced/substituted by other words(s)/ figure(s).

C) Every addition of a word or figure or a group of words or figures not occurring in the passage.

HALF MISTAKES: The following are treated as Half mistakes

A) Mis-spelling, including transposition of letters in a word and also omission of a letter or letters from a word. However, mis-spelling of proper nouns and
unfamiliar names are ignored.

B) Using singular for plural noun and vice versa.

C) Wrong use of capital or small letters at the beginning of the sentence

More than one error in a single word : All the errors are counted but the total mistakes counted in a single word should not exceed one full mistake.


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