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SSC Stenographer Exam, Online Application Form, SSC Stenographer Mock Test, Exam Date, Pattern & Syllabus

SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Exam 2018 notification has been released by the SSC on officially on 22 October 2018 through its official website. The SSC had issued the short notice in Employment Newspaper to release the official notification, which was delayed as per the SSC exam calendar issued earlier.

SSC Stenographer Important Date

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Date for submission of online applications 22-10-2018 to 19-11-2018
Last date for receipt of application 19-11-2018 (up to 5.00 P.M.)
Last date for making online fee payment 21-11-2018 (5.00 PM)
Last date for generation of offline Challan 21-11-2018 (5.00 PM)
Last date for payment through Challan (during working hours of Bank) 26 -11-2018
Date of Computer Based Examination 01-02-2019 to 06-02-2019

Educational Qualifications (As on 01.01.2019):

  1. The candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.

  2. As per Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification dated 10.6.2015 published in Gazette of India all the degrees/ diplomas /certificates including technical education degree/ diploma awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the University Grant Commission Act 1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government provided they have been approved by the Distance Education Bureau, University Grant Commission.

  3. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for Document Verification will be required to produce the relevant Certificates such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificates etc. for completion of Intermediate/ Higher Secondary/ 10+2/ Senior Secondary in original as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before 01-01-2019, failing which the candidature of such candidates will be cancelled by the Commission. The candidates who are able to prove, by documentary evidence, that the result of the qualifying examination was declared on or before the cut-off date and he/ she has been declared passed, will also be considered to meet the educational qualification.

  4. Order/ letter in respect of equivalent Educational Qualifications will require to be produced by the candidates at the time of Document Verification or as and when required by the Commission, indicating the Authority (with number and date) under which it has been so treated, in respect of equivalent clause in Essential Qualifications, if a candidate is claiming a particular qualification as equivalent qualification as per the requirement of the Notice of examination.

SSC Stenographer Centres of Examination:

A candidate must indicate the Centre(s) in the online Application Form in which he/ she desires to take the examination. Details about the Examination Centres and Regional Offices under whose jurisdiction these Examination Centres are located are as follows:

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S.N. Examination Centres & Centre Code SSC Region and States/UTs under the jurisdiction of the Region Address of the Regional Offices/Website
1 Agra (3001), Allahabad (3003), Bareilly (3005), Gorakhpur (3007), Kanpur (3009), Lucknow  (3010), Meerut  (3011), Varanasi (3013), Bhagalpur (3201), Muzaffarpur (3205), Patna (3206) Central Region (CR)/ Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Regional Director (CR), Staff Selection Commission, 21-23, Lowther Road, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh-211002. (http://www.ssc-cr.org)
2 Gangtok (4001), Ranchi (4205), Jalpaiguri (4408), Kolkata (4410), Malda (4412), Siliguri (4415), Bhubaneshwar (4604), Cuttack  (4605), Sambalpur  (4609), Eastern Region (ER)/ Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal Regional Director (ER), Staff Selection Commission, 1st MSO Building, (8th Floor), 234/4, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata, West Bengal-700020(www.sscer.org)
Port Blair (4802)
3 Bangalore (9001), Dharwar (9004), Gulbarga (9005), Mangalore (9008), Mysore (9009), Kochi (9204), Kozhikode (Calicut) (9206), Thiruvananthapuram (9211), Thrissur (9212) Karnataka, Kerala Region (KKR)/Lakshadweep, Karnataka and Kerala Regional Director (KKR), Staff Selection Commission, 1st Floor, “E” Wing, Kendriya Sadan, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560034, (www.ssckkr.kar.nic.in)
4 Bhopal (6001), Chindwara (6003), Guna (6004), Gwalior (6005), Indore (6006), Jabalpur (6007), Chandra (6009), Ratlam (6011), Satna (6014), Sagar (6015), Ambikapur (6201), Bilaspur (6202) Jagdalpur (6203), Raipur (6204), Durg (6205) Madhya Pradesh Sub-Region (MPR)/Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Dy. Director (MPR), Staff Selection Commission, J-5, Anupam Nagar, Raipur, Chhattisgarh-492007 (www.sscmpr.org)
5 Itanagar (5001), Dibrugarh (5102), Guwahati(Dispur) (5105), Jorhat (5107), Silchar (5111), Kohima (5302), Shillong (5401), Imphal (5501), Churachandpur (5502), khrul (5503), Agartala (5601), Aizwal (5701) North Eastern Region (NER)/Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Regional Director (NER), Staff Selection Commission, Housefed Complex, Last Gate-Basistha Road, P. O. Assam Sachivalaya, Dispur, Guwahati, Assam-781006 (www.sscner.org.in)
6 Almora (2001), Dehradun (2002), Haldwani (2003), Srinagar (Uttarakhand) (2004), Haridwar (2005), Delhi (2201), Ajmer (2401), Alwar (2402), Bharatpur (2403), Bikaner (2404), Jaipur (2405), Jodhpur (2406), Kota (2407), Sriganganagar (2408), Udaipur (2409) Northern Region (NR)/NCT of Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand Regional Director (NR), Staff Selection Commission, Block No. 12, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 (www.sscnr.net.in)
7 Anantnag (1001), Baramula (1002), Jammu (1004), Leh (1005), Rajouri (1006), Srinagar (J&K) (1007), Kargil (1008), Dodda (1009), Hamirpur (1202), Shimla (1203), Bhathinda (1401), Jalandhar (1402), Patiala (1403), Amritsar (1404), Chandigarh (1601) North Western Sub-Region (NWR)/Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab Dy. Director (NWR), Staff Selection Commission, Block No. 3, Ground Floor, Kendriya Sadan, Sector-9, Chandigarh-160009 (www.sscnwr.org)
8 Guntur (8001), Kurnool (8003), Rajahmundry (8004), Tirupati (8006), Vishakhapatnam (8007), Vijaywada (8008), Chennai (8201), Coimbatore (8202), Madurai (8204), Tiruchirapalli (8206), Tirunelveli (8207), Puducherry (8401), Hyderabad (8601), Nizamabad (8602), Warangal (8603) Southern Region (SR)/Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Regional Director (SR), Staff Selection Commission, 2nd Floor, EVK Sampath Building, DPI Campus, College Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu-600006 (www.sscsr.gov.in)
9 Ahmedabad (7001), Vadodara (7002), Rajkot (7006), Surat (7007), Bhavnagar (7009), Kutch (7010), Amravati (7201), Aurangabad (7202), Kolhapur (7203), Mumbai (7204), Nagpur (7205), Nanded (7206), Nashik (7207), Pune (7208), Thane (7210), Bhandara (7211), Chandrapur (7212), Akola (7213), Jalgaon (7214), Ahmednagar (7215), Alibaug (7216), Panaji (7801) Western Region (WR)/Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra Regional Director (WR), Staff Selection Commission, 1st Floor, South Wing, Pratishtha Bhawan, 101,Maharshi Karve Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra-400020 (www.sscwr.net)

No request for change of Centre of Examination will be considered later under any circumstances. Hence, the candidates should select the centers, carefully and indicate the same correctly in their applications.

The Commission will endeavor to accommodate the candidates in centres opted by them. However, the Commission reserves the right to cancel any Centre and ask the candidates of that centre to appear from another centre. Commission also reserves the right to divert candidates of any centre to some other Centre to take the examination.

Scheme of Examination

The details of computer based examination are mentioned below:

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Date of Exam Part Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Duration
1/2/2019 to 6/2/2019 I General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50 2 Hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for  the  candidates  who are allowed use of scribe as per Para-7 (a) and 7 (b) above)
II General Awareness 50 50
III English Language and Comprehension 100 100

Question paper will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice. Questions will be set in Hindi and English except for Part-III.

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 question.

Marks scored by candidates in the Computer Based Examinations, if conducted in multiple shifts, will be normalized and such normalized scores will be used to determine final merit.

Indicative Syllabus for Computer Based Mode Examination

  1. 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, 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.

  2. 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.

  3. For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability opting for scribe there will be no component of Maps/ Graphs/ Diagrams/ Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning/ General Awareness Paper.

  4. English Language & Comprehension: In addition to 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.

  5. Skill Test in Stenography:

    1. Candidates who  obtain  the  qualifying  marks  in  the  Examination  as  may  be prescribed by the Commission will be called for the Skill Test. Commission may also prescribe qualifying marks in each part of the 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.

    2. The candidates  will  have  to  appear  for  the  Skill  Test  in     The candidates will be given one dictation for 10 minutes in English/ Hindi at the speed of 100 word 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:

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S.N. Post Language of Skill Test Time  Duration (in minutes) Time Duration (in minutes) for the candidates who are allowed use of scribe in the CBE (Para-7)
1 Stenographer Grade ‘D’ English 50 70
2 Stenographer Grade ‘D’ Hindi 65 90
3 Stenographer Grade ‘C’ English 40 55
4 Stenographer Grade ‘C’ Hindi 55 75

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.

The skill test will be held at the Commission’s Regional/ Sub Regional Offices or at other Centre(s) as may be decided by the Commission.

Detailed instructions regarding Skill Test will be sent by the concerned Regional/ Sub Regional Offices of the Commission to the candidates called for the Skill Test.

Mode of Selection:

  1. All the candidates whose online applications are found to be in order will be called to appear in the Computer Based Examination. Admit Cards for calling candidates to appear in Computer Based Examination as well as all subsequent stages of examination will not be sent by post. Admit Cards for all stages of examination will be issued online on the websites of concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional Office of the Commission. Candidates are advised to regularly visit the websites of the Commission Headquarters (i.e. https://ssc.nic.in) and concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional office of the Commission i.e. the website of Regional/ Sub-Regional Office under whose jurisdiction the examination centres opted by the candidate is located (detail at para-11).

  2. In the online application form, candidate will have to indicate the posts for which they are applying i.e. Stenographer Grade ‘C’ or Stenographer Grade ‘D’ or the both.

  3. Based on the marks scored in the Computer Based Examination, candidates will be shortlisted, category-wise, to appear in the Skill Test(s) for the post(s) they have applied for.

  4. Skill Test is mandatory but qualifying in nature. The Commission will fix category-wise qualifying standard in the Skill Test for each post. The candidates who qualify the Skill Test will be considered for final selection on basis of their merit in the Computer Based Examination.

  5. Final selection and allocation of Ministries/ Departments will be made on the basis of the performance of candidates in the Computer Based Examination and the preference of Posts/ Departments exercised by them at the time of Document Verification.

  6. Once the candidate has been allotted his/ her first available preference, as per his/ her merit, he/ she will not be considered for any other option. Candidates are, therefore, advised to exercise preference of Posts/ Departments very carefully. The option/preference once exercised by the candidates will be treated as FINAL and IRREVERSIBLE. Subsequent request for change of Post/ Department by candidates will not be entertained under any circumstances.

  7. The Commission makes final allotment of posts on the basis of merit-cum-preferences of Posts/ Departments given by the candidates and once a post is allotted, no change of posts will be made by the Commission due to non-fulfillment of any post specific requirements of physical/ medical/ educational standards. In other words, for example if a candidate has given higher preference for a post and is selected for that post; in that case, if he/ she fails to meet the medical/ physical/ educational standards, his/ her candidature will be rejected and he/ she will not be considered for other preferences.

  8. SC, ST, OBC, ESM and PwD candidates, who are selected on their own merit without relaxed standards, will not be adjusted against the reserved share of vacancies. Such candidates will be accommodated against the general/ unreserved vacancies in the post as per their position in the overall merit or vacancies earmarked for their category, whichever is advantageous to them. The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible SC, ST, OBC, ESM and PwD candidates.

  9. SC, ST, OBC, ESM and PwD candidates who qualifies on the basis of relaxed standards viz. age limit, experience or qualifications, permitted number of chances, extended zone of consideration, etc., irrespective of his/ her merit position, is to be counted against reserved vacancies and not against un-reserved vacancies. Such candidates may also be recommended at the relaxed standards to the extent of number of vacancies reserved for them, to make up for the deficiency in the reserved quota, irrespective of their rank in the order of merit. In so far as cases of ex-serviceman are concerned, deduction of the military service rendered from the age of ex-servicemen is permissible against the reserved or unreserved posts and such exemption will not be termed as relaxed standards in regard to age. Similarly for PwD candidates, relaxation of 10 years in upper age limit will not be termed as relaxed standards.

  10. A person with disability who is selected on his/ her own merit can be appointed against an unreserved vacancy provided the post is identified suitable for Persons with Disability of relevant category.

  11. Success in the examination confers no right of appointment unless Government is satisfied after such enquiry as may be considered necessary that the candidate is suitable in all respects for appointment to the service/ post.

  12. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all stages of the examination will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If, on verification, at any time before or after the written examination, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled.

  13. Candidates, who are appointed on the basis of this examination, shall be on probation for a period of two years and during the period of probation, the candidates would be required to undergo such training or pass such examinations as prescribed by the Controlling Authority. On successful completion of the period of probation, the candidates shall, if considered fit for permanent appointment, be confirmed to their post by the Controlling Authority.

  14. Candidates selected for appointment are liable to serve anywhere in India i.e. all these posts carry All India Service Liability (AISL).

Essential Educational Qualification Code

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Educational Qualification Code
Intermediate/ Higher Secondary/ 12th Standard 2
Certificate Course 3
Diploma 4
BA 5
BA (Hons.) 6
B. Com. 7
B.Com. (Hons.) 8
B.Sc. 9
B.Sc. (Hons.) 10
B. Ed. 11
LLB 12
BE 13
B. Tech 14
AMIE (Part A & Part B) 15
B.Sc. (Engg.) 16
BCA 17
BBA 18
Deemed Graduation Certificate issued by the Armed Forces 19
B. Lib. 20
B. Pharm. 21
ICWA 22
CA 23
PG Diploma 24
MA 25
M.Com. 26
M. Sc. 27
M.Ed. 28
LLM 29
ME 30
M. Tech. 31
M. Sc. (Engg.) 32
MCA 33
MBA 34
Others 35

Subject Code for Educational Qualification

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Subject of Educational Qualification Code
History 1
Political Science 2
Economics 3
English Literature 4
Hindi Literature 5
Geography 6
Commerce 7
Law 8
Physics 9
Chemistry 10
Mathematics 11
Statistics 12
Botany 13
Zoology 14
Agriculture Science 15
Civil Engineering 16
Electrical Engineering 17
Mechanical Engineering 18
Electronics Engineering 19
Electronics & Power Engineering 20
Electronics & Communication Engineering 21
Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering 22
Agriculture Engineering 23
Computer Science 24
Computer Application 25
Information Technology 26
Library Science 27
Accountancy 28
Work Accountancy 29
Business Administration 30
Mass Communication 31
Journalism 32
Mass Communication & Journalism 33
Pharmacy 34
Photography 35
Printing Technology 36
Nursing 37
Assamese 38
Bengali 39
Malyalam 40
Telgu 41
Kannada 42
Tamil 43
Marathi 44
Gujrati 45
Urdu 46
Sanskrit 47
Others 48

SSC Stenographer Syllabus

The revised syllabus for SSC Stenographer 2018 was released by SSC in its notification. The syllabus for SSC Stenographer is different for both the stages of examination and it is mandatory for students to know the entire syllabus in order to prepare effectively for SSC Stenographer 2018. General Awareness, General Intelligence/Reasoning and English Language are the three major sections a candidate need to proficient in for Paper-1 of SSC Stenographer 2018 Exam.

  1. General Awareness
  2. Sports
  3. Economy
  4. Current Affairs
  5. Awards and Honours
  6. Scientific Research
  7. History
  8. Important Dates
  9. English Language and Comprehension
  10. Grammar
  11. Vocabulary
  12. Synonyms-Antonyms
  13. Sentence Structure
  14. Reading Comprehension
  15. Para Jumbles
  16. General Intelligence and Reasoning
  17. Arithmetic Computation
  18. Number Series
  19. Visual Memory
  20. Blood Relation
  21. Syllogism
  22. Decision making
  23. Problem Solving Skills
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General Awareness English Language and Comprehension General Intelligence and Reasoning
Sports Grammar Arithmetic Computation
Economy Vocabulary Number Series
Current Affairs Synonyms-Antonyms Visual Memory
Awards and Honours Sentence Structure Blood Relation
Scientific Research Reading Comprehension Syllogism
History Para Jumbles Decision making
Important Dates Problem Solving Skills

SSC Stenographer 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The minimum Educational Qualification required by a candidate is to be at least 12th pass from a recognized Board or University. He/She must be able to produce the required documents when asked for verification after qualifying SSC Stenographer 2018 Exam.

A candidate must lie in the age domain of 18-30 years to be eligible for SSC Stenographer 2018 Grade C & D Exam.

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Category Upper Age Limit/Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PwD (unreserved) 10 years
PwD (OBC) 13 years
Pwd (SC/ST) 15 years
Ex-Servicemen 03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of receipt of online application
Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 5 years
Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof 3 years
Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST) 8 years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees: Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications. 40 years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees: Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications. (SC/ ST) 45 years
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried. 35 years
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ ST ) 40 years
Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces. 45 years
Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces (SC/ ST) 50 years
Retrenched census employees of the office of Registrar General of India (They will be considered only for offices under RGI in their order of merit and subject to availability of vacancies ) 3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with census, before retrenchment and weightage of past service

SSC Stenographer Exam Centre

Candidates have an option to select Exam Centres for SSC Stenographer 2018 Exam. Though the centres might be changed by SSC if there is unavailability of seat in the selected location. Let’s have a look at the Exam Centres mentioned by SSC for SSC Stenographer 2018 Exam:

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Agra (3001) Allahabad (3003) Kanpur (3009) Guna(6004)
Lucknow (3010) Varanasi (3013) Bhagalpur Raipur(6204)
Bhagalpur(3201) Patna(3206) Mumbai(7204) Jalandhar(1402)
Gangtok (4001) Ranchi(4205) Jalpaiguri (4408) Kolkata (4410)
Sambalpur (4609) Port Blair (4802) Surat(7007) Leh(1005)
Bengaluru (9001) Thiruvananthapuram(9211) Kochi(9204) Thrissur(9212)
Delhi(2201) Aurangabad(7202) Ambikapur(6201) Chandigarh(1601)
Guwahati (Dispur)(5105) Jaipur(2405) Jodhpur(2406) Kota(2407)
Imphal(5501) Kolhapur(7203) Chindwara(6003) Nagpur(7205)
Hyderabad (8002) Itanagar(5001) Dibrugarh(5102) Jorhat(5107)
Chennai(8201) Shillong(5401) Aizwal(5701) Kohima(5302)
Almora(2001) Guntur (8001) Chennai Rajkot(7006)
Srinagar(2004) (Uttarakhand) Madurai (8204) Visakhapatnam (8007) Indore(6006)
Rewa(6012) Hamirpur (1202) Alwar(2402) Dehradun(2002)
Bhatinda (1401) Kozhikode (Calicut) (9206) Ajmer(2401) Haldwani(2003)
Raipur (6204) Dharwad (9004) Sriganganagar(2408) Jammu(1004)
Jagdalpur(6203) Shimla(1203) Khandwa(6009) Churachandpur-5502
Mangaluru (9008) Udaipur(2409) Bilaspur (6202) Ahmedabad(7001)

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