ssc stenographer

SSC Stenographer

Staff Selection Commission – Stenographer Examination, often referred as SSC Stenographer, would generally means working as a Personal Assistant to a Class One Officer in any department of the Central Government of India. SSC Stenographer exam is conducted by SSC to select eligible candidates for the post of Stenographer Grade C and D. Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC Stenographer Exam every year all over India.

In Government of India, there is a Charter of Duties for Stenographers. But whether in Public Sector or private, they are almost the same. A Stenographer is given different designations like Personal Assistant, Private Secretary, Executive Secretary, etc., the job profile is same but achieve different results depending on competence and initiative. The very basic duty of a SSC Stenographer includes taking notes in Shorthand and transcription.


Posts & Job Profile of SSC – Stenographer

Candidates preparing for SSC – Stenographer must be aware about the posts and job profile of that post. Taking dictations, noting down important things, attending calls, maintaining files, attending to officers, bookings etc. is the main work. The work of a stenographer includes a lot of knowledge based on interaction.

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the annual examination for the recruitment of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ (Group B – Non–Gazetted) and Stenographer Grade ‘B’ (Group C – Non –Gazetted) in various Government departments.

Candidates recruited as Stenographers in Grade ‘C’ are mostly placed in National Capital of India- Delhi. They are a part of either Ministries or Department of Central Government of India.

Candidates recruited as Stenographers in Grade ‘D’ are further grouped in Group ‘X’ and Group ‘Y’.  The working departments of both the groups are also different.

Group ‘X’ – Candidates selected for Group ‘X’ work for the Ministries or Department of Central Government.

Group ‘Y’ – Candidates selected for Group ‘Y’ work for the Offices or Departments of Central Government including Subordinate Offices in States and Union Territory of India.

However, duties assigned to Stenographers of both the Grades and Groups are almost same.

Duties assigned to Stenographers are:

  • Speech Writing
  • E-tracking of files and important documents
  • Briefing for Press Conference
  • Taking dictations and typing
  • Handling phone calls
  • Providing Assistance to Ministries/ Officers
  • Providing Assistance to Public Relationship Officers (PROs’)

Eligibility Criteria for SSC – Stenographer

There are a set of expected eligibility criteria that you should qualify in order to apply for SSC – Stenographer Exam 2019.

  1. Age Limit

The eligibility criteria for SSC – Stenographer differs for both the grades, which is as follows:

For Grade ‘C’:

  • Minimum Age Limit: 18 years
  • Maximum Age Limit: 30 years

For Grade ‘D’:

  • Minimum Age Limit: 18 years
  • Maximum Age Limit: 27 years

Age Relaxation

  • SC/ ST: 5 years
  • OBC: 3 years
  • Physically Handicapped: 10 years
  • Physically Handicapped + OBC: 13 years
  • Physically Handicapped + SC/ ST: 15 years
  1. Educational Qualification

The minimum educational qualification required to appear in SSC Stenographer recruitment examination is 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized Board or University.

All the education documents, including any specialized or technical degree/ diploma from a recognized university will be verified for the purpose of posts and services under Central Government of India. It must be checked that they have been approved by the University or Institution.


SSC – Stenographer Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The SSC – Stenographer Examination will be conducted in 2 different levels. The first level of Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ exam comprises of MCQs’ and is conducted online. After qualifying this exam, candidates have to go for second level, which is a Skill Test which is a written test.

Tier – 1 Exam is an Objective Based Online Mode Exam, which consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs’). The Exam is divided into 3 phases, which is of 200 marks and to be completed in time duration of 2 hours.

Tier – 2 Exam is a Skill & Stenography Test, in which a dictation of 10 minutes will be given to candidates in English/ Hindi at 100 wpm for Grade ‘C’ and 80 wpm for Grade ‘D’.

SSC – Stenographer Tier – 1

SSC Stenographer Tier – 1 is an online exam with an objective type paper, divided into three different sections. The exam will be conducted in online mode with objective type questions and it will consist three different sections, i.e., General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness and English. The Tier – 1 consists of 200 marks for time duration of 2 hours.


No. of Questions

Max Marks

Exam Duration

General Intelligence & Reasoning



2 Hours

General Awareness



General English






SSC – Stenographer Tier – 2

The candidates who get qualifying score in the written exam will have to appear for the Skill Test. A dictation of 10 minutes will be given to the candidates in English/Hindi at 100 wpm for Grade ‘C’ and 80 wpm for Grade ‘D’. The transcription will be done on the computer.

Transcription Time

For Grade ‘C’

  • English: 40 minutes
  • Hindi: 55 minutes

For Grade ‘D’

  • English: 50 minutes
  • Hindi: 65 minutes

Candidates who opt to take the Stenography Test in Hindi will be required to learn English Stenography and vice-versa after their appointment. Candidates have to work as an English/ Hindi Stenographers as per the functional requirement of the User Office irrespective of the medium of the Skill Test of candidate during the examination. The Skill Test will be held at the Commissions’ Regional/ Sub Regional Office or at other Centre as may be decided by the Commission.

SSC – Stenographer Exam Date

According to SSC Exam Schedule calendar, all important dates for SSC - Stenographer Exams are still not released. Here is a table below presenting the schedule of application submission.



Online Application Start From

22 October, 2018

Last Date to Apply Online

21 November, 2018

Last Date to make payments

26 November, 2018

CBT Exam Date

5th - 7th February, 2019

Skill Test Exam Date

 To be announced