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SSC Stenographer 2020-21 Notification (Out), Application Process (ends Nov 4), Exam Date, Admit Card, Pattern, Eligibility & Syllabus

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Jan 12, 2021

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SSC Stenographer is organized by the Staff Selection Commission to recruit eligible candidates for the post of Grade C and D stenographer in central government organizations. 

Latest Updates:

31 December 2020: Both the aspirant response sheet and the SSC Stenographer 2019-20 answer key had released. 

29 December 2020: On 9 April 2021, the SSC Stenographer 2019 result of CBT will be announced.

23 December 2020: Check the exam analysis for SSC Stenographer 2020 here.

18 December 2020: An important notice regarding SSC STenographer 2018 group D exam has been released on the official website. Read more

3 November 2020: SSC STenographer application process ends tomorrow. Read more here

29 October 2020: The GAD Manipur group C Stenographer exam details for 2020 is now available. Read more

22 October 2020: On 4 November 2020, the SSC Stenographer 2020-21 application form fill-up process will be closed. 

20 October 2020: On 30 November 2020, SSC Stenographer 2018 final result will be announced. 

10 October 2020: SSC has been announced the SSC Stenographer 2020-21 notification. The interested aspirants will get the chance to fill the application form till 4 November. Check details hereIt can be expected that the SSC Stenographer 2021 will be held on 29 to 31 March 2020. 

8 October 2020: For the fourth time, SSC Stenographer 2019-20 exam dates had revised. 

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SSC Stenographer Dates of 2020-21

SSC Stenographer Events SSC Stenographer Dates

Release of notification


Application dates

10-Oct-2020 to 04-Nov-2020

Computer-based test date

29-Mar-2021 to 31-Mar-2021

  • SSC Stenographer Group C and D exam date has been revised. Check details here
  • Link to update exam centre for SSC JE 2019 is active. Read more here
  • UKSSSC declared 300 vacancies for stenographers and clerks. Click here for details
  • SSC Stenographer Eligibility​ requires a candidate to have passed class 12 or equivalent as of January 1, 2021 and possess stenography skills.
  • The exam is conducted through two stages- written exam and skill test. Check Exam Pattern
  • SSC Stenographer is a computer-based test having 200 multiple choice questions.
  • SSC Stenographer Syllabus consists of General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness and English Language and Comprehension.
  • Post qualification of the written test, candidates that have been shortlisted are generally required to pass a typing test (termed as a skill test) that is conducted offline. 

SSC Stenographer 2021 Pay Scale:

  • Grade C salary generally ranges between INR 9300 -  INR 34800.
  • Grade D salary generally ranges between INR 5200- INR 20200. 
Specifications  Grade C (In Rs) Grade D (In Rs)

Pay Scale



Pay Band

4,200 or 4,600 (Pay Grade 2)

2,400 (Pay grade 1)

Initial Salary



Basic salary



SSC Stenographer 2021 Highlights

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

Download SSC Stenographer Sample Papers

SSC Stenographer Eligibility 2021

Aspirants of SSC Stenographer 2021 will have to fulfill certain eligibility requirements to successfully fill the application form.

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent exam from a recognized board or university as on January 1, 2021.


A candidate 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 seeked asylum in India before January 1, 1962. 
  5. Person with indian origins 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 a candidate belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) have to produce a certificate of eligibility at the time of offer of appointment. 

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Age Limit (as on January 1, 2021)

  • The age of the candidate must be between 18 to 30 years for Grade-C and between 18 to 27 years for Grade-D .
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PH/ Ex-Servicemen, Central Government Employees, and J&K domiciled category can avail age relaxation as per the Government of India norms.

Age Relaxation:

Category Relaxation in age (In years)
PwD (Unreserved) 10 
PwD (OBC)  13 
PwD (SC/ ST) 15
Ex-Servicemen (ESM)

Read SSC Stenographer 2021 Reservation and Eligibility

SSC Stenographer Reservation 2021

Candidates belonging to the SC/ EWS/ ST/ OBC/ Ex-servicemen/ Physically Disabled categories can claim reservation during SSC Stenographer Selection Process.

  • Persons with One Arm (OA)/One Leg (OL)/Both Legs (BL)/Blind (B) or Low Vision (LV) disabilities can apply for Grade C as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • While for Grade D post can be filled by candidates suffering from One Arm (OA)/One Leg (OL)/One Arm and Leg (OAL)/Both Legs (BL)/Blind (B) or Low Vision (LV) disabilities.
  • Individuals who have adequate Hearing Impairment (HI) are not eligible for the position of SSC Stenographer.

SSC Stenographer Application Form 2021

SSC releases online applications for SSC Stenographer 2021. Candidates can fill the application form by following the below-given steps:

SSC Stenographer Application Form

Step 1: SSC Registration

  • Visit the official website of SSC and navigate to click on “Apply”
  • Click on “Steno C & D” tab and click on “Apply now” link.
  • Enter the details (name, father’s name, date of birth, gender) to register for the SSC Stenographer.
  • Enter text or captcha in the field provided.
  • The new window to enter the personal, basic and contact details in the SSC Stenographer Application Form
  • Enter the captcha at the end and click on ‘Submit’
  • You will receive an SMS and an Email stating your registration number and password.

Step 2: Upload Photo and Signature

Candidates have to upload scanned images of their color passport size photograph and signature in described specifications:

Document Dimension (width X height) Size Format
Photograph 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm 20 – 50 KBs jpg
Signature 4.0 cm X 3 cm 10 – 20 KBs jpg

Step 3: Fill the SSC Stenographer Application Form

  • Select the desired SSC Stenographer Exam Center along with the applicable code
  • Indicate category code and the post you are applying for.
  • Select the academic qualification details along with the generic details in the application form
  • Enter the contact details correctly for further correspondence.
  • Preview and submit the form

Step 4: SSC Stenographer Fee Payment

There is an option to pay the application fee both in offline and online mode:

Online Mode

  • Choose the payment gateway among Net banking/ Debit/ Credit Card or BHIM UPI
  • Enter the details and pay the fees. 

Offline Mode

  • Download e-challan from the official website before October 20, 2019.
  • Submit the cash in nearest SBI Bank branch along with this challan.

SSC Stenographer Application Fee 

Category Application Fee
General/ OBC/ EWS candidates INR 100
SC/ ST/ PwD/ Ex-servicemen and Female candidates No Application Fee

Practice Sectional Tests as much as possible during SSC Stenographer preparation time

SSC Stenographer 2021 Admit Card/ Hall Ticket

The aspirants can download the SSC Stenographer Admit Card from the official website of SSC. The steps to download SSC Stenographer 2019 Admit card are given below:

  • Visit the official website of SSC
  • Follow the link ‘download SSC Stenographer Admit Card 2021’
  • Enter the details asked such as roll number, date of birth, candidate’s name etc.
  • Post verification of the entered details, click on Submit
  • Download the Admit Card if the information mentioned on it is correct.
  • Print admit card for further necessary application. 

SSC Stenographer Admit card is available on the website 2 weeks prior to the date of the exam. There is a different SSC Stenographer Admit card for both written examination and skill test. The discrepancies related to the SSC Stenographer Admit card are entertained at the Regional centers for different states.

SSC Stenographer Exam Centers 2021

Candidates have to mention the center code along with the preferred choice of SSC Stenographer Exam Center while filling up the application form. 

  • The allocated SSC Stenographer Exam Center is mentioned on the admit card.
  • Candidates must enter the choice of exam center wisely.
  • Once selected, the commission will not approve any changes to the location to the exam center. 

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2021

  • SSC Stenographer 2021 will be a computer-based exam having multiple-choice questions.
  • The question papers will be set in both English and Hindi (except for the English language section).
  • Each question carries 1 mark and 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern is explained below in detail:
Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks  Total Duration
General English and Intelligence 50 50 Cumulative time duration of 2 Hours
General Awareness 50 50
English Language and Comprehension 100 100
Total 200 Questions 200 Marks 120 Minutes

SSC Stenographer Syllabus

General Intelligence & Reasoning General Awareness English Language & Comprehension
There are verbal and non-verbal questions included in this segment. The test will include questions based on:
  • similarities and differences
  • judgement
  • discriminating observation
  • analogies
  • space visualization
  • problem solving
  • analysis 
  • decision making 
  • arithmetical reasoning
  • verbal and figure classification
  • arithmetical number series
  • visual memory
  • non-verbal series etc. 
The test will also include questions that aim to test the candidate’s abstract abilities and their understanding of symbols, as well as analytical functions and other arithmetical computation.
Questions in this segment are created in an attempt to understand the candidate’s awareness of the environment that surrounds him/her.
  • current events
  • daily observations and experiments
  • India and its neighboring countries
  • topics related to national sports, history, geography, culture, national economics and general polity i.e. the indian constitution etc.
  • no special study of any discipline required
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.

Check complete SSC Stenographer Syllabus

SSC Stenographer Books 2021

Candidates are required to prepare for SSC Stenographer 2021 according to the SSC Stenographer Syllabus. Candidates can refer to the books mentioned in the table below to prepare for the exam:

Subjects Name Name of the book Author Name
Quantitative Aptitude Quantitative Aptitude  RS Agarwal
Quicker Mathematics M Tyra
English Language English Grammar Wren and Martin
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Essential English Grammar Raymond Murphy
Objective General English SP Bakshi
Objective General English Dr. RS Aggarwal & Shri Vikas Aggarwal
Logical Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning  RS Agarwal
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasonin Kiran Publication
Analytical Reasoning  MK Pandey
Non-Verbal Reasoning BS Sijwali & Indu Sijwali
General Awareness Lucent General Knowledge (available both in Hindi and English but English edition gives better coverage) -
Any monthly magazine, such as Pratiyogita Darpan, Wizard or Chronicle -
One newspaper such as Hindu, Times of India, Hindustan times etc -
One yearbook, for reference, Manorama year book Any Budget special magazine -

Read More About SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips

SSC Stenographer Answer Key 2021

SSC Stenographer Answer Key will be published on the official website of SSC.

  • The correct answers to every question will be mentioned in it.
  • Candidates can check and mark the number of correct and incorrect answers, to sum up, and predict the scores obtained by them.
  • The official SSC Stenographer Answer Key will be published on the official website after approximately 4 weeks after the exam

The steps followed to download the SSC Stenographer Answer Key are given below:

  • Visit the official website of SSC
  • Click on the link to ‘Download Answer Key 2021 for Grade C and Grade D’
  • SSC Stenographer Answer Key for Grade C and Grade D is displayed in PDF format on the screen
  • Download the SSC Stenographer Answer Key of your set and check the answers.

Check General Awareness for SSC Stenographer for free

SSC Stenographer Result 2021

  • Candidates who pass the written test are eligible to sit for the skill test in SSC Stenographer 2021.
  • Post skill test, the Commission releases a Final Merit List or Allotment List on the official website.
  • Candidates included in the merit list are recommended for an appointment by the commission.
  • They are allocated to User Departments depending upon the merit position and options exercised by them.

Practice Current Affairs as much as possible before SSC Stenographer 2021 exam

How to Check SSC Stenographer Result? 

  • Visit the official website of SSC
  • Follow the link for “SSC Stenographer Result 2019 for Grade C and Grade D”
  • Search for your Roll Number in the given list of roll numbers in pdf format.
  • Download the SSC Stenographer Result for further correspondence.

Note: In case, if a candidate cannot find his name in the SSC Stenographer Result, then it can be checked in the non-evaluated answer sheet list.

SSC Stenographer Tie Breaker

Candidates might obtain equal aggregate marks in the written test of the SSC Stenographer exam. The tie is resolved by considering the following criteria:

  • Candidate with higher marks in Part I of written exam is given higher marks if the tie persists then;
  • Candidate’s date of birth is considered i.e. older candidate is preferred first, but if the tie still exists;
  • Alphabetical order of the name of a candidate is the final decisive criteria.

Read More About SSC Stenographer Result

SSC Stenographer Skill Test 2021

Candidates who qualify for the written examination of SSC Stenographer 2021 are shortlisted for the skill test.

  • A dictation will be given to them for 10 minutes in English/Hindi.
  • They are required to type the same on a computer at a speed of 100 w.p.m. to be recruited for the post of a Grade C Stenographer, while for Grade D, he/she must type at a speed of 80 w.p.m.
  • Candidates with Visual Impairment have to transcribe the matter in 75 minutes for English or 100 minutes for Hindi Shorthand if they are applying for Grade D Stenographer.
  • For Grade C, the Visually Handicapped candidates have to transcribe the matter in 75 minutes for English or 95 minutes for Hindi shorthand test. The skill test for SSC Stenographer will be held at Regional or Sub-Regional Offices or other centers as decided by the Commission. The transcription is evaluated electronically post submission.
  • The skill test for SSC Stenographer will be held at Regional or Sub-Regional Offices or other centers as decided by the Commission. The transcription is evaluated electronically post submission.
  • Search for your Roll Number in the given list of roll numbers in pdf format.
  • Download the SSC Stenographer Result for further correspondence.

Note: In case, if a candidate cannot find his name in the SSC Stenographer Result, then it can be checked in the non-evaluated answer sheet list.

Read More About SSC Stenographer Skill Test

SSC Stenographer 2020 Cutoff

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

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

Category Cutoff Marks
SC 127.00
ST 101.00
OBC 138.00
OH 100.00
VH 100.00
UR 141.00

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

Category Cutoff Marks
SC 123.50
ST 106.00
OBC 124.50
Ex. S 40.00
OH 106.00
VH 66.00
UR 134.50

SSC Stenographer 2021 FAQs

Ques. I belong to Bhutan, can I apply for this exam?

Ans. Yes, following cases are applicable to sit for SSC Stenographer 2021:

  • Citizen of Nepal
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee, only if they come with the intention to stay in India
  • People born in India but migrated to Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries

Ques. I have low vision in my right eye, can I apply for Grade D post?

Ans. Yes, you can apply for Both the posts, i.e., Grade C and Grade D posts even if you have low vision. However, you need to state proof of it in the prescribed format.

Ques. Why cannot I upload my signatures? There is a message depicting error, how should I fix it?

Ans. Make sure you are uploading your scanned images in the sizes and dimensions as specified. Failure in abiding by these guidelines can create this problem.

Ques. Can I change my exam center other than the preference I filled in SSC Stenographer 2021 Application Form?

Ans. This facility is not available for any of the candidates. You will be allocated the centers as per the preference filled in the application form. No request for change in exam center will be entertained.

Ques. Is there any negative marking in SSC Stenographer 2021 exam?

Ans. Yes, every incorrect answer will be penalized with 0.25 marks, i.e., 1/4th of the marks allocated to each question.

Ques. How much marks will I get for every correct answer?

Ans. 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer.

Ques. What is the Tie Breaking criteria, in case I have the same marks as some other candidate?

Ans. The following scheme will be applicable in case of any clash:

  • Candidate with higher marks in Part I of written exam is given higher marks if the tie persists then;
  • Candidate’s date of birth is considered i.e. older candidate is preferred first, but if the tie still exists;
  • Alphabetical order of the name of a candidate is the final decisive criteria.

Ques. In how many shifts is SSC Stenographer 2021 conducted?

Ans. SSC Stenographer 2021 will be conducted in two shifts- Morning and Evening Shift.

Ques. Can I change my shift from morning to evening?

Ans. No, candidates cannot change the shift they have been allocated by themselves. They will have to appear within the timings as mentioned in SSC Stenographer hall ticket.

Ques. I belong to PwD category, will I get extra time to complete the exam?

Ans. Yes, candidates with any kind of disability will be given extra 40 minutes to complete the exam.

Ques. I have some issues in visibility, Can I opt for scribe?

Ans. Yes, there is a provision of opting for a scribe. You will have to put a request for scribe prior to the commencement of the exam.

Ques. What books should I refer to for Logical Reasoning Section in SSC Stenographer 2021?

Ans. You can refer to the following books to prepare for logical reasoning section of SSC Stenographer 2021:

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning by BS Sijwali & Indu Sijwali

Ques. How is the evaluation of Transcript done after the skill test?

Ans. The transcript after skill test are evaluated via computerized process.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


sunny pandey
what is the role of stenographer in ssc?
kavita rani

Hi Sunny. The specific duties of SSC Stenographers in Grade C and Grade D include Speech writing, Press briefings, attending press conferences, making note, etc. Some important preparation tips to clear the exam are mentioned here.

kavita rani

Hi Sunny. The payscale of Stenographer Grade C is INR 9,300-34,800. The salary of all the posts of stenographer are mentioned here.

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