SSC Stenographer Eligibility: Age, Qualification and Reservation

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Apr 7, 2020

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Staff Selection Commission conducts recruitment examination for the post of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ every year. To apply for the exam successfully, a candidate must know eligibility criteria of SSC Stenographer in detail. 

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  • A candidate must have passed 10+2 examination from a recognized university or board by January 21, 2020 to be eligible to apply for SSC Stenographer exam.
  • He/she must belong to the age group of 18 to 30 years to be eligible to fill the SSC Stenographer Application Form for Grade C and must be between 18 to 27 years for Grade D.
  • There is reservation for candidates belonging to the categories SC/ST/OBC/Ex-Serviceman/PH.
  • Only eligible candidates will be allowed to sit for the SSC Stenographer Skill Test which is followed by the written exam.
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Academic Qualification for SSC Stenographer 2020

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 degrees provided including technical education degree/diploma awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the Universities recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government. It must be checked that they have been approved by the Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission.

All the candidates will be required to produce the relevant Certificates such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificates of Intermediate/Higher Secondary/ Senior Secondary in the original.

Read SSC Stenographer Syllabus

Age Limit for SSC Stenographer 2020

According to the SSC Stenographer eligibility criteria, the age limit for the candidates is given below. However, relaxation is given to candidates from OBC and SC/ST category

  • Maximum Age Limit for Grade C stenographer – 30 years
  • Maximum Age Limit for Grade D stenographer – 27 years
  • No Relaxation in Age will be provided to sons, daughters, and dependents of ex-servicemen.

Permissible relaxations of Upper age limit for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories are as under:-

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST  5 years
OBC 3 years 
PwD (Unreserved) 10 years 
PwD (OBC)  13 years 
PwD (SC / ST) 15 years
Ex – Servicemen (ESM)  03 years after conduction of military service from the closing date of the application
Candidates who attained domicile in J&K from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989.  05 years
Defence Personnel that suffered from a disability due to hostilities with a foreign nation or in a disturbed area and were relieved of their duties as a consequence   03 years 
Defense Personnel that suffered from a disability due to hostilities with a foreign nation or in a disturbed area and were relieved of their duties as a consequence   (SC / ST)  08 years 

Permissible relaxations of Upper age limit for Group ‘C’ Posts Only are as under:-

Category (Other Backward Classes) Age Relaxation

Central Govt. Civilian Employees: 

Individuals who have served for 3 years or longer for a continuous and regular period as on the last day of online applications

Up to 40 years of age

Central Govt. Civilian Employees: 

Individuals who have served for 3 years or longer for a continuous and regular period as on the last day of online applications (SC / ST)

Up to 45 years of age 
Widows / Divorced Women / Women judicially separated and who are not remarried 

Up to 35 years of age 

Widows / Divorced Women / Women Judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC / ST)  Up to 40 years of age 
Service Clerks in their last year of service in  the Armed Forces  Up to 45 years of age 

Service Clerks in the last year of service in the Armed Forces (SC / ST)  Up to 50 years of age
Retrenched census employees of Office of Registrar General of India  3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with census, before retrenchment and weight age of past service + 3 years
  • Candidates should know that the only date of birth that is going to be accepted by the Commission for ascertaining an individual’s age eligibility is the date that is noted in their matriculation / secondary examination certificate and no request for changes is going to be entertained. 
  • Ex – servicement (ESM) who have already attained employement in either Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ posts on regular basis after availing the reservation benefits cannot attain a reservation in the ESM category and the required fee concession. 
  • “Call up service” period is noted as service that is treated as a service in the Armed Forces
  • Age relaxation is not applicable to the dependents, daughters or sons of Ex-servicement. Therefore, these candidates should not label themselves as ex-servicemen. 


All the aspiring candidates must meet the eligibility criteria for their Nationality as well. Here are the criteria that must be met by the candidates:

A candidate must be a citizen of any of the countries/ must satisfy the citizenship of the below-mentioned countries:

  1. India
  2. Subject of Nepal or
  3. Subject of Bhutan or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January 1962, or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Sri Lanka, the United Republic of Tanzania(Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Ethiopia, Zaire, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, and Myanmar.

The government of India will issue a certificate of eligibility in favor of those candidates who belongs to categories 2, 3, 4 and 5 above.

SSC Stenographer  Eligibility for Ex-Servicemen 2020

Eligibility criteria for ex-servicemen who will be competing in SSC Stenographer 2020 are explained below:

  • A candidate who has served as a combatant or non-combatant in Army, Navy and Air Force of the Indian Union.
  • Any person who has been released after completing the specific period of engagement, or at his own request, or dismiss on account of misconduct or inefficiency and has been given a gratuity, and includes personnel of the Territorial Army (pension holders).
  • Candidates of the Army Postal Service who have served as a part of Regular Army and retired from the Army Postal Service, or are released from the Army Postal service on medical grounds and awarded medical or another disability pension.
  • Personnel, who were on deputation in Army Postal Service for more than six months prior to  April 14, 1987.
  • All the Gallantry award winners of the Armed Forces.
  • Ex-servicemen who are relieved on the medical ground with the medical disability pension.

Candidates who are serving as a Service Clerk in the last year of their service in the Armed Forces, and are due for release during the period 01-09-2019 to 31.08.2020 are eligible for age relaxation. Such candidates will be eligible to compete only for vacancies in Armed Forces Headquarters and Inter-Service Organisation.

No relaxation in age limit will be provided to sons, daughters, and dependents of ex-servicemen.

SSC Stenographer  Reservation 2020

Reservation for SC / ST / OBC / Ex-Serviceman/ PH i.e. (Persons with Disability (PWD)/ etc. categories is available as per Government of India norms.

The posts of Stenographers Gr. “C” have been identified suitable for:

    The persons who are suffering from disabilities of One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), Both Legs (BL), Blind (B) and LV (Low vision).

The posts of Stenographers Gr. “D” have been identified suitable for

  • The persons who are suffering from disabilities of One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), One Arm and Leg (OAL)  Both Legs (BL), Blind (B) and LV (Low vision).

SSC Stenographer Vacancies

Vacancies  be uploaded on the website of the Commission once it is finalized by the concerned authorities.

  • Vacancies of Stenographers Grade “C” and “D” are in Ministries/Departments of Central Government.
  • Vacancies of Stenographers Grade “C” and “D” are also available in Attached/Subordinate offices of Ministries/Departments of Central Government located in States and Union Territories all over the country.
  • Hearing Impaired persons are considered not eligible for the posts of Stenographers.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Ques. What is the easiest type of shorthand that one can learn? 

Ans. Gregg is the most commonly used type of shorthand and it is the format that most people identify as shorthand. This method is generally quite hard to learn and it takes a lot of skill to understand it. Other than that, candidates can also attempt to learn Pitman 2000 if they don’t have a lot of time. 

It is suggested that instead of just increasing the speed in the beginning, an individual should attempt to properly learn the method accurately. The speed can be added in the later stages as well. 

Ques. How can I get to know my SSC Stenographer 2020 roll number? 

Ans. Candidates are advised to visit the official website of the SSC Stenographer 2019 exam (i.e. or ( 

  • After accessing the website, the candidate has to click the link on the website to download the SSC Stenographer Admit Card for their respective region. 
  • Third step includes entering the candidate’s registration / roll number followed by their Date of Birth to get their admit card. One has to select the area that is preferred to apply for the exam. 

Ques. I have lost my SSC 2020 Admit Card/Hall Ticket, how can I recover it? 

Ans. Check the words on the official webpage very clearly. There will be a section titled “Forgot Password”, “Recover your account”, “Lost password”. “Forgot Reoll Number”, “Redownload your admit card”. and “Duplicate admit card”. If you have found the appropriate linkm it will guide you further and let you know what steps you need to follow. 

Ques. Can I register for SSC Stenographer 2020 twice? 

Ans. A candidate should not register twice for SSC because it would be against the mandated regulations and thus would fall under fraudulent activity. This can force the board to take extra measures in restoring justice and they are allowed to take action against the candidate. 

Ques. What are good department preferences in SSC Stenography?

Ans. Some of the good options are as follows

  • MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) 
  • Ministry of Railways 
  • CSS (Central Scretariat Service) 
  • AFHQ (Armed Forces Headquarters)
  • CBDT and CBEC 
  • President Secretariat 

Ques. What are some tips for SSC Stenography Test?

Ans. Here are some good tips given by candidates who have previously qualified SSC Stenography Skill Test: 

  • Don’t transcribe dictations on the day of the exam or a night prior
  • Keep yourself calm and composed in the shorthand examination hall and focus on yourself instead of other candidates. 
  • After the trial passage is completed, make sure you strike it out with your pen or pencil because candidates may waste time in transcribing the wrong passage. 
  • Post dictation, you should always remember to put the pagination in reverse order / decreasing order.  This way, the individual can remember to judge how many pages they have remaining for the transcript. 
  • Make sure that you are careful about not accidentally clicking on the SLEEP button / key of your keyboard. If an individual presses this button by mistake, they can accidentally lose at least 5 minutes of their time after the computer goes into sleep mode. 

Ques. Are SSC jobs a good option for IIT graduates? 

Ans. There are advantages and disadvantages in every field and sector. Some of the added benefits of procuring a postion through the SSC examination is as follows: 

  • There is a more stabilized work pressure that is often attained in government positions. 
  • For many individuals, they can find better work-life balance and satisfaction from working in a job that offers fixed working hours or a set time frame. 
  • For many individuals who shift from precarious private jobs, there is better job security. 
  • Many IIT graduates report finding the entrance examination easier to crack than many other examinations. 

Ques. Is court stenography different than SSC Stenography? 

Ans. If an individual wants to opt for the position of Court Stenographer then he/she should be well versed with legal terminologies and with courtroom procedures. There is generally very little room for error that is given. For e.g. the Delhi High Court only considers applicants on the basis of 3% mistakes only. 

In comparison, SSC has raised their level to 7% mistakes for general and 10% for SC / ST and OBC Categories. 

Ques. Can I learn English Stenography at home for SSC Stenographer exam? 

Ans. This can differ from individual to individual. Individuals who are not able to take external coaching and have to learn at home need not fret. It is possible to learn it at home, with enough hard work and dilligence, anything is possible. There are multiple books and tools that can be utilized to thoroughly prepare at home. Check SSC Stenographer 2020 Preparation Tips 

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


I m 27 year old and I m belong to OBC category how many years i fill the shorthand form...plz reply soon
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Preeti, age criteria for OBC candidates is explained below:

  • For Grade C: Candidates must not be above than 27 years of age.
  • For Grade D: Can apply up to 30 years of age.

Relaxation of 3 years is provided for OBC candidates.