SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips, Important Books and Sample Papers

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Apr 13, 2021

SSC Stenographer Exam is held by Staff Selection Commission every year for recruitment to Grade C and D. SSC Stenographer 2021 will be held in 2 stages – written test and skill test. Hence, candidates will have to prepare for not only the theoretical part but also the SSC Stenographer Skill Test. A well-planned and structured manner of preparation tips will lead you to crack the SSC Stenographer exam at one go.

  • The Written exam will have 200 questions from General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness and English Language and Comprehension. Check SSC Stenographer Syllabus
  • Candidates must prepare well in advance by reading a newspaper and focus on grammar and vocabulary.
  • Only candidates who qualify the written test will be called for the stenography test. Check SSC Stenographer Result
  • Candidates must train themselves for the high typing speed as a 100 words per minute speed is required for Grade C and 80 words per minute are required for Grade D stenographer

Along with stenographic skills, a candidate must possess knowledge related to events and happenings in the world, ability to apply reasoning and rationality. Also, a good command over language to get through a written test. Apart from this candidate must be aware of some basic tips to prepare for an examination such as time management, speed, accuracy, etc. Also, Check the upcoming SSC Exam Dates 2021, read the news here

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SSC Stenographer Subject-wise Preparation Tips 2021

As mentioned earlier, written test of SSC Stenographer 2021 consists of three parts:

  • Part I- General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Part II- General awareness
  • Part III- English language and comprehension

It is very important to prepare and strategize techniques and tricks to solve the questions given in the exam. Candidates must focus on solving maximum number of questions within a short span of time. Here are some simple tricks and tips to prepare for written test of SSC Stenographer 2021 written examination:

General Intelligence and Reasoning

General intelligence and reasoning is a section which judges a candidate's ability to apply intelligence and exercise the ability to rationalize by applying reason. It is one of the scoring sections in the written test.

It is very important to practice questions pertaining to this section by attempting mock tests and sample papers to excel and secure good marks. There are some tips that a candidate must keep in mind while attempting the General Intelligence and Reasoning section of the written test.

  • Avoid Assumptions. It is wise to understand the theory behind every concept carefully.
  • Words with negative prefixes must be avoided as these are usually put to confuse the candidate.
  • Practice the examples as much as possible to understand the way of solving the questions.
  • Alphabets, Numerical sans Directions must be clear to the candidate.
  • Reasoning needs a little mind application which can be time-consuming if a candidate does not practice enough.

Some of the important units of this section, from which the aspirants get maximum number of questions, are:

  • Mathematical and code-based puzzles
  • Analogy
  • Blood relations
  • Venn Diagram
  • Circular Seating Arrangements
  • Assertion and Reasoning
  • Alphabet Series
  • Hidden Image
  • Paper cutting and folding
  • Cubes and Dices
  • Statements and Conclusion
  • Statements and Assumptions
  • Mixed Series
  • Number Series
  • Syllogism
  • Distance and Directions
  • Order and Ranking
  • Linear Seating Arrangements
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Classification
  • Alphabet Series
  • MatrixMirror Image
  • Word Formation
  • Statements and Arguments
  • Course of Action

General Awareness

General awareness tries to examine a candidate's knowledge about the environment and the world he/she lives in. Generally, this section of written test is easy to attempt and score but if the candidate is unaware of general surroundings/events/happenings, it will be difficult to score decent marks in this section. Some tips to fetch good marks in this section are:

  • Candidates must be updated with the latest happenings and events.
  • Current affairs of last six months
  • Socio- economic conditions of the country and world
  • Reading newspaper daily will be an added advantage
  • Make notes of the important events, so that you can revise them on a daily basis.

Some of the important units of General Awareness are:

  • Awards and Honours
  • Indian Constitution
  • India and World
  • Science and Technology
  • Indian Geography- Soil in India, Indian Crops, Farming and Irrigation in India, Indian Rivers etc.
  • Days and Events
  • Art and Culture
  • Indian Economy
  • Government Policies and Schemes
  • Events and Affairs of National and International Importance
  • Indian Polity
  • Indian History- Indian Independence Movement, Mughal Empire etc
  • Books and Authors
  • Sports
  • Countries, Capitals and Currencies

English language and comprehension

If the aspirants desire to be a stenographer, then they need to have a good command over the English language since they have to note down everything which will be spoken by the Senior Officer or by the Minister. This is the reason why the English and Comprehension carries the maximum weightage compared to the other sections in the SSC Stenographer exam. As per the past years’ trend, the difficulty level of the questions of this section is moderate to hard.

However, it is one of the easiest sections of SSC Stenographer exam is English Language and Comprehension, provided the candidate has a thorough practice over basic concepts of the language. Candidates must practice mock tests to strengthen this section.

The questions of this section will cover English Grammar, Comprehension and Vocabulary. Go through the following content to know more about the preparation strategy of English comprehension section:

  1. Brush up the basic rules of English Grammar- Active and Passive voice, Narration, Parts of Speech (Verb, Adverb, Noun, Pronoun, Conjunction, Preposition etc), articles, Singular and Plural etc.
  2. Try to make a habit of reading English Books and Newspapers daily. If you find any new word, note it down to improve your vocabulary stock.

Some of the important sections of English Language and Comprehension are:

  • Cloze Test
  • Spellings
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Parajumbles
  • Comprehension Reading
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Sentence Correction
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • Spotting Errors
  • Phrase Replacement
Steno Exam Pattern

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2021

SSC Stenographer exam is conducted in 2 Phases – Written examination and Skill Test. The written test comprises three sections consisting of 200 marks.

  • Part I is dedicated to General Intelligence and Reasoning (50 marks)
  • Part II consists of questions pertaining to General Awareness (50 marks)
  • Part III belongs to English Language and Comprehension (100 marks)

For general candidates, the time duration to attempt a written test is of 120 minutes, whereas for visually handicapped candidates, an additional 40 minutes are provided.

Check Complete SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

SSC Stenographer 2021 Exam Scheme

The details of the CBE (Computer Based Examination) are mentioned below:

Part Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Duration
I General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
II General Awareness 50 50
III English Language and Comprehension 100 100
Note: Total time duration is extended to 2 hours and 40 minutes for the candidates who are allowed the use of a scribe.
  • Question paper will only include Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions
  • For every wrong answer, the candidate is going to incur a negative marking of 0.25 marks. Candidates must read every question very carefully
  • Marks scored by the test takers in the CBE (Computer Based Examination) will be normalized through a formula that will be published officially through the Commission through a Notice. Such normalized scores will be used to ascertain the final merit and cut off marks.
  • Tentative answer keys will be published on the website after the examination has concluded.

Check Detailed SSC Stenographer Syllabus

Steno Books

SSC Stenographer Preparation Books 2021

Books play an important role in the preparation of an entrance exam. But it is important to choose the right books to prepare for SSC Stenographer so that a candidate can qualify the written exam easily. Candidates can refer to the books mentioned in the table below to prepare for SSC Stenographer 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 Reasoning 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 -

General Points to Remember for Preparing SSC Stenographer Exam 2021

Apart from tips for solving specific parts of the question paper, a candidate must take care of some general tips like managing time, practicing weak sections, revising content in parts, etc. Given below are set of preparation tips for candidates that must be kept in mind before appearing for SSC Stenographer Examination:

  • Time management- It is very important to plan a schedule of activities very precisely according to the timetable. Candidates must try and solve the mock tests and make a list of important topics to revise on the go.
  • Practice and work on weak sections- Candidates must attempt all the sections in the written test. To complete 200 questions within 2 hours’ time candidates must focus on solving sample papers and marking the weak areas to focus on them.
  • Be acquainted with current affairs- Candidates will have to be updated with the latest happenings around the world to attempt written tests. If he/she fails to keep up the pace with current affairs of the world and nation it may result in losing some easy marks.
  • Revise syllabus in parts- candidates might refer to classify the syllabus as it will help in maintaining a good knowledge of strong and weak points. This will help them to make a good revision of the topics that need more focus.
  • Take time out for leisure activities- Relax and take time for leisure activities and take breaks at short intervals. It is necessary to not overburden oneself. This will hamper the candidate’s performance in SSC Stenographer examination.
  • Go for tricks and methods to solve questions in a short span of time- It is certainly a good way of attempting the written test within a stipulated time period. Sometimes, questions are hard to solve with a simple calculation of facts but the candidate needs to grab some tricks and tips to solve the questions within a minute.
Sample Papers

SSC Stenographer 2021 Sample Papers

SSC Stenographer Sample Papers give a basic idea to the candidate about the type of questions asked in the exam. Solving sample papers improves the time management and problem solving skills of a candidate.

There are many advantages of SSC Stenographer Sample Papers as given below:-

  • While solving the practice papers, candidates can get an idea of which section takes more time to solve and is lengthy. It enhances the time management skill of candidates.
  • To know about the type and level of questions asked in the exam, a candidate must go for the sample papers.
  • SSC Stenographer Practice Papers boosts the confidence of a candidate and helps them to measure their level of preparation.
  • Candidates can improve their accuracy and increase the speed by solving sample papers
Steno FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. What should I read for the SSC Stenographer exam?

Ans. If the candidates are planning to appear for the SSC Stenographer exam 2021, then they need to follow the basic basic tips:

  • Practice previous years questions paper
  • Take a full-length mock test
  • Go through the subject wise preparation tips

Ques. What is the starting salary of a stenographer?

Ans. The SSC Stenographer Salary is different for two grades that is for Grade C and grade D.

Grade/Post Pay Scale (INR) Grade Pay (INR) Gross Pay (p.m) (INR)
SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ 9300-34800 4200 (Pay band 2) Rs.50,682/-
SSC Stenographer Grade ‘D’ 5200-20200 2400 (Pay Band 1) Rs.37,515/

Ques. Which language is best for an SSC Stenographer?

Ans. To become a Stenographer, the candidates should learn Shorthand (the method of typing fast, compared to the normal writing pace, usually the symbols are used).

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


surabhi tamrakar
How do I prepare for general awareness? What are the most important topics?
diya suresh

To prepare for the section of general awareness, just follow the below tips:

  • Be updated with the latest happenings and events
  • Be updated with the current affairs of last six months
  • Socio- economic conditions of the country and world
  • Reading newspaper daily will be an added advantage
  • Make notes of the important events for revision
  • Practise papers and previous year question papers can be used for preparation

For more details visit SSC Stenographer Preparation tips.

Government jobs ke liye kaise online tyari kre
diya suresh

Hi Komal, Before applying to any govt. job, it is important to know the eligibility norms as certain exams are meant for UG students while some are for PG students. The details will be provided in the official notification. There are several online and offline resources available for preparation. Apart from self study, you can even take help from coaching centers as well. Find details at SSC 2021 exam.

ananya pandey
how to prepare english for ssc stenographer?
jaya garg

Hi Ananya. Candidates must read English newspapers daily as it helps improve their vocabulary skills. Sections like English language and comprehension are easiest section of SSC Stenographer is English Language and Comprehension, so you can get a good score in case you prepared well for the exam. Refer here for more tips.