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SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips, Important Books and Sample Papers

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Jan 12, 2021

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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. 

Latest Updates:

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

  • The Written exam will have 200 questions from General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness and English Language and  Comprehension. Check SSC Stenography 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 Cut Off
  • 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 stenographical 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 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.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2021

SSC Stenographer examination is conducted in 2 Phases – Written examination and Skill Test. The written test comprises of 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 written test is of 120 minutes, whereas for visually handicapped candidates, an additional 40 minutes are provided.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

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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 incurr 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 by 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. 

SSC Stenographer Syllabus 2021

SSC Stenographer written exam syllabus includes General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness and English Language and Comprehension.

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning analyses candidate’s ability to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computation and other analytical function.
  • This section focuses on the ability of candidates to observe around them and the general awareness of the world and society their society.
  • English language and comprehension clearly try to test candidate’s vocabulary, grammar, sentences, etc.
  • This section tries to understand the basic concepts of English Language.

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Syllabus for all three sections has been elaborated in the table given below:

Part Topic
General Intelligence and Reasoning Analogies
Similarities and differences
Space Visualization
Decision Making
Visual Memory
Discriminating Observation
Relationship Concepts
Arithmetical Reasoning
Verbal and Figure Classification
Arithmetical Number Series
Non-Verbal Series etc. 
General Awareness India and its neighboring countries
History, Geography, Culture and Economics
General polity
English Language and Comprehension Active and passive voice
Synonyms and antonyms
Fill in the blanks
Direct and Indirect Conversion
Comprehension passage
Miss spelt words detection
Cloze passage

Check Detailed SSC Stenographer Syllabus

SSC Stenographer 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 exam. Candidate 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 2018 written examination:

General Intelligence and Reasoning

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

  • Avoid Assumptions
  • Words with negative prefixes must be avoided as these are usually put to confuse the candidate.
  • 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.

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

General Awareness

General awareness tries to examine 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:

  • Candidate must be updated with 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

English language and comprehension

One of the easiest section of SSC Stenographer is English Language and Comprehension, provided candidate has a thorough practice and command over basic concepts of the language. Candidate must practice mock tests to strengthen this section. Here are some topics to be prepared under this section:

  • Reading and comprehension
  • Spotting errors
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Synonyms and antonyms

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 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 -

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Important Tips to Prepare for SSC Stenographer Exam 2021

Apart from tips for solving specific parts of 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. Candidate 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- Candidate 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- Candidate will have to be updated with 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- candidate 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 short span of time- It is certainly a good way of attempting the written test within 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.

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 improve 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 help them to measure their level of preperation.
  • Candidates can improve their accuracy and increase the speed by solving sample papers

Candidates can download SSC Stenographer Sample Papers from the links provided in the table below:-

Sample Papers Download Link
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 1 Click Here
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 2 Click Here
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 3 Click Here
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 4 Click Here
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 5 Click Here

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


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abdul nazir

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?
kavita rani

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.