UPSC SO/STENO 2021: Eligibility, Application Form, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Admit Card, & Cut Off

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Mar 19, 2021

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The UPSC SO Stenographer exam is conducted to recruit graduates as Section Officers and Stenographers which is a grade-B post of Central gvernmentUPSC SO / Steno 2020 addressed to UPSC Section Officers / Stenographers Grade B / Grade 1 by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The test date has been announced and took place on 12 December 2020. This test is conducted once a year for Section Officer (SO) and Stenographers Grade B / Grade 1. SO / Steno (GD-B / GD-I) -LDCE 2020 will be held on 12 December 2020. Applicants must go through the process of worrying about the details of all the important details of the UP SO / Steno 2020 test.

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UPSC SO/Steno Exam Highlights 2021

Exam Organised Union Public Service Commission
Name of Exam UPSC SO/ Stenographer (GRADE-‘B’/GRADE-I)
Frequency of Exam Once a year
Official Website
UPSC SO Important Dates

UPSC SO/Steno 2021- Important Dates

The UPSC SO/Steno 2021 notification is yet to be released. The result for UPSC SO/Steno exam 2020 is awaited too. The following are dates relevant to the UPSC SO/Steno exam 2020:

Particulars Dates
Publish of official notification September 16, 2020
online application form date September 16, 2020
Last date of the application form October 6, 2020
Admit Card Date November 2020
Date of Exam December 12, 2020
Publish of Result Coming soon
UPSC SO Application Process

UPSC SO/Steno Application Form 

The Authority will notify regarding the UPSC SO/Steno exam 2021 through the official website. After 7 years in 2020, the exam procedure was executed once more.See details about the SO / Steno registration form:

  • Students must apply for the exam only online mode.
  • You must remember that after the last day of completion of the form link will be disabled.
  • Processing will not provide any facility to correct in the application form.
  • Candidates must submit the online application form to the Head of Department / Head of Office at the Commission.
  • You must take the printout to submit a completed application form before the last date.
  • Only those who will enter the printed copy of the online application will be referred by the Head of Department / Office who will be considered for admission to the Test.
UPSC SO Eligibility

UPSC SO/Steno Eligibility Criteria

They are not allowed to be informed to confirm the UPSC SO / Steno 2020 Eligibility Criteria before applying for testing. As given below are the all-important of eligibility:

  • Category 1- Grade of the Central Secretariat Service: Applicants must have 5- years of work experience and have at least four performance appraisals at the Central Secretariat Service Personal Assistants ’Grade of Central Secretariat Stenographers Service.
  • Category 2-Grade (Integrated Grade Second and Third) of the General Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch ‘B’: Aspirants must have 5- year work experience of Grade 4th general cadre or Grade second of Cypher sub-cadre, branch B of IFS or all the mention criteria.
  • Category 3-Grade of the Railway Board Secretariat Service: Applicants with 5- year work experience in the assistant grade of Railways Board Secretariat Service or Grade second or Grade C of Railways Board Secretariat.
  • Category 4-Private Secretary, Central Secretariat Stenographers Service: Aspirants must have a maximum of 3- years of work experience in Central Secretariat Grade Stenographer Service. To apply for this category, students should possess a bachelor’s degree.
  • Category 5-Grade first of the Stenographers Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch B: Aspirants must have 5 years of continuous work practice and experience in Grade second of Steno Cadre of IFS, branch B is applicable.
  • Category 6-Grade A and B merged of the Armed Forces Headquarters Stenographers Service: Applicants must have 3 years per day work experience in Armed Forces Headquarters Service in Grade second / Grade C
  • Category 7-Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers Service Grade B: Aspirants must have 3 years of per day and approved work experience in Grade second/Grade C of Railway Board Steno jobs
  • Category 8-Grade of the Intelligence Bureau- In case, students are selected through LDCE, the exam must not hold 5 years before the crucial date.
  • Category 9-Private Secretary, State Insurance Corporation- Aspirants must have 3 years of approved and per day work practice in Personal Assistant Grade in employees State Insurance Corporation.
UPSC SO Syllabus

UPSC SO/Steno Syllabus

Aspirants can check the UPSC SO/Steno Syllabus 2021 for good preparation:

Paper I- Written exam:

  • Indian Economy
  • Salient features of the Five Year Plans
  • The principles of the Constitution of India
  • Developmental Schemes
  • Rules of process and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
  • 2005, RTI Act

Paper II– Exam

  • Service Rules and General financial
  • Procedure and method of Indian Secretariat work for the Government

Paper III- Exam

  • Aspirants are expected to prepare drafts and notes on specific problems and précis from a passage.
UPSC SO Exam Pattern

UPSC SO/Steno Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for UPSC SO/Steno will have both objective and subjective type questions. For the letter, there will be negative marks for every wrong answer given by the exam test takers. Here is a table to mention the test.

Paper I Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Offline Mode
Timing 120 Minutes
Question Type Multiple Choice Question
Maximum Marks 150 Marks

Paper II Exam pattern

Exam Mode Written Exam
Duration 120 Minutes
Question Type Objective Type
Maximum Marks 150 Marks

Paper III Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Written Exam
Timing 03 hours
Maximum Marks 200
  • On the objective type paper, there will be four options provided for each question.
  • For every incorrect answer given to the aspirants, there will be a deduction of 0.33 marks as a penalty for that question.
  • Aspirants get the option to write a subjective paper either in Hindi or English.
  • All three test booklets will contain questions provided in Hindi and English.
  • There will also be a shorthand test in English / Hindi for applicants.
  • This test will be a test of the speed of 100 words per minute for 10 minutes and then the participants will get 40 and 55 minutes respectively in English and Hindi writing.
  • There will be a maximum deduction of 5% for illegible handwriting marks.
UPSC SO Preparation Tips

UPSC SO/Steno 2021 Selection Process

The (UPSC) Union Public Service Commission conducts examinations of Section Officer and Stenographer after 07 years. We can expect several applicants to take this test this year. Before we get into the details of hiring UPSC SO / Steno 2021, let’s take a look at the test at a glance.

  • The hiring of the UPSC SO / Steno 2020 is done through the Competitive Departmental Competition Test.
  • Examination for the recruitment of Section Officers (SO) and Stenographers in the various grades and divisions of the departments of the Government of India.
  • Applicants need prior experience from the relevant cadres to apply for this recruitment.
  • Applicable aspirants are selected through written and short tests in Hindi and English.
  • Eligible candidates for the written exam must go through an evaluation of the service record which carries qualifying marks.
  • The aspirants’ selection process depends on the written exam and evaluation of the service of students.
  • Aspirants are called for assessment only after they can secure minimum qualifying marks.
  • Once the assessment of the service period of the candidates is over, verification of eligibility criteria is done.

Preparation Tips 2020 for UPSC SO/Steno

The exam plan for the UPSC SO / Stenographer Recruitment 2020 exam is very different from other competition tests. This is because, in addition to the written test, aspirants must prepare for the typing tests. Therefore, we have included some very important tips for preparing for the UPSC SO / Stenographer exam.

  • First all of make a preparation plan keeping in mind the exam pattern and syllabus. Paper 1 based on General Study and General Knowledge carries 150 marks. Similarly, Paper 2 is based on the process and practices of the Indian government secretary's office. Check your basics; basic understanding and concepts of these topics are deep and deep.
  • To understand government similar Secretariat functions and process, use diagrams and flow charts. In this way, the aspirants can remember and memorize the answers easily without much effort.
  • Use a variety of learning resources. In addition to preparation books and guides, utilize other recourses such as readymade notes, reference books, and practice paper etc.
  • Use last year's question papers to give an extra side of the test. In this way, the candidates can become well acquainted with the pattern of the expected question.
  • Candidates can also solve mock tests and sample papers to learn how to make the best use of their time. Attempt to solve mock tests within the specified time of each paper.
  • Make shorthand notes and objective notes for last-minute revisions. Write these notes in clear text and perhaps in the headings. This will make it easier to revise at a glance before the test.
UPSC SO Admit Card

UPSC SO/ Steno Admit Card

The UPSC SO / Steno admit Card is issued on the official website. UPSC publishes an e-entry ticket once the application process (including submission of a printed copy of the application form) has been completed. To download a admit card, aspirants need their registered e-mail address. The admission is issued 3 weeks before the start of the trial. They are not permitted to be consulted on the official website for any updates related to the UPSC SO / Steno admit card. Aspirants need to carry their admit card to the testing center and identity document.

  • Click on the official website of UPSC
  • Go to the link “Admit Cards” on the right way of the website
  • After clicking approach the link for downloading the admit card and submit the registered email address.
  • Admit card is shown on the screen
  • Check the information and download the admit card for UPSC SO/Steno

Details present on Admit Card 2021 UPSC SO/Steno

The following details are mentioned on the admit card 2020 UPSC SO/Steno

  • Aspirant’s name
  • Exam centers
  • Venue for written test UPSC SO/Steno
  • Registration id/roll number/ Date of birth
  • Examination one name
  • Full postal address as given in the application

Things to carry to UPSC SO/Steno exam

Aspirants are expected to a few specified documents with them to the examination. Absent of these documents will cancel the student’s entry to the exam centre.

  • A hard copy of the admit card
  • Identity card

Importance of UPSC SO / Steno Admit Card

Learn about the importance of the UPSC SO / Steno admission card by reading the list below.

  • An entry ticket is proof of identity that allows entrants to enter the hall.
  • The Admit card contains important details on it, such as the date, date and time of the UPSC SO / Steno test.
  • Allows aspirants to enter the testing center and take the test.
  • It is also used for future hiring events as a result of checking and verifying the final document.
UPSC SO Cut off

UPSC SO/Steno Cut Off

The qualifying task for each section/ paper of UPSC SO/Steno will be decided by the UPSC and accordingly, the commission will release the merit list of qualified aspirants. The commission will release the category-wise merit list based on the number of available posts for each category.

UPSC SO/Steno Answer Key

UPSC SO/Steno enrolment test response keys are released by the UPSC after the test. It contains the right responses to all the questions posed in the SO/Steno test. Applicants can download the appropriate response keys as they are delivered at the UPSC official site after the test is directed. Before the outcomes are distributed, competitors can utilize the appropriate response keys to assess their scores in the test. Along these lines, applicants can envision their odds of making it to the following phase of the test, for example, the Fundamental stage which is an enlightening kind of paper.

Documents Needed

At the point when they apply on the web, applicants should enter subtleties under various classifications like help inclinations, business data, parental data, instructive data, and individual subtleties. Thus, they ought to have the necessary archives to top off these subtleties. When the application is submitted, they can't roll out any improvements. Thus, they ought to painstakingly outfit the subtleties.



Ques. What is the mode of examination of UPSC SO Steno?

Ans. The mode of examination of UPSC SO Steno is offline.

Ques. What is the language of medium of UPSC SO Steno?

Ans. The UPSC SO Steno exam is bilingual and consists of questions in Hindi and English.

Ques. What kind of recruitment is done through UPSC SO Steno?

Ans. UPSC SO Steno is conducted to recruit Section Officers and Stenographers.

Ques. When was the last UPSC SO Steno test conducted?

Ans. The last UPSC SO Steno test was conducted on December 12th, 2020.

Ques. What kind of questions are asked in the UPSC SO Steno test?

Ans. Objective type of questions are asked in the offline written exam of UPSC SO Steno test.

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