SSC Stenographer 2020-21 exam : Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Vacancies & Selection Process

SSC Stenographer 2020-21 Exam

SSC Stenographer 2020-21 exam : Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Vacancies & Selection Process

What is SSC Stenographer 2020-21 exam?

Every year, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) holds an exam for Stenographer Grade C (Group B Non-Gazetted) and Grade D (Group C) for different Ministries, Departments, and Organisations.

SSC Stenographer 2020-21 exam Latest Updates 

1st April 2021: SSC declared the revised final result and cut off marks for SSC Stenographer 2018. 


26th March 2021: SSC released SSC Stenographer 2019 final answer keys and question papers. 


23rd March 2021: SSC released the mark sheet for Stenographer 2019. Candidates can log in using their registration number and password to check their marks. 


18th March 2021: SSC postponed SSC Stenographer’s computer-based test due to assembly elections in some states. The exam was scheduled from 29th to 31st March 2021. 


SSC Stenographer Grade C & D 2020-21 Highlights

Exam name SSC Stenographer 2020
Conducted by  Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Exam level National
Mode of exam  Online 
Exam category Class 12
Exam purpose Recruitment of Stenographer Grade C (Group  B Non-Gazetted) and Stenographer Grade D (Group C) for various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations in the Government of India
Eligibility requirement Only those candidates who have required skills in stenography are eligible to apply
Exam stages Computer Based Test and Skill Test
Exam duration  Computer Based Test: 2 hours 
Negative marking  Computer Based Test: 0.25
Official website


SSC Stenographer 2020-21 Exam Eligibility Criteria

To appear for the SSC Stenographer 2020 exam, the candidates should fulfill the following eligibility criteria. 


The candidate must be either 

(I) Indian citizen or

(II) Nepalese subject or


(III) Bhutanese national or


(IV) Tibetan refugee who arrived in India before 1st January 1962, intending to settle here or


(V) A person of Indian origin who has moved to India permanently from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, East African countries Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.


If a candidate falls under categories II, III, IV, or V, they must have the certificate of eligibility in their favour issued by the Indian Government. 

Age as of 8th August 2020: 


Post Age limit (In years)
Stenographer Grade C 18-30 
Stenographer Grade D 18-27


Candidates under the reserved categories allow for the following age relaxation: 


Category Relaxation in age (In years)
PwD (Unreserved) 10 
PwD (OBC)  13 
PwD (SC/ ST) 15
Ex-Servicemen (ESM) 3 (after deduction of military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of receipt of online application)

Educational Qualifications: 

Candidates must have passed the Class 12 or equivalent examination from a recognised board or university. 

Selection Process of SSC Stenographer

  1. Application form release – The application form for the SSC Stenographer is released online. Women, Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Persons with Disabilities (PwD), and Ex-servicemen (ESM) applicants are excluded from paying the application fee.
  2. Admit cards release – The SSC Stenographer admit card is released through the commission’s regional websites. By logging in with their registration ID/roll number/candidate’s name and password, candidates can access their admit cards.
  3. Computer-based test – This is the first stage of the SSC Stenographer Grade C and D. All candidates who successfully registered for the exam are asked to give a computer-based test. General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, and English Language and Comprehension are the three parts of the exam. The exam has a total of 200 marks.
  4. Result declaration – The result of the SSC Stenographer exam is announced online for various stages of the examination. The final result is available in PDF format. It shows the qualified candidates’ roll numbers. SSC Stenographer cut-off marks for different posts and categories are also published along with the results.
  5. Skill test – This stage is only for the Computer Based Test shortlisted candidates. Candidates are given a 10-minute dictation in either English or Hindi. Candidates must type dictation at a pace of 100 words per minute for Stenographer Grade C and 80 words per minute for Stenographer Grade D.

SSC Stenographer Vacancy 2020-21

The SSC Stenographer vacancies for 2020-21 will be declared in due course. There were 1,464 vacancies declared for the SSC Stenographer Grade C & D exam in 2018, with 473 for Stenographer Grade C and 991 for Stenographer Grade D.

SSC Stenographer Salary Structure 

Specifications  Grade C (In Rs) Grade D (In Rs)
Pay Scale 9,300-34,800 5,200-20,200
Pay Band 4,200 or 4,600 (Pay Grade 2) 2,400 (Pay grade 1)
Initial Salary 5,200 5,200
Basic salary 14,500 7,600

SSC Stenographer 2020-21 Exam Centres 

SSC publishes a list of exam centres along with the notification. Candidates must choose their preferred exam centres when filling out the SSC Stenographer application form. Candidates may select from three SSC Stenographer exam centres in the same area in order of priority. 

Important instructions for the exam


  • Candidates must bring their Aadhaar card, passport, driver’s license, PAN card, and voter’s ID card. Along with the admit card.
  • Mobile phones, calculators, pagers, and other electronic devices are not permitted within the exam centre.
  • It is recommended that candidates arrive at the exam centre one hour early to complete the verification process.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to leave the exam room until the examination is completed.

SSC Stenographer Grade C & D 2020-21 FAQs 

  1. Is SSC Stenographer Grade C & D exam conducted every year?
  2. Yes, the SSC Stenographer exam is held every year.


  1. What is the work of an SSC Stenographer?
  2. Speech writing, press conference briefings, public relations support, and other duties are performed by SSC Stenographers in different ministries or departments.


  1. How to fill the SSC Stenographer application form 2020-21?
  2. The application must be completed online. Registration, uploading an image, filling out a detailed application form, and paying the fee are the steps.


  1. What are the SSC Stenographer application fees?
  2. The application fee is Rs 100 for general, OBC, and EWS candidates. SC/ ST/ PWD/ Ex-servicemen and female applicants are excluded from paying the application fee.


  1. When SSC Stenographer Admit card is released?
  2. The admit card for the SSC Stenographer exam is issued two weeks before the exam. The admit card will be available on the official website. By logging in with the required credentials, candidates can download their SSC Stenographer 2020 admit card.


  1. Can I change SSC Stenographer exam centres?
  2. After the application form is submitted, the exam centres cannot be changed.


  1. What is the exam pattern of SSC Stenographer?
  2. According to the SSC Stenographer exam pattern, there are three sections in the computer-based test: General English and Intelligence, General Awareness, and English Language and Comprehension. The test consists of 200 objective-type questions that candidates must answer in two hours. The exam has a total of 200 marks.


  1. Are there any negative marks in the SSC Stenographer exam?
  2. Yes, there are negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer in the SSC Stenographer exam. 


  1. What is the standard of the SSC Stenographer syllabus?
  2. The subjects that candidates studied in Class 10 and 12 are covered in the SSC Stenographer syllabus.


  1. Is there any interview for the SSC Stenographer exam?
  2. Candidates who pass the SSC Stenographer computer-based exam are invited to take the stenography skill test. Those who pass the skill test are invited for document verification. 


  1. Is it mandatory to appear in the skill test?
  2. Yes, participating in the ability test is mandatory.

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