SSC Stenographer Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Selection Process, Syllabus and Study Materials

Staff Selection Commission Stenographers (Grade C&D) Examination’s eligibility details are as follows…

Eligibility Criteria:
A. Nationality / Citizenship: A candidate must be either:
(1) a citizen of India, (or)
(2) a subject of Nepal, (or)
(3) a subject of Bhutan, (or)
(4) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the
intention of permanently settling in India, or
(5) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar),Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

B.Age Limit:  Age limit should  between 18-27 years.

Age Limit Relaxation is given below:

Sr.No                                            Category Age-Relaxation permissible beyond the Upper age limit
01 SC/ ST  5 years
02 OBC  3 years
03 PH  10 years
04 PH + OBC   13 years
05 PH + SC/ST  15 years
06 Ex-Servicemen (Unreserved / General)  03 years
07 Ex-Servicemen (OBC)  06 years
08 Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST)  08 years
09 For Stenographer Grade -’C‘:Central Govt. Civilian Employees (General/ Unreserved) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on crucial date.  Upto 5 years
10 Central Govt. Civilian Employees ( OBC ) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on crucial date.  Upto 08(5+3) years
11 Central Govt. Civilian Employees ( SC/ST ) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on crucial date. Upto 10 (5+5) years of age
12 For Stenographer Grade -D‘: Central Govt. Civilian Employees (general/ Unreserved ) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on Closing date Up to 40 years of age
 13 Central Govt. Civilian Employees ( OBC ) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on Closing date  Up to 43 years of age
 14 Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ST ) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on Closing date Up to 45 years of age
15 Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir( Unreserved/General )    5 years
16 Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir( OBC )  8 years
17 Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir( SC/ST)  10 years
18 Stenographer Grade -C‘:Widows / Divorced Women / Women judicially separated and who are not remarried ( Unreserved/General )  Up to 35 years of age
19 Widows / Divorced Women / Women judicially separated and who are not remarried( OBC )  Up to 38 years of age
20  Widows / Divorced Women / Women judicially separated and who are not remarried( SC/ST )  Up to 40 years of age
21 Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (Unreserved/General )  05 years
22  Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (OBC )  8 (3+5) years
23  Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed  area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ST)  10 (5+5) years
24 Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces ( Unreserved/General )  Up to 45 years of age
25 Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces ( OBC )  Up to 48 years of age
26 Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces ( SC/ST )  Up to 50 years of age
27 For Stenographer Grade -D‘:Retrenched census employees of Office of Registrar General of India (Unreserved/General ) (They will be considered only for offices under RGI in their order of merit and subject to availability of vacancies )  3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with
census, before retrenchment , and Weightage of past service.
28 Retrenched census employees of Office of Registrar General of India ( OBC )
( They will be considered only for offices under RGI in their order of merit and subject to availability of vacancies )
 Do + 3 years
29 Retrenched census employees of Office of Registrar General of India ( SC/ST ) ( They will be considered only for offices under RGI in their order of merit and subject to availability of
vacancies )
 Do + 5 years

C. Educational Qualification: Candidates must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent from a recognised Board or University.

The candidates who are able to prove by documentary evidence that the result of the qualifying examination was declared on or before the cutoff date and he/she has been declared passed, will also be considered to have the required Educational Qualification.

Note-I: As per Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification No. 44 dated 01-03-1995 published in Gazette of India edition dated 08-04-1995, the Degree obtained through open Universities/ Distance Education Mode needs to be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU. Accordingly, unless such Degrees had been recognized for the period when the candidates acquired the relevant qualification, they will not be accepted for the purpose of Educational Qualification.

Exam Pattern: Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Stenographers (Grade C& D) Examination Pattern & Scheme of examination are given below…..

Examination Scheme : The Examination will consists of a Written examination and Skill Test in Stenography.

1. Written Examination: Written examination will consists of Objective Type- Multiple choice questions only. The questions except in Part III will be set both in English & Hindi.

Details of Examination are given below:

Part Subject Maximum 
Marks
Total Duration / 
Timing for 
General 
candidates
Total Duration/ 
Timing for Visually 
Handicapped 
candidates
I General Intelligence &
Reasoning ( 50 questions )
50 2 Hours
10.00AM to
12.00 Noon
OR
2.00PM to
4.00PM
2 hours 40
mins
10.00 AM
to
12.40PM
OR
2.00PM to
4.40PM
II General Awareness
( 50 questions )
50
III English Language and
Comprehension
( 100 questions )
100

Note-I:  0.25 marks will be reduced for each wrong answer.

2. Skill Test in Stenography: The candidates who qualify in the written examination will have to appear for the stenography test. The candidates will be given one dictation for 10 minutes in English / Hindi at the speed of 100 w.p.m. for the post of Stenographer Grade -C‘ and 80 w.p.m. for the post of Stenographer Grade -D‘. The matter will have to be transcribed on computer only.
The transcription time is as follows:
For Stenographer Grade-D : 50 minutes ( English ); 65 minutes ( Hindi )
For Stenographer Grade -C: 40 minutes ( English ); 55 Minutes ( Hindi )

Note:
1. If the candidates do not indicate the medium of Stenography Test in Column No.14 of the Application Form, the Commission will consider English as the medium of Stenography Test for such candidates and the candidates will not be allowed to change the medium at a subsequent stage.
2.There is no exemption from skill test for any category of candidates

SSC Stenographer Selection Procedure: Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Stenographers (Grade C& D) Examination will consists of Written Examination and Skill Test in Stenography. Selection process details are given below….

SSC Stenographer Selection: The examination will consist of a Written Examination and Skill Test in stenography.

A. Written Examination: The written examination will consist of Objective Type- Multiple choice questions only. The questions except in Part III will be set both in English & Hindi. Time duration for general candidates will be 2 Hours and 2 Hours 40 mins for Visually Handicapped candidates. There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.Candidates who obtain the qualifying marks in the Written Examination as may be prescribed by the Commission will only be called for the Skill Test.

B. Skill Test in Stenography: Candidates will be shortlisted for the skill test on the basis of their performance in the Written Examination. The Skill Test will be of qualifying nature and and the Commission will fix the qualifying standards in the skill test for different categories of candidates. The Skill Test will be held at the Commission‘s Regional/Sub Regional Offices or at other Centres as may be decided by the Commission. There is no exemption from skill test for any category of candidates. Candidates who qualify in the skill test will be recommended for appointment by the Commission on the basis of their performance in the Written
Examination.

Resolution of Tie Cases: In case where more than one candidate secure the equal aggregates marks, tie will be resolved by applying the following methods one after another:-
i) Marks in first part of the written examination.
ii) Date of birth, with older candidates placed higher.
iii) Alphabetical order in the first names of the candidates appear

SSC Stenographer Syllabus Details: Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Stenographers (Grade C & D) Examination’s Syllabus details are given below…

Syllabus:
General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate‘s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and other analytical functions.

General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidate‘s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

Note: For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability and opting for SCRIBE there will be no component of Maps/Graphs/Diagrams/Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning / General Awareness Paper.

English Language & Comprehension: In addition to the testing of candidates’ understanding of the English Language, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and its correct usage, etc. his/her writing ability, would also be tested.

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