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SSC Stenographer recruitment - Notification, eligibility, Important Dates, Admit Card and more 2021


The Staff Selection Commission or SSC conducts the highly esteemed SSC Stenographer exam to recruit prospective personnel for the non-ministerial, non-gazette General Central Service group ‘C' and Group 'D' roles of a Stenographer in numerous Central Governmental ministries, offices, and departments.

The Computer-Based Test was scheduled for 29 March to 31 March 2021, but due to Assembly Elections of 2021, it has now been postponed indefinitely. Those who are interested will have to qualify for the tests as well as the minimum eligibility criteria to be eligible for the SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2021.

SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2021 At A Glance

OrganizationStaff Selection Commission
Vacant PostsStenographer
Total VacanciesTo be notified
Application ModeOnline
Selection ProcessComputer Based Objective type test, Skill Test
Official WebsiteSSC official site

SSC Stenographer 2021 Notification

SSC has released the official notification for the Stenographer recruitment exam 2021 on February 5, 2021. You can view it here.

SSC Stenographer Exam Dates 2021

The online application for SSC Stenographer 2021 has already closed. You can find all the important notifications here in the table below:

Notification Date10 October 2020
Start Date for Online Application10 October 2020
Last Date for Online Application4 November 2020
Last Date for Online Fee Payment6 November 2020
Last Date for Offline Challan Generation8 November 2020
Last Date for Offline Challan Payment10 November 2020
Computer-Based Exam Date29 March to 31 March 2021 Postponed until further notice
Result DeclarationTo be notified

Eligibility Criteria for SSC Stenographer Posts

Educational Qualification:

  • You must have a 10+2 pass certificate in your choice of discipline from a government-recognized board.


A prospective SSC Stenographer should be:

  • An Indian citizen
  • A subject of Nepal/Bhutan or Tibetan refugees
  • A person of Indian origin migrating from the following countries with the intent to settle permanently in India: Pakistan/Myanmar/Sri Lanka/East African Countries (Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia)/Vietnam

Age Limit:

  • Grade C: 18 to 30 years
  • Grade D: 18 to 27 years

The age limit must be counted as of 1 August 2020.

Age Relaxation

CategoryAge relaxation
SC/ ST5 years
OBC3 years
PwD (Unreserved)10 years
PwD (OBC)13 years
PwD (SC/ST)15 years
Ex-Servicemen (ESM)3 years

SSC Stenographer Exam Application Fee

CategoryApplication Fee
General/OBCINR 100

SSC Stenographer 2021 Application Form

The official notification from SSC has already been released. You can head to the SSC original official notification here. The application portal was open from 10 October 2020 to 4 November 2020.

The CBT dates for the exam were announced to be 29 March to 31 March 2021, but due to the Assembly Elections of 2021, they have now been postponed indefinitely. You can check out the latest notification here.

Steps to Apply for SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2021

If you are planning to sit for the SSC Stenographer recruitment exam of 2021, here’s the application procedure you need to follow diligently:

  • Go to the SSC Official Website and click on the ‘Apply’ button on the right side of the page.
  • Duly register yourself and keep a note of the registration password and ID.
  • Duly fill out the application form by providing sufficient information.
  • Upload requested photographs, scanned documents, and signature as asked.
  • Read through your filled application form carefully and click on the Submit option.
  • Pay the application fee and keep a copy of the receipt for future reference.

Admit Card

The admit cards for the SSC Stenographer exam 2021 are yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to get access to the admit cards.

List of Vacancies

The list of vacancies for 2020-2021 is yet to be released. Mentioned below are the vacancies for 2019:

SSC Stenographer GradeGeneralSCSTOBCTotal
Grade C2002060331
Grade D189262583323

Reservation List

The reservation list for SSC Stenographer entails reserving seats for the different categories of candidates appearing for the exam. SSC Stenographer 2021 follows the same reservation rules as mandated by the Government of India.

To know more about the vacant seats and reservation guidelines, visit the official site.

SSC Stenographer 2021 Selection Process

The SSC Stenographer 2021 recruitment takes place in the following steps:

  • Computer Based Objective type test
  • Skill Test

SSC Stenographer 2021 Exam Pattern

You can check the SSC Stenographer 2021 computer-based test pattern in the table below:

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks Allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning5050
English Language and Comprehension100100
General Awareness5050

Keep in mind:

  • Total time duration: 120 mins (160 minutes for examinees opting for scribes)
  • Correct answer: +1 mark.
  • Wrong answer: - 0.25 marks

SSC Stenographer Exam 2021 Syllabus

General Intelligence and ReasoningClassification, Analogy, Coding Decoding, Matrix, Word Formation, Dictionary Order, Venn Diagram, Direction and Distances, Blood Relations, Missing Number, Puzzles, Series, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning
English Language and ComprehensionRC, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings, Phrases and Idioms, Synonyms and Antonyms, One Word Substitution, Phrase Replacement, Error Spotting
General AwarenessCulture, Indian History, Geography, Environment, Economy, Polity, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Space Sciences, Computer and Mobile Technology, Diseases and Pollution, Nutrition, Current Affairs, Dates, Portfolios Schemes

SSC Skill Test

There will be a Hindi/English dictation of 10 minutes with 100 words per minute for Group C and 80 words per minute for Group D. The dictation has to be transcribed in the following time duration:

  • Grade C : 40 mins for English, 55 mins for Hindi
  • Grade D : 50 mins for English, 65 mins for Hindi

SSC Stenographer 2021 Result

The dates for the declaration of results of the SSC Stenographer exam 2021 is yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to know the result dates when they are uploaded.

SSC Stenographer Exam 2021 Cut-offs

The official cut offs for 2021 are yet to be released. Mentioned below are the cut offs for 2018:

CategoriesCut off for Grade CCut off for Grade D

Points to note:

The minimum qualifying percentage for each category is as follows:

  • UR: 30%
  • OBC/ EWS: 25%
  • Others: 20%

SSC Stenographer 2021 Job Profile

Here’s what the SSC Stenographer job entails:

  • Writing speeches
  • Attending and consolidating briefings
  • Assisting ministers or officers
  • Helping in matters of Public Relations

SSC Stenographer Salary Details

Here’s what the salary structure for SSC Stenographer looks like:

GradePay ScaleGrade PayGross Pay/month
Grade CINR 9,300 to 34,800INR 4,200 (Pay Band 2)INR 50,682
Grade DINR 5,200 to 20,200INR 2,400 (Pay Band 1)INR 37,515

SSC Stenographer 2021 Exam Analysis

These are the key topics that were noticed frequenting the SSC Stenographer exam papers:

  • General Knowledge/Awareness on current National issues, including knowledge about India and the world
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Mental ability
  • Analytical ability
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Basic Numeracy and Data Interpretation
  • Comprehension

Here are a few things to note:

  • Each question in the Objective-based paper will carry 1 mark, if answered correctly. A negative marking of 0.25 marks will be implemented for each incorrect answer.
  • The paper will be available in Hindi and English.
  • A total duration of 2 hours will be provided.

Here is a detailed idea of the difficulty level for each section in the paper:

General Intelligence and ReasoningModerate to Difficult
English Language and ComprehensionEasy
General AwarenessModerate to Difficult
OverallModerate to Difficult

The SSC Stenographer 2021 exam is not hard, but preparation is key. If you are familiar with current affairs and the world's status quo, you are good to go!

SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2021 Preparation Tips

If you are aspiring to be a Stenographer at SSC, here are some tips to keep a note of:

  • Start by familiarizing yourself thoroughly with the syllabus and its detailed sub-topics. That is always the foremost step in preparation. You must know the syllabus like the back of your hand.
  • Once the syllabus is clear, move onto the list of books you will get your hands on. The choice of books is crucial, for it has the power to make or break your chances of acing the exam. Ensure you buy the right books.
  • Note down the topics and theories that are common in every textbook, so that you do not confuse or overwhelm yourself every time you see a pile of untouched books.
  • Once you think you know a substantial amount, you can move onto solving practice papers. There are plenty available online as well as on the SSC official site. Solve at least 1 paper a day and make a note of your weak areas, so that you can focus on just that later in the same day. Solving practice papers can teach you as much as reading a textbook can.
  • When you have solved ample practice papers, it's time to sit for timed mock tests, either at home or preferably in a testing set up. Evaluate your scores thoroughly and work on the areas where you are faltering.
  • Exercise vigorously and work on strength-building, both physically and mentally. A healthy and strong mind inevitably proves beneficial in forming a healthy and fit body.

SSC Stenographer Question Papers

Find previous years SSC Stenographer question papers here:



SSC Stenographer Recruitment Exam Books

General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • A New Approach to Reasoning: B.S Sijwalli, Indu Sijwalli
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning: R S Aggarwal
  • Tricky Approach to Competitive Reasoning (Hindi): Kiran Publications
  • Analytical Reasoning: M K Pandey

English Language and Comprehension

  • Objective General English: S P Bakshi (Arihant)
  • High School Grammar: Wren and Martin
  • Plinth to Paramount: Neetu
  • Previous Year questions of SSC: Kiran Prakashan
  • English: S. Chand Publication
  • Plinth to Paramount English book
  • Lucent English Book

General Awareness

  • General Awareness for Competitive Exams: Disha Experts
  • General Knowledge: Lucent Publication
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Public Information Bureau (PIB) updates
  • Newspapers such as The Hindu and The Economic Times
  • History and Geography NCERTs from 10th to 12th standard
  • The Pearson Concise General Knowledge Manual 2020
  • Advanced Objective General Knowledge: R.S. Aggarwal
  • General Knowledge 2022: Arihant
  • Rapid General Knowledge 2021 for Competitive Exams: Disha Experts

SSC Stenographer 2021 Study Plan

Here's how you should plan your study hours to make to most out of them:

  • Solve previous years papers and sit for timed mock tests at home or preferably, at your nearest test center.
  • Be aware of current affairs of India and the world, in general. Watch news channels and read newspapers such as The Hindu and The Economic Times for worldly affairs.
  • Rigorously solve quizzes on general knowledge. There are plenty of quizzes available online. Additionally, books such as the Manorama Yearbook are great sources of up-to-date information.
  • The PIB (Public Information Bureau) website is a good place to start, if you are confused about where to begin your general awareness preparation. It’ll help you sharpen your knowledge base extensively.
  • If there are sections or topics to memorize or understand from scratch, try to get to them first thing after waking up in the morning. Our brains are at their best capacity early in the morning.

The key element of any government exam is preparation. It is aptly said, “Better late than never,” and if you prepare well from an early date, your chances of cracking this esteemed position increases by a lot!

Make sure you have done your part and submitted a properly filled out application form, and paid the stipulated fees. Once you prepare well in advance by going through previous years papers, you are good to go!