SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern- Skill Test, Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has advertised vacancies for the position of Stenographer via its notification dated 10-10-2020.  In the official notification for the post of SSC Stenographer, the posts that have been advertised are in Grade C and Grade D. The Recruitment process will be open to all Indian Citizens who are graduates and fulfil the various criteria specified in the Notification. Candidates also need to be aware of the SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern to prepare for the exam.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

There is a specific pattern that the Examination for the post of SSC Stenographer follows.  The time duration, the number of questions that will be posted, the marking scheme, etc., is specified in this article.  Read on to have clarity about the SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

In the selection process for SSC Stenographer, there are two stages of Examination/ Test.  These are:

  • Written Test
  • SSC Stenographer Skill Test

When a candidate qualifies in the first stage which is the Written Test stage, the candidate moves to the next stage – the Skill Test.

In the first Examination/ Test, which is the Written Test, there are 200 questions that are posed.  All of these questions are objective-type questions in the multiple-choice format.  Each question carries 1 mark.  The total duration of the Examination/ Test is 2 hours or 120 minutes.  

The following table provides some important details regarding the SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern for the Written Test.

Type of Exam/ TestOnline
Number of Stages in the Examination Process2 (Written Test and SSC Stenographer Skill Test)
Type of Questions in the Written ExamObjective type, Multiple-choice questions
Total Number of Questions in the Written Exam200
Maximum Marks in the Written Exam200
Time Duration of the Written Exam2 hours or 120 minutes
Language of the ExaminationBilingual
Is there a Penalty for Incorrect AnswerYes, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer
Is there a Penalty for not Answering a QuestionNo
Level of QuestionsSecondary School Level

There are three (3) sections in the Written Test: General Awareness, Test of Logic and Reasoning, and English Comprehension. The following table provides the number of questions that will be posted in each section.

SectionNumber of Questions in the Section
Logic and Reasoning50
General Awareness50
English Comprehension100
Total Number of Questions200


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Stenography Test/Skill Test

The second stage of the selection process for the SSC Stenographer recruitment is the Stenography Test/Skill Test.

Both the Shorthand notebook and computer needed for the test will be made available by the Commission.  Candidates are not allowed to carry their personal keyboards to the Test centre. 

In the computer-based shorthand test for both Grade C and Grade D, the speed required is between 80 and 100 words per minute. 

Name of PostThe norm for Computer-based Skill Test 
Stenographer Grade CDictation: For 10 minutes at the speed of 100 words each minute
Transcription: English – 40 Minutes, Hindi: 55 Minutes
Stenographer Grade DDictation: For 10 minutes at the speed of 80 words each minute
Transcription: English – 50 Minutes, Hindi: 65 Minutes
  • No change request for medium/centre/date/time for the Test will be entertained. 
  • On the day of the Test, after the candidates have entered their credentials into the computer, the test will begin. Given below is the pattern for the Stenographer Test/Skill Test.
  • No Cellular/mobile phone can be carried to the examination hall.  Do not bring them to the centre as there is no facility to keep them.  If found in possession of one in the examination hall, the penalty will ensue even to the extent of candidature cancellation. 
  • Candidates will be provided two one-minute transcription passages for trial.  These do not have to be transcribed.
  • Next, dictation of the actual passage will be done. 
  • As soon as the dictation is complete, the candidates will be sent to the transcription room.
  • In the transcription room, the candidates must need to read the shorthand notes that they had taken of the dictated passage. This they must do silently. The candidates will be given 10 minutes for this activity.
  • The Supervisor/Invigilator at the venue will announce when the transcription activity will commence after the 10 minutes of reading time. 
  • A time will be specified within which the candidates will have to complete their transcription and all tasks associated with it, such as comparison and correction.  The transcription will need to be done in Double Space.
  • As soon as the Stenography Test is completed, the next task begins.  Each candidate will be given a Shorthand passage from which the candidate needs to handwrite a 50-60 words long paragraph on a fresh sheet.  The candidates need to write their name, roll number and sign it at the bottom.
  • Candidates will be provided with a printout of their typed transcript.  On this printout, on each page, the candidate needs to write their own name, roll number, and affix signature.  This printout and the Shorthand Notebook (no sheet should be torn or torn out) should then be handed over to the invigilator. 
  • No candidates can leave the Examination Hall till the Test duration is complete.
  • After completing their test, candidates should sit and wait for their scripts to be collected and accounted for. 
  • After the test time is over, candidates are barred from typing, writing, or erasing in the notebook, the sheets, or the computer.
  • Any other instructions given by the Invigilator/ Supervisor must be strictly abided by.  Failing to abide or showing improper conduct will ensure that the candidate is removed from the recruitment process and a penalty will be enforced on the candidate, as decided by the Commission. 


Now that you know about the SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern and the topics to be covered, you should prepare a timetable and begin preparing in a systematic manner.  Practice your transcription, work on your dictation speed and shorthand.  Prepare the topics thoroughly for the Written Test and solve as many mock tests as possible. If you prepare well, you will surely succeed. 


How many questions will there be in the SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern?

There will be a total of 200 multiple-choice questions in the SSC Stenographer Written Test.

What is the Hindi dictation speed that is expected for a Grade D Stenographer Skill Test?

The Hindi dictation speed that is expected for a Grade D Stenographer Skill Test is 10 minutes at the speed of 80 words each minute

How much time will be given for English Transcription for the Stenographer Grade C Skill Test?

For English Transcription for the Stenographer Grade C Skill Test 40 minutes have been set aside.

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