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SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

SSC Stenographer (Staff Selection Commission Stenographer) examination is held yearly to provide government jobs to the candidates in the central government sector of India.

The examination is conducted by SSC (Staff Selection Commission). The examination pattern and syllabus of the SSC exams is very specific. It is mandatory for the candidate to have complete knowledge of the same to excel in one of these examinations.

SSC Stenographer will consist of a written examination and skill test. The following article will provide the aspiring candidates everything that they need to know regarding the SSC examination Pattern and Syllabus.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2017

The SSC Stenographer 2017 is divided into two parts, the written test and the skill test. The details of both are given below. The candidates applying for the test are required to keep a note of the following:

  1. Scheme of the SSC Stenographer written examination:

  • The paper and pen or written examination of SSC will consist of one multiple choice question paper.
  • Date of Exam- 31-07-2017(Sunday)
  • Total Time duration- 2 hours
  • Timing for Visually Handicapped/cerebral palsy candidates: 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • Total Questions- 200(English-100, General Intelligence- 50, general awareness-50)
  • Total marks- 200 (Each question contains one mark each)
  1. Scheme of the SSC Stenographer Skill Test:

Only those candidates will be asked to appear for the skill test, who will qualify the written test. The candidates who receive the qualifying marks in the Written Examination as may be prescribed by the Commission will only be called for the Skill Test. There might also be a provision of prescribing a certain qualifying score in each subject or part of the written examination.

  • Even the skill test will be a qualifying test. Further the Commission in charge will mark a certain requirement of a total score to be achieved by the candidate for their final selection in the various categories of the candidates applying.
  • The candidates will have to appear for the stenography test. A dictation will be dictated to them for about 10 minutes in Hindi and English and then their speed of typing will be calculated at the speed of 100 words/ metre. The candidates will later be graded according to their typing speed in a minute and will be categorised accordingly.
  • The candidates with the speed of 100 w.p.m will be categorised in grade C.
  • The candidates with 80 w.p.m will be categorised in grade D
  • The candidate applying For Stenographer Grade “D” will be given 50 minutes (English) 65 minutes (Hindi).
  • The questions are bilingual and will be set in both Hindi and English apart from the Part III which is particularly a test of English.
  • The candidates applying For Stenographer Grade “C”: 40 minutes ( English ) 55 Minutes ( Hindi )
  • The Stenographer test is a compulsion and all candidates have to take it.
  • VH candidates will be given 75 minutes for transcribing the matter in English Shorthand and100 minutes for Hindi Shorthand for the post of Stenographer Grade “D”
  • The VH candidates applying for Stenographer C will be given 70 minutes for English Shorthand test and in 95 minutes for Hindi Shorthand test
  • The skill test will be held at the Commission’s Regional/Sub Regional Offices or at other Centre(s) as may be decided by the Commission.

Syllabus for Written Exam 2017

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning:

The questions in this section will be both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc.

The test is designed in such a way as to include questions to test the candidates on their ability to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and other analytical functions.

  • General Awareness:

Questions in this section of the examination will be designed in such a way as to judge the candidate on their knowledge of the following:

  1. Candidate’s knowledge of his surrounding and society.
  2. Questions based on current events.
  3. Questions designed to judge a candidate’s observation skills and his learning from experience.
  4. Questions will also focus on the Indian History and that of its neighbouring countries pertaining to; Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc.
  5. For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability /cerebral palsy affected candidates 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.

  1. They will be tested on Basic English vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and its correct usage. (2)
  2. The candidate will also be tested on his ability of constructing correct sentences.

General Instructions for the Written Examination

  • The candidates are required to indicate the answers on the answer sheets only in their own handwriting.
  • Candidates seeking to sit successfully in the examination hall until the completion of the examination are not permitted to use/ carry any electronic gadgets except the ones allowed in the examination hall and are mentioned in the notice.
  • The possession of any of the electronic devices which are not allowed to be present in the possession of the candidates, they will be disbarred from the Commission’s examination for a period up to three years.
  • The candidate has to write the whole examination in one language. The usage of more than one language will lead to cancellation of the complete examination and the script will not be evaluated.
  • The candidates can only use the metric system of weights and metres whenever applicable in the examination questions.

OMR Type of Answer Sheets

The examination will be held on OMR sheets and that will act as the answer key provided to the candidates.

  • The candidates will be given an OMR sheet to mark their answers for the multiple choice objective questions.
  • The candidates are required to read the instructions given by the commission and instructions on OMR sheets/Question Papers very carefully to avoid any errors.
  • Both the parts A and B of the paper have to be filled in by the candidate with the help of either black or blue ball pens.
  • The Candidate must clearly write his/her name, Roll Number, Ticket Number and Question Booklet Serial Number in the OMR Answer Sheet wherever asked for the same.
  • Answer Sheets that lack the information such as candidate’s Name, Roll Number, Question Booklet Serial Number, Signature and left hand thumb impression or improper/ incomplete coding of the circles will be considered inappropriate and will not be marked.

Recommended Books for SSC Stenographer Exam 2017

Given below are recommended for the candidates preparing for the SSC examination:

Subjects NameBooks Name With Author
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal
Quicker mathematics by M Tyra
EnglishEnglish Grammar by Wren and Martin
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Essential English Grammar by Raymond Murphy
Objective General English-SP BAKSHI
Objective General English by Dr. RS Aggarwal & Shri Vikas Aggarwal
ReasoningVerbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by Kiran Publication
Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
Non-Verbal Reasoning by BS Sijwali & Indu Sijwali
General AwarenessLucent General Knowledge (available both in Hindi and English language but English edition gives better coverage)
Any monthly magazine, such as Pratiyogita Darpan, Wizard or Chronicle
One newspaper such as Hindu, Times of India, Hindustan times
One year book, for reference, Manorama year book Any Budget special magazine

SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips 2017

The following tips must be followed by the candidates while preparing for the exam of SSC stenographer 2017. The candidate must follow the tips given below for both the written and the skill test.

  • The candidate must know Basic English for which he/she must read story books. Reading them will help the candidate both understand the construction of sentences which will help them eventually right proper ones.
  • For general awareness the candidate must stay up to date and totally informed regarding the goings on of the world by regularly reading the newspaper and watching the news channels. That amount of indulgence will make the candidates aware of the happenings around the world.
  • For excelling at the skill test the candidate is required to type at a required speed, hence, they are advised to practice typing and try to attain that speed of typing.
  • The Candidate must read and try to learn the new words that come his way while reading in order to boost their vocabulary.

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