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SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips

SSC Stenographer (Staff Selection Commission Stenographer) examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission to invite applications from candidates wish to seek employment of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ or Grade ‘D’.

SSC Stenographer 2016 will be conducted in two sessions. First will be written examination which will be followed by a Skill Test, which must be cleared for further recruitment process.

To get recruited as a stenographer for Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ is not an easy task because of the increased competition for the post, so candidate must prepare well to crack this examination.

Along with stenographical skills, candidate must possess knowledge related to events and happenings in the world, ability to apply reason and rationality. Also, a good command over language to get through written test. Apart from this candidate must be aware of some basic tips to prepare for an examination such as time management, speed, accuracy, etc.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2016

SSC Stenographer examination is conducted in two sessions- Written examination and Skill test. Written test comprises of three sections where Part I and Part II contribute 50 marks each, while Part III is allotted 100 marks out of the total of 200 marks.

Part I is dedicated to General Intelligence and Reasoning, Part II consists of questions pertaining to General Awareness and Part III belongs to English Language and Comprehension. A candidate qualifies for Skill test after clearing Written Test according to the cut off set by the commission.

Stenography skills are tested in the skill test and based on this, candidates are called for interviews. Given below is a brief insight into the pattern followed by SSC for written as well as skill test.

Written Test

Written examination of SSC Stenographer consists of three parts. Part I- General Intelligence and Reasoning will be of 50 marks, Part II- General awareness will also be of 50 marks and the final part of written test Part III will be of 100 marks, which brings the total score for written test to 200 marks. For general candidates, the time duration to attempt written test is of 120 minutes, whereas for visually handicapped candidates, additional 40 minutes are provided.

Skill Test

After the candidate successfully qualifies in the written test comes the skill test which tests candidate’s stenography skills. Candidate has to clear the written test surpassing the qualifying criteria set by the commission for eligibility to sit for skill test. It is mandatory for a candidate to sit for the skill test to be eligible for interview session.

It is very important to be acquainted with the skill of preparing transcriptions and shorthand (both English and Hindi- for visually handicapped candidates). SSC Stenographer Skill Test are usually conducted at the Commission’s Regional or Sub-regional offices.

SSC Stenographer Syllabus 2016

SSC Stenographer written Exam includes three sections, as have been told earlier, namely Part I, Part II and Part III. Part I include General Intelligence and Reasoning, Part II comprises of General Awareness and final part includes English Language and Comprehension.

General intelligence and reasoning includes analysis of candidate’s ability to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computation and other analytical function. This section will focus on the ability of candidates to observe around them and the general awareness about the world and society their society.

English language and comprehension clearly tries to test candidate’s vocabulary, grammar, sentences, etc. This section tries to understand the basic concepts of English Language. Syllabus for all three sections has been elaborated in the table given below:

General Intelligence and ReasoningAnalogies
Similarities and differences
Space Visualization
Decision Making
Visual Memory
Discriminating Observation
Relationship Concepts
Arithmetical Reasoning
Verbal and Figure Classification
Arithmetical Number Series
Non-Verbal Series etc. 
General AwarenessIndia and its neighboring countries
History, Geography, Culture and Economics
General polity
English Language and ComprehensionActive and passive voice
Synonyms and antonyms
Fill in the blanks
Direct and Indirect Conversion
Comprehension passage
Miss-spelt words detection
Cloze passage

SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips 2016

As mentioned earlier, written test of SSC Stenographer 2016 consists of three parts:

  • Part I- General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Part II- General awareness
  • Part III- English language and comprehension

It is very important to prepare and strategize techniques and tricks to solve the questions given in SSC Stenographer examination. Candidate must focus on solving maximum number of questions within a short span of time. Here are some simple tricks and tips to prepare for written test of SSC Stenographer 2017 written examination.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

General intelligence and reasoning is a section which judges candidate’s ability to apply intelligence and exercise the ability to rationalize by applying reason. It is one of the scoring sections in written test of SSC Stenographer examination.

It is very important to practice questions pertaining to this section by attempting mock tests and sample papers to excel and secure good marks. There are some tips that a candidate must keep in mind while attempting General Intelligence and Reasoning section of written test.

  • Avoid Assumptions
  • Words with negative prefixes must be avoided as these are usually put to confuse the candidate.
  • Alphabets, Numerical sans Directions must be clear to the candidate.
  • Reasoning needs a little mind application which can be time consuming if candidate does not practice enough.

General Awareness

General awareness tries to examine candidate’s knowledge about the environment and world he/she lives in. Generally, this section of written test is easy to attempt and score but if the candidate is unaware of general surroundings/events/happenings, it will be difficult to score decent marks in this section. Some tips to fetch good marks in this section are:

  • Candidate must keep updated with latest happenings and events.
  • Current affairs of last six months
  • Socio- economic conditions of the country and world
  • Reading newspaper daily will be an added advantage

English language and comprehension

One of the easiest section of SSC Stenographer Exam is English Language and Comprehension, provided candidate has a thorough practice and command over basic concepts of the language. Candidate must practice mock tests to strengthen this section. Here are some topics to be prepared under this section:

  • Reading and comprehension
  • Spotting errors
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Synonyms and antonyms

Some Important Tips to Prepare for SSC Stenographer Exam 2016

Apart from tips for solving specific parts of question paper, candidate must take care of some general tips for SSC Stenographer examination like managing time, practicing weak sections, revising content in parts, etc. Given below are set of preparation tips for candidates that must be kept in mind before appearing for SSC Stenographer Examination:

  • Time management- It is very important to plan schedule of activities very precisely according to the time table. Candidate must try and solve the mock tests and make a list of important topics to revise on the go.
  • Practice and work on weak sections- Candidate must attempt all the sections in written test. To complete 200 questions within 2 hours’ time candidate must focus on solving sample papers and marking the weak areas to focus on them.
  • Be acquainted with current affairs- Candidate will have to be updated with latest happenings around the world to attempt written test. If he/she fails to keep up the pace with current affairs of the world and nation it may result in losing some easy marks.
  • Revise syllabus in parts- candidate might refer to classify the syllabus as it will help in maintaining good knowledge of strong and weak points. This will help them to make a good revision of the topics that need more focus.
  • Take time out for leisure activities- Relax and take time for leisure activities and take breaks at short intervals. It is necessary to not overburden oneself. This will hamper the candidate’s performance in SSC Stenographer examination.
  • Go for tricks and methods to solve questions in short span of time- It is certainly a good way of attempting the written test within stipulated time period. Sometimes, questions are hard to solve with a simple calculation of facts but candidate needs to grab some tricks and tips to solve the questions within a minute.


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