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SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

SSC Stenographer 2017 Exam Pattern has been released by exam conducting authority Staff Selection Commission (SSC).  SSC Stenographer 2017 is conducted in 2 stages- Computer Based Test (CBT) and Skill Test.

As per SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2017, the CBT will be conducted on

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning,
  • General Awareness and
  • English Language and Comprehension.

SSC Stenographer is an all India open examination intended for recruitment to the post of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D. SSC has started accepting application online from June 17, 2017 and registration process will continue until July 15, 2017 (05:00 PM).

SSC Stenographer exam highlights are given below in the table:

Organization NameStaff Selection Commission
Post NameStenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Posts
Number of Vacancies1064 Posts
Starting Date to ApplyJune 17, 2017
Last Date to ApplyJuly 15, 2017
Work LocationIndia

Important Points

  • There will be a 0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer.
  • The merit will be prepared on the overall performance in the whole exam. There will be no sectional cut-offs.
  • Questions in Paper-I will be of 10thLevel, Paper-II & III of 10+2 Level.
  • Commission will set separate qualifying marks for SC/ST/OBC/PH/Ex S/General categories.
  • The skill test will be qualifying in nature.

SSC Stenographer 2017 Exam Pattern Highlights Table

Following table highlights important points of the exam pattern of SSC Stenographer 2017:

Exam ModeOnline Exam, Skill Test for Stenography
Number of Stages 2
Number of sections3 (General Intelligence & 
Reasoning, General Awareness, English Language and 
Question Paper Type Paper 1- MCQ; Paper 2- Written Exam 
SSC Stenographer 2017 Total MarksOnline Exam - 200 Marks
Exam DurationFor general candidates (2 hours) For visually handicapped candidates (2 hours, 40 minutes )
Exam LanguageBoth (English and Hindi)

SSC Stenographer 2017 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

The maximum marks allotted to CBT is 200. The question paper will contain objective type Multiple Choice questions. Candidates who will secure qualifying marks in CBT will only be called for the Skill Test. There is the provision of negative marking in the objective question paper of stenography exam-2017 i.e. 1/4 marks assigned to a question will be deducted as penalty if a candidate chooses wrong answer for a particular question. Following is the exam pattern of SSC Stenographer 2017: 1. Computer Based Test 

  • Computer Based Test contains Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions.
  • It contains three parts in which Part-I and Part-II will consist of 50 questions each. Both the part will be for 50 marks each.
  • Maximum marks allotted to Part-III is 100 marks.
  • Question paper except Part III will be set in both English and Hindi.
  • The time duration for general candidates will be 2 Hours and for visually handicapped candidates time duration is 2 hours, 40 minutes.
  • Negative marking is set in the paper of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
QuestionsTotal Duration /
Timing for 
Total Duration/ 
Timing for Visually 
IGeneral Intelligence & 
50502 Hours
(10.00AM to
12.00 Noon)
2.00PM to
2 hours ,40
(10.00 AM
(2.00PM to
IIGeneral Awareness 50 50
IIIEnglish Language and 

2. Skill Test in Stenography

Candidates who qualify the Computer Based Test will be called for the Skill Test. Commission may prescribe qualifying marks in each part of the Written Examination.

  • The skill Test will be qualifying in nature and the Commission will fix the qualifying standards in the skill test for all types of categories.
  • It contains 1 dictation which takes 10 minutes in English and Hindi both for the post of Stenographer Grade C at the speed of 100 w.p.m. and for the post of Stenographer Grade D with the speed 80 w.p.m.
  • This will take place on computer.

Grade ‘D’

50 min (English)

65 min (Hindi)

Grade ‘C’

40 min (English)

55 Min (Hindi)

SSC Stenographer Marking Scheme 2017 

Students should know about Total number of questions and Total marks and how much Marking scheme is set for each part i.e. Part-I, Part-II and Part-III. Given Below table shows the SSC Stenographer Marking Scheme 2017:

Serial No


Total number of questions

Total marks

Marking scheme


General Intelligence & Reasoning



Correct answer = + 1 Incorrect answer = – 0.25


General Awareness



Correct answer = + 1Incorrect answer = – 0.25


English Language and Comprehension



Correct answer = + 1Incorrect answer = – 0.25 

Recommended Books for SSC Stenographer 2017 Exam

Following are the books which helps in preparing for SSC Stenographer 2017 Exam:


Book Name


 Quantitative Aptitude

 Quantitative Aptitude

 RS Aggarwal


 Quicker mathematics

 M Tyra


 English Grammar

 Wren and Martin


 Word Power Made Easy

 Norman Lewis


 Objective General English



 Objective General English

 RS Aggarwal & Shri Vikas Agarwal


Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

RS Agarwal


Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Kiran Publication


Analytical Reasoning

MK Pandey

General Awareness

Lucent General Knowledge



Any monthly magazine

Pratiyogita Darpan

SSC Stenographer 2017 Exam Day Instructions

Following are the important instructions while using the OMR Sheet or writing the exam:

  •  Compliance with Instructions: Candidates should follow the instructions given by teacher at all the stages of the exam.
  • Use of books, notes and copying or giving assistance will seen as cheating: No calculator, separate or with watch, books, slide rules, foot rules, notebooks, pagers, mobile phones or written notes is allowing inside the exam hall. Any candidate who is found cheating will be out from exam.
  • Use of Ball-point Pen: Use only Black Ball-point Pen for filling up the information in Part-A and Part-B of answer sheet.
  • Handling the Answer–sheet:  Candidates should carefully handle the answer-sheet with extreme care and keep it dust free. If it is mutilated, torn, folded, wrinkled or rolled, it may not be read by the machine. Answer-sheets and question papers will be supplied in the examination hall. After the test is over, candidates should hand over the answer-sheet to the invigilator before leaving the room.
  • Rough work to be done on the booklet: Candidates should do all the necessary rough work on test booklet/question paper only. They should not do rough work on the answer-sheet or any other paper. If any rough work is done on the answer-sheet, the answer sheet will not be assessed.
  • One Single Answer-sheet: There will be a single answer sheet covering all parts. You will use this answer-sheet only.
  • The method of Showing Answer-sheet: All your answers must be marked in the answer-sheet only.



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