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SSC Stenographer Skill Test

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has recently released (on June 17, 2017) the exam notification for the recruitment of the Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ stenographer. The exam is conducted every year by SSC to fill the vacancy for this post. This year the exam is scheduled to be held on from September 4, 2017, to September 9, 2017.

  • The exam is conducted in 2 stages.
  • The first stage comprises of a written test whereas the second stage involves a skill test.
  • Only those candidates who qualify the written test are allowed to take part in the skill test.
  • After the skill test, a merit list of qualified candidates is prepared and recruitment is done based on the list.

The written test would be held in online mode (computer based) and would involve objective type questions to test general intelligence, reasoning, general awareness and English and comprehension skills of the candidates.

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SSC Stenographer Skill Test Important Highlights

As a part of the skill test candidates would be given one dictation in English/Hindi for 10 minutes at the speed of 80 words per minute (w.p.m.) for the post of stenographer Grade D and 100 w.p.m. for the post of stenographer Grade C. The transcription of dictated passage would be allowed on computer only.

  • Candidates would be required to write down the speech.
  • Someone will read the written text at the speed of 100 words per minute for Hindi/English for 10 minutes.
  • It means that a total of 1000 words would be dictated in a span of 10 minutes.
  • Candidates would be required to use the SHORTHAND technique in order to full-fill the required typing standards.
  • The text written by the candidate would have to be read by the candidate himself/herself.
  • The written text noted down by the candidates would be used for the second stage of the test.
  • In the second stage, the candidate would be required to type the text noted down by them during the time of dictation.
  • The time limit for typing would be different for Grade C and Grade D candidates.

For Grade C   

  • 40 Minutes for English Typing
  • 55 Minutes for Hindi Typing

For Grade D

  • 50 Minutes for English Typing
  • 65 Minutes for Hindi Typing

Admissible percentage of mistakes

  • 5% for General category candidates
  • 7% for other category candidates
  • Relax able to 7% for general category candidates and 10% for others if adequate candidates are not available.

Instructions regarding Mistakes 

  • Every omission of a word or figure would be counted as mistake.
  • Substitution of wrong word or figure is a mistake.
  • Addition of word/figure/article not occurring in passage would be treated as mistake.
  • Handwritten additions/corrections/insertions are also not allowed. 

SSC Stenographer Skill Test Cut Off

Candidates have to qualify the skill test by obtaining minimum qualifying marks. Candidates qualifying the skill test would be listed in the merit list as per their performance in the skill test. For, your reference we have tabled the minimum qualifying marks or cut-off marks from previous years analysis required to clear the SSC stenographer Skill test.

SSC Stenographer Skill Test Cutoff for Grade C

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SSC Stenographer Skill Test Cutoff for Grade D

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SSC Stenographer Selection Process

As we discussed earlier SSC Stenographer exam is a two-stage process which involves a written test followed by a skill test. Unlike other SSC exams, there is no third stage or interview. However, candidates qualifying both the stages have to undergo the medical test in order to ensure the fitness and health of their body.

Important Instructions for SSC Stenographer Skill Test

Candidates are required to adhere to the important instructions provided on a separate page attached with the SSC Stenographer admit card (downloaded from website). For your reference we have mentioned those guidelines here as well.

  • Candidates should practice enough mocks before the written exam so as to ace the exam with ease.
  • They should also do sufficient amount of typing practice before appearing in the skill test. While practice candidates must ensure that they reached the desired typing standards that are desired by the selection authorities. 
  • Candidates must bring two passport size colored photograph along with admit card and original photo ID proof to the exam venue.
  • No electronic device such as mobile, calculator or other wireless equipment is allowed in the exam premises.
  • Candidates should bring their own stationery like pen/pencil, eraser etc. for the exam.
  • Applicants are advised to reach the exam venue 35 to 40 minutes before the schedule time for commencement of the exam.
  • They would not be allowed to leave the exam hall before the completion of the exam time.
  • Parents and guardians are not allowed to enter the exam hall/venue.



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