SSC Stenographer Grade C and D 2023

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  • Written by Saif_Ansari
  • Last Modified on 17-10-2023
  • Written by Saif_Ansari
  • Last Modified on 17-10-2023

About SSC Stenographer Exam 2023

About Exam

The SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Exam is a national-level exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). Candidates are recruited for Grade C (Group B, Non-Gazetted) and Grade D (Group C) positions for various ministries/departments/organisations of the Indian government. The official notification was released on August 2, 2023, and the application submission ended on August 23, 2023.

Candidates who applied for the SSC Stenographer recruitment should know that the SSC Steno exam was conducted on October 12 and 13, 2023. The SSC Steno admit card, however, was issued on October 4, 2023. All registered aspirants must carry their exam hall tickets while leaving for the exam hall ticket, or they will not be provided entry.

SSC Stenographer 2023 Exam Summary

The following table includes the important details of the SSC Stenographer Grade C & D exam 2023:

Exam Particulars Exam Details
Exam Name SSC Stenographer
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission
Exam Level National level
Exam Frequency Once a year
Mode of Exam Online
Exam Purpose Recruitment of Stenographer Grade C (Group B Non-Gazetted) and Stenographer Grade D (Group C) in the Government of India
Vacancy 1207
Exam Duration Computer-Based Test: Two hours
Skill Test: 10 minutes
Total Questions 200
Language/ Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Official Website

SSC Stenographer 2023 Latest Updates


Check all the latest updates on SSC Stenographer Grade C and D 2023 exam below:

  • October 16, 2023: SSC uploaded the Steno Grade C & D answer key on October 16, 2023, and asked the aspirants to submit their objections from October 16 to 18, 2023.
  • October 6, 2023: SSC has activated the link for the Steno Grade C and D admit cards for MPR, NWR, WR, NER, and CR regions. Candidates can download their SSC Steno exam hall ticket to appear for the test.

SSC Stenographer Notification 2023

Exam Pattern

The commission issued the notification, which included all information about this recruitment drive, such as the exam date, vacancy, eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, etc. For the candidate’s reference, we have provided a direct link to download the SSC Steno 2023 notification PDF below:

SSC Stenographer Important Dates 2023

Exam Syllabus

Events Dates
Release of SSC Stenographer Official Notification August 2, 2023
Starting for SSC Stenographer Applying Online August 2, 2023
Last Date for SSC Stenographer Applying Online August 23, 2023
SSC Stenographer 2023 CBT Examination October 12 and 13, 2023
SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2023 Results Announcement To Be Announced
Skill Test Date To Be Announced
SSC Stenographer 2023 Final Result Declaration To Be Announced


SSC Stenographer Vacancy 2023

Study Plan to Maximise Score

SSC Stenographer vacancies for Grades ‘C’ and ‘D’ have been released officially. A total of 1114  vacancies for Stenographer Grade D and 93 for Stenographer Grade C have been declared. The vacancy breakdown for SSC Stenographer 2023 is provided below:

Post Number of Vacancies
Stenographer Grade ‘D’ 1114
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ 93

SSC Stenographer Salary & Job Profile 2023

About Exam

Before applying for the SSC Stenographer Grade C and D exam, applicants should be aware of the job profile and salary.

SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Salary

The salary structure for SSC Steno Grade C and D is provided below:

Details SSC Stenographer Grade C Salary (In INR) SSC Stenographer Grade D Salary (In INR)
Pay Scale 9,300-34,800 5,200-20,200
Pay Band 4,200 or 4,600 (Pay Grade 2) 2,400 (Pay Grade 1)
Initial Salary 5,200 5,200
Basic Salary 14,500 7,600

SSC Stenographer Job Profile

Candidates who are preparing for the SSC Stenographer test would be interested in learning about the job roles/ tasks of the stenographer. The duties of an SSC Stenographer vary depending on the grade and location of the posting. 

The primary responsibility of a Stenographer is to help their senior/supervisors in various ministries and departments with various tasks like

  • Preparation/ Taking Notes of Speeches: Helping government leaders prepare their speeches and taking notes when they are delivered.
  • Briefings: Providing feedback to press releases while attending press conferences or meetings and taking quick notes.
  • Assisting the Minister or Officer: Aiding top authorities in seamlessly discharging their responsibilities.
  • Helping in Public Relations: Public Relations Officers help to make the government’s position apparent.

SSC Stenographer Eligibility Criteria 2023

About Exam

The SSC Stenographer 2023 eligibility criteria can be classified under age, education qualification and reservation category. To apply for this post, candidates are suggested to go through the eligibility criteria from the following sections:

SSC Steno Nationality

Candidates must be Indian Citizens or any of the following categories:

  • A Subject of Nepal, or
  • A Subject of Bhutan, or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • A Person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Candidates, except Indian citizens, must bring a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India at the time of appointment. 

SSC Steno Age Criteria (As on August 1, 2023)

  • Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 30 for Grade C and between 18 and 27 for Grade D.
  • Candidates from the SC/ST/OBC/PH/Ex-Servicemen, Central Government Employees, and J&K domiciled categories are eligible for age relaxation as per Government of India rules.

SSC Steno Age Relaxation

There is a separate age relaxation limit for each group. The official relaxation offered for various categories in the SSC Stenographer exam may be as given below:

Category Upper Age Limit/ Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PWD (Unreserved) 10 years
PwD (OBC) 13 years
PWD (SC/ST) 15 years
Ex-Servicemen 3 years
Defence Personnel handicapped while on duty during conflicts with any foreign country or in a troubled region and discharged as a result of their service 5 years
Defence personnel who are crippled while serving in a foreign country’s military or in a troubled region and are discharged as a result (SC/ ST) Central 3 years
Disabled military personnel who were operating during conflicts with any foreign country or in a troubled region and were subsequently released 8 years
Employees of the Central Government who have served for at least three years in a regular and continuous capacity as of the closing date for the acceptance of online applications. 40 years
Employees of the Central Government who have served for at least three years in a regular and continuous capacity as of the closing date for the acceptance of online applications. (SC/ST) 45 years
Remarried Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women who were judicially separated (SC/ ST) 40 years
Duty clerks in the last year of their colour service in the armed forces 45 years
Duty clerks who have completed their colour service in the military and are in their last year 50 years
Widows/divorcees/judicially separated women who haven’t remarried 35 years
Registrar General of India (RG) census workers who were laid off (They will only be considered for positions inside RGI based on their order of merit and the number of openings that exist) 3 years plus the time they spent working on the census before they were laid off and their previous work was weighed.

SSC Stenographer Educational Qualification

Below are the required educational qualifications for the SSC Stenographer recruitment:

  • Candidates must have passed the 10+2/ Intermediate or an equivalent test from a recognised institution of higher learning.
  • Applicants will be required to produce documents such as Marksheets and provisional Certificates indicating the above.

Candidates who can provide documents to show that their qualifying examination results were released on or before the cut-off date and that they have been declared passed will also be considered.

SSC Stenographer Number of Attempts

Candidates can take the SSC Stenographer exam as often as they like until they are no longer qualified due to age/ category criteria.

SSC Stenographer Application Form 2023

Eligibility Criteria

There are three stages in the SSC Stenographer Exam application process. They are as follows:

  1. Candidate Registration
  2. Application Form Filling
  3. Application Fee Payment

The step-wise process to complete each of the above-mentioned processes is given below.

Part I: SSC Stenographer Registration Process

  • Candidates must click on ‘Register Now‘ on the official website of SSC at
  • They must register by providing their name, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, their Class 10 test details, and their highest degree of educational qualification.
  • Candidates must also scan and submit digital photographs of their identification and signature.
  • They are required to give their Aadhaar/Identity Card numbers.
  • He/She should include a working phone number, email address, and mailing address.
  • They will be asked to validate their cellphone number and email address through the verification process. 
  • Upon confirmation, a registration number and password will be generated. The same will be delivered to the candidate’s registered mobile number and email address.
  • They can now log in with their new username and password and complete additional fields like category, country, etc.
  • Different One-Time Passwords (OTPs) will be issued to the registered cellphone number of applicants once they click on “Final Submit“.
  • Candidates must finish the registration procedure by entering the OTPs in the form.
  • Click on the ‘I Agree’ button before clicking the ‘Submit’ button.

Part II: Filling out the Online Application Form

  • Candidates must use their registration number and password to access their accounts.
  • Apply for Stenographer Grade “C” and “D” Examination 2023 by clicking on the “Apply” link in the “Latest Notifications” section.
  • A candidate may select three examination centres within the same region in order of priority. Under no circumstances will a request to change the location of the examination be considered later. Thus, applicants must carefully select the centres and correctly indicate the same in their applications.
  • They can choose either English or Hindi as their examination medium.
  • Candidates must pick a job first.
  • Then select the ‘I Agree‘ option after inputting the details.

Part III: Pay SSC Stenographer Application Fee

  • Pay the required application fee. 
  • There are two ways to pay the SSC Steno application fees: either online or offline. The fee can be paid online using net banking, credit card, or debit card, or offline with an e-challan. Check the SSC Stenographer Recruitment Application Fee listed below:
Category Application Fee
General/OBC Rs.100/-
SC/ST/PWD/ESM/Women Candidates No Fee (Exempted)
  • Save a copy of the application form for the records.

SSC Stenographer 2023 Apply Online Form

SSC Stenographer Exam Centres 2023

The SSC Stenographer exam is conducted in nearly every city throughout the country. The following table provides the list of all test locations.

Regions Exam Centres
SSC Northern Region (NR) Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttarakhand Delhi, Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Sriganganagar, Udaipur, Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Roorkee
SSC Central Region (CR) Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Agra, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Prayagraj, Varanasi
SSC Western Region (WR) Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa Panaji, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune
SSC Eastern Region (ER) West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Andaman Nicobar Island, Sikkim Port Blair, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Gangtok, Kolkata, Siliguri
SSC Southern Region (SR) Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu Guntur, Kurnool, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Puducherry, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Hyderabad, Warangal
SSC North Eastern Region (NER) Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Guwahati (Dispur), Jorhat, Silchar, Churachandpur, Imphal, Ukhrul, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Agartala
SSC North Western Region (NWR) Haryana, Punjab, J&K Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh Chandigarh, Hamirpur, Shimla, Jammu, Samba, Srinagar, Leh, Amritsar, Jalandhar
SSC Kerala Karnataka Region (KKR) Karnataka, Kerala Belagavi, Bengaluru, Hubballi, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Mangaluru, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Udupi, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur
SSC Madhya Pradesh Region (MPR) Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh Bilaspur, Durg-Bhilai, Raipur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2023

Admit Card

The SSC Stenographer Exam 2023 is conducted in the following phases: computer-based and skill tests. Candidates must familiarise themselves with the exam pattern to easily attempt the questions and score high marks.

Read the following sections to understand SSC Stenographer Grade C and D selection process:

SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Selection Process

There are three stages of the selection procedure for SSC Steno Grade C and Grade D. Check the same below:

  • Stage 1: Computer-based Test (CBT)
  • Stage 2: Skill Evaluation or Skill Test
  • Stage 3: Document Verification

SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Exam Pattern

The SSC Stenographer exam pattern is divided into two sections: computer-based test (CBT) and skill test. Candidates will be awarded 1 mark for each correct answer. Each incorrect answer will deduct a negative mark of 0.25. Moreover, the total duration of the test is two hours.

SSC Steno Computer-Based Test Pattern

The following table lists the various sections, the number of questions in each section, and maximum marks for CBT:

Sections Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks
General Awareness 50/50
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50/50
English Language & Comprehension 100/100
Total 200/200

SSC Steno Skill Test Pattern

Those who clear the Computer Based Test will be eligible for the next stage, which is called the Skill Test. The following table lists the pattern of the skill test:

Post Test Language Time Duration (in Minutes) Time Duration (in Minutes) for Candidates Allowed Scribe Use in CBE (Para-7)
Stenographer Grade D English 50 70
Stenographer Grade D Hindi 65 90
Stenographer Grade C English 40 55
Stenographer Grade C Hindi 55 75

The details of the SSC Stenographer Skill Test are given below:

Task Expected Speed
10 Minutes of Dictation in English/Hindi For Grade C 100 words per minute
For Grade D 80 words per minute
Transcription of Dictation on a Computer For Grade C 40 min (English), 55 min (Hindi)
For Grade D 50 min (English), 65 min (Hindi)


  • Candidates with disabilities (such as blindness, locomotor difficulty, and cerebral palsy) will be given additional time. Stenographer Grade C applicants will be given 55 minutes for English transcription and 75 minutes for Hindi transcription. Candidates for Stenographer Grade D will be given 70 minutes for English and 90 minutes for Hindi transcription.
  • The Skill Test will be a qualifying test in which SSC will determine the qualifying requirements for various groups of candidates.

After passing the CBT and the Skill Test, the applicant will advance to the Document Verification step. The offer letter will be provided only if the candidate’s documents are confirmed to be correct.

SSC Stenographer Syllabus 2023

Cut off

Preparing for the SSC Stenographer exam requires a thorough knowledge of the SSC Stenographer syllabus. An in-depth understanding of the topics will help candidates score well and enhance their chances of selection.

The subject-wise syllabus for SSC Stenographer 2023 is provided in the table below:

General Intelligence & Reasoning Syllabus General Awareness Syllabus English Language Syllabus
– Analogy
– Similarities & Differences
– Space Visualization
– Problem Solving
– Analysis, Judgement
– Decision Making
– Visual Memory
– Discriminating Observation
– Coding-Decoding
– Puzzle
– Venn Diagram
– Direction & Distance
– Blood Relation
– Order & Ranking
– Number Series
– Verbal Reasoning
– Non-Verbal Reasoning
-Static Awareness
– Current Affairs
– Science & Technology
– History
– Geography
– Economic scene
– General polity
-Scientific research
-Indian constitution
– Sports
– Reading Comprehension
– Synonyms & Antonyms
– Fill in the Blanks
– Spellings
– Phrases & Idiom Meaning
– Active & Passive Voice
– Direct & Indirect Speech
– Para Jumble & Sentence Jumble
– Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction
– Error Spotting

SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips 2023

Go through the best SSC Stenographer preparation tips to get help on how to score the highest marks in each of the three sections of the exam. It can add immense value to applicants’ exam strategies.

SSC Steno General Tips

Candidates must have a strong strategy and preparation plan if they wish to pass the SSC Stenographer exam on the first attempt. We have compiled a list of some of the most significant test preparation tips:

  • Go through the SSC Stenographer syllabus thoroughly before developing an effective study strategy. 
  • It is recommended that candidates adhere to the plan as closely as they can to pass the exam with good scores. 
  • Refer to the Best SSC Stenographer Grade C and D books.
  • Understand the theory underlying each subject before attempting practice questions.
  • Make a habit of revising the topics and practising the harder problems.
  • Attempt SSC Stenographer mock test for on Embibe and work on the errors and weak topics.
  • To clear both the CBT and Skill Test, applicants must be familiar with English and Hindi, including grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.

How To Prepare for SSC Steno English Language?

The SSC Steno preparation for English Language and Comprehension should be:

  • Study basic sections in English grammar such as Parts of Speech (Noun, Pronoun, Verb, Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction, and so on), Active and Passive Voice, Direct and Indirect Speech, Articles, Singular-Plural, and so on.
  • Practice as many questions as feasible for each topic.
  • Regularly reading English newspapers to learn the meaning and application of new terms candidates come across.

How To Prepare for SSC Steno General Intelligence & Reasoning?

Candidates should include the following points in their SSC Steno preparation for General Intelligence and Reasoning:

  • Carefully examine the theory underlying each concept.
  • Recognise and recall the steps for approaching challenges.
  • Solve sample papers to get familiar with the type of questions and how to answer them.
  • Complete as many practice questions as possible for each topic.

How To Prepare for SSC Steno General Awareness?

Knowledge of current events of national and international significance is assessed in this section. Preparation for the SSC Stenographer General Awareness section should consist of the following points:

  • Keep up with current events by reading local newspapers’ business and financial sections.
  • Reading a recent Yearbook for current events and international news.
  • Take notes of significant passages and review them often.

SSC Stenographer Admit Card 2023

SSC issued SSC Steno Grade C and D admit cards on October 6, 2023, for various regions. Candidates who have applied for the SSC Stenographer 2023 exam can download the admit card from the official website.

  • Candidates must use their registration ID/ Roll Number/ Name and password in order to download their admit card. 
  • Candidates appearing for the SSC Stenographer exam must carry their Stenographer Hall Ticket to the examination hall, without which they will not be allowed to write the exam.

Aspirants can download the admit card from the link mentioned below:

SSC Stenographer Answer Key 2023

SSC Stenographer Grade C and D 2023 answer keys for CBT have been released on October 16, 2023. Candidates’ response sheets and an objection tracker are also available in addition to the answer key. 

They must log in with valid credentials to download the answer key. Moreover, they can also raise objections against the provisional key from October 16 to 18, 2023, by paying the sum of INR 100 per question/answer.

SSC Stenographer Result 2023

After the exam, the SSC will release the SSC Stenographer 2023 result on its official website. The commission publishes the result in PDF format, which includes the roll number and name of the candidates who have advanced to the next stage. Candidates should keep in mind that only those who took the SSC Steno 2023 exam will be able to download the result.

SSC Stenographer Cut-off 2023

The expected SSC Stenographer 2023 cut-off for different categories is as given below:

Category Grade C Cut-off Grade D Cut-off
UR 137 – 140 135 – 139
OBC 135 – 138 132 – 135
SC 120 – 125 115 – 127
ST 105 – 109 99 – 103

SSC Stenographer 2020-21 Cut-off

The category-wise cut-off marks for the SSC Stenographer 2020-21 exam for Grades C and Grade D are given below:

Category Grade D Cut-off Marks Grade C Cut-off Marks
SC 103.89008 132.92626
ST 84.61327 117.44372
OBC 126.72132 142.36071
EWS 83.56382 138.64967
UR 131.22759 146.79323

FAQs on SSC Stenographer Exam 2023

Exam Result

Some of the most frequently asked questions for the SSC Stenographer 2023 exam are as follows:

Q: How many levels are there in the Stenographer examination?

A: There are two levels in the SSC Stenographer test: Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier I is a CBT, whereas Tier II is a Skill Test. These sections are further divided into different sections.

Q: What are the most important topics to prepare for the SSC Stenographer examination?

A: The test includes three key areas, i.e., General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness of the Situation, and Comprehension and use of the English language.

Q: Is there a negative marking scheme for the SSC Stenographer exam?

A: Yes. Each incorrect answer deducts one-fourth marks of the total score.

Q: What is the marking scheme for the SSC Stenographer 2023 exam?

A: There will be 1 mark given for each correct answer. One-fourth of a mark will be deducted for each incorrect response. Furthermore, there will be no deduction for unanswered questions.

Q: How can I increase the speed of answering SSC Stenographer Grade C and D exam questions?

A: Taking mock tests on Embibe can help candidates improve their answering speed.

Q: Is the SSC Stenographer exam taken online or offline?

A: SSC Stenographer exam is conducted in online mode only.

Q: When will the SSC Stenographer 2023 exam be held?

A: The SSC Stenographer 2023 exam was conducted on October 12 and 13, 2023.

Q: What is the age limit for SSC Stenographer Grade C?

A: The age limit for Stenographers for Grade C is 18 to 30 years.

Q: What is the age limit for SSC Steno Grade D?

A: The age limit for Stenographers for Grade D is between 18 and 27 years.

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