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SSC Stenographer Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2023

SSC SSC Stenographer Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2023: Staff Selection Commission has released the SSC Stenographer Syllabus and Exam Pattern for the Stenographer Exam which is scheduled to be conducted on 12th and 13th October 2023. SSC Stenographer is an All India Level Examination conducted annually to recruit eligible candidates for Stenographer Grade C and Grade D non-gazetted posts in various government ministries, departments, and offices. The SSC Steno Exam has two phases: The Written Test and the Skill Test. Candidates who perform well in written tests are called for SSC Stenographer Skill Test. There are three sections in the SSC Stenographer question paper. Candidates have to answer questions from all three sections: general awareness, reasoning, and English language. In this article, we will discuss the exam pattern and syllabus of the SSC Stenographer 2023.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2023

Candidates preparing for the Stenographer exam must be well-versed with the latest SSC Stenographer exam pattern. SSC Stenographer Comprises Two Tiers. The exam Pattern of an SSC Stenographer is explained below.


Type of Examination

Mode of examination


Objective Multiple Choice

CBT (Online)


Shorthand Skill Test

Transcription is to be done on computer and shorthand notes are to be taken in shorthand notepads.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2023 for Tier I

SSC Stenographer Tier I comprises 200 questions in total with the maximum mark being 200. The duration of Tier I is 2 hours. SSC Stenographer Tier I is divided into three sections namely General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, and English Language.
  • Mode of examination : Online (Computer-based test)
  • Type of questions : Multiple-choice Objective type questions
  • Number of sections : 3
  • Total Marks : 200
  • Number of Questions : 200
  • SSC Stenographer Exam Duration : 2 hours
  • Negative Marking : Yes. 1/3rd marks are deducted for every wrong answer

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

There are two stages in SSC Stenographer Exam:
  • Tier I: CBT
  • Tier II: Skill Test

The pattern of Tier I Exam is as given below:


No. of Questions

Total Marks

Time Allotted

General Intelligence and Reasoning



A cumulative time of two hours (200 minutes for disabled/Physically handicapped Candidates)

General Awareness



English Language






The pattern of Tier II Skill Test is as given below:


Speed (words per minute)


Stenographer Grade ‘C’

100 w.p.m 

10 mins

Stenographer Grade ‘D’

80 w.p.m

10 mins

Marking Scheme For SSC Stenographer Exam, CBT 
  • The time duration for SSC Stenographer Exam is 2 hours.
  • All the questions will be Objective in nature.
  • The total no. of questions will be 200 of 200 marks.
  • 1 mark will be given for every correct answer.
  • 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every incorrect response by the candidate.
  • No marks will be awarded/deducted for unattempted questions.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2023 for Skill Test

SSC Stenographer Skill Test is done on both Paper and Computer.
  • The shorthand test will have to be done on the Shorthand Notepad and the same has to be transcribed on a computer.
  • The skill test language can be either English or Hindi.
  • The language of the skill test has to be chosen by the candidates while filling up the form only.
  • But if the candidate does not choose any language, then the skill test will be done in English only.

After taking down the shorthand notes the candidates will have to transcribe the same on the computer. The Skill Test will be qualifying in nature.


Language of Skill Test

Time Duration

Time Duration for candidates
who are allowed the scribe

Stenographer Grade D


50 Minutes

70 Minutes

Stenographer Grade C


65 Minutes

90 Minutes

Stenographer Grade C


40 Minutes

55 Minutes

 Stenographer Grade D


55 Minutes

75 Minutes

Qualifying Criteria For SSC Stenographer Skill Test

The candidates will first have to secure a cut-off in SSC Stenographer CBT set by the SSC to qualify for the shorthand stage.
  • The qualifying marks are different for the written test of Stenographers in Grades C and Grade D.
  • The candidate securing higher marks will be selected to appear for the Grade C as well as the Grade D Exam of the Skill Test, which will the Tier II Exam.
  • The candidates qualifying for the written test will be eligible to appear for the shorthand skill test.
  • The shorthand skill test is qualifying in nature.
  • The Merit List will be prepared based on the marks secured by the candidates in the written test.
The Qualifying criteria for the shorthand skill test are given below for SSC Stenographers in Grade C and Grade D.

Permissible Mistake out of total words


Grade C

Grade D







SSC Stenographer Syllabus 2023 – Tier 1

The syllabus for SSC Stenographer 2023 consists of various topics from General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, and English language & Comprehension. Candidates interested in appearing in the examination must know all the topics that are included in each subject. The Topic-wise Syllabus of Tier I is given below:

General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Classification
  • Analogy
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Paper Folding Method
  • Matrix
  • Word Formation
  • Venn Diagram
  • Direction and Distance
  • Blood Relations
  • Series
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
General Awareness
  • Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, etc.)
  • Science
  • Current Affairs
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Important Schemes
  • Portfolios
  • People in News.
English Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Spellings
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • One word Substitution
  • Sentence Correction
  • Error Spotting
  • Spelling
  • Phase replacement

SSC Stenographer Syllabus 2023 For Skill Test

The candidates qualifying for the SSC Stenographer CBT will be eligible to appear for the Shorthand Skill Test. The Skill Test will be qualifying in nature. The candidates will be given a passage of 800 words and 1000 words for Grade D and Grade C respectively. The types of topics in English/Hind for the SSC Stenographer Skill Test can be as the following:
  • The speech was given in the Parliament
  • President’s Speech
  • Budget Speech
  • Railway Speech
  • Employment/Unemployment in India
  • Topics of National interest
  • Topics on Science and Technology
  • Topics on Natural Calamities
  • Topics are given in the Editorial Columns of Newspapers

A dictation of 10 mins in English/Hindi with a speed of 100 w.p.m (Words per minute) for Grade ‘C’ and 80 w.p.m for Grade ‘D’.

The Candidates will then have to transcribe the dictation on the computer in the stipulated time. The given time will be:

For Stenographer Grade ‘D’
  • 50 minutes is for English
  • 65 minutes is for Hindi
For Stenographer Grade ‘C’
  • 40 minutes for English
  • 55 minutes for Hindi
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