SSC Stenographer 2018 Grade C and D Exam - Important Dates, Eligibility, Exam Syllabus, Admit Card

SSC Stenographer Exam

The Staff Selection Commission will conduct an open Computer Based Examination for recruitment of the posts Stenographers Grade C (Group B Non-Gazette) and Stenographers Grade D (Group C Non-Gazette) in Ministries/Departments of Central Government and their subordinate offices located in various State and Union Territories.

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the SSC Stenographer (Grade C & D) exam to recruit candidates for the posts Stenographers Grade C (Group B Non-Gazette) and Stenographers Grade D (Group C Non-Gazette) in Ministries/Departments of Central Government and their subordinate offices located in various State and Union Territories. The national-level exam is conducted in computer-based mode (CBT). The SSC Stenographer 2018 (Grade C & D) exam will be organised to fill up 1,705 vacancies.

SSC Stenographer (Grade C & D) 2018 Updates – The Staff Selection Commission has recently announced the time-table for Stenographer Grade C & D examination 2018. As per the official notice, “The computer-based test of Stenographer Grade C &D Examination 2018 will take place from 5th February 2019 to 7th February 2019”. The Annual Departmental Typewriting/ Stenography Skill Test (80 WPM) Examination will be held on 24th March 2019.

SSC Stenographer Grade C & D 2018 Overview

Exam Name

SSC Stenographer Grade C & D

Conducting Body

Staff Selection Commission (SSC)


Recruitment for Grade C and D posts



Mode of exam

Online/ Computer Based Examination (CBT)

Type of exam


Official website and

Exam to be held

5th February 2019 to 7th February 2019

Available Application Forms

SSC Stenographer Exam 2018 Important Dates

Here are some important dates for the SSC Stenographer Exam 2018.

SSC Stenographer 2018 Events

SSC Stenographer 2018 (Announced)

Notification released

29th September 2018

Application available from

22nd October 2018

Last date to submit application

19th November 2018

Availability of admit card

7 - 10 days prior to the commencement of the examination

Exam to be held (CBT)

5th February 2019 to 7th February 2019

Skill test to be held

24th March 2019

Declaration of result

To be notified soon

SSC Stenographer Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

The selection for the post of Stenographers Grade C and D is done on the basis of:

  • Computer Based Examination(CBT) and
  • Skill Test

Here are the exam pattern and syllabus details for both.

SSC Stenographer Exam 2018 - Computer Based Examination Pattern

Type of questions – Objective/Multiple Choice Type

The language of paper – Hindi and English. Part III is only in English.

Negative Marking – 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer.



Number of Questions

Maximum Marks



General Intelligence & Reasoning



2 hours


General Awareness




English Language and Comprehension



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Note - The compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour (i.e. 40 minutes in all) is given to the Visually Handicapped/Cerebral Palsy/Orthopedically Handicapped candidates with 40% or more disability. The facility of Scribe is also provided. O.25 marks are to be deducted for every wrong or multiple selections.

Syllabus for SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Exam 2018

General Intelligence & Reasoning

Analogies, Space Visualization, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Similarities and Differences, Analysis, Judgment, Discriminating Observation, Visual Memory, Relationship Concepts, Verbal and Figure Classification, Arithmetical Reasoning, Non-Verbal Series, Arithmetical Number Series, etc.

 General Awareness

Knowledge of current events, questions on India and its Neighboring countries related to History, Geography, Culture, Economy, Sports, General Polity (Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc).

English Language and Comprehension

Candidate’s understanding of the English language is tested through questions from topics such as Grammar, Vocabulary, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms and its Correct Usage, etc.

SSC Stenographer Exam 2018 Skill Test Pattern

Only those candidates who qualify the Computer Based Examination are called for the Skill Test. The qualifying marks of the CBE are prescribed by the Commission. The skill test includes a test of stenography where candidates are given one dictation for 10 minutes in Hindi/English and they are required to transcribe the matter on a computer. Details of speed requirement and time allotted are as follows:


Word Per Minute


Stenographer Grade ‘C’

100 w.p.m.

40 minutes (English)

55 minutes (Hindi)

Stenographer Grade ‘D’

80 w.p.m.

50 minutes (English)

65 minutes (Hindi)

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Note - For candidates who do not enter the medium of stenography test in the application form, the Commission considers the medium as English.

SSC Stenographer Exam 2018 Eligibility

The SSC officials have certain eligibility norms for the candidates who want to appear for the SSC Stenographer 2018 exam as below.


A candidate must be a citizen of either of the following countries.

  • India
  • Nepal
  • Bhutan
  • A refugee from Tibet who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of settling permanently in the country.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and the United Republic of Tanzania.

Age Limit:

The age limit for appearing in the exam is 18 to 27 years as on 1st August 2018. Relaxation in the upper age limit is permitted to candidates belonging to reserved categories and Central Government Civilian Employees. Refer to the official notification for detailed information.

Educational Qualification

Candidates must have passed class 12th or its equivalent education from a recognized Board/institution on or before 1st August 2018.

Please Note: Candidates with a hearing disability are not suitable for the post of Stenographers.

SSC Stenographer Exam 2018 Application Process

Pre-Requisites for Filling the Application Form

Keep the following details handy to speed up the application filling process:

  • Name and code of examination centre (refer to Para 10 of official notice)
  • Code for age relaxation (official notice)
  • Education Qualification code
  • Scanned image of recent photograph (more than 4 KB and less than 12 KB) and signature (JPG file format with a size between 1 KB and 12 KB)

SSC Stenographers Application Process

Interested candidates are required to apply for the exam only through the online mode. For any SSC exam, candidates are required to register themselves at SSC’s online website once (one-time registration process). Once a candidate is registered, he/she can apply for any examination conducted by SSC provided he/she met the eligibility criteria. So, if you are already registered at SSC’s website, use your log-in details to fill in the Stenographers application form. And, if you are appearing in an SSC exam for the first time, register yourself before filling the application form. Here are the steps to be followed:

  • Visit the SSC official website.
  • Registered candidates can log-in and continue with the application process. New candidates are required to complete the Registration part first.
  • Enter all the basic information and upload the scanned images of your photograph and signature.
  • Check the form carefully before final submission.
  • On successful registration, candidates receive their Registration Id and password on their registered email id/mobile number.
  • Use the registration ID and password to complete the application part.
  • Fill details such as educational qualification, post preference, centre choice, and more. Make fee payment.
  • After successful payment of the fee, check complete application form carefully and then submit the application form.
  • Take a print out of the completed form for future reference.

Note - Do not deliver the hard copy/print of your application form to the Commission. Please note that incomplete forms in any manner will be rejected by the Commission.

Application Fee


Fee Amount

Unreserved category (only male candidates)




Mode of Payment

The fee can be paid through SBI Challan/SBI Net banking/Credit cards/Debit cards. Please note that the application fee is non-refunded under all circumstances.

Other Details

SSC Stenographers Exam 2018 Vacancies

Here are the vacancies details for Stenographers Grade C and D posts:

Post Name


Stenographer Grade 'D'


Stenographer Grade 'C'


SSC Stenographers Exam 2018 Admit Card

Admit cards/admission certificates are uploaded on the official websites of concerned Regional Offices two weeks prior to the date of examination. Please note that admission certificates are to be downloaded only through the official website and they are not sent by post to any candidate under any circumstances. Candidates are required to carry the admit card, one original Photo ID, and 3 passport size photographs to the examination venue.

SSC Stenographers Exam 2018 Result

SSC Stenographers result will be announced on the official website of SSC at Candidates are advised to check the result only through the official website. The candidates can access the SSC Stenographer Grade C and D result through their registered ID and password allotted in beginning.

SSC Stenographer Exam 2018 Cut-off

After the CBT exam, the cut-off list will be released for determining the candidates who have cleared paper-I with qualifying marks. The cut-off marks are not fixed and fluctuate on the basis of factors like the number of seats, students appearing for the exam, exam difficulty and many others.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: When will the SSC Stenographers Grade C and D Skill Test held?

A. Stenography Skill Test will be conducted on 24th March 2019.

Q: When will be the computer-based test (CBT) held?

A: The date-sheet has been released by the Commission. It will be administered between 5th February 2019 and 7th February 2019.

Q: Is there any provision for compensatory time for the Skill Test?

A. Yes, compensatory time for Skill Test will be provided to VH/OH/Cerebral Palsy candidates. For Stenographers Grade C – 70 minutes for English and 95 minutes for Hindi and for Stenographers Grade D – 75 minutes for English and 100 minutes for Hindi will be provided.

Q: I forgot to mention the medium of Skill Test in the application form, can I correct it?

A. You cannot correct it now as the application process is over. Now, the medium of your Skill Test will be considered English by default.

Q: What is the application fee for General category Female candidate?

A. The general category female candidates are exempted from paying any application fee.

Q: What is the application fee for SC candidate?

A. Candidates belonging to SC category are exempted from paying the application fee.

Q: What is the last date for paying the fee through offline/e-challan mode?

A. Candidates can pay the fee through offline mode provided they have generated the challan by the due date of the application process.

Q: What to do if I am unable to download the admit card/admission certificate?

A. If you are unable to download the admit card one week prior to the exam, immediately contact the concerned regional/sub-regional office of the commission with details such as your registration ID, fee transaction ID/copy of challan, etc. to get the admit card.