SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2020 - Vacancy, Exam Pattern, Cut-off and Syllabus

Every year the Staff Selection Commission conducts various exams and interviews for recruiting candidates for various public sector posts. The commission conducts exams for posts like Lower Division Clerk, Grade C and Grade D Stenographer, Assistants in various ministries/ departments, Sub-Inspector, Divisional Accountant, Junior Engineer, etc.

SSC Stenographer exam is conducted to recruit professionals for the post of Grade C and D stenographer in the government organization. As per the latest notification, the SSC Stenographer 2020 exam will be conducted from May 5th - 7th, 2020 in online mode. Competing with the lakh of candidates will require a clear insight of the number of vacancies, exam pattern and syllabus.

Hence, in this article we have covered all the required topics that you need to know in order to prepare for the SSC Stenographer 2020 Exam. 

To stay updated with the latest official notification related to SSC exam, visit the website

SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2020 - Vacancy Details

The official number of vacancies are yet to be released by the SSC.  The total number of vacancies announced is 1276. Grade C has the total number of 429 open jobs. The vacancy details for 2019-20 are as follows:



Grade D


Grade C


SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2020 - Exam Mode & Pattern

The SSC Stenographer Grade C and D exam comprises two tiers. The Tier 1 exam is the online MCQs test and Tier 2 is a skill set exam.

Tier 1 exam - Online MCQ test 

The online MCQ test comprises 200 questions with multiple choice answers. The question has a negative marking of 0.25 marks. It covers three sections, i.e. General Awareness, General Intelligence & Reasoning, English Language. 

The table below explains the exam pattern and the marks allotted to each section.


Number of Questions

Total Marks 


General Awareness




2 hours

General Intelligence and Reasoning



English Language and Comprehension






2 hours

Tier 2 exam: Skill Set

The shortlisted candidates have a typing test in offline mode. In this exam, the candidate will be given a 10 minute dictation in hindi and english. In order to clear the exam, candidates need to type the dictation at a speed of 100 words per minute for Grade C post and 80 w.p.m for the post of Grade D stenographer. The transcription duration for hindi and english language is shown below.

Skill Set

Grade C

Grade D


100 words per minute

80 words per minute

Transcribe duration

50 min (English)

40 min (English)

65 min (Hindi)

55 min (Hindi)

SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2020 - Previous Year Cut Off

SSC Stenographer exam cut off will be released after the results are out. However, to get an idea of the total score and the target to be achieved in order to clear the Tier 1 exam, check out the table below to know the previous year cut off category-wise.









Group C







Group D








SSC Stenographer Recruitment 2020 - Tier 1 Exam Syllabus

To crack the SSC Stenographer - Tier 1 exam, focus on the below listed topics for each section. 

1. General Awareness

General Awareness section has a total of 50 questions for 50 marks. To clear this section, study the below listed topics.

  • Indian History – Indian Independence Movement, Mughal Empire, etc.

  • Indian Polity

  • Indian Geography – Soil in India, Indian Crops, Farming and Irrigation in India, Indian Rivers, etc.

  • Indian Constitution & Scientific Research

  • Art and Culture

  • India and World Economics Scenes

  • Awards and Honours

  • Countries, Currencies, and Capitals

  • Indian Economy

  • Government Policies and Schemes

  • Events and affairs of National and International Importance

  • Days and Events

  • Indian Neighboring countries Sports

  • Books and Authors

  • Science and Technology

2. General Intelligence and Reasoning

This section comprises Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The topics to be covered are:

  • Analogies

  • Similarities and differences

  • Space Visualization

  • Problem Solving

  • Analysis

  • Judgment

  • Decision making

  • Visual memory

  • Discriminating observation

  • Relationship concepts

  • Arithmetic reasoning

  • Verbal & Figure Classification

  • Arithmetical number series

  • Non-verbal series

  • Abstract ideas & symbols

  • Relationship, arithmetic computation, analytical functions of abstract ideas & symbols

3. English Language & Comprehension

English language & comprehension section has a total of 100 questions for 100 marks. It includes different topics such as reading comprehension, fill in the blanks, papa jumbles and many more.

To score this section, focus on the listed topics: 

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Sentence Correction

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • Phrases and Idioms

  • Fill in the Blanks

  • Spelling Error

  • One word Substitution

  • Error Detection

  • Active and Passive Voice

  • Phrase Replacement

  • Cloze Test

  • Direct and Indirect Speech

  • Parajumbles

  • Spotting Errors

With this detailed syllabus and other exam related details, you’re all set to be a new Stenographer in the government organization. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have some doubts? Read the FAQs below.

1. What is the SSC Stenographer?

 A Stenographer works as a personal assistant to a class one officer in any department of the central government. 

2. What is the work profile of an SSC Stenographer?

The main work of a stenographer is to take dictations, note down important things, attend calls and maintain files, bookings, etc.

3. What is the pay scale of a SSC Stenographer?

The salary range for Grade C Stenographer is between INR 9300 - INR 34800. Grade D salary generally ranges between INR 5200- INR 20200.

4. Where can I view all the notifications of the SSC exam?

To stay updated with the exam details, visit the official website of SSC, i.e.

5. What is the eligibility criteria for an SSC Stenographer?

Candidate should have passed 10+2 exam from a recognized university and should be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan Refugees.

6. What is the age-limit for SSC Stenographer exam 2020?

Candidate must be between the age of 18- 30 years for the post of Stenographer Grade C and in between the age of 18-27 years for the post of Stenographer Grade D.