What is the syllabus of SSC Stenographer exam


SSC Stenographer Syllabus

SSC Stenographer syllabus has been released by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). The SSC Stenographer exam is conducted for Grade-C and Grade-D posts. It is a highly competitive exam in the SSC exam. 

The stenographer job post is one of the most demanding jobs in India including the job offers security, stability, and ample opportunities to learn and improve career.

Exam Patterns of SSC Stenographer 

  1. Organization: Staff Selection Commission
  2. Category: Central Government
  3. Exam Name: Stenographer Grade-C & Grade-D Examination
  4. Selection Process: Computer Based Test, Skill Test, and Document Verification
  5. Job Location: Across India

For the skill test, given one dictation for 10 minutes in English / Hindi at the speed of 100 WPM for the post of Stenographer Grade ā€˜Cā€™ and 80 WPM for the post of Stenographer Grade ā€˜Dā€™. The matter will have to be transcribed on computing.

Questions, Marks & Time of Stenographer Exam

General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • Number of Questions: 50 Questions
  • Total Marks: 50 Marks

General Awareness

  • Number of Questions: 50 Questions
  • Total Marks: 50 Marks

English Language

  • Number of Questions: 100 Questions
  • Total Marks: 100 Marks

Total Time Duration

  • 2 Hours
  • 200 Questions (Including all three sections)
  • 200 Marks (Including all three sections)

Important Points

  • Reasoning Ability and Numerical Ability comprises 50 marks each.
  • The English language comprises 100 marks.
  • The Computer Based Test will contain MCQs of 2 hours time duration.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer as negative marking.

Stenographer Skill Test Details

For the stenographer skill test, the expected speed is 100 words per minute for Stenographer Grade C posts and 80 words per minute for Grade D posts.


  • Stenographer Grade C (55 Minutes)
  • Stenographer Grade D (70 Minutes)


  • Stenographer Grade C (75 Minutes)
  • Stenographer Grade D (90 Minutes)

Basic Syllabus of Stenographer Exam

General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • 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 etc
  • Abstract ideas & symbols
  • Relationship, arithmetic computation, analytical functions of abstract ideas & symbols
  • Paper Folding
  • Coding and Decoding

General Awareness

  • India and its neighboring countries
  • Indian Neighboring countries Sports
  • History: Indian Independence Movement, Mughal Empire, etc.
  • Indian Art and Culture
  • Geography: Soil in India, Indian Crops, Farming and Irrigation in India, Indian Rivers, etc.
  • Economic Scene: Indian Economy, India & World Economics Scenes
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Scientific Research, Science& Technology
  • Countries, Currencies, and Capitals
  • Knowledge of Books and Authors
  • Days and Events

English & Comprehension

  • Basic English Grammar & sentence structure
  • Parts of Speech: Noun, Pronoun, Verb, Preposition, Conjunction, etc.
  • Articles
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Correction
  • Spellings
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • Antonyms and Synonyms
  • Spotting Errors
  • Para jumbles
  • Phrase Replacement
  • Comprehension Reading

Recommended Books

This mentioned list will help you to choose the right study material and books for SSC Stenographer Grade-C and Grade-D exam preparation.


  1. Verbal Reasoning by 'R.S. Aggarwal'
  2. A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by 'R.S. Aggarwal'
  3. A new approach Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning (Arihant) by 'BS Sijwali'
  4. Analytical Reasoning by 'M.K Pandey'


  1. Word Power Made Easy by 'Norman Lewis'
  2. Objective General English by 'R. S. Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal'
  3. Descriptive General English by 'S P Bakshi and Richa Sharma'
  4. High School English Grammar by 'Wren and Martin'

General Awareness

  1. Lucent 'GK'
  2. Pratiyogita Darpan

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