SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2020: Complete Pattern for Tier-I and Skill Test

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern: SSC Stenographer Notification 2020 for Group-C and Group-D is released on 10 October 2020 by Staff Selection Commission. The exam for Stenographer is scheduled from 29 March 2021 to 31 March 2021.  It’s time to start your preparation for the exam and brush up your preparation. Before going to start your preparation it is necessary to check the Exam Pattern. In this article, we are sharing the complete SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern.

Complete SSC Stenographer Notification 2020-21 

SSC Stenographer Important Dates

Event Important dates
SSC Stenographer Notification Release Date 10 October 2020
Online Application starts 10 October 2020
Application Registration Ends 4 November 2020
Last date for Online/ Offline Fee Payment 10 November 2020 (Offline)

6 November 2020 (Online)

Online Admit card Release date March 2021
SSC Stenographer Grade C and D exam 29 March to 31 March 2021

 SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

The SSC Stenographer exam is conducted in two-tier. The tier-1 Exam is a Computer Based Test conducted online. Tier-2 is the shorthand skill test. The transcription is to be done on computer and shorthand notes will be in shorthand notepads. All the details of the SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern for Group-C & Group-D are given below.

1. SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern Tier-1

The tier-1 exam is a computer-based exam. A total of 200 questions asked of 200 marks answered in 2 hours. The questions asked are of multiple choice. The questions asked are from General Awareness, General Reasoning & Intelligence, and English Language. Let’s have look at the SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern of the Exam tier-1.

Section No. of Questions Asked Total Marks Duration
General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50  

2 hour ( 2hour 40 minutes time for Physically Handicapped)

General Awareness 50 50
English Language 100 100
Total 200 200


  • The SSC Stenographer exam is conducted in bilingual Language both in Hindi and English.
  • There will be a negative marking of ¼ mark on each wrong answer and 1 for each right answer.
  • It’s a multiple-choice computer-based exam.

2. SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern Tier-2 Exam

The candidates who qualify for the Computer Based Examination have to appear in the Skill Test for Stenography. The candidates will be given one dictation for 10 minutes in English or Hindi. The Skill Test is qualifying in nature.

The SSC stenographer tier-2 exam is a skill-based typing test. The test will be conducted both in offline and online mode. The first is a typing test on a computer, and the second is a shorthand writing test on the note pad. The skill test language can be either English or Hindi. You have to choose the language while filling the form.

For shorthand writing, the candidates will be dictated a passage at the following speed.

  • For Stenographer Group -D: 80 words per minute (w.p.m) for 8 Minutes
  • Stenographer Group- C: 100 words per minute (w.p.m) for 10 Minutes

The candidates will have to transcribe the same of shorthand typing on the computer. The transcription time is as follows:

Sr. No. Post Language

of Skill




Time Duration (in minutes) for

Physically Challenged

1 Stenographer


English 50 70
2 Stenographer


Hindi 65 90
3 Stenographer


English 40 55
4 Stenographer


Hindi 55 75

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 SSC Stenographer Exam FAQs

Q. What is the Last date for application registration for SSC stenographer?

A. The last date for application is 4 November 2020.

Q. In which language the typing test will be taken?

A. The typing test will be taken in both Hindi and English, you have to choose one language while filling the form.

Q. Can I challenge SSC for the Re-evaluation of my result?

A. No, there is no such provision for the re-evaluation of the examination.

Q. Is there any sectional timing in the SSC Stenographer exam?

A. No, there is no sectional timing in the exam.

Q. What is the total duration of the SSC Stenographer exam?

A. The total duration of the exam is 2 hours, and for the physically challenged it is 2 hours 40 minutes.

Q. What is the mode of the SSC Steno exam?

A. SSC Stenographer exam tier-1 is conducted in online mode.

Q. Is there negative marking in the exam?

A. Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks on every wrong answer.

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