Skill Test for Stenographer Grade C and D Exam 2019

Stenography is the skill of making shorthand notes and subsequent transcription of them. So, let’s have a look at the details of the Stenography Skill Test for SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Exam.

Skill Test for SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Exam 2019
Skill Test for SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Exam 2019

The SSC Stenographer Grade C and D 2018 examination conducted annually by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) consists of 3 different phases. Stage 1 will be an online examination consisting of objective type multiple choice questions and will be conducted from 5th February 2019 to 7th February 2019. The second phase is the Skill Test conducted by SSC. The third phase will be the final selection process.

 SSC Steno Exam Phases

Important Points to Remember:

  • Candidates will be shortlisted for the skill test on the basis of their performance in the Computer Based Examination.
  • The skill test will be of qualifying nature and the Commission will fix the qualifying standards in the skill test for different categories of candidates.
  • Candidates who qualify in the skill test will be recommended for appointment by the Commission on the basis of total marks in the Computer Based Examination.
  • The Stenography Skill Test is mandatory for all categories.

Know the Detailed Exam Pattern and Syllabus of Stenographer Grade C and D 2018 Exam

Skill Test in Stenography

Stenography is the skill of making shorthand notes and subsequent transcription of them. Therefore, Stenography Skill Test comprises of basically two stages which are:


It is a method of rapid writing by means of abbreviations and symbols, used especially for taking dictation.

Shorthand Skill Test in SSC steno Exam

In this stage, you will be given dictation and then create notes with shorthand technique on a sheet. The text that you write on the given sheet will again be used in Stage 2 of the Skill Test.


A transcription of a conversation or speech is a written text of it, based on a recording or notes.

Transcription Test in SSC Steno Exam

In this stage, first you have to transcribe the dictated notes and then type the transcription on a Computer.

Some of the main responsibilities of a Stenographer in a Government Organisation are of a Personal Assistant such as:

  • Taking Dictations and Typing
  • Handling Telephone Calls
  • Handling Visitors
  • Maintaining Engagements
  • Preparing Tour Programmes and Travel Arrangements
  • E-Tracking of Files and Important Papers
  • Handling Parliamentary Work
  • E-Monitoring Management System of Important References

Now, let’s have a look at the exam pattern of Skill Test in detail:

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Exam Pattern of Stenography Skill Test

In this test, candidates will be given a dictation for 10 minutes in English/ Hindi at the speed of 100 w.p.m. for the post of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and 80 w.p.m. for the post of Stenographer Grade ‘D’. The matter will have to be transcribed on computer. The transcription time is as follows:

Skill Test

Stenographer Grade C

Stenographer Grade D


100 words per minute

80 words per minute

Time to transcribe the dictation

50 mins (English)

40 mins (English)

65 mins (Hindi)

55 mins (Hindi)


  1. If the candidates do not indicate the medium of stenography test in the Application Form, the Commission will consider English as the medium of stenography test for such candidates.
  2. The compensatory time for ‘Skill Test’ in Stenography will be allowed as follows – Visually Handicapped, Orthopedically Handicapped (OH) candidates & afflicted by Cerebral Palsy and the candidates who have a locomotor disability (40% or more) wherein the dominant writing extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of the candidates are required to transcribed the matter in 75 minutes for English Shorthand or in 100 minutes for Hindi Shorthand for the post of Stenographer Grade – “D” and in 70 minutes for English Shorthand test and in 95 minutes for Hindi Shorthand test for the post of Stenographer Grade – “C”.
  3. Candidates who opt to take the Stenography Test in Hindi will be required to learn English Stenography and vice versa after their appointment, failing which their probation may not be cleared by appointing departments or authority. Candidates have to work as English/Hindi stenographers as per the functional requirement of the User Office irrespective of the medium of Skill Test of candidate during the examination.
  4. The skill test will be held at the Commission’s Regional/Sub Regional Offices or at other Centre(s) as may be decided by the Commission.

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Type of Errors in Skill Test

Errors in Skill Test for SSC Steno

In the Stenography Skill Test, there are two types of errors classified under the head – full errors and half errors. Let’s have a look in detail on these errors:

Full Errors in Stenography Skill Test:

  • Omission of a word or figure
  • Substitution of a wrong word or figure
  • Addition of a word or figure not occurring in the passage
  • Handwritten additions/corrections/insertions

Half Errors in SSC Stenography Skill Test:

  • Mis-spelling, including transposition of letters in a word and also omission of a letter or letters from a word.
  • Using singular for plural noun and vice versa.
  • Transposition of words/group of words in a sentence.
  • Repeating a word/figure or a group of words or group of figures in the transcript.
  • Wrong use of capital letters at the beginning of the sentence.
  • Omission or placement of the apostrophe in a word in the possessive case, or in contracted words.
  • Insertion of a space in the middle of a word.
  • Lack of space between words.
  • Wrong syllabification of a word at the end of line.
  • Ambiguous overtyping.
  • Complete and ambiguous overlapping.
  • Omission or wrong placement of the caret sign.
  • Arbitrary and unfamiliar abbreviations.
  • More than one error in a single word.

Admissible Error Limit in Stenography Skill Test


Error Limit

UR (General)

5 – 7 %


6 – 8 %


7 – 10%

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Final Selection Procedure after Stenography Skill Test

Allocation of candidates will be made to User Departments depending upon their merit position and the option exercised by them. Candidates, who are appointed on the basis of this examination, shall be on probation for a period of two years and during the period of probation, the candidates would be required to undergo such training or pass such examinations as prescribed by the Controlling Authority. On successful completion of the period of probation, the candidates shall, if considered fit for permanent appointment, be confirmed to their post by the Controlling Authority.

SSC Stenographer Grade C & D is a decent job profile for those who wish to work after their 12th standard examination with a decent pay. All you need to learn is the stenography skills to clear this exam and get the Stenographer’s Job in a Government Organisation.

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