What is SSC Stenographer Exam: An Introduction

What is SSC Stenographer ExamStaff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Stenographer Exam in the last quarter of every year for recruitment of Stenographers in central government departments/organisations. There are many among you who would like to appear in this exam. That is why this blog post has been made to tell you: What is SSC Stenographer Exam. This introductory article would help you know in which organisations you get job after qualifying in SSC Steno Exam, for what Salary, how competitive this exam is etc.

The key to doing well in any exam is knowing about the exam clearly and I hope this article would help you know about SSC Stenographer Exam in depth.

What is SSC Stenographer Exam:

SSC conducts Steno Exam for recruitment of two categories of Steno in Central Government Ministries/ Departments. These are:
Stenographer Grade ‘C’: They are posted mostly in Delhi.
Stenographer Grade ‘D’: They are posted in in States and Union Territories all over India.
Both of them are Non-Gazetted post. However, Grade ‘C” is one grade senior to Grade “D” and therefore, their salaries are also more as you can see in the section “SSC Stenographer Salary”.

Which Organisations/Departments you get job through SSC Steno Exam

This exam is conducted to recruit Stenographers in following organisations:
Stenographer Grade ‘C’:
1). Armed Forces Headquarters’ Stenographers Service Grade ‘C’
2). Indian Foreign Service (B)
3). President’s Secretariat
4). Central Administrative Tribunal
5). Bureau of Police Research & Development
6). Central Vigilance Commission
7). Election Commission
8). Ministry Of Parliamentary Affairs
9). Customs, Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal

Stenographer Grade ‘D’:
1). Armed Forces Headquarters’ Stenographers Service Grade ‘D’
2). Central Secretariat Stenographers Service Grade D
3). Indian Foreign Service (B) Grade III
4). Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
5). Railway Board Secretariat Stenographer Service Grade D
6). Bureau Of Police Research & Development
7). Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)
8). Canteen Stores Department (MOD)
9). Central Board Of Direct Taxation (CBDT)
10). Central Administrative Tribunal
11). Central Bureau Investigation
12). Central Bureau of Narcotics
13). Central Hindi Directorate M/O HRD
14). Central Vigilance Commission
15). Controller General of Account
16). Controller General of Defence Account
17). Customs, Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal
18). D/O Industrial Policy And Promotion
19). Department of Electronics and Information Tech.
20). Directorate of Enforcement, Department Of Revenue
21). Election Commission
22). Intelligence Bureau
23). Ministry of  Environment & Forests
24). Ministry of  Urban Development
25). Ministry of  Water Resources
26). Ministry Of Power
27). Ministry Of Tourism

Let me tell you that the list of above organisations is not exhaustive – it is indicative only. You may find some more  organisations or less, depending on the year you appear in the exam.

Salary through SSC Stenographer Exam:

You can get salary in following pay-scales if you get the job in Central Govt. departments through SSC Steno Exam:
Pay Scale for Stenographers Grade C : Rs. 9300-34800 + GP 4200/- (Pay Band 2)
Pay Scale for Stenographers Grade D : Rs. 5200-20200 + GP 2400/- (Pay Band 1)

How many appears in SSC Steno Exam:

You might be wanting to know how many appears in SSC Steno Exam and ultimately how many are selected. In other words: How competitive is SSC Steno Exam?
To give you this answer I had gone through the Annual Reports of SSC for 3 years 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11 and have come with following data on how many candidates applies for SSC Steno Exam, how many appears in it, how many are called for the Skill Test and ultimately how many are selected through SSC Steno Exam for the three years – SSC Steno Exam 2012, SSC Steno Exam 2011 & SSC Steno Exam 2010.

At first let us find how many applied, appears, called for the Skill Test and selected in SSC Steno Exam from the table below:Number of candidates appearing in SSC Steno Exam

Now , if you look at the figures given above, you have some very interesting result – you get to know the stage-wise screening process of SSC Steno Exam. Just look at the table belowHow many applies, appears, selected in SSC Steno Exam

As you can see, there are three stages of screening:
(1.0) Application Stage Screening: There are many who applies but does not appears in the exam. As you can in (1) above, more than 50% of candidates actually never even appears in the exam. So half of your competitor quits even before the fight! Great News for you, is not it? 
(2.0) Written Exam Stage Screening: Out of  those who appears in the exam, less than 25% makes it to the Skill-Test. Figures for SSC Steno 2011 is high, as even the number of candidates recruited was high.
(3.0) Post Skill-Test Stage Screening: Now out of  those who appears in the Skill Test, less than 10% are finally selected for the Stenographers job through SSC. But you should know that SSC Skill Test itself does not hold any mark for the merit list – it is for qualifying purpose only. The merit list of SSC Steno exam is based on the written test only.

If you see the percentage of those Selected vs. those appeared (marked “X” in table), you would find that about 1 person per 100 candidates  gets the Steno job. Thus this looks scary to you? No, you should not be worried. If you study seriously, you can surely crack SSC Steno Exam with  ease.

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