Stenographers ( Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ ) Examination – Exam Syllabus, Pattern & Eligibility Criteria

Stenographers ( Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ ) Examination

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION: The examination will consist of a written
examination and skill test in stenography.


The written examination will consist of one objective type paper as shown below
Date of
Part Subject Maximum Marks Total Duration / Timing for
General candidates
Total Duration/ Timing for
Visually Handicapped candidates
General Intelligence & Reasoning ( 50 questions )
2 Hours
10.00 A.M. to
2 Hours 20 mins 10.00
A.M. to 12.20 PM
General Awareness ( 50 questions )
English Language and Comprehension ( 100 questions )
NOTE-I : The Paper will consist of Objective Type- Multiple choice
questions only. The questions except in Part III will be set both in
English & Hindi. 
NOTE-II: Candidates are not permitted to use Mobile Phone,
Calculators or any other electronic/electrical device for answering any paper (Test Booklets). Candidates must not, therefore, bring Mobile
Phone, Calculators or any other electronic/electrical device inside the
Examination premises. Possession of these items , whether in use or not,
will be considered as “use of unfair means” in the Examination and
appropriate action will be taken by the Commission against such
candidates, as per extant policy of the Commission.

NOTE-III: There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong
answer. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while
answering the questions. 


General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and
non-verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and
differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making,
visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical
reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series
etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal
with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and
other analytical functions.
General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidate’s
general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society.
Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters
of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of
an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its
neighbouring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography,
Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research
etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any

NOTE: For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability and opting for SCRIBE there will be no component of Maps/Graphs/Diagrams/Statistical
Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning / General Awareness Paper. 
English Language & Comprehension: In addition to the testing of candidates’ understanding of
the English Language, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and its
correct usage, etc. his/her writing ability, would also be tested.

B. Skill Test in Stenography:

Candidates who obtain the qualifying marks in the Written Examination as may
be prescribed by the Commission will only be called for the Skill Test. However,
depending on the number of candidates, the Commission may decide to call all the
candidates for the skill test. It may also prescribe qualifying marks in each part of the
and the Commission will fix the qualifying standards in the skill test for different
categories of candidates.
The candidates will have to appear for the stenography test. The candidates will
be given one 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 only. The transcription
time is as follows:- 
For Stenographer Grade ‘D’ 50 minutes ( English )
65 minutes ( Hindi )
For Stenographer Grade ‘C’ 40 minutes ( English )
55 Minutes ( Hindi )

  1. If the candidates do not indicate the medium of STENOGRAPHY TEST at the
    relevant place in the Application Form, the Commission will consider ENGLISH as the
    medium of STENOGRAPHY TEST for such candidates and the candidates will not be
    allowed to change the medium at a subsequent stage.
  2. There is no exemption from skill test for any category of candidates
  3. Candidates who opt to take the Stenography Test in Hindi will be required to
    learn English Stenography and vice versa after their appointment.
  4. VH candidates will be required to transcribe the matter in 75 minutes for
    English Shorthand or in 105 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’. 
  5. The SKILL TEST will be held at the Commission’s Regional/Sub
    Regional Offices or at other Centres as may be decided by the Commission. 
  6. Detailed instructions regarding Skill Test will be sent by the concerned
    Regional/Sub Regional Offices of the Commission to the candidates called for
    the Skill Test. 


  1. Candidates must write the papers/indicate the answers in their own
  2. In the question papers, wherever necessary, the Metric systems of
    weights and measures only will be used.
  3. Candidates are not permitted to use calculators and other electronic
    gadgets except as specified in the Notice. They should not, therefore, bring the
    same inside the Examination Premises / Venue.
  4. Candidates are not permitted to use calculators and other electronic
    gadgets except as specified in the Notice. They should not, therefore, bring the
    same inside the Examination Premises / Venue.
  5. If any candidate is found to possess mobile phones or any other means of
    wireless communication in the working or switched off mode, his/her
    candidature shall be cancelled forthwith.

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