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July 17, 2011

SSC Steno Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Papers & Books

SSC Steno Exam Pattern  Syllabus Papers Books
SSC Stenographers examination is scheduled to be held on 29th July. This blog post is being made to tell you how to prepare for it with prep materials – the syllabus, sample papers and books for the exam along with a discussion on the exam pattern of SSC Steno exam.

If you would like to apply for the exam but do not know how to apply, you can go through my previous blog article titled: SSC Steno Recruitment 2012 Notification Forms Eligibility.

Selection process/Exam Pattern of SSC Stenographers exam:
The process of selection for SSC Stenographers consists of a written test followed by a Stenography Skill Test. The stenography skill test is qualifying only – the merit list is based on the written test alone.

SSC Steno Exam Pattern
You can find the pattern of SSC Steno exam in the table given at right. As shown, the question paper has 200 questions; each question is worth 1 mark. This 200 marks test has to be answered in 2 hours. There is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. You can answer the first two sections (i.e. General Intelligence & Reasoning and General Awareness) either in English or in Hindi.

Syllabus of SSC Stenographers exam:
The Syllabus of SSC Stenographers exam is given in the page-10/11 of the recruitment notification. But however, I am also reproducing the same below so that even the future Steno aspirants (say for SSC Steno Exam 2012) can use it as a reference syllabus to pre pare for the exam.

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, judgment, 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 discipline.

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.

SSC Skill Test in Stenography:
You 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 )
NOTE: If you do not indicate the medium of STENOGRAPHY TEST in the Application Form, the Commission will consider ENGLISH as the medium of STENOGRAPHY TEST for you and you will not be allowed to change the medium at a subsequent stage.

Sample/Previous years papers of SSC Stenographers exam:
I had searched on the net for Sample paper/Previous year’s exam papers of SSC Steno exam. But I could find only a few and that too are not of very high quality. You can use the exam papers below only as eye-openers:

As you can find all these sample/model papers of SSC Steno exam gives you only one section of the exam – the English language. Therefore, you should rely on books (Practice Papers) available in the market to prepare for this exam.

Prep Books for SSC Stenographers exam:
There are two ways of buying books for any competitive exam – if you have time and want to go for a serious preparation, first find which area you are weak at and than buy specific books for that area. On the other hand, if you are short in time and want to quickly to go through all the test sections without going for in-depth preparation, than buy guide books encompassing all the test sections.

I could find following guide books available on the market for preparation of SSC Steno exam. These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below from, which offers huge discounts up to 15%, apart from free shipping/postage if the order exceeds Rs. 100/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

Guide Books for SSC Stenographers exam:
Prep Books for SSC Stenographers exam
List Price: Rs. 230; Offer Price: Rs. 184; Discount: Rs. 46 (20%)

Study Guide SSC Stenographer Grade C & D Recruitment Exam by GK Publiction.
Price: Rs. 280

TMH omplete Guide for SSC Stenographers Grade 'C' and 'D' Exam by Sanjeev Joon Publisher: TMH
Price: Rs. 275

Guide Books in Hindi for SSC Stenographers exam:
List Price: Rs. 260; Offer Price: Rs. 208; Discount: Rs. 52 (20%)

TMH SSC Stenographers Grade 'C' & Grade 'D' Pariksha Guide (Hindi) by Joon Publisher: TMH
Price: Rs. 275

Prep Books for specific test-sections of SSC Stenographers exam:
A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal Publisher: S. Chand
Price: Rs. 80/=; Offer Prce: Rs. 60/=;Discount: Rs. 20/= (25%)
List Price: Rs.365/=; Offer Price: Rs.274/=; Discount: Rs. 91 (25%)
List Price: Rs. 445, Offer Price: 312, Discount: 133 (30%)
List Price: Rs.225/=; Offer Price: Rs.169/=; Discount: Rs. 56/= (25%)

I hope with above prep materials for SSC Steno Exam you would be able to crack the exam easily. I would be on the look out for more study materials and post the same as and when I find them. So keep visiting me!