SSC Stenographer skill test procedure & guide

SSC ( Staff Selection Commission ) have recently conducted the written test, a part of ‘ SSC Combined Stenographer Grade C & D Exam ‘ on 29-07-2012 . I hope you have done very well in your written exam, so let us move to the next stage. As we all know the next stage is ‘ Skill Test ‘ . And candidates who will qualify this skill test will be considered for the final merit list of selected candidates . Take a look at the details :-

What is the Skill test ?

The skill test is basically a ‘ Stenography Speed Test ‘ . Candidates have to prove themselves that they know the stenography very well . Candidates may give this test in any method of stenography . Two main methods are:-

  1. Gregg Shorthand
  2. Pitman Stenography

In India, about 95% stenographer use the second one .

Take a look at the sample of Pitman Stenography

Some very interesting fact about SSC Stenographer exam

  • Every year about 3 lakhs candidates apply for this exam and 70% of them, do not know anything about stenography at the time of notification of the advertisement . Some of them start learning just after applying and some after written examination . See what happened last year
  • Many candidates think that this is a typing test; Yes, there will be a typing too but first dictation will be given on the paper and then you have to convert it & type it, on computer . i.e. A paragraph will be spoken at very fast speed ( 80 wpm – 100 wpm ) and you have to write it on paper with the help of stenography codes ; After dictation, you have to type the same codes on computer by converting them to simple words .
  • Every time, only half of the total vacancies are filled out. As only few candidates get a chance to clear the skill test ( stenography test ) . That is the reason, SSC set the cut off marks at very down level . See the report
  • Only 60% candidates appear in the skill test as they know that it will not be possible for them to crack the test .

How to prepare for the skill test  ( SSC Stenography Test ) ?

Believe me or not; No one can prepare for the skill test in just one or two months . Yes, one can learn stenography in just 1 month but what about the speed ? You have to practice atleast 6 months to crack the skill test of Grade ‘ D ‘ stenographer . And if you preparing for grade ‘ C ‘ then I will advise to start now, for the next year .

If you have learned it, then here some tips for making speed:-

  • Find some one who can dictate you the whole English/Hindi news paper daily for atleast 30 days; however the paragraph by SSC, will be easy as compared to a newspaper language .
  • Get in front of T.V. and follow the anchor by your stenography skills .
  • Always try to find out shortcuts, that describe a good stenographer; Always carry a stenography dictionary instead of a answer key .
  • Take a look at the last pages of your book ( Don’t you have a stenography book ? ) , you can find some important words there; Now write these words atleast 20-30 times .
  • Practice from magazines; The most popular magazine for learning stenographers, – ”  Kailash Chandra Transcription ” .

I hope you liked these tips; Now let us get to the procedure for this skill .

SSC Stenographer Skill Test Procedure

Requirement for Grade ‘ D ‘ Steno

Dictation Speed – 80 wpm for both the language ( Hindi & English )

It means total 800 words will dictated and you have type it on computer within:-

  • 50 minutes – English
  • 60 minutes – Hindi

Requirement for Grade ‘ C ‘ Steno

Dictation Speed – 100 wpm for both the language ( Hindi & English )

It means total 1000 words will dictated and you have type it on computer within:-

  • 40 minutes – English
  • 50 minutes – Hindi

Steps involved in the skill test of Stenography by SSC

  1. First of all, candidates are required to reach the examination hall at the time with his/her all original documents .
  2. Now candidates have to sit in front of official computers, and some personal details ( roll no. etc. ) will filled by the candidates .
  3. After completing the above formalities, candidates shall be called for transcription in another room. First, Two trial passage shall be dictated ( 1 – 1 min. duration ) and then the actual passage will be dictated . ( The passage will be dictated by a human being and the speed will be measured through a special kind of machine .)
  4. Now the candidates shall return to the transcription room and read their shorthand notes for 10 minutes .
  5. Now as soon as the reading time is over; Invigilator/Supervisor will announce to start the transcription . You have to complete it in double space in the given time .
  6. As the transcription time is over, candidates have to write a 50-60 words paragraph in his/her own handwriting on a separate sheet from the shorthand passage .
  7. After all this, candidates shall be required to submit all the sheets ( Shorthand notes, print out of transcribed notes, paragraph written in his/her own handwriting )  to the supervisor with his/her signature .

Mistakes in the skill test

Obviously you will do some mistakes in the skill; So have SSC have prescribed some standards for the mistakes :-

Download the file now !

Update :-

The skill tests are starting from 29th September 2012 .


  1. sir,
    Cabinet ke personal assistant ke skill test me kaun si shorthand ayegi? hindi or english…i m learning hindi shorthand..
    sir plz tell me is there any chance to get selection in skill test..

    1. Hey Richa

      I am learning shoethand too.

      I need more word with their symbol.
      If you have please whtsapp me 9456262172

    1. Dear
      i can write 135 wpm in E.S.H
      it is not so easy as you wrote here.
      i wish you build your skill and do not guide people wrong.

  2. sir agr mai online ke time option me grade C dal diya & mujhe grade D ka marks aaya to kya mai skill test ke liye select ho skta hun plz plz plz sir,,,, & hindi steno easy hai ya eng plz tell me i just wait 4u ..,,.. thanks 4 all info…

  3. sir agr mai online ke time option me grade C dal diya & mujhe grade D ka marks aaya to kya mai skill test ke liye select ho skta hun plz plz plz sir,,,, & hindi steno easy hai ya eng plz tell me i just wait 4u ..,,.. thanks 4 all info

  4. can anyone please tell me is there any personal interview after selection in the skill test or is direct recrumnt after skill test?

      1. mera hindi&inglish typing bahut achha or mera hinhi steno bhi accha hai written test thik se nai ho pa rha hai……app kuch help……….

  5. Nameste Mahesh Sir,
    is jankari k liye dhanyawad
    meri hindi aur english dono hi shorthand achi hain
    per written test ki meri bilkul b tyari nhi h
    kya ap mujhe kuch tips de sakte hain written test ki tyari k liye
    Thank u

  6. Sir, I am Dhirendra, and I have applied for SSC Steno test, I have lot of confusion related to shorthand test. So please guide me, How to increase our shorthand, is is possible to learn shorthand within three months? I will do the hard labour for got this job.Please send me all the details related to sorthand on my email ID.

  7. Sir Please tell me about transcription medium in ssc stenographer skill test & what is means of Double space in stenographer transcription is it means that give two times space within two worlds when we type ? Pleas sir solve my problem this is my humble request i am practice it since last year

  8. Sir,
    please tell me what examiner check in stenography skill test
    1) stenographic symbol only
    2)transcribed material on computer only

  9. From the above explanation , hardly anyone can crack this job. After all who will learn stenography just for this small job, which has no use in other fields.

  10. Hi sir,

    can u plz assist me about the skill test in steno , actually i have some doubt that test that is taken by you in steno language that will be only in two methods thats are made by pitman or Gergg shorthand , can’t we use the steno language that is written by charles Le roy scamahorn.


  11. hello sir, wat if i write all pasaage in gnrl english in a casual handwriting but if i wrote all d words nd typed it properly… is der ny chnc of my selection?? pls reply as fast as psbl bcz exm date is vry close…

  12. stenography ka koi certificate bhi hota h? kya skill test ke waqt stenogarphy certificate bhi check kiya jata h?

  13. I am filling the stenographer-2014 form. Agar post preference me D grade ko pahle preference de to kya C me selection hone ka chance kam ho jata h….. m confused which should be prefered first..

  14. Sir,
    Mai SSC skill test k liye select ho gya hu plz mujhe shorthand Hindi ki kuch dictation SSC k lite send kar do

  15. Sir,what is double space and i dont know the hindi language skill test will be give english or hindi

  16. Sir,

    I recently appeared for stenography test for Gr. D in ssc in which my result was Mistakes in D-41.71 (permissible limit for mistakes in D (category:1) is 10) and you ave not qualified for post D.


  17. sir plz mujhe kuch books bataiye jismein dictation ho aur uski outline bhi bani ho pitman based ho to jayda betters h . jitni to

  18. sir, mai SSC stenographer k liye apply kiya or mujhe written test k liye admid card v mil gaya hai


  19. namaste sir,
    sir mujhe hindi shorthand kitne dino me 100 speed hogi aur mujhe ek din me kitne der practise karni chahiye. plz sir tell me.

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