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SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips

SSC Stenographer 2017 is held by Staff Selection Commission every year for recruitment to Grade C and D. SSC Stenographer will be held in 2 stages.

  • First will be a written examination followed by a Skill Test.
  • 200 objective type of questions will be asked in the SSC Steographer written test.
  • Duration of the exam is 120 minutes foe

Along with stenographical skills, a candidate must possess knowledge related to events and happenings in the world, ability to apply reason and rationality. Also, a good command over language to get through written test. Apart from this candidate must be aware of some basic tips to prepare for an examination such as time management, speed, accuracy, etc.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern 2017

SSC Stenographer examination is conducted in 2 sessions- Written examination and Skill test. Written test comprises of three sections where Part I and Part II contribute 50 marks each, while Part III is allotted 100 marks out of the total of 200 marks.

  • Part I is dedicated to General Intelligence and Reasoning (50 marks)
  • Part II consists of questions pertaining to General Awareness  (50 marks)
  • Part III belongs to English Language and Comprehension (100 marks)

 For general candidates, the time duration to attempt written test is of 120 minutes, whereas for visually handicapped candidates, additional 40 minutes are provided.

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern

SSC Stenographer Syllabus 2017

SSC Stenographer Written Exam includes three sections, Part I, Part II and Part III. Part I include General Intelligence and Reasoning, Part II comprises of General Awareness and final part includes English Language and Comprehension.

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning include analysis of candidate’s ability to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computation and other analytical function.
  • This section focuses on the ability of candidates to observe around them and the general awareness of the world and society their society.
  • English language and comprehension clearly try to test candidate’s vocabulary, grammar, sentences, etc.
  • This section tries to understand the basic concepts of English Language.

Syllabus for all three sections has been elaborated in the table given below:

General Intelligence and ReasoningAnalogies
Similarities and differences
Space Visualization
Decision Making
Visual Memory
Discriminating Observation
Relationship Concepts
Arithmetical Reasoning
Verbal and Figure Classification
Arithmetical Number Series
Non-Verbal Series etc. 
General AwarenessIndia and its neighboring countries
History, Geography, Culture and Economics
General polity
English Language and ComprehensionActive and passive voice
Synonyms and antonyms
Fill in the blanks
Direct and Indirect Conversion
Comprehension passage
Miss spelt words detection
Cloze passage

SSC Stenographer Preparation Tips 2017

As mentioned earlier, written test of SSC Stenographer 2017 consists of three parts:

  • Part I- General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Part II- General awareness
  • Part III- English language and comprehension

It is very important to prepare and strategize techniques and tricks to solve the questions given in SSC Stenographer examination. Candidate must focus on solving a maximum number of questions within a short span of time. Here are some simple tricks and tips to prepare for written test of SSC Stenographer 2017 written examination.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

General intelligence and reasoning is a section which judges candidate’s ability to apply intelligence and exercise the ability to rationalize by applying reason. It is one of the scoring sections in written test of SSC Stenographer examination.

It is very important to practice questions pertaining to this section by attempting mock tests and sample papers to excel and secure good marks. There are some tips that a candidate must keep in mind while attempting General Intelligence and Reasoning section of written test.

  • Avoid Assumptions
  • Words with negative prefixes must be avoided as these are usually put to confuse the candidate.
  • Alphabets, Numerical sans Directions must be clear to the candidate.
  • Reasoning needs a little mind application which can be time-consuming if a candidate does not practice enough.

General Awareness

General awareness tries to examine candidate’s knowledge about the environment and the world he/she lives in. Generally, this section of written test is easy to attempt and score but if the candidate is unaware of general surroundings/events/happenings, it will be difficult to score decent marks in this section. Some tips to fetch good marks in this section are:

  • Candidate must be updated with latest happenings and events.
  • Current affairs of last six months
  • Socio- economic conditions of the country and world
  • Reading newspaper daily will be an added advantage

English language and comprehension

One of the easiest section of SSC Stenographer is English Language and Comprehension, provided candidate has a thorough practice and command over basic concepts of the language. Candidate must practice mock tests to strengthen this section. Here are some topics to be prepared under this section:

  • Reading and comprehension
  • Spotting errors
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Synonyms and antonyms

SSC Stenographer Preparation Books 2017

Books play an important role in the preparation of the an entrance exam. But it is important to choose the right book to prepare for SSC Stenographer so that a candidate can qualify the written exam easily. Candidates can refer to the books mentioned in the table below to prepare for SSC Stenographer exam:

Subjects NameName of the bookAuthor Name
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude RS Agarwal
Quicker MathematicsM Tyra
English LanguageEnglish GrammarWren and Martin
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
Essential English Grammar  Raymond Murphy
Objective General EnglishSP Bakshi
Objective General English  Dr. RS Aggarwal & Shri Vikas Aggarwal
Logical ReasoningVerbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning RS Agarwal
Verbal and Non-Verbal ReasoninKiran Publication
Analytical Reasoning MK Pandey
Non-Verbal ReasoningBS Sijwali & Indu Sijwali
General AwarenessLucent General Knowledge (available both in Hindi and English but English edition gives better coverage)-
Any monthly magazine, such as Pratiyogita Darpan, Wizard or Chronicle-
One newspaper such as Hindu, Times of India, Hindustan times etc-
One yearbook, for reference, Manorama year book Any Budget special magazine-

Important Tips to Prepare for SSC Stenographer Exam 2017

Apart from tips for solving specific parts of question paper, a candidate must take care of some general tips for SSC Stenographer examination like managing time, practicing weak sections, revising content in parts, etc. Given below are set of preparation tips for candidates that must be kept in mind before appearing for SSC Stenographer Examination:

  • Time management- It is very important to plan a schedule of activities very precisely according to the timetable. Candidate must try and solve the mock tests and make a list of important topics to revise on the go.
  • Practice and work on weak sections- Candidate must attempt all the sections in written test. To complete 200 questions within 2 hours’ time candidate must focus on solving sample papers and marking the weak areas to focus on them.
  • Be acquainted with current affairs- Candidate will have to be updated with latest happenings around the world to attempt written test. If he/she fails to keep up the pace with current affairs of the world and nation it may result in losing some easy marks.
  • Revise syllabus in parts- candidate might refer to classify the syllabus as it will help in maintaining a good knowledge of strong and weak points. This will help them to make a good revision of the topics that need more focus.
  • Take time out for leisure activities- Relax and take time for leisure activities and take breaks at short intervals. It is necessary to not overburden oneself. This will hamper the candidate’s performance in SSC Stenographer examination.
  • Go for tricks and methods to solve questions in short span of time- It is certainly a good way of attempting the written test within stipulated time period. Sometimes, questions are hard to solve with a simple calculation of facts but the candidate needs to grab some tricks and tips to solve the questions within a minute.

SSC Stenographer 2017 Sample Papers

SSC Stenographer Sample Papers give a basic idea to the candidate about the type of questions asked in the exam. Solving the SSC Stenographer Sample Papers improve the time management and problem solving skills of a candidate. 

There are many advantages of SSC Stenographer Sample Papers as given below:-

  • While solving the SSC Stenographer Practice Papers, candidates can get an idea which section takes more time to solve and is lengthy. It enhances the time management skill of candidates.
  • To know about the type and level of questions asked in SSC Stenographer 2017, a candidate must go for the sample papers.
  • SSC Stenographer Practice Papers boosts the confidence of a candidate and help them to measure their level of preperation.
  • Candidates can improve their accuracy and increase the speed by solving SSC Stenographer Sample Papers

Candidates can download SSC Stenographer Sample Papers from the links provided in the table below:-

Sample PapersDownload Link
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 1Click Here
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 2Click Here
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 3Click Here
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 4Click Here
SSC Stenographer Sample Paper 5Click Here

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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