Friday, October 16, 2020

SSC Recruitment – October 2020 – Stenographer


Government of India,

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,

Department of Personnel and Training,

Staff Selection Commission,

Block No. 12, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003.


Recruitment Notice


Stenographer Grade 'C' and `D' Examination, 2020

(Website of the Commission :-


Dates for submission of online applications :- 10.10.2020 to 04.11.2020

Last date and time for receipt of applications :- 04.11.2020 (23:30)

Last date and time for making online fee payment :- 06.11.2020 (23:30)

Last date and time for generation of offline Challan :- 08.11.2020 (23:30)

Last date for payment through Challan (during working hours of Bank) :- 10.11.2020

Dates of the Computer Based Examination :- 29.03.2021 to 31.03.2021


F.No.3/8/2020-P&P-II :-


The Staff Selection Commission will hold an Open Competitive Computer Based Examination for recruitment to the posts of Stenographer Grade 'C' (Group 13', Non-Gazetted) and Stenographer Grade `D' (Group 'C') for various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations in the Government of India. Only those candidates who have skills in stenography are eligible to apply. 


2. Vacancies :-


(a) Vacancies will be determined in due course. Updated vacancy position will be uploaded on the website of the Commission from time to time ( >Candidate's Corner > Tentative Vacancy).


(b) Vacancies of Stenographer Grade 'C' and Stenographers Grade `D' are in Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of Central Government, including their Attached and Subordinate offices located in various States and Union Territories all over the country.


3. Reservation and suitability of posts for Persons with Disabilities :-


(a) Reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), Ex-Serviceman (ESM) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD), etc would be as determined and communicated by the Indenting Ministries/ Departments/ Offices/ Cadres, as per extant Government Orders.

(b) The Commission makes selection of candidates in pursuance to the vacancies reported by the concerned User Departments for various posts. The Commission does not have any role in deciding the number of vacancies of any User Department. Implementation of

reservation policy, maintaining reservation roster and earmarking of vacancies for different categories come under the domain of the User Departments.


(c) Vacancies for ESM are reserved for only Group "C" posts as per extant Government Order/ Instructions.


(d) Earlier, the posts of Stenographers Grade 'C' were identified suitable for the persons suffering from disabilities of One Arm affected (OA), One Leg affected (OL), Both Legs affected (BL), Blind (B) and LV (Low vision). And except for BRO, the posts of Stenographers Grade 'D' were identified suitable for the persons suffering from disabilities of One Arm affected (OA), One Leg affected (OL), One Arm and Leg affected (OAL), Both Legs affected (BL), Blind (B) and LV (Low vision). However, as the "Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016" has come into force with effect from 19.04.2017 and new categories of disabilities such as Autism, Dwarfism, Acid Attack victims, Muscular Dystrophy, Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disability, Mental Illness and Multiple Disabilities, etc have been included. Therefore, the candidates with such disabilities may also apply giving details of their disabilities in the online Application Form. However, their selection will be subject to identification of posts suitable for these categories as well as reporting of vacancies by the Indenting Departments. Candidates suffering from various disabilities as identified vide DoP&T OM No: 36035/02/2017 -Estt (Res) dated 15-01-2018 (para-2.2) may select following PwD categories in the online Registration/ Application Form at


Sl. No.

Type of Disability

Category of disability to be selected in Registration/ Application form


Blindness and low vision



Deaf and hard of hearing



Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.



Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.



Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf- blindness.



(e) PwD candidates having HH and Cerebral Palsy disabilities may also apply.


(f) Requirement of Physical Standard, Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards for the posts of Stenographer Grade 'D' in BRO is available at Annexure-XV. Candidates may ensure that they fulfill all the required standards before opting for the post of Stenographer in BRO. Posts once allocated as per merit-cum-preference given by the candidates will not be changed subsequently due to failure of the candidates to qualify in these Standards.


(g) Only male candidates are eligible for the post of Stenographer Grade 'EV in the Border Roads Organization (BRO).


4. Nationality / Citizenship :-


A candidate must be either :-


(a) a citizen of India, or


(b) a subject of Nepal, or


(c) a subject of Bhutan, or


(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or


(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.


Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.


A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the Examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.


5. Age Limit :-


(a) Stenographer Grade 'C' :- 18 to 30 years as on 01.08.2020 i.e. candidates born not before 02-08-1990 and not later than 01-08-2002 are eligible to apply.


(b) Stenographer Grade :- 18 to 27 years as on 01.08.2020 i.e. candidates born not before 02-08-1993 and not later than 01-08-2002 are eligible to apply.


(c) Permissible relaxation in upper age limit as specified in Para-5 (a) and 5 (b) above and category codes for claiming age relaxation are as follows :-


Code No.


Age-relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit



5 years



3 years


PwD (Unreserved)

10 years



13 years


PwD (SC/ ST)

15 years


Ex-Servicemen (ESM)

03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on closing date of receipt of online application.


Defense Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

03 years


Defense Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST)

08 years

Permissible relaxation in upper age limit for Group 'C' posts only


Central Govt. Civilian Employees :- Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications.

Up to 40 years of age


Central Govt. Civilian Employees :- Who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of online applications. (SC/ ST)

Up to 45 years of age


Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried.

Up to 35 years of age


Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ ST )

Up to 40 years of age


(d) Date of Birth filled by the candidate in the online application form and the same recorded in the Matriculation/ Secondary Examination Certificate will be accepted by the Commission for determining the age and no subsequent request for change will be considered or granted.


(e) Ex-servicemen (ESM) who have already secured employment in civil side under Government in Group 'C' & 'ID' posts on regular basis after availing of the benefits of reservation given to ex-servicemen for their re-employment are not eligible for reservation in ESM category and fee concession. However, he/ she can avail of the benefit of reservation as an ex-serviceman for subsequent employment if he/ she immediately after joining civil employment, given self-declaration/ undertaking to the concerned employer about the date-wise details of applications for various vacancies for which he/ she had applied for before joining the initial civil employment as mentioned in the OM No. 36034/1/2014-Estt (Res) dated 14th August 2014 issued by DoP&T.


(f) The period of "Call up Service" of an Ex-serviceman in the Armed Forces shall also be treated as service rendered in the Armed Forces for purpose of age relaxation as per rules.


(g) For any serviceman of the three Armed Forces of the Union to be treated as Ex-serviceman for the purpose of securing the benefits of reservation, he must have already acquired, at the relevant time of submitting his application for the Post/ Service the status of ex-servicemen or is in a position to establish his acquired entitlement by documentary evidence from the competent authority that he would complete specified term of engagement from the Armed Forces within the stipulated period of one year from the closing date for receipt of applications. Such candidates must also acquire the status of an ex-serviceman within the stipulated period of one year from the closing date of receipt of application.


(h) Explanation :- An ex-serviceman' means a person -


a. Who has served in any rank whether as a combatant or non combatant in the Regular Army, Navy or Air Force of the Indian Union, and


i. who either has been retired or relieved or discharged from such service whether at his own request or being relieved by the employer after earning his or her pension;




ii. who has been relieved from such service on medical grounds attributable to military service or circumstances beyond his control and awarded medical or other disability pension;




iii. who has been released from such service as a result of reduction in establishment;




b. who has been released from such service after completing the specific period of engagement, otherwise than at his own request, or by way of dismissal, or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency and has been given a gratuity, and includes personnel of the Territorial Army namely, pension holders for continuous embodies service or broken spells of qualifying service;




c. personnel of the Army Postal Service who are part of Regular Army and retired from the Army Postal Service without reversion to their parent service with pension, or are released from the Army Postal service on medical grounds attributable to or aggravated by military service or circumstance beyond their control and awarded medical or other disability pension;




d. Personnel, who were on deputation in Army Postal Service for more than six months prior to the 14th April, 1987;




e. Gallantry award winners of the Armed forces including personnel of Territorial Army;




f. Ex-recruits boarded out or relieved on medical ground and granted medical disability pension.


(i) A matriculate ex-serviceman (which includes an ex-serviceman, who has obtained the Indian Army Special Certificate of education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or the Air Force), who has put in not less than 15 years of service as on closing date of receipt of applications (i.e. 04.11.2020) with Armed Forces of the Union shall be considered eligible only for appointment to the Group 'C' posts i.e. Stenographer Grade `13' against posts reserved for ESM. Thus, those matriculate ex-Servicemen who have not completed 15 years of service as on the closing date for receipt of applications are not eligible for these posts.


(j) Age relaxation is not admissible to sons, daughters and dependents of ex-servicemen. Therefore, such candidates should not indicate their category as ex-servicemen.


6. Process of certification and format of certificates :-


(a) Candidates who wish to be considered against vacancies reserved or seek age-relaxation must submit requisite certificate from the competent authority, in the prescribed format, whenever such certificates are sought by concerned Regional Offices at the time of Document Verification. Otherwise, their claim for SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS/ PwD/ ESM, etc status will not be entertained and their candidature/ applications will be considered under unreserved (UR) category. The formats of the certificates are annexed with the Notice of this Examination. The certificate of disability issued under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (1 of 1996) will also be valid. Certificates in any other format are liable to be rejected.


(b) Crucial date for claim of SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS/ PwD status will be closing date for receipt of online applications.


(c) A person seeking appointment on the basis of reservation to OBC must ensure that he/ she possesses the caste/ community certificate and does not fall in creamy layer on the crucial date. The crucial date for this purpose will be the closing date for receipt of online applications.


(d) Candidates may also note that in respect of the above, their candidature will remain provisional till the veracity of the concerned document is verified by the Appointing Authority. Candidates are cautioned that they will be debarred from the examination conducted by the Commission in case they fraudulently claim SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS/ PwD/ ESM status.


7. Provision of Compensatory Time and assistance of scribe :-


(a) In case of persons with benchmark disabilities in the category of blindness, locomotor disability (both arms affected-BA) and cerebral palsy, the facility of scribe is provided, if desired by the candidate. Since the posts are not identified suitable for persons with BA disability, therefore facility of scribe will not be admissible to such candidates.


(b) In case of remaining categories of persons with benchmark disabilities, the provision of scribe will be available on production of a certificate at the time of examination to the effect that the person concerned has physical limitation to write, and scribe is essential to write examination on his/ her behalf, from the Chief Medical Officer/ Civil Surgeon/ Medical Superintendent of a Government health care institution as per proforma at Annexure-I.


(c) The candidate will have the discretion of opting for his/ her own scribe or the facility of scribe provided by the Commission. Appropriate choice in this regard will have to be given by the candidate in the online application form.


(d) In case the candidate opts for his/ her own scribe, the qualification of the scribe should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking the examination. The candidates with benchmark disabilities opting for own scribe shall be required to submit details of the own scribe at the time of examination as per proforma at Annexure-II. In addition, the scribe has to produce a valid ID proof [as per list given at para-14(g)] in original at the time of examination. A photocopy of the ID proof of the scribe signed by the candidate as well as the scribe will be submitted along with proforma at Annexure-II. If, subsequently it is found that the qualification of the scribe is not as declared by the candidate, then the candidate shall forfeit his/ her right to the post and claims relating thereto.


(e) A compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour of examination will be provided to the persons who are allowed use of scribe as described at para 7 (a) and 7 (b) above.


(f) The candidates referred at para 7 (a) and 7 (b) who are allowed use of scribe but not availing the facility of scribe will also be given compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour of examination.


(g) No attendant other than the scribe for eligible candidates will be allowed inside the examination hall.


(h) One eyed candidates and partially blind candidates who are able to read the normal Question Paper set with or without magnifying glass and who wish to write/ indicate the answer with the help of magnifying glass will be allowed to use the same in the Examination Hall and will not be entitled to a Scribe. Such candidates will have to bring their own magnifying glass to the Examination Hall.


(i) The PwD candidates who have availed the facility of Scribes/ Passage Reader and/ or compensatory time must produce relevant documents for the eligibility of scribe/ compensatory time at the time of Document Verification. Failure to produce such supporting documents will lead to cancellation of their candidature for the examination.


8. Educational Qualifications (As on 01.08.2020) :-


(a) Candidates must have passed 12th standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.


(b) As per Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification dated 10.06.2015 published in the Gazette of India all the degrees/ diplomas/ certificates awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government provided they have been approved by the Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission. However, such degrees should be recognized for the relevant period when the candidate acquired the said qualification.


(c) As per UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 published in official Gazette on 23-06-2017, under Part-III (8) (v), the programmers in engineering, medicine, dental, nursing, pharmacy, architecture and physiotherapy etc are not permitted to be offered under Open and Distance Learning mode. However, pursuant to the Hon'ble Supreme Court Order dated 11-03-2019 in MA No. 3092/2018 in W.P. (C) No. 382/2018 titled Mukul Kumar Sharma & others Vs AICTE and others, B. Tech. degree/ diploma in Engineering awarded by IGNOU to the students who were enrolled up to academic year 2009-10 shall be treated as valid, wherever applicable.


(d) All candidates who are declared qualified in the Computer Based Examination and the Skill Test will be required to produce all the relevant Certificates in original such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificates etc. for completion of 12th standard or equivalent examination as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before 01.08.2020, failing which the candidature of such candidates will be cancelled by the Commission. The candidates who are able to prove, by documentary evidence, that the result of the qualifying examination was declared on or before the cut-off date and he/ she has been declared passed, will also be considered to meet the educational qualification. It is reiterated that the result of requisite educational qualification must have been  declared by the concerned Board by the specified date. Mere processing of the result  by the Board by the crucial cut-off date does not fulfill the EQ requirement. 


(e) Order/ letter in respect of equivalent Educational Qualifications will be required to be produced by the candidates at the time of Document Verification or as and when required by the Commission, indicating the Authority (with number and date) under which it has been so treated, in respect of equivalent clause in Essential Qualifications, if a candidate is claiming a particular qualification as equivalent qualification as per the requirement of the Notice of examination.


(f) Candidates who have not acquired the essential qualification as on 01.08.2020 will not be eligible and need not apply.


9. How to apply :-


(a) Applications are required to be submitted in online mode only at the official website of SSC Headquarters i.e.  For detailed instructions, please refer to Annexure-III and Annexure-IV of the Notice. Sample proforma of One-time Registration and online Application Forms are attached as Annexure-IIIA and Annexure-IVA. 


(b) In the online Application Form, candidates are required to upload the scanned colour passport size photograph in JPEG format (20 KB to 50 KB). The photograph should not be more than three months old from the date of publication of the Notice of Examination, and, the date on which the photograph has been taken should be clearly printed on the photograph. Applications without such date printed on the photograph will be rejected. Image dimension of the photograph should be about 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height). The photograph should be without cap, spectacles and both ears should be visible.


(c) Last date and time for submission of online applications is 04.11.2020 (23:30).


(d) Candidates are advised in their own interest to submit online applications much before the closing date and not to wait till the last date to avoid the possibility of disconnection/ inability or failure to login to the SSC website on account of heavy load on the website during the closing days.


(e) The Commission will not be responsible for the candidates not being able to submit their applications within the last date on account of the aforesaid reasons or for any other reason beyond the control of the Commission.


(f) Before submission of the online application, candidates must check that they have filled correct details in each field of the form. After submission of the online Application Form, no change/ correction/ modification will be allowed under any circumstances. Requests received in this regard in any form like Post, Fax, Email, by hand, etc shall not be entertained.


10. Application Fee :-


(a) Fee payable :- Rs 100/- (Rs one hundred only)


(b) Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Persons with disability (PwD) and Ex-servicemen (ESM) eligible for reservation are exempted from payment of fee.


(c) Fee can be paid through BHIM UPI, Net Banking or by using Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, RuPay Credit or Debit card or in cash at SBI Branches by generating SBI Challan.


(d) Online fee can be paid by the candidates up to 06.11.2020 (23:30 hours). However, candidates who wish to make payment through challan of SBI, may make the payment at designated branches of SBI within the working hours of bank up to 10.11.2020 provided the challan has been generated by them before 08.11.2020 (23:30 hours).


(e) Candidates who are not exempted from fee payment must ensure that their fee has been deposited with SSC. If the fee is not received by SSC, status of Application Form is shown as 'Incomplete' and this information is printed on the top of the printout of online Application Form. Further, status of fee payment can be verified at the 'Payment Status" link provided in the candidate's login screen. Such applications which remain incomplete due to non-receipt of fee will be SUMMARILY REJECTED and no request for consideration of such applications and fee payment after the period specified in the Notice of Examination shall be entertained.


(f) Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor will it be adjusted against any other examination or selection.

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