In this article, I would mention briefly how one should prepare oneself for the SSC Stenographer examination. The main focus of this article is about SSC Steno and other aspects of Steno are not considered here. This article is for those readers who are familiar with Stenography and are preparing for it.
To begin with, first, we all know that SSC conducts the written examination of 200 marks which consists three subjects, viz., English Grammar and Comprehension (100 marks), General Intelligence (Reasoning, 50 marks) and General Awareness (50 marks). This examination consists of 200 questions and each question carries one mark with it. This examination decides merits of the aspirants and is an important phase which determines the department or ministry which an aspirant will get when he qualifies skill test. Skill is qualifying in nature and everything depends on written test, which is computer based online test.
Aspirants should prepare for the written test along with practising shorthand. There are various books available in the market, which I think will definitely help them. For English they can use Paramount English, A Mirror of Common Errors, Kiran’s English, English Grammar in use- Raymond Murphy, High School English (Wren and Martin). I think these books are sufficient for English. They should also prepare their vocab to score good marks. The portion of English includes- Sentence Arrangement, Error finding, Cloze test, Active and passive voice, Direct and Indirect Speech, Fill in the blanks, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, and Passages. Previous year papers and practice sets plays a key role in understanding the pattern of the examination.
Reasoning is relatively an easier subject compared to English and General Awareness. You should be able to successfully systematize your studies and know what to prepare and how much. This is done by knowing the weightage for different topics in the exam.
Sr. No. Topic Weightage
1 Classification 6-9 Qs
2 Analogy 8-9 Qs
3 Coding-Decoding 2-3 Qs
4 Puzzle 4-6 Qs
5 Matrix 1Q
6 Word Formation 2-3 Qs
7 Arranging Words in Logical Order or Dictionary Order 3-5 Qs
8 Venn Diagram 3-4 Qs
9 Directions & Distances 2-3 Qs
10 Blood Relations 1-2 Qs
11 Number Series 5-7 Qs
12 Order & Ranking 1-3 Qs
13 Non-Verbal Reasoning 6-8 Qs
14 Verbal Reasoning 2-4 Qs
There are many books available for reasoning like Kiran’s Reasoning, Rakesh Yadav Reasoning and so on.
Static General Awareness can be prepared through Lucent’s General Knowledge and Lucent’s General Science. It is sufficient for Static GA. Just go through these books and it is enough for you.
For current events, aspirants should read newspapers and there are many youtube channels like Study IQ, WiFi Study, Adda 24*7, Mahendra Guru which will really help you. My personal choice is [Prashant Dhawan’s Daily Current affairs and Monthly best 200 current affairs] from Study IQ.
Nowadays, cut off marks of SSC Steno is higher compared to previous years because of those participants who prepare for exams of higher levels like SSC CGL, JE, UPSC, etc., but also take this examination for no reason. Such candidates scores good marks and this increases cut off marks. So, prepare yourself well for the written test and try to score not less than 150.
Talking about skill test, it is the most important phase for the selection in SSC Steno. Candidates must develop the speed of shorthand upto 100 wpm for Group C and 80 wpm for Group D, which can be achieved only with practice. So practice and practice hard untill you do not achieve your desired speed. You must learn all rules and short forms of your course book. Kailash Chandra and Progressive magazines will help students in learning outlines and you should practice at least 2 to 3 transcriptions from each magazine. Those who find it difficult to increase their speed, I would recommend them that while practicing they should practice each lines 10 to 15 times and continue this method for 15 to 20 days this will increase your fluency and you will learn new outlines faster and you will definitely find the difference in your speed. Candidates must go through the President’s Speeches and news editorials. It is seen that Skill test always contains some part from President’ Speeches, therefore, practice them well. Do transcribe your dictations that you have taken, regularly and try to type them with less amount of errors. You should try to write unseen dictations as much as possible. To bind up, at last, I would say that it takes nothing but only the Hard Work to get selected for SSC Stenographer. You have to stress your back and mind regularly. Keep practicing.