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What is Stenography? Stenographer Job Profile, Skill Test

What is stenography? Who is a stenographer? Know about the shorthand writing, job profile of a stenographer and details about the Stenographer skill test.

| Updated On August 4th, 2020 at 07:19 pm

What is Stenography?

Stenography is the act of recording vocals or words into a sign or codes that have been used as a familiar method in courtrooms and government offices. The process of writing the shorthand language is known as stenography. You must know stenography to pursue this art and put it on paper. In stenography, your speed is all that matters and one must be qualified to learn this coded language. You can learn stenography by various courses available. For some posts, it is mandatory to have a diploma or certificate in stenography. One of the major examinations for stenographers is SSC Grade C and D Stenographer examination for various government departments.

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Who is a Stenographer?

The stenographer is someone who transcribes the words spoken by the official and types it on computer or steno machine. Stenographers have to be licensed or pursue certification and pass the examination to work as a stenographer. He/She uses a sign language or particular codes for each word and letter that can only be deciphered by stenographers. The signs are called strokes. Working on the post can be a dignified and challenging task for a stenographer as he has to keep a record of all the confidential office work.

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Stenographer Job Profile

The work done by a stenographer is similar to an assistant in the office taking charge of all the important paperwork. The job profile of a stenographer consists of the following work on a daily basis:

  • Shorthand Writing: Taking dictations from the officials and notes in shorthand writing
  • Transcription: Deciphering the notes taken by them into a readable format by typing it on the computer
  • Assist the officer: Supporting the posted officer with phone calls, fixing appointments, bookings etc
  • Maintaining records: They need to maintain a diary containing details of meetings, important files and important documents.
  • Speech writing: Noting down details of the press conference or speech during conferences given by the minister/officer

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SSC Stenographer Skill Test

Staff Selection Commission conducts the Stenographer Grade C and D examination that is the most popular examination among aspirants looking for career growth in stenography as a government employee. The skill test in SSC Stenographer exam is of qualifying nature. It is mandatory for the aspirants to appear for the stenography test.

The candidates will be given one dictation for a total of 10 minutes in English or 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 written by them will have to be transcribed on the computer only. The evaluation of transcription will be done electronically only. The transcription time is as follows:-

S. No. Post Name Language Of Skill Test Duration
1 Stenographer Grade ‘D’ English 50 min
2 Hindi 65 min
3 Stenographer Grade ‘C’ English 40 min
4 Hindi 55 min

Note: Candidates who opt to take the Stenography Test in Hindi will be required to learn English Stenography and vice versa after their appointment, failing which their probation may not be cleared by appointing departments.

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