SSC Stenographer 2021: English Preparation Tips & Strategy

By Rahul Chadha|Updated : October 6th, 2019

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts a Combined All India Examination for recruitment to the posts of Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ for which intermediate/ 12th pass or equivalent is the minimum qualification required which makes it a mix of students from every stream to fight for their dream job. This recruitment is for posts at Ministries/Departments of Central Government and Subordinate/Attached offices in other parts of the country.

This year, SSC Stenographer Grade C & D is scheduled to be held from November 11-15, 2021Before commencing, let us first have a look at the examination pattern of the SSC Stenographer Grade C & D 2021 Exam.


SSC Stenographer Grade C & D 2021: Examination Pattern:

The SSC Stenographer Recruitment Exam comprises a written paper that consists of 100 Objective Type - Multiple choice questions divided into 3 parts viz. General Intelligence & Reasoning (50 questions), General Awareness (50 questions), and English Language and Comprehension (100 questions).



Maximum Marks/Number of Questions

Time Allotted


General Intelligence and Reasoning


2 hours


General Awareness



English Language


                                                                     Total No. of Questions


 1. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

2. The papers will be set in both English and Hindi (Except Part III).

NOTE: We have already provided you with a detailed Syllabus for the exam conducted for SSC Stenographer Grade C & D. Click Here to View the Syllabus.

Since the weightage of the English section is more than the other subjects, we are providing you with the Smart Strategy for English section to help you prepare efficiently for the upcoming exam & get a good score. Here are some important and valuable tips and strategies for the English Language & Comprehension Section of the SSC Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and Grade ‘D’ Examination.

Smart Strategy for English Section in SSC Stenographer Grade C & D Exam

English Section is one section that gets mixed responses from candidates depending upon their educational background and preparation level. For some students, this is an easy task but for others, this section becomes a nightmare and the biggest hurdle in getting a good score in the exam.

English is not something you can expect to master in a day. But from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you can perform well in it in relatively less time as compared to Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning sections. The number of questions from each topic and their difficulty level has remained similar over the years. As you know this subject contains 100 questions, let us have a look at the expected topic-wise division of marks in the English Section of the SSC Stenographer Grade C & D Exam:


Expected no. of questions

Error Spotting


Fill in the blanks




Idioms and Phrases


Para Jumbles


Active / Passive Voice


Sentence Correction


Direct / Indirect Speech


Cloze Test


Reading Comprehension


Topic-wise Details

1. Spotting Error 

You have to find the grammatical error in the sentence. This type of question requires good grammatical sense.

Tips to solve Spotting Error in exam

(i) In order to solve questions on spotting errors the first step you should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most cases, you will be able to detect the error in the first go itself.

(ii) While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.

(iii) If you can still not detect the error or you are still unsure of the correct answer, then you must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting links to some important "Golden rules on Spotting Errors."

1. Spotting Error Rules -Part 1

2. Spotting Error Rules -Part 2

2. Fill in the blanks

 Tips to solve this type of Question in exam

(i) Read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer.

(ii) Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both the entries.

(iii) Also, you must ensure that the word you have inserted in the blank enables you to read the sentence smoothly and correctly.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting links to Previous Years Question Quizzes. - Click Here


3. Synonyms and Antonyms:

(i) Learn at least 10 new English words daily. Note down the Meaning and example of each word you find unfamiliar or difficult to remember. This is the best way to cover Synonyms and Antonyms.

(iii) Make shortcuts, tricks to make the learning of words easy, and try to use them in your daily life

 (iii) Must study all the Synonyms and Antonyms from the previous papers as you know that SSC usually repeats a lot of questions.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting tricks to improve your vocab. Click here

3. Idioms/Phrases & One Word Substitution

(i) Sum up all the one-word substitutions and Idioms and phrases from the previous yearbooks and learn them to score well in the English section.

(ii) We have already given many quizzes on these topics which are from previous year papers. So you must attempt this from here.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting the links below to previous year's Question Quizzes. Click Here


4. Para Jumbles

Para-jumbled sentences may seem challenging for anyone. In these types of questions, you need to first find the links between the sentences. The goal in these types of sentences is to rearrange the sentences in the original sequence.

In order to make it easy for the aspirants, here are the links to some quizzes on Para Jumbles which you must practice to excel in this topic. Click Here

5. Active / Passive Voice

This is an important topic from the exam point of view and can fetch you a good score if practiced well. To make the topic easy for you all, here is the link to some important Active Passive rules which you should not miss.

Click Here to View Important Rules of Active / Passive Voice

6. Sentence Correction

In this topic, you have to find the correct alternatives which may improve the sentence. Sometimes there is no correction required then your answer will be no improvement.

Tips to solve Sentence Correction in Exam 

(i) Read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something “sounds” wrong.

(ii) Always look at every choice.

(iii) Even when the original sentence seems fine, pay attention to the grammar that it tests and look through the choices systematically to see if any option provides a better alternative.

(iv) As you locate each error, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error

(v) Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy.

(vi) Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting links of Quizzes which are from "Previous Year Questions". Click Here

7. Direct / Indirect Speech

Aspirants find this one topic in the English Language to be very confusing and mostly leave the topic while preparing untouched. But let us tell you that this topic can be a scoring one if practiced well.

So, here is the link to some Quizzes on Direct / Indirect Speech which you must surely practice to score well in SSC Stenographer Grade C & D Exam. Click here

8. Cloze Test

A passage with 5 blanks is expected to come in SSC Steno Exam. In this test, you are provided with a passage with a few blanks and you need to fill these blanks from the given options.

Tips to solve Cloze Test in exam 

(i) In a passage mostly all the sentences are logically related to each other. This logic will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.

(ii) Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not, then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.

(iii) Find a logical relation between all the provided options.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting links below of Quizzes which are from "Previous Year Questions". Click Here

9. Reading Comprehension

Step I: Identify the tone of the paragraph, it helps in answering questions very quickly

Step II: Read questions first so that you know what you are looking for

Step III: Read first and last para twice and thoroughly

Important: Read more and More Passages, this will improve your speed in reading and understanding English

Note 1: Don’t skip the comprehension part, the passages asked in the exam are easy and can be scored off quickly.

Note 2: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting the links below of Quizzes which are from previous years' Questions. Click Here

How to Develop Confidence

Know your Strength and Weakness: Candidates should check their weaknesses and work hard to overcome their weaknesses. Mange time while practicing the hard and easy topics in your SSC syllabus.

Believe in Yourself: Always believe in yourself and think about your aim to succeed in the SSC Exam. Try not to lose your self-confidence in any situation.

Be Positive: Candidates should stay positive about the exam and their future results.

Time Management Tips While Studying

Practice with Stopwatch on your side: For any aspiring SSC candidate, it is a must to keep a stopwatch by their side while preparing. Apart from the tenacity of the questions, what matters is the time allotted for solving those questions. One needs to practice well enough so that in the paper, he/she can answer the most number of questions while keeping the accuracy factor in mind. This also helps you improve your time and boosts your confidence just before the examination.

Go through Practice Sets and Mock Question Papers: Mock question papers and practice sets can help the candidates to prepare for the examination effectively. By solving these sets you can get an idea about how many questions you are solving in the given time and try to improve that by applying and innovating newer techniques through constant practice.

Previous year’s question papers are a must to practice right now. This will help you understand the type and style of questions asked. You will be able to prepare better keeping in mind the questions that have been asked before. This is also a great way to practice for the real exam. Set yourself on a timer and practice the papers like you are writing the real exam to get the feel of the exam and also learn time management. SSC Stenographer Previous Year Question Papers in Hindi & English PDF

Just remember

"Perfect planning and proper execution is the key to success in any competitive exam"



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