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UPSC SO/STENO 2022: Notification, Exam Dates (Out), Eligibility, Admit Card, Pattern, Syllabus, Cut Off

UPSC SO/STENO 2022: Union Public Service Commission has released its Recruitment calendar for the year 2022 which consists of dates of all the exams conducted by it.

Candidates can check the calendar here.

Candidates can apply from the official website.

UPSC SO/STENO 2022: The UPSC Section Officers/ Stenographers Grade B/Grade 1 exam which is popularly known as UPSC SO/ Steno is a nationwide exam. This exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The UPSC SO/Steno 2022 exam is going to conduct after a very long period of 7 years. So it is expected that the no. of aspirants will give the exam to get recruitment as a SO/Steno post under the service of the central government. The mode of exam will be offline and recruitment will be based on the written exam and evaluation of the service.

All the details regarding this exam such as application process, important dates, eligibility, exam pattern, previous year cut-off, etc have been given in this article below. Interested aspirants who have come here to get the information about this exam can read the article till the end.


UPSC SO/ Steno 2022 Recruitment Process

The recruitment for the post of SO/Steno will be done through a CLDC Exam i.e. Combined Limited Departmental Competitive Exam. The recruitment of Section Officers and Stenographers will be based on the following criteria:

  1. To apply for the recruitment exam of UPSC SO/ Steno, aspirants must have some prior work experience in the requisite field.
  2. All the eligible and interested aspirants will have to undergo an offline written examination and then a shorthand test in English/ Hindi.
  3. All those aspirants who satisfy and qualify for the above stages will have to face an evaluation procedure of the service record.
  4. After this evaluation process, the final merit list will be released by the UPSC and recruitment will be done for shortlisted aspirants.

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Overview

ParticularsDetails
Name of ExaminationUnion Public Service Commission Section Officier (SO)/Stenographers 2022
AcronymUPSC SO/STENO 2022
Conducting AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam PurposeTo recruit eligible candidates as Section Officers or Stenographers
Exam-levelNational level
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExaminationOffline
Selection CriteriaBased on Written Test
Official websitehttps://www.upsc.gov.in/

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Important Dates

Here we have given all the important events and their dates related to UPSC SO/ STENO exams. The aspirant must have to visit the official website and check out all the latest updates about the exam.

EventsDates
Registration/ Application starts from22 September 2022
Last date of Registration/Application04 October 2022
Admit card will release on3 weeks prior to examination
Exam Date10 December 2022
Final result declaration dateTo be announced

NOTE- The above dates are tentative and can be changed by the official authority. So it’s very important to visit this page regularly to get the latest updates because we will update the above table according to the latest official information.


UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Application Process

The application form for UPSC SO/ STENO 2022 will going to release from 22 September 2022 to 04 October 2022. All the aspirants will get access to fill the form in online mode only on the official website of UPSC. All the aspirants are advised to fill the form correctly because the authority will not be going to give you any chance to correct the filled details. After filling and submitting the application form before the last date, aspirants must have to take a printout of the form and have to submit it to the HoD of the Commission.

How to fill UPSC SO/Steno 2022 Application Form?

There are a total of 6 steps to fill and submit the online application form. Here we have provided step-by-step procedure to apply for UPSC SO/STENO 2022.

Step 1. Registration

  • First of all, visit the official webpage of UPSC and then click on the registration link for UPSC SO/ STENO 2022.
  • After opening the link, fill in all the required details as asked to fill like Name, Address, Phone no., email address, etc.
  • After filling in all the details, submit the registration form.

Step 2. Login ID

  • After the successful registration, all the aspirants will receive a different Login ID and Password on their mail id or registered phone no.

Step 3. Filling the application form

  • Now, log in with the provided credentials.
  • After login, aspirants have to choose a proper category of posts for which they are going to apply.
  • Fill in all the necessary and required details as asked in the application form such as Name, Contact No., Email, Parental Information, Educational qualification, Permanent address, Category, etc.

Step 4. Uploading documents

  • After filling the application form, aspirants have to upload all the supporting documents in the prescribed format.
  • List of documents needed while filling the application form and some of them to be uploaded as required.
    1. A Recent Passport size photograph
    2. Permanent Signature
    3. Category Certificate
    4. Qualifying exam degree/mark sheet.

Step 5. Fee Payment

  • After filling the application form, aspirants have to pay the category-wise required application fee.
  • The application fee will be debited in online mode (via various online payment methods) and in offline mode as well.
  • The payable application fee of UPSC Steno/SO 2022 is Rs 100/- only.

Step 6. Submission and printout

  • After filling the application form and making payment of the application fee, aspirants have to download and take two printouts of the application form and fee receipt. Keep one copy safely, for future references.
  • Another hard copy of the application form and fee receipt will have to be submitted to the Head of Department (HoD)/ Head of Office of the Commission.
  • Addressed to:-
    Undersecretary (E-VI), Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069.

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Eligibility

The required eligibility criteria for the post of UPSC SO/STENO under different categories and different services are given below:

CategoryServicesRequirement
Category 1Section Officers’ (SO) Grade of the Central Secretariat Service
  • Aspirants must have at least 5 years of work experience +  minimum 4 annual achievement appraisals in the Assistant’s grade of the CSSPA Grade (Central Secretariat Service Personal Assistants’ Grade) of the CSSS (Central Secretariat Stenographers Service) + Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from any recognized university.
Category 2Section Officers’ (SO) Integrated Grade 2nd & 3rd) of the General Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch ‘B’
  • Aspirants must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in
    • Grade 2 of the Stenographer’s cadre                                            OR,
    • Grade 4 of the General cadre OR,
    • Grade 2 of the Cypher sub-cadre of the IFS (Indian Foreign Service)                                       OR,
    • Branch B of IFS                         OR,
    • all the mentioned criteria.
Category 3Section Officers’ (SO) Grade of the Railway Board Secretariat Service
  • Aspirants must have a minimum of  5  years of experience in service in
    • Assistant’s grade of the RBSS (Railway Board Secretariat Service)                                       OR,
    • Grade 2/Grade C of the RBSSS (Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers’ Service)           OR,
    •  in both of the above
Category 4Private Secretary Grade of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service
  • Aspirants must have at least 3 years of experience in the service of PA (Personal Assistant) Garde of the CSSS (Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service) + Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from any recognized university.
Category 5Grade I of the Stenographers’ Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch B
  • Aspirants must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in the service of Grade 2 of the Stenographers cadre of the IFS (Indian Foreign Services, Branch B)
Category 6Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’ merged of the Armed Forces Headquarters Stenographers’ Service
    Aspirants must be experienced with a minimum of 3 years of experience in service of Grade 2 or in service of Grade C of the (AFHSS) Armed Forces Headquater Stenographer’s Service
Category 7Grade ‘B’ of the Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers Service
  • Aspirants must have at least 5 years of experience in service of Grade 2 or Grade C of the RBSSS (Railway Board Secretariat Stenographer’s Service).
Category 8Section Officers’ Grade of the Intelligence Bureau.
  • Aspirants who are permanently appointed with a minimum of 4 years of experience as Assistants/ Personal Assistants (Stenos Grade 2) of Intelligence Bureau.
  • If aspirants are selected via LDCE, then the LCD Exam must be conducted after 5 years from the crucial date.
Category 9Private Secretary Grade in Employees’ State Insurance Corporation
  • Aspirants must have at least three years of regularized experience in PA (Personal Assistant) Grade in ESIC (Employees’ State Insurance Corporation).

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Exam Pattern

The UPSC SO/STENO exam will consist of 3 papers. The nature of all the 3 papers is different. All the required details regarding the exam pattern of Paper-1, Paper-2, and Paper-3 are mention below in the tables.

Paper-1

Exam ModeOffline
Duration2 Hours
Type of QuestionsMCQs (Multiple Choice Question)
Medium of ExamBilingual i.e. Hindi and English
Maximum Marks150 Marks
Negative MarkingYes, a 0.33 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

Paper-2

Exam ModeOffline
Duration2 Hours
Type of QuestionsObjective Type
Medium of ExamBilingual i.e. Hindi and English
Maximum Marks150 Marks
Negative MarkingYes, a 0.33 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

Paper-3

Exam ModeWritten Exam
Timing03 hours
Type of QuestionsSubjective Type
Medium of ExamHindi/ English (Optional)
Maximum Marks200
Negative MarkingNo

Note: A shorthand test will be held for aspirants in the English / Hindi language. This test will be held to test the writing speed of 100 words per minute for 10 minutes of the aspirants and after this test, they will get 55 and 45 minutes for Hindi and English writing tests respectively.For illegible handwriting, 5% marks will be deducted out of total writing marks.


UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Exam Syllabus

Along with the commencement of official notification, the Union Public Service Commission releases the complete syllabus of the UPSC SO/Steno. Before preparing for this exam, it is very necessary to be aware of the pattern and syllabus. The topic-wise syllabus for each paper has been mentioned below, you should note down it properly, and also you can download the PDF of the syllabus provided by the commission.

Paper-I

  • The Indian Consitution
  • Organization in the machinery of the Government of India
  • Rules and procedure of conduct of business in Lok and Rajya Sabha
  • RTI Act 2005
  • Designation and allocation of subjects between Ministries, Departments, Attached & Subordinate Offices.

Paper-II

Category I, IV, VIII & IX

  • Manual of office procedure
  • Handbook of orders regarding the use of Hindi for the official purpose of the Union issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (For category I & IV) only.
  • Fundamental and supplementary rules (AGP&T’s compilation, Chaudhury’s compilation, Swamy’s compilation.
  • Notes on office procedure issued by Institute of Secretarial Training and Management
  • Delegation of Financial Power Rules
  • Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules
  • Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules
  • Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules
  • Central Civil Services (Classification, Control, and Appeal) Rules
  • Compilation of General Financial Rules (Revised & Enlarged)
  • Intelligence Bureau Standing Orders (For Category VIII only).

For Category II & V

  • Manual of office procedure
  • Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for the official purpose of the Union issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Fundamental and Supplementary Rules (AGP&T’s compilation, Chaudhury’s compilation, Swamy’s compilation)
  • Central Civil Services (Classification, Control, and Appeal) Rules
  • Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules
  • Compilation of General Financial Rules (Revised & Enlarged)
  • Indian Foreign Service (PLCA) Rules
  • Notes on office procedure issued by the ISTM
  • Indian Foreign Service (Conduct and Discipline) rules
  • Delegation of Financial Power Rules
  • Financial Powers of Government of India’s representatives abroad.
  • Assisted Medical Attendance Schemes

For Category III & VII

  • Manual of office procedure issued by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)
  • The Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966
  • Indian Railway Administration and Finance (Excluding Chapters V, VI, VIII & IX)
  • Indian Railway Financial Code Vol. I (Excluding Chapter II & VI)
  • The Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rule, 1968
  • The Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rule, 1968
  • Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol. I
  • Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for the official purpose of the Union issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs

For Category VI

  • Manual of office procedure
  • Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules
  • Fundamental and Supplementary Rules (AGP&T’s compilation, Chaudhury’s compilation, Swamy’s compilation)
  • Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules
  • Central Civil Services (Classification, Control, and Appeal) Rules
  • Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for the official purpose of the Union issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Notes on office procedure issued by the Institute of Secretarial Training and Management
  • Financial regulation Part I

Part-III

  • In this paper, aspirants have to make notes and drafts on some specific problems & precis for a given passage.

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Preparation Tips

To make your preparation better, here we have mentioned some tips which will add value to your overall preparation. Aspirants are advised to follow these tips based on their own understanding and need.

Tips No. 1:  Use mnemonics, flow chart,s and diagrams to understand and learn the important things. By using this trick, all the information will go deep in your subconscious mind i.e. in long-term memory.

Tips No. 2:  You can buy some online/ offline study material such as coaching notes, practice papers, mock tests, reference books, etc from a good source if you can afford it.

Tips No. 3:  Make regular and proper notes for all important topics and revise daily.

Tips No. 4: Structure a proper study chart and follow that regularly without any procrastination.

Tips No. 5: Before one month of the exam, complete the whole syllabus, and perform mock tests only to examine your knowledge.

Tip No. 6:  Always make a short note of each of the topics, it will help you to revise the syllabus in less time.


UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Admit Card

All those aspirants who have successfully filled the application form will able to download the hall ticket/ admit card of the UPSC SO/STENO exam. The admit card/ hall ticket link will be active before the 3 weeks of the UPSC SO/ STENO exam. The aspirants can able to download the UPSC SO/Steno admit card from the official website of UPSC i.e. upsc.gov.in.

How to Download?

  • Firstly, open the website upsc.gov.in.
  • Now click on the link/tab of Admit Card/ Hall Ticket.
  • Find and click on the admit card/hall ticket link of SO/ STENO 2022.
  • Now log in with the required credentials such as Application no., Password, and Captcha code.
  • After this, a new page will be displayed on the monitor screen, it will show your admit card.
  • Now download and take a printout of the hall ticket/admit card for future references.

Details Mentioned on the Admit Card-

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Roll No.
  • Date of Examination
  • Examination Centre address and Code
  • Father’s Name
  • Registration No.

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Exam Center

UPSC SO/STENO exam is a nation-wide exam and it will be organized in different 5 states of the country. Aspirants will have an option to choose their examination center according to their preference. The name of the different cities in which the exam will be organized is given as follow.

  1. Chennai
  2. Delhi
  3. Kolkata
  4. Mumbai
  5. Nagpur

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Result

After appearing for the exam, aspirants will be able to download the UPSC SO/STENO result/scorecard for the same. It’s conducting body i.e. UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) will release the result on its official website. No hard copy of the scorecard/ result will be sent to the passed aspirants, they have to download the result in online mode on the official website of UPSC i.e. upsc.gov.in. All the aspirants who will be shortlisted, have to undergo the evaluation process of the allotted/chosen services. The final result for recruitment will be announced on the basis of the selection process. The UPSC will release the merit list based on the aspirant’s aggregate marks given for each paper.

Instructions

  • The scorecard/result of the aspirants will show their qualifying status.
  • Aspirants will able to check their aggregate marks/score from the result/scorecard.
  • The Union Public Service Commission will also release the category-wise merit list of the aspirants.

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Cut off

The category-wise minimum cut off marks of the previous examination of UPSC SO/STENO is tabulated as below. Aspirants should check this table to take an idea about the cut-off.

UPSC SO/STENO 2014 Cut-off 

Written Stage

CategoryMinimum Cut-off Marks out of 500Minimum Cut-off Marks out of 500Minimum Cut-off Marks out of 500
 GeneralSCST
I15010085
II18013689
III164108
IV10191
V119119
VI100100
VII
VIII15610381
IX

Final Stage

CategoryMinimum Cut-off Marks out of 500Minimum Cut-off Marks out of 500 Minimum Cut-off Marks out of 500
 GeneralSCST
I227185175
II274229234
III261229
IV
V215181
VI218
VII165
VIII260207156
IX

UPSC SO/STENO 2022 Selection Procedure

The selection process for UPSC SO/STENO will be based on the offline written exam and evaluation procedure of the service. The recruiting authority i.e. UPSC will call those eligible aspirants for the next process of evaluation who have secured qualifying marks in the written examination. After the completion of the evaluation process, the recruitment process will be done and eligible candidates will get the recruitment offer letter from UPSC.


UPSC SO/STENO 2022 FAQs

What is the official website of UPSC?

The official website of UPSC is https://www.upsc.gov.in/

What is the procedure of Recruitment for UPSC SO/Steno posts?

The recruitment for the post of SO/Steno will be done through a CLDC Exam i.e. Combined Limited Departmental Competitive Exam.

What are the eligibility criteria needed for the posts of SO/Steno?

The eligibility criteria for all the posts in all the categories are different. For more details about eligibility, check the UPSC SO/Steno eligibility section of this article or you may refer to the official website.

Who conducts the UPSC SO/Steno recruitment process?

The UPSC i.e. Union Public Service Commission itself conducts the UPSC SO/Steno recruitment process.

How many papers will be there in the exam?

Total of three papers will be there in the exam.

What will be the mode of examination?

The exam will be conducted in offline mode.

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  1. I am a stenographer grade II in the Income tax department for 4 years. Am I eligible to apply for this examination? and for which post. Please provide me the guidance.

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