Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, Staff Selection Commission,

Stenographer Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ Examination, 2020
(Website of the Commission: https://ssc.nic.in)


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 „B‟, 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.

  1. 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 (https://ssc.nic.in >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.
  2. 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. Candidate 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 https://ssc.nic.in

(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 ‘D’ in the Border Roads Organization (BRO).

  1. 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 favour 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.
  1. 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 „D‟: 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:

(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‟ & „D‟ 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; or

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; or

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

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;

or

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;

or

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

or

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

or

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 „D‟ 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 t 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 programmes 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.
  1. How to apply:

    (a) Applications are required to be submitted in online mode only at the official website of SSC Headquarters i.e. https://ssc.nic.in. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. Centres of Examination:

    (a) A candidate must indicate the Centre(s) in the online Application Form in which he/ she desires to take the examination. Details about the Examination Centres and Regional Offices under whose jurisdiction these Examination Centres are located are as follows:



(b) A candidate may give option for three centres, in the order of priority, within the same region. No request for change of Centre of Examination will be considered later under any circumstances. Hence, the candidates should select the centers, carefully and indicate the same correctly in their applications.

(c) The Commission will endeavour to accommodate the candidates in centres opted by them. However, the Commission reserves the right to cancel any Centre and ask the candidates of that centre to appear from another centre. Commission also reserves the right to divert candidates of any centre to some other Centre to take the examination.

  1. Scheme of Examination
    (a) The details of the Computer Based Examination are mentioned below:

(b) Question paper will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi.

(c) There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions.

(d) Marks scored by candidates in the Computer Based Examination will be normalized by using the formula published by the Commission vide Notice No: 1-1/2018-P&P-I dated 07-02-2019 and such normalized scores will be used to determine final merit and cut-off marks.

(e) Tentative Answer Keys of the Computer Based Examination will be placed on the website of the Commission after the Examination. Candidates may go through the Answer Keys and submit online representations, if any, within the time limit given by the Commission, on payment of Rs 100/- per question. Any representation regarding the Answer Keys received through the online modality within the time limit fixed by the Commission at the time of uploading of the Answer Keys will be scrutinized before finalizing the Answer Keys and the decision of the Commission in this regard will be final. Representations on the matter received through any other modalities e.g. letter, application, email, etc will not be entertained.

(f) The dates of examination indicated in the Notice are tentative. Any change in the schedule of examination will be informed to candidates only through the website of the Commission.

(g) There shall be no provision for re-evaluation/ re-checking in the Examination. No correspondence in this regard shall be entertained.

  1. Indicative Syllabus for Computer Based Mode Examination:

(a) General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and non- verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate‟s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and other analytical functions.

(b) General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its Neighboring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

(c) For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability, there will be no component of Maps/ Graphs/ Diagrams/ Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning/ General Awareness Paper.

(d)
English Language & Comprehension: In addition to the testing of candidates’ understanding of the English Language, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and its correct usage, etc. his/ her writing ability, would also be tested.

(e) Skill Test in Stenography:

(i) The candidates who are shortlisted in the Computer Based Examination will be required to appear in the Skill Test for Stenography. The candidates will be given one dictation for 10 minutes in English or Hindi (as opted by the candidates in the online Application Form) at the speed of 100 word per minute (w.p.m) for the post of Stenographer Grade „C‟ and 80 w.p.m. for the post of Stenographer Grade „D‟. The matter will have to be transcribed on computer. The transcription time is as follows:

(ii) 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. Candidates have to work as English/ Hindi stenographers as per the functional requirement of the User Office
irrespective of the medium of Skill Test of candidate during the examination.

(iii) The Skill Test will be held at the Commission‟s Regional Offices or at other Centre(s) as may be decided by the Commission.

(iv) Detailed instructions, if any, regarding Skill Test will be provided by the concerned Regional Offices of the Commission to the candidates called for the Skill Test.

(v) Standard instructions regarding modality of evaluation of Skill Test is available at the Candidate‟s Corner Section on the Commission‟s website.

  1. Admission to the Examination:

    (a) All candidates who register themselves in response to this advertisement by the closing date and time and whose applications are found to be in order and are provisionally accepted by the Commission as per the terms and conditions of the Notice of Examination will be assigned Roll numbers and issued Admission Certificates (AC) by the Regional/ Offices of the Commission for appearing in the Computer Based Examination. Subsequently, qualified candidates will be issued Admission Certificates for the next stages of the Examination.

    (b) The Commission will not undertake detailed scrutiny of applications for the eligibility and other aspects at the time of written examination and, therefore, candidature will be accepted only provisionally. Candidates must to go through the requirements of educational qualification, age, etc. and satisfy themselves that they are eligible for the
    post(s). Copies of supporting documents will be sought at the time of Document Verification. When scrutiny is undertaken, if any claim made in the online Application is not found substantiated, the candidature will be cancelled and the Commission„s decision in this regard shall be final.

    (c) Admission Certificates for the Examination will be uploaded on the website of the concerned Regional Office of the Commission. Admission Certificate will not be issued by post for any stage of examination. Candidates are therefore advised to regularly visit the websites of the Commission Headquarters (i.e. https://ssc.nic.in) and concerned
    Regional Office of the Commission under whose jurisdiction the examination centres opted by the candidate are located (details at para-11(a)) for updates and information about the examination.

    (d) Information about the Examination indicating the time table and City/ Centre of examination for the candidates will be uploaded on the websites of the concerned Regional Office of the Commission about two weeks before the date of examination. If any candidate does not find his/ her detail on the website of the Commission, one week before the date of examination, he/ she must immediately contact the concerned Regional Office of the Commission with proof of having submitted his/ her application. Failure to do so will deprive him/ her of any claim for consideration.

    (e) Candidates must write Registration Number, registered Email-ID and Mobile Number along with name, date of birth and name of the examination, while addressing any communication to the Commission. Communication from the candidate not furnishing these particulars shall not be entertained.

    (f) Facility for download of Admission Certificates will be available 3-7 days before the examination on the website of concerned Regional Office. Candidate must bring printout of the Admission Certificate to the Examination Hall.

    (g) In addition to the Admission Certificate, it is mandatory to carry at least two passport size recent colour photographs, Original valid Photo-ID proof having the Date of Birth as printed on the Admission Certificate, such as:
    i. Aadhaar Card/ Printout of E-Aadhaar,
    ii. Voter‟s ID Card,
    iii. Driving License,
    iv. PAN Card,
    v. Passport,
    vi. School/ College ID Card,
    vii. Employer ID Card (Govt./ PSU/ Private), etc
    viii. Ex-serviceman Discharge Book issued by Ministry of Defence,
    ix. Any other photo bearing ID Card issued by the Central/ State Government.

    (h) If Photo Identity Card does not have the date of birth printed on it then the candidate must carry an additional original certificate in proof of their date of birth. In case of mismatch in the date of birth mentioned in the Admission Certificate and photo ID/ Certificate brought in support of date of birth, the candidate will not be allowed to appear in the examination.

    (i) PwD candidates using the facility of scribes as per P
    ara 7(a) and 7(b) shall also be required to carry required Medical Certificate/ Undertaking/ Photocopy of the Scribe‟s Photo ID Proof, as specified therein. Candidates without these documents will not be allowed to appear in the examination.

    (j) Any other document mentioned in the Admission Certificate will be carried by the candidates while appearing in the Examination.

    (k) Applications with blurred photograph and/ or signature will be rejected.
  1. Document Verification (DV):
    (a) All the candidates qualified for Document Verification are required to appear for Document Verification along with the photocopies and original documents as mentioned at Para: 15 (d).

    (b) Detailed options for various posts and departments will be taken from candidates either online or at the time of document verification. A candidate will not be considered for a Ministry/ Department/ Organization, if he/ she has not indicated his/ her preference for it.
    Options confirmed at the time of Document Verification will be treated
    as final and will not be changed subsequently under any circumstances. Therefore, candidates are must be careful in exercise of such options.

    (c) While giving preference of the posts/ Departments either online or at the time of Document Verification, the candidates may note that the Border Roads Organization (BRO) have specific requirement of Physical Standards, Physical Tests and Medical Standards. Candidates must ensure that they fulfill all the requirements of BRO before giving their preferences/ options. Measurement of Physical Standards and Physical and Medical Tests will be conducted by the BRO after final selection and nomination of candidates to BRO. Notification with regard to Physical/ Medical Standards, etc issued by BRO is placed at Annexure XV.

    (d) Candidates have to bring two passport size recent colour photographs and one original valid Photo ID Proof while appearing for the Document Verification. Photo ID Proof can be:
    i. Aadhaar Card/ Printout of E-Aadhaar.
    ii. Voter ID Card.
    iii. PAN Card.
    iv. Passport.
    v. Driving License.
    vi. Government School/ College ID Card.
    vii. Employer ID (Govt./ PSU).
    viii. Ex-serviceman Discharge Book issued by Ministry of Defence,
    ix. Any other Photo bearing ID Card issued by Central/ State Govt.

(e) Candidates will have to submit copies of various documents like:

i. Matriculation/ Secondary Certificate.
ii. Educational Qualification Certificate.


iii. Order/ letter in respect of equivalent Educational Qualifications 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.

iv. Caste/ Category Certificate, if belongs to reserved categories.
v. Persons with Disabilities Certificate in the required format, if applicable.
vi. For Ex-Servicemen (ESM):

1) Serving Defence Personnel Certificate as per Annexure-VI, if
applicable.
2) Undertaking as per Annexure-VII.
3) Discharge Certificate, if discharged from the Armed Forces.

vii. Relevant Certificate if seeking any age relaxation.

viii. Certificate as per Annexure-V by the Central Government Civilian
Employees.

ix. No Objection Certificate, in case already employed in Government/
Government undertakings.

x. A candidate who claims change in name after matriculation on marriage or re- marriage or divorce, etc. the following documents shall be submitted:

1) In case of marriage of women: Photocopy of Husband‟s passport
showing names of spouses or an attested copy of marriage certificate
issued by the Registrar of Marriage or an Affidavit from husband and
wife along with a joint photograph duly sworn before the Oath
Commissioner;

2) In case of re-marriage of women: Divorce Deed/ Death Certificate as the
case may be in respect of first spouse; and photocopy of present
husband‟s passport showing names of spouse or an attested copy of
marriage certificate issued by the Registrar of Marriage or an Affidavit
from the husband and wife along with joint photograph duly sworn
before the Oath Commissioner.

3) In case of divorce of women: Certified copy of Divorce Decree and
Deed Poll/ Affidavit duly sworn before the Oath Commissioner.

4) In other circumstances for change of name for both male and female:
Deed Poll/ Affidavit duly sworn before the Oath Commissioner andpaper cuttings of two leading daily newspaper in original (One daily newspaper should be of the area of applicant‟s permanent and present address or nearby area) and Gazette Notification.

(f) Any other document specified in the Admission Certificate for DV

  1. MODE OF SELECTION:
    (a) Minimum qualifying marks in Computer Based Examination, are as follows:

i. UR: 30%
ii. OBC/ EWS: 25%
iii. All other categories (SC, ST, PwD, ESM, etc): 20%

(b) In the online application form, candidate will have to indicate the posts for which they are applying i.e. Stenographer Grade „C‟ or Stenographer Grade „D‟ or the both.

(c) Based on the marks scored in the Computer Based Examination, candidates will be shortlisted, category-wise, to appear in the Skill Test(s) for the post(s) they have applied for.

(d) Skill Test is mandatory but qualifying in nature. The Commission will fix category-wise qualifying standard in the Skill Test for each post. The candidates who qualify the Skill Test will be considered for final selection on basis of their merit in the Computer Based Examination.

(e) Final selection and allocation of Ministries/ Departments will be made on the basis of the performance of candidates in the Computer Based Examination and the preference of Posts/ Departments exercised by them at the time of Document Verification.

(f) While giving preferences of the posts/ Departments candidates may note that the Border Roads Organization (BRO) have specific requirement of Physical Standards, Physical Tests and Medical Standards. Candidates must ensure that they fulfill all the requirements of BRO before giving their preferences/ options. Measurement of Physical Standards and Physical and Medical Tests will be conducted by the BRO after final selection and
nomination of candidates to BRO. Notification with regard to Physical/ Medical Standards, etc issued by BRO is placed at Annexure XV.

(g) Once the candidate has been allotted first available preference, as per their merit, they will not be considered for any other option. Therefore, candidates must exercise preference of Posts/ Departments very carefully. The option/ preference once exercised by the candidates at the time of Document Verification will be treated as FINAL and IRREVERSIBLE. Subsequent request for change of Posts/ Departments by candidates
will not be entertained under any circumstances.

(h) The Commission makes final allotment of posts on the basis of merit-cum-preferences of Posts/ Departments given by the candidates and once a post is allotted, no change of posts will be made by the Commission due to non-fulfillment of any post specific requirements of physical/ medical/ educational standards. In other words, for example if a candidate has
given higher preference for a post and is selected for that post; in that case, if he/ she fails to meet the medical/ physical/ educational standards of that post, his/ her candidature will be rejected and he/ she will not be considered for other preferences.

(i) SC, ST, OBC, EWS, ESM and PwD candidates, who are selected on their own merit without relaxed standards, will not be adjusted against the reserved share of vacancies. Such candidates will be accommodated against the general/ unreserved vacancies in the post as per their position in the overall merit or vacancies earmarked for their category, whichever is advantageous to them. The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately
from amongst the eligible SC, ST, OBC, EWS, ESM and PwD candidates.

(j) SC, ST, OBC, EWS, ESM and PwD candidates who qualifies on the basis of relaxed standards viz. age limit, experience or qualifications, permitted number of chances, extended zone of consideration, etc., irrespective of his/ her merit position, is to be counted against reserved vacancies and not against un-reserved vacancies. Such candidates may also be recommended at the relaxed standards to the extent of number of vacancies reserved for them, to make up for the deficiency in the reserved quota, irrespective of their rank in the order of merit. In so far as cases of ex-serviceman are concerned, deduction of the military service rendered from the age of ex-servicemen is permissible against the reserved or unreserved posts and such exemption will not be termed as relaxed standards in regard to age. Similarly for PwD candidates, relaxation of 10 years in upper age limit
will not be termed as relaxed standards.

(k) A person with disability who is selected on own merit can be appointed against an unreserved vacancy provided the post is identified suitable for Persons with Disability of relevant category.

(l) Success in the examination confers no right of appointment unless the Government is satisfied after such enquiry as may be considered necessary that the candidate is suitable in all respects for appointment to the service/ post.

(m) The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all stages of the examination will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If, on verification, at any time before or after the written examination, it is
found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled.

(n) Candidates, who are appointed on the basis of this examination, shall be on probation for a period of two years and during the period of probation, the candidates would be required to undergo such training or pass such examinations as prescribed by the Controlling Authority. On successful completion of the period of probation, the candidates shall, if considered fit for permanent appointment, be confirmed to their post by the Controlling
Authority.

(o) Candidates selected for appointment are liable to serve anywhere in India i.e. all these posts carry All India Service Liability (AISL).

(p) Candidates on final selection may be allotted a State/ UT/ Zone by the concerned User Ministry/ Department/ Organization. Such candidates may be required to acquire the proficiency in local language of the allotted State/ UT/ Zone for confirmation of the candidates to the allotted posts by the concerned User Ministry/ Department/ Organization.

(q) If a candidate scoring more than cut-off marks in any Tier/ stage of the examination is not qualified for the subsequent stage/ final selection due to any reason, he/ she must represent to the concerned Regional Office of the Commission within two months of the declaration of the result or two weeks prior to the conduct of next stage of the examination, whichever is earlier.

(r) If a candidate is finally selected and does not receive any correspondence from the Commission or the concerned User Department within a period of one year from the declaration of final result, he/ she must communicate immediately thereafter with the concerned User Department.

  1. Resolution of Tie Cases:
    In case where more than one candidate secures equal aggregate marks in the Computer Based Examination, tie will be resolved by applying following methods one after another:

    a. Marks in Part-I (i.e. General Intelligence & Reasoning)
    b. Marks in Part-II (i.e. General Awareness)
    c. Date of birth, with older candidate placed higher.
    d. Alphabetical order in which names of the candidates appear.

  2. Action against candidates found guilty of misconduct:
    (a) If candidates are found to indulge at any stage in any of the malpractices listed below during the examination process, their candidature for this examination will be cancelled and they will be debarred from the examinations of the Commission for the period
    mentioned below:


(b) The Commission may also report the matter to Police/ Investigating Agencies, as deemed fit and the Commission may also take appropriate action to get the matter examined by the concerned authorities/ forensic experts, etc.

  1. Commission’s Decision Final:

    The decision of the Commission in all matters relating to eligibility, acceptance or rejection of the applications, penalty for false information, mode of selection, conduct of examination(s), allotment of examination centres and preparation of merit list and allocation of posts/ departments, debarment for indulging in malpractices will be final and binding on the candidates and no enquiry/ correspondence will be entertained in this regard.
  2. In accordance with the directions issued by DoP&T vide its O.M. No.39020/1/2016-Estt. (B) dated 21.06.2016 for increasing access of the unemployed candidates to job opportunities it has been decided that after declaration of final result the Commission will make the scores and rankings in the said open Competitive Examinations conducted by the
    Commission available on its website or on the website of National Career Service (NCS), Ministry of Labour and Employment in descending order of ranking. Accordingly, it has been decided that the following details of the candidates will be made available on its website: (i) Name of candidate. (ii) Father/ Husband‟s name (iii) Date of Birth (iv) Category (Gen/ SC/ ST/ OBC/EWS/ PwD/ ESM) (v) Gender of the candidate. (vi) Educational Qualifications. (vii) Total Marks obtained in the qualifying examination (viii) Ranking by which the merit is decided. (ix) Complete address (x) E-mail address However, the candidate will have the option, at the time of filling up of his/her application form, from opting out of disclosing the above details publicly. Accordingly, the scores and rankings in respect of only those candidates who have opted for disclosing the above details will be made available on the website of the Commission/ NCS.
  3. Court’s Jurisdiction:
    Any dispute in regard to this recruitment will be subject to courts/ tribunals having jurisdiction over the place of concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional Office of the Commission where the candidate has appeared for the Computer Based Examination.
  4. Disqualifications:
    No person, (a) who has entered into, or contracted a marriage with a person having a spouse living, or (b) who, having a spouse living has entered into, or contracted a marriage with any person shall be eligible for appointment to the service provided that the Central Government may, if satisfied that such marriage is permissible under the personal law
    applicable to such person and the other party to the marriage and there are other grounds for so doing, exempt any person from the operation of this rule.

    23. Important Instructions to Candidates:

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