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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    UPSC SO Steno
  • Mode of Conduction
    Offline
  • Exam Duration
    Paper 1: 2 hours Paper 2: 2 hours Paper 3: 3 hours
  • Official Website
    www.upsc.gov.in
  • Total Marks
    Paper 1: 150 Paper 2: 150 Paper 3: 200
  • Medium of the exam
    English and Hindi
  • Marking Scheme
    0.33 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    to be announced
  • Start of Registration Process
    to be announced
Eligibilty Criteria

The UPSC SO Steno Eligibility Criteria in the various categories and various services are detailed below:

Services Eligibility Criteria
Section Officers’ (SO) Grade of the Central Secretariat Service
  • Candidates must have 5 years of working experience and have at least four annual performance appraisals in the assistant's grade of the Central Secretariat Service Personal Assistants’ Grade of the Central Secretariat Stenographers Service.
  • Must possess a degree of bachelor from any recognized university.
Section Officers’ (SO) Integrated Grade 2nd & 3rd) of the General Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch ‘B’ Applicants must have not less than five years of experience in Grade 4 of the general cadre or Grade 2 of the stenographer's cadre or Grade 2 of the Cypher sub-cadre of the Indian Foreign Service or branch B of IFS or all the mentioned criteria.
Section Officers’ (SO) Grade of the Railway Board Secretariat Service Must have at least five years experience in service in the assistant's grade of the Railway Board Secretariat Service or Grade 2/Grade C of the Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers’ Service or both.
Private Secretary Grade of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service
  • Must have not less than 3 years of work experience in service in the Personal Assistant Grade of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service.
  • Candidates should have a bachelor's degree from any recognized university or any equivalent
Grade I of the Stenographers’ Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch B Should have at least five years of work experience in service of Grade 2 of the Stenographers cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch B.
Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’ merged of the Armed Forces Headquarters Stenographers’ Service Candidates require to have at least three years of experience in service of Grade 2/Grade C of the Armed Forces Headquarter Stenographer's Service
Grade ‘B’ of the Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers Service Aspirants must have at least 5 years of experience in the service of Grade 2 or Grade C of the RBSSS (Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers Service).
Section 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 the Intelligence Bureau.
  • If aspirants are selected via LDCE, then the LCD Exam must be conducted after 5 years from the crucial date.
Private 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).
Exam Pattern

UPSC SO Steno Paper 1 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Offline
Duration 2 Hours
Type of Questions MCQs (Multiple Choice Question)
Medium of Exam Hindi and English
Maximum Marks 150 Marks
Negative Marking 0.33 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

UPSC SO Steno Paper 2 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Offline
Duration 2 Hours
Type of Questions Objective Type
Medium of Exam Hindi and English
Maximum Marks 150 Marks
Negative Marking Yes, a 0.33 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

UPSC SO Steno Paper 3 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Written Exam
Timing 03 hours
Type of Questions Subjective Type
Medium of Exam Hindi/ English (Optional)
Maximum Marks 200
Negative Marking No

Note: Applicants will take an English / Hindi verbatim test, this test will be done to test candidates who will write at 100 wpm for 10 minutes, and after this test, they will get 55 and 45 minutes in Hindi. written test in English accordingly. For illegible writing, 5% will be deducted from the total written score.

Syllabus

UPSC SO Steno Paper 1 Exam Syllabus

  • The Indian Constitution
  • Organization in the machinery of the Government of India
  • Rules and procedure of conduct of business in Lok and Rajya Sabha
  • RTI Act 2005
  • Distribution and distribution of tasks between ministries, departments, branches, and subordinates.

UPSC SO Steno Paper 2 Exam Syllabus

Category Syllabus

Category I, IV, VIII & IX

  • Manual of office procedure
  • Guidelines for Official Use of Hindi by the Ministry of the Interior (Categories I and IV only).
  • Fundamental and supplementary rules (AGP&T’s compilation, Chaudhury’s compilation, Swamy’s compilation.
  • Notes on office procedure issued by the 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)

Category II & V

  • Manual of office procedure
  • A Guide to Using Hindi for Official Union Purposes, issued by the Ministry of Home Ministry.
  • 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

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 the use of Hindi for the official purpose of the Union issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs

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 the 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

UPSC SO Steno Paper 3 Exam Syllabus

In this position, candidates are required to take notes and drafts on a specific issue and reinforce a specific passage.

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