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SSC Steno C & D Eligibility Criteria

Want to know who is eligible to apply for the post of SSC Steno C & D? Read the given article and find out.

SSC Steno C & D Eligibility

Candidates who wish to apply for the SSC Stenographer Grade C and D must fulfil the eligibility criteria set by the authorities. The details regarding the eligibility criteria are mentioned below-


The applicant must be any one of the following:

  1. Indian citizen
  2. Nepal subject
  3. Bhutan subject
  4. Tibetan refugee who came to India with the purpose of permanently settling in India, before 1st January 1962
  5. An Indian origin person who came to the country from Myanmar, East African countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly known as Zanzibar and Tanganyika), Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka with the aim of being permanently settled in India.

Provided that the candidate who belongs to the above categories 2, 3, 4, and 5 should have an eligibility certificate issued by the Indian Government. Candidates who have to display the eligibility certificate may be allowed to be admitted to the exam, however, the appointment offer will be offered to them after they have furnished the required eligibility certificate issued to them by the Government of India.

Age Limit

The age limit for different grades is given below-

  1. Stenographer Grade C: Candidates should be 18 to 30 years old
  2. Stenographer Grade D: Candidates must be 18 to 27 years old
  3. The age relaxation in the upper age limit is given below:
Code no.CategoryAge relaxation 
01SC/ST5 years
02OBC3 years
03PwD (unreserved)10 years
04PwD (OBC)13 years
05PwD (SC/ST)15 years
06Ex-servicemen (ESM)03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date of receipt of the online application
08Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof3 years
09Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST)8 years
Permissible relaxation in upper age limit for Group ‘C’ posts only
10Central Govt. Civilian Employees: Who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as of closing date for receipt of online applications.Up to 40 years
11Central Govt. Civilian Employees: Who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as of closing date for receipt of online applications. (SC/ ST)Up to 45 years
12Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried.Up to 35 years
13Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ ST )Up to 40 years
  • To determine the age of the candidate, it should be filled in the application form as per the date present in the Matriculation or Secondary examination certificate as no other date will be accepted. No request for any change in DOB will be entertained.
  • Ex-servicemen (ESM) who have previously gained regular employment in the civil sector under the government in Group “C” and “D” posts after taking advantage of the benefits of ex-re-employment servicemen’s reservation are not eligible for ESM category reservation or fee concession. He/ she can, however, take advantage of the benefit of ex-serviceman reservation for subsequent employment if he/ she has submitted self-declaration/ undertaking to the relevant employer regarding the period details of applications for various openings for which he/ she had registered before starting the initial civil employment as specified in the OM No. 36034/1/2014-Estt (Res) dated 14th August 2014 issued by DoP&T.
  • For the purposes of age relaxation, an Ex-“Call serviceman’s up Service” in the Armed Forces will likewise be recognized as services provided in the Armed Forces.
  • For any serviceman of the Union’s three Armed Forces to be treated as an ex-serviceman for the purposes of obtaining reservation benefits, he must have already acquired the status of ex-servicemen at the time of submitting his application for the Post/Service or be in a position to establish his acquired privilege by supporting documentation from the appropriate person that he would finalise the predefined period of engagement from the Armed Forces within the given timeframe. Such candidates must also obtain the ex-serviceman status within a year after the application’s closing date.
  • Explanation: An ‘ex-servicemen’ means the following-
    • Someone who offered his services in any rank, combatant or non-combatant, in the regular Navy, Army, or Air Force of Indian Union, and
      • Someone who has either retired, been relieved, or been discharged from such service, whether at his personal decision or as a result of his or her employer’s relaxation after receiving his or her pension, or
      • A person who has been discharged from military service due to medical reasons related to military service or situations outside his control and has been granted medical or other disability pensions, or
      • Someone who has been freed from such employment due to a reduction in the leadership’s capacity


  • Personnel of the Territorial Army, particularly, pension holders for continuous embodies service or broken spells of qualifying duty, who have been released from such service after completing the defined time of engagement, other than at his own option, or by way of dismissal, or dismissal on grounds of incompetence or incapacity and have been paid a gratuity, or
  • Personnel of the Army Postal Service who are members of the Regular Army and retire from the Army Postal Service with a pension, or who are released from the Army Postal Service on medical grounds pertaining to or adversely affected by military service or conditions beyond their supervision and granted a medical or other disability pensions, or
  • Personnel who had been assigned to the Army Postal Service for more than 6 months prior to April 14, 1987, or
  • Armed forces gallantry award winners, including Territorial Army members, or
  • Ex-recruits who have been boarded out or released due to medical reasons and have been granted a medical disability pension
  • A matriculate ex-serviceman (including an ex-serviceman who has obtained the Indian Army Special Certificate of education or a relating certificate in the Navy or the Air Force) who has served with the Armed Forces of the Union for at least 15 years as of the closing date of receipt of applications (i.e. 04.11.2020) will be recognised only for appointment to Group “C” posts, i.e. Stenographer Grade “D” against posts confined for ESM. As a result, matriculated ex-Servicemen who have not finished 15 years of service as of the application deadline are not suitable class=”uTable” for these positions.
  • Sons, daughters, and dependents of ex-servicemen do not qualify for age relaxation. As a result, such applicants should not state that they are ex-servicemen in their application.

Educational Qualifications

  1. Candidates need to pass out 12th or equivalent level of exam from any recognised university or board.
  2. All degrees/ diplomas/ certificates awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by 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, as per Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification dated 10.06.2015 published in the Gazette of India, and institutions of National Importance recognized by an Act of Parliament are immediately recognised for the purpose of work in Central Government posts and services if they have been authorised by the University Grants Commission’s Distance Education Bureau. Such degrees, on the other hand, should be acknowledged for the time period in which the candidate obtained the specified qualification.
  3. Under Part-III (8) (v) of the UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, published in the Official Gazette on June 23, 2017, programmes in engineering, medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, architecture, and physiotherapy, among others, are not permitted to be offered via open and distance learning. Under Part-III (8) (v) of the UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, published in the Official Gazette on June 23, 2017, programmes in engineering, dentistry, medicine, nursing, architecture,  pharmacy, and physiotherapy, among others, are not allowed to be provided via open and distance learning. According 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. degrees/diplomas in Engineering awarded by IGNOU to students registered up to the academic year 2009-10 shall be regarded as valid, wherever relevant.
  4. All applicants who are declared qualified in the Computer Based Examination and the Skill Test must produce all necessary Certificates in original, such as Mark sheets, Provisional Certificates, etc., for completion of the 12th grade or similar examination as proof of having attained the minimum educational qualification on or before 01.08.2020, failing which the Commission will revoke their candidature. Candidates who can confirm, through documentary evidence, that their qualifying examination results were released on or before the cut-off date and that they were announced passed will be considered to have met the educational requirement. The outcome of the required educational qualification must have been announced by the appropriate Board by the specified deadline. The EQ requirement is not fulfilled simply by the Board processing the results by the important cut-off date.
  5. In respect of the equivalent clause in Essential Qualifications, candidates will be required to produce an order/letter in respect of equivalent Educational Qualifications 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 if a candidate is stating a particular qualification as similar certification according to the requirement of the Notice of examination.