The SSC Stenographer Notification for recruitment was declared in October 2020. This brought a great opportunity to entrants with stenography skills to secure a Govt job with good pay and the option to grow. Apart from that, there are other perks and benefits that an entrant can enjoy in this job post. Go through SSC Stenographer Apply Online for the correct application process briefing. The good news is! The 7th pay commission has also revised the SSC Stenographer Salary in June 2021. The entrants are advised to check SSC Stenographer Cut off Marks to have an idea of what could it be in the current area and prepare for the exam. Let’s have look at the salary structure in details and also we would discuss, the growth option of SSC Steno:
The Stenographer’s job profile is being classified into two grades (Group- C & Group- D) and that would decide their placement in various depts and job responsibilities. The stenographers are an integral part of various dept of Indian Govt. Let’s see what comes under their responsibilities:
The stenographers need to know both Hindi and English stenography to be able to work efficiently. The official work of the Govt of India is mostly done in either Hindi or in English so a Stenographer needs to know stenography in both languages.
The stenographers posted under their respective Ministry depts will have to note down speeches delivered by the ministers & Senior office of the dept. This is the most common job responsibility of a stenographer. This is where their skill for shorthand will come to work.
Stenographer appointed to an officer or minister will be assisting them to write the speech that would deliver and write an announcement for Ministry offices. Hence, the Stenographers must have good knowledge about the political and social affairs happening day today. As they would have to write speeches and notices associated with all these affairs.
The PRO office gets the most benefit out of a stenographer. As the Stenographer’s primary job is to note down everything. Stenographers also help in writing down a govt’s stand on a particular issue. Thereafter the PRO office distributes the same info to the public regularly.
The Stenographers travel along with the ministers and officials in various press conferences. They make note of the statements made by the ministers or officials for later use.
The skill test is mainly conducted to test shorthand skills for noting down speeches. The exam syllabus also consists of subjects like politics and current affairs to ensure the entrants are capable enough to handle their job roles as they have to work with ministries. Entrants go through to SSC Stenography Syllabus to know the details of subjects to prepare for the SSC Stenography Exam.
Here is the division wise posting of Groups of Stenographers. D Group is further divided into two Grades X and Y. Let’s have a look at the postings below:
|Group C||Group D|
|Vigilance Commission (Central).||Grade X||Parliamentary Affair’s Ministry|
|Armed Forces (Head Quarters Office).||ECI|
|Indian Election Commission.||IFS|
|President’s Secretariats.||Commission of Central Vigilance|
|Foreign Service of India.||Forensic Science Directorate|
|Other Depts and Govt offices.||Central Secretariat|
|Other Departs and Govt Offices|
|Grade Y||Subordinate Offices of Govt|
|Auditor General of India and Comptroller|
|Defence Accounts Controller General|
|Other Depts and Govts Offices|
After gaining some years of experience in the stenographer’s post, Stenographers are given promotions. They may also apply internally for other Govt. exams open for Stenographers or govt employees. Promotions within the same dept are provided quickly if they perform well.
Moving forward we will learn about various job posts and which Grade pay category they fall under. Let’s have a look at the table below:
|Steno Positions Group C (Grade B Non-Gazetted)||Stenographer Positions Group D|
|Grade Pay 4600||GP 4200||Grade Pay 2400|
|Indian Election Commission.||Dept Of Revenue
LBSNAA (DoP & T)
|Bureau of Development & Police Research|
|Ministry of Defence (O/O THE JS (TRG) & CAO) AFHQ||(CBEC) Central Board of Excise & Customs.||Canteen|
|(CAT) Central Administrative Tribunal.||Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (DGHS)||Dept of Revenue etc|
|External Affairs Ministry||(CESTAT) Customs, Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal.||External Affairs Ministry|
|Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region||Ministry of Communications (Dept Of Telecommunications) Admn.||(CBEC) Central Board of Excise & Customs.|
|Labour & Employment Ministry.||Health and Family Welfare Ministry|
|Water Resources Ministry.||National Investigation Agency|
|Stores Department (Ministry of Defence)|
|Statistics & Prog Implementation Ministry|
There are various components of a Stenographer’s salary. There are many allowances and benefits added to their salary depending upon their group and grade pays. The good news is, the 7th pay commission revised the salary of the Stenographer and granted a hike by 22% – 24%. Both the Groups are provided with certain allowances which are as follows:
Let’s have a look at the allowances and how they affect the salary of a Stenographer in detail.
As we know what are the three allowances form the main components of the salary. Let’s have look at the % to which the 7th Pay Commission has increased.
This is generally provided to the SSC Stenographers to meet their house rent need. Its a variable component and may vary according to the posting location of an entrant. The govt of India has divided cities or locations into three categories X, Y, and Z. The HRA for X class cities was 24% of Basic Pay. Similarly, it was 16% of Basic Pay for Y class city and 8% of Basic Pay for Z class cities.
However, the 7th pay commission has now revised it:
This allowance is provided to meet the living cost adjustments. The 7th pay commission has revised it to 12% of the Basic. This is the same for all groups.
The current % of TA is classified according to the posting location of an employee. For major cities, it is 3600 and for all other places, it is 1800.
We would have to look at the formula of calculating the salary for Group C (Grade B- GP 4600/4200):
Salary in Total= Basic Pay (44,900 + HRA + TA + DA + DA on TA + Others.
Salary in hand for X cities= 57,300 Group- C
Now let’s have look at the formula of calculating the salary for Group D (GP – 2400):
Salary in Total= Basic Pay (25,500) + HRA + TA + Other.
Salary in hand for X class Cities = 34,500 Group- D
The salary calculation provided here is as per the official website of SSC and further change in the salary structure will be notified through the official website.
After five to six years of regular service, an employee will be eligible for a change in grade pay.
A stenographer has to accompany a minister or govt official in press conferences, public speeches, etc and there they have to note down the speeches and give a briefing of them. The speech or conference can be in any of these two languages. So the employee must know the short-hands of both languages.
After the 7th pay commission, the current DA of all groups is 12%.
The X category cities are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Pune.
The Y category contains almost 100 towns with a population above 5 Lakhs.
The Z category contains rural areas and living cost or house rent cost is not as high as the major cities hence the Z class city has the lowest HRA.
The in hand SSC Stenographer Salary for all the candidates who will join the department will have basic pay. The salary will also include a lot of allowances i.e. DA, HRA, Paper allowance, telephone allowance etc. The gross in-hand salary for all the canddiates will come down to Rs 25,000 to 30,000 after all the deductions.