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What is Stenography?

  • Stenography is an art of capturing vocals into a code language called stenography. 

  • It offers symbols or abbreviations for terms and common phrases, allowing someone in the system who is well qualified to write as fast as people speak. 

  • The abbreviations are based on alphabets. Most journalists use shorthand writing to take notes easily at press conferences or other similar situations.

What are the skills required?

  • Good typing speed

  • Active / Good listening skill

  • Critical thinking

  • Active learning

  • Good knowledge and command over the language

  • Analytical thinking

Who can be a stenographer?

Candidate must have passed 12th and belong to the age group of 18 to 30 years to be eligible to fill the SSC Stenographer Application Form for Grade C or between 18 to 27 years for Grade D.

What do Stenographers do?

  • A stenographer takes down dictated words or lines from speaker word to word and put them into scripted codes of the particular language called Shorthand.

  • Stenographers record speeches, words or lines dictated to them at the same speed as the speaker.

  • They work as a note taker in court, police station and many government and private organizations. 

  • The minimum speed required to be a stenographer is 80 words per minute.

  • Whereas someone, who would like to work in a court should have a good speed of 100 to 120 words per minute.

Where can one study Stenography?

Indian stenography institutes offer diploma, certificate and bachelor's degree in stenography with internship and placement opportunities in government and private sectors. You must have passed 10+2 from a recognised board.

Top colleges to study stenography:

  • Rajhans Commercial college

  • Vocational Training Institute

  • Modern College of Laxmibai Nagar, New Delhi 

  • International Women Polytechnic (IWP) (Delhi), 

Famous colleges to study stenography:

  • St. Joseph's College for Women (SJCW) (Visakhapatnam), Govt. 

  • Degree College for Women (GDCW) (Baramulla), 

  • International Women Polytechnic (IWP) (New Delhi), 

  • Shri Vishwakarma Private Industrial Training Institute (SVPITI) (Indore) 

  • Sainik Parivar Bhawan (SPB) (Jhajjar)

What are the Job Prospects after acquiring a degree in stenography?

In addition to the vacancies announced by SSC, UPSC, District Courts, High Courts and Supreme Court for different departments, various organizations are inviting applications for Stenographer's positions, other institutions seeking Stenographer's services include 

  • National-Multinational Business

  • Central Secretariat

  • Foreign Service

  • Railways

  • Headquarters of the Armed Forces

  • Research Design and Standard Organization

  • Election Office

  • Municipal Office

  • Banking

What is the expected Salary at the start?

  • The Salary of an SSC Stenographer Group C is Rs. 58,200 per month. (including HRA, DA, Transport allowance)

  • The salary of an SSC stenographer Group D is Rs. 34,500 per month.

  • A mid-career Stenographer with 5-9 years of experience receives an average total salary of Rs 307,836/yr

  • Average Salary for a Stenographer in India is Rs 242,706/yr

  • The average salary of a Stenographer with less than 1 year of experience is Rs 239,662/yr

  • At Senior level (5-9 years of experience) Stenographer in India makes Rs 307,836/yr


Who are the top recruiters in this field?

  • CareerNet Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

  • IKYA General Staffing.

  • Innovsource Pvt. Ltd.

  • Kelly Services India Pvt. Ltd.

  • Staff Selection Commission which conducts all vacancies of Ministries and their subordinate Departments

  • Parliament of India (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) 

  • Supreme Court and High Courts/District Courts

  • Department of Atomic Energy/ NPCIL/BARC

  • NCDC many other autonomous departments

What kinds of books and study materials are available for the entrance examinations?

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning - RS Agarwal

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning - Kiran Publication

  • Analytical Reasoning - MK Pandey

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning - Arihant

Interesting Fact:

  • John Willis is considered to be the father of modern stenography.

  • Martin Luther’s Sermons and famous plays of Shakespeare’s were all preserved in shorthand.