How to Become a Stenographer: Education Qualifications, Scope in India & Salary

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Updated on Apr 30, 2020 18:53 IST

With the demand for Stenographers still high, get to know all the details such as the eligibility criteria, selection procedure, scope and salaries offered.

Stenographer Job, Salary, Scope in India

A stenographer is a professional who has the abilities to translate a language into a coded form which is popularly known as Shorthand. Stenographers use shorthand and a steno machine to transcribe information. Known as challenging, a stenographer has to do all the work by themselves as there is no technology used here. A stenographer’s job is to be present at every place where spoken words are recorded and documented.

To give you an example, if you have ever seen a film, where the scene is set in a court. Next to the judge, sits a person with a typewriter typing away every word. Yes, that’s one of the job of a stenographer. Their typing speed is quick and what’s even more fascinating, is that they have to transcribe the language on the spot itself as it is being spoken.

Despite technology playing a large role in our lives, there is still a high demand for Stenographers. Their services are used in many fields such as courtrooms, government offices, in CEO’s offices, politicians, doctors and many more fields. A stenographer’s job is highly rewarding as the demand is high. Let us know more about Stenographer’s role, job, and eligibility and selection procedure.

Stenographer’s Eligibility Criteria

Before taking up a job, a student needs to have done a course/programme in stenography in order to pursue a job. Student’s need to meet the eligibility criteria before applying for a course which is as follows:

  • Educational Qualification: The student needs to have passed class 12 from a recognized board (Central/State). The student can be a pass in any stream but should have secured a minimum of 60% in their class 12.
  • Age: The candidate has to be between the ages of 18 to 27 years. The age limit is set by government offices.

Selection Procedure

Eligible candidates should have a good command over a language. Be it English or Hindi or any other regional language, the student should be efficient. The candidate can join a private training centre to learn what Shorthand is all about. The duration of a course to learn what Shorthand is between 6 months to 1 year. The main aspect which is taken into consideration is the typing speed and efficient way one can type.

If not a private institution, the candidate can join Industrial Training Institutions (ITI) to do a certificate or diploma course in Shorthand and typing. The course duration ranges from 1 year to 1 and a half year. For students to get into ITI’s, the student has to be a Matric pass and should be the age of 17. There are various entrance exams and recruitment exams which are conducted nationally such as SSC Stenographer, which is a recruitment exam which is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. For more information on SSC Stenographer, candidates can check out the links as mentioned below:

SSC Stenographer Important Dates

SSC Stenographer Application Form

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

After doing a course in shorthand and typing, one can then apply for the job of a stenographer. They can head to courts, meet lawyers or go to private organizations. The SSC, UPSC, State Service Selection Boards, Banking Service Recruitment Boards offer stenographer’s positions.

Stenographer’s Career Information

The job of a stenographer is to transcribe accurately legal and medical procedures for the record. Most stenographers are seen in courtrooms as judges and lawyers need the exact transcript which happens during trials and hearings. There cannot be a single error in the script. The words being typed in the steno machine has to be accurate and efficient. In fact, stenographers learn to type at 225 words per minute so that no word is missed out from the conversation. Individuals have to be efficient in their grammar, punctuations and spellings.

Scope in India

The scope in India for Stenographer’s job is high as government offices and private organisations require efficient services. Despite technology advancing in the field of translation, there is still a human touch which works more efficient than Artificial Intelligence. Lawyers need stenographers as they help largely in courtrooms and while meeting witnesses and dealing with clients. Also, stenographers that get to land a government job, the rest of the future is taken care of with tenure.

Stenography Salary

According to Payscale, as a fresher, a candidate draws a salary from the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000, depending on the efficiency and speed. In government departments, a fresher can draw nearly Rs 8,000 per month with other facilities. Be it a government or private sectors. Here is the pay by experience for Stenographers which is as follows:


Pay Scale (In Rs)

1 Year

2,40,000 (Per Annum)

1 to 4 Years

3,00,000 to 3,60,000 (Per Annum)

5 to 9 Years

4,80,000 to 6,60,000 (Per Annum)

However, that’s the starting scale. As one picks up experience, speed, accuracy, a good CV eventually attracts lucrative offers.

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Daphi Wahlang

5 months ago

Sir i get 59percentage at 12 can I become a stenographer

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Rajashri kamble

6 months ago

Hie sir I am art student can i do stenographer course

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Isha Dwivedi

7 months ago

How to start for preparing ssc stenographer exam

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Pooja Gandhi

8 months ago

Sir we can M. A. In stenography

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