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Eligibility for Section Officers/Stenographers (Grade-B/Grade-I) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination

Eligibility conditions are restricted to certain categories of departmental candidates. But clerk who are are employed as Assistants or Stenographers; Grade/Grade II of these Services or as Assistants Grade II of Cypher Sub-cadre of the Indian Foreign Service Branch are eligible to apply for SO/Steno (Grade B/Grade-I) Limited Department Competitive Exam.

What are the categories?

Category I- Section Officers' Grade of the Central Secretariat Service

Category II- Sections Officers' Grade (Integrated Grade II & III) of the General Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch 'B'

Category III - Section Officers' Grade of the Railway Board Secretariat Service

Category IV - Private Secretary Grade of the Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service

Category V - Grade I of the Stenographers' Cadre of the Indian Foreign Service, Branch 'B'

Category VI - Grade 'A & 'B' merged of the Armed Forces Headquarters Stenographers' Service

Category VII - Grade 'B' of the Railway Board Secretariat Stenographer's Service

Category VIII - Section Officers' Grade of the Intelligence Bureau

Category IX - Private Secretary Grade in Employees' State Insurance Corporation

What are the educational qualification ?

No specific academic qualification has been prescribed for employees. Government servants working as Assistant in the Assistant Grade of the Central Secretariat Service, Railway Board secretariat service, Intelligence Bureau, Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services. And stenographer Grade-C of the Central Secretariat can take part in this exam irrespective of their educational qualification.

What is the age limit ?

Since a wide range of candidates from several departments can eligible, no age limit is prescribed for appearing in to apply for SO/Steno (Grade B/Grade-I) Limited Department.

What is the syllabus ?

SO/Steno (Gd B/Gd-I) Ltd Deptt Competitive Exam consists of questions from the relevant subjects along with General knowledge.

The exam consists of three parts as given below:

Paper - I

It will contains questions from the subjects of interest and importance in the present day. Questions will be set to test knowledge of the broad salient features of the Indian Economy and major Developmental Schemes besides intelligence awareness of current affairs both national and international. Question can also be expected from, a) The principles of the Constitution of India. b) Rules of procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. C) The organization of the machinery of the Govt. of India, Designation and allocation of subjects between Ministries, Departments and Attached & Subordinate Offices and their relation inter se.

Paper - II

This paper is intended to be intensive and detailed test in methods and procedure of work in the Government of India Secretariat and attached offices. Detailed knowledge of General Financial and Service Rules like Conduct Rules, Leave Rules, TA Rules etc. will be tested.

Paper - III

In this paper, notes preparation will be test, where candidates are given passages to take notes from them.