UPSC S.O. (Section Officer)/Steno (Grade B/Grade I) Examination 2017

The UPSC or Union Public Service Commission is a central agency approved by the government of India for conducting several prestigious exams like SCRA (Special Class Railway Apprentice), NA (Naval Academy Exam), IFS (Indian Forest Services), IES (Indian Economic Services), NDA (National Defense Academy), CMSE (Combined Medical Services Examination), CSE (Civil Services Examination), ESE (Engineering Services Examination), and CDS (Combined Defense Services).

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has recently issued a notification regarding the conduction of Combined Ltd. Departmental Competitive Exam for the post of S.O (Section Officer)/Steno (Grade B/Grade I). Eligible Candidates can apply for the Examination by filling the UPSC online application form on or before 7th October 2017.

All the important details regarding UPSC Section Officer/Steno Examination 2017 including selection criteria, qualification, application procedure, important dates, etc. are mentioned in the below section of this article.

UPSC SO (Section Officer)/Steno (Grade B/Grade I) Examination 2017 – Important Dates:


Important Dates

Last date of online application form

7th of October 2017

Examination Date

16th of December 2017


Services/Post under SO (Section Officer)/Steno (Grade B/Grade I) Ltd. Dept. Competitive Exam:





Section Officers – Grade of the CSS (Central Secretariat Service).


Sections Officers – Integrated Grade 2 and Grade 3 of the General Cadre of the IFS (Indian Foreign Services), Branch B.


Section Officers – Grade of the RBSS (Railway Board Secretariat Service).


Private Secretary Grade of CSSS (Central Secretariat Stenographers Service).


Grade I – Stenographers Cadre of IFS (Indian Foreign Services), Branch B.


Grade A and Grade B merged of the AFHQ (Armed Forces Headquarters) Stenographers Service.


Grade B of the RBSS (Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers Service).


Section Officers – Grade of the IB (Intelligence Bureau).


Private Secretary – Grade in ESIC (Employees State Insurance Corporation)


UPSC SO (Section Officer)/Steno (Grade B/Grade I) Exam 2017 – Eligibility Criteria:

Only certain section of Candidates employed as Stenographers (Assistants) Grade 2 / Grade C of these services or as Cypher Assistants Grade 2 of Cypher Sub-cadre of the IFS (Indian Foreign Services) Branch B is eligible to apply.


Selection Procedure:

The Selection will be done entirely on the basis of performance in the written Examination followed by a Personal Interview.

UPSC SO (Section Officer)/Steno (Grade B/Grade I) Exam 2017 – Examination Pattern:



Paper Pattern

Maximum Marks

Procedure and methods of work in the Government of India attached and Secretariat and offices. Knowledge of General, Service and Financial Rules i.e. TA Rules, Leave Rules, Conduct Rules, etc.

2 Hours



General Studies. Knowledge of Constitution of India, Practice & Procedures in Parliament (Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha), Designation & allocation of subjects between Ministries.

2 Hours



Drafting, Noting, Precise writing.

3 Hours



Evaluation of record of Service


Total Marks



Application Procedure:

  • The applicants can apply online form UPSC official website (
  • Under UPSC online application, select “Online Recruitment Application For Various Recruitment Posts”.
  • After registering, Login to fill the online application form.
  • Submit the application form and send the hard copy with the required documents to the postal address which is mentioned in the official notification.

Revise at least twice before the exam and strengthen your basics by solving several test papers, get familiarise with the syllabus and formulate a proper study plan. By going through newspapers or magazines regularly, you will be updated with the knowledge on topics important for the UPSC preparation like current affairs, economics and so on.

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