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UPSC SO/Steno Syllabus 2023: Topics, Preparation Tips

Updated On - April 06 2023 by Divyansh K

UPSC SO/Steno Syllabus 2023 is announced by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). All those applicants who are going to appear for the examination must know about the syllabus for UPSC SO/Steno 2023. The UPSC SO/Steno will help in further understanding the important topics, weightage of different sections and marks distribution. For more details regarding UPSC SO/Steno Syllabus 2023, candidates can read the whole article.

UPSC SO/Steno Syllabus 2023

Given below is the syllabus of all the three paper:

Paper I:

  • The principles of the Constitution of India
  • Rules of procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
  • 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 section.
  • RTI Act, 2005.

Paper II: 

Few topics are mentioned here for each category of Paper-II. 

(for Category I, IV,VIII & IX)
  • Manual of office procedure (latest edition)
  • Notes on office procedure issued by the Institute of Secretarial Training and Management.
  • Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for official purpose of the Union issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. (for Category I & IV only)
  • Fundamental and Supplementary Rules (A.G.P.&T’s compilation, Chaudhury’s compilation, Swamy’s compilation). and more
(for Category II & V)
  • Manual of office procedure (latest edition).
  • Notes on office procedure issued by the I.S.T.M.
  • Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for official purpose of the Union issued by the Min. of Home Affairs.
  • The Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules.
  • The Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules. and more
(for Category III & VII)
  • Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol. I.
  • Manual of Office Procedure issued by the Min. of Railways (Railway Board).
  • The Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966.
  • The Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rule, 1968
(for Category VI)
  • Manual of office procedure (latest edition).
  • The Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules.
  • The Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules.
  • Financial Regulations Part I (Revised Edition).
  • Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules.

Paper III:

In the third paper, candidates are required to prepare notes and drafts on specific problems and precis from the given passage.

UPSC SO/Steno Exam Pattern 2023

Candidates must check the given mentioned information regarding the UPSC SO/Steno 2023 Exam Pattern to get an idea about the question paper structure:

Paper 1 Exam Pattern

Check the Paper 1 question paper structure from the table below:

Exam ModeOffline Mode
Duration 120 Minutes
Type of QuestionMultiple Choice Question
Maximum marks150 Marks
Paper 2 Exam Pattern

Check the Paper 2 question paper structure which is mentioned below:

Exam ModeWritten Exam
Duration 120 Minutes
Type of Question Objective Type Question
Maximum Marks150 Marks
Paper 3 Exam Pattern

Go through the given below table related Paper 3 structure:

Exam ModeWritten Exam
Duration03 Hours
Maximum Marks200

Preparation Tips for UPSC SO/Steno 2023

Give below are some useful tips that candidate can remember will preparing for the exam:

  • The preparation strategy for the UPSC SO/Stenographer Recruitment 2023 exam is quite different from other competitive exams. This is because apart from the written exam, candidates must also prepare for the typing tests. Therefore, we have included some very important preparatory tips to qualify the UPSC SO/Stenographer 2023 exam.
  • First and foremost, make a study plan. Paper-1 which is based on General Studies and General Knowledge carries 150 marks. Similarly, Paper-2 is based on procedures and practices of the Indian Government Secretariat. Make sure that your fundamentals, concepts and a basic understanding of these topics are deep and profound.
  • To understand governmental processes and similar functions of the Secretariat, use flow charts and diagrams. This way, candidates can memorise and recall answers readily without much effort.
  • Make use of diverse learning resources. Also guides and preparation books, utilise other resources such as practice papers, readymade notes, reference books etc.
  • Utilise previous year question papers to give an extra edge in the exam. This way aspirants can be better accustomed to the anticipated question pattern.
  • Candidates can also solve mock tests and sample papers to learn how to use their time efficiently. Attempt to solve the mock tests within the specified duration for each paper.
  • Make short notes and objective notes for last-minute revisions. Document these notes in clear handwriting and preferably with headings. This will make it easier to revise efficiently at a glance before the exam.

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