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Section Officers / Stenographers

Section Officers’/Stenographers’ Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 

UPSC conducts a Combined  Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for additions in the Select Lists for the Section Officers’ Grade and Stenographers’ Grade-I/Grade ‘B’ of the Services mentioned below:

List of Services:

  • Section Officers’ Grade of Central Secretariat Service.
  • Section Officers’ Grade (Integrated Grade II & III) of General Cadre of Indian Foreign Service, Branch 'B'.
  • Section Officers' Grade of Railway Board Secretariat Service
  • Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’ merged of Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service.
  • Grade-I of the Stenographers’ Cadre of Indian Foreign Service, Branch ‘B’.
  • Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’ merged of Armed Forces Headquarters Stenographers’ Service.
  • Grade 'B' of the Railway Board Secretariat Stenographers' Service.
  • Section Officers’ Grade of the Intelligence Bureau.
  • Section Officers’ Grade of Armed Forces Head Quarters Civil Service.


Only certain categories of departmental candidates who are employed as Assistants or Stenographers’ Grade ‘C’/Grade II of these Services or as Cypher Assistants Grade II of Cypher Sub-cadre of the Indian Foreign Service Branch‘B’ are eligible to apply for this examination.

Application Forms:

  • Application forms and full details are obtainable from:

            Secretary, Union Public Service Commission,

            Dholpur House,

            Shahjahan Road,

            New Delhi-110069

  • TheApplication form fees is Rs. 20.00 by Money Order or on Cash payment at U.P.S.C. Counter
  • Candidates must clearly state on Money Order coupons “S.Os’/Stenographers’ (Grade ‘B’/Grade-I) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2005” and also give their names and full postal addresses in block letters.
  • Payment by any other mode viz. Indian Postal Orders, Cheque, Currency notes, etc. is not acceptable in lieu of Money Order.
  • Reciept of Application Forms: candidates residing in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Lahaul and Spiti District and Pangi Sub-Division of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands or Lakshadweep and for candidates residing abroad are eligible for extension in the last date for receipt of applications.
    • The benefit of extended time will be available only in respect of applications received by Post/Speed Post and Diplomatic Bag (in respect of employees posted in Indian Missions abroad only) from the above mentioned areas/regions.
    • In the case of applications received by hand or Courier Service, benefit of extended time will not be available, regardless of the place of residence of the applicant.

Exam Centers:

Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Nagpur

Facilitation Counter:

UPSC has a Facilitation Counter near “C” Gate of its campus. Candidates may obtain any information/clarification regarding their application/candidature on working days between 10.00 hours to 17.00 hours in person or over Telephone No. 011-23385271/011-23381125 from this counter.

For a list of Important Dates of exam notification, application submission, etc. check the Important Dates section

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