Stenographer and his Career Scope in Pakistan

Last update: May 31, 2014

A person who records speech in shorthand and type the same is called stenographer. Stenography is a good profession and demand of Stenographer is a pre-requisite in all the organizations i.e. government as well as private organizations.

Stenographer Jobs in Pakistan

Let us discuss the job opportunities for a stenographer and his career scope in Pakistan. Here, we shall mainly focus on government sector wherein strength of stenographers is greater as compare to private sector.

As per an estimate, about 7000 posts pertaining to the work of shorthand / typing were advertised in different departments all over the Pakistan, for the last five years. Out of the these posts, for about 1500 posts of stenographer were advertised by public Service Commissions in Pakistan, whereas nearly 1200 posts were advertised by different courts. For about 4300 posts were advertised by departments, attached departments and autonomous organizations through National Testing Services or directly. After promulgation of 18th Constitutional Amendment in Constitution of Pakistan, 1973, number of provincial departments have increased. All provinces have established the new departments which is resulting in job opportunities for stenographers as well. Demand of stenographers in private organizations is lesser however these private organizations recruit personal assistants and private secretaries for front office management, stenography and other secretarial tasks. Private firms, law associates and private law practitioners hire the services of stenographers for disposing of the work.

In all the government departments, stenographers play an important role in disposal of day to day official work in speedy manner. Dictation, typing, computer operating, attending telephone calls are majors duties of a stenographer. However, besides such duties Personal Assistant /Private Secretary manages front office, meeting schedules and secretarial tasks of his boss.

Stenographer is hired in BS-14 through initial appointment either on the recommendations of Public Service Commissions, Departmental Selection Committees (DSC) and National Testing Services.

Qualification / Skill Requirements

For initial recruitment, candidate must be intermediate with 70-80 words per minutes shorthand speed and 30-40 words per minute typing speed in the government departments alongwith basic computer knowledge.

For appointments in Courts, general criteria is that candidate must be graduate with 100-110 words per minutes shorthand speed and 50 words per minute typing alongwith basic computer knowledge.

Career Scope of Stenographer in Government Sector

In Secretariat Departments all over Pakistan, stenographer after completion of five years' service on regular basis are eligible for promotion in BS-16 as Senior Scale Stenographer / Personal Assistant. Senior Scale Stenographer / Personal Assistant on completion of five years' service are eligible for promotion as Private Secretary, BS-17 and Section Officer, BS-17. Such promotions are granted seniority cum fitness basis.

There are precedents where a stenographer got promotion as Deputy Secretary, BS-18 & Additional Secretary, BS-19. In other Non-Secretariat Departments, Stenographers have less chance of promotion as compared with the Secretariat Department.

In Courts, stenographer is appointed in BS-16 through initial recruitment either on the recommendations of PPSC or DSC as the case may be and with passage of time has opportunity to enjoy the BS-17, BS-18 and even BS-19 as Assistant Registrar, Deputy Registrar and Additional Registrar respectively.

Career Scope of Stenographer in Private Sector

In private organizations, official work is being carried out by stenographers in the capacity of Personal Assistant or Personal Secretary, who look after the front office, secretarial tasks and other day to day work of the boss. Journalists also learn stenography in order to get the news in speedy manner. The private law practitioners also hire the services of stenographers to draft the cases to be presented in courts.

In addition, being technical in his job, a stenographer easily may find part time job in the evening and earn about Rs.4000 to 7000. Publishers, Copywriters, Media House, Law Firms, etc. He with experience may even teach interested candidates the short hand.

Disclaimer: is not responsible for the references/ figures of job positions mentioned in this post, which are based on wide research and may vary from one department to another.

Writer is a Punjab Government servant (Pakistan). He writes voluntarily


Posted by utsav

Sir, in Pakistan which book do you use for stenographer?

Posted by Adnan Hussain

Lots of Thanks

Give Me Required Information

I expected part time salary 15000 to 20000
And full time 40000 to 60000

Posted by Mian Umer Jamil

Hi Sir,

Kindly guide me that which one book is best for stenographer prepration.

Posted by Muhammad Ali

sir what is scope

Posted by Hasnain Ali

sir which one book is best for stenographer prepration.......

Posted by Talha

Thanks for info sir
I will try my best

Posted by basit ali

Aoa sir, Which type of shorthand use in government jobs for example gregg or pitman ???

Posted by A Habib

Dear Basit Ali, Pitman shorthand.

Posted by A Habib

Best book for shorthand learning: "Pitman Shorthand Instructor and Key" by Sir Isaac Pitman.

Posted by Aamir

Dear sir,
Which type of General knowledge is best for short hand, stenographer, know, a lot of usage computerized system anywhere, how can follow, this period, for future.

Posted by Atta

Sir stenogarpher ke liay umer ki koi kaid ha ke nahi.

Posted by shahnawaz

plz help me my stenographer interview

Posted by Asad Abbas

i am passed and full grip shorthand required me jo

Posted by Muhammad Adnan

Sir mai mcs kar Raha ho mai sochta ho iss Ko chod ke short hand sekh lown app batain mujhe Kia Karna chaheye kindly sir I am very worried and confused.

Posted by A HABIB

Dear Adnan, MCS itself has good career scope. IT kay log ziada kama laytay hain shorthand-job-holder ki nisbat. Ye tu aap k interest ki baat keh aap kaisay mutmin hain. By the way, aap kahan say MCS kar rahay hain?

Posted by MUnawar

Sir best institution kn sa hy shorthand ka Lahore ya islamabad me Plz help me

Posted by Yasir Hussain MIRANI

I want to become stenographer or stenotypist but I do not know about salaries of these jobs any body please inform me about the scope of stenographer and salaries

Posted by Abdul Basit

Dear sir, Mene gregg shorthand seekhi hui hai pitman nhi ati to kya government sector me apply krsakta hun gregg shorthand ki base pe?

Posted by Muhammad Ali

Which is the best acadmy for short hand?
How many department where shorthand passed person can jobs?
What is the age limit for jobs?
What is +5 year age relaxation...?who person can use age relaxation offer?

Posted by Mohsin ali

sir mene shorthand complete kr le hai Allahumdullah
mujhe sir batain kab ki apply krne ki liye kia kren courts ki under
yeh sir batain mujhe NTS pass krne ki liye konsa book best hai

Posted by M.S Saim

Sir in islamabad which institute is best for steno graphing?
But now am studying BBA (Bachlor in Business)
But have to much interest in steno graphing,
Plz guide what i should do?

Posted by sarfaz ahmad

Aslam o alikum
is there any one?? jo mujhy guide kir sky online tiyari best hy ya mujhy koi institute join krna chahye
and kindly guide k agr miry educational career main intermediate d grade sy clear ho to kia main tb bhi apply kir skta hon ya nhi

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