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Top 5 posts through SSC CGL Exam– pay scale and career growth

Sep 10, 2018 19:38 IST
SSC CGL post preferences
SSC CGL post preferences

If you are willing to join government departments/ministries, then SSC CGL is the best option for the young graduates to enter into these departments at Grade-‘B’ & ‘C’ posts. SSC conducts CGL exam every year throughout the country. As an SSC CGL officer, you will be performing several important duties in various departments, which directly contributes to the nation’s progress. This job can provide you an immense respect, a decent salary package, and lucrative career growth in the respective departments/ministries.

Now, you may be thinking about –

  • What are the best posts offered through this exam?
  • What kind of posts are offered by SSC under the CGL entry?
  • What will be the pay scale for these posts?
  • What will be the career growth in the future in these job profiles?

In this article, we will discuss the top 5 posts offered through the SSC CGL exam with their pay scale, career growth and the nature of the associated work.

Note: Posts preferences completely depends upon the candidate’s choices and their personal decisions.

Posts offered through the SSC CGL exam

Posts under the SSC CGL exam are generally classified by their Grades i.e. Grade-‘B’ & ‘C’. These grades carry different pay scales and other benefits. Under Grade-‘B’ posts, a candidate is paid under the pay band-2 in the pay scale of Rs. 9300-34800 with grade pay of Rs. 5400, Rs. 4800, Rs. 4600 and Rs. 4200. In the following article, we will sort the top-5 posts with respect to their associated pay scale and grade pay-

Name of Posts

Ministries/Departments

Grade Pay(in INR)

 Assistant  Audit Officer

Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG

4800

Assistant Accounts Officer

Indian Audit & Accounts Department under Comptroller and Auditor General of India

 4800

Assistant Section Officer

Intelligence Bureau

 4600

Central Secretariat Service

4600

Ministry of Railways

 4600

Ministry of External Affairs

 4600

Armed Forces Headquarters

 4600

Income Tax Inspector

Central Board of Direct Taxes

 4600

Inspector (Central Excise)

Central Board of Excise and Customs

 4600

Inspector (Preventive Officer)

Central Board of Excise and Customs

 4600

Inspector (Examiner)

Central Board of Excise and Customs

 4600

Assistant Enforcement
Officer

Enforcement Directorate, Department of Revenue

 4600

Sub Inspector

Central Bureau of Investigation

 4600

Inspector Posts

Department of Posts

 4600

Divisional Accountant

Offices under Comptroller and Auditor General of India

 4200

Inspector

Central Bureau of Narcotics

 4600

Assistant

Other Ministries/Departments /Organizations

 4600

Assistant

Other Ministries/Departments /Organizations

 4200

Sub-Inspector

National Investigation Agency

 4200

Junior Statistical Officer

Ministry of Statistics & Program implementation

 4200

The above posts are the Grade-’B’ posts, which offer you a better career growth and a decent salary package. Let us go through the job profile, salary, and career growth prospects of the Top-5 SSC CGL posts-

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Assistant Audit Officer

Few basic information regarding this post is given below-

Grade- ‘B’ (Gazetted, Non-Ministerial)

Department:- CAG (Comptroller Auditor General of India)

Pay scale:- Rs. 9300 – 34800

Grade Pay- Rs. 4800

Age limits: Not exceeding 30 years

After cracking the SSC CGL exam and selected as an “Assistant Audit Officer”, you will be posted under the Indian Audit & Accounts department. Here, you will be responsible for auditing the accounts of central or state governments and other public sector companies.

Job Profile: -This is a desk job and includes almost no fieldwork. As an AAO, your job responsibility mainly covers the following-

  • Your job profile mostly involves financial auditing, performance analysis, and compliance audits.
  • You will be responsible for issuing some specific guidelines to the government departments. Therefore, in future, they can make expenditures properly by following these guidelines.
  • You have the power to bring wrongdoings/scams of politicians or officials or departments in the light.
  • Being a gazetted officer, you will be involved in the decision-making process at the section level.

 Promotion: - Once you have started your career as AAO in the CAG, you will get promoted in the following manner-

AAO ——> AO (Audit Officer) ——> Sr. AO (Senior Accounts Officer) ——-> Deputy Director / Deputy AG ——> Director / AG ——–> Principal Director / Pr. AG ———-> Director General.

You will join at the initial level and get promotions to the further ranks by qualifying the departmental examinations or by timely promotions awarded by the respective department. Generally, it would take 6-10 years to get promoted as an Audit officer and 2-4 years to become a Senior Audit officer after the first promotion. Rest promotions can be attained with the availability of the respective posts in the department.

It is observed that the chances of getting a promotion at the further higher posts like Director or Principal Director are very less.

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Assistant Section Officer

Few basic information regarding this post is given below-

Grade- ‘B’

Department:- Central Secretariat Service

Pay scale:- Rs. 9300 – 34800

Grade Pay- Rs. 4800

Age limits: 20- 30 years

As you know that Central Secretariat Service serves as the backbone of the administrative work and provides bureaucrats and other functional staff to the government of India. CSS is considered the best among the other assistant jobs offered by SSC CGL exam as you may go up to the ‘Under Secretary’ or further posts in the hierarchy.

Job Profile: As an Assistant Section officer, you are required to perform the following duties-

  • You need to maintain the important links through maintaining communications between Parliament and the central secretariat, especially when it comes to the Parliament questions handling, assurances, and other government bills.
  • You must be skilled in completing files & preparing reports, drafting, noting, and the interpretation of rules & regulations by the CSS members. It will help CSS members to ensure continuity in the government’s policies.

Promotions:  The promotion will be awarded in the following manner-

Assistant Section officer ---> Section Officer----> Under Secretary---> Joint Director -------> Director ------> Joint Secretary

You will get a promotion to Section Officer within 5-7 years after joining. However, to get a promotion to the next level, you have to clear the Inter-departmental exam conducted by UPSC. Otherwise, it would take 10-12 years to the same promotion.

Income Tax Inspector

Few basic information regarding this post is given below-

Grade- ‘C’

Department:- CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes)

Pay scale:- Rs. 9300 – 34800

Grade Pay- Rs. 4600

Age limits: Not exceeding 30 years.

 CBDT is responsible for collecting direct taxes in the country. Direct taxes include income tax, wealth tax, corporate tax, etc. It functions under the Department of Revenue of the Ministry of Finance. As an organization, it has ideal working conditions and good human resource policies.

Job Profile: After deputation in the Income Tax Department as an Income Tax Inspector, you can work under any of the two sections of the department.

  1. Assessment Section
  2. Non-Assessment Section

Under the Assessment section, your job mainly includes performing all desk related works, which falls under the Income Tax Inspector title. You have to assess the income tax of a person or company, which is liable to pay. Besides this, you have to handle the refund claims and TDS related queries.

Under the Non-Assessment section, you have to perform duties in the field. In the field job, you will be a part of the rapid response team, which conducts raids. Before raids, you have to gather all essential information and proper evidence against possible defaulters. This job is very risky and interesting as well.

Promotions: As an Income Tax Inspector, career progression can be seen in the following way-

Income Tax Inspector ------> Income Tax Officer (Grade-‘B’ Gazetted) --------> Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax ----------> Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax --------> Joint Commissioner of Income Tax ------> Additional Commissioner of Income Tax -------> Commissioner of Income Tax

In this hierarchy, it will take nearly 4-6 years to become an Income Tax Officer, which is a Grade-‘B’ Gazetted post and from ITO to Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, it would take around 10-12 years.

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Assistant Enforcement Officer

Few basic information regarding this post is given below-

Grade- ‘B’

Department:- Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance

Pay scale:- Rs. 9300 – 34800

Grade Pay- Rs. 4600

Age limits: Not exceeding 30 years.

Enforcement Directorate (ED) is an investigation agency, which primarily involves checking money-laundering activities in India. The primary objective of the Enforcement Directorate is the enforcement of two key acts i.e. FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) and PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act).

Job Profile: You will join ED initially as Assistant Enforcement Officer, which is a Grade-‘B’ post. You can be posted in the office or in the field as well. The job profile includes the following job responsibilities-

  • If you are posted in office, then you will be doing some clerical type job like normal filing, making monthly reports, replying to the letters, and presentations. 
  • In case of field job, you have to nab the economic crimes like money laundering, etc.
  • You may also have to gather any intelligence information regarding the money laundering or other economic crimes and then work with the raid team.

Promotions: As an Assistant Enforcement Officer, you will have the following career path-

Assistant Enforcement Officer -----> Enforcement Officer -------> Assistant Director of Enforcement Directorate -----> Deputy Director of Enforcement Directorate --------> Joint Director -----> Additional Director -----> Special Director in Enforcement Directorate.

It would take nearly 4-6 years to get promoted as the Enforcement Officer. For achieving the remaining posts, you have to wait until the availability of these posts and your candidature for these posts. Most of the times, your service tenure and grades in inter-departmental exams also matters for it.

Sub-Inspector in CBI

Few basic information regarding this post is given below-

Grade- ‘B’

Department:- Central Bureau of Investigation

Pay scale:- Rs. 9300 – 34800

Grade Pay- Rs. 4600

Age limits: 20- 30 years.

The CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) is the premier investigating agency of India. It is known for investigating several economic crimes, special crimes, cases of corruption, and other high-profile cases.

Job Profile: As a Sub-Inspector in CBI, you will perform the following duties-

  • This is mostly a field job and includes investigation of various kinds of crimes. The major cases will be those, which are not resolved by the local police.
  • To tackle the crime scenes, you will get a comprehensive training in crime investigation and sometimes, when you go on raid, you will be given a pistol or revolver for self-protection.  

Promotions: After joining as a Sub-Inspector, you will get promotions in the following manner-

Sub-Inspector-----> Inspector------> Deputy Superintendent ------> Additional Superintendent----> Superintendent ----- > Senior Superintendent

After successful completion of 4 years of service and training, you will get promoted as Inspector.  After completion of 4 years of regular service with good record, you will be eligible to appear in the departmental exam for the post of Deputy Superintendent. Promotion to the remaining posts depends upon the service record and availability of these posts.

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