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All about Sub Inspector (NIA)

Sub Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency)

Level: 6

Basic Pay: Rs. 35,400/-

Posting - Head Quarters in Delhi but you have to serve Anywhere in India

SSC CGL also provides you with an opportunity to get selected in one of the most prestigious departments of India – National Investigation Agency (NIA).


Even though SI in NIA is a 4200 grade Pay job but then also his salary is equivalent to a 4600 grade pay central Govt employee as he gets 25% extra of Basic + DA and also he is paid 13 months’ salary in a year.

Effective In hand salary (Considering 13 month salary):

Class X cities= Rs. 43,166

Class Y cities= Rs. 39,492

Class Z cities= Rs. 37,664

Hence effective in hand salary is more than any other posts offered in SSC-CGL.

Job Profile

NIA was formed in 2008 after Mumbai attacks to counter Terrorism. As an officer with NIA, you shall be working with this Law Enforcement agency on counter terrorism operations.

Recently, in 2013 it was notified in the Official Gazette of India about the organizational structure of NIA which includes direct recruitment of 28 Sub-Inspectors through SSC exam.

Previously, NIA was recruiting only the officers on 4200 grade pay with two years of investigation experience from other agencies like Delhi Police, SPG, CBI, IB etc. This year onwards they have started the direct recruitment.[gap height="5"]

Work Profile

Right now, most of the work force in NIA is on deputation from other police forces and allied agencies. The work profile of a SI is mixed of that of intelligence officer and that of law enforcement. You shall be responsible to do clerical court work (NIA has separate courts and acts of prosecution), execute summons and warrants, examine witnesses, keep their custody, collect and analyze intelligence and ground verification of previous intelligence and be a part of raiding/spot investigation team. While investigating a terror case or activity, an NIA official is deemed authority equivalent to the SHO of police of that area. Our source (a current officer on deputation) tells us that the post is nowhere as powerful as that of CBI. Reason being that CBI deals with corruption and crime committed by normal people or goons. Every other govt official/politician/police is involved in some or other corruption activity, so it is obvious that they have a fear of CBI as the CBI has power and jurisdiction to act on these corrupt people and prosecute them.

Now, the NIA profile majorly deals with terrorists and international mafias and drug syndicates. These are not your common people who would be afraid of jail or raids of CBI. Thus, any common person, police official, business man, government official or even a politician have no reason to be afraid of NIA because NIA has no authority to prosecute them. To sum it up, NIA don’t have any social power/status that you can flaunt in your social or friend circle. Infact, if you are an NIA official who is collecting intelligence of terrorist organizations, even the terrorist organizations are advance enough to collect counter information about NIA officials and NIA’s activities. Further, no chance whatsoever for any under table, over table or along table earnings. So, it’s a risky profile with lesser benefits that other jobs of SSC.


As a SI in NIA, you would be above ASIs, constables, DEOs of your department. You can be sent to any corner of the country where there is a suspected terrorist activity that took place (eg. recent bomb making factory that exploded in West Bengal). You would be required to camp and investigate in the most interior and remote places. Also, you would be required to gather intelligence about any bomb blast site like that of Pune bakery blast or Samjhauta Express blast site etc. Thus you cannot flaunt your card around, you have to work discretely without any power or authority. NIA has 5 branch offices in Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Lucknow and Mumbai with Head Quarters at Delhi.


There is not a very clear scenario about promotions. On papers, a SI in NIA should be promoted to an Inspector rank after 5 yrs, but reality is a lot different, it all depends on the vacancies and the waiting list of seniors before you. Expect your first promotion not before 7-8 yrs of service. Very similar to Delhi Police SI promotion stagnation, the senior posts are mostly occupied by IPS officers on deputation, so rising very high up is not possible for a Sub Inspector. There is stagnation after one or two promotions. If you are very lucky, you may retire from the post of SP.[gap height="5"]

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Keep in mind that your friends opting for other posts like Inspectors, Assistants becomes a gazetted officer with one promotion while you would need 2 promotions just to be a Class 1 gazetted officer. The pyramid hierarchy structure makes it very difficult for anyone to get more than 3 or 4 promotions in a Govt. job career (dominated by seniority and reservation instead of merit). At the end of the day you are just another 4200 GP Govt. personnel and just receiving salary equivalent to a 4600 gp. While your friends shall enjoy a 9 to 5 job with all gazetted holidays and offs, being in this job you have to work at odd hours and Sundays too and this is the reason you are being paid extra (which equates to 4600 gp) for the risky job and disturbed life scene.

Initially, many of us are crazy to desire a ‘risky’ and ‘challenging’ job profile to work with. But remember, you would still be stuck in this profile even 15 yrs down the life when you would want to spend time with your wife and focus on your parent’s well being and kid’s future. The tensions, erratic work hours and lifestyle, thankless work, minimal recognition of efforts are something that take toll on your health and social life. But then, there still are people who work in these profiles; both with choice or for the lack of choice. Choose wisely, because eventually it’s you have to live your life with your desires and aspirations.

If you have passion to serve the country and do the adventurous kind of job then NIA is the place for you. But, If you have the mindset to earn UTM then in harsh words we would like to say that there is not place for traitors in NIA.

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All about SI in CBI

Sub Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation

Level: 7

Basic Pay: R. 44,900/-

Class X cities= Rs. 43,166 Class Y cities= Rs. 39,492 Class Z cities= Rs. 37,664

Vacancies in 2014: 129

SSC CGL also provides you with an opportunity to get selected in one of the most prestigious departments of India - Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Through SSC CGL you get entry as Sub Inspector in CBI which is a Group B post with 4200 grade pay.

Something about CBI department

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), functioning under Dept. of Personnel, Ministry of Personnel, Pension & Public Grievances, Government of India, is the premier investigating police agency of the nation. It is an elite force playing a major role in maintaining Law & Order in the country. It is also the nodal police agency in India which coordinates investigation on behalf of Interpol Member countries.CBI investigations have a major impact on the political and economic life of the nation. The following broad categories of criminal cases are handled by the CBI:

  1. Cases of corruption and fraud committed by public servants of all Central Govt. Departments, Central Public Sector Undertakings and Central Financial Institutions.
  2. Economic crimes, including bank frauds, financial frauds, Import Export & Foreign Exchange violations, large-scale smuggling of narcotics, antiques, cultural property and smuggling of other contraband items etc.
  3. Special Crimes, such as cases of terrorism, bomb blasts, sensational homicides, kidnapping for ransom and crimes committed by the mafia/the underworld.

Most of the top posts of CBI are held by IPS (Indian Police Services) officers.


CBI headquarters is a ₹186 crore, state-of-the-art 11-story building in New Delhi, housing all branches of the agency. The 7,000-square-metre building is equipped with a modern communications system, an advanced record-maintenance system, storage space, computerised access control and an additional facility for new technology. Interrogation rooms, cells, dormitories and conference halls are provided. The building has a staff cafeteria with a capacity of 500, men's and women's gyms, a terrace garden and bi-level basement parking for 470 vehicles.

After Selection

The dossiers of the selected candidates will be sent to the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. Then you will be called for Physical test .It won’t be very tough except that you should meet the minimum physical standards mentioned in SSC CGL notification (if you don’t fulfil that criteria you should not opt for CBI).

Then you would be called for your training in CBI Academy Ghaziabad. After successful completion of training only you will be allotted zones based on your preference.  More than 90% of the candidates are allotted Delhi zone only.


Since you are working in CBI, you have a broad scope of cases to investigate. Virtually any case which looks inscrutable to the state police can come to CBI on the orders of Central Government. So you need an extensive training. This training shall be tough just like your job. The schedule of the training is as follows:

Training Duration
Institutional Training with CBI Academy(phase 1) 7 Months
Attachment with Local Police 9 Weeks
Attachment with CBI Branch 9 Weeks
Institutional Training with CBI Academy(phase 2) 10 Weeks
Total 1 year 7 weeks

Total training period is 59 weeks out of which 42 weeks training held in CBI Academy. The CBI Academy is in Ghaziabad. The 26.5-acre campus, with fields and plantations, houses the administrative, academic, hostel and residential buildings.  CBI Academy has emerged as a major police training institution and has made a mark at the National as well as International level. It has been recognised in March 2010 for Excellence in Training in the field of Crime Investigation, Prosecution and Vigilance.

   Work Profile

It is a non uniform job .The main function of Sub-Inspectors (or Inspectors) posted in the Branches/Units is to make enquiries and investigations and to gather information. They will enquire into or investigate the cases which are allotted to them. It is also their duty to look after their cases in Courts during trial or during the disciplinary proceedings which are initiated on the recommendations of CBI. Therefore the job profile of CBI includes frequent visits to courts which can be cumbersome for many people. Taking criminal to the courts safely is another concern attached to this profile. As CBI sometimes takes up cases of terrorists, it can be a challenging task. But no concern as you shall be provided adequate security from police. The work profile of an inspector and sub inspector remains the same.

Due to these functions the CBI SI profile is considered to be a tough profile. You will need to extend your working hours or may even work on Saturdays. In addition, this profile demands a lot of travelling across India, wherever you are allotted a case you will need to go there, collect all the information and perform the investigation. So it is a stressful job and your family & personal life suffer. But in such investigations, you shall have complete authority over state police and other involved departments.

Jurisdiction and powers of CBI

The legal powers of investigation of the CBI are derived from the DSPE Act 1946, which confers powers, duties, privileges and liabilities on the Delhi Special Police Establishment (CBI) and officers of the Union Territories. The central government may extend to any area (except Union Territories) the powers and jurisdiction of the CBI for investigation, subject to the consent of the government of the concerned state. Members of the CBI at or above the rank of sub-inspector may be considered officers in charge of police stations. So while on investigation even an SI has a lot of power and he can arrest or interrogate a Govt official well above his own (SI) rank.

Anyone will admit that CBI SI is one of the most influential and powerful posts offered by SSC CGL. While on investigation a CBI official heads the team which has state police officers and officers from other concerned departments with the ultimate authority residing with CBI.

All the departments (IT, excise, custom, narcotics) and even Politicians know that if they come under CBI scanner, they can’t escape it. That is why a CBI official is always respected/feared by police, other government officials, Bankers, Businessman and Politicians.  Among General public, friends and relatives also you will be greatly respected. Another thing, there is usually a perception among people that other department inspectors(IT , excise , custom) always feed on UTM , which is not the case for CBI officers. So you will truly be respected behind your back also.

Here are the newspaper clippings showing the work/power of CBI.



Promotion opportunities is good in CBI. It takes around 5 years to get first promotion that is to become an inspector. But Second Promotion to Deputy Superintendent takes usually 12-13 years. Then you will become Additional Superintendent after 3rd promotion which takes around 10 years. After that in every 4-5 years you get a promotion. Normally a Sub Inspector go up to the level of Senior Superintendent. In rare case a person joined as SI in very young age and maintaining a very good record, can go up to deputy inspector general of police which is a big shot post to have.


Even though SI in CBI is a 4200 grade Pay job but then also his salary is equivalent to a 4600 grade pay central Govt employee as he gets 25% extra of Basic + DA and also he is paid 13 months’ salary in a year. Effective In hand salary (Considering 13 month salary): Class X cities= Rs. 43,166 Class Y cities= Rs. 39,492 Class Z cities= Rs. 37,664 Hence effective in hand salary is more than any other posts offered in SSC-CGL. In CBI, it is very difficult to earn UTM as you will always be in the scanner of your department.

Physical Standards required

This is among the very few jobs for which any kind of physical disability will make you unfit for the job. CBI demands very good Physical fitness all through your service. You go through a rigorous training during your first year. But before all that you should have the following physical standards to get selected in CBI as SI. You should not opt for CBI if you don’t match any of the following criteria.

  1. a) Height

For men - 165 cms. For women - 150 cms. Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals: 5 cms.

  1. b) Chest:

76 cms. With expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female Candidates)

  1. c) Vision:

Eye-sight (with or without glasses) Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye. Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye.[gap]

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