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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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All about Divisional Accountant in CAG

Divisional Accountant in CAG

Level: 6

Basic Pay: Rs. 35,400/-


Divisional Accountant in CAG is a post which comes under Comptroller and Auditor General of India i.e. C&AG: “An autonomous institution established under the constitution of India”.

Process after Selection

C&AG head office will ask for state preferences, personal information and attestation form. Once the deadline gets over, they will allot state according to your merit vis-à-vis preferences provided by you.

Getting a home state in DA is like winning a lottery. As all the seniors working in DA cadre recommends that new recruits must prefer their home state to join as DA. Reason for this recommendation is simple; working in home state will make you comfortable to work with the state government employees (where you natively reside, hence a stronger local connection) while in other state you might be treated with parity. Moreover, other factors like commuting to your hometown and life time same posting i.e. home state also favors this recommendation.

Once state allotment is finalized, your dossiers shall be sent to respective state AG offices. They will issue the appointment letters. With appointment letter you will be asked to give preferences for the cities you like to be posted in, options you can opt might be 3, 4 or 5 depending on state to state basis. After receiving your preference, state AG Office shall allot you the cities and specific division in that city, most of the candidates can get their first or second preferred city. You will work under a senior DA or DAO for 6 month from the date of joining. He may or may not be interested in mentoring you to learn the intricacies of the job. During this time period, it’s entirely up to you whether you attend office or skip it. No one will say anything to you because your absence will help them to carry on their usual activities (including corruption, job bunks) smoothly.


After 6 months of work in the division, state AG office will call you for training. The training lasts for 10 months and in this period you will stay in the city where state’s AG office is located. You have to make all the staying arrangements yourself. No extra allowances will be provided for the said training period. After completion of training, there will be Divisional Accountant Grade Examination (DAGE) which is conducted twice every year. Your get confirmed if you pass this exam, in case you fail (very rare chance) your probation shall continue till you clear (within 6 given attempts). Just after passing this exam you will be allotted a light division charge but in current staff crunch scenario, a single DA is handling the charge of 2 or more divisions, so scope of under the table money increases many folds.

Note 1 – Unlike CSS, in Divisional Account Cadre your seniority is not decided by the date on which C&AG stated the no. of vacancies to SSC(Assistant CSS of CGL13 shall get seniority from the date of advt. of CGL13). Your seniority will depend on your confirmation after passing the DAG Exam. For e.g. if you get failed in DAGE but your junior clears it before you, then he will be your senior forever. However, you will get 6 attempts to clear this exam which is pretty easy to clear.

Note 2 – This is a very important point, which shall decide your entire career graph. DAGE exam consist a compulsory paper of regional language like Gujarat state will have Guajarati language paper, Maharashtra will have Marathi and so on. So you must give your state preferences judiciously. If you are sure enough to pass the regional language exam then chose different states whose regional language is not Hindi.

JOB Profile

  1. How C&AG defines DA profile - The Divisional accountants are constituted in a separate cadre with its own leave and training reserve under the administrative control of the accountant General. This cadre is intended to provide trained Accountants for public works divisions (PWD), irrigation divisions, public health and engineering divisions, or other independent executive charge. These divisions are headed by Executive Engineers who are on state government payroll.
  1. How DA defines their profile – They (Divisional Accountants) are the central government employees but works in the state government office coordinating with the state government officials. The Divisional accountant cadre i.e. state once allotted cannot be changed except for mutual transfers that too only in probation. The DA cadre is controlled by State Accountant general Office, their promotion and transfers are under the jurisdiction of state AG Office.

 Divisional Accountant is amongst the most relaxed jobs in all other job profiles offered under SSC CGL. We all know how unprofessionally the PWD, irrigation division or public health and engineering departments (which are under state government) works, almost every division works unprofessionally for e.g. no attendance, passing deadlines and no direct accountability to central government. So, you can very well understand that a Divisional Accountant posted in these divisions also works in the same unprofessional manner.

Divisional Accountant is the central employee and working in the state owned office and his controlling authority is situated either in state capital or some other city of that state. So, indirectly Divisional Accountant is his own boss. Salary of Divisional Accountant comes from state treasury, so you have to be vigilant/aware enough to claim all allowances applicable to central government employees.

Work of Divisional Accountant in the Division

The nature of duty of divisional accountant in the state government divisions is to act as a financial advisor to the Executive Engineers of that division and pass/object bills put up by the executive engineer. He is the sole signing authority to pass the finance bills of the division. So, the duties performed by the divisional accountant is not an uphill task, basic knowledge of the rules and regulation compiled from the training period will let you perform your work smoothly. Moreover, you will be allotted a cabin to perform your duties. There will be a head clerk and 3-4 more subordinates who will be assisting you on the basis of work load and size of division.


Before rating DA in terms of power, we must divide power in 2 types

  1. Social Power/Respect/Status – ZERO
  2. Power/Respect/Status in Office – In his own office DA enjoys so much power which is not enjoyed in most other CGL jobs. But, over the period of time, as stated before, a DA’s work will remain same even after promotions and hence the power level will also remain the same. This is in stark contrast from other posts offered through CGL where the power level/authority increases after every promotion.

Money Matters???

If your appetite for earning money isn’t fulfilled by the stipulated salary, then Divisional accountant post offers you enough opportunities to earn. The divisions stated above have their budget for the year and that can start from lakhs to hundreds of crores. For passing every bill you are entitled for 0.25 to 1% of commission (for bill amount is higher than 5 lakhs), in case of lower amount bills, the percentage increases accordingly.

NOTE – There are certain dead divisions also where the allocated budget is Rs. 0 (Don’t Worry See Training section for this)


All DA are entitled to transfer in every 3 year period but within the state. Preferences will be asked by the AG’s Office and if the division is vacant i.e. no DA is available in the division then you will be allotted that division. No one from state government or any local politician can influence your transfer before 3 years.

Work Pressure and Working Conditions

 This is the post which have least work pressure as compared to other interview post in CGL. No Boss, having signing authority and sub ordinates to assist you. Regarding working conditions, this post will not give you a high quality working environment as in other Interview post of CGL. You have to work in state owned divisions which may or may not located in good city of that state. Infrastructure wise, most divisions are far backward and will remind you of a true sarkari office feeling like RTO offices of a city. Some of the divisions might be located in undeveloped sectors of that state, thus, facilities like good house, light, water, sanity will come under luxury for that area. But, one must remember that the under the table income is directly proportional to the scope of development in the area under that division. The more undeveloped the division, more are the projects and funds allocated for that division’s development.


Promotion in divisional accountant are average neither too fast nor too slow. The hierarchy pyramid of DA cadre is shown below

Hence, from above pyramid it is quite clear that DA will get only 3 promotion in whole service. Moreover, Promotions are quite slow once you start reaching top of pyramid and also varies from state to state.

But to overcome this negative aspect of this post, a DA can give SAS exam after completion of 2 years of service. Clearing SAS exam directly promote him/her to 4800 GP and he can join C&AG as AAO (Assistant Accountant Officer).

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All about Assistant in Other Ministries


Assistant in Other Ministries/Departments/Organisations

Level: 6

Basic Pay: Rs. 35,400/-

Location - All India Posting What is the difference between Assistant Section Officer in CSS & Assistant in other Ministries ?? There are offices attached to the different ministries, while Assistant Section Officer in CSS gets posting in those ministries, Assistant in Other Ministries/Department/Organization gets posting in those attached Offices. So, the work of Assistant in Other Ministries/Department/Organization also differs form Assistant Section Officer in CSS.

We have got detailed description of Assistant in Other Ministries/Department/Organization post from one of our friend posted in Passport Office which is one of the department under Ministry of External Affairs.

The Job Profile as Assistant in Passport Office is similar to the job profile of Assistant in all the other Departments/Organizations. 

Job Profile of Assistant in CPV [Consular Passport, Visa] Division under MEA

Have you ever visited any Regional Passport Office ??

If you got this post and have not visited Passport Office yet, then we suggest you to visit it. You will get to know the job you have to do being an Assistant there.

However, We know some of us belongs to the place where no passport office exist. So, for them to know about the job they will be doing soon, next few paras will help them to clear the air.

An Assistant Job in passport Office is public dealing Job (Different from Assistant in CSS, where no public dealing). His job is to verify the documents of passport applicants. Dealing Assistant submits the files to Superintendent who in turn submits to PGO (Passport Grant Officer).

As we know the passport application process is completely on-line now and there are deadlines for every step in the whole process. So, the workload is immense at some passport offices. You have to work on saturday/sunday if required but you will get extra pay for that. For example - There are events like Passport Mela which usually scheduled on weekends.

There is incentive scheme also for particular work. You can earn up to 33% of your salary in this incentive scheme. We don't have information about the incentive policy in other departments/organization under this post.

A Common profile for All departments/Organisations under this post

The post of Assistant is very important post in the department and all Establishment, Administrative and Financial matters are basically examined and processed at this level. Assistant generally deal with mostly various complex/complicated nature of duties in HQ, Zonal and GDCs with an independent and higher sense of responsibility. An Assistant has to have thorough and extensive knowledge with requirement to make a complete study over the cases and has to correctly interpret rules/instructions/regulations intended for making these applicable in the department. An Assistant has to be very effective/efficient in dealing with the following vital issues concerning Establishment/Administrative & Financial matters after basic examination and thorough process at their level. The duties and responsibilities of Assistant are given below:-

1. Recruitment Rules of Group ‘A’,’B’,’C’ & ‘D’
2. Dealing with Audit Objection/Queries
3. Maintenance of Reservation Roster for Recruitment and Promotion
4. Preparation of DPC papers of various categories of officers & staff
5. Disciplinary cases, Preparation of Charge sheet/Memorandums
6. Control of Department’s Budget expenditure and compilation of budget of various GDCs
7. Dealing with VIP cases and Parliament questions (Starred & Unstarred)
8. To execute the fieldwork, drawals of money before start of the field and ensure payments to the field hand well in time before and during the field season


Superintendent exercise the same functions as Section Officers/Desk Officers in the Ministries/Departments/Secretariates of Govt. of India.  Minimum time frame for Assistant to be promoted as superintendent is 3 years. After Superintendent the next promotion is Passport Granting Officer, It's a risky job due to the responsibilities attached to it.


Apart from salary, there is scope to get UTM after getting your first promotion. Now, your question would be - how ??

As you know these are the attached offices under ministries and have direct public dealings, project handling & granting which involves budgets in crores. So, scope of getting UTM increases.

That's all for this Post Description.

To get a little glimpse of All India posting read this circular - Click to Read

Vacancy details of Assistant in Passport office as on 16.07.2014 - Click Here

* In Passport Office you will get chances to meet famous personalities :)

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All about AEO


Level: 7

Basic Pay: Rs. 44,900/-

Assistant Enforcement Officer is the most unexplored 4600 GP Interview Post among all other 4600 GP Interview Posts offered through SSC CGL. 

SSC CGL Offers aspirants to get selected in the powerful Enforcement Department.

HQ – New Delhi Regional Office - Mumbai, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Delhi Zonal Office - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Panaji, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna and Srinagar. These are headed by a Joint Director.  Sub Zonal Office - Bhubaneshwar, Kozhikode, Indore, Madurai, Nagpur, Allahabad, Raipur, Dehradun, Ranchi, Surat and Shimla. These are headed by a Deputy Director.

* So, No tier 3 cities, almost all offices either in national capital or state capitals. So, aspirants who doesn't want to go beyond tier 2 cities AEO is most suitable for you.

Why Powerful??

First read what enforcement department says about itself.

Directorate of Enforcement is a Multi-Disciplinary Organization mandated with the task of enforcing the provisions of two special fiscal laws -

1. Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA)

2. Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA)

Enforcement Directorate besides directly recruiting personnel, the Directorate also draws officers from different Investigating Agencies, viz., Customs & Central Excise, Income Tax, Police, CBI, etc. on deputation. (See Deputation Adv. for reference)

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Being the only department dealing with the cases which involves huge money and powerful personalities, the power of Enforcement Department is at par with CBEC & CBDT.

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The following excerpt form 6th Pay commission report will make it more clear.

“para 7.15.24 – The posts of Assistant Enforcement Officer and Chief Enforcement Officer (Now redesgnated as Assistant Director) have traditionally been on par with the posts of Income Tax Inspectors and ITO/analogous posts in CBDT and CBEC. Subsequent to up-gradation of posts of Inspectors/ITOs/analogous posts in CBDT and CBEC, the Government also upgraded the posts in Enforcement Directorate but with a time lag. Since the parity between these posts is well established, the Commission recommends that the same should be maintained in future.”

" The duties and responsibilities of Assistant Director (re-designated) of Enforcement Directorate are on par with the duties and responsibilities of the post of Superintendent of Central Excise. The Superintendents of Central Excise are being joined in Enforcement Directorate as Assistant Director on deputation basis also."

An excerpt from news on ED raid

"In one of the most daring operations led by a Deputy Director in August, 1997, a hawala dealer was caught with cash of more than Rs. 1.18 crores in his office at Jama Masjid area of Delhi and large number of incriminating documents showing huge transfer of money through hawala channel to various terrorists outfits were seized." [/quote]

Job Description

The work of Assistant Enforcement Officer (AEO) depends on the seat and place of posting. Metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai have higher chances of FEMA or PMLA Offences and hence AEO gets the chance to be in field but in cities like Allahabad, Raipur, etc AEO have to do clerical tasks.

Duties to Perform 

  • To collect, develop and disseminate intelligence relating to violations of FEMA, 1999, the intelligence inputs are received from various sources such as Central and State Intelligence agencies, complaints etc.
  • To investigate suspected violations of the provisions of the FEMA, 1999 relating to activities such as “hawala” foreign exchange racketeering, non-realization of export proceeds, non-repatriation of foreign exchange and other forms of violations under FEMA, 1999.
  • To adjudicate cases of violations of the erstwhile FERA, 1973 and FEMA, 1999.
  • To realize penalties imposed on conclusion of adjudication proceedings.
  • To handle adjudication, appeals and prosecution cases under the erstwhile FERA, 1973
  • To process and recommend cases for preventive detention under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA)
  • To undertake survey, search, seizure, arrest, prosecution action etc. against offender of PMLA offence.
  • To provide and seek mutual legal assistance to/from contracting states in respect of attachment/confiscation of proceeds of crime as well as in respect of transfer of accused persons under PMLA.

An important description of authority to deal cases according to the money involved 

Designation of Officers Monetary limit of Cases to be dealt with (X)
Director of Enforcement >10 Crore
Special Director of Enforcement >10 Crore
Additional Director of Enforcement 5 crore < X < 10 Crore
Joint Director of Enforcement 2 crore < X < 5 Crore
Deputy Director of Enforcement 1 crore < X < 2 Crore
Assistant Director of Enforcement X < 1 Crore


Sanctioned Strength  - 2064

Working Strength 

As on 31.03.2012 - 570 As on 31.03.2013 - 656 As on 31.03.2014 - 691 As on 31.03.2015 - 682

This shows how much staff crunch in Enforcement Directorate only 33% of sanctioned strength is present and hence resulting in enormous workload at each level.

Excerpt from a leading news paper

"An internal assessment of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which handles all PMLA cases, shows that its investigating officers achieved an average disposal rate of just 1.4 cases dur ing 2013-14. And the pendency of PMLA cases per officer was a staggering 7.7.

If the existing number of investigating officers were to complete the PMLA cases, it would take 5.5 years. The delay in ED is caused by huge shortage of manpower, with the agency running with just 33% of the sanctioned strength. Out of a sanctioned strength of 2064, it has just 686 employees. It is also facing a fresh exodus of officials on deputation in recent months. [/quote]


   The Staff crunch in ED is self explanatory about the promotion aspects in the department. Smaller cadre, 33% of sanctioned strength is working, which means ample of opportunity to get promotion on time.  An AEO can get promoted to EO in 5 years maximum.  An EO after 4 years of further service gets promoted to Assistant Director (In ITI, Excise, PO, Examiner the designation remains same at this level of promotion). An Assistant Director of ED gets promoted to Dy. Director in minimum 3 years and maximum 5 years. So, practically ED has the fastest promotion among all other departments. So, an AEO joining at age of 22-25 can reach up to the level of special Director in ED  * Remember Deputation Officers are there but only for 3 years Maximum. Hence, the Permanent employees of ED have significant chances of growth in terms of promotion.


Transfers are frequent but as mentioned above the offices are in limited numbers and are located in national & state capitals. So, one should not afraid of the transfers. 


ED deals with the cases which involves huge amount of money and powerful peoples, So an AEO being the lowest group B officer in the office will not have authority or power to deal such cases. Money is there but it flows from top to down.

Moreover, cities like Allahabad, Ranchi, Raipur, etc are said to be dry in terms of money. 

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All about Preventive Officer (Customs)

All About Preventive Officer in Customs

Level: 7

Basic Pay: Rs. 44,900


Preventive Officer in Customs post is still not explained in detail in any of the available platforms. We'll try to provide each and every detail for Preventive Officer in Customs. Many of us have confusion whether the Preventive Officer in Customs work profile is similar to Examiner or Excise Inspector in CBEC. The profile of Preventive Officer in Customs is not completely similar to either of the two above mentioned posts. Preventive Officer in Customs selected through CGL Exam works in Customs branch of CBEC. There are custom Zones in which Excise and Customs are separate, Preventive Officer in Customs are posted in those zones. 

Some Custom Zones where Preventive Officer in Customs gets posting :

Chennai Customs Cochin Customs Kolkata Customs Mumbai – I Customs Goa Customs Visakhapatnam Custom

Deputation - Preventive Officer in Customs can go for deputation in various Excise Zones for 1-3 year respectively in which


Promotion of Preventive Officer in Customs is not as good as Examiner in Customs but better than Excise Inspector in CBEC.

First promotion of PO in customs is Superintendent of Customs and for this eligibility criteria is 8 years of service. Preventive Officer are also eligible to get promoted as Appraiser but only 20% of Appraiser post reserved for them and the same service criteria of 8 years is applicable for getting promoted to Appraiser. Now, understand with the cited example below :

Suppose there are 100 Seats of Appraiser out of which 20 seats are reserved for Preventive Officers. As we know Examiner in Customs are eligible for promotion to Appraiser after 3 years of regular service. So, a Preventive Officer who joined 8 years before and senior to 3 years old Examiner will be getting one of the 20 post of Appraiser. However, due to less workforce available in CBEC as compared to sanctioned strength, the eligibility criteria were relaxed  in recent DPC.

But, before you came to conclusion about promotion aspects of Preventive Officer in Customs. Some points are worthy to mention before concluding this promotion section

  • A long queue of Preventive Officers in waiting for promotion as Appraiser.
  • Promotion to Superintendent of Customs are not as slow as in Excise Inspector.
  • Promotion to Assistant Commissioner are better than Excise but no comparison with fast promotion of Appraiser Cadre.
  • A Preventive Officer joining service at age of 23-25 will get up to the post of Dy. Commissioner in current scenario.
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All about ASO in MEA


Assistant Section officer (ASO) in MEA (Ministry of External Affairs)

Level: 7

Basic Pay: Rs. 44,900/-

Salary in Foreign Posting: Depends on posted country. MEA has its own formula considering the cost of living, pricing index, currency evaluation of every country (salary varies from 1 lac to 2.xx lacs)

Assistant in MEA is the most sought after job with least chances of earnings except from your salary.

Quick Preview:

  1. You need to score really well in CGL Exam(read rank in Single/early double digits) to get it
  2. For foreign posting, you need to pass the respective(country wise) language proficiency test
  3. A few vacancies and charm of foreign postings makes MEA the most fancy post in CGL Exam
  4. Unlike CSS, posting can be anywhere; from MEA, South Block, Delhi to Passport offices to Special Missions in Bangladesh to the Embassies in USA(as well as Uganda)
  5. Typical 5 days a week, 9 AM to 5.30 PM job
  6. Assistant get official passport (white color), but not the diplomat’s passport (red color). Still, the official passport is different from normal citizen’s passport(blue color)pas
  7. Requires very good communication and interpersonal skills to flourish and grow in MEA
  8. There are 162 Indian missions abroad where an Assistant can be asked to serve.

This is one of the most sought after Assistant posts In CGL exam, for the chance of getting international postings and serve in Indian missions abroad. However, the information available and being circulated is laden with errors. Through this post, we have tried to dispel some of the major myths and half-baked truths being circulated on various groups and forums:

What is Ministry of External Affairs?

MEA is a Govt. agency responsible for conduct of India’s relations with foreign nations. MEA is responsible for India’s representation in United Nations and MEA also advises other Ministries and State Govt. when the latter deals with foreign govt. or institutions (signing of MoUs etc)

After Joining

  • Joining formalities are almost same as that of any other Assistant in Ministry except for the fact that Assistant in MEA also has to undergo IB (Intelligence Bureau) verification along with police verification. After IB and Police clearance, joining letter is issued and you are asked to report at Jawahar Lal Nehru Bhawan, New Delhi (opp. National Museum).
  • Unlike CSS, there is no immediate training on joining. However, before you get a foreign posting you have to compulsorily undergo 30 days training (spread over small modules) as well as foreign language test.
  • Foreign language proficiency test is mandatory to get the foreign posting
  • Training is hectic with a lot to learn in the brief period of time for effective working

Training takes place at Foreign Service Institute (FSI), JNU, Delhi: the same place where IFS officers, UDC, LDC and Steno of MEA department are trained.mea  

Training Course for IFS (B) – Non RG Grade 30 days
01 Passport  & PRIDE 2 days
02 Consular 2 days
03 Visa 2 days
04 IVFRT 2 days
05 MEA Administration 2 days
06 MEA Establishment & Welfare Measures 2 days
07 Protocol & CNV 2 days
08 Personality Development &  Know India 2 days
09 Office Procedure 2 days
10 Financial Procedure 2 days
11 Trade Promotion 2 days
12 Accounts 2 days
13 Computer 2 days
14 IMAS – Theory/Practical 4 days

Job of Assistant in MEA

  • The main job of an assistant is to assist the IFS officers in their day to day work
  • Assistants do the file work and noting, drafting and communication with the head office in India
  • Planning and examination of documents to be signed between the nations
  • Filing and other works related to various MoUs to be signed by ambassadors and ministers
  • Coordinating between various offices of consulates as well from HQ at Home Nation
  • Promoting friendly relations with the receiving state as also its people, including NRI/PIO


First Promotion from Assistant to Section Officer(SO) takes 4-5 yrs after clearing departmental exams, otherwise it may take 10-14 yrs on seniority basis. SO to Under Secretary (US) usually takes long time of 9-12 yrs based on vacancies. After US, the promotions are time based as with the IFS cadre. Most Assistants in MEA gets 3 career promotions and retires from Deputy Director level or at max Director Level.


Current strength of entire IFS cadre is 600 posts, so the chances of SO to US takes a lot of time as only a fraction of IFS cadre posts are filled by promotions as compared to direct recruitment via UPSC(8-12 IFS posts through UPSC each year).

Assistant starts from Grade-IV, progresses to Grade III and Grade II before being promoted to Grade I


Transfers and Postings

Assistant in MEA is not strictly a Delhi only job. On need basis, you can be posted to Regional Passport Offices, but usually there is shortage of staff in Delhi, so it happens only on requirement basis. You need to have really strong political approach to shift to Regional Passport Office on your own convenience (for home state posting etc.). For foreign posting, you have to choose 5-10 destinations from the list of 60 destinations provided to you by the ministry. However, it would be the ministry who would decide which place to allot to you. You can deny the allotted foreign destination but then such denials don’t go well with your seniors as it causes hassles in the effective functioning. Besides, what’s the point in joining MEA and then denying a foreign posting to live in India the entire life.

And yes, you get to live in a 5 star accommodation in case your stay arrangement by ministry gets delayed. All this at the expense of government.

Perks and Privileges

In India, all the perks are same as to that of any other Govt. servant in 4600 gp. The govt accommodation can be availed at MEA flats in Chanakyapuri and Dwarka. Since most MEA employees goes for a foreign posting every 3 years, the flats are not blocked/occupied for long. However, with every posting you need to shift your entire set up with you.

In foreign postings, you get the best facilities and amenities. You are entitled to get treated in the best hospital in that location, your children go to best American/British International Schools (having fee more that of your entire monthly salary in foreign posting). Fully furnished accommodation is provided which is better than the Govt accommodation provided to any Grp. A service (IAS/IPS/IRS) official in India. Previously, Assistant’s economy class air tickets used to be upgraded to 1st class free of cost. But, due to govt. austerity measures, now Assistant in MEA is allowed free travel by economy class to the foreign location. Also, an Assistant is allotted entire cargo container for goods, so you can take along your car and other requirements easily.


While posted in India, it would be the same as that of any 4600 gp employee posted in Delhi.

However, while posted abroad, you will get salary in dollars. But, don’t get too excited too soon, the foreign package would be just enough to live an average life there. The foreign salary is calculated on many parameters like cost of living, price index, currency exchange rate etc. There are no chances of under table money. A few foolish greedy guys tried to make some and here is what happened to them



  • Promotions are slow after reaching SO. First, because only 8-15 Under Secretary are needed every year. Secondly, all the Stenographer cadre and Cypher cadre are merged with Assistant cadre for promotion(Reference 1)
  • You have to work out of different work environments and usually face a lot of communication problems
  • Many assistants (esp. their families) faces insecurities when posted in non-english speaking nation or when posted in hostile location. Look at the list of India’s Missions and see how many country names you know.(Reference 2) You would also be needed to know the foreign nation’s language in order to survive in daily life tasks.
  • The Indian food esp spices, vegetables etc are a difficult things to procure, so be ready to change your eating habits(esp. for vegetarians)
  • You social life reduces drastically; especially living far from friends and relatives. You miss marriages, birthdays etc of your near and dear ones
  • You miss all the festivals (you cannot celebrate Holi in minus 8 degrees in Pennsylvania)
  • You are under a lot of pressure from the seniors, since they are IFS officers from UPSC (the best brains in UPSC comes to IFS), they have a lot of pressure and tactics over you. Also, ministers can make you suffer if you don’t oblige to their orders.


  • While you get all the facilities on foreign postings, the working condition way back in India are not appreciable. Here is an excerpt from a recent news articleddfd
  • An assistant cannot accept and keep even the cheapest gift received by him on international posting, even the Foreign Minister have to return all the gifts to “Toshkhana” on return to India. (Refer - Image)dsad
  • The latest measure adopted by MEA is concerning for people looking for typical “relaxed” govt. job. MEA plans to recruit from Private and Academics sector thereby bringing in the private performance oriented, result oriented and over-burdened culture. With corporate players competing with you, you will have to be on your toes all the time.fsdfs

Myth Busters

Myth 1: Assistant in MEA gets the best medical facilities his family and best education for his child. Reality: The medical facilities and education facilities largely depends on the country an Assistant is posted in. You cannot get the Singapore’s hospital facility while being posted in Nigeria. Similarly, your child cannot get a chance at Harvard if you are posted in Pakistan. No doubt, you would get the best hospital access in whichever country you are, but don’t expect first world facilities while serving in a third world country.

Myth 2: Assistant MEA is the best job to earn hefty legalized (white) money.

Reality: It is true that Assistant, MEA gets paid higher salaries but only when posted on international missions. But at the same time, let’s look at the other side of coin, the higher salary comes to help you meet higher expenses and higher standard of living. So, if you like living in the same lifestyle that any middle class Indian do, you won’t be saving anything.

However, if you plan to live like a chindichor (measly), you may save a few dollars. But that defeats your purpose of going abroad to travel the world and explore new cultures. Remember, government jobs can never get you rich as a business man. But a government job can certainly provide you with a lot of perks, respect, liberties and peace of mind.

SSCTube Gyaan

Though MEA, with its whims and fancies would attract every one of us in the first glance, there is a need for a reality check.

It looks very nice from outside the system to get foreign postings and visit various countries, discover new cultures and live in new places. But this only looks good for a few years, you won’t wish to relocate every three years of your life with the entire family. Alien locations, homesickness and foreign language trouble are bound to haunt most of us. In short, MEA post is not everyone’s cup of tea. Ask these two questions to yourself to find your answer:

  1. We all love going to Leh or Mussourie as a tourist. But can you imagine living at that place with their slow/limited life style for 3 continuous years with not much contact with family and friends. Is that your idea of living your life?
  2. We love visiting the scenic Kerala backwaters on a weekend tour. But think of learning the regional language and conversing n that on a daily basis for tasks for next 3 years. Can you do it?

If the answer to above two questions is Yes, then congratulations, MEA is your dream come true job. However, for lesser mortals like most of us, why try so hard when there is a shortcut available? The shortcut is to join CSS or any other ministry, thereby staying in Delhi and enjoying faster promotions (CSS vs MEA).  And for that once in life time urge to work as a diplomat, go to MEA on deputation for 3 years period. MEA comes up with deputation notices every now and then. Also, you get chance to visit various Nations after becoming Under Secretary (for MoUs, Trainings, as a team alongwith Minister etc). So, make your job post preference wisely, because this is what will define the direction to next 30+ years of your life. All the best!

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All about ASO (CSS)

Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in Central Secretariat Service

Level: 7

Basic Pay: Rs. 44,900/-

Assistant Section Officer or Assistant in CSS is the most discussed post among all assistant post offered through CGL.

Age Limit: 30 Years

Quick Preview

  1. You need to qualify CPT otherwise getting even 1st rank will not make you eligible for CSS
  2. Fast Joining Process after selection (within 2 months of final result)
  3. Life Time Delhi Posting
  4. 5 days/9AM to 6PM Job
  5. Fast Promotion
  6. Only for Honest
  7. Clerical/File Work

Let's understand what CSS is...

The Role of CSS (As per DOPT Website)

CSS का काम क्या है ??

The ultimate objective of all Government business is to meet the citizens’ needs and to further their welfare without undue delay. 

The permanent bureaucratic set up should provide

  • A delivery system for policy formulation
  • Continuity in policy administration
  • Monitoring & review of the implementation of policies/schemes

The CSS Officers as a part of permanent bureaucratic setup are expected to perform on all counts i.e.

  • Prompt action
  • Checks on delays
  • Linking of all relevant material including rules,
  • precedents etc. &
  • Put up alternative solutions along with possible consequences and conclusions.
  • Facilitate maintaining the vital link between Parliament and the Central Secretariat, especially when it comes to handling of Parliament Questions, Assurances & Government Bills.
  • Work relating to cadre management of various organized services
  • Work relating to financial management and preparation of the budget of various Departments of the Central Government.
  • Litigation work of the Central Government (preparing reply for court cases)

Thus, apart from better skills in noting, drafting and interpretation of rules and regulations by members of CSS, the CSS members ensures continuity in the policies of the Government of India. (देश यही से चलता है)

After Joining

DOPT is the department responsible for the after recruitment process of ASO in CSS. DOPT starts process as soon as they receive list of selected aspirants. ASO's will be the first to join government service among all other post offered through CGL. ASO's will receive their joining letter within 2 months of the final result. 

ASO's are directly put in to training from day 1 of their joining. some details of their training are worth to be mention.

* In past Training of ASO's took place in ISTM (istm.gov.in) only, but for CGL 2013 ASO's training is going on at Hyderabad, Shimla and Gurgaon also. Some details about training are worth to mention

  1. Training Name - Assistant Direct Recruits (Foundational) training
  2. Duration - 8 Weeks
  3. Hostel facility for Non - NCR residents
  4. Lunch and snacks free
  5. In 8 weeks of foundational training you will be taken for village tour and study tour. These tour are mostly excursion hardly any learning takes place.
  6. Training schedule is hectic but hardly one needs to be active and listening to the lectures
  7. In the last week of training, you have to take a exam and score of that exam will decide your seniority (75% weightage of CGL Merit, 25% of Exam Score)

 Job of Assistant Section Officer

The lowest functionary of the CSS i.e. Assistant (now Assistant Section Officer)

  • Routine noting, drafting, writing letter and submission of cases (फाइल वर्क)
  • Required to locate and collect other files or papers, information, data and material, if any, referred to in the receipt, or having a bearing on the issues raised therein.
  • Identify and examine the issues involved in the court case and record a note.
  • Assisting in the formulation and monitoring implementation of policies concerning subjects.


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Promotion in CSS is pretty fast. Reason being there is no direct recruitment at upper functionary i.e. Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary.

Current Sanctioned strength of CSS Cadre

Assistant Section officer – 6677

Section Officer – 3200+

Under Secretary – 1800+

Deputy Secretary/Director- 750+

So, the promotion of Assistant section officer to section officer (4800) takes 5 years and there is a departmental exam for that conducted by UPSC.

Section officer (4800) get promoted to Section officer (5400) after 4 years of further service.

Section Officer (5400) to Under Secretary Promotions are also fast due to large strength of Under Secretary Cadre and no direct recruitment in this cadre. So it takes minimum 4 years and maximum 6 years for SO (5400) to become US (6600)

Most, Important point here which you must note that in CSS the promotion from Section Officer (5400) to Under Secretary (6600) increases your grade pay and hence subsequent benefits associated with it. While in Inspector posts i.e. Examiner, ITI, and AEO the 3rd promotion scenario is explained in below example:

                        ITO (GP 5400)                               to                          ACIT (GP 5400)

Pay Band 2 (9300-34800) & Grade Pay 5400 --> Pay Band 3 (15600-39100) & Grade Pay 5400

So, in terms of white money Under-secretary will be earning more than ACIT (5400) with added feature of fast promotion. This is theoretical scenario, in practical you need to be in good books of your senior to get ACR in your favor for timely promotion. There is a rumor going on that CSS promotion will get slow for upcoming batches. SSCtube analysis for this rumor is mention below:

  • The average age of under secretary is 45 in CSS.
  • 600 vacant position at Section Officer level.
  • A significant attrition rate.
  • Each promotion has an average period of 5 years hence large no retirement at each level is going to happen.
  • So, the promotion rate will remain same until the average age of under secretary comes down below 40.


मुझे दिल्ली से दूसरे स्टेट में तो ट्रांसफर नही किया जाएगा ??

Transfers are there in CSS but ministry to ministry, City remains same i.e. DELHI only ministry changes. However, some ministries have offices outside Delhi but very less strength allocated for those offices.

CSS Officers also go for deputation in various locations of India

Ministries where ASO's eligible for transfers.

mini   Characterstics of some Ministries MHA - Powerful Defence - Time bound (closed at 5.30 PM, Jt. Secretary permission required to do overtime) Commerce - Lot to Learn Tribal - Best to try other avenues like UPSC


ऊपर का कुछ है क्या?

CSS is not a revenue generation department like CBDT, CBEC, ED, etc. So, scope of money is almost zero. But, you have heard recent case of espionage in government offices. So, a money monger can always find some way to make money in any kind of situation.

बाकी कुछ लोगो के बारे मे सुना है की चिल्लड़ के लिए थोड़ा बहुत हेर फेर करते है

जैसे इन्फ्लेटेड बिल्स, फाइल पास करने के लिए चाय पानी 


As Assistant Section Officer is working in ministry hence Social respect is attached with this post. However due to kind of work he is doing and large cadre strength there is no value of assistant in the offices. Even the upper functionary doesn’t enjoy any kind of respect in the office. Basic reason for this is large cadre strength at each level and powerful IAS officers lobby in the CSS offices. (बाबू वाली जॉब है)

Government Quarters

क्या मुझे सरकारी घर मिलेगा??

Central government employees eligible for government quarters. So, you are also eligible for the TYPE -III Quarters, but in current scenario the government quarter allotment has huge waiting list and a waiting period of 10 years will be minimum for newly recruited ASO's to move in to Government Quarters. However, an unconfirmed trick SSCtube want to share is  newly recruited ASO's can apply for Type -II quarters. You can get Type - II easily on the basis of your hierarchy (Type - II is for Grade pay 1900, 2000, 2400, 2800 )

Further some important points to be mention before winding up the description of CSS post Q - UPSC Aspirant - क्या मुझे UPSC की प्रिपरेशन का टाइम मिलेगा?? A - Depends on ministry to ministry, for e.g. you will get enough time if posted in tribal ministry but if posted in MHA then you need to do overtime Q - क्या लड़किया होती है CSS में ?? A- Most of the girls appearing in CGL aspire for ASO Post. Hence, CSS has fair sex ratio among all other departments Q- Is qualifying CPT is necessary to become ASO ?? A- Yes, as mentioned in starting, securing 1st rank but getting disqualified in CPT can not make you ASO

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All about Examiner (Customs)

Custom Examiner (CBEC)

Level: 4600

Basic Pay: Rs. 44,900

The most discussed and most infamous post for Under Table Money, yet the best post in promotion profile is “EXAMINER”

As explained in our previous Excise Inspector job profile, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) have 2 branches i.e. Customs and Excise.

Examiners selected through CGL Exam works in Custom branch of CBEC

Process after Selection

After getting selected for Examiner in final result your dossiers will be sent to CBEC Head Quarters in Delhi. After receiving dossiers, CBEC dept. will ask your preferences for the cadre e.g. Mumbai Custom Zone, Chennai Custom Zone etc., so no state preference will be asked. After receiving preferences CBEC then allots Custom Zones on the basis of Merit vis-à-vis preference basis. After allocation, your dossier shall be sent to the respective Custom Zones and then you will get a call for physical test from that respective zone. Reminder for Physical Test – See CGL Notification (If you don’t fulfil physical standards, please then do not fill examiner in your top preferences or else you won't get any job from the CGL exam) After being successful in physical test you will get your joining letter.

After Joining

Work Profile

926Examiner is an all-time coastal job. If posted in current posting then the main duty of an Examiner is to give clearances, he has the power to access and examine goods, power to take samples, examine the cargo which needs to be imported or exported to other countries and then, levy the charges (duty) on that shipment. After examining the goods, examiner need to prepare lists, check market values of confiscated goods, loading and unloading of the goods whether generally or specifically, escorting goods from one Customs area to the other(esp in case of gold and other precious material), and any other customs work authorised to him by the Commissioner of Customs. Moreover, an examiner also need to help the officers in Auctioning of Goods.

Work Pressure/Working Environment

Work pressure in examiner depends on the posting, if you are posted in current posting i.e. on port than you might need to work extra hours and on weekends too. There is always a pressure from seniors and an honest person if become examiner feels himself uncomfortable in the deep rooted corrupt system.

Pay for overtime 

6AM-8PM(Working Days) 8PM – 6AM(Working Days) 6AM-8PM(Holidays) 8PM – 6AM(Holidays)
Examiners   Rs. 75/hr Rs. 100/hr Rs. 105/hr Rs. 145/hr

Working Conditions are quite good, well-built infrastructure and facilities will never let you feel that other posts have anything better to offer.


Current sanctioned strength of examiner cadre after restructuring stands at 1595; for appraiser it is 1194 and for ACIT it is 3367.

Now, SSCtube analysis –

Appraiser is only appointed by promotion of examiner cadre as there is no direct recruitment in the cadre of appraiser. Hence, Examiner has fastest first promotion among all other offered posts of CGL.

Appraiser to Examiner Ratio – 1: 1.33

Now, the promotion to Group A, Junior Time Scale i.e. Asst Commissioner(AC) should be made on the basis of a common Seniority List of all the three feeder grades (Superintendent in Excise, Superintendent in Customs, Appraiser) 13:2:1 (Initially it was 6:1:2 but supreme court order changed it to 13:2:1)

For Instance if 16 Asst. Commissioners(ACs) are to be made through promotion from three group B feeder cadres then 13 will be promoted from Superintendent in Excise, 2 from Superintendent in customs and 1 from Appraiser.

Now, one more point needs mention before putting up the promotion aspect of Appraiser as AC. The 50% of non-reserves AC i.e. 625 are directly recruited from UPSC. Thus, only 2742 ACs should be made from promotion. Now according to ratio 2228 ACs should be made from Superintendent in Excise, 343 from superintendent in customs and 171 from appraiser.

So AC to Appraiser ratio is 1:7 means 1 Appraiser out of 7 will get promoted.

So, in current scenario promotion of Appraiser to AC get slowed drastically which can be understood from changed ratio and changed cadre strength.

Time frame of promotion in current scenario

Examiner(4600) to Appraiser(4800) – 4-5 years

Appraiser(4800) to Appraiser (5400) – 4 years

Appraiser (5400) to AC(5400) – 5-7 years


Its a non uniform job (PO, Excise Insp. have uniforms). Social respect and pride is attached with this post. An examiner enjoys much power when posted in current posting i.e. on port. As mentioned in work profile this is the only post offered through CGL which provides so much authority to a Group B Non- Gazetted officer, which other posts don't have.


In the Examiner profile, you will remain only in coastal region, so spouse ground for transfer will not work if you want non coastal transfer. Moreover, Examiner is liable to transfer anywhere in his custom zone. You may get temporary deputation(usually 1 year) to Northern India, but otherwise would stay in coastal areas only.


Examiner is the most infamous post among others in terms of under table money. Hope you read the work profile of examiner above and got some idea how under table money can be made. Still SSCtube will try to explain how it is done.

Examiner has the authority to provide clearance, examine containers, cargo, assist officers in auction. So, abusing this authority will let him make under table money. The nexus is huge and everyone in the custom knows about it. So, the money flows from down to top including politicians. The below news will further clear the picture.

CBI arrests DC & Appraiser for taking bribe

MUMBAI. 6th June 2012.

CBI has arrested Deputy Commissioner of Customs Nhava Sheva RK Singh and Customs Appraiser Sanjay Prasad for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 22000/- for clearing container of the complainant.

The Customs officials asked the complainant to pay bribe amount to their conduits Shashikant Kokate and Rahul Devlekar  Kokate who were appointed by them as their authorised agents for collection of bribe according to CBI sources.

The residences of Customs Officers have also been searched by CBI.

A posting in Nhava Sheva is considered to be most lucrative in the Department and it is the dream of every Customs Officer (from the rank of Appraiser to Commissioner) to have a posting there. Most of the Officers give their first preference to Nhava Sheva at the time of transfers and even Ministers and Top Officers of the Department recommend their own favorites for this posting.

Nhava Sheva witnesses a movement of 5000 containers each day and if one multiplies 22000X 5000; the figure is mind boggling.

Finance Ministry needs to set its own house in order by transferring Commissioner & concerned Additional Commissioners from Nhava Sheva as they cannot claim to be a mute spectator to on-going affairs  as they have their supervisory role. Since they do not have any work related to clearance of import (as the Bills of entry are finalised at the level of Deputy Commissioner); they have enough time and resources at their disposal to keep a watch on corrupt officers.

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All about Income Tax Inspector (ITI)

ITI description


Level: 7

Basic Pay: Rs. 44,900

Job Description

As soon as you join the Office as an Income Tax Inspector, you will be greatly respected by general public, relatives, friends and even unknown people you meet for the first time. ITI is post with strongest social influence, eg. You can show your card to Police and can get away with pity offences like red light jumping, talking on phone while driving etc. Coming to the position inside your office; for the starting 3-4 years you shall most probably be allotted clerical work. But that is a phase where you learn a lot about your job function so you must make full use of that. This learning while on job shall help you in your life long career in the IT department. Fresh it is don’t get much respect in the department until they get promoted to ITO. And same applies to the extra money opportunities. Most people who think that from the day of becoming ITI, they shall be feared/respected everywhere and can earn under the table, these people start complaining as soon as they join the Office.  However, after getting promoted to ITO there would be a drastic change in your overall life. You shall be allotted your own cabin, would have staff directly reporting to you, and you will have complete jurisdiction in an assigned area. You will become a Gazetted officer under Pay grade 4800. Normally it takes 5-7 years to become ITO depending on your zone.  After that, another 10-12 years to Assistant Commissioner of Income tax .Then in every 4-5 years you will get a promotion. One can go up to the level of Additional Commissioner if he/she joins at an early age. Infrastructure and Technology wise, IT department is considered best amongst all the govt. departments. Workload varies from zone to zone but overall the workload is directly proportional to your appetite to earn. You can even manage to get time to prepare for other exams (like State PSC, UPSC). IT offices are mostly in urban or semi urban areas, so location wise also it’s a good choice. Overall it’s not a very adventurous job as depicted. Even when you go on raids, mostly you raid on businessmen, govt. employees or politicians who can’t harm you in any way as they fear the IT sleuths themselves. So overall it’s a balanced job. You get power, money, fame, time for family and good infrastructure but you won’t get anything in excess. Also you shouldn’t expect all these things before becoming an ITO. So people who have patience and can learn for first few years can opt for this profile but those who wants instant money and power from the first year itself should avoid opting for ITI post. You are eligible for petrol reimbursements, free SIM card (with data) and govt. accommodation. Income tax department has many Income Tax colonies in most cities with flat system for accommodation of its staff. Additionally, you get a fixed amount from the department when you go with the raiding teams. Please note the large scale raids can extend for 24-48 hours during Jews which you cannot leave the raid spot and have to compile all the findings before going home. However, in lieu of that time, you are granted a substitute off day. Being an ITI you can get assessment or non assessment work profile. When you are posted in non assessment profile, you do the clerical work of handling the files while on assessment assignments you can accompany Raid teams. Also, PAN card department is also a sub-branch of IT department which comes under non-assessment posting.   Here are reviews of people already working as an ITI (we are posting them without editing):

  • Income Tax Inspector 1

”Personally I feel if have to stay and work in India then ITI is much respected and powerful post for the outside world though you may not encounter such Everything treatment within the department. One can get to ITO in around 7 yrs. time, from ITO post, the actual power starts, and he/she is the controlling officer of a complete ward. So, any case that comes there, he/she has the authority to deal those cases. AC promotion in around 13-14yrs which heads an entire circle, so dealing with bigger cases independently, and public interface is there in this job. A job with public interface have more value since you get to build contacts with all segments of the society. You get the chance to go on raids as well. So, if u want something relatively respectful and authority then choose ITI. Within 7yrs ITO, in next 6-7yrs Asst. Commissioner, then in next 4 yrs. Deputy Commissioner, then next 4 Joint Commissioner, then Addl. Commissioner. One can get promoted to Addl. commissioner if get into ITI job at a young age. If u want to prepare for civils then again it’s quite good, not much work if u don’t wish to do. Demerits of ITI – you may feel in starting there is no such value of inspector in the dept. But let’s be realistic, you can’t compare IT inspector with police inspector.”  

  • Income Tax Inspector 2

”Power and influence of ITI is more in smaller area and lesser in places like Delhi. In the eyes of general public you would get respect, as they wouldn’t know what goes inside the IT dept. Police guys would respect you. Overall, a respectable job and one in which you are supposed to be powerful. But then you can only act as per the law and your jurisdiction, your profile and place/area you are posted to. So in all after getting your posting, you would only know what your power is. Which is always debatable until you become ITO. As inspector is the only one who doesn’t needs to sign anywhere and is practically unaccountable hence no realistic power in work as an ITI. In general the power is on decline over the years as things becoming more transparent and people becoming more aware. Thus, ITI is not as powerful a post as it was 10-15 years ago, but it is still the best among all the posts available”  

  • Income Tax Inspector 3

One guy after working as ITI said he wants to go back to Excise (He left Excise inspector and joined ITI after working for 1.5yrs in Excise dept.) from ITI as in excise from day one. An Excise Inspector gets the signing authority. Signing authority means more respect, more power and more opportunities to earn. But yes, then there are promotion issues in Excise as per him.

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