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All about Central Tax Officer (Excise Inspector)


Job Code: K

Basic Pay Scale: 44900 

Job Description

Central Tax Officer (Name Changed after GST) in Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) is one of the preferable post among all other posts in SSC CGL. Let’s start with CBIC dept., Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) is a part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. It deals with the tasks of formulation of policy concerning levy and collection of Customs & Goods & Services Tax, prevention of smuggling and administration of matters relating to Customs, GST, and Narcotics to the extent under CBIC’s purview. The Board is the administrative authority for its subordinate organizations, including Custom Houses, GST Commissionerates and the Central Revenues Control Laboratory. Why Indirect Taxes and customs are separated and why CBIC recruits 3 different posts in 4600 GP i.e. Examiner, Preventive Officer and Excise Inspector.

Basically Customs deals with import & export of goods through ports or airports while GST department deals with the goods manufactured and sold in India or service providers in India.  

Process after Selection

After getting selected for Central Tax Inspector in final result your dossiers will be sent to CBIC Head Quarters in Delhi. After receiving dossiers CBIC dept. will ask preferences for the cadre e.g. Delhi GST Zone, Chandigarh GST Zone etc., so no state preference will be asked. A particular cadre may serve one or more state like Rohtak and Panchkula comes under Delhi GST Zone. After receiving preferences CBIC allot GST Zones on the basis of Merit vis-à-vis preference basis. After allocation your dossier will be sent to the respective GST Zones and then you will get call for physical test from that respective zone.

Reminder for Physical Test – See CGL Notification (If you don’t fulfill physical standards then do not fill excise inspector in your top preferences) After being successful in physical test you will get your joining letter.  

After Joining

Work profile – Initially it was mentioned that customs and GST is separate branches of CBIC, but in most of the state these branches are under single Commissionerates or Zone for e.g. Chandigarh GST Zone have custom dept. also. So, a Central Tax Officer in Chandigarh may get customs profile and if on field job he can be posted at Chandigarh airport. A Central Tax Officer in custom profile will do similar work as done by preventive Officer/examiner. But the designation, seniority, promotion will be according to the rules of GST Dept.. Further, if not in custom profile, you will be posted in GST dept. The jurisdiction of the Central GST Commissionerates has been divided into Divisions. The area of a Division depends upon the density of the industry, complexities of the commodities being dealt by the Division and quantum of revenue receipts. Each Division is headed by a Deputy Commissioner/Assistant Commissioner and assisted by four to six Superintendents and about eight to ten Central Tax Officers in the Divisional office besides the ministerial staff and an administrative officer. Each division is placed under the supervisory control of an Additional Commissioner/Joint Commissioner. [Clerical/File Work Profile]

The jurisdictional area of a Division is again divided into Ranges. Each range is headed by a Superintendent designated as ‘Range Officer’. Each Range officer has two to four inspectors in his charge. Each inspector is in charge of a certain number of units, which varies from Range to Range. The jurisdiction of an inspector is called ‘Sector’. [Field Profile]

The GST returns filed by the assesse after self-assessment are checked by the Inspector and put up to the Superintendent. For any dispute arising out of assessment, a notice to the assesse is issued by the Assistant/Deputy Commissioner of the division or officers senior to him depending on the monetary limit involved.  

Training – Induction training of Excise Inspectors is scheduled in batches and in Regional Centre of National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics (NACEN). http://www.nacen.gov.in/  

Some training Snaps

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Excise Inspector in Training – Gun will be provided once you get posted in range

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Work Pressure/Working Environment

Central GST Offices are not so good in terms of infrastructure when compared to offices of CBDT (Income Tax). Moreover, most of the work in CBIC is still need to be done manually. Offices of GST department divided in to Commissionerates HQ, Division Office & Range Offices. Range offices may located in Tier 3 cities also. Work Pressure in Central Tax Officer post depends on your seat, if its clerical/file work then you will get enough time for your personal life or other ventures. But in field or range Central Tax Officer need to work overtime, on weekends. Workload of Central Tax officer in Range increases when date of filing returns gets over for assesses. There are cases of immense pressures from bosses which is quite understandable through the pictures shown below.

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Excise Inspector

Superintendent (Group-B Gazetted)

Assistant Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner

Joint Commissioner

Addl. Commissioner


Promotion aspects in GST before cadre restructuring was worst among other offered posts in CGL. Before cadre restructuring, Central Tax Officers are forced to retire at a PB2 i.e as superintendent post after only one promotion in the whole service career while their common entry counterparts are easily enjoying PB4 levels after getting 5-6 promotions. Central Tax Officers are getting promotion (if any) merely to Junior Time Scale while their counterparts of CPWD, CSS etc. to Senior Time Scale. Central Tax Officers are also forced to work under the extreme juniors of Customs belonging to the same cadre. So, before cadre restructuring an Excise Inspector take 18-25 years to get promoted to superintendent.

Scenario after Cadre Restructuring – Cadre restructuring created 4035 new posts of superintendents, now new allocated cadre strength of superintendent is 15526. While the new cadre strength of Central Tax officers is 20638, hence ratio of Central Tax Officers to superintendents is 1.32, initially it was 1.54, so promotion aspects improved somewhat. Recently, a large number of Central Tax officers (having more than 3 years of service) promoted to superintendents and 2000+ superintendents promoted to AC.  


Being a Uniform job social respect and pride is attached with this post. However, Uniform (khaki) is optional to wear. In social circle other than your department you will be able to show your power/status for e.g. getting liquor bottle free, garments free.  While in department an Excise Inspector has limitations to use his power for e.g. being in clerical profile he have to do file work which is not adventurous and no use of power, however in field profile an Excise Inspector directly interacts with assesse and he is the in charge of a certain number of units, which varies from Range to Range. The jurisdiction of an inspector is called ‘Sector’.  A Central Tax Officer in field enjoys much power than Income Tax Inspector.  

Excise Inspector position after GST

GST is “Goods and Service Tax”. It is the new single layer tax structure of indirect taxes levied by Central & State Govt. replacing multi layered existing tax structure. After implementation of GST the Central Excise Inspectors will be coordinated by State GST departments. The local shops, businesses will also come under GST department and hence increase in power of Central Tax Officer is expected. Promotion scenario will also get improved.  


Except regular transfers, there are ICT i.e. inter Commissionerates Transfer or Transfer on Spouse ground. ICT – An Central Tax Officer eligible for ICT after 2 years of service, in this case he can put up an application requesting his transfer to other GST Zone but if transferred then he has to lose his seniority.

Spouse Ground- If your spouse is working in central government and both of you are not posted at the same location then you can put up an application for transfer to your spouse location or nearby GST Zone.  


Scope to earn apart from your official salary is much higher in Excise department as compared to CBDT. Excise department is still following manual procedures and direct interaction with manufacturers or service providers widens the scope to earn extra. Being posted in custom profile you can earn same amount of under table money as earned by preventive Officers. Moreover, Excise Inspectors has nexus with Charted Accountants, so they know the tax evaders and hence monthly amount to excise dept. is fixed from these tax evaders.

Some Examples – Gujarat is infamous for GST post, huge scope to earn due to lot of industries and custom branch is also under GST dept. Kundli Border near Delhi is also infamous for GST post. To get posting at Kundli border Central Tax Officers have to shell out money to transfers section.  

  • Real Experience of X- Central Tax Officer

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

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