“Selecting a career option after graduation is crucial LIFE decision, you must make it WISELY”
A government job is dream of many young Indians and their families. It not only ensures a respectable position, good salary but also ensures you work with a proper work life balance which is missing in the present high pressure jobs.
The next question is which government job to do and how to get into that. The door to all government jobs is through a competitive exam. The SSC-CGL is a one prominent exam which is aimed at recruiting staff at all government departments of the central government.
The Staff Selection Commission is an attached office of the Department of Personnel and Training. Every year the commission takes up various competitive exams to fill up the vacancies in various central government offices and at various posts. The various exams that are conducted by the commission can be seen at ssc.nic.in .
Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE) commonly known as SSC-CGL is the most prominent exam conducted by the commission.
This exam recruits for the post of Assistant Audit Officers, Inspectors, Examiners, Preventive Officers, Assistants in various Ministries and Departments, Sub-Inspectors and various other Group B and Group C posts.
Options exercised by the candidate at the time applying and marks secured by a candidate in the SSC-CGLE determines the post at which the candidate will be appointed. Thus the application form must be filled with utmost care and with thorough due diligence.
There are some key question which you must ask yourself before setup yourself to prepare for any competitive exam. These questions are
- What is the qualification required?
- What are the posts on offer?
- What is the job profile of each and every post?
- What is the Scheme of the exam?
- What is the syllabus?
We will answer each of the questions for you in detail.
The posts on offer through CGLE and the job profile of each post is listed below
Grade Pay and Group
|Assistant Audit Officer [Indian Audit & Accounts dept under CAG]||Group B Gazetted / Grade Pay Rs 4800||A new entrant into the scheme of things of CGLE. The Indian Audit & Accounts department is the organization responsible for auditing the accounts of Central & State governments and Public sector companies. AAO`s will help the Audit Officer/ Sr. Audit officer in conducting audits (financial, performance, compliance) of a specific department. Many a times, the assistant audit officer will be in charge of taking decisions at the section level & report it to higher officials. Although it is the highest paid job (grade pay of Rs.4800 among the CGLE posts, there will be only limited vacancies. The job profile of Assistant Audit Officer may also involve some traveling during the inspection combined with tons of work load and responsibilities.|
|Inspector (Examiner) [Central Board of Excise and Customs]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600||The work is limited to examining of items & verifying whether appropriate taxes have been levied on goods moving in & out of the port. Work location will be mostly in coastal regions. It is one of the prime posts under CGLE.|
|Inspector of Income Tax [Central Board of Direct Taxes]||Group C/ Grade Pay 4600|| This post could involve little bit of local traveling but many allowances are given. State level posting is possible. Job profile includes assessing, verifying, processing IT records of individuals & business concerns etc., They would also be a part of teams conducting raids. Overall, a respectful job.|
|Inspector (Preventive Officer) [Central Board of Excise and Customs]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600||As the name suggests, the officer will be in-charge of gathering information & acting based on that info to prevent malpractice and involve physical examination of the containers at the ports. The inspector may also have to report during night time for certain operations. Posting will be mostly in cities that have ports/airports (Chennai, Cochin, Kolkata & Mumbai).|
|Inspector (Central Excise) [Central Board of Excise and Customs]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600||High no. of vacancies possible due to the indirect revenue that this department brings for the government. The duty of this person is to Inspect the taxes/returns filed by companies, verify the correctness of claims submitted, process the data, maintain records etc., Some field visits may be necessary but overall, it is a highly respected job among business owners & public. The inspector of Central Excise gets to work under various domains like excise, customs and service tax. Now on the arrival of GST, the jurisdiction of this officer is bound to enhance. Moreover, along with Examiner and Preventive Officer, it is a job where one gets to wear Uniform, although occasionally.|
|Assistant (Ministry of External Affairs)||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600||As an assistant in external affairs ministry, you would be required to do administration work only (typing, compiling reports, email, calls, update about events, maintain the files etc.,) The possibility of foreign posting for few years is high as India has its embassy/ consulate in many countries. If not, you will be posted in Delhi.|
|Assistant Enforcement Officer [Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600||The job profile is similar to that of an inspector job that involves inspecting, preventing & arresting those into money laundering/ forgery etc., Posting will be only in enforcement directorate offices located at Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow , Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Guwahati, Indore, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Madurai, Nagpur, Patna, Srinagar and Varanasi only.|
|Assistant [Central Vigilance Commission]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600||This organization is charged with monitoring all the vigilance activities carried out by various central government organizations. The work of an assistant is to update the case files, liaison with the respective depts. & collect the required info, record keeping & performing duties as laid by the rules.|
|Assistant [Ministry of Railway]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600||The job profile of assistant in railway ministry is more clerical type but in terms of grade it is above upper division clerk (UDC). They get very good perks such as free & discounted railway passes for traveling anywhere in India. It is considered as one of the most favorite post by many.|
|Assistant [AFHQ]||Group B/Grade Pay 4600||They shall be posted in Armed Forces Headquarters in Delhi. It is purely an indoor job wherein you need to assist the section officer in imparting his duties of management, distribution & coordination of work to staff. Since AFHQ comes under the ministry of defense, you would be entitled for benefits provided to those in armed forces.|
|Assistant [Intelligence Bureau]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600||It is not an investigative officer profile & will only have 90% computer related or data oriented work in the intelligence bureau. Posting could be at state headquarters in IB cell if there are vacancies or may be directly positioned in Delhi.|
|Assistant [Other Ministries/Departments/Organisations]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4600/4200||There are few other organizations under Govt. of India such as Dept. of Personnel & Training , Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission etc., where these assistants would be posted. Most probably the work location shall be Delhi.|
|Sub Inspectors [Central Bureau of Investigation]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4200||CBI doesn’t require any introduction as it is one of the most respected organization in India & an SI also commands an equal amount of respect. This job is similar to that of state police but since CBI is under central govt. , they have more powers to investigate corruption cases and other conventional crimes. The job is quite challenging and should be able to work under pressure.|
|Assistant Section Officer (Central Secretariat Service)||Group B/Grade Pay 4600||It was earlier only an Assistant but now, These people are appointed in various ministries and are required to prepare notes, reports etc., which are then sent to their superiors (section officer, undersecretary etc.,) who then pass it to minister or preserve it as record. It is a pure desk only job & that too only in New Delhi. There won’t be lot of pressure.|
|Inspector [Central Bureau of Narcotics]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4200||This job is to keep a check on the cultivation of opium poppy In India & conduct periodic checks in companies to ensure its not used illegally. They may also have to monitor the imports/ exports for any smuggling of banned narcotic drugs. Reports to the Superintendent of Narcotics / District Opium officer. Job location would be mostly in north India & local travel shall be part of the job.|
|Sub Inspectors [National Investigation Agency (NIA)]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4200||The NIA is the agency that leads investigations in terrorism & other national security related issues. Since security of the country is of prime importance, the job of SI in NIA involves lot of travel, collecting evidence from sites, gather intelligence inputs regarding terrorists etc., During or after terrorist attacks, the work load could increase many fold which means you have to spend more time with the case. They have offices in each state but initial posting could be mostly in Delhi.|
|Inspector of Posts [Department of Post]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4200||This person is responsible for acquiring & promoting business growth for post offices that come under his/ her control. He/ She may have to travel but allowances shall be provided. There could be some slight pressure to showcase performance.|
|Gr.II [M/Statistics & Prog Implementation]||Group B/ Grade Pay 4200||Only those with statistics degree are eligible for this job. Data collection & plotting of that info into information useful for the govt. to implement schemes is the core responsibility of this post. It may be a mix of office & field job wherein the investigator may have to visit certain areas. Overall, a decent job for those with statistics background. Approx. 100 – 300 positions are only created every year.|
|Divisional Accountant [Offices under CAG]||Group C/ Grade Pay 4200||They will be posted in offices located at various Indian cities that come under CAG. I heard they are normally seated in public works department of a state thereby auditing the expenses of works/ projects carried out by that state government. Their reports are sent to CAG head office which point out the malpractices if any. No or very less travel.|
|Auditor [Offices under C&AG, CGDA, CGA]
· C & AG - Comptroller and Auditor General of India
· CGDA Controller General of Defence Accounts
· CGA Controller General of Accounts.
|Group C/ Grade Pay 2800||As an auditor, your primary role is to audit the expense reports of various state departments (in case of C & AG), accounts of defense forces (in case of CGDA) & general accounts of the country (in case of CGA)|
|Accountant/ Junior Accountant [Offices under CGA & others]||Group C/Grade Pay 2800||The No. of posts is less compared to CAG. If appointed in any ministry or other central govt. organization, job location will be in Delhi.|
|Accountant/ Junior Accountant [Offices under C&AG]||Group C/Grade Pay 2800||Many vacancies & state postings are available. Senior Secretariat Assistant [Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres] The is also a pure desk oriented job only. The duties of an SSA are to check the stated facts; point out any mistakes or incorrect statement of the facts; draw attention to previous cases or Rules and Regulations on the subject; Also they have to clearly bring out the question under consideration and suggest a course of action, wherever possible. 99%, these posts exist only in Delhi.|
|Sub Inspector [Central Bureau of Narcotics]||Group C/ Grade Pay 2400||It shall have frequent travels to ensure no entry of narcotic drugs into the state border. The work is similar to that of an inspector expect this person has to do more of field work than him.|
|Compiler [Registrar General of India]||Group C/ Grade Pay 2400 ||With registrar general of India responsible for census, compilers are posted in Statistical division, in-charge of compiling the collected information through various means. We have tried to give an overview of the post functions.|
|Tax Assistant [CBEC & CBDT]||Group C/ Grade Pay 2400||CBDT Central Board Of Direct Taxation CBEC Central Board of Excise and Customs The duties of Tax Assistants (TA) in both these boards are more like that of a desk officer. The TA`s are supposed to asses, verify, modify any data related to taxes of an individual or business concern (in case of CBDT).|
In the upcoming post we will discuss the syllabus of SSC-CGL exam and routine which you can follow which will help you clear the exam.