SSC CGL Posts -Job Profile, Salary, Promotion

SSC CGL Posts and Salary Promotion


SSC CGL Posts: SSC Conducted a combined graduate level exam every year. SSC CGL is one of the toughest exams in India it offers various posts of the central government.

In this article, we will discuss every post offered by SSC their salary, and work profile. Along with this, we will also cover perks and benefits, and promotions are given by SSC.

ssc cgl posts

SSC CGL Posts and Details

Name of PostName of Department/OfficeName of PostName of Department/Office

Assistant Audit OfficerIndian Audit & AccountsDepartment under Comptroller & Auditor General of India

Inspector (Examiner)

Assistant Accounts OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department under Comptroller& Auditor General of India
Assistant Enforcement OfficerDirectorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
Assistant Section OfficerCentral Secretariat Service28. Sub- InspectorCentral Bureau of Investigation
Assistant Section OfficerIntelligence Bureau29. Inspector of PostDepartment of Post (Ministry ofCommunications)
Assistant Section OfficerMinistry of Railway30. DivisionalAccountantOffices under C&AG
Assistant Section OfficerMinistry of External Affairs31.InspectorCentral Bureau of Narcotics
Assistant Section OfficerAFHQ (Ministry of Defence)32.Sub – InspectorNational Investigation Agency
AssistantCentral Administrative Tribunal33. Junior StatisticalOfficerMinistry of Statistics &Program Implementation
AssistantElection Commission of India34. AuditorOffices under C&AG
AssistantMinistry of ParliamentaryAffairs35.AuditorOffices under CGDA
AssistantNational Informatics Centre36.AuditorOthers Ministry/Departments
AssistantNational Technical ResearchOrganisation37.Accountant/Jr. AccountantOffices under C&AG
AssistantVice-President’s Secretariat38.Accountant/Jr.AccountantController General of Accounts
AssistantOthers Ministries/Departments/Organisations39.Accountant/Jr. AccountantMinistry of Communication(Department of Post)
Assistant Section OfficerOthers Ministries/ Departments/Organisations40.SSA/Upper Division ClerkCustoms Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal
AssistantCoast Guard Headquarters41.SSA/Upper DivisionClerkDte. General Defence Estates (Ministry of Defence)
AssistantDirectorate of Enforcement(Deptt. Revenue)42.SSA/Upper DivisionClerkMinistry of Coal
AssistantMinistry of Environment , Forests & Climate Change43.SSA/Upper Division ClerkMinistry of Housing & Urban Affairs


Ministry of Textile

SSA/Upper Division ClerkMinistry of Water Resources, River Development & GangaRejuvenation
AssistantNarcotics Control Bureau45.SSA/Upper DivisionClerkMinistry of Textile
Assistant/SuperintendentMinistry of Corporate Affairs46.SSA/Upper DivisionClerkOffice of DevelopmentCommissioner (MSME)
Assistant/SuperintendentMinistry of Mines47.Tax AssistantCBDT
Inspector of Income TaxCBDT48.Tax AssistantCBEC (Now CBIC)
Inspector (Central Excise)CBEC (Now CBIC)49.Sub-Inspector(Narcotics) – 2400Narcotics Control Bureau
Inspector (PreventiveOfficer)CBEC (Now CBIC)

1. Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)  

AAO is the topmost post of SSC. Every CGL aspirant wants this post. For AAO you have to clear tier1, tier2, tier3 as well as the descriptive paper of finance and accounts. 

PAPER  for AAO    For finance and accounting there is 40 questions of consisting 80 marks, economics and governance have 60 questions consisting of 120 marks in this type this PAPER has 100 questions of 200 marks. 

WORK  The assistant audit officer’s work is to assist the audit officer or senior audit officer in performing different departmental audits of government organizations. The audit includes aspects associated with financial performance or compliance. It is a gazetted post and decisions at the section level will need to be taken and reported to higher authorities. Some work related to Audit Inspection is also done by the AAO’s. 


There are 12 Regional Training Institutes in different cities i.e Allahabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Jammu, Mumbai, Ranchi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Nagpur, and Shillong. The training period is 3 months.

SSC CGL Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) Salary

For assistant audit officer the grade pay is 4800 

For assistant account officer the grade pay is 4800 

The monthly in-hand salary will be around Rs 60,000.

 You will also be eligible for the following government allowances and perks.

  • HRA or House Rent Allowance, in case you are not provided an accommodation. 
  • TA or Transport Allowance
  • DA or Dearness Allowance on Total pay
  • Limited phone bills
  • Petrol Allowance

Career Growth  As Assistant Audit Officer, SSC offers you opportunities to grow.


The first SSC Assistant Audit Officer promotion is as an Audit Officer and the last is as Senior Deputy Accountant General.

  • Audit Officer (GP 5400, PS 9300-34800) – 6-10 Years
  • Sr. Audit Officer (GP 5400, PS 15600-39100) – 2-4 Years
  • Deputy Accountant General (GP 6600)
  • Sr. Deputy Accountant General (GP-7600)

2.Assistant section officer in MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS( MEA )  

Assistant section officer the most fascinating post of SSC cgl. This post excites every cgl aspirant. The salary is as good as other posts but the most interesting point about the ASO post(MEA) is that this is the only post that offers you a foreign posting. That’s the biggest reason behind the highest cut-off of ASO posts. 

 ASO in MEA: training details 

  • At the time of joining, there will be no immediate training. However, to get a foreign posting, you have to undergo 30 days of training as well as a foreign language test. 
  •  The foreign language proficiency test is mandatory to get the foreign posting
  • Training is hectic with a lot to learn in a brief period of time for effective working
  • Training takes place at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), JNU, New Delhi

Work Profile 

The Assistant Section Officer (ASO) plays a major role in maintaining the workflow of the department. They have important work responsibilities and they revolve around Indian diplomacy.  responsibilities of ASO in MEA: 

  • Assistant IFS officers in day-to-day work
  • Noting, drafting and communication with the head office
  • Plan and examine the international documents
  • Coordinate between various offices as well as headquarters at the home nation
  • To promote friendly relations between the state and its people


The first promotion from Assistant Section Officer (ASO) to section officers takes around 4 – 5 years after clearing departmental exams. Otherwise, it may take around 10 – 14 years to get promoted on a seniority basis.

Career Path in MEA as an ASO 


Deputy Secretary

Under Secretary

Section Officer

Assistant Section Officer (ASO)

 Salary Structure of Assistant Section Officer 

The pay scale of an ASO in MEA ranges from INR 44,900 to INR 14,2400 with grade pay of INR 4600 in addition to permissible allowances by the Central Govt. as per the 7th pay commission, the ASO in MEA would get a salary of around INR 66,000/- pm initially. Let’s take a look below: 

Pay LevelLevel 7
Pay ScaleINR 44,900 – INR 1,42,400
Grade Pay4600
Basic PayINR 44,900
DA (Current 17%)7,633
Travel AllowanceCities – 3600; Other Places – 1800
Gross Salary Range (approx)66,909

Job Posting/Location

Outside India, the below locations are given to ASO in MEA, which is further divided into 5 categories – A+, A, B, C, and Hard C: 

Country CategoryPosting Locations
A+New York, Toronto, Washington DC, Wellington, Geneva
ALondon, Paris, Madrid, Mexico City, Tokyo
BChicago, Warshaw, Zurich, Sydney
CThimphu, Kuwait, Bangkok
Hard CKabul, Damascus, Kandahar

3. Assistant Section Officer in Intelligence Bureau

 Intelligence Bureau that works under Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.

 The job profile of an Assistant in the Intelligence Bureau is diverse. The work profile will include clerical work like completing files, making reports and putting them up to the higher authorities. The other part of the job would be taking part in some sensitive meetings too.


Pay Level7
Pay ScaleRs 44900 to 142400
Grade Pay4600
Initial PayRs. 44900

Assistant Section Officer in Intelligence Bureau will be entitled to the following major allowances:

  • DA on Total Pay above (around 107%)
  • Transport Allowance
  • House Rent Allowance(if not provided with quarters)
  • Petrol allowance
  • Limited bill for mobile

Same as CBI, there will be given extra 20% every month on basic pay. Thus, the monthly salary at the current DA 7% will be nearly Rs.70,000. Also, the flight fares will always be 50% off, as the rest government will bear. This would be applicable for IB Employees’ spouse as well as children.

Major duties performed by Assistant Section Officer in IB are:

Checks and Patrols: ASO will have to patrol the grounds of an organization or business and ensure there is no unlawful or disorderly behaviour. They might be assigned a particular post, for instance at the entrance of the premises, where you will have to make sure no one enters without authorization. They will be responsible for checking the employees’ and the visitors’ ID and scan them thoroughly before granting them permission to enter the premises. In case of a security breach, they can question a suspect and temporarily apprehend him before handing him/her over to the higher authorities.

Implementing Security Programmes: An IB Assistant Section Officer helps in implementing and formulating security programs in association with the Security Officer. They are required to evaluate the security policies’ effectiveness and ensure the safety of information. They are also responsible for disseminating information regarding security measures to all the concerned parties. For instance, reports of any suspicious act, movement of people, etc.

 4. SSC CGL Assistant Enforcement Officer 

Assistant Enforcement Officer, as the name suggests is a post in Enforcement Directorate famously known as ED. Enforcement Directorate mainly enforces two key acts to fight economic crimes in India namely

  • Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999(FEMA) and
  • Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002(PMLA).

Enforcement Directorate controls and checks money laundering activities in India. As an Assistant Enforcement Officer, you would join ED as a group B officer. Your work profile will depend upon the role you are designated:

  • If you are posted in Office, you will be doing normal filing and other clerical work like making reports.
  • If you are posted in Field , you will work towards nabbing the economic crimes.
  • You will be joining the raid company when it goes somewhere for a raid.
  • You may also have to gather intelligence about money laundering or other crime of economic nature.

Most of the offices of Enforcement Directorate are situated into big cities so if you are interested into a big city job, you should consider Assistant Enforcement Officer as one of your options.

Work Timing

In Assistant Enforcement Officer job, if you are posted in office, then you will be having normal office timings. But if you are working on field, you will have to work in shifts. Duty will be round the clock means day as well as night shift. Also when on raid or search, you may have to work for longer and uncertain durations. .

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

  1. Enforcement Officer (Group B Gazetted post in 4-6 years)
  2. The Assistant Director of Enforcement Directorate
  3. Deputy Director of Enforcement Directorate
  4. Joint Director
  5. Additional Director
  6. Special Director in Enforcement Directorate.

 SSC CGL Assistant Enforcement Officer Salary and allowances

(i)Pay Scale9300-34800
(ii)Grade Pay4600
(iii)Initial Pay9300
(iv)Total Pay (i) + (ii )13900


  1. DA on Total Pay above (around 107 %)
  2. Transport Allowance
  3. House Rent Allowance(if not provided with quarters)
  4. Petrol allowance
  5. Limited bill for mobile

According to current pay scales, You would get a salary of around 40,000/- pm initially( can be varied a little as per place of posting)

5. Inspector in Various Ministries 

1. Inspector (Examiner)

2. Inspector (Central Excise)

3. Inspector (Preventive Officer)

SSC CGL Inspector Salary 

SSC CGL income tax inspector salary, it is a group B under Level 7 that comes in the pay scale of Rs 44900 to 142400. The salary varies as per your posting. The total salary after becoming Inspector in CBIC will be around:

Pay Level of PostsPay Level-7
PayscaleRs 44900 to 142400
Grade Pay4600
Basic payRs 44900
HRA (depending on the city)X Cities (24%)10,776
Y Cities (16%)7,184
Z Cities (8%)3,592
DA (Current- 17%)7,633
Travel Allowance
Gross SalaryRange (Approx)X Cities66,909
Y Cities63,317
Z Cities57,925

 Job Profile of Inspector

Although the three posts of CBIC work under the same department and are responsible for collecting taxes, these posts are quite different in every aspect from promotion to exposure. Compare these posts for a better understanding of job before filling preferences.

1. Inspector (Examiner)

  • Faster promotion, the Department(Customs) as working in Customs bring pride to the family because you are working for the betterment of the nation by collecting Taxes.
  • It provides a higher degree of Exposure, you will be get signing authority at the very initial stage just after the joining and completion of training which is of One Month Duration.

Examiners everywhere has two types of posting 

(a) sensitive(Examination)

(b) non-sensitive (office).

Examiner’s Responsibilities

  • In the sensitive posting, you will have to examine the goods to be imported or exported and examine the duty being paid by exporter and importer.
  • The workload in the sensitive postings is high and you might not get enough time. You may also have to work beyond your usual time while working at sensitive postings.
  • Examiners have Authority to stop the consignment of goods if he found that there is any misinformation or documents are not according to rules.
  • As you are a subordinate officer you have to work within the limit and you should never harass clients (exporter and Importer). This is more important these days as the government is now more like a Facilitator than a Regulator of trades.
  • In the world of Free Trades, the role of customs officer is Limited. So, in practical you have very limited powers.
  • In non-sensitive or office posting you will have to do all the work which an assistant (Assistant Section Officer) in CSS does, i.e. Typing letters, writing note sheets, making monthly or ad-hoc reports.
  • In addition to this, you may be posted in investigation wing for some time (6 months or 1 year) where you have to do work like Search seizure and detention.
  • You also may be posted at Personnel and Establishment Section (HR Department) where you have to do the work of posting, promotions, RTI, Administration related work.

Main Duty of an Examiner ssc cgl (according to booklet given at the time of joining) is to give clearances, he has the power to access and examine goods, the 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 (especially in case of gold and other precious material), and any other customs work authorized to him by the Commissioner of Custom. 

Work location of Examiner

This is an all-time coastal job. You will be posted at any one of the cities according to your rank and preference and availability of seats. Cities/Zones are Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, Vizag, Kochi. This is not a uniform post.

Promotion of Examiner

One of the main reasons that it is considered to be the best job offered by SSC CGL Exam is faster promotions as compared to the other posts of CGLE. Once you are placed as an Examiner under CBIC (Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs) you can expect an exceptionally well career growth.

The career progression can be seen in the following way. There is a qualifying period of 3 years for the promotion to the post of Appraiser; means he can’t be promoted to that post before completion of three years service as Examiner. There is a departmental exam for confirmation; without passing in that neither he can be made confirmed nor he can be promoted to the next post.


In the Examiner profile, you will remain only in the coastal region, so spouse ground for transfer will not work if you want the 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.

2. Inspector (Central Excise): EXCISE (Inspector)

EXCISE (Inspector) Responsibilities

  • Central Excise duty is an indirect tax levied on those goods which are manufactured in India and are meant for home consumption.
  • An Excise Inspector can be posted in either Assessment of tax (work related to augmentation of the central Excise tax, Service Tax, detection of evasion of tax) or non-assessment (clerical type job). For the administrative reason, Area is divided into Range.
  • 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’.
  • In short, Excise Inspector is given some sort of power at the very initial stage. This is not with every post offered by SSC.
  • Though only Excise and Service Tax come under Excise but in some places where there is a lack of examiner and preventive officers Excise Inspectors handle duties of an examiner and preventive officers and work like a custom officer. This is common at borders with Nepal, Bangladesh etc.This is called ‘Land Custom’ in common language. This is preferred by some Excise Inspectors for some ‘unknown’ reasons.

Deputation to other departments is also very common. Apart from this, they are also posted in Customs Intelligence Agency like DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence), where most of the personnel belong to Central Excise. Thus, Excise inspectors are the most experienced officers among Three Inspectors of CBIC.

Work Location

Though not preferred by top rankers, it is famous among toppers when reappearing for getting a decent job in Home State. Many Examiners posted at coastal cities and Income Tax Inspector posted far from their home Town, leave their Jobs and join Excise as this post provide an opportunity to work near Home Town and they don’t have to top ranker for that.

Working Hours

The workload is not high but due to Biometric Attendance system, you will have to reach office on time. Earlier there was some sort of liberty.


First Promotion is to the Rank of Superintendents which is Gazetted Post. According to current rules, you will be eligible for promotion after 8 Years of Service, but there is a proposal to make it 3 years. The proposal is in the final stage of approval. The overall prospect of promotion was/ is gloomy but it will change fast if the new proposal is approved and implemented successfully.

Promotions in order are:

1. Superintendents (Group-B Gazetted)

2. Assistant Commissioner (Group A-IRS)

3. Deputy Commissioner

4. Joint Commissioner

5. Addl. Commissioner

6. Commissioner

You’ve to pass a departmental exam to get promotion but it is for “screening”, otherwise promotion is actually given based on your zonal seniority.


This is a Uniform Job (Khaki with Ashoka Stambh on Chest and Three Stars on Shoulders) which is also a point of attraction for many, especially from aspirants from Rural Background where Khaki(Uniform) itself means Power and Prestige. But it’s optional to wear. It is wore on some special occasion like Republic Day.

Transfer Policy

Excise inspectors are posted at both sensitive and non-sensitive postings on rotation which is two years as per the latest rule. However, while posting at sensitive locations your work will be reviewed after one year and if you don’t perform there you will be transferred to another sensitive posting.

After the final selection from SSC, you will have option to choose/ prefer commissionerate which will be allocated to you according to your Rank. After you are allocated to any commissionerate there is no tenure system within commissionerate that means you will not be transferred to any other commissionerate unless you wish so or you are promoted. The transfer is also done on the ground of spouse.

3. Inspector (Preventive Officer)

Inspector (Preventive Officer) under CBIC is considered to be an adventurous and broadly classified job.  You are the first to interact with Assesses/Clients of the department.  This is a uniform post which makes it most attractive officer of CGL as the uniform is white (same as that of officers of Indian Navy) with Ashoka Stambha on Chest and with 2 yellow strips on the shoulders. You will have to wear the uniform while on duty on a regular basis. Social Recognition is also very high and can be considered a high-profile job as you will be posted at various International airports and Major sea Ports.

Custom Duty officer’s responsibilities

  • Preventive officers are the most dynamic officer of the department. You will be posted at various places and your role will change accordingly. You will be usually posted at Airports as customs Officer, at sea port as Gate officer, in investigation section as Investigation officer, as control room officer in control room of HQ, as Patrolling Officer posted at any Ship. You might be given an opportunity to work as an Examiner if there is a shortage of Examiner at that location for any reason.
  • In office posting, you will have to do clerical work e. g. Making reports, Do Noting, Drafting also. He may be posted in Personnel and Establishment Section (HR Department) to handle joining, transfer & Promotions matters of staffs of the department.
  • As Customs Officer at the airport, your main work will be to collect custom duty from passengers coming from abroad. You will be in charge of a post where actual work will be done by Head Constables and Sub-Inspectors and you will be a supervisory officer. You have to be sure that there is no smuggling at the airport.
  • The work of gate officers is to ascertain the genuineness of Out of charge given to any container by Appraisers or any other officers at sea ports.
  • As Protocol officer to commissioners, you may be assigned some work related to special Protocol on visits of Members, Chairman and Ministers etc.
  • As Patrolling Officer at ship, you will get the chance to Experience the Big Ships very closely. This experience is very lively and you will feel like a real customs officer.
  • Work of control room officer is to provide the information asked by outsider on phone or by other means.
  • A PO has to do least file work among all three Inspectors of CBIC. In short, Core job is to prevent smuggling and collect duties at the airport.

Working Hours

Normal working hours. May extend if required depending upon the workload. You will have to work in shifts as working hour at International Airport is 24*7. However, you will have to work for only 8 hours in a shift and if you stretch (do over time) you will be compensated well for that. Actually, most of the officers prefer to perform the duty of 12 hours in a shift so he can stay at home longer and avoid transport inconvenience.

Work Location

This post lies in 6 zones only, namely Kolkata, Kochin, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Mumbai, and Goa.

There is a rotation for posting within the zone and you will be posted at both sensitive and Non-Sensitive Posts on the rotation basis. Sensitive posting is also called field posting. Rotation is done after 6 months at some places and after 1 year at some places.


First Promotion is to the Rank of Superintendents which is Gazetted Post. This takes around 8-10 years or even more. According to current rules, you will be eligible for promotion after 8 Years of Service, but there is a proposal to make it 3 years. The proposal is in the final stage of approval. The overall prospect of promotion was/ is gloomy but it will change fast if a new proposal is approved and implemented successfully.

You will have to pass the confirmation test in the first two years to get confirmed. It is very easy and there is almost 100% success rate in this. However, promotion is not based on any test but on Zonal Seniority.

Promotions in order are:

1. Superintendents (Group-B Gazetted)

2. Assistant Commissioner(IRS)

3. Deputy Commissioner

4. Joint Commissioner

5. Addl. Commissioner

6. Commissioner


After final selection from SSC you will be allocated a zone and your posting will be done at various offices/locations within the Zone only. You will not be transferred to another zone unless you wish so or you are promoted. Even if you wish to get yourself transferred to another zone it is not easy to get inter-zone transfers and it is up to the authority to transfer. Th authority will consider the availability of vacancies at the zone you applied for and many other factors come into light. However, there is some relaxation when it comes to transfer on Spouse ground and illness.

Training of PO is done at the Regional Training Institute of the respective Zone you will be selected for. The duration of training is of around 1 month.

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