[Job Profile] SSC-CGL: desk jobs, field jobs, CSS, Assistant, auditors, inspectors: income tax, excise, preventive officer: promotion, posting, job profiles

SSC1038 Comments

  1. Prologue
  2. Desk job or Field job?
    1. Assistants
      1. Assistants: Promotion opportunities
      2. CSS (Assistant in Central Secretariat Service)
      3. Assistant (CSS): Job Profile
      4. Work diversity: CSS vs Other assistants
      5. CSS vs Inspectors (Income Tax, Excise etc)
      6. Assistant in MEA: Work Profile
      7. MEA: General vs Cypher Assistant (Difference)
      8. Assistant in Railways
      9. Assistants: remaining
    2. Divisional Accountant
    3. Auditor & Accountants (Non-Interview)
    4. CGDA vs C&AG
    5. CGDA (defence) posting
    6. Auditor:Promotion (CGDA)
    7. Tax Assistants (TA)
    8. Tax Assistant: Posting and Promotion
    9. Upper Division clerk
  3. Field jobs: (Inspectors)
    1. Tax authorities: CBDT vs CBEC
      1. Inspectors: Income Tax, Excise, Customs, Examiner
        1. ACR (Annual Confidential reports)
        2. Income Tax Inspector:Work Profile
        3. Income Tax inspector: Good or bad?
      2. Physical requirements (Indirect Taxes)
      3. Excise inspector vs Preventive Officer: Work Profile
      4. Preventive Officer vs Examiner: Work profile
      5. Assistant Enforcement Officer (AEO)
    2. CBI Sub-Inspector
    3. CBI: Physical requirement
    4. CBI Subinspector: Work profile
    5. Narcotics inspector/Subins.
    6. Postal inspector
  4. By the way how to prepare SSC CGL exam?


  • Many aspirants have doubts regarding what to fill up in “Preference order” for the SSC-CGL job application?
  • So, following information should help you get some idea.
  • Please note: I’ve not written this article all by myself. Most of this stuff is copypasted from the inputs given by some serving officers and pagalguy members, including csl180, prince1 and others.
  • If you want to add update /correction / elaboration regarding these jobs, please do post your inputs in comments at the bottom of this article.


First thing you must decide: Do you want a…

Desk job or Field job?

Desk job

Field job

  • Assistants, Auditors, Accountants, Tax-assistants, upper division clerks.
  • Inspectors (income tax, excise, preventive officers, examiners), CBI, narcotics etc.
  • No physical standard (height, chest, weight)
  • The working hours of desk job are “fixed”. (in most cases, except Assistant (cypher).
  • It’s like office to home, home to office.
  • So if your ultimate aim is preparing for some other exam (UPSC/CAT etc) then these are the “right” jobs because of the “City –posting” (Delhi or some State HQ).
  • Field jobs involve travelling, carrying out raids, inspections, surveillance etc.
  • Sometimes you might need to work in non-office hours or even Sundays.
  • Less than field job (at the initial level).
  • Social status, nuisance power of field job is higher compared of desk job.
  • I mean, in terms of impressing your parents, siblings, friends, college-batchmates, relatives in your village and girlfriend and her parents.
  • Peace of mind.
  • Office-to-home, home-to-office.
  • Hardly any transfers. (except MEA assistant)
  • comfortable for family and social life.
  • (some of these) Jobs involve stress, dealing with informants, power-brokers, pressure-tactics, backstabbing bastards (within your department).
  • Almost all of these jobs involve transfer from one city to another.
  • Therefore family/social life=little bit of trouble.
  • No uniform
  • No weapons.
  • No adventure.
  • Includes uniform (some jobs), weapons training
  • Some adventure (raids etc) although nothing very “dangerous”. (For Dangerous stuff you’ve to apply for CDS or CAPF).
  • So first decide-what do you want: Desk job or Field job?
  • Second Question: do you want to permanently shift to Delhi or not? Because If you don’t want to shift to Delhi, then job of Assistant in CSS and various Central Ministries=useless for you.
  • Similarly, if you don’t want to leave India, then MEA assistant =useless.

Now, we’ll see the Desk jobs, and in the later part of the article, we’ll see the Field jobs.


They’re of two types

  1. Central Secretariat services (CSS)
  1. Other than CSS (e.g. Assistant in railways, Election Commission, coast guard etc.)

Assistants: Promotion opportunities

  1. Assistant (you join here)
  2. Section Officer (Group B Gazetted). To become SO, you have to pass departmental test, conducted by UPSC. If you don’t pass exam, you get promotion very late (after 10-12 years).
  3. Under Secretary
  4. Deputy Secretary
  5. Joint Secretary.

CSS (Assistant in Central Secretariat Service)

Job codeNameSalary
AAssistant in Central Secretariat Service (CSS)Pay Band –II f 9300-34800GP 4600

Assistant (CSS): Work Profile

  • Work=files, files and files and then more files.
  • But 3 hrs of work daily: from answering RTI of people to Cabinet note making to answering parliament questions to working on daily receipts
  • It is like you’re given the project, and you made the dealing hand. Now report the problem in short about the project and tell your recommendations on what can be done.
  • If your seniors like they will accept it or else they will tell their own decisions etc=this is CSS work.

Promotion speed: CSS vs other Assistants

  • In CSS, the promotion from Assistant to Section Officer, you have vacancies like 200 , 250 etc
  • In other places like MEA or railways you’ll have 5 ,10 etc.so promotions are faster in CSS.

Work diversity: CSS vs Other assistants

  • If you become Assistant in say Railways, then you’re stuck in Railways forever.
  • But CSS offers you wider variety of postings like in Ministry of consumer affairs, home, finance, education, civil aviation, law etc.
  • Therefore, your scope and work-diversity is huge. (just like an IAS officer).

CSS vs Inspectors (Income Tax, Excise etc)

CSS (Desk Job)Income Tax/Excise inspectors
Desk jobField job.
LowWork Pressure / stress is high
Good for preparing UPSC (because you’re in Delhi, the Mecca of UPSC preparation)Less.
LowYou can earn more (via bribes), provided that you know your job, duties well, otherwise people (your own colleges and bosses) will stab you in the back and you’ll be suspended hahaha.
For those who want to enjoy family and social life, peace of mind, and are not obsessed with money.Promotion, name, fame, money (but comes at the cost of social life)
Permanent posting in Delhi until you retire.Transfers, deputation, field posting.
Once you get promoted to Under Secretary, you get free air-tickets during travel.Not applicable. But you get free petrol, free mobile card etc in some jobs.
  • So it should be clear to you that in Desk job: first preference = CSS (Job application code “A”).

Assistant in MEA: Work Profile

  • It is one of the most sought Assistant post under SSC-CGL.
  • Why? Because charm of foreign posting and many other lucrative facilities like children’s education, accommodation etc and a very handsome salary of more than 1 lakh per month (perhaps upto Rs 1,25,000).
  • But here is the problem: in the foreign countries, the cost of living, is also high!
  • For example $1500 is big amount when converted in Indian Rupees, but inside America, you can buy very few things.
  • And one can be posted in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Irak, Libya too.
  • but nothing to fear on this count as while sending one to an other country on posting he is given a few choices for the needed postings and he is posted according to those choices preferably. If one chooses any of the countries mentioned he is given 50% more salary and his tenure there is counted as DOUBLE; means he has to serve there for one and a half year which is counted equal to three years.
  • Let’s do comparison of these two assistants under MEA (Ministery of External affairs)

MEA: General vs Cypher Assistant (Difference)

MEA Assistant (General)

MEA Assistant (Cypher)

SSC-CGL-2013 job Application code “E”Code “F”
  • General filing-reporting type work.
  • They have to do the task of coding and decoding in addition of some highly confidential language.
  • Less
  • Cypher Asst got more foreign posting than general Asst
  • Assistant (General) is supposed to be posted generally 3 years in India and 3 years in foreign; and like this throughout his tenure of service
  • whereas an Assistant (Cypher) is posted 3 years in India and 6 years in foreign; and like this
  • promotional avenues are better in General Asst. You can go upto level of Under Secretary.
  • Less chance.
  • No night shifts.
  • Cypher has night shifts because of time-zone difference between India and foreign country
  • And it’s like u have to work for 6 days and then 2 days off. And 2 days will be night shift.
  • One can get his first promotion after about 15-17 years if he will not clear departmental examination and after clearing departmental examination, it will take around 8 odd years.
  • Verdict: if you originally wanted to be an IFS officer, but it did not work out, then perhaps this is the job you should try for.
  • If you want to permanently stay in India, then don’t tick these job-codes (application code “E and F”)

Assistant in Railways

  • Job Code is “D”
  • Assistant in railways: good job ,you’ll get 1 pass for family ( to and fro) anywhere in India free and 3 passes for family (to and fro) in which u pay 1/3rd of amount
  • all this for tier 2 AC ticket..then railway has its own railway homes all over India ..so you can stay there at a very cheap rate, if you using railway passes!



Always in Railways.Posting in variety of department and ministries= life is not monotonous.
Posting in various cities/regional HQ for example Lucknow.Always in Delhi till he retires.

Assistants: remaining

Job codeName
BAssistant Central Vigilance Commission
CAssistant Intelligence Bureau
GArmed forces Headquarters
HOther Ministries/ Departments/Organisations (Grade pay 4600)
IOther Ministries/ Departments/Organisations but gradepay is 4200.
  • Please note: these may or may not involve Permanent Delhi posting.
  • For example,Other organization >>Election Commission =always in Delhi.
  • But other organization >>Coast guard=sometimes in Chennai (Eastern command) and sometimes Kolkata (North Eastern Command).
  • To sumup, if you want “assistant” job, select A to I job codes first. But Internal choice (A,E,F… or E,F,A.. or whatever) that is as per your career-interest.

Moving to other desk jobs: Auditors and accountants

Divisional Accountant

Job CodeNameSalary
QDivisional accountant (under CAG)Group “C”
Pay Band –II f 9300-34800. Grade Pay 4200
  • Interview=yes
  • Physical=no.
  • Posting: Once you join as Divisional Accountant in a state, there is no chance of moving outside the state.
  • They’ve have direct engagements with contractors, so they earn (bribes).
  • Divisional Accountant works in Public works departments offices (PWDs) which is a state govt office.
  • Though his payroll comes from State govt, he is always a central govt employee.
  • PWDs need not necessarily be in cities, so you might get posted to any district in a state.
  • Regarding the work, he basically acts as an auditor for all expenses and receipts that go through the PWD, meaning he has to sign off each and every voucher.
  • Since he is Central govt representative in state dept he enjoys great power and respect in the office and works independently, doesn’t need to report to anyone but himself.
  • In terms of pure salary: Divisional accountant is better than Auditors, jr.accountants.

Auditor & Accountants (Non-Interview)

  • Interview is not done for these jobs. (but their salary is also lower compared to Divisional accountant.)
  • Pay Band -I: f 5200-20200, Grade Pay 2800.
  • Posting will be according to your state preference (+depending on merit)
  • through SSC one can become auditor/accountant in two depts, CGDA & C&AG
  • Abbreviations
C&AGComptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)
CGDAController General of Defence Accounts
CGAController General of Accounts.

Job codes for Auditors and Accountants

XAccountant/Jr.AccountantCGA& Others




  • deals with audit works of defence forces (in various offices around India).
  • central audit dept dealing with state govt audits
  • It comes under CAG so It also has posting in Delhi
  • Has offices in all states as well as Delhi
  • Salary (approx.): 27,000
  • Although salary of DA is less than Income Tax inspector.
  • Approx 21,000
  • The selected candidates for the post of Auditors were allocated departments of C&AG and CGDA in round robin manner of first candidates going to C&AG,
  • second to CGDA, third to C&AG and so on, until the vacancies of the department
  • in the respective category are utilized.
  • The rest of the candidates in that category have been assigned the department with left over vacancies.
  • The same criteria have been used to allocate department of C&AG and CGA to the candidates selected for Jr. Accountants/Accountants.

CGDA (defence) posting

They get posting in only in these cities: click me to see the list of CGDA offices

Experience (of a serving officer in CGDA)

(I’m just copy-pasting this).

  • Auditor is the best amongst all non-interview post.
  • I have been working as a Senior auditor in dad dept.(min. of defence) since 5 years.
  • Auditors are recruited under CAG and CGDA dept. although most vacancies are in CGDA
  • in CGDA you will be appointed as an auditor in defence acctts.

Work profile of Auditor (CGDA)

  • Initially u will get army/navy/airforce/ordnance factory command.
  • You have to do the manual work like passing of bills,auditing pay bills of Staffs, accounting the factory production in factory command.
  • it’s a very good post. You have to work 8 hours(officially) but u can manage.s
  • Saturday-sunday off days.
  • You will get ample time to spent with your family.
  • if bachelor maximum time u can utilize for your higher preparation. (UPSC)
  • salary wise it is a very good post. initially you will get minimum 21 thousand in A class cities including HRA

Auditor:Promotion (CGDA)

  • You will get automatically promoted to Senior Auditor (grade pay 4200) in 3 years .
  • You will get a chance to sit for deptmental SAS exam for the ppst of AAO (Gazette post) after completion of 2 years.
  • Promotion wise its a good dept. over all i have enjoyed thoroughly as an Auditor.
  • so i will recommend each and every one(those who got selected in non interview post category) to give auditor as his first preference.

(end of copy paste).
Ok so far we saw Desk Jobs>>Assistant, Auditors, Accountants.
Now next Desk Job

Tax Assistants (TA)

Job codeTax assistant in
ZCBDT (Direct tax)
@CBEC (Excise and Customs)
  • Both are Group “C” Pay Band -I: f 5200-20200 (grade pay: 2400)
  • Interview=no
  • physical=no
  • Data-entry test=yes.

Tax Assistant: Posting and Promotion

  • Promotion : after promotion you rise to inspector level, and then to officer level.
  • The inspector level is the same as the one people get through CGL (direct inspect in Income tax or Excise department)
  • So joining as TA, you begin at one step lower.
  • Promotion wise, CBDT (direct tax) is far better than CBEC.
  • Both of these are transferable jobs. when you become a senior, you are automatically transferred to your home town for convenience.

Upper Division clerk

YUpper division clerkCentral Govt. Offices/Ministries other
than CSCS cadres
Pay Band -I: f 5200-20200
  • (Mostly) Delhi posting. He gets transferred from one ministry to another.
  • Promotion : Upper Division clerk-> Assistant (generally after 5-7 years)
  • Assistant>to>Section officer.

Ok this concludes discussion on “Desk Jobs”.
Now moving to Field jobs: Inspectors in Income Tax, Excise, CBI, Narcotics etc.

Field jobs: (Inspectors)

  • I classify them under : Tax and Non-Tax
  • Tax means Direct (Income tax) and indirect tax.(customs and Excise)
  • Non tax means: CBI, narcotics and postal Department.

Let’s start with Tax inspectors

Tax authorities: CBDT vs CBEC

First understand the difference

Direct tax

  • Levied on your income and property.
  • Income tax, corporate tax, capital gains tax are examples of Direct tax.
  • Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) deals with it.

Indirect tax

  • Levied on goods and services.
  • Service tax, custom-excise are examples of Indirect tax.
  • Central Board of Excise duty (CBEC) deals with it.
  • Note: Sales tax is also an indirect tax, but State Governments look after it.

Inspectors: Income Tax, Excise, Customs, Examiner

OrganizationDirect tax (CBDT)Indirect Tax (CBEC)
InspectorIncome Tax InspectorExcise inspectorPreventive officer (Custom officer)Examiner
Application Job codeJKLM
SalaryPay Band –II f 9300-34800 GP: 4600
Physical testNOYesYesYes
UniformNoYes (Khakhi) but optional.Yes (White) Always have to wear.NO
First promotion:Group B Gazetted*Income Tax officer (ITO)SuperintendentSuperintendent of CustomsAppraiser
2nd Promotion Group A*(IRS)Assistant CommissionerAssistant CommissionerAssistant commissionerAssistant commissioner
subsequent promotions:Deputy Commissioner.
then Joint Commissioner > Addl. Commissioner > Commissioner
Deputy CommissionerSuperintendent of CustomsDeputy Commissioner
then Joint Commissioner > Addl. Commissioner > Commissioner

*notes on promotion

  1. You’ve to pass departmental exam to get promotion but it is for “screening”, otherwise promotion is actually given based on your zonal seniority.
  2. In Income Tax and Excise, initial years= you get posting only in the given zone. But once you get the “group-A” promotion that is Assistant Commissioner= you can be posted all india.
  3. Because those Group A jobs are just same like direct recruitment via UPSC civil service exam.
  4. According to All India Association of Central Excise Officers, the people joining in Income tax (CBDT) and Examiner (CBEC) get more promotions (6-7!) while Excise inspectors get barely 1-2 promotions, despite joining in the same year.
  5. Qualification for an ITI to get promoted to ITO is 3 years, though seniority also plays a major role in promotions. So basically it takes atleast 4-6 years to get promoted to ITO(considering the fact that one clears departmental exam in time), depending on the zone. (input by Rahul, CGL 2010).

Now let’s check the work profile of individual inspectors under Tax authorities

Income Tax Inspector:Work Profile

He can be posted in one of the following two areas (transferable on cyclic basis)

Assessment of tax

Non assessment

  • He has to do assessment of income tax to be imposed on an individual, partnership firm, company etc;
  • He has and refund of it in case someone has deposited in excess.
  • He also has to see the work related to TAX DEDUCTION AT SOURCE (TDS) besides being accompanying a raid team.
  • An Income tax Inspector on non-assessment seat generally has to do do clerical work though he too could be asked to accompany a raid team.
  • He is part of the raiding party.
  • No.
  • He is entitled for 30 liter of petrol if posted on assessment seat.
  • He also gets a SIM from the department on which all STD calls on every type of BSNL/MTNL phone are free; and 400 minutes on other phones whether STD or LOCAL are free for every month.
  • This SIM is provided to every ITI irrespective of the seat he is posted at.

Income Tax inspector: Good or bad?



  1. public dealing & regards
  2. good promotion
  3. opportunity to prove your talent
  4. good pay & other benefits
  5. good workplace and environment
  1. vulnerable post involving risks of making enemies..
  2. Post is under strict vigilance by CVC.
  3. Lots of departmental jealousy over coveted postings (=have to be alert of the backstabbing bastards)
  4. departmental complains from colleagues and public can get you in trouble very easily.
  5. too much hardwork & treachery to remain in importance.

Now let’s talk about the inspectors associated with indirect taxes viz. excise inspector, prevention officer and examiner.

Physical requirements (Indirect Taxes)

Following are the requirements for Central Excise/Examiner/Preventive Officer/Inspector & Sub-Inspector In Central Bureau of Narcotics.

Height157.5cm152 cms
WeightNA48kg minimum
Chest81 cm fully expandedNA
Walking1600 metres in 15 minutes1 Km. in 20 minutes
Cycling8 Kms. In 30 minutes3 km in 25 mins.

Height relaxation

In case of Garwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and ST candidates.

Height relaxable by 5 cms.Height relaxable by 2.5 cms.Weight by 2 Kgs.

Ok now let’s check the work profiles

Excise inspector vs Preventive Officer: Work Profile


Excise & Service Tax

Customs (Preventive Officer)

  • You have certain number of factory units or business entities under you.
  • Your job is to scrutinize records to verify that the correct amount of the tax has been paid (according to production of particular goods).
  • have some control over the production, money making capacity of community industrialist, business men, etc. your area of working is defined.
    Even in the Customs Intelligence Agency like DRI, the most of the personnel belong to Central Excise. Thus, the Central Excise category officers have multi-skilled expertise
  • for those wanting an adventurous jobs, area of work is very broadly defined.
  • in special cases you can also go out of your area also to nab a culprit, which gives u some more power than CE excise, ServiceTax or an Income Tax Inspector.
  • Its a kind of job of both collecting intelligence as well as prevention- be prepared to work day and night, far away from your home.
  • sometimes they conduct raids etc but not so adventurous or risky.
  • Customs always surrounded by enemies.: on one direction there are smugglers/culprits and on the other hand are unsatisfied colleagues trying to ruin your hardwork by intruding into your information, network and assignments.(=backstabbing bastards)

Preventive Officer vs Examiner: Work profile

Preventive officer


  • white
  • It Is more about intelligence gathering and raids.
  • Checking boats, cargos, containers coming from foreign ports.
  • auction and disposal of confiscated goods.
  • a preventive officer also acts as a facilitator of trade and commerce and tourism.
  • examine the goods imported or to be exported and assessing duty on that.
  • These are all “Tax” officers.(direct or indirect).
  • There is one more officer associated with taxation: Assistant Enforcement officer (AEO). But he doesn’t fall under CBDT or CBEC. He is under Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue.
  • Enforcement directorate basically looks into 1) Moneylaundering 2)FERA, FEMA (Foreign exchange)

Assistant Enforcement Officer (AEO)

  • If posted in the field, he carries out regular inspector type of work, viz.
  1. prevention of money laundering,
  2. to conduct searches of suspected persons, conveyances and premises
  3. seize incriminating materials (including Indian and foreign currencies involved),
  4. to arrest and prosecute the person suspected to be involved in the act of money laundering, etc.

Assistant Enforcement Officer: Posting

10 zonal offices

11 sub-zonal offices

Headed by Joint DirectorBy Deputy director
Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and MumbaiBhubaneswar, Calicut, Guwahati, Indore, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Madurai, Nagpur, Patna, Srinagar and Varanasi

Now let’s talk about non-tax inspectors.

CBI Sub-Inspector

Job codeNamePay
OCBI sub-inspector (group B) earlier he was in “C” but recently changed to “B”Pay Band –II f 9300-34800GP 4200
  • interview=yes
  • physical=yes

CBI: Physical requirement


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


  • 76 cms. with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)


  • 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.

No physical test (like running, cycling carried out, unlike those indirect tax inspector jobs).

CBI Subinspector: Work profile

  • Life in CBI is stressful due to heavy workload and deadlines there.
  • Training duration is 32 weeks involving physical training and training on criminal and anti-corruption laws. During the training the daily physical activity includes 2 km run, PT, Drill in the morning and Games/Unarmed Combat Course in the evening.
  • It is not a 24 x 7 job; but sometimes the work streches beyond the usual working hours i.e. sometimes one has to work till 8 or 9 pm. Usually on Saturdays, if the workload is more, the work goes on as usual; though Sundays are spared.
  • Also in some branches like Special Crime etc, the job involves a fair bit of travelling especially in the starting years.
  • The nature and hours of work also differs from branch to branch and place to place. Some branches have less workload and so the personnel can take it easy.
  • No uniform required.
  • Sub Inspectors in CBI or for that matter any rank in CBI does not possess revolver/pistol.
  • In a very few cases, when a search is to be carried out in some dangerous places, weapons are issued to the staff.

Narcotics inspector/Subins.

Central Bureau of Narcotics=CBN

Job codeNamePay
SInspectorPay Band –II f 9300-34800GP 4200
#SubinspectorPay Band -I: f 5200-20200, GP=2400.
  • Mrunal edit: still searching for job profile, posting, promotion etc. if you’ve information, kindly post it in comments.

Postal inspector

  • Well this doesn’t really count as “field job” because Field job=social status and nuisance power- unfortunately postal inspector gets neither.

Update: input from Mr.Abhi D.
Inspector of Posts (IP) is either posted as Subdivisonal Inspector or IP-PG(Public Grievance). He/she is incahrge of about 60-70 post offices within his/her subdivison. He/she is appointing authority for GDS (Gramin Dak sevaks and conducts their interview). He/she is assisted in his work by two Mail overseers.He/she gets seperate office and montly allowance for internet and telephone (Rs 750) . He/she is provided with a laptop and he gets his travelling expenses reimbursed by submitting TA(about Rs 2000 for 10 days on tour ).

Job codeNamePay
OInspector of Posts (group B)Pay Band –II f 9300-34800, GP-4200
  • Inspector of posts is there with every postal division.
  • There must be 2 or more divisions in district.
  • Presently the Postal inspector must go to canvass people for getting Postal Life Insurance and also they have to acquire a huge sum for the department.
  • The Department of Posts has given instructions to all circles to enhance their growth by 20 percent- All such burden comes on Postal inspector.

By the way how to prepare SSC CGL exam?

Booklist, strategy, topicwise analysis of last three years, cutoffs everything given in following articles:

General Awareness Tier IClick me
Maths / Quantitative Aptitude for Tier I and IIClick me
Reasoning / General Intelligence for Tier IClick me
English Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension for Tier I and IIClick me
Cut off marks of 2011 and 2012Click me

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  5. Spectrum Geography (selective) (Hindi | English)
  6. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  7. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  8. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
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  10. Mains: Language papers
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So far 1,038 Comments posted

  1. Lalit

    plz tell me about statistical investigator post

    1. MURUGAN

      It is field work in NSSO(FOD) to collect information and data from public

  2. kuldeep singh

    Sir, kindly suggest me which post in cgl better for civil services prepration for male candidate

  3. shekhar

    Dear team mrunal.iam scoring approx. 322 in tier 1+tier 2, 2014 ssc cgl and belong to ex servicemen category.what r my chances of clearing non interview cut off and what post can i possibly get with these marks.thanx in advance.

  4. kuldeep

    which post (assistant in css or assistant in railways) in cgl exam is best for ias prepration after joining

  5. Ganesh Dutt Sharma

    Dear Mrunal Sir,
    You have explained each and everything regarding Job and work profiles of post under CGL but for junior statistical officer you have not mentioned anything. Please guide me regarding work profile, posting, promotions and salaries etc. for Junior statistical officer through SSC-CGL 2014. I will be highly thankful to you.
    Ganesh Dutt Sharma

  6. k raha

    Can u tell me which zone in income tax is better as per promotional aspects. How about Kolkata?

  7. anil

    Sir, after how much time an assistant in CSS is eligible for promtion to section officer by passing departmental exams?

  8. aman

    What is computer proficiency test pls elaborate

  9. taruna

    sir, what is the difference between the interview job profile and non interview job profile with its cut off marks…. means cut off for auditor post and css post are similar or css reserves marks for the interview…? plz elaborate with example

  10. shaila

    sir i have baby and my husband is working in HAL so i want to work in bangalore so for which post i have apply please help me sir
    and for prefernce order waiting for ur reply,
    still not applied. BCA -2014(sikkim manipal university),DOB-30/08/1988

  11. vicky kumawat

    Sir i have Question regarding SSC-CGL .what if i got rejected in interview but i have also given preference for non interview post in last.
    so commision will discard me or transfer me into non interview post .
    So is there any chance of selecting in non interview post if one get rejected in interview.
    please put some light on this confusion.
    thank you

  12. mahesh

    sir, iam belongs to OBC , my caste presents in STATE OBC LIST , but in CENTRAL OBC LIST my caste name differs by one letter, does it make any problem ? iam confused, should i opt OBC and GENERAL ?


    sir, me is sal aur pichle 2,3 sal ki vacacy janna chahta hu ki pichle salo me kitni vacacy aai thi . like 10,000 ,15,000 .
    aur me field job karna chahta hu to field job me best 5 ka nam btao apke hisab se bo konsi post ha.

  14. neeraj kumar

    sir I have been selected in CGDA in 2013 as auditor. I want to know that what is the expected date of getting joining letter from the department. please sort out my problem………………………………


    Respected Sir,i live in kolkata and want to stay here forever .so what kind of job is appropriate for me?

  16. TEJA

    I have noticed a problem in filling the application regarding my surname for SSC CGL 2015 application.unless i remove the spaces it is not completely fitting in the box as per my 10th class certificate.Is there any way that you could help me in this case?


    sir if i was disqualified in interview post and i have eligibility for non interview post whether commission will reject me or i will be recruited for non interview post

  18. Amit

    Please suggest which post requires high medial investigation under CGL…actually i hav little problem in my left ear and it is operated twice but i dont hav any problem with hearing…….so i want to be on safe side..please suggest which prefences shud be given first..please help me sir..plz reply

  19. Devendra Barolia

    I’m happy with so much informations that i have been known …satisfied too.pls upload SSC cgl’s syllabus of gk part in pdf file……thanks sir !!

  20. Mohammad Alam

    Sir,i live in kolkata and want to stay here forever .so what kind of job is appropriate for me?

  21. komal

    Sir, I have completed my B.Sc in Microbiology. And I want to give ssc cgl exam pls suggest me for which posts I am eligible. Please reply asap. Thanx

  22. arpit

    sir cycling or walking test kaise perform hota hai……

  23. ativeer

    Central Bureau of Narcotics Works mainly : Superintendence of the licit cultivation of opium poppy in India. Licensing for manufacture of synthetic narcotic drugs under Rule 7 of the NDPS Rules, 1985
    Posting Areas: Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan only
    CBN Inspector post:
    The post of an Inspector is an executive post under CBN. The Inspector looks after all the work relating to cultivation as well as enforcement work and such other work as entrusted to him.Under the NDPS Act, 1985 the Inspector has been entrusted to perform the functions as indicated in Section 42, 43, 44, 49 and 53 relating to search, seizures and investigation.
    Promotion : Insp<Superintendent<Asstt. Narcotics Commissioner
    CBN Sub-Inspector post:
    An opium division comprises an average of 4-5 Ranges. A Sub Inspector in the Opium Division is the in-charge of a Range. His primary duty is to undertake measurement of the area of all the licensed fields, to ensure that there is no cultivation of opium poppy without a licence. He attends to all other related functions of his Range. At the time of weighment, the Sub Inspector assists the DOO and attends other work as assigned relating to procurement of opium, despatch of opium consignment to Govt. Opium Factories, etc.In addition to the above functions, the Sub-Inspector also attends to the enforcement work and such other work as assigned to him in the field and Hqrs. Office of the Department. Under the NDPS Act, 1985 the Sub-Inspector has been entrusted to perform the functions as indicated in Section 42, 43, 44, and 49 relating to search, and seizures

  24. Thilagaraj R

    Narcotics inspector:

    Essential Information
    A narcotics officer is a particular type of police officer who specializes in preventing illegal drug use and distribution. Depending on the department or agency for which they want to work, prospective narcotics officers may need a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree. In some cases, military service is accepted in the absence of a degree. As with most police jobs, candidates must successfully complete police academy training and pass written and physical examinations. This job might appeal to an individual with interests in law enforcement, drug control and investigations.

    Required Education High school diploma or associate/bachelor’s degree (dependent on department)
    Military service
    Additional Requirements Successful completion of police academy
    Passing written and physical exams
    Projected Job Growth (2012-2022)* 5% for all police and detectives
    Median Wage (2013)* $76,730 annually, $36.89 hourly for all police and detectives
    Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Job Description
    Narcotics officers work with police agencies or departments to combat illegal drug use and distribution. Some agencies combine narcotics and criminal investigation into one division. Narcotics officers might choose to work in smaller communities, or they might pursue a broader federal job, such as a position with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

    Narcotics Officer
    Narcotics officers investigate drug distribution. They might work with other agents, businesses and concerned organizations to identify drug trafficking routes and dealers and ensure the safety of the community.

    Narcotics officers also might write reports and analyze evidence for cases. Additionally, they might disseminate information concerning drug prevention within the community.

    Narcotics officers must have physical stamina to conduct investigations. They also must be flexible concerning their work hours, and shift work may be necessary. Additionally, all police officers must demonstrate integrity and determination to complete their work satisfactorily.

    Job Requirements
    Typically, narcotics officers have the same educational requirements as regular police officers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some agencies might require a bachelor’s degree, while others require only a high school diploma (www.bls.gov). Some agencies accept former work experience or time in the military in lieu of postsecondary education. Aspiring narcotics officers might have the best chances of employment if they have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

    Most law enforcement agencies require that prospective narcotics officers complete both physical and written exams. Agencies usually require their candidates to be at least 21 years old.

    After being hired, entry-level officers may be required to undergo further training at a police academy. This training is to provide knowledge about laws and procedures for the particular area the agency is responsible for. Additionally, officers must learn basics of emergency management, self-defense and gun control.

    Probationary Period
    In order to advance within an agency, an officer usually has to stay within the department for several months or even years. After finishing the probationary period, officers may be able to undergo training and take tests for advancement. Police officers can then choose to specialize in narcotics or a similar field.

    Career Information
    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job openings for police and detectives are expected to increase by 5% from 2012-2022, which is slower than the national average for all occupations. The median salary for detectives and criminal investigators, including narcotics officers, was $76,730 as of 2013

  25. dushyant

    statistical investigator ke bare main bhi bata do please

    1. B.M. Dutta

      KIndy let me know job profile of statistical investigator ?

  26. saurabh sharma

    Hi, Do we need to fill post in order of our preference or random order will work, just need to fill all post we want. Getting confused by friends. Please help.
    Not able to get through all the comments.

  27. mintu

    Hi Team,
    I have scored 415 UR category and had made in the non interview list(non int cutoff being 397 and int cutoff being 426).What are options available to me in terms of getting non interview post i mean will i get this time any post or not?
    what are all posts that i can get with these marks and what will be the further tests for respective posts as i am in a fix since the ssc declaration is states non int candidates would be called for document verification only but on some sites it was mentioned that some kind of typing test dest/cpt–these are applicable for which are all posts?? …I had selected in my preferences all the int post(which is out of picture now) and others non int posts (like cag and cdga auditors ) except statistical invigilator and tax assistant.
    I just wanted to confirm this dest/cpt will be for cag/cgda auditors or for tax assistants only?
    Thanks in advance….

  28. aniket

    Can anyone plz tell about the salaty structure for CSS??

  29. VISH

    I didn’t note my registration id of ssc part 1 , i didn’t got mail also . what to do now ?

  30. saurabh

    are colour blind students eligible for excise or p.o ?
    sure of getting excise but i m clour blind….so wat to do??

  31. ajay

    Sir I want to prepare civil services after get into ssc cgl which job priority is suitable for me…. plzz reply me urgent sir

  32. Amit

    Answers from someone currently working in or from someone who has worked in central secretariat service (CSS through SSC CGL) would be much appreciated.
    This is regarding informing the Head of Dept. about applying for Civil Service Prelims :

    (1) What do people normally do in Central secretariat when applying for UPSC, do they inform their HOD when they apply for the prelims ?

    (2) How do bosses in CSS react to this ? Are they helpful or are they vengeful ? I’m asking this question because large number of candidates in CSS apply for UPSC too, so the bosses must have devised a pattern to deal with such aspirants.

    (3) What is the probation period at the time of joining CSS ? If one wishes to resign during probation period, then what is the notice period ?

    (4) What is the notice period after probation period ? Can a person say that I’ll resign but I’ll serve a notice period of only 15 days or a month and after that I want relieving. Is that allowed ?

  33. jagdish

    if i get 450 marks out of 600 marks in ssc cgl 2015 and if i dont go to interview
    then for auditor post am i eligible ? ( my first preference is auditor)

  34. priya

    sir I got 384 marks in SSC cgl 2014. what post can I get in non interview obc cat. if I qualify tax assist dest then will I get that post or will I not get any post..? sir plz help.

  35. shubham

    i applied for Statistical Investigator Grade – II in ssc , but im not eligible ,
    also i do not want to face paper 3 in tier 2 exam
    is there any possibility???

  36. divyadipt

    Immensely helpful sir..great work. The write-up will certainly help many of us in consciously marking the post preferences.
    Keep up the great work.

    Thank you so much,

  37. kanika

    Hii team..
    I have socred 206 marks in ssc cgl 2014.
    I m a hearing handicapped.. our list is at 183… kindly tell me which job i maybe get…
    Except tex assistent.. bcz my typing is very bed i do nt want to give typing :(… pls answer me… mujhe kon si post mil skti h

  38. Raj

    Dear Sir
    I am working in the Railways as a Technician for the last ten yrs. Now if I get the Post of Auditor , will my present pay be protected? Pls reply

  39. gaurav sahu

    sir i am preparing for ssc .i have colour blindness (red grren) which are the post which i dont apply for in ssc which involves colour vision test .

  40. sai

    Sir, thanq u so much for ur blog.. well I have a doubt regarding posting…
    I am from vizag, Is there any chance of home posting in vizag Regional passport office(RPO)


    sir main 2 year se ssc ki preparation kar rha ho. but abi tak mera selection ni ho paya h. sir koi preparation karne k liye kis eddition ko book padhani chhaheye aur kis coaching ki help lena chaheye. is time main delhi me rh rha ho.

  42. ashish jangid

    How far can a tax assistant (z,@) can go on promotion. I mean can he reach the position of commissioner if not then what is its last position (generally a tax assistant can attain).
    Plz Reply . I have searched this everywhere.Thanks

  43. SUNIL

    Dear Sir,
    I am working in ICAR as an Assistant in the GP 4200/- and also I got selected in TA in CBDT in Delhi in CGL-13. Could you please guide me that which job is better for me for future aspects as i am from PH(Handicapped ) quota.

  44. Rahul maurya

    respected sir,I had cleared 8 times CDS exam and 22 times appear for ssb for Arny navy airforce at Allahabad Bhopal Bangalore Coimbatore dehradun and varanasi.but out in medical…..I had clear SSC tier 1 w2013 but failed in qualify tier 2 …right now appear for 2015 cgl…..which post I get in SSC if I secure good marks I an in. delhi frim last 10 yr butwant home posting lucknow..for lifetime gazettes A post mean fast promotion and extra money also….kindly guide me

  45. hemendra

    plztell me,i become to want a C.B.I.OFFISOR. so how intreiw of CBI?

  46. RAJA

    Respected sir, can you please suggest me books for statistical investigator

  47. priyanka dwivedi

    Hello Sir,
    ssc pre qulified sir….tier 2 k liye kaise prepare karu?please guide

  48. abrar

    Respected sir,
    I am from Mumbai Maharashtra. I don’t want to work outside of Maharashtra so which posts will be best for me in SSC CGL please reply!

  49. bhanu rawat

    Hey..you r Eligible for all the posts in cgcl….prep hard n best of luck..m also a life science graduate…currntly wrking as auditor in cgda and selected as excise inspector in cgl 2014

  50. vivek moradiya

    Hello Sir,
    i want to leave in Ahmedabad so which which desk job is good for me? and with job i also want to do my other business so which line better for me?

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