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

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  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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  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
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  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

So far 1,076 Comments posted

  1. mani


    Sir will you please tell about Intelligence bureau-EXAM .


  2. risha

    please please provide the job profile for fci

  3. Pavan Kumar

    Please make a pdf ebook containing all your articles.

  4. amar

    A very good article from your side Mrunal
    also pls Share final cut off Requirement To become IT officer and other posts

  5. Arpit

    great work Mrunal,can u plz guide me about post and state preferences how are these two gonna be matched as in if i want a job in delhi only but prefentially of ITI or Assistant CVC should i fill delhi as the only state or how should i fill

  6. arjun

    murnal sir pls provide booklist and studyplan for assist labour commissioner of upsc.pls pls

  7. swathi

    hi mrunal sir,
    can you please explain the salary structure like what is basic pay , pay band and grade pay.suppose if they mention salary is 5,200-20,200 and grade pay 4200.so initially how much will get if we have the job in concerned department???

    thank you

    1. KS Yadav

      hi swathi,
      here i m giving some details :
      basic pay is total of pay in payband and grade pay. if you got selected for grade pay 4200 you will be placed in pay band 2(9300-34800) and your basic pay will be 4200+9300=13500/-. gross pay will be-
      basic pay-13500+9720([email protected]%)+2752(tpt+da* rate for a & b class of cities only)+hra(applicable as per class of city)
      for gp 2800 pay in pay band 1(5200-20200) is around 8500 so bp will be 11300 (approx)

      for gp 4600 pay in pay band 2(9300-34800) it is around 12500 so bp will be 17100 (approx)

      below gp 4200 is payband 1 and above 4200 upto 4800 is pb 2

      1. swathi

        thank you sir, thank you very much.

      2. Vivekananda

        Thank you So much for your valuable information….

        Thanks a lot..

  8. vipin attri

    very good job sir, plz tell me abt ncb inspector promotions , hordels , money making etc bcz i want to opt it as 1 preference.

  9. FARIS

    thanx a lot sir

  10. Nithesh

    hii murnal i have big problem can you suggest a solution for that i have submitted part 1 & part 2 applications but i did a big mistake didnt see clearly actually i have opted obc but it is in general itself i saw after completing all the things even photographs soo is there any way to change it or can i apply again please suggest me…thanks in advance….

    1. ONKAR

      Before reapplying, please make sure that your forms will not be rejected. Last year, I had submitted both online and offline which caused rejection of both forms. However, in this year notification, they have omitted
      the clause of rejection of duplicate forms.

  11. rajat

    thanku sir ji

  12. Rahul

    Thanx..a lot…:)

  13. Tushar M

    Mrunal sir u are doing great work.
    Just one request sir , can u just tell the posts for which physical standard is required.
    I mean their code number as per advt.
    Because in field job some of my friends told that physical is not required.

    1. Mrunal

      physical standards required for central excise/examiner/preventive officer/inspector & sub-inspector in narcotics and CBI sub-inspector.
      Their job codes are given on page 3 of the notification

  14. sagar

    Mrunal Sir,
    You are doing a great work..
    May god bless and u keep up this spirit for years to come..!!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂

  15. rahul

    Dear Sir,
    Im a SC cand. frm MAH….applying CGL fr d frst tyme…can u help me with post pref. & suitable post…im graduate in comp. sci.(gradeI)…thnk you…

  16. viki

    Is the last year student of graduation can fill this form?

    1. sandeep

      only thoes candidates who had completed there graduation till 1 jan 2013.

  17. Neeraj kumar

    respected sir; i have sociology as second optional in RAS mains. what should i do to cover it. please suggest me books. is there any book like S.S. panday in english? which cover whole syllabus.

  18. Jabbar Qureshi

    Mrunal bhai plz tell me which job is best for earning purpose???

  19. Jabbar Qureshi

    Mrunal bhai plz tell me which job is best for earning (salary + gifts) purpose???



      1. kripal

        dnt worry corruption will prevail bcoz it will always be tauji of lokpal.

  20. FARIS

    thanx a ton sir

  21. amit

    thanx alot sir…:)

  22. Nazia

    This is my first attempt to ssc cgl and I am so confused regarding the options of post filling….so much dat I am freaking out pls help me out.
    Currently I am located in delhi and I dont want to move out at the same time I want desk job. My preference is in auditors and assistant in railways and also in cvc but dont know much as per the job profile of cvc.
    Can u please help me out in choosing the preferences like which is better….pls help me out I am literally confused!!

    1. electricalbipin

      as per your constraints ALL assitants with g.p 4600 , followed by assitants 4200 , then auditor g.p 2800 ,accountant g.p 2400
      MAJORITY OF assistants post are BASED at delhi esp css , ib , cvc ,and railways . ( job profiles of assitants = glorified clerk)
      while for auditors you have come in merit so that you get choice of your state or u.t

  23. Dany

    Respected Sir,

    I highly appreciate you effort in providing all the informations regarding SSC CGL. Thanks for ur effort in making a clear picture for the aspirants.

    Please let me know what is the medical fitness required for the posts and also what are the list of unfitness criteria that is liable to rejection.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Mrunal

      in above article, read the subtopics
      “Physical requirements (Indirect Taxes)”
      “CBI: Physical requirement”

  24. manas

    Is there accommodation facility I mean residential facility for ITI and
    CSS posts in Delhi Area ? I do not mean accommodation allowances ? What are the real scenario in regards to quarters ?

  25. vikram

    Hi,Mrunal please answer to my query.
    Is a partially colourblind person is eligible for CBEC jobs with fulfilling other parameters..???
    thank you.

    1. electricalbipin

      mate color perception defective are not allowed for any post under CBEC VIZ .inspector excise , examiner or customs ( can say this with 99% surety . AS a mstter of fact cbi ,cbn also not fit for color blind people.
      better go for inspector income tax cbdt , AEO or any other services

      1. vikram

        thank you very much for your answer.

        I want to be very sure before applying, please can anyone provide more info for my query?
        thanks in advance.

  26. Imtiyaz

    Respected Mrunal Sir, I read ur articles regularly which are informative. But I want to inform u that the statement that an Under Secretary of CSS gets free Air ticket is totally wrong. I am Section Officer in CSS. Only officers having grade pay Rs.5400 (even Section Officer) or more may travel by Air on tour or on LTC.


      Hi, @Imtiyaz
      I opted ASSISTANT in CSS as my first preference in Cgl 2013.
      Can u plz. tell me other merits nd Demirts of this post ?
      Sory mrunal sir ,I have more trust on Imtiyaz bhai than u regarding
      dis post (loFz)!

    2. Mrunal

      appreciate your input Mr.Imtiyaz, information is corrected.

    3. Mathiarasan

      sir, I hope for CSS thru cgl’12. Upto which level a CSS asst can go? Dpy secretary or even above that?

    4. ONKAR

      Hi Imityaz, Could you tell me the difference between Asst CSS and Asst IB, CVC, AEO posts? Which is better in terms of promotion and social status? I am confused about the placement of Asst CSS post in preference order.


  27. kuldeep

    I have red colourvision ,, for which posts i cnnt apply

  28. kishore

    Hello Mrunal!!
    I already owe you thanks for IICT related query solution from you.
    Problem for now:
    Reg 1 for ssc cgl done.
    Reg 2: I made internet banking payment.
    The payment got debited from my SBI a/c for 100/- but ssc website gives me a message
    Transaction acknowledgement:
    Unsuccessful Payment
    Transaction Status:Failure
    Reg Id:51100164642
    Mode of Payment:Internet Banking
    Fee Amount(in Rs.) :100
    Transaction Date:–
    Transaction Desc:Invalid Reference Number

    The actual transaction debit happened for 100/- on 19/01/2013 itself.
    no kind of link to lodge a complaint as well…please Help!!!

    1. Mrunal

      Government websites designed by lame people. Therefore Such glitches are common. Applicants in CSIR also facing similar trouble.
      My suggestion to everyone: always use “DESI (offline)” method for fees payment. (that is print the Challan and pay the fees to in nearest branch).

    2. Ravi Kujur

      @ kishor,
      This happens usually. Only remedy is, go to the website of SBI(www.statebankofindia.com)+ go to “CUSTOMER CARE” link(situated in right most corner of the page)+ go to “FEEDBACK/COMPLAINT” link + go inside the link “Click here to fill the online complaint form”. Fill the given form quoting the transaction/reg id and nature of the complaint. Bank will refund the deducted amount within 7 working days, else they’ve to pay you for each day delay in Grievance redressal.

  29. Debi

    I have already applied it without analyzing the job preferences. Now, I want to change my job preferences after reading your article. I f I want to apply again, will my application be rejected as I have applied two times??

    1. Bharath

      Your latest application will be considered.

  30. Neelam Pawar

    sir want to know about STATISTICAL INVESTIGATOR.
    give me information about that

  31. Niraj

    Hello !

    Really very informative article among all the websites i saw. I congratulate Mr. Mrunal for this.
    I have a query regarding posting of Assistant MEA. Will it be only Delhi or state headquarters. Please some one reply soon…..

    thank you.

  32. paresh

    U R gr8 sir! Sir i am a mechanical engnr!can i fill this form and do this kind of job? Because although my interest in this, I think on interview level it gets negative effect of my educational background!Plz sir guide me and if this is not suitable then what should i do on central govt. basis, plz sir, thanx!

    1. Bharath

      More than 50% of the candidates selected in SSC CGL are engineers. Not just in SSC CGL, even in UPSC Civil Services too. There’s nothing preventing an engineer to do these jobs.

  33. jagadesh

    mrunal sir i wannt to claimage relaxation under obc because iam 28>30 the preforma that is there in the notification of OBC is different from that which i got it from the local authorities but the summary is similar is it ok to claim myself eligible for the exam with that certificate.

    1. Bharath

      You can claim OBC, what all required is that you produce an OBC certificate in the Central Government format (refer ssc.nic.in for more details) during the time of interview. Such an OBC certificate must have been obtained within 3 years of the date of your interview where you will be undergoing certificate verification.

  34. Anurag Sharma

    Dear Sir,

    Will u plz inform me the job profile of Accountant in CGA not Divisional Accountant. Its monthly emoluments, career prospects, promotion avenues etc.



  35. krishna

    sir,will assistant in MEA get time to prepare for civil services?

  36. surya

    thanq so much sir

  37. Akshay

    Sir can we change our preference order later

    1. Mrunal

      no. whatever you write in your application is full and final.
      therefore, if you want to change preference, apply fresh again.

  38. Sunny

    Is there any bond for the post of Auditor (either C & AG or CGDA)?

    1. Bharath

      I think people are obsessed with corporate and bank jobs so much so that they expect bonds for pure governmental jobs too. If it is so, it would be very harsh to the large number of economically poor students.

      There will never be bonds in a government service.

      1. Sunny

        Then how do they have a control over attrition ?
        & what is exactly d procedure to quit ?

  39. Shubham

    Mrunal Sir,

    thanks a lot for the information u share …it is very useful for first timer like me….I respect your effort done for others …
    thanks again sir.

  40. surajbhan

    sir, is ONE EYED PERSON eligible for excise inspector, po,iti and other inspector posts?
    plz clarify.

  41. kuldeep

    Auditor is not a field job always. He my be sent with audit party for audit work. After becoming Sr.Auditor (on completion of 3 years of service) or AAO (by clearing SAS), he becomes more vulnerable to field posting.

  42. nandini

    mrunal sir,thanks a lot 4r the info u hav given us…I am from ANDHRA PRADESH.I want to stay permanently in my state..I dnt want to migrate to other state..can u plz guide me regarding the prefernce of posts

    1. Bharath


      You should fill ITI, AEO, Central Excise, Divisional Accountant, Auditor, Tax Asst only. You should also fill just one state AP (code A) in your preferences. In this way, once you have enough score, you will only get any of the above posts in Andhra Pradesh only.

      1. nandini

        sir,thank you so much for the info u hav give me..bt u hav suggested me mostly for the fied jobs…is my criteria doesn’t applicable for the desk jobs with grade pay 4600????pls rply

        1. Bharath


          Ledu…Desk jobs here are Assistants posts (Post codes A to I)…98% of these posts are in Delhi only. Since you asked for a job in AP, only these inspector jobs will suit you. Don’t think that inspectors will always be posted on field.They too do desk job.

  43. Achilles

    What are the disadvantages of PO job in comparison to SSC-CGL jobs???

    1. Bharath

      Bank PO job will always be stressful. SSC CGL are sarkari naukari and their work nature is peaceful. Peace is after all more important than anything else in life!

  44. ABHI

    Sir which are the posts for which color blindness and specs would lead to disqualification

    for CSS it is three attempts at CGL or 3 attempts CPT

  45. manas

    What is the difference in Group B and C in terms of facility , if scale and grade pay is same ? I mean css assitant and ITI.

  46. janardhan

    sir,for which posts wearing spectacles will not fulfill eligibility norms?i have -5 eyesight.please tell me the posts i cannot apply.please inform me as soon as possible.

  47. arun

    hi Mrunal..plz tell me job prospects & merits of (Assistant in CVC, Intelligence bureau, AFHQ….)
    you have not describe anything about them in your article.. Are they better than CSS & MEA..

  48. Venkat

    very impressive article… previously i was confused to choose preferences in posts that offered by CGL now i’m very clear….thank you.

  49. priya

    very excellent article,sir i am applying for this job for 1st time.i have studied MCA so for what post should i apply sir..

    1. Dexter

      ru from kanpur??

  50. seema

    hi sir,plz describe about cvc n what will be the salary of assistant in MEA(gen) when in india…
    if that salary(125000)is for foreign postings only???
    plz reply…

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