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Top 5 Posts to Aim for SSC CGL 2017

Last Updated - August 14, 2017

SSC (Staff Selection Commission) conducts Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGL) every year for recruitment to non-technical posts (Group B and Group C) in various ministries/departments of the Government of India. SSC CGL 2017 will be held from August 5, 2017 to August 24, 2017. 

  • There are two types of jobs offered by SSC- Field Jobs and Desk Jobs.
  • Candidates have to mark the job preferences during SSC CGL registration process to ease out the selection process.
  • Once marked, the job preferences cannot be changed.

It has been observed over the years that male candidates opt for field jobs and female candidates usually prefer desk jobs. Here we will try and look at the factors which lead to the preference chosen by both the genders.


5 most sought after posts offered under SSC CGL

There are many job opportunities that have been created by SSC CGL for aspiring candidates, but it is on the basis of some calculated analysis that we have come to a conclusion. According to the observations made, many candidates wish to seek jobs in Group B of SSC CGL. Given below are the 5 most sought after posts of SSC CGL. 

  • Examiner: The first choice among the candidates appearing for SSC CGL exam is of Examiner or an Inspector in Customs Department. Candidates applying for the post of Inspectors have to fill option B. There are 37 vacancies for this post.  An examiner can earn around INR 45,000 per month. He/She can get promoted as Appraiser (Group-B), Assistant Commissioner Group-A (IRS), Deputy Commissioner, Joint Commissioner and Commissioner.  Read About SSC CGL Inspectors Job Profile
  • Income tax Inspector: According to the record of 2015, almost 15 out of 20 candidates preferred post of Income Tax Inspector in SSC CGL. The preference is natural for the fact that every city/state has income tax department so the candidates can apply for this job in their hometown. There are around 346 vacancies for this post. Candidates can earn an initial pay of INR 13, 900.  They can be promoted as 
  1. Income Tax Officer: Group B Gazetted Post, in 4 to 6 years of duty
  2. Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax: In around 10-12 years of duty
  3. Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax
  4. Joint Commissioner Of Income Tax
  5.  Additional Commissioner of Income Tax
  6. Commissioner of Income Tax
  • Excise Inspector: The number of vacancies is high for Excise Inspector in SSC CGL 2017. The job offers the inspectors with a 3-star uniform and diversity in the job profile. There are over 855 total vacancies for the post of Inspectors (Central Excise) that falls under the grade pay of 4600. It is categorized under Group B. Candidates will be posted in different sections and departments from time to time. However, promotions in this job are comparatively slow. 
  • Assistant in MEA and CSS: For Delhi candidates, this job is most preferred as the job posting is in Delhi and even in a foreign country. Post of Assistant through SSC CGL has been number one choice among female candidates because the nature of work is a desk job.
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer/ Sub Inspector (CBI): It is a respectable job profile with the diversity of operations. These posts involve extreme hard work and dedication, so the candidates who wish to prepare for UPSC may not get time for the same. Otherwise, perks and salary of Sub inspector are good.   

Factors responsible for marking preferences in SSC CGL Exam

Candidates need to be very careful while marking their post preferences in SSC CGL Application Form. The choices once submitted cannot be retracted or changed. There are many factors that are considered before applying for a specific post, so, here are some considerations that are made while marking the post preference in SSC CGL Application Form:

  • Field Job vs. Desk Job: A field job requires a lot of traveling and outdoor job services, therefore, it has been observed that male candidates can be spotted on such job posts. While jobs which are commenced within the office premises are preferred by female candidates mostly.
  • Location: Almost every candidate looks for a job which is available in his/her home state. While choosing the post, candidates look for posts such as Divisional Accountant in CAG, Auditor in CAG, etc. as their offices can be found in major cities and states.
  • Pay scale, Salary, and Perks: Every candidate aspires to get higher pay/salary along with perks. SSC CGL Group B posts have higher pay scale than the job posts offered in SSC CGL Group C. Therefore, it is important to check out Salary Structure of SSC CGL Posts before marking the preferences. 

Males and Females do have different preferences for job profiles in SSC CGL. For example, in women, the most preferred post is Tax Assistant (CBEC) while in men it is Inspector (Central Excise). List of preference of posts by male as well as female candidates are given below in the table:-

Male Pref.CodePostTypePostingFemale Pref.
1KInspector (Central Excise)Office as well as FieldAll India8
2MInspector (Examiner)Office as well as FieldCoastal Regions9
3JInspector of Income tax (CBDT)Office as well as FieldAll India10
4LInspector (Preventive Officer[CBEC]Office as well as FieldCoastal Regions22
5PInspector of Posts (Postal Department)Office as well as FieldAll India posting12
6NAssistant Enforcement OfficerOffice as well as FieldCoastal Regions16
7QDivisional Accountant (CAG)OfficeDelhi / State Capitals11
8RStatistical Investigator GR-IIOffice as well as FieldAll India posting17
9AAssistant Section Officer (Central Secretariat)OfficeNew Delhi7
10DAssistant (Railway)OfficeNew Delhi15
11EAssistant (External Affairs)OfficeDelhi Or Foreign5
12FAssistant Audit OfficerOfficeTier-1,2 Cities3
13SInspector (CBN)Office/FieldAll India Posting26
14CAssistant (IB)OfficeDelhi / State Capitals18
15BAssistant (CVC)OfficeDelhi / Metro Cities19
16GAssistant (AFHQ)OfficeDelhi / Metro Cities25
17HAssistant (Other Ministries)OfficeDelhi / Tier-1 Cities20
18IAssistant (Other Ministries)OfficeDelhi / Tier-1,2 Cities21
19OSub-Inspector (CBI)FieldAll India Posting27
20%Sub-Inspector (NIA)FieldAll India Posting29
21TAuditor (C&AG)OfficeDelhi /State Capitals4
22UAuditor (CGDA)OfficeDelhi /State Capitals23
23VAuditor (CGA)OfficeDelhi /State Capitals24
24@Tax Assistant (CBEC)Office/FieldAll India Posting1
25ZTax Assistant (CBDT)Office/FieldAll India Posting2
26XAccountant / Jr. Accountant (CGA)OfficeDelhi /State Capitals13
27WAccountant / Jr. Accountant (C&AG)OfficeDelhi /State Capitals6
28YSenior Secretariat AssistantOfficeAll India Posting14
29#Sub-Inspector (CBN)Office/FieldAll India Posting28
30$Compiler (Registrar General of India)OfficeDelhi Posting30

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