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SSC CGL 2017 Statistical Investigator: Job Profile, Pay Scale, Career Path

Last Updated - May 30, 2017

SSC CGL 2017 notification released, mentions the vacancies available for the various posts. Post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) has almost 50 vacancies spread over all the categories.

Basic eligibility criteria for applying for the post of JSO are the following.

  • Age of the aspirant must not exceed 32 years as on 1st August, 2017. Relaxation in upper age limit for candidates belonging to reserved categories is according to government norms.
  • It is necessary to have obtained a degree in any stream from a recognized university. Additionally, candidates must have obtained 60 % in mathematics subjects in their higher secondary board exam (12th) or equivalent.
  • Studying Statistics as one of the subjects during the Qualifying Degree is an added advantage.

At the time of applying for the SSC CGL, candidates have to select JSO as one of the post preferences. After clearing the requisite cut off for the three tiers of SSC CGL examination, candidates will be required to attempt the fourth tier which is the computer/skills test. 

Majority of the postings are usually taken care of by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). Others are posted in the various departments of the government. Postings through NSSO will require candidates to either discharge field work (Data Collection) or desk work (Data Processing).

Overall, per month salary of candidates appointed as JSOs will be close to Rs 30,000. There are many perks, benefits and advantages. Promotions will be based on quality of work and seniority. The promotion to Senior Statistical Officer (SSO) from Junior Statistical Officer approximately takes 5-8 years.

SSG CGL Statistical Officer Vacancies:

Tentative vacancies for the post of the junior statistical officer in the M/O Statistical and Prog Department for the various categories were released in the official SSC CGL 2017 notification. This post was declared to be suitable for people suffering from color blindness.

The following table shows the details corresponding to the vacancies.

Group of postGroup C
Post CodeR
Name of DepartmentStatistical & Prog. Implementation
Name of the postJunior Statistical Officer

SSG CGL Statistical Investigator Cut Off:

To be able to successful obtain the post of JSO, aspirants will be required to clear necessary cut off of all the three Tiers of SSC CGL 2017 examination and also clear the fourth tier which is the skill test. 

Factors that affect the cut off:

Every year, the cut off set for every post is subject to change. The cut off is primarily decided on the following factors.

  1. Difficulty of Exam
  2. Number of Vacancies
  3. Recruitment statistics of previous years
  4. Number of applicants

The necessary cut offs in the Tier I and Tier II examination for obtaining the post of the JSO is shown in the below tables.

SSC CGL Tier I Cut off

Cut off marks required in Tier I for qualifying to Tier II for various categories is shown in the below table.

Cut off marks114.00113.00125.5092.0097.0020.0068.00137.00

SSC CGL Combined Cut Off

Cut off marks required in Tier I + Tier II for qualifying for the posts of Statistical Investigator/Compiler for various categories is shown in the below table. Also shown is the number of candidates qualified for Tier III of the SSC CGL 2016-17.

Cut off marks Tier I + Tier II (Paper 1 + Paper 2 + Paper 3)423.00397.00471.00364.00230.23267.50554.75 -
Number of Candidates Available190894951313124421254

172 OBC candidates and 11 SC candidates who have provisionally cleared the UR cut off are placed under their respective categories.

CheckSSC CGL 2017 Post Wise Expected Cut off

SSG CGL Statistical Investigator Job Profile:

Candidates selected for the post of Statistical Investigator (Grade II) post must be flexible to be posted anywhere in the country since the job entails work nationwide.

National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) takes charge of the vast majority (almost 80%) of the postings of the Junior Statistical Officers (JSOs). The rest of the postings are allotted in the various Ministries, Departments and Organizations within the Union government. The basic work that is to be discharged by the JSO posted by the NSSO can be categorized into two types.

  1. Data Collection
  2. Date Processing

Data Collection:

This part of the work requires dedicated and intense field work. Activities and distribution of work is handled by the Field Operations Division (FOD) of the NSSO.

JSOs are primarily expected to smoothly conduct surveys and collect data for the various probable government schemes and programs by considering the various socio economic factors and the price indices, as applicable to the region (urban or non urban) where they are posted.

Data Processing:

Data processing is basically a non field, behind the desk job. Activities surrounding this aspect are taken care of the Non Field Operations Department.

JSOs are expected to prepare thorough and detailed reports for different Ministries, Departments and Organizations. These reports have to be filled accurately as they provide the essential estimates and cites the necessary parameters required for the implementations of new policies, schemes and programs initiated by the Government.

JSOs posted in the ministries, departments and organizations within the union government have clerical role in their profile. The work involved includes drafting documents, entry and tabulation of data, editing of redundant data, compiling of authentic existing data into reports etc.

SSG CGL Statistical Investigator Pay Scale

  • Taking into consideration, the recent trends of pay scales, the starting monthly salary of a Junior Statistical Officer is expected to be around the Rs. 30,000 mark.
  • Breakdown of the overall salary is shown below.
  1. Pay Scale: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/-
  2. Grade Pay: Rs. 4,200/-

Along with the monthly salary, JSOs also have the following incentives, benefits and allowances.

  1. Dearness Allowance (DA) on Total Pay above (around 107%)
  2. Transport Allowance (TA)
  3. House Rent Allowance (HRA)(if not provided with quarters)

SSC CGL Statistical Investigator Growth Opportunities

JSOs are offered posts under the Subordinate Statistical Service (SSS) Cadre.

AS an entry level job, the promotion to the next level, that is, promotion to Senior Statistical Officer (SSO- Group B Gazetted) takes a minimum of 5-8 years.

Promotions are given based on the work experience, work quality and seniority.

The line of promotional growth opportunities and the corresponding designation is shown below. As we descend down the line, the work load and the responsibilities increase substantially.   

  1. Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
  2. Senior Statistical Officer (SSO)
  3. Assistant Director
  4. Deputy Director
  5. Joint Director
  6. Director
  7. Deputy Director General
  8. Additional Director General
  9. Director General



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