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SSC CGL 2017 Tax Assistants: Job Profile, Career Prospects and Growth Opportunities

Last Updated - June 01, 2017

Tax Assistant through SSC CGL is one of the most after posts. In addition to being the prestigious position, it also provides healthy opportunities and decent perks. As per reports, there are a total of 1251 vacancies of Tax Assistant collectively in Central Board of Direct Taxes and Central Board of Excise and Customs.

  • As mentioned earlier, 1251 vacancies of Tax Assistants are expected in SSC CGL 2017
  • Candidates aspiring to be Tax Assistants will have to appear for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 will each tier being qualifying in nature.
  • Tax Assistant receive grade pay of INR 2400
  • SSC CGL 2017 Cutoff for Tax Assistant as per previous year data is expected to be around 415

CBDT is Central Board of Direct Taxes more commonly known as Income Tax. It is a direct tax as the tax is levied straight away on your income. Income Tax is charged on Income or profits that an individual or an entity gets beyond a prescribed rate as mentioned in Income Tax Slab. There are different rates of Income Tax in India. CBEC is Central Board of Excise and Customs. CBEC comprises of Central Excise, Indian Customs , and Service Tax.

These departments fill in vacancies through one of the most valuable examination in the country. The article will focus on the Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC Job Profile, Salary of Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC, Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC Cut Off, Career Path of Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC.


Total Vacancies of SSC CGL Tax Assistants

As mentioned earlier, SSC has released whopping vacancies for Tax Assistants post. According to the open positions PDF released by the commission for previous year, there are a total of 1251 vacancies of Tax Assistants in CBDT and CBEC as per the data mentioned below

Dept. NameCBDTCBEC
Unreserved379383
Scheduled Caste9384
Scheduled Tribe3747
Other Backward Class120108
Total629622
EXS3633
Orthogonally Handicapped1110
Hearing Handicapped47
Visually Handicapped33
Grade Pay24002400

SSC CGL Post Wise Cut off 2017

While SSC CGL cut off is yet to be finalized, lets have a look at the 2015 cut off for the tax assistant post in CBEC and CBDT, considering numerous factors such as number of vacancy, average marks scored, total number of test takers. SSC decides cutoff to each posts and the candidates with marks above the mentioned cutoff are only shortlisted.

Department/PostTax Assistant in CBDTTax Assistant in CBEC
Unreserved417413.75
OBC403400.5
SC351.75345.5
ST327.75327.75

SSC CGL Tax Assistant salary and allowances

The position of tax assistant in both CBDT and CBEC comes under the Group C posts of the government of India. This post has a grade pay of Rs 2400 and the attached pay band is Rs 5200-20200 which is the pay band 1 of the government. This calculation is before seventh pay commission recommendations came into force, thus the gross salary of a tax assistant in a class X city was around Rs 27000 before the pay revision and after the revision of the seven pay commission, the same is around Rs 36000. Also, most of the time, these people get postings in metro cities or state capitals only.

Pay Scale5,200-20,200
Grade Pay2400
Initial Pay5200
Total Pay7600

As a Tax Assistant in CBEC one is entitled to the following allowances:

  1. DA on Total Pay
  2. Transport Allowance is applicable
  3. House Rent Allowance
  4. Petrol allowance
  5. A MTNL/BSNL sim card on which all STD calls on every type of BSNL/MTNL phone are free with 400 minutes on other phones. Also, 1 GB 3G data free use of data on internet.

SSC CGL Tax Assistant Job Description

Tax Assistant as the name suggests is an assistant level post. You will be posted in one of the two levels i.e. either in assessment of tax or in non-assessment.

If you are posted in evaluation, the work is related to evaluation of the income tax of an individual or a partnership firm or even a company. In addition to that, you will be responsible for feeding that data in the computer, clerical work like work related to diary and dispatch, noting, drafting etc. or to accompany the raid team.


SSC CGL Tax Assistant Career Path

A tax assistant is promoted to Senior Tax Assistant after a service of 3 years after the joining and can become Excise inspector/PO in next 3-4 years. For examiner this time period is longer. STA usually takes 8-9 years to become examiner which means a total of 12 years because waiting to become examiner is very long.

Promotions in this service depends on the number of vacancies that are available in the candidate’s region and one must also pass the departmental examination.

As Tax Assistant in CBDT, you will have the following career path

  1. Senior Tax Assistant
  2. Income Tax Inspector (ITI)
  3. ITO (Group-B gazette)
  4. Assistant commissioner

As Tax Assistant in CBEC, you will have the following career path

  1. Executive Assistant (Senior Tax Assistant)
  2. Excise Inspector/PO/Examiner/Superintendent/Appraiser (Group-B gazetted)
  3. Assistant Commissioner
  4. Deputy Commissioner
  5. Joint Commissioner
  6. Additional Commissioner of Income Tax

SSC CGL Tax Assistant Transfer Options

There are 2 types of transfers available in this department.

  1. Annual General Transfer
  2. Inter Charge Transfer

Transfer is possible but it’s not too certain or easy thing to happen. There are number of points which must be in your favor simultaneously like

  1. There must be vacancies in the zone you want to get transferred into.
  2. Completion of probation period of 2 years is a must for the ICT transfer.
  3. Administration of both the zones must be cooperative and liberal.

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