Hi aspirants,

Even after securing the cutoffs, every year there are candidates under SSC CGL who do not get the higher posts as desired. This is possible only if the aspirant has applied for the posts in an inappropriate order. Thus, we believe that every candidate needs to carefully fill in their preference order for various posts under SSC CGL 2017. Due to this, SSCHacks is providing an analysis of Post Descriptions and Preference Order to help you make better choices while applying.

PS: Changes can be made to the order as per the respective candidate’s goals and requirements.

Parameters to look for while filling the preferences –

The following parameters should be considered while applying for and filling the Post Descriptions and Preference Order for SSC CGL 2017 examination.

1. Type of Work
2. Amount of work
3. Salary and benefits
4. Promotions
5. Posting
6. Transfers
7. Desk/Field job
8. Department

You have to fill a total of 30 different post in order of your preference while applying for SSC CGL 2017. Here is a list of all the SSC CGL 2017 Posts along with SSC CGL Post Descriptions and Preference Order, Grade Pay, Posting, Nature of work and Career Path. Go ahead and take a look.

1. Assistant Audit Officer

Post Code – F
Grade Pay – 4800
Vacancies – Limited, This is a newly added post.
Posting – Anywhere in India
Nature of work –  Desk JobHelping in conducting audits of govt./public sector organizations, Travelling during inspection. Many times, the assistant audit officer will be in charge of taking decisions at the section level & report it to higher officials.
Career Path – Not Defined Anywhere AO, Senior AO, DAG

2. Inspector Examiner (CBEC)

Post Code – M
Grade Pay – 4600
Vacancies – Very few
Posting – in coastal areas
Nature of work –  Clerical or file related work (If posted in Headquarters), Verifying taxations on goods passing through ports (If posted in field), Uniform not mandatory.
Career Path – Faster promotion and 1st promotion after completing 3 years of service.
Promotion Order:

1. Appraiser,
2. Assistant Commissioner,
3. Deputy Commissioner,
4. Commissioner

3. Income Tax Inspector (CBDT)

Post Code – J
Grade Pay – 4600
Vacancies – More Vacancies, Good chances of home state.
Posting – Anywhere in India
Nature of work –
Career Path – 1st promotion after completing 8 years of service and clearing dept. exam.
Promotion Order:

1. Income Tax Officer
2. Assistant Commissioner
3. Deputy Commissioner
4. Commissioner

4. Assistant (MEA)

Post Code – E
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting – in Delhi, Possibility of foreign posting for few years is very high.
Nature of work – Administration work: typing, compiling reports, emailing, calling, updating about events, maintaining the files etc. 
Career Path – 1st promotion in 15-17 years (without clearing dept. exam), or about 8 years (if clear dept. exam).

5. Central Excise Inspector (CBEC)

Post Code – K
Grade Pay – 4600
Vacancies – High no. of vacancies.
Posting – Across India
Nature of work – Clerical or file work (if posted in headquarter), Executive work like augmentation of central excise & Service tax etc., detection of evasion of taxes etc. (if posted in field), Uniform (Khaki) is optional, Highly respected job.
Career Path – 1st promotion after completing 8 years of service and clearing dept. exam.
Promotion Order:

1. Superintendent
2. Assistant Commissioner
3. Deputy Commissioner
4. Commissioner

6. Preventive Officer Inspector (CBEC)

Post Code – L
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting – in cities with ports/airports.
Nature of work – Clerical or file work (If posted in Headquarter), Executive work like prevention of smuggling, assessment of customs duty on goods, arrest, seize, search, detain etc. (if posted in the field-airport/coast), Duty is round the clock, Uniform is mandatory.

Career Path – First promotion after 8 year of service and clearing dept. exam.
Promotion Order:

1. Superintendent
2. Assistant Commissioner
3. Deputy Commissioner
4. Commissioner

7. Assistant Enforcement Officer (AEO)

Post Code – N
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting –  Posting in enforcement directorate offices in 21 cities.
Nature of work – Preventing money laundering/forgery etc.
Career Path – No fixed promotion period.
Promotion Order:

1. Enforcement Officer
2. Assistant Director
3. Deputy Director
4. Director

8. Assistant (Central Vigilance Commission)

Post Code – B
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting – Anywhere in India.
Nature of work –

  • Update case files, contact respective depts. to collect required info, record keeping etc.
  • The department monitors vigilance activities carried out by various central govt. organizations.

Career Path – No fixed promotion period.
Promotion Order:

1. Sectional officer, in about 7-8 years.
2. Under secretary
3. Deputy Secretary
4. Director

9. Assistant (AFHQ)

Post Code – G
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting –  Delhi or other metro cities
Nature of work –

  • Clerical work; compiling files, reports and many kinds of paper work.
  • Keeping track of ongoing cases and subsequent follow up.
  • Job burden is less.
  • Comes under Ministry of Defense so additional perks and benefits.

Career Path – No fixed promotion period.
Promotion Order:

1. Section Officer, After 4 years,
2. Deputy Director, After 6 years
3. Joint Director, After 5 years,
4. Director, After 5 years,
5. Principal Director.

10. Assistant (Ministry of Railway)

Post Code – D
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting –  in cities/regional HQ
Nature of work – Clerical but above upper division clerk (LDC), Good perks such as free & discounted railway pass for travelling anywhere in India, Considered one of the most favourite posts.
Career Path – No fixed promotion period.
Promotion Order:

1. Sectional officer, after 7-8 years and after 5-6 years if you clear dept. exam,
2. Under secretary,
3. Deputy Secretary,
4. Director

11. Assistant (Intelligence Bureau)

Post Code – C
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting –  at state headquarters in IB cell or in Delhi.
Nature of work – Investigative officer profile, Majorly computer or data-oriented work in the Intelligence Bureau.
Career Path – No fixed promotion period.
Promotion Order:

1. Sectional officer,
2. Under secretary,
3. Deputy Secretary.

12. Assistant Section Officer (CSS)

Post Code – A
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting –  Delhi
Nature of work – Appointed in various ministries, Required to prepare notes, reports etc. and send to their superiors, Pure desk-only job with hardly any pressure, Lowest post in Central Secretariat Services.

Career Path – No fixed promotion period.
Promotion Order:

1. Section Officer,  After 5 years by taking dept. exam, After 10 years by usual process
2. Under Secretary, After completing 4 years of service
3. Deputy Secretary, Based on performance & vacancies
4. Director, rarely possible for SSC entrants.

13. Sub Inspectors (CBI)

Post Code – O
Grade Pay – 4200
Posting –  Almost 90% of the selected candidates are allotted Delhi Zone only.
Nature of work – Similar to state police but more powers. Job is very challenging and you should be able to work under pressure. Sub Inspectors in CBI does not possess revolver/pistol. Training duration is 32 weeks in Ghaziabad.
Career Path – No fixed promotion period.
Promotion Order:

1. Inspector, After minimum 5 years
2. Deputy Superintendent, After 10-12 years
3. Superintendent, After 5-7 years,
4. Senior Superintendent

14. Assistant (Other Ministries)

Post Code – H
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting –  Mostly posted in Delhi.
Nature of work – Posted with organizations under Govt. such as Dept. of Personnel & Training, Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission etc.
Career Path –
Promotion Order:

1. Sectional officer,
2. Under secretary,
3. Deputy Secretary.

 15. Divisional Accountant (CAG)

Post Code – Q
Grade Pay – 4200
Posting –  Posted in cities having offices coming under CAG, Very less transfers once a state is decided.
Nature of work – Auditing of works carried out by the state government, No or very less travel, Relaxed job.
Career Path –
Promotion Order:

1. Divisional Account Officer II,
2. Divisional Account Officer I,
3. Sr. Divisional Account Officer.

 16. Inspector (Narcotics)

Post Code – S
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting –  Mostly in north India.
Nature of work – Keep a check on the cultivation of opium poppy, Conduct periodic checks in companies, Monitor any smuggling of banned drugs, Local travel is part of the job.
Career Path –
Promotion Order:

1. Superintendent of Narcotics,
2. Assistant Narcotics Commissioner,
3. Deputy Narcotics Commissioner,
4. Narcotics Commissioner.

17. Assistant (Other Ministries)

Post Code – I
Grade Pay – 4200
Posting –  Mostly posted in Delhi.
Nature of work – Posted with organizations under Govt. such as Dept. of Personnel & Training, Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission etc.
Career Path – Depending upon the department you get posted.

18. Sub Inspectors (NIA)

Post Code – %
Grade Pay – 4200
Posting –  Have offices in each state but initial posting could be in Delhi
Nature of work – NIA leads investigations in terrorism & other national security issues, The job involves lot of travel, collecting evidence from sites, gather intelligence inputs regarding terrorists etc, During or after terrorist attacks, the work load could increase many fold which means you have to spend more time with the case.
Career Path – Senior posts are occupied by IPS officers. So rising very high in promotions not possible unless you are lucky.
Promotion Order:

1. Inspector, After minimum 5 years,
2. Deputy Superintendent
3. Superintendent

19. Statistical Investigator

Post Code – R
Grade Pay – 4200
Posting –  Approx. 100 – 300 positions are only created every year.
Nature of work – Requires statistics degree, Data collection and processing to gather useful information for the govt. to implement schemes, A mix of office & field job, Overall a decent job.
Career Path – Promotions are very slow.
Promotion Order:

1. Senior Statistical Officer,
2. Assistant Director,
3. Deputy Director,
4. Joint Director.Promotions are very slow.

20. Inspector (Dept. of Post)

Post Code – P
Grade Pay – 4600
Posting – Any Postal Division.Since each district has 2 or more division. So posting may be anywhere in India.
Nature of work – Promoting business of post offices, May have to travel, Performance pressure to meet numbers, Posted as Sub-divisional Inspector or IP-PG (Public Grievance), In charge of 60-70 post offices, Assisted by two Mail overseers.
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Assistant Superintendent of Post (After 5 years by taking dept. exam),
2. Postal Superintendent,
3. Senior Superintendent of Post (GP: 5400, Equal rank to Indian Postal Services Officer),
4. Senior Superintendent of Post (GP:6600).

21. Sub-Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)

Post Code – #
Grade Pay – 2400
Posting – Any state.
Nature of work – Work similar to an inspector, but more field work, Lot of travelling to prevent entry of narcotic drugs into the state.
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Inspector,
2. Superintendent of Narcotics,
3. Assistant Narcotics Commissioner,
4. Deputy Narcotics Commissioner,
5. Narcotics Commissioner.

22. Auditor C&AG

Post Code – T
Grade Pay – 2800
Nature of work – Audit expense reports of State Dept. (C&AG)
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Senior Auditor, After 3 years of service,
2. AAO, After 2 years of service and clearing dept. exam.

23. Auditor CGDA

Post Code – U
Grade Pay – 2800
Nature of work – Audit expense reports of Accounts of defense forces (CGDA)
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Senior Auditor, After 3 years of service,
2. AAO, After 2 years of service and clearing dept. exam.

24. Auditor CGA

Post Code – V
Grade Pay – 2800
Posting – Can be posted in any state
Nature of work – Audit expense reports of General accounts of the country (CGA).
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Senior Auditor, After 3 years of service,
2. AAO, After 2 years of service and clearing dept. exam.

25. Tax Assistant CBEC

Post Code – @
Grade Pay – 2400
Vacancies – Good number of vacancies.
Posting – Any where in India
Nature of work – Work for goods & services along with periodic admin work & assisting higher officers (CBEC).
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Senior Tax Assistant (3 years),
2. Excise Inspector (3-4 years),
3. Superintendent/Appraiser,
4. Assistant Commissioner,
5.  Deputy Commissioner,
6. Joint Commissioner,
7. Additional Commissioner of Income Tax.

26. Tax Assistant CBDT

Post Code – Z
Grade Pay – 2400
Vacancies – Good number of vacancies.
Posting – Posting to a metro city is possible.
Nature of work – A desk officer, Assess, verify, and modify tax data of an individual or business (CBDT).
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Senior Tax Assistant (3 years),
2. Excise Inspector (3-4 years),
3. Superintendent/Appraiser,
4. Assistant Commissioner,
5.  Deputy Commissioner,
6. Joint Commissioner,
7. Additional Commissioner of Income Tax.

27. Accountant/ Junior Accountant Offices under C&AG

Post Code – W
Grade Pay – 2800
Vacancies – Fewerposts compared to CAG.
Posting – Job location will be Delhi if appointed in any ministry or central govt. organization.
Nature of work – Mainly Clerical, Passing of various bills, salary allowances, office expenses, Dealing with pensions and GPF matters, Receipts and Payments accounting of Civil Ministries, Peaceful work.
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Senior Accountant (After 3 years),
2. Assistant Accounts Officer (After AAO exam),
3. Principal Accounts Officer (15 years after AAO),
4. Senior Accounts Officer.

28. Accountant/ Junior Accountant Offices under CGA & others

Post Code – X
Grade Pay – 2800
Vacancies – Fewer posts compared to CAG.
Posting – Job location will be Delhi if appointed in any ministry or central govt. organization.
Nature of work – Mainly Clerical, Passing of various bills, salary allowances, office expenses, Dealing with pensions and GPF matters, Receipts and Payments accounting of Civil Ministries, Peaceful work.
Career Path – Promotion Order:

1. Senior Accountant (After 3 years),
2. Assistant Accounts Officer (After AAO exam),
3. Principal Accounts Officer (15 years after AAO),
4. Senior Accounts Officer.

29. Senior Secretariat Assistant

Post Code – Y
Grade Pay – 2400
Vacancies – Less posts compared to CAG.
Posting – Majority of these posts exist only in Delhi.
Nature of work – Desk job, Check facts, identify errors, draw attention to previous cases or Rules and Regulations on the subject, Clearly bring out the question under consideration and suggest a course of action.

30. Compiler (Registrar General of India)

Post Code – $
Grade Pay – 2400
Vacancies – Less posts compared to CAG.
Posting – Majority of these posts exist only in Delhi.
Nature of work – Desk job, Check facts, identify errors, draw attention to previous cases or Rules and Regulations on the subject, Clearly bring out the question under consideration and suggest a course of action.

We hope that now all the candiadtes have a fair idea of the SSC CGL Post Descriptions and the Preference Order along with their job description and nature of work.

You need to prioritize your requirements and have an answer to the following questions:

  1. What are your salary expectations?
  2. Are you interested in a field job or traditional office culture?
  3. Do you prefer a Uniform Job?
  4. Does your Job priority concerns the Job Location?
  5. Are you looking for a competitive growth in your Job profile?

Firstly, define your priorities. Decide, what is more important to you and then based on that order make changes to the above given preference order.

Good luck for your preparation! Ask your questions in the comments sections and we will try to answer them.

-SSCHacks Team

PS: Team SSCHacks recommends the following books to boost your preparation:

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