2018-10-08


When it comes to picking a career, we understand how difficult that search is. Especially at the thought of having to stick by that choice for a very long time.

For quite a while now the idea of a government job has always oscillated between security and superficiality; dependability and duplicity. The generations that came before always viewed government jobs as the key to a good life. The generation now? Not so much. This doesn’t mean that there’s no government job worth taking up. On the contrary, we’re here to tell you otherwise. Our point is that there are always doubts when it comes to finding yourself under the employ of a patron as complex as the Indian government.

We know there are people out there that seek the latest government jobs, especially after they are done with their graduate studies. As someone who has begun providing students the opportunity to get recruited to various posts across numerous Ministries and Departments of the Government of India,  we at Rachnoutsav Academy have put together this post to highlight the advantages of an SSC career.

But before we begin, let’s first understand what SSC is all about.

What is the SSC?

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is a government institution that is involved in the recruitment of staff to various ministries and Central Government departments; across multiple levels. For this purpose, the commission conducts a graduate level exam each year, referred to as the “SSC CGL” - one of the country’s most respected and pursued examinations.

The commission was set up in 1975 and is headquartered at New Delhi. It even has 7 regional offices currently located in Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, and Bangalore, and additional Sub-Regional offices in Raipur and Chandigarh.

When it comes to the Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGL) held by the SSC, you have as many as 18 lakh students sitting for it every year. There are anywhere between 6,000 -12,000 vacancies on offer. Because of the huge availability of job opportunities, the SSC CGL has amassed quite the following amongst the country’s newest graduates.


The exam has multiple “tiers”, held across different days with results posted after each Tier. There are four major tiers currently, and include:  

  • Tier I - General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension.
  • Tier II - Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies further subdivided into (a) Finance & Accounting and (b) Economics and Governance.
  • Tier III - Essay writing, letter writing, occasionally a précis, and application writing.
  • Tier IV - Depending on the position you seek, you have the: (a) Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) for a place such as Tax Assistant (Central Excise & Income Tax), and (b) the Computer Proficiency                     Test   (CPT) covering word processing, spreadsheets, and slide making.

Career options to look forward to 

Under the SSC CGL examination, jobs are classified on the following basis:

1. Field Jobs - Non Tax

  • Assistant in Central Vigilance Commission
  • Intelligence Bureau Officer
  • Assistant in Ministry of Railways
  • Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs (General)
  • Assistant in Air Force Headquarters
  • Assistant in Other Departments / Ministries / Organizations
  • Sub Inspector, CBI
  • Inspector of Posts, Department of Posts
  • Divisional Accountant, CAG
  • Statistical Investigator Gr. II
  • Inspector, Central Bureau of Narcotics
  • Sub-Inspector, NIA
  • Compiler, Registrar General of India
  • Sub-Inspector, Central Bureau of Narcotics

2. Field Jobs - Tax

  • Inspector of Income Tax
  • Inspector Central Excise
  • Preventive Officer
  • Examiner
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer
  • Tax Assistant, CBDT
  • Tax Assistant, CBEC

3. Desk Jobs

  • Assistant in Central Secretariat
  • Assistant Audit Officer under CAG
  • Assistant in Other Departments / Ministries / Organizations
  • Auditor, CAG
  • Auditor, CGDA
  • Auditor, CGA, and others
  • Accountant / Junior Accountant, CAG
  • Accountant / Junior Accountant, CGA, and others
  • Senior Secretariat Assistant

4. Jobs with a Grade Pay of Rs. 4800 / 4600 / 4200

  • Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat
  • Assistant in Central Vigilance Commission
  • Intelligence Bureau Officer
  • Assistant in Ministry of Railways
  • Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs (General)
  • Assistant Audit Officer under CAG
  • Assistant in Air Force Headquarters
  • Assistant in Other Departments / Ministries / Organizations
  • Inspector of Income Tax
  • Inspector, Central Excise
  • Preventive Officer
  • Examiner
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer
  • Sub Inspector, CBI
  • Inspector of Posts, Department of Posts
  • Divisional Accountant, CAG
  • Statistical Investigator Gr. II
  • Inspector, Central Bureau of Narcotics
  • Sub-Inspector, NIA

5. Jobs with a Grade Pay of  Rs. 2800 / 2400

  • Auditor, CAG
  • Auditor, CGDA
  • Auditor, CGA, and others
  • Accountant / Junior Accountant, CAG
  • Accountant / Junior Accountant, CGA, and others
  • Senior Secretariat Assistant
  • Tax Assistant, CBDT
  • Tax Assistant, CBEC
  • Compiler, Registrar General of India
  • Sub-Inspector, Central Bureau of Narcotics
Why choose the SSC?

For most of us, landing a job right after graduation is the obvious thing to do. But a government one that offers quantifiable stability? Yes, please! The Indian government can be a firm yet fair employer, offering its employees quite the impressive advantages. While government jobs come with a truckload of responsibilities, their merits are undeniable.

The obvious reasons why SSC has an edge career wise include:

  • You will officially be a government servant, and that is a highly valued position to be in.
  • SSC CGL lets you have the good life with all the perks that accompany it.
  • As an employee recruited through SSC CGL, you get posted across urban areas; which is a huge blessing for people who are used to the urban lifestyle.

And that’s not all. Here are a few more benefits that you just cannot miss:


1. Job security

Whatever the nature of the Indian government, it is an unquestionably proven fact that it is a reliable employer. All central government jobs happen to be anchored and not subject to economic decline. Any job prospect you come across within the public sector is untroubled by the demand and supply forces that dominate the job market.

2. Financial stability

Working in a government job comes with one indisputably valuable perk - financial stability. If there’s one thing the government as your employer will avoid, is defaulting on making salary payments to its employees. You can expect to be paid on time, and paid to your satisfaction.

3. Career advancement and timely promotions

The SSC regularly conducts grade-wise departmental competitive exams for current Central Government members, allowing them an opportunity to experience growth. Your career progression is directly correlated to your job performance. The better you are at your job, the more you will be rewarded for it.

Promotions are also established on grounds of seniority. Employees tend to get rewarded based on the amount of experience they have amassed, and the time they have spent on the job. Seniority is always a key factor with most government jobs. In fact, it has everything to do with the Central Government’s promotion policy. No matter what, each employee can be expected to be treated fairly.

4. Non - partisan salary hikes

We’ll reiterate this again - government jobs offer absolute financial stability. All salaries are reviewed and revised as per the proposals put forth by the Pay Commission. Pay commissions regularly evaluate the salary structure on offer to the Central Government employees. Salaries within the public sector tend to shoot up, whenever the recommendations made by the pay commission get implemented. And because they are almost always on the side of the employees, you’ve got yourselves a better deal than most!

5. Equal working opportunities

Another admirable advantage in working for the Central Government happens to be its stance on job equality. Every employee gets an equal opportunity. Everything is solely based on merit and performance, There is absolutely no discrimination based on gender, caste, creed, religion, ethnicity or any other variables. The entire recruitment process, as well as the promotion policy, are wholly and solely based off of knowledge, tenacity, and transparency.

6. A balanced work life

A government job is a worthy example of a profession that hits the right work-life balance. With a career via the SSC, you find yourself in a job that not only helps you set a balance between professional and personal lives but also helps you reach your goals. A Central Government job offers you plenty of time and space for personal growth.

7. Social status

With a government job you also gain a foothold in society; one of dignified standing. When it comes to government jobs, it’s more than just the pay. It’s what you gain as part of the whole experience. For most candidates sitting the SSC CGL exam, the primary motive is establishing themselves well in society.  

And we could go on and on! The list of reasons why a career with the SSC is beneficial is almost never-ending. SSC is an opportunity for students to gain employment with the country’s toughest recruiter - the government. Students who are drafted to posts across various government departments and ministries find that they have just been offered some of the best chances there is!




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