SSC CGL: CBEC Inspector Preventive Officer Salary, Job Profile, Pay Scale, Career


SSC CGL Inspector Preventive Officer: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) recruits candidates for various posts in government ministries and government. Millions of candidates apply every for the varied positions released by the SSC CGL. Amongst all the posts,  the Inspector preventive officer in CBEC is one of the most coveted posts that lakhs of aspirants prepare for. The selected candidates are posted at the Central Board of Excise Customs department, CBEC, to prevent illegal operations at seaports and airports.

 This article will provide complete details regarding the inspector preventive officer salary, recruitment exam, and career path. 

Many candidates must have doubts and queries regarding the key responsibilities of the preventive officer in CBEC. Therefore, we will answer the following questions to help the candidates understand the job profile before starting their application process. Please read till the end to get answers for the below queries.

  • What are the necessary Education Qualifications required for applying for the post of Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC?

  • How to get recruited for the post of Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC?

  • What is the Job Description of an Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC?

  • What is the Salary of an Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC?

  • What is the career path of an Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC?

Let us first understand the job profile of a Preventive Officer in CBEC.

Inspector Preventive Officer Job Profile

The post of Inspector (Preventive Officer) in the Central Board of Excise and Customs is yet another prestigious SSC CGL Post.

It is a Group-B Non-Gazetted Officer Post. Candidates are recruited to work in CBEC, just like Central Excise Inspector and Examiner, but this post comes with a compulsory uniform.

Inspector Preventive Officer Job Profile varies according to your posting and duties.

  • If you are posted in the office, you will handle a lot of paperwork, both administrative and clerical. This job is similar to most SSC Jobs.
  • If you are posted in the field, your job will take an adventurous turn. As a customs preventive officer, you will possess the power to arrest, detain, issue warrants against people you have reasonable doubt upon.

You have to take responsibility and make sure no smuggling or illegal activities happen in the assigned areas. The field posting demands courage, commitment, active decision making, and vigilant minds from candidates.

Now, let us discuss an Inspector (Preventive Officer) recruitment procedure in CBEC through SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination 2021. 

SSC CGL Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC Recruitment Procedure 

The recruitment procedure for the SSC CGL Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC is listed below. The competition is tough as millions of candidates compete for the job posts. Candidates must check the SSC CGL Inspector Preventive Officer eligibility criteria before applying for the SSC CGL 2021 exam.

Candidates applying for the post of Preventive Officer must have a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised university. The recruitment procedure involves SSC CGL Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier III Examination, followed by document verification of the shortlisted candidates.

SSC CGL Tier 1: The SSC CGL Prelims will be an objective paper of 200 marks with questions from four sections; General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Numerical Aptitude and English Comprehension. Candidates need to clear the SSC CGL Prelims exam to move to the next level.

SSC CGL Tier 2: Competition gets more challenging at this level. SSC CGL Mains exam is an objective paper of 400 marks with questions from two sections; Quantitative Abilities and English Language and Comprehension. Candidates need to work hard to get higher marks in the prelims section to get selected for the next exam phase.


Read: SSC CGL Exam Syllabus 2021 [Detailed] 

SSC CGL Tier 3: Candidates clearing the mains exam are invited for a descriptive exam conducted in a pen and paper format. Candidates have to write either an essay/ application/ letter/ precis in Hindi or English. The maximum score in this section is 100.

Candidates scoring a minimum of cut-off marks will be considered for the merit listing and will be called out for the document verification round. The selected candidates are posted at different locations at the discretion of the selection commission.


Read: SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 [Detailed] 

Note:  The staff selection commission calculates a cumulative score of Tier I, Tier II and Tier III exams while creating the merit list. The candidates will be considered for the post of a preventive officer after document verification. Candidates preparing for the upcoming SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam 2021 must get familiar with the exam syllabus to score well.

We hope the detailed recruitment procedure will help the candidates plan better for the exam preparation.

Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC Salary, Pay Scale and Allowances    

The salary structure of an Inspector Preventive Officer at CBEC is as follows-

Salary Components Particulars
Preventive Officer Monthly Salary Rs. 40,000
Preventive Officer Pay Scale Rs. 9,300-INR 34,800
Preventive Officer Initial Pay Rs. 9,300
Preventive Officer Grade Pay Rs. 4,600
Preventive Office Gross Salary Rs. 41,003 – 46,183
Preventive Office In-Hand Salary Rs. 36,864 – 42,044

The salary includes a series of allowances offered by the Central Government.

    1. Dearness Allowance (DA)
    1. Transport Allowance (TA)
    1. House Rent Allowance (HRA)
    1. Petrol Allowance
  1. Mobile Bill 

The salary for a CBEC Preventive Officer varies as per the location of the posting. Now that we understood the salary components, let us focus on the work environment of a preventive officer

Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC Work Environment

The work environment typically depends on whether a preventive officer is assigned a desk position or a field post.

When we specifically talk about office posting, you will be limited to working regular office hours with minimal overtime work on rare occasions. Hence, you will be able to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

In a field posting, the work is usually done in shifts. Your work schedule can change drastically in the event of a crisis. It is pretty challenging to maintain a proper work-life balance in a field posting.

Preventive Officers are posted primarily on 11 coastal cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochin or Chennai, which are into six custom zones Kolkata, Kochin, Visakhapatnam, Chennai Mumbai and Goa.

Inspector Preventive Officer CBEC Career Progression

The post of Inspector (Preventive Officer) has a decent promotion scale. The first promotion generally comes after a service of 8 to 10 years. You need to complete designated years in service and clear the confirmation test in the first two years to get promoted. The following promotion scale is followed in the career of Preventive Officer in CBEC.

    1. Superintendent of Customs (Group B Gazetted Officer)
  1. Assistant Commissioner (Group A)

Your second career promotion will give an IRS Level Post. After that, you will be treated as a regular Group-A Officer. You will be eligible for all India postings after being promoted to Assistant Commissioner (IRS). The further level of preventive officer promotions can go as follows.

    • Deputy Commissioner
  • Joint Commissioner

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