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Job Profile & Hierarchy of officers in Income Tax - SSC CGL 2019

Income Tax Inspector is a Group-C interview post in Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which works for the collection of direct taxes in our country. Direct tax means Income tax, Corporate tax, Capital tax etc. Income Tax Officer is the most popular job offered by SSC CGL, which has a great social status and a very good salary.

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) offers several vacancies under the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam. This exam is conducted every year to recruit candidates for various reputed posts in different departments like SSC CGL Income Tax Inspector, Preventive Officer, Central Excise Inspector, Statistical Investigator, Sub Inspector in CBI etc.


Every year SSC CGL is giving wings to aspirants for their desired career, But with the number of candidates are increasing year by year, it is very difficult for the aspirants to crack this exam. There is also a lot of confusion about the post that one should opt for.

Income tax department has both desk and field jobs depends on the work allotted and the area of posting.

 There are two sections of the post:

Assessment Section-In this section you will be primarily handling all the desk jobs and other works comes from Income Tax Inspector. Your job is the assessment of Income Tax which people or the company is liable to pay, and handling Refund Claims and TDS queries also fall under your job profile.


Non-Assessment Section- In this section you will be required to do fieldwork.  You will be the par of rapid response team which usually conducts raids and to find the defaulters. Your desk job will be limited to gathering proper evidence against the defaulters.

 Age limit for Income Tax Officer is 30 years. There is a relaxation in upper age limit for OBC, ST, and SC.

After some years you will get promoted to ITO department. You shall be allotted your own cabin, would have staff directly reporting to you, and you will have complete jurisdiction in an assigned area. You will become a Gazetted officer under Pay grade 4600. After that, another 10-12 years to Assistant Commissioner of Income tax. Then in every 4-5 years, you will get a promotion. One can go up to the level of Additional Commissioner if he/she joins at an early age.

Infrastructure and Technology wise, IT department is considered best amongst all the government departments. Workload varies from zone to zone but overall the workload is directly proportional to your appetite to earn.  IT offices are mostly in urban or semi-urban areas, so location wise also it’s a good career choice.

So overall, it’s a very balanced job. You'll  get power, money, name, and fame. Also, you shouldn’t expect all these things before becoming an ITO. So, people who have patience and can learn for first few years can opt for this profile but those who want instant money and power from the first year itself should avoid opting for ITI post.