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SSC CGL 2018: Job Profile & Career Prospects of Sub Inspector

SSC CGL 2018: Job Profile, Salary & Career Prospects of Sub Inspector


The post of an SI is a Group B post in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) which works under the supervision of Ministry of Personnel, Pension and Grievance, Government of India. CBI is an efficient organization with a very talented bunch of young and experienced workforce. It is one of the best places to start your career and a great place for freshers to hone their skills in the government sector.

This article will cover Sub Inspector in CBI (as a part of SSC CGL) Job Description, Sub Inspector in CBI Work timing, Sub Inspector in CBI Career Path, Sub Inspector in CBI Salary, Sub Inspector in CBI required qualification and Central Excise Inspector stages of examination. The job profile of an SI carries a certain amount of power and aura, dignified social status, job satisfaction, etc. All these perks and packages make this profile very popular among SSC CGL aspirants.

CBI Sub Inspector

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) an organization under Government of India conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination for the recruitment of Grade “B” and “C” categories posts in various Government Ministries, Departments and Offices. Every year, around 30-40 lakh applications, are received for CGL Exam.Every year, a huge number of applicants appear in this exam to become the part of this immense recruitment procedure.

SSC CGL exam 2018 consisting of four stages of selection, namely Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, Tier IV. There will be 4 tiers in SSC CGL 2018. Tier I and Tier II are objective type online entrance exam. Tier III is descriptive pen and paper based exam while Tier IV comprises CPT (Computer Proficiency Test)/DEST (Data Entry Skill Test) for specific posts in CGL. Aspirants can get complete information for SSC CGL Sub Inspector vacancies.

SSC CGL 2018 Sub-Inspector Job Profile


The job of a Sub-Inspector in CBI is a non-uniform group B post under the central government. The main function of SI (posted in Branches/Units) is to make enquiries and to gather information. They also look after the cases in court during trial or during the disciplinary trial or during proceedings which are initiated on the recommendations of CBI.

The job profile of an SI also includes frequent visits to the court. SI’s job role involves discharging duties which can be really tough at times. Apart from all these challenges, the job demands lot of travelling across India, as well as abroad (sometimes). The job is a bit stressful and there are chances of your work-life balance getting disturbed. But that is also the challenging aspect of an SI’s career.

SSC CGL 2018 Sub-Inspector Pay Scale


The salary, pay and allowances for the post of SI are handsome and rewarding. Apart from this, there are regular upgrades in dearness allowances by the government and a pay-scale revision on the basis of recommendations provided by the Government appointed Pay Commission. The detailed break up of salary and allowances is given below.

  • Pay Scale – INR 9300 to 34,800
  • Grade Pay – INR 4200
  • Initial Pay – INR 9300
  • Total Pay – 13,500

According to current pay scale, a newly recruited SI would receive a salary of anywhere between INR 38,000 to 40,000 per month approximately. The salary is also subject to revision based on the location of posting.

Apart from the regular fixed pay, an Income Tax Inspector also enjoys a host of other perks, benefits and allowances such as:

  • Dearness Allowance (DA) on total pay above (around 107%)
  • Transport Allowance
  • House Rent Allowance (if not provided with quarters)
  • Petrol Allowances
  • Mobile Bill (Limited)
  • 25% Extra on normal DA and Basic Pay
  • One month salary bonus

Know About SSC CGL Selection Process

SSC CGL 2018 Sub-Inspector Growth Opportunities


The career growth of an SI in CBI is quite good. It normally takes around 5 years to get first promotion which is the designation of an Inspector. However, the second promotion takes usually 12-13 years of service.

After that the 3rd promotion happens after an interval of 10 years. In some cases where a person joined as SI at very young age and maintained a very good record during his tenure, can go up to the rank of Deputy Inspector general of Police.

As a Central Excise Inspector, you will have the following career path

  1. Inspector
  2. Deputy Superintendent
  3. Additional Superintendent
  4. Superintendent
  5. Senior Superintendent

SSC CGL 2018 Sub-Inspector Transfer options and Training


Most of the selected candidates are placed in Delhi Zone usually. Transfers are not as such frequent though work related travelling could be quite hectic. After completion of training, candidates are asked for their zone preference, out which majority of the posts are allocated in Delhi zone only. Candidates opting for some other zones are also transferred to Delhi in the later part of their career. Thus, those who want to stay in the NCR region then the post of SI is good for them.

However, it shall be noted that someone willing to prepare further for other competitive exams then the job is not suitable for them as it involves no fixed duration of work. The working hours are sometimes extended over 2 to 3 weeks without any break. 

 Once selected as an SI you will have to undergo a rigorous training schedule. The detailed schedule of the training is mentioned below.

  • Institutional Training- 7 Months
  • Attachment with Local Police- 9 weeks
  • Attachment with CBI Branch- 9 weeks
  • Institutional training phase 2- 10 weeks

Thus in total, a newly recruited SI in CBI has to undergo a training of 59 weeks over a period of 1 year out of which 42 weeks are allotted for training in CBI academy.

After selection, the dossiers of the selected candidates will be sent to CBI headquarters in New Delhi. Then selected candidates would be called for a physical test where minimum physical standards would be tested. Finally, the training of the candidates (who have passed the medical test) will start at CBI academy in Ghaziabad. 

Sub Inspector CBI Work Environment 

Again, your work environment will completely depend according to your posting. Firstly, as a CBI Sub-Inspector, your posting will be done on a PAN India Basis. Secondly, let us consider both scenarios.

  • If you are posted at a desk job, you will be mostly handling paperwork, which is clerical and administrative. You can clock in your regular hours and go home on time.
  • While working in the field, your job can be hectic. There are multiple work assignments where you are needed and you have to be on guard at all times.

Hence, your chances of having a good work life balance are rear in the case of Sub-Inspector working for CBI.

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