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Benefits received by SSC CGL officer in Ministry of External Affairs

May 17, 2018 11:35 IST
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SSC used to conduct its graduate level examination through CGL entry every year and selected candidates are posted under various ministries of Government of India as a Group-B & C cadre. Now, here a interesting thing is arise that what will be the benefits, promotional aspects and living standard of officer if he is selected as assistant in Ministry of External Affairs through the CGL exam.

Place of Posting

It depends upon your choice whether you want to stay in New Delhi or want to get posted in foreign offices. Besides this, if you are able to convince the authority then you can live your entire life in your regional passport office. Apart from the above fact, if you choose to work in abroad under MEA, then following places, salary & perks will be credited to you.

Foreign countries are divided in five categories A+, A, B, C and Hard C.

In Super  A category- There are New York, Toronto, Washington DC, Wellington,  Geneva etc.

In A Category- London, Paris, Madrid, Mexico City, Tokyo, Berlin & etc.

In B Category- There is chicago, Warshaw, Zurich, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Vienna,Munich,Melbourne,Sydney,Auckland,Stockholm, Moscow etc.

In C category - There is Thimpu, Kuwait, Manila, Bangkok, Hawana etc.

In Hard C Category- there is Kabul, Damascus, Kandhar,  Mazar-e-Sarif etc.


In abroad, you will get the elite class medical services for yourself and dependent family members. For instance, if you are at Singapore, then you will probably get Mount Elizabeth hospital.


There is a salary of Rs. 37000/- per month exclusive of 7th pay commission at head quarter in New Delhi. It will transform to $1800-$2900 as a foreign Allowance + Current Basic salary + $400-$600 as other allowance at foreign postings.

Promotional Avenues

There are basically following trend that is opted.

  1. Assistant to Administrative officer in 5 years in case if you clear departmental exam otherwise 8 years.
  2. Administrative officer to under secretary in next 8 years
  3. Under secretary to Deputy secretary in next 8 years
  4. Deputy secretary to Director in next 6 years
  5. Director to Joint secretary in next 4 years

In Small countries, Director will be posted as “Consulate General of India” which is an Ambassador level post. When you become under secretary, you will get IFS cadre and UPSC will allot you a batch year, thereafter you can call yourself as an IFS Officer. As an IFS officer, you are entitled to keep a servant which can be taken from India or abroad and all incurred expenses like air fare, medical expenditure will be levied on the Govt. of India.

Duration of posting

You are posted in abroad for 3 years & 1.5-2 years in Hard C countries, thereafter you will return to headquarter or reposted to other foreign country if you want so. You can take up to 1500 kg weight along with you in abroad including motorcycle, car, musical instruments & etc.


The Government of India will provide 3 BHK fully furnished flat comprising of all basic amenities like A.C., Soda, refrigerator, Bed, etc. and apart from that you are not required to buy all daily things. In case, if you are not provided the accommodation, then you will be stayed at the 5 star Hotel in that country.

Above facts are sufficient to get ready for preparing for SSC CGL exam.

All the Best

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