The post of Circle Officer is common among State Administrative Services in various State Governments, usually under the Department of Revenue and Land Reforms. The post of Circle Officer is a Group ‘B’ post. Circle Officer, as administrative personnel, handles all day to day operation within its area of posting, related to the collection of revenue through various channels and according to the prevailing laws in the State. He will be always on demand throughout the day and even in night, if the need arises. If the Circle Officer is posted in any remote location, then alertness is also required from him.
The role of a Circle Officer is very important especially in context to the dispensing the administrative responsibilities of the State Government within its area. From development of the area to implementation of various schemes and plans in the area, role of the Circle Officer is crucial one. The Circle Officer has to ensure the compliance of various administrative rules and regulations within the jurisdiction. To become a Circle Officer any candidate need to have through understanding of administrative work natures in the State Governments.
Eligibility Conditions for Circle Officer
To become a Circle Officer a candidate needs to qualify the Provincial Civil Services (PCS) examination being conducted by the State Public Service Commission (SPSC) of the state concerned. Though, in some state a separate administrative services exam is conducted for Circle Officer post. To appear for the State PCS exam a candidate needs to have completed his Graduation in any stream or any equivalent qualification from a recognized university or institution. In addition to this, the candidate must be proficient in speaking, writing and understanding in the Official Language of the State.
Age Limit for Circle Officer
To become a Circle Officer a candidate’s age must fall into the range of 21 years to 44 years. The reserved category candidates get relaxation in upper age limit according to the rules laid down by the Government.
Selection Process for Circle Officer
The selection of candidates through the Provincial Civil Services (PCS) exam is done on the basis of their performance in the Written Exam (Preliminary), Written Exam (Main) and Personal Interview. A merit list is prepared on the basis of candidates’ performance in these stages. According the merit list, candidates are recommended for various posts and appointed after the necessary training; the post of Circle Officer is one of them.
Salary Structure of Circle Officer
For the post of Circle Officer, initially, a salary is given according to the Pay-Band–2, i.e. Rs. 9300 – 34800 and Grade Pay Rs. 4800/- of the Sixth Pay Commission. Apart from this, various allowances (DA, HRA, etc.) are also given. However, in case of state governments, the salary structure could be different according to the state.
Job Updates for Circle Officer
The selection of the candidates for Circle Officer posts is done through the PCS exam of the state. The State Public Service Commission of the state issues notification for the examination from time to time. These notifications are advertised in weekly Employment News being published by the Publication Division of the Government of India, in various national daily newspapers and various portals and mobile application publishing government job updates.