IT industry has seen meteoric rise in the last decade especially in India. We have not generated enough engineers for the country but have outsourced them to different countries as well. This IT boom has resulted in a drop in interest in government services. Many have gone for the fledgling IT sector leaving government jobs. On the other hand, SSC CGL has always been a dependable and popular examination among the government job aspirants due to its job security and decent pay package. This article is meant to serve as a comparative guide to the aspirants which one to choose among the two if given a choice.
SSC CGL: Pros and Cons
Every job has its own pros and cons and SSC CGL is no different in that aspect. Let us see what you will gain if you join this job and what the drawbacks of this job are, in detail:
- Decent pay package: SSC CGL jobs give you a very decent pay package and especially after the recommendations of the seventh pay commission have been accepted, the salary is going to be very attractive for aspirants of this job
- Job Security: This is one thing that you are not going to get in any private job. Once you are in the job, unless you do something wrong, you are not going to lose your job
- Very less work pressure: This is typical of central government jobs in the middle and lower level. Unless you belong to the IAS or IPS or similar cadres, the work pressure is very less because you are unlikely to be held responsible for anything
- Good postings: This is one thing that is assured of SSC jobs and that is you will get postings only in metro cities or state capitals once you join. Unlike banks, you are not going to rot in some rural place or semi urban place most of your life, away from your family
- Slow career growth: This is one thing that deters the candidates from going for this job. The promotional aspects of these jobs are very poor and once you join, you are likely to forget about promotion in the initial years of your service. Promotion mostly depends on seniority and merit has very little role to play in it
- No credit to merit: Bureaucracy rules in SSC Jobs and there is hardly any place for meritocracy in these jobs. You are not going to be rewarded for your good work. Whatever increment you are going to get, you will get irrespective of your performance in your job
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IT Guy: Pros and Cons
IT sector in India has been a revolution in the last decade and because of that, one generation of youngsters has wholeheartedly gone for IT jobs in companies such as TCS, Wipro, Infosys etc. Campus recruitments have been the trend of these years since the IT companies needed a huge workforce to support the growing business. But, somehow, these days, it is not as interesting as it used to be because of the global slowdown in 2009. So, what are its pros and cons? Let us find out
- Not very difficult to get: Compared to SSC CGL, these jobs are very easy to get. You can get a job after passing from your college with some effort of your own. Campus recruitments also are carried out. And if we are talking about institutes such as IITs or NITs, most of the students get placements through campus recruitment
- Meritocracy rules: In private sector, you have to work your way through the organization. That is the way you can get promotion and go up the corporate ladder. So, unless you are talented enough, you are not going to make it big in the corporate world
- Pay Package varies: The pay package is not universal as it is in government jobs. It depends on your pedigree and your qualification as well as your skills. So, if you are talented enough to be indispensable to your organization, this is the job for you
- No hard and fast rule for career progression: In IT sector, the career growth is neither uniform nor pre-determined as you can achieve as much as your potential. So, if you are talented enough and patient to make a mark in the IT field, this is the job for you
- No job security: Job security is very less in case of IT jobs since most of the jobs are based on orders placed with the companies. If these orders dry up, hiring also takes a hit and the recruited ones are also issued pink slips by the companies. We have already seen it during the recession years in 2008-2009
- No stability in job: This is another drawback of this kind of jobs. You are never settled in a particular company. You are always long for better opportunities and if you get it, you move out. But, then, you have to settle at a new company with a new work culture and it takes time also
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So, SSC CGL or IT Guy?
The answer to this question is not the same for each and every individual. But, if you are looking for a comfortable and routine life, SSC CGL is the right pick for you. On the other hand, if you are very ambitious and make a mark in your life, SSC CGL jobs may bore you in the long run. IT jobs are more flexible compared to SSC Jobs. However, you have to keep in mind that government jobs offer you the security that you will never get in a private company. So, think properly and choose wisely.
All the best!!