Recruitment in the Income Tax Department of India happens on two levels. Direct recruitment to the department for the level of Assistant Commissioners of Income Tax, is made through the Indian Revenue Services an open examination through Union Public Service Commission. On the other hand, recruitment at the level of Income Tax Inspectors is made through written examination and personal interview round, conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC). Combine Graduate Level (CGL) examination. Those candidates who are eligible for the SSC CGL examination can opt of Income Tax Inspector post in the country and undergo the selection process, conducted by the commission every year. The written test in SSC CGL examination consists of four papers namely General Intelligence and Reasoning, General English, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness.
Career Prospect of Income Tax Inspector
The Income Tax Inspectors, recruited through SSC CGL examination in India, are posted either to work related to assessment of tax or of non-assessment of taxes. The posts are transferable to any part of the country on a cyclic basis and the candidates need to be mentally prepared for the same. While the candidates are placed for duties related to assessment of taxes, they need to conducted assessment of income tax imposed on any individual, partnership firm or a company. The Income Tax Inspectors are foot soldier in the department who calculate and assess the taxes paid by individuals to the department and are responsible for refunding it back, if given in excess. The Income Tax Inspectors are also given responsibility of deducting the Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) for companies or individuals on a regular basis. They also accompany the senior staff in case of any raid by the department and should be quick in outlook to judge the misappropriate terms used by them. Those Income Tax Inspectors, who are given non-assessment duties, generally need to work on clerical level. There work is limited to official paper work and occasionally accompanying a raid team.
Promotional Prospects of Income Tax Inspectors
Once the candidates join as Income Tax Inspectors, they need to show promise and intent to go up the ladder of designations. They can move up to the level of Income Tax Officer Grade II and Grade I in no time, given they show hard work and dedication at their work. They should be very apt and ready to make decisions in a wink to be spotted amongst the group of people working together. The candidates, after a certain period of gaining experience in the field can join as Assistant Commissioner of Income tax. After working at the level of Assistant Commissioner for around 10 years, you have strong chances to move up to the level of Joint/Additional Commissioner of Income Tax. Within 14 years of your service you could reach up the level of Commissioner and within 15 to 18 years of your dedicated service to the department, you can move up to the level of Joint/Deputy Director. The highest post one could get in this department is of Director/Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, which the candidates could take up at the near end of their career. Even after retirement from any of the posts you have served in the department, you would be able to get consultant posts from companies or firms owned by individuals.