SSC CGL examination is going on and candidates have applied in this popular examination in order to get a coveted job under the Government of India. There are various posts on offer which the candidates can get once they pass the Combined Graduate Level Examination conducted by SSC. But, they are asked to give preferences for posts advertised beforehand and relying on that along with merit, candidates are allotted the posts. In order to select the most suitable post, you need to understand the job profile of all the posts and the career aspects of the posts as well.
In this article, we are going to find out details regarding the post of Senior Secretariat Assistant also known as Upper Division Clerks in various central government departments.
Salary of Senior Secretarial Assistants through SSC CGL
The post of senior secretarial assistant was previously known as the upper division clerk in various central government departments. The post comes under Group C of the general central service and the post carries the grade pay of Rs 2400 with the corresponding pay band being Rs 5200-20200. The gross salary for this post in a Class X city, as per the norms of the government of India, is around Rs 26000 but after revision, this is expected to be around Rs 36000 in the same location. For other places, the HRA component differs and that is why, the gross salary differs as well. However, the minimum gross salary after the 7th Pay Commission recommendations are implemented, is expected to be around Rs 32000 in a class Z city. This post carries all India liability, however, initially,you are going to be posted in New Delhi only, in the most likely scenario.
Job Profile of Senior Secretarial Assistant
As the name suggests, this post is basically a clerical level post and all the works that will be allotted to you are in the nature of clerical jobs only. You have to maintain files in the concerned departments and also have to reply to mails received in your department. At the same time, you may be tasked with drafting RTI replies and sending them to your senior officer for approval. Data entry jobs may also be allotted to you. One thing is there and that is, you are less likely to be held responsible for anything that happens in your department. You may reach office at 10 and leave it by 5 sharp without any problem.
Promotional Avenues of Senior Secretarial Assistant
This is considered as one of the worst posts in terms of getting promotions to higher cadre since you will never be able to reach much higher if you enter the job through this route. Once you are confirmed in the job, the next promotion will be that of an assistant in the department you are posted at and that takes a minimum of 5 years from the date of your joining. But, again, it all depends on the number of vacancies and the senior officers available in that particular region of the department. Usually, it takes a decade to promote in the next grade through this post. Once you are an assistant, it takes another 5 to 7 years to rise up to the level of section officer in your concerned department and this is a gazetted post of the government. Most of the assistants retire at this stage as vacancies are very rare and there are always senior candidates in every region. So, chances of even one promotion are very difficult in this post.
Senior Secretarial Assistant is not a very popular post among all the posts for which recruitment is carried out. This post is not very preferred because it makes you live in a big city in the initial years and your salary is not that much to live a decent life in a big city. On the other hand, young and ambitious aspirants are not going to stick to this cadre because of its career stagnation policy. You are stuck in this post once you get. So, people generally give this as one of their last choices. However, workload is almost nil in this job and at the same time, you are not at all responsible for anything at your department, so, no accountability at all. Rest is upto you where your priorities lie in life.