SSC CGL is one of the most popular examinations nowadays in India because of the huge number of vacancy that is advertised through it. Recruitment is carried out for various posts through this examination and these posts are mainly divided into Group B and Group C posts under various central government ministries and departments. One of the posts on offer is Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC. In this article, we shall go through the salary, job profile and the career advancement options available under this post.
Tax Assistant Salary
The post of tax assistant in both CBDT and CBEC comes under the Group C posts of the government of India. This post carries a grade pay of Rs 2400 and the attached pay band is Rs 5200-20200 i.e. pay band 1 of the government. This is before the seventh pay commission recommendations came into force but by this estimate, the gross salary of a tax assistant in a class X city used to be around Rs 27000 before the pay revision and after the revision, the same is around Rs 36000. In other cities such as Class Y and Z cities, the gross salary will be bit less because the HRA component is reduced in those cities. However, after revision, the gross salary of a tax assistant is Rs 32000 on the minimum of the scale. Most of the time, these people get postings in metro cities or state capitals only.
Job Profile of Tax Assistant through SSC CGL
This job is mainly clerical that is you are supposed to do all the clerical jobs in the department where you are posted and you are responsible for all the mails to be dispatched or maintenance of a particular file or data entry in the system etc. Moreover, you may also be given posting in the sensitive areas where you will have to do work that is more serious in nature, however, the job will be clerical such as registration or cancellation of permission, data entry, preparing files for reporting to the superiors etc. These assistants are also posted as Personal Assistants to the assistant commissioners or commissioners of income tax and they have to do all things related to the job profile of that officer. So, the work is basically clerical but again it depends on the posting you get.
Promotional Avenues of Tax Assistant
This post is not very good if promotional aspects are taken into account. The promotional avenues include senior tax assistant, examiner / preventive officer / appraiser / superintendent, assistant commissioner, deputy commissioner, joint commissioner and additional commissioner of income tax. It takes around 10 years for a tax assistant to become senior tax assistant or executive assistant which is a Group B post of the government but again, this time period varies depending upon the number of vacancies in a region and the seniority of assistants posted at that particular region. After this, it takes another 3-4 years to go to the next level, however, after that, it becomes almost possible to progress further because of the long time taken for an examiner / preventive officer / appraiser to go to the level of assistant commissioner of income tax. Most of the tax assistants retire at the level of examiner / preventive officer / appraiser which is a gazetted post under Government of India. You can appear in the departmental examinations for promotion but factors such as vacancy, seniority come into picture as well.
Tax assistant is a good option for candidates who are preparing for something else and need time to study as well. However, for some postings, that does not take place as there is too much pressure and you may have to work for 6 days a week. Hence, this post is not very popular among aspirants but they have to take it if they do not get any post under Group B or a post with higher grade pay. But as they say, something is better than nothing and for lakhs of candidates out there, a government job is a big gift irrespective of the profile and salary.
All the best!!