This is the most sought after and very popular post of SSC CGL. For many years, very few examiner seats are offered into SSC CGL exam. It has been getting filled up before ranks under 100 for many years. Like Central Excise Inspector and Preventive Officer, you would work in CBEC ( Central Board of Excise and Customs ). Just like Preventive Officer, you would get posting in 11 coastal cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochin or Chennai etc which are into 6 custom zones Kolkata, Kochin, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Mumbai and Goa.
Salary of Examiner
Salary has been revised effective from 1/1/2016 in 7th pay commission. According to which the starting basic salary of Examiner of customs would be 44,900 Rs in 7th pay commission. DA (Dearness Allowance) would be 0% from 1/1/2016 but it would be revised from July-2016 and so on. Apart form DA you’d also get HRA ( Housing Rent Allowance ) and TA ( Travelling Allowance ) which are different for various class of cities. You would also get TA/DA in this post while on tour. Keep watching this space to know more about Salary and other benefits of Examiner of customs in 7th pay commission.
Work profile of Examiner
As an Examiner, you would get either field posting or office posting. If you are posted in office, just like other SSC jobs, you will do a lot of file and paperwork. In field posting, your work would be examining goods which is to be exported or imported. You would also assess the duty to be levied on these goods.
Promotion opportunities for Examiner
Examiner is the best post of SSC CGL when you think about promotion opportunities. As an Examiner, you would get the first promotion in around 3-5 years though it can differ from zone to zone. You will have to pass the confirmation test in the first two years to get confirmed. You will be eligible for the first promotion after qualifying period of 3 years. With first promotion, you would become Appraiser. You would become Group – B (Gazetted) officer. The second promotion in this post is of Assistant Commissioner which is a Group – A, IRS level post. After that you will be treated as a regular Group – A officer. You will be eligible for all India posting after this promotion to Assistant Commissioner (IRS). You can get further promotions to Deputy Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, Additional Commissioner, Commissioner and so on.
Where to put Examiner in your preference list if you are a male candidate
If you are a male candidate and you have no problem in living in one of the 11 coastal cities, it should be No.1 in your preference list. You can get a posting in well known cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Kochin so that should not be a big problem for you when you put it on No.1 in your preference list. If you are keen for Delhi or Home posting ( If it is not in any of these coastal cities ), then you can keep it lower in your preference list.
Where to put Examiner in your preference list if you are a female candidate
This being a core customs post, is generally not highly recommendable for girls as it involves a risk and uncertainty. Sometimes, You have to work for longer duration without a break. Also, when you are dealing with criminals and smugglers, there are many kind of risks are involved. Though it is not like girls can’t go for this post. If you have proper knowledge and readiness to take up this job, you can opt for this job. But if you ask me, I would any day suggest a female candidate to opt for Income Tax Inspector, Assistant CSS or other assistants ( If possible to live in Delhi ) or Central Excise Inspector instead of this post.
Conclusion of Examiner job profile
This is the best post of SSC CGL not without reasons. This is a very good post for male candidates but at the same time less recommendable for females. Yet, in the end, you should always take your own decisions after analysing every factor about this post. In 2014 and 2015 CGL, there are more Examiner posts are available and so you should try to get benefit of this opportunity.