Preventive Officer Job Profile

Preventive Officer (P.O.) is the only customs post offered in SSC CGL in which uniform is compulsory. Just like Central Excise Inspector and Examiner, you would be recruited into CBEC (Central Board of Excise and Customs) as a Group – B ( Non Gazetted ) officer.

CBEC is a government of India organization which works towards collection and monitoring of indirect taxes in India. It collects indirect taxes and duties like Central Excise duty, Customs duty and Service tax. A white uniform is compulsory for Preventive Officer (P.O.). You may have seen custom officers on airports wearing white uniform, some of them can be Preventive officers. Preventive Officers are posted mostly in 11 coastal cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochin or Chennai etc which are into 6 custom zones Kolkata, Kochin, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Mumbai and Goa. You should consider that before opting for this post. Let’s discuss Preventive Officer Job Profile.


Salary of Preventive Officer (P.O.)

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Salary has been revised effective from 1/1/2016 in 7th pay commission. According to which the starting basic salary of Preventive Officer 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 Preventive Officer in 7th pay commission.

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Work profile of Preventive Officer (P.O.)

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As a Preventive Officer (P.O.), 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, you would get to work like customs preventive officer. Your duty would include stop smuggling and keep vigil on smugglers. You will have some executive powers like you can arrest, search, seize or detain things or people if you have information or doubts over them. You will have to wear the uniform while on duty. The work is usually divided into shifts as custom prevention is round the clock process. You will have to be ready to work in different shifts according to duty changes.


Promotion opportunities for Preventive Officer (P.O.)

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Preventive Officer (P.O.) is a decent post when you think about promotion opportunities. Preventive Officers generally get their first promotion in around 8-10 years. 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 8 years. You would become Superintendent of customs with the first promotion. 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 posts and so on.


Where to put Preventive Officer (P.O.) in your preference list if you are a male candidate?

If you are a male candidate and want an adventurous job with a cool social and professional status, this job should be in top 5 of your preference list. If you are not keen for Delhi posting, this post should be after Examiner and Income Tax Inspector in your preference list ( On No. 3 ). Preventive Officer (P.O.) can be a great choice for a guy who wants a daring job which involves some challenges, risks and rewards. You have a chance to investigate cases and also you can go to any place for the purpose of investigation and to nab criminals.

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Where to put Preventive Officer (P.O.) in your preference list if you are a female candidate?

This post is generally not recommendable for girls as it involves a risk and uncertainty. You have to work in shifts and sometimes for longer duration without a break. Also, when you are dealing with criminals and smugglers, there are many kinds 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 Preventive Officer (P.O.) job profile

This is a very good post for male candidates but less recommendable for females. Yet, in the end, you should always take your own decisions after analyzing every factor about this post. If you know something more about this post or have some suggestions for us, please do write in comments.

Thanks and best of luck for bright career.

28 thoughts on “Preventive Officer Job Profile

    • We have provided basic info about PO post here. Go through CBEC’s website for more info about working of the department. You can also visit some customs dept. office and their website.

      Wish you best luck for your career.

  1. Sir,
    I want to become a preventive officer(P.O). I am still studt in s.y.b.com from mumbai university, so how can I become a preventive officer plz give you valuable suggestion about what to do I

  2. In case if we clear the exam, under what basis will we be getting the post preference? example , I had opted for PO post and I have cleared the exam, how is the process?

    • You would be given post according to your merit and post preference you have filled during the application. The higher you score, the higher chances of getting one of the posts from the top of your preference list.

      Best luck for your career.

  3. I want to work as a preventive officer but do not wish to be posted out of Delhi, is it possible to have posting only in delhi?

  4. General working hour of preventive officer ?
    8 hour or 12 hours ?
    And tell me the working shifts timing also..
    Thanks a lot 😊
    You are very helpful person.
    Once again thank you.

  5. I got selected for PO in SSC CGL 2015. I am already an Excise Inspector posted in Gujarat from SSC CGL 2014. Give me some advice regarding switching to PO. I want to know what are the transfer policies in PO and how is Mumbai as my preference (I’m from Gujarat). Also, how about the holidays as I would need to travel a lot to Gujarat and MP due to personal reasons for the next 2-3 years.

    • If you are from Gujarat then probably Central Excise Gujarat is fine for you as you’d be in your home state for the most part of your career. But if you want to switch to PO then you should give technical resignation and join PO post. There are many uncertainties regarding future human resources policies of Customs & Central Excise as it is said that GST is coming very fast. Central Excise would be merged into GST and Indian Customs can be an independent department. Any guess about transfers and other things would not be right at this point. Keep searching and reading for more answers.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

  6. I have been selected for preventive officer in CGL 2015 and i m from kanpur
    i m confused between mumbai and kolkata.
    Some guys say go for mumbai.
    Bt kolkata is nearer than mumbai from Kanpur, better connectivity, cheaper, and less transit time during job.
    Guys any other factor which should i consider?????
    Please suggest

    • If you are asked for preference, you should opt Kolkata if it’s nearer to your home. All other factors remain more or less same. You’d be able to manage at both the places.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

    • After clearing SSC CGL (PO or Examiner) exam or UPSC exam (IRS in CBEC).

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

  7. Thank you for the reply..
    is there any direct option to go in airport custom by just CGL…
    has there any option to give suggestion to join airport custom officer/field officer by candidate after selected as PO…
    i want to go with airport custom officer if there is any opportunity to select..

    • You can be posted into sea ports and air ports when you are working in Indian customs dept. You can also be posted into customs offices also but all those postings would be exciting and challenging in their own way.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

  8. Sir , i want to join customs department , i am very passionate about this job.I am basically from kerala.is there any chances that i will get posting in kochin after clearing the ssc cgl exam.

    Also help me with providing information regarding training period and in which place it will be. Should i get posting in Air ports.

    • There is a good chance of getting posting in Kochin as there are many P.O./Examiner posts in Kochin Customs. You may get a posting on an air port or a sea port but that totally depends on your authorities and administrative requirements. Work hard and clear SSC CGL exam and achieve your dreams.

      Best wishes for your career.

      • Sir, which one is better Assitant enforcement officer or inpector (po/examiner) , on the basis of salary ,promotion and home town (kerala) posting.

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