Preventive Officer (P.O.) is the only customs post with uniform offered through SSC CGL. You may have seen PO’s at airports or at sea ports wearing white uniform. 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.). 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. If your home town is not one of these 11 coastal cities then you may never get a posting in your home town. Let’s discuss more about Preventive Officer Job Profile.
Salary of Preventive Officer (P.O.)
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. Update: It’s 2% from July-2016. 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. According to the present pay scales, in hand salary in class A cities would be around 50K, in class B cities it would be around 45K and in class C cities it would be around 42K. All figures are estimated and rounded off. Actual salary can be somewhat different but around these figures. Keep watching this space to know more about Salary and other benefits of Preventive Officer in 7th pay commission.
Work profile of Preventive Officer (P.O.)
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 feel like actual customs preventive officer. Your duty would include stopping smuggling activities and monitoring proper and timely payment of various duties levied by Indian customs dept. 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 customs prevention is round the clock process. You will have to be ready to work in different shifts according to the duty changes.
Promotion opportunities for Preventive Officer (P.O.)
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. With the first promotion, you would be a superintendent of customs. Superintendent of customs is a Group – B (Gazetted) officer post in Indian customs. 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 postings after this promotion to the Assistant Commissioner (IRS) post. You can get further promotions to Deputy Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, Additional Commissioner posts and so on.
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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 good 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 AAO, Examiner and Income Tax Inspector in your preference list (On No. 4). Preventive Officer (P.O.) can be a great choice for any person who wants a daring job which involves some challenges, risks and rewards. You have a chance to investigate smuggling and duty evasion cases. You can also go to any place in the country for the purpose of investigation and to nab criminals.
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. It may take a toll in future when you have a child and a full family to take care of. Also, when you are dealing with criminals and smugglers, there are many kinds of risks 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. As in these posts, you’ll get the same benefits with lesser hardships.
Conclusion of Preventive Officer (P.O.) job profile
This is a very good post for male candidates moderately recommendable for females. Yet, in the end, you should always take your own decisions after analyzing every factor about this or any other post. If you know something more about this post or have some suggestions for us, please do write in comments.
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