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.)
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.
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 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.)
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.
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.
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