Preventive Officer Job Profile

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.)

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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. 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.

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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 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.)

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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. 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.

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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. 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.

Thanks and best of luck for bright career.

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    • 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.

    • You can apply if you are in your final year. You’ll have to clear your final graduation exams before 1st of August of respective year you are applying (According to last notification of SSC CGL) to be finally eligible for the selection. Simple physical test would be there after your selection but you should be able to clear it easily if you are a normal fit young person.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

  9. Hello sir

    If there any possible to select preventive officer in customs department by sports quota. kindly send details about selection process for that customs department.

    • Generally, CBEC or respective commissionerates do this kind of recruitment directly so keep checking CBEC site and keep Googling “Sports Quota Recruitment in CBEC” regularly and apply if any recruitment is there. Also keep eye on SSC site if they ever publish such recruitment.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

  10. hi there my name is arvind, aged 32 am working with Southern Railways as transportation inspector, i would like to apply for PO in customs , its been 6 years since i joined railways , kindly help me out as i would like more challenges in my work.

    • Apply for SSC CGL 2017 if you are eligible. You can get the job of PO if you clear SSC CGL with a good rank.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

  11. Hello sir..I am 17 yrs old and I have opted science and very fascinated about this job..So can you suggest me what to do further ..

    Is there any institute for the preparation of SSC CGL EXAM or UPSC.

    • You’d be eligible for SSC CGL after completion of graduation. While you do your graduation, you should try to improve your basic skills of Maths, English and Reasoning. You should start preparing for SSC CGL when you are in the final year of graduation. You can also join some institute at that time if you wish.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

    • Read official notification of SSC CGL for complete info about this and other eligibility criterias.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

    • You can get a job of PO or Examiner by clearing SSC CGL Exam after completion of graduation.

      Thanks and best wishes for your career.

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