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PREVENTIVE OFFICER JOB PROFILE

PREVENTIVE OFFICER JOB PROFILE

Selection to the post of Preventive Officer in the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC/CBEC) is made through the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC).

  • In the 6th CPC he was entitled for the Grade Pay of Rs 4,600. Now in the 7th CPC he is entitled for the Basic Pay Rs 44,900 and comes under the level 7 of the following Pay Matrix Table.
    7th CPC PAY TABLE

See the current salary of Preventive Officer in the following Salary Chart
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PHYSICAL DISABILITIES ALLOWED FOR THE POST OF PREVENTIVE OFFICER

1. OH (OA, OL, OAL)

2. HH

NOTE: Colourblind candidates cannot prefer this post.

 

JOB NATURE OF PREVENTIVE OFFICER

Main Work of Preventive Officer in CFS (Container Freight Station) is to check seal number, and he also works as gate officer for containers entry and exit. For Export cargo with cargo in warehouse, he is also tasked with the work of stuffing report that all the cargo has been stuffed in the container in his presence.

At airports Preventive Officer has to do night shifts alternatively e.g. one day you have day shift 8 am to 8 pm, then next day will be off. But night of that next day will be working. If Preventive Officer is posted in non sensitive posting there is no night shifts and in many sensitive posting also there is no night shifts. GST/Excise Inspector has also very less night shifts; but if in his state there are no PO recruited like in Delhi or so;  at airports excise inspector are posted and they have to do night shifts.

Uniform (Ashoka Stambha with 2 yellow strips) is a must.

 

AREA OF POSTING OF PREVENTIVE OFFICER

1. This post like the Examiner post lies in the same 6 zones, namely Kolkata, Kochin, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Mumbai and Goa.

2. On airports and at other places other than the coastal cities generally Excise Inspectors are deputed and they only perform the duties of a Preventive Officer, and hence are seen in white uniform.

 

PROMOTIONS IN THE POST OF PREVENTIVE OFFICER

  1. Superintendent (Group-B Gazetted)
  2. Assistant Commissioner
  3. Deputy Commissioner
  4. Joint Commissioner
  5. Addl. Commissioner
  6. Commissioner

There is a qualifying period of 8 years for the promotion to the post of Superintendent; means Preventive Officer can’t be promoted to the next post before completion of eight years of service in the post.

There is a departmental exam for confirmation; without passing in that he can’t be made confirmed; nor can he be promoted to the next post. Promotion period differs from zone to zone since there is zonal seniority. Generally his first promotion is in 8-9 years everywhere.

 

WAY OF PROMOTION TO THE POST OF PREVENTIVE OFFICER

By promotion through Departmental Qualifying examination from the following categories of officers:

1. Executive Assistant (Sr Tax Assistant) or Stenographer Grade-I in level 6 in the pay matrix with five year regular service in the grade.

2. Executive Assistant (Sr Tax Assistant) or Stenographer Grade-I with fifteen year combined regular service in level 6 in the pay matrix and in level 4 in the pay matrix.

3. Officials (Women Searcher or Draftsman or Tax Assistant or Stenographer Grade-II) in level 4 in the pay matrix with fifteen year regular service in the grade.

NOTE: Candidates shall be required to pass physical tests and conform to the physical standards prescribed for direct recruits.

 

PAPERS & SYLLABUS OF CONFIRMATION EXAM FOR EXAMINER, PREVENTIVE OFFICER & GST/EXCISE INSPECTOR

PAPERS
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SYLLABUS
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INTER COMMISSIONERATE TRANSFERS (ICT) IN CBEC BANNED

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ELIGIBILITY FOR APPRAISER

Is Preventive Officer also eligible to become Appraiser after 3 years of service
Yes, Preventive Officer has both options in promotion i.e. Superintendent of Customs or Appraiser. Around 20% in promotion to appraiser are reserved for POs and 80% are for Examiners; means if 10 seats of Appraisers are filled from promotion then from them 8 will be Examiners and 2 will be PO. But the catch is that there is a long queue in waiting to become appraiser because there is a huge number of POs applying for the 20% of these appraisers seats. Approximate time taken by a PO to become appraiser is 14-15 years; and to become Superintendent is 9-10 years. As people have to wait 4-5 years more than to become Superintendent many people go in superintendent cadre.

 

ACCOMMODATION FOR PREVENTIVE OFFICER

Accommodation facilities for PO and Examiners
Latest waiting in Mumbai for accommodation is around 5-6 years. And it will increase exponentially in coming years because of huge recruitment. All examiners, POs and Excise Inspectors are treated at par with each other in quarters allocation. There is no priority for Examiner. As per my assumption you will have to wait for around 8-10 years for quarters allocation.

In respect of high rates of accommodation in Mumbai. Navi Mumbai area is most suitable. It is very well planned, filled with greenery compare to main Mumbai. And all three zones are very much equidistant from Navi Mumbai. You will have to travel around one and half hour to reach any zone from there. The main positive of Navi Mumbai is that it is very less expensive than main Mumbai and rent is very much affordable by a common person.

I have no idea about quarters availability in other zones because no examiner has told me anything about that so far. But as per the infrastructure of CBIC/CBEC minimum 3-4 is very much likely to wait for quarters in other cities also.

 

POSTINGS FOR PREVENTIVE OFFICER

How POs get postings in three different zones of Mumbai
PO are rotated among these three zones alternatively. Time period for posting in each zone is as below:

Mumbai I- 1 year, Mumbai II – 3 years, Mumbai III- 5 Years (2 years Airport + 3 years Air cargo complex)

 

MODE OF SELECTION FOR PREVENTIVE OFFICER

1. 90% by direct recruitment through SSC

2. 10% by promotion through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE)

 

Age Limit
Upper age limit in the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam of the Staff Selection Commission for this post is 30 years.

 

NOTE-I: COLUORBLIND CANDIDATES CANNOT PREFER THIS POST.

NOTE-II: Computer Efficiency Test (CPT) is necessary to qualify to become PREVENTIVE OFFICER

 

CPT DETAILS FOR PREVENTIVE OFFICER

The Commission will hold a Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for this post which will be of qualifying nature and have the following three components:

1. Word Processing (DEST)–This is same as is the SKILL TEST for the post of TA

2. Spread Sheets (Excel)

3. Generation of Slides (Power Point)

NOTE-I: (VH) Visually Handicapped candidates (with 40% disability and above) will be allowed 35 minutes for DEST.

NOTE-II: All these tests are of 15 minutes each.

NOTE-III: If anybody fails in the CPT or chooses not to appear in it, he’ll be considered for all other posts for which CPT is not required.

 

PHYSICAL STANDARDS/PET for PREVENTIVE OFFICER

Male Candidates
i) Physical standards (Minimum)

1. Height 157.5 cms.

2. Chest 81 cms. (fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cms.)

3. Height relaxable by 5 cms. In the case of Garwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and members of Scheduled Tribes.

ii) Physical Test

1. Walking : 1600 metres in 15 minutes.

2. Cycling : 8 Kms in 30 minutes.

Female Candidates
i) Physical standards (Minimum)

1. Height 152 cms.

2. Weight 48 Kgs.

3. Height relaxable by 2.5 cms and weight by 2 Kgs. for Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese and members of Scheduled Tribes

ii) Physical Test

1. Walking : 1 Km. in 20 minutes.

2. Cycling : 3 Kms in 25 minutes.

NOTE:
For the post of Inspector Central Excise, Examiner and Preventive Officer, the following addendum is issued with reference to CBEC‘s letter No. C-18013/23/2013-Ad II B dated 20.11.2013.

Persons with disabilities will have to meet the physical standards i.e. Height, Chest and Weight prescribed for the post of Inspectors, Central Excise, Examiner and Preventive Officer in CBEC. However, for orthopaedically disabled candidates the following relaxation in Physical Test is allowed:

1. The test of walking shall not be insisted in case of One Leg (OL) and One Arm & One Leg (OAL) categories.

2. The test of cycling shall not be insisted in case of One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL) and One Arm & One Leg (OAL) categories.

JOB PROFILE OF PREVENTIVE OFFICER BY COURTESY OF Mr RAMANUJAN (EXAMINER —- BATCH: 2012)

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Maha Gupta

Maha Gupta

Founder of www.examscomp.com and guiding aspirants on SSC exam affairs since 2010 when objective pattern of exams was introduced first in SSC. Also the author of the following books:

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4 Comments

  1. May 5, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    hello sir

    Preventive officer(CBEC) considered very good job in SSC CGl. and i found on various website everyone say it has good promotion chances. But as you mentioned it takes at least 8-9 year for first promotion that when if you clear the departmental exam, otherwise you will not be promoted. this is contradictory. or may be they(websites) are talking about promotions in over all job till you retired. can you please clarify this??

    thank you

    • Maha Gupta
      May 6, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      Qualifying period for promotion in this post is 8 years. So you can’t be promoted before 8 years. Generally it takes 8-9 years for promotion. Conformation exam is there for this post, without that you can’t be promoted. But this exam is a formality mere, everyone passes quite easily.

  2. May 17, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Sir as you said examiner can be posted all over India (at airports) after promotions. Can preventive officer be posted all over India after promotion or he will be posted only in coastal region for whole period of job?

    • Maha Gupta
      May 17, 2015 at 1:11 PM

      After his promotion to Assistant Commissioner this post becomes all India transferable; not for airports, rather anywhere.