ASSISTANT SECTION OFFICER (CSS) JOB PROFILE
ASSISTANT SECTION OFFICER (ASO) IN CSS JOB PROFILE
Selection to the post of Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS is made through the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC).
Exam for the post of Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS is 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 Assistant Section Officer (CSS) in the following Salary Chart
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PHYSICAL DISABILITIES ALLOWED FOR ASSISTANT SECTION OFFICER (CSS)
1. OH (OA, OL, OAL, BL)
3. VH (LV, B)
NOTE: Colourblind candidates can prefer this post.
JOB NATURE OF ASSISTANT SECTION OFFICER (ASO) IN CSS
Be it CSS or Railway or any other department an Assistant Section Officer has to do clerical work like noting, drafting, seeing various files, and does interpretation of rules and regulations, but in actual he is much above an LDC. His nature of work is generally refined. This post is equal to a HEAD CLERK in fact.
An Assistant Section Officer (CSS) is posted in various ministries and is a DELHI job primarily. The best post for persons aspiring to spend their whole service tenure in Delhi and willing to prepare for higher/further exams. Out of Delhi transfer is possible only on a candidate’s option, so no need to worry for getting another state other than Delhi.
TRAINING FOR ASSISTANT SECTION OFFICER (CSS)
DoPT is the department responsible for the recruitment process of Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS. ASO’s in CSS will be the first to join government service among all other posts offered through the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam. ASO’s in CSS normally receive their joining letter within 2 months after the publication of the final result whereas other departments take at least 6 months roughly, sometimes more than that.
ASO’s in CSS are directly put in to training from day 1 of their joining. Duration of the training is 8 weeks. Hostel facility is there at the training venues and the lunch and the snacks are provided absolutely free of cost. In this training period they also take you on a tour and this is really very enjoyable there.
GOVT ACCOMMODATION FOR ASSISTANT SECTION OFFICER (CSS)
Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS is entitled for the TYPE-III quarters (2 bedrooms+1 drawing room), but in the current scenario the government quarter allotment has huge waiting list and therefore it takes around 8-10 years for a government quarter for a new recruit. However, one can apply for Type-II quarters and therefore can get an early allotment.
PROMOTIONS FOR ASSISTANT SECTION OFFICER (CSS)
1. First promotion for Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS is for the post of Section Officer (SO), which is a group-B gazetted post associated with Grade Pay (GP) of Rs 4,800 (Basic Pay Rs 47,600 in the Pay Level 8 according to the 7th CPC). SECTION OFFICER is fixed in the next GP of 5,400 in Pay Band-III (15,600-39,000) after completion of 4 years tenure unlike all other posts of the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam which are fixed in grade pay of 5400 in Pay Band-II (9300-34800) after 4 years in the next promotion, however he continues to be in group-B till the next promotion.
2. Under Secretary with GP of Rs 6,600
3. Deputy Secretary with GP of Rs 7,600
4. Director with GP of Rs 8,700
This is considered to be the the third best post of CGL after EXAMINER and ITI promotion-wise. An Assistant Section Officer (CSS) is appointed in offices of various ministries except MEA, Railway, Defence etc.
He can be promoted to the next post i.e. SO (Group-B Gazetted) in two ways; one by taking departmental exam and passing it and secondly without it. One becomes eligible for the departmental exam after completion of 5 years of service, means he could become an SO after 6 years. Otherwise one generally gets promotion in around 10 years of service.
MODE OF SELECTION FOR ASSISTANT SECTION OFFICER (CSS)
Vacancies in the grade of Assistant Section Officer (ASO) are filled by direct recruitment (75%), limited departmental competitive examination (10%) and promotion on seniority basis (15%)
Vacancies in the grade of Section Officer are filled by promotion on seniority basis from the grade of Assistant (50%) and by Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (50%).
Vacancies in the grade of Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Director are filled by promotion
Age limit in the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam of the Staff Selection Commission for this post is 20-30 years.
NOTE: Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) is necessary to qualify to become ASO. CPT includes three things namely DEST, EXCEL, POWER-POINT.
Hi Maha Gupta Sir, I have some queries :
1. My total score in CGL 2013 is 409 and I belong to OBC.I just want to know whether there are any chances of getting CSS or nearly how much marks do I need to get in the interview to get in CSS.
2. My first choice is Delhi.So,whether Asst. in AFHQ would be a good option ?
This is certainly a good score for CSS as this year the vacancies there in big numbers (1267). For that 50 in the interview should be ideal. AFHQ is good, but CSS is much much more better than it.
Thanks a lot sir! 🙂 ..One more doubt- I would be grateful if you could please tell me whether the order of preferences given below is correct with regard to the fact that I am preparing for Civil Services:
CSS > Railways > MEA(now a distant dream seeing my score!) >AFHQ > CVC > IB > Asst (in Other Ministries with grade pay Rs.4600)
Here I have filled only for Assistant Posts so as to prepare for Civils.
So Sir,please provide any additions to it,if any.
Now a days you can’t spare time for reading in office time in any of the posts in Delhi though this is the best order for Delhi. If you can bring DA in your scheme (GP 4200), give it your first preference as it’s generally considered to be a very easy post. But as I think DA post does not exist in Delhi, so take this factor into account.
Okay ..thank you so much 🙂
If we consider promotion and good work profile which should be preference among Assistant in IB, Assistant in AFHQ , Assistant in other ministry(Code H,4600 grade pay).
thank you sir