Preventive Officer (Customs Officer)
The next promotion of preventive officer is superintendent of customs which is a gazetted post...it
takes around 7-10 years to get the first promotion...and then next promotion of supdt. of customs is
assistant commissioner i.e. IRS...however the second promotion takes a lot of time...and some people
don't even get the second promotion!!
preventive officer is a uniformed post...regarding the job nature of a preventive officer, following link
you can also see the pics and uniforms of preventive officers and excise inspectors in the following
1. public dealing & regards
2. good promotion
3. opportunity to prove ur talent
4. good pay & other benifits
5. good workplace and environment
1. vulnerable post involving risks of making enemies
2. post is under strict vigilance by cvc
3. lots of departmental jealousy over coveted postings
4. departmental complains from collegues and public
5. too much hardwork & treachery to remain in importance
not every income tax inspector becomes asst. commissioner in 14-15 years...as far as i know it varies
from zone to zone...
the bottom line is income tax inspector comes under CBDT which is more sensitive towards its
employees when it comes to promotions and perks....where as preventive officers, excise inspector
and examiners come under CBEC which is a bit callous and at times lax in its human resource
es for preventive officers posting will be on 6 zones...but in eforcemnt directorate.....the deputation
posts are open to experienced people with good record ...these people can be excise inspectors,
examiners, preventive officers, income tax inspectors..and even equivalent rank officers from
paramilitary forces and state police forces..
and yes deputation pe jaane waalo ko wapas apne parent cadre mein jaana padta hai...after 3, 5 or 7
Excise & Customs
CE (excise & ST)- have some control over the production, money making capacity of community
industrialist, business men, etc. your area of working is defined... u have certain number of factory
units or business entities under you...
CE (customs)- for those wanting an adventrous jobs, area of work is very broadly defined.... in special
cases you can also go out of your area also to nab a culprit.... which gives u some more power than
CE excise, ST or an ITI.... its a kind of job of both collecting intelligence as well as preventions... be
prepared to work day and night, far away from your home.... manytimes... sourrounded with unknown
may be some dangerous people.. sometimes
CE excise & ST is rather cool jobs.... sometimes their are raids etc but not so adventrous or risky....
CE customs allways surrounded by enemies.... on one direction there are smuglers/culprits and on the
other hand are unsatisfied collegues trying to ruin your hardwork by intruding into your informations,
network and assignments....
Service Tax & comparison
by ST here i mean Service Tax.... it is levied on the business entities which provides services like
coaching institutes, security services etc...
where as Sales tax is the tax which is levied on the goods, when they are sold in the market, for ex. a
toothbrush when it is sold by a shopkeeper. Every shop keeper (a registered firm) is registred with the
local sales tax office and pays taxes on the total sales he makes during the year .... Excise tax is the
tax levied on the production of the goods, every factory pays tax on the production of every unit of
goods produced in it during a year..... Custom tax is levied on goods when they are exported or
Sales tax is the department created by the state governments.... its officials are recruited through
state public service commissions and being paid by the state funds..... therefore Sales Tax department
allways have interference and nuicances from local politics and local politicians (though such things
affects high ranking officials only) .... which is never present in Central excise and Income tax
departments (thanksgoodness)... A sales tax inspector has to keep an eye on the sales of the locally
registered business firms ... like readymade garments shops, big grocery stores, furniture houses, etc
and sales of the sellers of all the goods which comes under sales tax net....
sales tax inspectors task is mostly official, field work is only limited to the city they are posted in....
since it is a state department, so transfer outside your repective state is not possible... the job has
public dealing.... pay scale is good but as the department is run by state govs... in state like UP, bihar
some times the pay gets delayed for months..... but sarkar ke yahan der hai par andher nahin...
well .... tell me if i m missed any point to unfold...
Preventive Officer profile
Another important aspect of preventive work is collection of customs duty.This duty is leviable on
goods of foreign origin brought by passengers arriving from foreign countries at the point of arrival,
namely, air ports, sea ports and land routes.The customs Preventive Officer who is the third official a
traveler/tourist upon arrival in India would meet – after the health and immigration officials – is the
proper officer for collection of customs duty on baggage and can be identified by his white uniform,
shoulder epaulettes with three faceted lion insignia in the center and twin stripes and white peak cap
with customs logo in front.The Preventive Officer is variously described as the country’s Ambassador
of Goodwill and sentinel who guard the country’s economic frontiers
AUCTION AND DISPOSAL
The third most important aspect of preventive work is auction and disposal of confiscated goods,
which is a major source of Government revenue.
All confiscated item (from air port, docks or town seizures) are stored in Customs Warehouse. On
disposal orders being issued and if item are retail in nature then they are sold through retail shop and
commercial bulk items are sold through mode of open Auction. Presently, Auction is being held once in
a month and dates are published in any one national English daily and one vernacular daily. Persons
interested in bidding and inspection of goods can contact Superintendent (Disposal) on all working
days. The successful bidder has to deposit EMD @ 25% of bid amount at the fall of hammer. The
balance is to be paid within 6days failing which EMD will be forfeited. Items brought for auction
include foreign & Indian motor vehicles, bulk drugs, chemicals, machinery, computer parts, ball
bearings, textiles etc., nowadays even primary gold and silver is being sold by disposal unit. The rates
are fixed by Bombay Bullion auction market on daily basis. Anyone can purchase gold [minimum 1 kg
and maximum 5 kgs] or silver [maximum 500 Kgs] on production of Income tax PAN No.. A discount
of 1% to Bombay price is given. Sales Tax is extra.
FACILITATION OF TRADE AND TOURISM
Apart from the above aspects of Preventive work, a preventive officer also acts as a facilitator of trade
and commerce and tourism.
Facilitator of Trade and Maritime
Through the Bond section, Container Freight Stations, MEPZ and 100% EOUs, the Preventive Officer’s
service to trade like manufacturers, exporters and importers of Chennai is invaluable.
Through the General Preventive Section different facilities are extended to maritime and shipping:
Conversion/Reversion Of Coastal/Foreign Going Vessels
When a vessel coming from foreign port has to be converted to coastal run, the owners/Steamer
Agents have to approach the Asst. Commissioner of Customs, Preventive General with a requisition
letter for deputing a Preventive Officer along with letter of undertaking for producing the customs duty
paid receipt within 7 days from the date of conversion and Annexure-B (Undertaking that the private
properties of crew/officer of the vessel reverted to coastal run cannot be landed without Customs
Clearance) for safeguarding the revenue in respect of crew baggage clearance
On receipt of such request, the Section Superintendent will be directed to depute the Section Officer at
Docks to take inventory of ship’s stores, bonded stores, bunkers, etc and the Master of such vessel
has to give estimate quantity of such consumables during coastal run to the Section Officer.Thereafter
the Owners/Steamer Agents have to file a Bill of Entry in the Import Department within 7 days from
the date of conversion and the same has to be assessed within 5 days and a demand letter will be
issued to the Owners/Steamer Agents who will have to pay the duty within 5 days from the date of
receipt of such demand letter.In respect of reversion of the vessel from coastal run to foreign run, the
Owners/Steamer Agents have to approach the Asst. Commissioner of Customs, Preventive General
with a requisition letter for deputing a Preventive Officer to take inventory of ship’s stores, bonded
stores, bunkers etc. along with customs duty paid receipt and copy of stores list/inventory taken at
the time of conversion
On receipt of such request, Docks Superintendent will be directed to depute Section Officer who will
follow the above procedure mutatis mutandis for taking inventory of goods against which duty has
been paid so that any duty paid goods were found, the Steamer Agents/Owners can file refund for
MACHINERY OR PINK PASS
Under Pink Pass procedures, ship’s articles can be removed into town for the purpose of repair without
payment of duty subject to fulfillment of following conditions:-
1)The firms and merchants of repute who have a permanent deposit in the Custom House as
security for payment and who have executed a standing guarantee/bond in the prescribed form.
2)Other firms and merchants who execute a separate guarantee/bond in the prescribed form
3)The local Steamer Agents who are allowed to remove gear and equipment for repairs
without payment of duty from vessels under their agency through their authorised firms have also to
execute a guarantee bond in the prescribed form.
The prescribed forms can be had from the Preventive General Unit at III floor of Custom House.
The amount of the permanent deposit shall be fixed by the Asst. Commissioner with due regard to the
extent and value of the transactions of each firm or merchant and shall be liable to be increased or
decreased in proportion to any corresponding variation in the volume of such transaction
New firms on long term basis will be entertained only when the firm concerned has worked for atleast
six months under the individual Guarantee system and the bonafides of the firm do not come under
question during the probation period. Besides, the concerned firm has to furnish a statement of its
financial position, Income-tax certificate and regular orders from atleast two major shipping
After fulfilment of the above conditions, the firm will be permitted to handle ship`s goods for repair
and the goods so removed for repair will have to be placed on board within one month from the date
LINEN OR WHITE PASS
The Steamer Agents may pass out linen of vessels in port for washing on execution of a general
guarantee valid for the duty and fine/penalty involved on the linen.The guarantee to be registered in
the Preventive Department shall be renewed every year in January if the Steamer Agents desire that
the concession should be continued
Linen of vessels in port will be passed out on a Pass in triplicate which will be presented to the
Preventive Officer at the Gate or to the Section Officer at such ports when gates are not manned by
Preventive Officers, who will retain the original copy.The duplicate and triplicate copies will accompany
the linen passed out.
The ship’s linen after washing should be placed on board the vessel before leaving port.
Container of durable nature are allowed by the Shipping Agents to be imported into the Country, free
of duty subject to the condition that the container, so, imported are to be re-exported within 180 days
from the date of import after executing necessary Bond.Condonation of 3 months is done by Asst.
Commissioner and 6 months at once by the Commissioner for non-re-export of the Container.If the
container not-re-exported within the permissible period, duty at the prevailing rate has to be paid.
FACILITATOR OF TOURISM
Facilities such as The ATA Carnet are extended to tourists who wish to tour the country in their own
Under Carnet De Passage, foreign tourists are allowed to import any vehicle into India free of duty,
subject to the condition that such vehicle shall be re-exported out of India within the validity period of
The procedure for import is that Form X in duplicate should be filed with the Import Department for
manifestation and after manifest, the same should be produced along with original Carnet De Passage
and Xerox copy of the passport of the carnet holder.After the above procedure is complied with by the
tourist, a Preventive Officer and an Intelligence Officer will be deputed to examine the vehicle at Port
Trust/ any CFS where the subject vehicle has been moved and if nothing objectionable found, the
relevant entries will be made in the passport of the carnet holder and Carnet De Passage for such
import and passed out of customs charge will be issued.
Similarly, at the time of re-export of such vehicle, the tourist has to file Shipping Bill at the exit port
along with the Carnet De Passage with the Export Department.After assessment of the same, a
Preventive Officer and an Intelligence Officer will be deputed to examine the vehicle and if nothing
objectionable found, let export order will be issued by the Preventive Superintendent and entries
made at the time of import in the passport of the carnet holder will be cancelled so that the carnet
holder can leave the country.
For any help, Preventive General Unit at Custom House can be contacted either in person or at
Telephone No.5221918 extn. 4261/4206/4389
Posting will will according to ur state preference (depending on merit)
through ssc one can become auditor in two depts, cgda & c&ag
cgda deals with audit works of defence forces
c&ag is central audit dept dealing with state govt audits
and no interviews, no physicals ,selection is just through written marks
cAG has offices in all states as well as delhi... Da comes under cag so it also has posting in delhi... For
salary da salary is 27k in hand and auditor salary 21k in hand. Auditors are there in three
departments cag cgda(defence) nd cga(min. O finance) all have same pay. Da is only in cag... Salary
of da is less than it inspector
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Different tests for different profile
CSS......interview + skill test(or computer proficiency test)
Assistant other than css.......interview
others like MEA,postal..........interview
CBI.....interview + physical (in CBI no physical, you have to only satisfy their medical standard...for
the medical standards, please see the cbi website or ssc notification..)
IT and central excise........interview
customs or PO...........interview + physical (Physical is for both excise inspector and preventive
tax assistant...........no interview but there is a typing test
UDC ……………typing test....... and
Tax Assistant ...... DEST (Data Entry Skill Test) 2000 Key depression for 15 mins...
The functions of customs and Central excise department falls under two categories
--Prevention of evasion of customs and excise duties. The custom officials work at airports, seaports and
dockyards checking incoming/outgoing people/ships/cargo for compliance to import/export licencing
procedures. The work involves physical examination of air crafts, ships, cargo, vehicles and frisking of
passengers etc. for detecting concealment of goods and duty evasion. Excise officials similarly monitor
compliance in the trade, movement, marketing of goods on which excise is levied.
-- Evaluation of goods and collection of duties accruing to the government.
Both the prevention and appraisal wings of the customs and Central excise department function under
an office of the rank of assistant commissioner.
css: files files and files and then more files..but 3 hrs of work daily..from answering stupid RTI of
people to Cabinet note making to answering parliament questions to working on daily receipts..its like
u given the project ..and u made the dealing hand..nw report the problem in short abt the project and
tell ur recommendations wat can be done..if ur seniors like they will accept it or else they will tell their
own decisions etc..this is css work..
ITI and excise: pressure more than css..but then u earn more 2 provided u knw ur job , ur duties
well..promotions best IN ITI..name fame everythng u get..but css is for people who are satisfied with
life..i mean who want to enjoy life, their family with whatever money they have, mind u 40000 is no
less amount..so u gys can choose accordingly..css wont give u power but mental peace with adequate
money which i wanted..which made me choose it..over my mnc job..especially for those living in
Delhi..u dnt have to move from delhi ever..
Assistant gets promotion to the post of section officer,that too after qualifying 6 papers in an exam
conducted by upsc,den undersecretary,then deputy secretary and they retire after it,lucky guys go to
assistant other than css is nt all delhi plz..it may be lucknow 2..or some other state..css is all delhi..
the probs with ass other than css is that promotions are pretty slow there..as when departmental
exam is there , only 12-14 vacancies for SO are there..but in CSS ul see 300-400 vacancies.
State excise inspector work criteria
The Excise Revenue is primarily derived from the duties and various types of fees [licence, permit,
privilege, transport, export etc.] on Indian-made Foreign Liquors, Country Liquor, Distillery Spirit,
Toddy, Neera, Intoxicating Drugs, Opium, Medicinal Preparations containing Alcohol or Narcotic Drugs,
Toilet Preparations containing Alcohol etc. Excise Revenue is also derived from miscellaneous sources
viz. fines, forfeitures etc.
Central excise inspector work criteria
Central Excise duty is payable on all goods (excluding goods manufactured in special economic zones)
which are produced or manufactured in India at rates specified in the Central Excise Tariff. Under the
present assessment scheme, a manufacturer is required to assess himself the duty payable on the
goods manufactured by him and deposit the same in authorized Banks. The details of goods
manufactured exemption claimed, duty paid are required to be furnished in periodical returns such as
ER-1 returns, submitted to the Department. These returns are required to be scrutinized and checked
by the concerned Central Excise officers to verify that the correct amount of the tax has been paid.
Auditor is the best amongst all interview post. i have been working as a sr. auditor in dad deptt.(min. of
defence) since 5 years. Auditors are recuited under cag and cgda deptt. most vacancies are in cgda. in
cgda u will be appointed as an auditor in defence acctts. deptt.(dad deptt.) comes under min.of defence.
initially u will get army/navy/airforce/ordnance factory command. u hace to do the mannual work like
passin of bills,auditing pay bills of staffs,accounting the factory production in factory command. its a
very good post. u have to work 8 hours(officially) but u can manage.saturday-sunday off days.u will get
ample time to spent with ur family. if bachelor maximum time u can utilize for ur higher
preperation.salary wise it is a very good post. initially u will get minimum 21 thousand in A class cities
including Hra. u will get automatically promoted to sr. Auditor (grade pay 4200)in 3 years . u will get a
chance to sit for depttmental sas exam for the ppst of AAO(Gazzetted post) after completion of 2
years.promotion wise its a good deptt. over all i have enjoyed thoroughly as an Auditor. so i will
recommend each and every one(those who got selected in non interview post category) to give auditor
as his first preference. so all the best guys.....
Assistant in MEA & assistant (Cypher) in MEA
Assistant and Assistant (Cypher) in MEA---most sought Assistant post under CGLE due to charm of
foreign posting and many other lucrative facilities like children's education, accommodation etc and a
very handsome salary of more than 1 lakh per month (perhaps upto Rs 1,25,000). But one can be posted
in countries like Afganistan, Pakistan, Irak, Libya too. Cyphor Asst. is little different from Asst. (general)
because they have to do the task of coding and decoding in addition of some highly confidential
language. Cypher Asst got more foreign posting than general Asst but the promotional avenues are
better in General Asst. Overall in MEA, the promotional chances is very less and one can go up to the
level of US. one can get his first promotion after about 15-17years if he will not clear departmental
examination and after clearing departmental examination, it will take around 8 odd years.
An Assistant (General)
An Assistant (General) is supposed to be posted generally 3 years in India and 3 years in foreign; and like
this throughout his tenure of service whereas an Assistant (Cypher) is posted 3 years in India and 6 years
in foreign; and like this
Assistant in Railways
assistant in railways: gud job ,ul get 1 pass for family ( to and fro) anywhere in India free and 3 passes for
family (to and fro) in which u pay 1/3rd of amount..all this for tier 2 AC ticket..then railway has its own
railway homes all over India ..so u can stay there at a very cheap rate..if u using railway passes..
The prob is in CSS ul be entitled for plane tickets as u become under secretary..but in railways AC tier 1
..no plane tickets..then CSS offers u wide variety of postings in different departments..but in railways ,
only 1 department..
ailway tickets passes which I mentioned are every year..after 3 yrs oif service , ul get 3 free passes every
year to any part of India with family ,where u can use railway homes..but I think railway homes can be
used only once u become Gaztd..(im nt sure on this)..
railways ki posting lucknow bhi ho sakti hai..CSS is all Delhi..and always delhi..
then total gross salary of CSS is: 32 in hand+ 5500 pf+ LTC+ medical(CGHS)+ training tours( i m serious
,govt spend atleast 50,000 on each of us for these 2 trips i talked about)
Assistant in MEA
MEA has probs in postings and then govt gives u nt much amount in dollars to spend outside..even if
they give 1500$ per month in a foreign nation ,they are nothing when u go to a foreign
country..moreover postings are also at odd places..and Cypher has night shifts 2..and its like u have to
work for 6 days and then 2 days off. and 2 days will be nite shift..so no sat sun like system..
so i believe css assistant is the best if u want assistant..moreover css added benefits are: ul go to 2 fully
paid trips during training all at govt expense..mind u govt provides 3 star-4 star hotels when we went to
(Chennai and pondicherry) and Nanital for trips..then at each level of training , ul get these paid
trips..from assistant to SO,from SO to US,and from US to DS, the trip is to a foreign country free paid by
govt..and as the news now is hot that u can become SO in 3 yrs , i think u can go for CSS assistant..baki
Inspectors is always gud as compared to CSS..money wise u knw wat im talking abt..but in assistants ,
CSS is the best..
in css when u have limited departmental for SO , u have vacancies like 200 , 250 etc..in other places like
MEA or railways ul have 5 ,10 etc..so promotions are faster in CSS..
.css offers u wider variety of postings like LAW,consumer affairs, home,finance,education ,civil
aviation..sao ur scope of work and knwldge is huge.
div accountant have i think direct engagements with contractors..so they earn.
Divisional Accountant works in Public works departments offices(PWDs) which is a state govt
office. Though his payroll comes from State govt, he is always a central govt employee. PWDs
need not necessarily be in cities, so you might get posted to any district in a state. Once you
join as Div Accountant in a state, there is no chance of moving outside the state.
Regarding the work, he basically acts as an auditor for all expenses and receipts that go through
the PWD, meaning he has to sign off each and every voucher. Since he is Central govt
representative in state dept he enjoys great power and respect in the office and works
independently, doesn't need to report to anyone but himself
In hand salary calculation:
Scale starting( 5200 or 9300)*1.86+ grade pay(4600 or 2800) etc..=ur basic salary
add 58% of basic salary to first equation
then Add 30% of basic as HRA to this.
then add 1600* 1.58 =TA
subtract (10% of (basic + DA) as PF)..same amount govt adds to ur PF and pays 9% interest on ur
subtract Rs 325 as CGHS..and 60 for insurance..now all can knw wat psots they are getting and
their in hand salary
yr ek mistake ho gayi isme..for 9300 scale basic is 17140 total..
and for for 5200 its i think 4500*1.86(il connfirm u this ..im nt sure of group B)..A ke liye basic is
Basic Pay + 58% of basic as DA+ 30% of Basic as HRA+ 1600+ 58% of 1600 as TA - 10% of
(Basic+DA) as NPS deduction - 325 for CGHS - 60 for Group Insurance = Total in hand salary
17140 for grade pay 4600
13500 for grade pay 4200
Rest is correct but for Basic see this and calculate
d) Grade Pay: 2400
Pay in Pay Band: Rs 7510
Basic Pay: Rs 9910
e) Grade Pay: 2800
Pay in Pay Band: Rs 8560
Basic Pay: Rs 11360
1. Pay Band - 2
Pay Scale Rs 9300 - 34800
a) Grade Pay: 4200
Pay in Pay Band: Rs 9300
Basic Pay: Rs 13500
b) Grade Pay: 4600
Pay in Pay Band: Rs 12540
Basic Pay: Rs 17140