Inspector (Examiner) Job Profile and Career Prospects

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Jun 5, 2017

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SSC has yet not announced the final vacancies to be filled through SSC CGL 2017. As speculated by many experts and officials, the commission is expected to announce tentatively 20,000 vacancies following some major events like demonetization. The post of Inspectors (Examiner) is one pf the most sought-after vacancy among CGL aspirants.

The reason for high preference for this post among candidates may be sighted from the fact that the job profile of an Inspector (Examiner) carries a great degree of power, prominent job locations, high social status, job satisfaction, etc. All these perks and packages make this profile a hot favorite among candidates.

Candidates aspiring for the post of Inspector need to apply for SSC CGL 2017 before June 16, 2017. The preference for posts is to be filled at the time of filling SSC CGL Application Form on the official site. In SSC CGL, all the posts carry

SSC CGL is a premier national level recruitment exam held every year for filling various Group B and C posts in different central government ministries and departments.  The recruitment process consists of 4 tiers – tier I & II are online objective exam while tier III is written descriptive exam. Tier IV comprises skill test/ proficiency test for selective posts.

SSC CGL 2017 Inspectors Vacancy

The vacancy for the post of the Inspector (Examiner) is yet to be disclosed by the SSC. This year SSC has come out with some changes in the application process and vacancy disclosure. The post of Inspectors is grouped together and are allotted under category B. Candidates who want to apply for the post of Inspectors need to fill option B as their first preference.

From this year SSC has decided to disclose the vacancies at the latter stages of recruitment process and not at the time of application. The reason could be that many departments and ministries submit their vacancies only after the commencement of recruitment process for that year.

The vacancies for the post of the Inspectors (Examiner) are expected to be similar in number as that of last year. For your reference, we have tabulated the vacancies for various posts of Inspectors from last year.

Post Vacancies (Including SC, ST, and OBC)
Inspector (Preventive officer) 121
Inspector (Central Excise) 855
Inspector (Examiner) 37
Inspector of Income Tax 319

Job profile of Inspector (Examiner)

It as an all-time coastal job, you will be posted in the coastal areas of the country throughout your service tenure. Your main duty would be to assign clearance to goods, access as well as examine goods, obtain samples, examine the cargo, etc.

It is a non-uniform job. There are chances of doing clerical documentation if posted in the headquarters otherwise it would mostly involve field work on the coasts and ports.

The examiner is required to prepare lists of goods after checking them in order to check their market values. An Examiner enjoys power when he/she is posted on port particularly. He would be the signing authority for clearance of goods to prevent movement of any suspicious or illegal goods. He will be also responsible for ensuring that no tax is avoided during the transfer of goods. In short, this post carries equal amount of power and responsibility.

Check SSC CGL 2017 Vacancies for Assistants

SSC CGL 2017 Inspector (Examiner) Pay scale

The pay scale for all the post has been revised after the 7th Pay commission’s implementation. The pay scale of auditors has also seen an upward revision. The grade pay and in hand (approximate) salary for various posts of Inspectors are mentioned below for your reference. 

Post Allowances Amount (In INR)
Inspector (Examiner) Basic 44,900
HRA 10,776
TA 3600
NPS 4490
CGHS 325
Deductions 7315
In hand 51961

Apart from pay commission revision there are Dearness Allowance revisions which are frequent and would be help in upgrading the salary. The DA hike more or less takes place after a year’s gap.  

SSC CGL 2017 Inspector (Examiner) Transfer options

As we have discussed under the job profile that the job of an Inspector (Examiner) involves both field work and desk job with high leaning towards field work, the chances of transfer is also quite high.

Aspirants opting for the post of Inspector (Examiner) should keep in mind that transfer is a part of their job. You would be posted mostly in coastal zones of the country. However, later on in your career you may get to settle in the head office in Delhi or other regional headquarters.

SSC CGL 2017 Inspector (Examiner) Promotion opportunities

The promotion path for Inspector (Examiner) is similar to that of other Inspector profiles and involves gradual promotion opportunities during their tenure. The promotion opportunities are listed below.

  • Appraiser (Group-B)
  • Assistant Commissioner Group-A (IRS)
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Joint Commissioner
  • Commissioner

SSC CGL 2017 Inspector (Examiner) Cut-off

Due to the large number of applicants for this post, the cut-off for the Inspector (Examiner) always hovers on the higher side. The competition is very high since there aren’t many vacancies on offer in different departments.

However, with thorough preparation, clearing the cut off for an aspirant will not be impossible. For you reference, we have tabulated the previous year’s cut-off for the post of Inspectors.

Post Category Cut-off
Inspector (Examiner) General 523.5
SC 466.75
ST 467

The cut off can vary from the previous year as it depends on several factors. Following factors are likely to affect this year’s SSC CGL exam post wise cut-off.

  • Number of vacancies for that post
  • Difficulty level of exam
  • Number of applications made for that post
  • Score of the candidates

Physical Standards

To be join as an Inspector (Examiner) in CBEC you should be physically and mentally fit as the job involves pressure day in and day out. The minimum physical standards required for the post are mentioned below.


  • Height- 157.5 cm (5cm relaxation for Garhwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and STs)
  • Chest- 81 cm (fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cm)


  • Height – 152 cm (2.5cm relaxation for Garhwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and STs)
  • Weight- 48 Kg (2Kgs relaxation for Garhwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and STs)

Physical Test


  • Walking: 1600 meters in 15 minutes
  • Cycling: 8Km in 30 Minutes


  • Walking: 1 Km in 20 Minutes
  • Cycling: 3 Km in 25 Minutes

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.