SSC CGL 2020 Assistant Section Officer (ASO): Job Profile, Pay Scale, Career Path

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Jul 14, 2020

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SSC CGL 2020 Assistant Section Officer (ASO) vacancies have been realized by SSC in multiple departments along with various other vacancies. SSC CGL ASO post is categorized under Group ‘B’ and the grade pay is also much higher than other posts available.

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SSC CGL is a national level entrance exam organized by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for recruiting the candidates for various posts. The exam is held online (computer-based) mode. Once the final result out, shortlisted candidates on the basis of their marks secured in the exam are called for Interview round. The final selection is done based on the overall performance of the candidate. 

SSC CGL 2020 Assistant Section Officer Vacancy

SSC CGL 2020 ASO has more than 700 vacancies being diverse under various departments of the ministry. Earlier these posts came under the heading Assistants but the post has been amended with the name Assistant Section Officer.

Table Bifurcating Assistant Section Officer Vacancy

Name of Post Ministries/Deptt/ Offices/ Cadre Grade Pay (GP) UR SC ST OBC Total
Assistant Section Officer (ASO)
Central Secretariat Service 4600 284 36 24 27 371
Intelligence Bureau 4600 27 13 1 10 51
Ministry of Railway 4600 13 0 5 9 27
Ministry of External Affairs 4600 76 14 10 20 120
AFHQ 4600 73 22 11 40 146

SSC CGL 2020 Assistant Section Officer Expected Cut Off

SSC CGL 2020 Assistant Section Officer cut off is expected to be higher as analyzed from the previous year’s cut-off. The reason for a hike in cut off is the higher grade pay as compared to other posts in SSC CGL.

Factors, that examination authority considers to eliminate candidates and decide cut-off is:

  • No. of students present
  • No. of correctly marked answers
  • No. of wrong answers marked
  • Difficulty level of exam
  • No. of vacancy
  • Previous year’s cut-off
  • Previous year’s recruitment statistics
Department/ Posts Category Vacancy Cut Off Marks
Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat Service (CSS) UR 299 498.5
Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat Service (CSS) OBC 169 472
Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat Service (CSS) SC 80 434
Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat Service (CSS) ST 49 402.75

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SSC CGL 2020 Assistant Section Officer Job Profile

Central Secretariat Service is considered to be the backbone of the Central Govt. Bureaucracy and administrative work. It is one of the best “Assistant” posts offered in the SSC CGL Exam.

Job Profile Role of an ASO:

  • Routine noting, drafting, writing letter and submission of cases
  • Required to locate and collect other files or papers, information, data, and material, if any, referred to in the receipt, or having a bearing on the issues raised therein.
  • Identify and examine the issues involved in the court case and record a note.
  • Assisting in the formulation and monitoring implementation of policies concerning subjects.

Monitoring and review of the implementation of policies/schemes. The assistant section officer Officers as a part of permanent bureaucratic setup are expected to perform on all counts i.e.:

  • Prompt action
  • Checks on delays
  • Linking of all relevant material including rules, precedents, etc. 
  • Put up alternative solutions along with possible consequences and conclusions.
  • Facilitate maintaining the vital link between Parliament and the Central Secretariat, especially when it comes to the handling of Parliament Questions, Assurances & Government Bills.
  • Work relating to cadre management of various organized services
  • Work relating to financial management and preparation of the budget of various departments of the Central Government.
  • Litigation work of the Central Government (preparing a reply for court cases)

Thus, apart from better skills in noting, drafting, and interpretation of rules and regulations by members of CSS, the CSS members ensure continuity in the policies of the Government of India.

Posting of An Aso

  • Generally, the ASO gets the posting to New Delhi only.
  • However, for a short period of time, the ASO may be transferred to the regional headquarters. 
  • Sometimes, the ASO will be posted to Udyog Bhawan, Nirmal Bhawan based on the Ministry you have chosen for. 

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SSC CGL 2020 Assistant Section Officer Pay Scale

ASO Pay Scale comes under 4600 grade pay, after the 7th Pay Commission. On the basis of which the salary will be as following:

Basic + Allowances X Category Y Category Z Category
Basic 44900 44900 44900
DA 0 0 0
HRA 10776 7184 3592
TA 3600 1800 1800
DA on TA 0 0 0
Gross Salary 59276 53884 50292
NPS 4490 4490 4490
CGHS 325 325 325
CGEGIS 2500 2500 2500
Deductions 7315 7315 7315
Salary in Hand 51961 46569 42977

Benefits of an Assistant Section Officer

SSC CGL ASO job profile is considered to be the most respectable post offered by the Staff Selection Commission. Listed below are benefits of an ASO:

  • The first benefit is the ease of work. You will get more holidays and less challenging work.
  • Also, the working hours are quite comfortable with 9 AM to 5 PM. Apart from this, the ASO will get fixed Saturdays and Sundays off, with no additional shifting work.
  • The headquarters are in Delhi itself, aspirants do not have to worry about any transfer  Candidates are posted in various ministries in Delhi only. This means you will be posted within the state only.

SSC CGL 2020 Assistant Section Officer Opportunities

Assistant Section Officer – 6677

  • The promotion of an ASO to Section Officer (4800) takes 5 – 7 years.
  • You have to clear Inter-Department exam for it.
  • The examination is conducted by UPSC.
  • Otherwise, it will take 10 to 12 years to get promoted. 

Section Officer – 3200+

  • A Section Officer (4800) gets promoted to Section officer (5400) after 4 years of further service.

Under Secretary – 1800+

  • Section Officer (5400) to Under Secretary promotions are also fast due to the large strength of Under Secretary Cadre and no direct recruitment in this cadre.
  • So it takes a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 6 years for SO (5400) to become the US (6600).

Deputy Secretary/ Director – 750+

  • Pay Band 2 (9300-34800) & Grade Pay 5400 –> Pay Band 3 (15600-39100) & Grade Pay 5400

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