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CBSE Guess > Indian Education > Competitive Exam > SSC > Income Tax/ Excise Inspectors, etc.. Exam

The Staff Selection Commission (S.S.C.) conducts this examination every year for recruitment to the following posts:

  1. Inspectors' of Central Excise in different Collectorates of Central Excise.
  2. Examiner (Ordinary Grade) in Custom House at Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Cochin, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam.
  3. Preventive Officer (Ordinary Grade) in Custom Houses at Mumbai, Calcutta, Goa, Cochin, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam.
  4. Inspector of Income Tax in different charges of the Commissioner of Income-Tax.
  5. Assistant Enforcement Officers in the Directorate of Enforcement (FERA).


Age: A candidate must have attained the age of 18 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years on the first July of the year of examination. The upper age limit is relaxable in respect of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes Other Backward Classes, Departmental candidates and such other categories of persons as may be decided from time to time.

Educational Qualifications: A candidate must hold degree of a recognized University, or equivalent.

Physical Standards: For the posts of Inspector of Central Excise and Preventive Officer, candidates will have to satisfy the following minimum physical standards, failing which they will not be eligible for appointment.

(a) Inspector of Central Excise/Preventive Officer (Male candidates)

(i) Physical Standards (Minimum)

Height 157.5 cms
Chest 81 cms (fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cms
Relaxable by 5 cms in the case of Garhwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas, Kumaon Region, Nagaland Tribes and members of ST

(ii) Physical Test:

1600 metres in 15 minutes
8 Km in 30 minutes

(b) Inspector of Central Excise/Preventive Officer (Lady Candidates)

(ii) Physical Standard::

Height 152 cms
Weight 48 Kg
Height relaxable by 2.5 cm and weight by 2 kg for Gorkhans, Garhwalis, Assamese, Kumaon region and Nagaland Tribes and members of ST

(ii) Physical Test:

1 km in 20 minutes
3 km in 2


The examination is held once a year, generally in the month of April. Blank application forms and other particulars are usually published in the Employment News in November of last year. The last date for the submission of application is usually the last week of December of last year.


Pllan Of Examination

The examination comprises: (i) Written examination (ii) Interview for Personality Test for such candidates as may qualify in the written test.

The subjects of the examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks for each subject will be as follows:

S. No. Test
General Intelligence
General English
Arithmetical Ability
General Awareness
2 hrs


General Intelligence: It would contain questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualisation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation related concepts, arithmetic reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidates abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and their analytical functions.

General English: Questions in this test will be designed to assess the knowledge of English language, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms etc. There will also be a question on comprehension of a passage.

Arithmetical Ability: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidates to perform fundamental arithmetical operations and his skill in working our problems relating to percentages, ratio and proportion, average estimation, rounding numbers, use of tables and graphs, mensuration, time and distance, ratio and time.

General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries, especially pertaining to history, culture, geography, economic scene, general polity and scientific research.

Note: (i) The questions in all the four tests will be of "Objective Multiple-Choice Type".

(ii) Candidates will be required to qualify in each of the four tests separately. The commission will have full discretion to fix the minimum qualifying marks in each of the four tests.

(iii) Only those candidates who qualify in each of the four tests would be eligible for being called for personality test (interview) which will carry 100 marks.