Current Affairs for Prelims 2018 for three days demo classes by ForumIAS(26th March) :
Instructions details (OFFLINE MODE)
Payment link (OFFLINE MODE)
Current Affairs for Prelims 2018 + Static Revision Classes by ForumIAS
ForumIAS shall commence Current Affairs Classes for Prelims 2018 from 26th March ( Limited Seats )
Static Revision Classes will commence from 2nd April and 9th April.Download document plan Click here
to know more. Enrollment Links :1) Current Affairs (ONLINE) 2) Current Affairs (OFFLINE) 3) Static Revision Classes - (OFFLINE)
Unacademy Plus - Live Classes by India’s Best Educators
Seats going fast for all UPSC CSE Prelims'18 courses. Click on the below link for details -
(1) Modern Indian History (2) Environment & Ecology (3) Polity & Current Affairs (4) CSAT Paper-2
(5) Geography with MCQ's (6) Indian Polity with MCQ's
Learn from India’s Best Educators. Limited Seats! Register now .

SSC CGL: Preventive Officer Job Description, Career Path, Salary, Qualification and Stage of exam

Preventive Officer (P.O.) is the only customs post offered in SSC CGL in which uniform is compulsory. Just like Central Excise Inspector and Examiner, you would be recruited into CBEC (Central Board of Excise and Customs) as a Group – B ( Non Gazetted ) officer.

CBEC is a government of India organization which works towards collection and monitoring of indirect taxes in India. It collects indirect taxes and duties like Central Excise duty, Customs duty and Service tax. A white uniform is compulsory for Preventive Officer (P.O.). You may have seen custom officers on airports wearing white uniform, some of them can be Preventive officers. Preventive Officers are posted mostly in 11 coastal cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochin or Chennai etc which are into 6 custom zones Kolkata, Kochin, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Mumbai and Goa. You should consider that before opting for this post. Let’s discuss Preventive Officer Job Profile.

See more


  • He is posted in the pay band 9,300-34,800 with grade pay of Rs 4,600.
    If posted in Headquarter—-Clerical/File work
    If posted in the field—-Executive work e.g. prevention of smuggling, assessment of customs duty on goods, can arrest, seize , search, detain etc. on any kind of doubt of smuggling, and etc. Duty is round the clock (You have to work in day/night shift).

    Uniform (Ashoka Stambha with 2 yellow strips) is a must.

    His promotions in order are:
    1. Appraiser (Group-B Gazetted)
    2. Assistant Commissioner
    3. Deputy Commissioner
    4. Joint Commissioner
    5. Addl. Commissioner
    6. Commissioner

    There is a qualifying period of 8 years for the promotion to the post of Superintendent; means he cant be promoted to that post before completion of eight years of service as PO.

    There is a departmental exam for confirmation; without passing in that he cant be made confirmed; nor he can be promoted to the next post. Promotion period differs from zone to zone since there is zonal seniority. Generally his first promotion is in 8-9 years everywhere.

    This post like the Examiner posts lies in the same 6 zones, namely Kolkata, Kochin, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Mumbai and Goa.

    On airports and at other places other than the coastal cities generally Excise Inspectors are deputed and they only perform the duties of a Preventive Officer, and hence are seen in white uniform.

    Note: Being Group-B service, the age relaxation for UR central govt employees servicing for 3 years continuously is 5 years for this post. For reserved categories add to it the usual age relaxation available to them.

    Courtesy of SANTOSH ANAND BHAAI SAHAB (Preventive Officer)
Sign In or Join to comment.

Courses by ForumIAS for CSE
ForumIAS is trusted by over 10,000+ students for their Prelims, Mains and Interview Preparation and we currently run several assistance programs to help students from Civil Services prelims preparation to rank upgradation to IAS. You can enroll for these programs by visiting


We are a secret self-moderated community for Civil Services preparation. Feel free to join, start a discussion, answer a question or just to say Thank you.

Just dont spread the word ;)

Sign in or join with Facebook or Google

Subscribe to ForumIAS Blog