How to become an Income Tax officer?. An income tax officer is someone who deals with income tax matters concerning the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). The CBDT is a department of the Central Government of India which is responsible for looking after all tax related matters.

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How to become an Income Tax officer?

There are two main stages to become an Income Tax Officer in India, One of them is SSC CGL exam or Second is UPSC exam. SSC CGL exam is the main exam for Grade C and B inspectors for the Department of Income Tax which comes under the central government. Except of this exam, candidates can opt for the civil services exam organised by UPSC for Indian Revenue Services and cracking this exam, Candidates will be appointed as Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax which is a Group A Post.

Income Tax officer Salary

SSC CGL Income Tax Officer SalarySalary Per Month
Basic PayRs. 44,900
House Rent Allowance (HRA)Rs. 10,776
DA (Dearness allowance)Rs. 7,633
TARs. 3,600
DA on TARs. 612
Gross EarningRs. 67,521
NPS Deduction10%Rs. 5,253
CGHSRs. 350
CGEISRs. 30
Total DeductionRs. 5,633
Net EarningRs. 61,888
Government ContributionRs. 7,355

Apart from the basic pay, the income tax officer gets many opportunities in promotion and growth.

Tabulated below are the salary of income tax officers with promotions.

RankPay Scale (Per Month)
Principal Chief Commissioner of ITRs. 80,000
Chief CommissionerRs. 75,550 to 80,000
Principal CommissionerRs. 67,000 to 79,000
CommissionerRs. 37,400 to 67,000+Grade pay Rs. 10,000
Joint CommissionerRs. 37400 to 67,000+Grade pay Rs. 8,700
Deputy CommissionerRs. 15,600 to 39,100
Assistant CommissionerRs. 15,600 to 39,100+Grade pay Rs. 5,400
Income Tax OfficerRs. 9,300 to 34,800+Grade pay Rs. 4,800/5,400

What does an income tax officer do ?

As direct tax is one of the main incomes of the Indian government, the duties of an income tax officer include many activities.

It is the responsibility of the ITO’s to find those defaulters and bring them to the notice of the department so that they can be compelled to pay the tax dues on on their income.

To the best of my knowledge to become an income tax officer first the aspirant should
enter into CBDT as Income Tax Inspector or Tax Assistant. Then they can get promotion to the designation of Income Tax Officer after qualifying the departmental examination.

Examination to become an ITO :

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) every year conducts an entrance exam (SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam) for the recruitment of candidates in the income tax department. This goes as a series of written, oral tests and physical tests also will be carried out for the selection of the candidates. Those candidates who clear these tests will be eligible for an interview later.

Eligibility :

1) The candidates must be at least 18 years and not more than 27 years at the time of applying for the exam.

The maximum age limit will be relaxed by 3 years for OBC candidates and 5 years for SC/ST candidates.

2) Candidate should be graduated from an university recognized by University Grant Commission. Graduation could be in any stream.

3) Physical fitness :

a)Height : 157.5cm

b)Chest : 81cm ,fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cm

c)Physical Test:
i)Walking:1600 meters in 15 minutes
ii)Cycling:8 Km in 30 minutes

Selection process :

1) Candidate can apply through offline or online . Application can be downloaded from SSC website

Examination Name – SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam

Details of Posts of SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam

  • Inspector of Income Tax (CBDT)
  • Inspector- Central Excise (CBEC)
  • Inspector- Preventive Officer (CBEC)
  • Inspector- Examiner (CBEC)
  • Divisional Accountant (Offices under CAG)
  • Auditor (Offices under C&AG)
  • Auditor (Offices under CGA & others)
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant (Offices under C&AG)
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant (Offices under CGA & others)
  • Tax Assistant (CBDT)
  • Tax Assistant (CBEC)
  • Many Others

If the candidates prefer offline application procedure, then they should submit the forms at the Regional / Sub Regional offices of Staff Selection Commission after paying Rs. 100/- as Central Recruitment Fee Stamps

Preliminary Examination Pattern

SectionSubjectQuestionsMax Marks Time 
Part AGeneral Intelligence
and General
Awareness
1001002 Hours
Part BArithmetic1001002 Hours

Main Exam Pattern

General Studies (Reasoning and Awareness)2003 Hours
English Comprehension1002 Hours 20 minutes
Arithmetic Abilities2004 Hours
Language1002 Hours 20 minutes
Communication Skills and Writing2002 Hours 20 minutes

3) Candidates who qualify all the tests stated above will be called for a personal interview in which the interviewer tests the candidate’s mental fitness and his awareness about taxation matters and all.

Income Tax Inspector Selection Process

There are 4 routes in SSC CGL Exam and acandidates have to perform well at each stage. The below table given has all the selection stages to become an Income tax inspector: 

TierType Mode
Tier IMCQOnline
Tier IIMCQOnline
Tier IIIDescriptive Paper in English/HindiOffline
Tier IVSkill TestOffline

SSC CGL Cut-Offs Past Years

Category Cut Off (Out of 700)
General 578.75 
OBC557.75
ST511.50
SC515.25
OH489.50
HH473.00
Ex-Serviceman482.50

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the salary of income tax officer?

Salary of income tax officer is Estimated to Rs 62000

Who is more powerful IAS or income tax officer?

IAS officer are superior officers so IAS is more powerful as compare to income tax officer

Can a girl become income tax officer?

Yes, both female and man candidates can apply for SSC CGL Income Tax Inspector post in India.

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