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Excise Inspector Exam:Highlights,Eligibility,Syllabus,Pattern,Cutoff

SSC CGL Excise Inspector is a Group ‘B’ post under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in the revenue department under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. CBIC controls the tax levied on goods on Ports, Airports, Manufacturing outputs of Industries etc. An Excise Inspector in CBIC is one of the powerful and prestigious jobs which requires specialized skills. Thus, it is a popular post preference under SSC CGL

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Excise Inspector Exam

The candidates, who are recruited as Inspector (Excise) after SSC CGL, can avail the following promotions and the first promotion is to the rank of Superintendent which is a gazetted post. The promotion and growth depend upon their hard work and skills.

Exam Highlghts

Promotion Years of Service Required New Designation
1 7-8 Years (After departmental Exam) Superintendent
2 7-8 Years Assistant Commissioner
3 7-8 Years Deputy Commissioner
4 7-8 Years Joint Commissioner
5 7-8 Years Commissioner

Training and Job Profile

After selection, the Excise Inspectors are allocated to various cadres of the Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) and the allocation is purely based on merit and preference. Excise Inspectors are getting posted at Airports, Regional HQ, Custom HQ, or even deputation to CBI or Customs department. The training period of an Excise Inspector is as follows:

The work profile of an Excise Inspector is mainly categorized as Field Posts and Desk Posts. Every 2 years, these working areas can be Interchanged.

  • Training usually starts within one month of joining or sometime later as decided by the zone where the candidate got selected. Training is mandatory and the 2 months of training are conducted in the zonal National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes & Narcotics (NACIN ) centre. During training time, there are lectures on Central Excise Systems, GST system, E-governance, Official Noting and Drafting Systems etc. Weapon training is conducted either in the State Police Academy or CISF Training Centre.
  • An Excise Inspector focuses on executive functions predominantly concerning the collection of central goods and services tax. Fieldwork includes collecting customs, central excise duties, and service tax on goods imported to or exported from the country through seaports and airports. They administer all the processes around it. They prevent smuggling and ensure CGST collection. An excise inspector has to conduct raids who fail to give taxes. The officers posted in field posts usually have irregular working hours.
  • The Excise officers posted for desk jobs have to do clerical work only like drafting, maintaining & monitoring files on the subject of RTI, report making, correspondence etc. They can influence the work environment and take adequate measures to improve the efficiency of the team.

Selection Process

SSC CGL selection process is conducted in two Tiers i.e. Tier 1 and Tier 2. Details of each tier for the Inspector (Excise) post are given below:

  • Tier 1 Exam is compulsory for all the candidates appearing for the SSC CGL exam.
  • In the Tier 2 exam, Excise inspector candidates should appear for only Paper I consisting of three sections.
  • The three sections of Paper 1 are further segregated into two modules each. The details of the same are given below.
  • The final selection will take place after document verification and medical examination.


To have a clear idea about SSC CGL Excise Inspector vacancies for the current and previous years, please refer to the table given below.

Year Vacancy
2021-22 824
2020-21 1216
2019-20 2244
2018-19 1729
2017-2018 855

Eligibility Criteria

The Candidates must have a clear idea about their SSC CGL eligibility before they apply for the job.

Particulars Details
Nationality/ Citizenship Citizen of India or The Subject of Bhutan/Nepal or Tibetan refugee (who comes to India before January 1, 1962, with an intention to settle permanently in India)
Age (Overview) 18-30 years
Educational Qualification Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from a recognized university.
No: of Attempts No limit

Physical Standards

Excise Inspector candidates are required to meet the minimum Physical Standard and pass the physical test given below in the table.

  • Colour Blind Candidates are not suitable for the Excise Inspector post.
Category Physical Standard (Minimum) Physical Test
Male Height Chest Walking Cycling
157.5 cm 81cm (fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cm) 1.6 Km in 15 minutes 8 Km in 30 minutes
Female Height Weight Walking Cycling
152 cm 48kg 1 Km in 20 minutes 3 Km in 20 minutes

Exam Syllabus

SSC CGL Tiers Subjects
Tier 1 General Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension
Tier 2 Quantitative Ability
English Language and Comprehension
Reasoning and General Intelligence
General Awareness
Computer Knowledge Test

Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam is conducted in two stages (Tiers) i.e. Tier 1 and Tier 2. The questions will be set both in Hindi and English, except for the English Language and Comprehension section. Details of the exam pattern are given below.

Particulars SSC CGL Tier 1 SSC CGL Tier 2
Question Type Objective MCQ-type Objective MCQ-type
No. of Questions 100 150+ Data Entry Task (Qualifying)
Total Marks 200 450
Duration 1 hour 2 hours and 30 minutes
Negative Marking 0.50 marks for each wrong answer 1 mark for each wrong answer

Exam CutOff

SSC CGL Exam for Inspector (Excise) is conducted in 3 tiers and Cutoff marks are released separately for each Tier. The SSC CGL cutoff marks for the General category in each tier are given below.

Years Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
2021-22 130.18384
2020-21 132.37260 528.38462 645.43857
2019-20 147 528 605
2018-19 137 433 512
2017-18 131 415.50 488
2016 137.00 422.00 521


 An Excise Inspector can directly impact the government’s revenue generation capabilities. Some of the duties and responsibilities of an excise inspector are given below:

  • Inform manufacturers and businesses personnel about the government regulations
  • Always deals with invoice data and not with cash.
  • Meet all statutory requirements on goods
  • Maintain records of all products that are imported to or exported from the country and monitor them regularly
  • Adapt methods to improve the efficacy of the departments
  • Stay up-to-date with regulatory changes
  • Assist in raids
  • Ensure timely indirect tax collection to prevent revenue leakage

The Salary of the SSC CGL Inspector (Excise) varies according to the Geographical location but the basic salary for a fresher is Rs.44,900/ month.

The Inspector (Excise) will get promotions based on their years of service and the first promotion is to the post of Superintendent. The order of promotion will be Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Joint Commissioner and Commissioner.

Yes, there is a mandatory training period for all the selected candidates. The training period is around 8 weeks.

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