How to become an income tax officer

How to become income tax officer

Government jobs have become the preferred career option for most youth today, right after graduation, they start searching for government jobs according to their skill set or preferences.

One should first enter the Income Tax Department as an Income Tax Inspector or Tax Assistant to become an Income Tax Officer. After qualifying the departmental examination, they can then be promoted to the appointment of income tax officer. To join as an Income Tax Inspector or Tax Assistant, first step is to qualify for the Combined Graduate Level Exam. After that, there will be a personal interview for the post of Income Tax Inspector and there will be a skill test for the post of tax assistant. Interested aspirants can apply either online or offline for this All India Level competitive exam.

Requirements for eligibility

Educational requirements: Aspirants wishing to appear for the written exam should complete their degree (any discipline) from any University / College approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Age requirements: The maximum age limit for written examination specified is 27 years, while the minimum age limit is 18 years. For OBC candidates, upper age relaxation of 3 years will be given, while for SC / ST candidates 5 years will be given.

Candidates should also meet the required minimum physical stature and requirements for physical fitness.

Male Candidates:

Physical Standards:

Height – 157.5 cms.

Chest – 81 cms. (Fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cms.)

Physical examination:

Walking: 1600 metres in 15 minutes.

Cycling:  candidates will be required to cycle 8 Kms in 30 minutes.

Female Candidates:

Physical (minimum) standards:

Height – 152 cms.

Weight – 48 Kgs.

Physical examination:

Walking: candidates will be required to walk 1 Km. in 20 minutes.

Cycling: candidates will be required to cycle 3 Kms. in 25 minutes.

Pattern of examinations:

Written Examination – In the written examination, Tier I and Tier II, there are two separate sections. Those qualified in Tier I may appear for Tier II examination. The duration specified for completion of Tier I is 2 hours and 4 hours for Tier II. Subjects covered by Tier I are:

  • General Intelligence + Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Numerical Aptitude
  • English Comprehension

For this section, which is divided equally between these subjects, a total of 200 marks is specified.

The following subjects are covered by Tier II with 200 marks each.

  • Arithmetic skills
  • English language and understanding

There will be a total of 100 questions for Arithmetic Abilities and a total of 200 questions for English Language and Comprehension.

Candidates can score 1 mark for each correct answer while losing 0.25 marks for each incorrect response.

Final Selection

Interview: Interview will include questions that test candidates ‘ personality. Questions about the Department of Income Tax, Corruption and other tax-related scenarios may arise. For the personal interview, a total of 100 marks are specified.

Skill test: The candidates ‘ data entry speed is tested during the Skill Test. This test is carried out at the Staff Selection Commission’s regional / sub-regional office. Only if candidates have a data entry speed of 2000 words per 15 minutes can qualify for this test.

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