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SSC CGL 2018 Assistant Section Officer (ASO): Job Profile, Pay Scale, Career Path

Last Updated - September 26, 2018

SSC CGL 2018 Assistant Section Officer (ASO) vacancies have been realized by SSC in multiple departments along with various other vacancies. The official notification for SSC CGL was out on May 5, 2018. SSC CGL ASO post is categorized under Group ‘B’ and the grade pay is also much higher than other posts available.

SSC CGL 2018SSC CGL EligibilitySSC CGL Application Form

SSC CGL is a national level entrance exam organized by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for recruiting the candidates for various posts. The exam is held through online (computer-based) mode. Once the final result out, shortlisted candidates on the basis of their marks secured in the exam are called for Interview round. The final selection is done on the basis of overall performance of the candidate. 

SSC CGL 2018 Assistant Section Officer Vacancy

SSC CGL 2018 ASO have over more than 700+ vacancies being diverse under various Departments of the Ministry. Earlier these posts came under the heading Assistants but the post has been amended with the name Assistant Section Officer.

Table Bifurcating Assistant Section Officer Vacancy

Name of PostMinistries/Deptt/ Offices/ CadreGrade Pay (GP)URSCSTOBCTotal
Assistant Section Officer (ASO)
Central Secretariat Service4600284362427371
Intelligence Bureau4600271311051
Ministry of Railway46001305927
Ministry of External Affairs460076141020120

Also Check SSC CGL Official Notification

SSC CGL 2018 Assistant Section Officer Cut Off

SSC CGL 2018 Assistant Section Officer cut off is expected to be higher as analysed from the previous year’s cut-off. The reason for a high cut off is as grade pay is as higher as 4600, as compared to other posts in SSC CGL.

Factors, that examination authority considers to eliminate candidates and decide cut-off is:

  • No. of students present
  • No. of correctly marked answers
  • No. of wrong answers marked
  • Difficulty level of exam
  • No. of vacancy
  • Previous year’s cut-off
  • Previous year’s recruitment statistics
Department/ PostsCategoryVacancyCut Off Marks
Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat Service (CSS)UR299498.5
Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat Service (CSS)OBC169472
Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat Service (CSS)SC80434
Assistant Section Officer in Central Secretariat Service (CSS)ST49402.75

Check SSC CGL 2018 Expected Cut off

SSC CGL 2018 Assistant Section Officer Job Profile

Central Secretariat Service is considered to be the backbone of the Central Govt. Bureaucracy and administrative work. It is one of the best “Assistant” post offered in SSC CGL Exam.

Job Profile Role of an ASO:

  • Routine noting, drafting, writing letter and submission of cases
  • Required to locate and collect other files or papers, information, data and material, if any, referred to in the receipt, or having a bearing on the issues raised therein.
  • Identify and examine the issues involved in the court case and record a note.
  • Assisting in the formulation and monitoring implementation of policies concerning subjects.

Monitoring and review of the implementation of policies/schemes. The assistant section officer Officers as a part of permanent bureaucratic setup are expected to perform on all counts i.e.:

  • Prompt action
  • Checks on delays
  • Linking of all relevant material including rules, precedents etc. 
  • Put up alternative solutions along with possible consequences and conclusions.
  • Facilitate maintaining the vital link between Parliament and the Central Secretariat, especially when it comes to handling of Parliament Questions, Assurances & Government Bills.
  • Work relating to cadre management of various organized services
  • Work relating to financial management and preparation of the budget of various Departments of the Central Government.
  • Litigation work of the Central Government (preparing reply for court cases)

Thus, apart from better skills in noting, drafting and interpretation of rules and regulations by members of CSS, the CSS members ensures continuity in the policies of the Government of India.

Check SSC CGL Practice Papers

SSC CGL 2018 Assistant Section Officer Pay Scale

ASO Pay Scale comes under 4600 grade pay, after the 7th Pay Commission. On the basis of which the salary will be as following:

Basic + AllowancesX CategoryY CategoryZ Category
DA on TA000
Gross Salary592765388450292
Salary in Hand519614656942977

Benefits of an Assistant Section Officer

SSC CGL ASO job profile is considered to be the most respectable post offered by the Staff Selection Commission. Listed below are benefits of an ASO:

  • The first benefit is the ease of work. You will get more holidays and less challenging work.
  • Also, the working hours are quite comfortable with 9 to 5 timings.
  • The headquarters are in Delhi itself, aspirants do not have to worry about any transfer  Candidates are posted in various ministries in Delhi only. This means you will be posted within the state only.

SSC CGL 2018 Assistant Section Officer Opportunities

Assistant Section Officer – 6677

  • The promotion of an ASO to Section Officer (4800) takes 5 – 7 years.
  • You have to clear Inter-Department exam for it.
  • The examination is conducted by UPSC.
  • Otherwise, it will take 10 to 12 years to get promoted. 

Section Officer – 3200+

  • A Section Officer (4800) gets promoted to Section officer (5400) after 4 years of further service.

Under Secretary – 1800+

  • Section Officer (5400) to Under Secretary promotions are also fast due to large strength of Under Secretary Cadre and no direct recruitment in this cadre.
  • So it takes minimum 4 years and maximum 6 years for SO (5400) to become US (6600).

Deputy Secretary/ Director – 750+

  • Pay Band 2 (9300-34800) & Grade Pay 5400 –> Pay Band 3 (15600-39100) & Grade Pay 5400



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