Requirements – Job Opportunities – Career Prospects of an Income Tax Officer

To be an outstanding Income Tax Officer you need –

• Above average organising abilities
• Excellent communication skills
• Extrovert and dynamic personality
• Sound mathematical and logical skills
• Strong leadership qualities
• Willingness to travel and work in new places
• Awareness about national and international affairs
• Interest in human affairs

The Income Tax Department recruits at two levels. Direct recruitment is made to the Indian Revenue Service at the level of Assistant Commissioners of Income Tax, through an open examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Recruitment at the level of Income Tax Inspectors and below is done by the Staff Selection Commission.

To join in as an assistant commissioner of Income tax, you have to qualify through the Indian Civil Services examination.

There are two stages in the written examination - Preliminary and final exam. If you qualify in the Preliminary examination, then you will be called for the final examination.

After you clear the final examination you will be called for an interview and personality test. If you are among the select few who manage to get through the ICS examination, then on the basis of your position in the merit list and your preference you will be allotted the various services like the IAS, IPS, IFS or the IRS.

You can also join in directly as an income tax inspector. For this you need to be a graduate in any discipline and between the age group of 20-25 years

The examination for this grade consists of two parts:
The written exam consists of an objective type question paper on the topics of General Intelligence, General English, Numerical Ability and General Awareness.
This is followed by a personal interview after which the final merit list is put up.

Job Opportunities 

The main training centre for Income tax officers is The National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT) located at Nagpur. Officers of the IRS (Indian Revenue Service) join here after completing their initial training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Musorrie.

Here you will be provided in depth training in direct tax laws, accountancy, administrative rules and procedures and basic understanding of other relevant laws. Training will also be provided on software packages such as Lotus Smart Suite, MS-Office, Visual Fox Pro, Tally etc.

You will also be exposed to modern managerial concepts as well as skills and techniques of effective investigation.

You will then be posted in any of the different directorates in the various regions. Along with your work you will be provided refresher and advanced courses at The Direct Taxes Regional Training Institute (DTRTI) in your region. The programme here is conducted in the form of workshops, case studies, group discussion, seminars and panel discussions to encourage field officers to come up with ideas and solutions.

Money & Other Benefits

For officers recruited by staff selection commission
For officers recruited by union Public Service Commission (Indian Civil Service)



Income Tax Inspector

Rs 6,500-10,500

Income Tax Officer II

Rs 6,500-10,500

Income Tax Officer I

Rs 8,000-





Rs 22400-24500

Joint/ Additional Commissioner of Income Tax

Rs 14,300 - 18,300

Commissioner of Income Tax / DIT

Rs 18,400 - 22,400

Deputy Director/ AD

Rs 10,000 – 15,200

Director of Income Tax

Rs 22,400 - 26,000

The pay structure in civil services is embellished by handsome allowances. One not only enjoys the bureaucratic powers to an extent but also many privileges like free accommodation, conveyance, telephone facility, retirement benefits etc.

Career Prospects 

If you join in as an Income tax inspector, you can rise up to the level of an income tax officer grade II and then to grade I.

If you join in as Assistant commissioner of Income tax, your career growth is as follows:

Joint/ Additional Commissioner of Income Tax: after 9 years of service

Commissioner of Income Tax: after 14 years of service

Joint/ Deputy Director of Income Tax: between 15 to 18 years of service

Director/Chief Commissioner of Income Tax: after 18 years of service

At the level of chief commissioner of income tax, you can get the opportunity to serve as a member of the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Here you can scale up to be the chairman of this board, which is a very prestigious post.

After retirement at any level, you will be well sought-after by various industries as a consultant.