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Customs Officer Career Information

How would you like to ensure that our country is drug free, that terrorists cannot enter our country, and that no illegal contraband or hazardous substance reaches our shores?

Welcome to the world of customs officers.

What a Customs Officer does

Abilities & Traits Required


You have to qualify through the Indian Civil Services examination. Very few manage to get through the ICS examination. Thereafter you can opt for different services based on your preference and ranking in the examination.

To be eligible to take the ICS test you need to a graduate in any stream with age around 21-30. Apart from direct recruitment through the Indian Civil Services Examination some posts in the junior scale are filled in by promotes from the Group 'B' of the Central Government or State Government Services.

As a Customs officer, you will then have over 24 services to choose from. You will be expected to list your options and placed according to your grades. Customs are much soft after so you need to score really well.

Once appointed, all probationary officers of the All India and Central Services undergo a compulsory foundation training course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.

Training begins in the last week of August with a foundation training course of 4 months duration for probationers of all civil services. The foundation course is followed up by specific job-oriented training, conducted separately by each service in different parts of the country.

This training is partly institutional and partly hands-on. For most cadres, the training is of 12 months' duration. Customs probationers are trained at Chennai.


• Junior Officer Scale - (18000-22000)

• Senior Officer Scale - (25000-30000)

• Junior Administrative Grade (after nine years of services) - (35000-45000)

• Selection Grade (after 14th year) - (47000-50000)

• Senior Administrative Grade (15th-18th year) - (52000-75000)

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