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Income Tax Officer Career Information

What an Income Tax Officer does

Abilities & Traits Required


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.


For officers recruited by staff selection commission -

Designation Pay

• Income Tax Inspector Rs 20000-30000

• Income Tax Officer II Rs 32000-40000

• Income Tax Officer I Rs 40000-45000

For officers recruited by union Public Service Commission (Indian Civil Service) -

Designation Pay

• CCIT/DGIT Rs 22400-24500

• Joint/ Additional Commissioner of Income Tax Rs 25000 – 30000

• Commissioner of Income Tax / DIT Rs 32000 – 40000

• Deputy Director/ AD Rs 25000 –30000

• Director of Income Tax Rs 32000 - 45000

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.

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