SSC CGL 2022 Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS: Salary, Job Profile, Promotion & Career Growth

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : September 2nd, 2022

Assistant Section Officer is one of the most reputed designations. To recruit eligible candidates as Assistant Section Officer (ASO), the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts SSC Combined Graduate Level, popularly known as  SSC CGL Exam every year. This post is Assistant Section Officer (ASO) which was earlier known as Assistant in Central Secretariat Service (CSS). An ASO works under a Section Officer who heads the section, a section is the smallest unit in the Government of India.

CSS serves as the backbone of administrative work and provides permanent bureaucracy and functionary staff in the Central Government of India. On receiving a tremendous response to our previous articles on SSC CGL Job Profile, Salary & career growth of various posts under the SSC CGL 2022 Exam, here in this post we are providing you all the details regarding SSC CGL ASO Salary, Job Profile, SSC ASO Job Nature, SSC ASO Career Growth, and some important points for Assistant Section Officer in CSS.

Check: SSC CGL Job Profile 2022

Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS: Salary and Pay Scale

After the 7th Pay Commission, the Assistant Section Officer Salary in CSS post comes under 4600-grade pay. Based on this SSC CGL ASO Salary, the estimated salary of an Assistant Section Officer in CSS after the 7th pay commission is as follows:

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Stats

Pay Level of ASO in CSS

Level 7

Pay Scale of ASO in CSS

Rs 44,900 to Rs 1,42,400

Grade Pay of ASO in CSS

4600

Basic Pay of ASO in CSS

Rs 44900

HRA* of ASO in CSS (@27%)

12,123

DA** of ASO in CSS (@34%)

15,266

TA*** of ASO in CSS

3600

Gross Salary Range

75,889

HRA* – House Rental Allowance

DA** - Dearness Allowance

TA*** - Travel Allowance

Please Note: Dearness Allowance has been increased by the central government. The total DA is now 34%. Salary has been shown as per the updated DA.

SSC CGL ASO Allowances

Along with a respectable income, SSC CGL ASO offers a number of perks and allowances. Regardless of the department or ministry, the SSC CGL ASO allowances are the same. The following are some of the allowances:

  • House Rental Allowance
  • Dearness Allowance
  • Travel Allowance
  • Medical benefits
  • Paid leaves
  • Pension

Check:SSC CGL Selection Process 2022

Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS: Job profile

The SSC ASO Job Profile in CSS mainly includes clerical work like completing files and making reports, routine noting, drafting, writing a letter, and putting them up to the higher authorities. Here are some other important points regarding ASO Job Profile:

  • Sometimes ASO in CSS may also have to assist in the formulation and monitoring implementation of policies concerning subjects
  • As an Assistant Section Officer, you also need to maintain the vital link between Parliament and the Central Secretariat, especially when it comes to the handling of Parliament Questions, Assurances & Government Bills
  • In addition to noting, drafting, and interpreting rules and regulations, you also have to ensure continuity in the policies of the Government of India

Assistant Section Officer in CSS: Job Nature

As mentioned earlier, the job nature is completely clerical/ desk job. Here are some important points regarding the Assistant Section Officer job nature in CSS as per the officers who are already in service:

  • The office of CSS is no less than the private corporates with facilities like air-conditioned offices, canteens, etc.
  • ASO in CSS is responsible for coordinating with other sections of the department and across the department
  • The job assigned to ASO in CSS is quite easy and there is no deadline for the job
  • Your colleagues have also cleared the SSC CGL and understand how difficult it is to be in the CSS department hence you will find your colleagues to be very supportive
  • As an ASO in CSS, you will get enough time to learn the job (if you do not have the prior skills)
  • Life is quite comfortable and as stated above you will stay in Delhi for your entire life. Although if one wants, then he/ she can go on deputation to some attached offices in other cities
  • An ASO in CSS also gets various benefits such as travel concessions, health scheme (CGHS), access to office and quarter (if you get one) gymnasiums, library, etc.
  • You will get enough time to pursue your interests such as reading novels, playing a sport, learning a musical instrument, etc.
  • This job is completely corruption-free and as an ASO in CSS you are paid well around Rs 60,000 (in-hand) after the 7th pay commission
  • The best part is you get posting as per your preference (though in Delhi only) and get leaves when you want

If you are excited and motivated enough to crack the SSC CGL 2022, you must acquaint yourself with post-wise SSC CGL Cut Off.

Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS: Job Location

As an SSC ASO in CSS, you will be working in Delhi and you will be posted in Delhi throughout your professional career. Therefore, if you want to stay in Delhi permanently then you must apply for this post.

SSC CGL ASO Salary Slip

Assistant Section Officer is one of the most popular posts among the SSC CGL aspirants. Candidates who are hired as assistant section officers get to work in various government departments and ministries. Given below is the latest SSC CGL ASO Salary Slip. Apart from the basic salary, SSC CGL ASO gets other allowances too.

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Note: The above SSC CGL Salary slip is of the Assistant Section Officer (ASO) with 3 years of service.

Assistant Section Officer in CSS: Career Growth

As an Assistant Section Officer in other Ministries, several opportunities will come in your way that will help you reach at greater heights. The career path of an Assistant Section Officer is as follows:

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If you want to get a promotion to Section officer (Grade pay- 4800) within 5-7 years; you have to pass the Inter-Department Test conducted by the UPSC. Otherwise, it would take 10-12 years to get the promotion. Promotion in CSS is pretty fast. The reason being there is no direct recruitment at upper functionary, i.e. Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary.

Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS: Educational Qualification

ASO Educational Qualification in CSS, the candidate must have Bachelor's degree from any discipline from a recognized university or equivalent.

Assistant Section Officer (ASO) Age Limit

The Age Limit for ASO in CSS is from 20-to-30 years where there is upper age relaxation for certain sections, which is given below:

Category

Age Relaxation (Years)

OBC

SC/ST

PwD + Gen

10 

PwD + OBC

13 

PwD + SC/ST

15 

Ex-Servicemen

3 (after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date)

Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST)

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Assistant Section Officer in CSS: Important Points

Here are some important points that you need to keep in mind before applying for ASO in CSS:

  • You need to qualify for CPT otherwise getting even 1st rank will not make you eligible for CSS.
  • Fastest joining process after selection (within 2 months of Final result)
  • Transfer: Since you get postings in various Delhi ministries, you will always get postings in Delhi only. No tension of getting transferred.
  • Work Timings: Working hours are comfortable with 9 to 5 timings, and there would be holidays on Saturday and Sunday. No extra work hours and working in shifts.

We hope we have provided sufficient information to clear all your doubts regarding the Assistant Section Officer in the CSS post offered under SSC CGL Exam.

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FAQs

  • SSC Assistant Section Officer Salary in CSS post comes under 4600-grade pay and pay level 7. ASO Gross Salary is around Rs. 75,889 and the basic pay of ASO is Rs 44900. Candidates can check the ASO salary slip in this article. Gross salary includes other allowances as well.

  • Along with the SSC ASO salary, the post offers a number of perks and allowances. Regardless of the department or ministry, the SSC CGL ASO allowances are the same. The following are some of the allowances:

    • House Rental Allowance
    • Dearness Allowance
    • Travel Allowance
    • Medical benefits
    • Paid leaves
    • Pension
  • Assistant Section Officer is one of the most popular posts among the SSC CGL aspirants. Candidates who are hired as assistant section officers get to work in various government departments and ministries. Apart from the basic salary, SSC CGL ASO gets other allowances too. The latest SSC CGL ASO Salary Slip is given in this article.

  • SSC Assistant Section Officer Gross salary is around Rs 76,000 (approx.). According to the 7th Pay Commission, where DA & HRA are 34% and 27% resp. Gross Salary is the total salary including allowance and excluding deductions.

  • A. Yes, candidates must qualify for CPT to qualify for ASO in CSS. Out of the four stages of the SSC CGL selection process, Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) is the part of the fourth stage where candidates are evaluated for their computer skills. It is kind of a skill test required for specific posts.

  • Yes, ASO in CSS will be posted in Delhi state. Candidates will always get postings in Delhi only. No tension of getting transferred. Although, for ASO in other ministries, there will be transfers and relocations. It is one of the popular jobs because of the stability offered due to no transfer.

  •  Promotion in CSS is pretty fast. The reason being there is no direct recruitment at upper functionary i.e. Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary. Candidates will be working as Under Secretary, Joint Director, Director, and Joint Secretary in that order. If you want to get a promotion to Section officer (Grade pay- 4800) within 5-7 years; you have to pass Inter-Department Test which is conducted by the UPSC

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