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

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : January 24th, 2022

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) offers one of the most reputed posts through SSC Combined Graduate Level, popularly known as  SSC CGL Exam. One such most preferred 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.

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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 Job Profile, Salary & Career Growth of various posts under the SSC CGL Exam, here in this post we are providing you all the details regarding Job Profile, Job Nature, Salary, Career Growth, and some important points for Assistant Section Officer in CSS.

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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) in CSS: 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)

Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS: Job Location

As an 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.

Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS: Job profile

The job profile of an ASO 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 job nature of Assistant Section Officer 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

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

After the 7th Pay Commission, the Assistant Section Officer 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:

Particulars

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 (@24%)

10,776

DA** of ASO in CSS (@28%)

12,572

TA*** of ASO in CSS

3600

Gross Salary Range

71,848

HRA* – House Rental Allowance

DA** - Dearness Allowance

TA*** - Travel Allowance

Please Note: Dearness Allowance has been increased by 11% by the central government. The total DA is now 28%. Salary has been shown as per the updated DA.

Check: SSC CGL Selection Process 2022

Assistant Section Officer in CSS: Career Growth

As an Assistant in other Ministries, you will have the following career path

  • Section Officer (in 5-7 years)
  • Under Secretary
  • Joint Director
  • Director
  • Joint Secretary

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. 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 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 ministries in Delhi, this means 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 all the sufficient information which will surely clear all your doubts regarding the Assistant Section Officer in CSS post offered under SSC CGL Exam.

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Nikita Rajpoot
Good information 👌👌
Rahul D

Rahul DNov 24, 2021

What is eligibility criteria
Nandani

NandaniNov 24, 2021

When will the CGL appreciation form come
Nitish

NitishNov 24, 2021

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Saumya Sen

Saumya SenDec 22, 2021

Thank you ❗❗
Birendra Kumar
If cpt not cleared then what happens
Then we are provided with other post or not
Mohan Raj

Mohan RajJan 25, 2022

Thank you Ashwini.... Your post are Really useful

FAQs

  • A. Yes, candidates have to qualify for CPT to be eligible for ASO in CSS. 

  • A. Yes, ASO in CSS will be permanently posted in Delhi state. 

  • A. The work timings are quite comfortable with 9 AM to 5 PM timings and there would be holidays on Saturday and Sunday. 

  • A. An Assistant Section Officer in CSS gets a Gross Salary of Rs 72,000 (approx.). 

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