Which one is Better SSC CGL or RRB NTPC? Check here the Comparison between SSC CGL or RRB NTPC!

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : December 9th, 2021

Which one is Better SSC CGL or RRB NTPC: SSC CGL and RRB NTPC are the most popular exams in SSC and Railway category respectively. As both the exams are immensely popular among the aspirants, let us find out which one of them is better with the help of different parameters.

In this article, we would be comparing these two exams in terms of the posts under the SSC CGL and RRB NTPC, salary offered, Promotion, and other important parameters and would try to find out which one is better. 

Table of Content

What is SSC CGL?

The Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination is held by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for the recruitment of Grade “B” and “C” level positions in different Government Ministries, Divisions, and Offices. SSC CGL is recognized as one of the most popular exams for graduate students in India. The exam is divided into four levels, known as Tiers. The first two are online tests, and the second two are offline exams. The upcoming SSC CGL 2021 would be a wonderful opportunity for students who wish to have a respectable government job.

What is RRB NTPC?

The Railway Recruitment Board administers exams like RRB NTPC, RRB Group D exam and other railway exams, providing candidates with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter India's prestigious government sector (Indian Railways). RRB NTPC 2021 Recruitment is targeted at candidates with a graduate degree or 12th (+2 Stage) from a recognized university. RRB is currently recruiting for 35,208 vacancies under Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) posts through RRB NTPC 2020-21.

SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC: Which one is Better?


SSC CGL Posts:

Through the SSC CGL exam, candidates are offered different posts under different groups varying in their salary structure, eligibility criteria and position. The posts are given below

Group Posts
Group B
  • Assistant Audit Officer (Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG)
  • Assistant Accounts Officer (Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG)
  • Assistant Section Officer (Central Secretariat Service, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Railway, Ministry of External Affairs, AFHQ, Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations)
  • Assistant (Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations)
  • Inspector Central Excise (CBIC)
  • Inspector Preventive Officer (CBIC)
  • Inspector Examiner (CBIC)
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer (Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue)
  • Sub Inspector (Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency (NIA))
  •   Inspector Posts (Department of Post)
  •   Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)
  •  Assistant/ Superintendent (Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations)
  •  Divisional Accountant (Offices under C&AG)
  •  Junior Statistical Officer (M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation.)
  •  Statistical Investigator Grade-II (Registrar General of India)
Group C
  • Inspector of Income Tax (CBDT)
  • Auditor (Offices under C&AG, CGDA, Other Ministry/ Departments)
  • Accountant (Offices under C&AG)
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant (Other Ministry/ Departments)
  • Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks (Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres)
  • Tax Assistant (CBDT, CBIC)
  • Sub-Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)
  • Upper Division Clerks (Date. Gen Border Road Organisation (MoD)


Under the RRB NTPC Exam, the following posts are offered to graduates and undergraduates

Under Graduate Level Posts
  • Junior Time Keeper
  • Trains Clerk
  • Accounts Clerk Cum Typist
  • Junior Clerk Cum Typist
  • Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk
Graduate Level Posts
  • Traffic Assistant
  • Goods Guard
  • Senior Clerk cum Typist
  • Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk
  • Senior Time Keeper
  • Junior Account Assistant cum Typist
  • Commercial Apprentice
  • Station Master



Group B

  • Pay Scale - 9,300 - 34,800/- (Pay band 2)
  • Grade Pay - Rs. 5400, Rs. 4800, Rs. 4600 and Rs. 4200

Group C:

  • Pay Scale - 5,200 – 20,200/- (Pay Band 1)
  • Grade Pay - Rs. 2800, Rs. 2400, Rs. 2000, Rs.1900 and Rs. 1800

SSC CGL Pay Levels

SSC CGL Pay Scales (in Rs)












Commercial Apprentice/ Traffic Apprentice:

  • Pay Scale - 9,300 - 34,800/-
  • Grade Pay - Rs. 4,200/-

Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk/ Goods Guard/ Junior Accounts Assistant-cum-Typist/ Senior Clerk-Cum-Typist/ Assistant Station Master/ Traffic Assistant/ Timekeeper:

  • Pay Scale - Rs. 5,200 – 20,200/-
  • Grade Pay - Rs. 2,800/-

NTPC Pay Level 

Initial Pay (Rs.)









SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC: Promotion

SSC CGL Post-wise Promotion:

The table below mentions post-wise promotions that come under SSC CGL. 



Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs

First promotion in 15-17 years without clearing departmental exam or else in 8 years if clear departmental exam.

Assistant (Other Ministries)

Section Officer – Under Secretary – Deputy Secretary.

Inspector (Central Excise) (CBEC)

Superintendent – Assistant Commissioner – Deputy Commissioner – Commissioner

Inspector (Preventive Officer) (CBEC)

Superintendent – Assistant Commissioner – Deputy Commissioner – Commissioner

Assistant (Central Vigilance Commission)

Sectional officer – Undersecretary – Deputy Secretary – Director.

Assistant in AFHQ

Section Officer – Deputy Director – Joint Director – Director – Principal Director.

Assistant in Ministry of Railway

Sectional officer – Undersecretary – Deputy Secretary – Director.

Assistant in Intelligence Bureau

Sectional officer – Undersecretary – Deputy Secretary.

Assistant Section Officer (CSS)

Assistant Section officer – Section Officer- Under Secretary- Joint Director – Director – Joint Secretary

Sub Inspectors (CBI)

Sub-Inspector (after 4 years)- Inspector- Deputy Superintendent – Additional Superintendent- Superintendent – Senior Superintendent

Sub-Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)

Inspector – Superintendent of Narcotics – Assistant Narcotics Commissioner – Deputy Narcotics Commissioner – Narcotics Commissioner.

Sub Inspector in the National Investigation Agency (NIA)

Inspector – Deputy Superintendent – Superintendent

Inspector (Narcotics)

Superintendent of Narcotics – Assistant Narcotics Commissioner – Deputy Narcotics Commissioner – Narcotics Commissioner

Inspector (Examiner) (CBEC)

Appraiser – Assistant Commissioner – Deputy Commissioner – Commissioner.

Inspector (Department of Post)

Assistant Superintendent of Post – Postal Superintendent – Senior Superintendent of Post – Senior Superintendent of Post.

Divisional Accountant (CAG) 

Divisional Account Officer II – Divisional Account Officer I – Sr. Divisional Account Officer

Statistical Investigator

Senior Statistical Officer – Assistant Director – Deputy Director – Joint Director.

Auditor (C&AG)

Senior Auditor – Assistant Audit Officer 

Tax Assistant (CBEC)

Senior Tax Assistant – Excise Inspector – Superintendent/Appraiser – Assistant Commissioner – Deputy Commissioner – Joint Commissioner – Additional Commissioner of Income Tax

Accountant/ Junior Accountant (Offices under C&AG) 

Senior Accountant – Assistant Accounts Officer – Principal Accounts Officer – Senior Accounts Officer.

Senior Secretariat Assistant 

Assistant – Section Officer

Compiler (Registrar General of India) 

There are fewer chances for promotion. The first promotion will be after 7-8 years if vacancies left. Will be promoted to the post of Director of the department.

Assistant Accounts Officer

Assistant Accounts Officer – Principal Accounts Officer – Senior Accounts Officer

Income Tax Inspector (CBDT)

Income Tax Officer – Assistant Commissioner – Deputy Commissioner – Joint Commissioner- Additional Commissioner – Commissioner.

Assistant Enforcement Officer

Assistant Enforcement Officer -Enforcement Officer – Assistant Director of Enforcement Directorate – Deputy Director – Joint Director -Additional Director – Special Director in Enforcement Directorate.

Assistant Audit Officer

AAO- Audit Officer -Senior Accounts Officer- Deputy Director / Deputy AG – Director / AG- Principal Director-Director General.

 RRB NTPC Post-Wise Promotion:


Name of the Post


Under Graduates

Junior Clerk cum Typist

 Senior Clerk, cum Typist → Assistant Station Master.

Accounts Clerk cum Typist

Senior clerk cum typist → Chief Trains Clerk → Assistant Station Master to Goods Guard (GG)

Junior Time Keeper

Senior Time Keeper → Senior Time Keeper Grade II → Senior Time Keeper Grade I

Train Clerk

Senior Train Clerk → Chief Train Clerk

Commercial cum Ticket Clerk

Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk → Chief Commercial cum Ticket Clerk → Deputy Station Master

Graduate Category

Goods Guard

Passenger Guard → Express Guard → Section Controller → Chief Controller

Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk 

Chief Train Clerk → Assistant Station Master

Traffic Assistant

Senior Traffic Assistant

Junior Account Assistant

Account Assistant → Junior Accounts officer → Senior Account officer → Deputy Accounts officer → Chief Accounts officer → Financial Advisor

Senior Time Keeper

Senior Time Keeper Grade II → Senior Time Keeper Grade I

Senior Clerk cum Typist

Chief Train Clerk → Assistant Station Master

Station Master

Station Superintendent → Assistant operation → Divisional Operation Manager

SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC: Nature of Work, Working Hours and Work Pressure

Nature of JobSSC CGL comprises about 30 departments. Work will differ depending on the department. In general, the job entails Supervision, Administrative Tasks, and any other assignment delegated by top authorities from time to time. As an officer, you will go through extensive training to learn the intricacies of administration.RRB NTPC offers non-technical positions. After joining, you are assigned to a department based on your merit, and you are responsible for the responsibilities associated with that position. You will get an initial orientation and training. The scope of labor encompasses a wide range of tasks. 
Top posts involve working in ministriesNo post involves working in Ministries, less pressure in that way
Work PressureMore Public Interaction and working under ministers lead to work pressure at times Less Public Interaction leads to less work pressure
Working HoursFixed Working Hours, 9 - 5 kind of job, might have to work longer at times but not alwaysThe work schedule will be determined by your position and the department. It might be a day work, a night job, or anything else that the railways require.

SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC: Which is Better for Females?

Better for Females

It is mostly preferred by female candidates

  • Most of the posts involve desk job
  • Good Work-life balance
  • Attractive salary
  • No transfer when selected as ASO in CSS, i.e. secure

Less preferred by female candidates

  • Not a desk job
  • Less salary
  • Some posts involve more physical labour

SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC: Transfer

Both RRB NTPC and SSC CGL offer government positions. Transfers are made on the basis of seniority/promotion in both organizations.

  • Officials are often transferred in every 4-5 yrs
  • In CSS, there will be no transfer. you will be required to stay in Delhi always.
  • Officials are often transferred in every 4-5 yrs
  • Can be given transfer in the village area

SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC: Selection Process and Syllabus

Selection Process
  • Four Tiers:
    • Tier 1 - Objective Multiple-Choice Type
    • Tier 2 - Objective Multiple-Choice Type
    • Tier 3 - Descriptive Paper
    • Tier 4 - CPT/Skill Test
  • Two Tiers:
    • 1st stage CBT (Prelims)
    • 2nd Stage CBT (Mains)


Difference in Syllabus
  • English is part of the Syllabus
  • The syllabus involved an advanced maths section
  • English is not part of the syllabus
  • No advanced math in the syllabus
Difficulty Level of the ExamIt is tougher because of the more stages in the selection process and high competitionEasy compared to SSC CGL

Which one is Better?

After comparing both the exams, it is safe to say that SSC CGL is better than RRB NTPC because of the following reasons

  • offers a variety of jobs as compared to limited jobs offered under RRB NTPC
  • Attractive salary
  • Good career option with enough career growth
  • offers higher posts compared to RRB NTPC posts
  • Mostly preferred by Female candidates
  • Perfect work-life balance

It is important to say that thousands of aspirants apply for these two exams every year and compete to get selected as both the exams overall offer a great package and a good career option.

Related Important Links

RRB NTPC Exam 2021

RRB NTPC Syllabus

RRB NTPC Previous Year Question Papers

RRB NTPC Cut Off 2021

RRB NTPC Study Material

RRB NTPC Preparation Tips

RRB NTPC Vacancy

RRB NTPC Post Preference

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SSC CGL Salary 2021

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