Sub Inspector in National Investigation Agency (NIA) under SSC CGL: Job Profile, Salary & Career Growth

By Sandeep Baliyan|Updated : February 18th, 2017

Hello friends, on receiving a tremendous response on our previous articles on the Job Profile, Salary & Career Growth of various posts under SSC CGL Exam, A number of candidates must have multiple doubts and queries regarding the key responsibilities of a Sub Inspector in National Investigation Agency. Here in this post we are providing you all the details, required information and Job Profile about the Sub Inspector in National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Job Profile, Salary & Career Growth of Sub Inspector in (NIA) in SSC

Work Profile:

The Work Profile of a candidate who gets recruited by NIA for the post of a Sub Inspector will be quite versatile and unique. Sub Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency), is an SI level post offered through SSC CGL. It is mainly a field Job.

NIA was formed in 2008 after Mumbai attacks to counter Terrorism. As an officer with NIA, you shall be working with this Law Enforcement agency on counter terrorism operations. Your work profile will be mixed of that of an intelligence officer and also that of law enforcement. You will be doing clerical court work (NIA has its separate courts and acts of prosecution), executing summons and warrants, examining witnesses, keeping their custody, collecting and analyzing intelligence and ground verification of previous intelligence and also at times being a part of raiding/spot investigation team.

Note: Previously, NIA used to recruit only the officers on 4200 grade pay with two years of investigation experience from other agencies like Delhi Police, SPG, CBI, IB etc. This year onwards they have started the direct recruitment.

Sub Inspector in NIA Salary, Pay Scale

After 7th Pay Commission, Sub Inspector in National Investigation Agency (NIA) under 4200 grade pay. On the Basis Of this Basic Salary, the Estimated Salary after 7th pay commission is as follows:

  • Pay Scale: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/-
  • Grade Pay: Rs. 4,200/-
  • Initial Pay: Rs. 9,300/-
  • Total Pay: Rs. 13,500/-
  • DA on Total Pay above (around 107%)
  • Transport Allowance (TA)
  • House Rent Allowance (if not provided with quarters)
  • Mobile Bill

Effective In hand salary (Considering 13 month salary):

  • Class X cities= Rs. 43,166
  • Class Y cities= Rs. 39,492
  • Class Z cities= Rs. 37,664

Sub Inspector in National Investigation Agency Career Path and Opportunities

The promotion cycle in the National Investigation Agency completely depends on the number of vacancies at the senior post and waiting list.

But, if we are talking about the common rule of promotion cycle in NIA, it can be along this line.

  • Sub Inspector in NIA
  • Inspector in NIA
  • Superintendent

Sub Inspector in NIA should be promoted to an Inspector rank after 5 years of service. Very similar to Delhi Police SI promotion stagnation, the senior posts are mostly occupied by IPS officers on deputation, so rising very high up is not possible for a Sub Inspector.

After 2-3 promotions, there will be a superposed stagnation of ranks. But with dedication and hardwork, one can advance to the level of SP after years of service.

Some other details about Sub Inspector in NIA

Work Timing:

Sub Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency), mostly you will have a proper work schedule. Daily you will be going in the morning and coming but at times you may have to work for extra hours and also in shifts


You can be sent to any corner of the country where there is a suspected terrorist activity that took place (eg. recent bomb making factory that exploded in West Bengal). You would be required to camp and investigate in the most interior and remote places. Also, you would be required to gather intelligence about any bomb blast site like that of Pune bakery blast or Samjhauta Express blast site etc. Thus you cannot flaunt your card around, you have to work discretely without any power or authority. NIA has 5 branch offices in Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Lucknow and Mumbai with Head Quarters at Delhi.

We hope we have provided all the sufficient information which will surely clear all your doubts regarding Sub Inspector in NIA post offered under SSC CGL Exam.

All The Best !!!


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