SSC CGL Vs Bank PO – Make the Right Choice


When a notification from government job site pops up in your mobile screen, you feel that this is the job and you need to grab it. After all who doesn’t want to get a government job! But to get success in the exam or interview for the government job, you need to narrow down your job search criteria.

Most of the candidates get confused with SCC CGL and Bank PO job. Here in this article, we will tell you about the differences between both of the jobs so that you can make your mind about the perfect job for you.

The difficulty level of SSC CGL and Bank PO

In SSC CGL exam is conducted in 4 tiers and Bank PO exam is conducted in two phases; Prelim exam, Main exam + descriptive exam. The difficulty level of both of the exams is different. In SSC CGL exam Maths is difficult and in Bank PO exam Reasoning is comparatively difficult. In SSC exam English is easier than Bank PO exam. If we talk about the scoring subjects; in SSC CGL you can score more in Maths and in Bank PO G.K. offers you more chance to score high marks.

The difficulty level of IBPS PO and SBI PO exam has increased in previous years and now these exams are as difficult as SSC CGL.

Job Profile in SSC CGL and Bank PO

In SSC CGL there are basically two types of jobs; the desk job and the field job. The job profile for the desk job includes auditing, tax assistance, and clerical work.  The field jobs under SSC CGL are CBI inspector, excise or income tax officer, narcotises officer etc.

In bank PO job you need to involve in direct customer interaction and you will have to handle customers complains and address their issues. Your main responsibilities as a bank PO include passing the cheque, cash management, draft issuance etc. You work also includes issuing ATM cards and chequebooks to the customers. It is also expected from a bank PO to check the clerks’ work and take the decision in the bank’s favour.

Salary in SSC CGL and Bank PO

While choosing a job the first thing we look at is the salary. So here is the difference between the salary of SSC CGL and Bank PO.

The salary for a bank PO is around 34,000 to 38,000 PM and for SSC CGL the salary range can be 30,000 to 50,000 PM based on the grade of the officer. Bank POs are eligible for the perks like Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance, Newspaper reimbursement, Hospitalization reimbursement, Pension, Petrol, Deputation Allowance, Newspaper expenses, etc.

SSC CGL officers’ from Group ‘B’ and ‘C’ are eligible to get the following perks; Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance, Medical Allowance, Petrol, Pension, Gratuity Benefit, Paid leaves, LTC benefits, Mobile Bills, etc.

Career Growth in SSC CGL and Bank PO

In SSC CGL an auditor will become a senior auditor in 3 years; assistant officer gets promotion as an officer in 4-5 years and the Gazetted officer can reach up to the position of Joint Secretary in the time span of 15-20 years (depends on their work).

As a PO your promotion will start after 2-3 years of joining and bank offers you the designation of Assistant Manager, Branch Manager, Bank Manager etc.

Overall the promotion in the banking sector is faster than the SSC CGL.

The Bottom Line

Here are the few differences between the jobs in SSC CGL and Bank PO but if we talk about the social status then working as an Income tax and Excise officer looks more impressive than working as a PO in the bank.

We have mentioned the differences here in SSC CGL and Bank PO jobs but at end of the day, it’s your choice. Hope you will choose wisely.


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