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A career with Income Tax Department (Government of India) gives an opportunity to work in one of the most important function of the government revenue generation setup. A knack for people as well as for numbers is very important to succeed in this department. The various services in the department provide a wonderful opportunity for a stable career along with the chance in contributing to the nation's development.

Career Opportunities in Income Tax

  • Prosecutor
    A Prosecutor is a lawyer specializing in economic offenses, he/she is hired to represent the department in court cases involving the department and any other party.
  • Tax Assistant
    A Tax Assistant calculates and assess individuals total liable tax incurred on their income and the groups they are catogrized in. He/ She needs to be good with number with an attitude to help others to be able to do their job successfully.
  • Inspector
    An Income Tax Inspector handles and manages various subordinates under him/her. They have the power to search and seize a person/ goods if found suspicious.
  • Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax
    An Assistant Commissioner also known as area manager. He/ she supervises inspectors and other subordinates in the task of collection and vigilance.

How to Pursue a Career in the Income Tax Department

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
path 1
Clear Class XII with any streamGraduation in any stream with minimum 55% marksClear Income Tax Department Test-
path 2
Clear Class XII with any streamGraduation in any stream with minimum 55% marksClear Civil services examination and fill preferences for IRS-

Important Facts

  • Graduation in any stream
  • Income Tax department conducts a separate selection test for all posts except those to be filled by the IRS. A good command over number and various Taxation laws and policies is a must to pass the test.

Important Entrance Exams

Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
UPSE CSE Exam- June to July Preliems exam
  • Paper -1 & Paper 2 (MCQ)
  • General Knowledge Vocabulary
  • Social Studies, Science (6th -12th class), Indian polity & constitution, logical reasoning, mathematical aptitude.

Mains There are 8 papers:
  • Paper 1 Indian Language
  • Paper 2- English
  • Paper3- Essay
  • Paper4,5,6,7- General Studies
  • Paper 8,9- Optional paper
Interview/ Personality Test
Income Tax Department Selection Test NA
  • General Intelligence
  • Arithmetic Ability
  • General English
  • General Intelligence

Consists of 5 Paper (Objective papers) Paper 1 to Paper 4 are objective and consists of Tax Law & Taxes, Advance Accountancy, Allied Laws, Office Procedure.
Paper 5 is subjective

Work Description

  • Ensure that the government receives tax from businesses and citizens
  • Maintain accounts of tax from different departments
  • Send notice and conduct periodic checks for frauds and other illegal activities
  • Assist people in tax related problems and queries
  • Investigate into claims of inability to pay taxes by researching court information for the status of liens, mortgages, or financial statements, or by locating assets through third parties
  • Examine and analyze tax assets and liabilities to determine resolution of delinquent tax problems.
  • Communicate with companies, lawyers, colleagues and accountants

Pros & Cons of a Career in Income Tax

  • Job security and a stable income.
  • Assured pension, medical and other benefits.
  • Less amount of work load.
  • Better pay at low and middle levels (as a result of the 7thpay commission).
  • Transferrable nature of jobs
  • Technologically backward.
  • Retirement age is fixed.
  • Working hours can be irregular with uncertain duration.
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