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Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)

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Salary & Facilities provided to Assistant Audit Officer (AAO):

  • Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) is a Group B Gazetted (Non-ministerial) Post.
  • This post in under Indian Audit & Accounts Department (IA&AD) under CAG.
  • Grade Pay 4800.
  • Level 8. Starting Basic Pay Rs. 47,600.
  • In Hand Salary is around Rs. 60,000 for Class X city. For complete Salary Details: Click Here
  • CGHS Facility for Medical, HRA, TA, DA (to compensate for inflation), Advances etc.

Job Profile of Assistant Audit Officer:

  • An Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) assists Audit Officer/Senior Audit Officer in auditing the accounts of Central Govt, State Govt, Public Sector Undertakings etc.
  • An Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) is in-charge of a Section with a staff of 4-10 people working under him.
  • An AAO audits and disburse the claims (LTC, Medical, Children Education etc.) of employees of organization allotted to him.


The Indian Audit and Accounts Organization (IA&AD) of CAG has branches in 27 States. A selected candidate may be allotted one of city/state according to his preference and merit.

Career Path/Promotion:

Assistant Audit Officer (Gp 4800)You Start Here
Audit Officer (GP 5400, PS 9300-34800)6-10 Years (Avg 7 yrs)
Sr. Audit Officer (GP 5400, PS 15600-39100)2-4 Years (Avg 3 yrs)
Deputy Accountant General (GP 6600)-
Sr. Deputy Accountant General (GP-7600)-

Downside: An Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) manages only 3-4 promotions throughout his career. Despite joining at a Grade Pay 4800, one manages to reach only Grade Pay 7600. While an ASO in CSS, joins at GP 4600 and retires at GP 8700.


  • Highest paying Job thorugh SSC CGL.
  • The only post in SSC CGL that directly makes you a Gazetted Officer.
  • Social Status: You will be respected by your friends, relatives and people you meet in day to day life. You will be respected and feared whenever you go to an organisation for an Audit.
  • Will get to learn many new things regarding taxation, accountancy, commerce etc.
  • Get to meet a lot of people and have wonderful experiences.
  • It is a powerful post as far as financial matters are concerned., people will come to you to get their Bills cleared and may offer you know what.
  • Stability: Transfers are not that frequent and you enjoy a stable life.
  • Work-Life Balance: Working hours are fixed 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The workload is not much and you get enough time for family and further exam preparation.


  • SAS (Subordinate Audit/Accounts Service) Exam: One has to clear this Exam and it is relatively difficult to crack. More about this is given below separately.
  • Promotions are not that fast and one can manage only 3-4 promotions which is very low for a GP 4800 Post.
  • One has to prepare for an additional exam i.e Tier II Paper- IV – General Studies (Finance & Economics) carrying 200 Marks.

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SAS Exam:

  • Computerized Objective type tests in around 9-10 Subjects such as Constitution, Accountancy, Taxation, Information Technology, Auditing, Cost Accounting, Govt Rules, Financial Rules etc.
  • One has to clear this exam in max 6 attempts.
  • If one doesn’t clear this exam within limited attempts he is demoted from Assistant Audit Officer to Auditor.
  • Relatively easier to crack for a person possessing Qualification like Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant etc.

Assistant Audit Officer Cut Offs:


Cut Off = Tier I + Tier II (Paper I + Paper II + Paper III) + Tier III


  • Age limit: Not exceeding 30 Years of age.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University or equivalent.

Educational Qualification:


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute.

Desirable Qualification:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Cost & Management Accountant
  • Company Secretary
  • Masters in Commerce
  • Masters in Business Studies
  • Masters in Business Administration (Finance)
  • Masters in Business Economics

Note: Desirable Qualification generally doesn’t mater. But they come into picture when two candidates who preferred this post and got the same marks, then the person possessing any of these desirable qualification will be ranked higher in merit.

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Job Profiles for Other SSC CGL Posts:

  1. Assistant Section Officer in CSS
  2. Assistant Section Officer in AFHQ
  3. Sub Inspector in CBI
  4. Central Excise Inspector
  5. Income Tax Inspector
  6. Preventive Officer
  7. Tax Assistant in CBDT

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