How to join CBI? At which posts does CBI recruit candidates?

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CBI department has outsourced its recruitment process to staff selection commission. A few years ago, CBI used to conduct its own exam for various posts just like any other department back then. This process became cumbersome and expensive for both, the government and the candidates so the government instituted a commission (now known as the Staff Selection Commission (SSC)) to conduct exams for various Non-gazetted posts in about 33 government departments.

Executive posts:

Recruitment in CBI

Nowadays, CBI recruits only at the post of Sub-Inspector. The exam for sub-inspector is conducted by SSC every year. The exam is known as Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGL). You must be a graduate to appear in this exam with age between 21 to 30 years.

A few years ago, CBI also used to directly recruit the candidates at the post of DySP and constables. The exam for the post of direct DySP was conducted by UPSC and the exam for the post of constables was conducted by SSC but both of these processes have been discontinued now.

Deputation in CBI

CBI is a police department and it has its departmental structure similar to state police departments. Above the rank of ASP, the posts are

  1. Director (CBI) (Must be an IPS)– 1 post
  2. Additional Director (IPS)- 1 post
  3. Special Director (IPS) – 2 posts
  4. Joint Director (IG of the local Police, IPS) – 16 posts (1 for each zone in the country)
  5. Deputy Inspector General (DIG, generally an IPS but not necessarily so): 1 per branch (Head of the branch)
  6. Superintendent of Police (SP): Head of the unit in the branch (There are generally 3 SPs per branch in Delhi). This is the highest post to which a Sub-Inspector can hope to reach in his lifetime if he doesn’t qualify the Direct DySP exam.

This info makes it clear that CBI needs more personnel than it recruits for. Here comes the process of deputation.

To fill up other posts, CBI relies on the deputation process. The candidates from state police departments or other central jobs can apply for the deputation and if you are selected, you can join CBI. This deputation is for a fixed tenure but may be extended on the recommendation of the authorities in CBI.

Deputation can be done from local police at the post of constable, Head Constable, ASI, Inspector, SP and IPS officers above SP. The top echelons of CBI are almost always from deputation since no sub-inspector has ever reached the post above Joint Director, although this barrier might break with the recently introduced direct DySP exam. The Director of CBI cannot be a non-IPS though.

The officers on deputation can be recruited from banks, PSUs, other government agencies, BSF, CISF, CRPF and other forces also. For eg, for the post in Bank fraud and security cells (BSFC) Branch, bank officers were recruited by CBI in 2013.

Sometimes It also happens that an officer on deputation does excellent work and his tenure is kept extending again and again. After one or two such extensions, he is absorbed by the department and he then becomes a native official of the CBI.

All the officers above the rank of DIG are IPS officers who join CBI on deputation. The extension of the tenure of the IPS officers can be granted only after the necessary permission has been taken from their parent cadre state government. If the state government denies such extension then the Officer has to move back to his cadre at the end of his/her tenure.

If an IPS joins at the post of SP or DIG or above, and if he is supervising a sensitive case, then the Hon’ble court may also direct the CBI to extend his/her tenure. This has happened earlier in Coal scam case when one of the DIG was not allowed to move back to his parent cadre even when he himself had requested so. Read more on this here.

Non-Executive Posts:-

Other than these executive posts, CBI also recruits officials at its non-executive posts known as the ministerial staff. The vacancies of the non-executive posts are filled by the SSC through its CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam. The ministerial posts in CBI start from the post of LDC, Lower Divisional Clerk (Equivalent to a constable) followed by UDC and other posts.

The LDCs and UDCs can also sit in the annual exam for the post of sub-inspector and can become sub-inspector in a lesser time by qualifying that exam.

Prosecutor’s posts:

Other than these posts, CBI also has a considerable strength of Prosecutors and legal advisors who assist CBI officers in daily proceedings and on the points of law. They also fight CBI cases in the courts of law.

To fill these posts, UPSC conducts the annual exam and the dossiers of the selected candidates are then sent to the CBI for postings and further processing. You can check for these posts on the official website of UPSC.

So this was largely the outline of the prominent Jobs in CBI. There are also occasional vacancies at the post of the Technical officer, Computer Engineers etc. Keep checking the site of CBI for these updates.

Thanks for reading.

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