How to Become CBI Officer in India? Procedure, Qualification

CBI stand’s for Central Bureau of Investigation is one of the foremost investigating agencies of India. Many young students are attracted to CBI after completing their studies and want to become an officer in CBI. Are you one of them? If yes, and searching about what is CBI and how to become CBI officer then you are in the right post. In this article, I will discuss the details of CBI and how to become a CBI officer.

CBI is an investigating agency whose role is to investigate criminal cases. It is a government body supported by the Government of India. CBI was established in the year 1942 as the Special Police Establishment with a motto of Industry, Impartiality, Integrity.

There are two ways in which you can become an officer in CBI, One is to become an IPS officer by qualifying for the civil services examination which is conducted by UPSC and another is by qualifying for the SSC CGL exam. There are different levels of officers in the CBI. You can become a Group A level officer in CBI after becoming an IPS officer or you can become a sub-inspector in CBI after clearing the SSC CGL exam.

There are some posts in CBI in which only you can take through promotion and the promotion is depend on various factors like work profile, experience, etc. Let discuss the about who is CBI officer is and what is its work.

how to become CBI officer
how to become a CBI officer in India

What is CBI Officer?

A person who works in a high position in the Central Bureau of Investigation, formally known as a CBI officer. A CBI officer work is to solve high-level corruption, special crimes, fraud, economic cases. Some of the officer grade posts in CBI are as follow:

Through IPSThrough SSC-CGL Exam
1. Special Director
2. Joint Director
3. Additional Director
4. Deputy Inspector General of Police
5. Senior Superintendent of Police
6. Superintendent of Police
7. Additional Superintendent of Police
8. Deputy Superintendent of Police
1. Inspector
2. Sub-Inspector
3. Assistant Sub-Inspector
4. Head Constable
5. Constable

Who can Become CBI Officer?

Anyone can become a CBI officer who has passed graduation in any discipline like science, commerce, biology, humanities, etc with a minimum of 50% marks. Also, candidates who want to become a Grade-A officer like a Special Director have to first become IPS/IRS by qualifying for the UPSC civil services exam or those who want to become a Grade-B Grade-C officer like Inspector must have to qualify for the SSC-CGL exam.

Eligibility to Become CBI Officer

Candidates who want to become a CBI officer must full fill these eligibility criteria like qualification, age limit, etc.

Heights:- Minimum 165 cms for male candidates and minimum 150 cms for female candidates.

Chest:- Minimum 76 cms with expansion for male candidates.

Qualification to Become CBI Officer

  • Candidates should be passed in 12th or any equivalent examination from a recognized board of education.
  • Candidates must have passed in graduation from recognized university.
  • Candidates should get minimum 50% marks in graduation.
  • Candidates who have passed gradution from any discipline are eligible to become a CBI officer.
  • For Grade-A posts, candidates first have to become IPS/IRS.
  • For Grade-B posts, candidates have to qualify the SSC-CGL exam.

Age Limit to Become CBI Officer

The minimum age limit to become a CBI officer is 20 years and the maximum age limit to become a CBI officer is depend from category to category because some category types get relaxation benefits.

General Category:- For general category candidates, the minimum age is 20 years and the maximum age is 30 years.

OBC Category:- For OBC category candidates, the minimum age is 20 years and the maximum age is 33 years.

SC/ST Category:- For SC/SCT category candidates, the minimum age is 20 years and the maximum age is 35 years.

Exam to Become CBI Officer

I have already above told about that there are two exams through which you can become a CBI officer. One is SSC-CGL and another is UPSC. Generally, aspirants prefer to become a CBI officer by appearing in the SSC-CGL exam because it is an easier process than becoming an IPS officer first by appearing in the UPSC Civil Services exam. UPSC civil services exam is one of the toughest exams in India and it is very difficult to crack the UPSC civil services exam.

SSC-CGL Exam

You can become a Sub Inspector or Grade-B and Grade-C officers in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by clearing the SSC CGL exam. Whenever vacancies for Sub Inspector is released by CBI you can apply for the Sub Inspector Post after qualifying in the SSC CGL exam.

The Staff Selection Commission of India will conduct the SSC CGL exam in four levels.

1. Tier-1:- It is an online-based exam that contains a total of 100 questions with 2 marks for each correct answer and 0.50 marks deducted for each incorrect answer. The duration of the exam is 1 hour (60 Minutes) and the paper consists of four sections i.e. General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension.

2. Tier-2:- It is also an online-based exam that contains 4 papers i.e. Quantitative Ability (Paper-I), English Language and Comprehension (Paper-II), Statistics (Paper-III), General Studies (Paper-IV). The duration of each paper is 2 hours.

3. Tier-3:- It is a pen and paper-based offline exam that contains only one paper in which you have to write an essay, application, letter, etc. The paper constitute of total 100 marks and the duration of the paper is 1 hour (60 Minutes).

4. Tier-4:- It is a computer-based skill test.

Interview By CBI:- CBI will conduct the interview round for the candidates who apply for the post of Sub Inspector. You have to attend the interview round along with full of preparation. CBI authorities will ask you types of questions, put you in some situation, and know about you, and many more. You have to give your 100% in the interview. You will be selected on the basis of your performance in the interview.

UPSC Civil Services Exam

You can become a Grade-A officer in CBI after becoming an IPS officer. For which first you have to clear the civil services exam and become an IPS officer but it is very difficult to clear the UPSC civil services exam as it is considered one of the toughest exams in India. The Union Public Service Commission of India conduct the UPSC civil services exam. Very few aspirants are able to crack this examination. You can be promoted as a CBI officer after becoming an IPS officer and gain some experience.

CBI Officer Salary

Posts NameAverage Salary (Monthly)
DirectorRs. 80,000
Special DirectorRs. 75,500 to Rs. 80,000
Joint DirectorRs. 37,400 to Rs. 67,000
Additional DirectorRs. 67,000 to Rs. 79,000
Deputy Inspector General of PoliceRs. 37,400 to Rs. 67,000
Senior Superintendent of PoliceRs. 37,400 to Rs. 67,000
Superintendent of PoliceRs. 15,600 to Rs. 39,100
Additional Superintendent of PoliceRs. 15,600 to Rs. 39,100
Deputy Superintendent of PoliceRs. 15,600 to Rs. 39,100
InspectorRs. 9,300 to Rs. 34,800
Sub-InspectorRs. 9,300 to Rs. 34,800
Assistant Sub-InspectorRs. 5,200 to Rs. 20,200
Head ConstableRs. 5,200 to Rs. 20,200
ConstableRs. 5,200 to Rs. 20,200
Salary may vary with time

Benefits of CBI Officer

It is difficult to tell the exact facilities of a CBI officer because facilities vary from post to post. Some of the facilities which you may get after becoming a CBI officer.

  • You can get accomodation facilities by government.
  • You can get transport facilities by government.
  • You can get trip vacation by government.
  • You can get reputed status in the society.
  • You can get good salary and incentive.
  • You can get several government allowance.
  • You can get some facilities in government companies.
Source – Sbj Classes

How to Become CBI Officer after 12th?

You can’t become a CBI officer just after 12th pass. First, you have to complete your graduation degree from a recognized university. You can complete graduation in BCA, BBA, BA, B.COM, BE, B.Tech, B.Sc or any other branch. After that, you can apply for the SSC-CGL exam and give that exam. After qualifying in SSC-CGL, you are eligible to apply for the Sub Inspector post in CBI. Another way is that you first become an IPS officer and then apply for a Grade-A post in CBI.

Steps to Become CBI Officer

Step 1 – Complete your graduation from a recognized university.

Step 2 – For becoming CBI Sub Inspector, apply for the SSC-CGL exam and clear it.

Step 3 – For becoming Direct Grade-A officers in CBI, Apply for UPSC civil services exam and crack it and become an IPS officer.

Step 4 – Apply your respective post when the vacancy is released by CBI authorities.

Step 5 – Appear in the CBI interview and give your best performance.

Step 6 – Based on your score in the interview you get selected for an officer post in CBI.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I do after 12th to become a CBI officer?

First, you have to complete your graduation in your interested field. After that, you can apply for the SSC-CGL exam. After clearing in SSC-CGL exam, you can apply for the Sub Inspector post in CBI.

What is the salary of a CBI officer?

The average salary of a CBI officer is Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 70,000 in a month.

What subjects are needed to become a CBI Officer?

There are no specific subjects needed to become a CBI officer. You can do graduation from any discipline.

Can a commerce student become a CBI officer?

Yes, commerce students are eligible to become CBI officers.

Can a girl become a CBI officer?

Yes, girl candidates are eligible to become CBI officers.

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