SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC: What to Choose| Salary Job Profile Promotions Work Culture


Its SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC  today. The parameters: Salary, Job Profile, Work Pressure, Working hours, Transfers, Perks and Benefits, Future Growth and Final Verdict.



If we talk about the biggest government sector (Sarkari Naukri) employers in India, Indian Railways, Indian Armed Forces and Indian Government comes to our mind.

The Indian Government recruits candidates Grade B & C posts through the Staff Selection Commission(SSC) Combined Graduate Level Exam(CGL), the notification for which came out yesterday.

Click here for SSC CGL 2016 Notification.

With RRB NTPC examination also scheduled around the SSC CGL exam(March-May), the aspirants are confused on which one to select and prepare for?

The answer to the above question is not easy and will definitely depend on your personal choice too. But you should also factor in the job profiles before you make your choice.

To solve this dilemma, in this article (SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC), we will discuss about both these organisations in a sequential manner.

Passing the SSC CGL exam will fetch you a respectable job in various Ministries/Dept./Organisations. The requirement of young and energetic individuals in the various ministries, organisations and departments has been increasing year on year. Every year SSC organizes CGL Exam for the appointment of officers around 30 departments ( Income Tax Inspector, Examiner, Assistants in various ministries to name a few)

On the other hand, Railway which is still the single largest employer in India has always been and will always be in demand. Railway offers jobs in a number of categories. The recent buzz in the town is regarding the RRB NTPC exam, where a nationwide recruitment is being done across all the departments.

Let us now take a closer look at both the profiles:

RRB NTPC vs SSC CGL #1: Job Profile

RRB NTPC: Job Profile

In RRB NTPC , you are required to different type of work as per your post, generally it will be supervision and administrative work and would include the following

  • Operating the signals.
  • Maintaining the accounts of the railway.
  • Working as Guards and Goods Guards.
  • Perform any work specified by department.

SSC CGL: Job Profile

As an officer recruited through SSC CGL, you will be expected to:

  • Do clerical work in office like answering RTI queries.
  • Make notes and do filing work.
  • Do general administration work.
  • Do field Jobs that involve travelling.
  • Carry out raids,Inspections, surveillance etc.
  • Help in shaping Nationwide policies by looking after the back office work.

RRB NTPC vs SSC CGL #2: Work Pressure

RRB NTPC Work Pressure:

RRB NTPC are non technical posts in the Indian Railway. After joining you are allotted  department as per your merit, and thus you perform the tasks related to that post. You are given an initial orientation cum training. Scope of work includes a lot of variety .It is a continuous learning curve.

SSC CGL Work Pressure.

SSC CGl has about 30 departments. Your work profile will vary as per your department. Generally the work includes Supervision, Administrative Task, or any other task bestowed by the senior officials from time to time. As an officer you will undergo rigorous training to understand the nitty-gritties of Administration.

Work pressure wise the only differentiating factor is more public exposure. As an Officer recruitted through SSC you have to interact with general public, however as an RRB NTPC you are not expected to do that.

RRB NTPC vs SSC CGL #3: Working hours

In RRB NTPC, your work schedule will depend on your post and the department , you are working in. It may be a day job, a night job, or anything as per the need of the railways.

In SSC,you will have a proper work schedule. Daily you will be going in the morning and coming back to your home in the evening, no extra work hours and working in shifts.

RRB NTPC vs SSC CGL #4: Transfers

Both RRB NTPC and SSC CGL are government jobs, making transfers a necessary evil in this comparison.

In SSC, the transfers mostly take place every 4-5 years (except in CSS jobs where you will always be posted in Delhi).In both Organisations, transfer is on the basis if seniority/promotion.

In RRB NTPC and SSC CGL, transfer policy are different for different posts and you can be posted in Far away, unheard villages to look after the Railway’s interests.

RRB NTPC vs SSC CGL #5: Salary

As an officer recruited through SSC, you are entitled to receive between Rs.25 – 40,000/ month while in RRB NTPC you will receive Rs 25-35000/ month depending on your post.

In both the jobs, as per your post , you are entitled to a number of allowances ( equal to your salary and sometimes even more).

Also both the salaries provided above are subject to revision under 7th Pay commission.

SSC CGL vs RRB NTPC: What to Choose| Salary Job Profile Promotions Work Culture

RRB NTPC vs SSC CGL #6: Perks and Benefits

RRb NTPC provides the following benefits:

  1. Dearness Allowance
  2. House Rent Allowance
  3. Transport Allowance
  4. LTC
  5. Cash Medical Benefit
  6. Group Mediclaim
  7. Pension Scheme

SSC provide the following perks:

  1. Contribution Pension Scheme/New Pension Scheme
  2. Transport Allowance
  3. Dearness Allowance
  4. LTC
  5. House Rent Allowance
  6. Home Travel Concession/ Leave Fare Concession
  7. Mediclaim

So , as per this criteria, both the posts are equal (Both being 100% government jobs)

RRB NTPC  vs SSC CGL #7: Future Growth

Promotions in SSC happen every 4-5 years. As per your post you will be promoted to the next higher level.

  • Auditor will become Senior Auditor in 3 years.
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer will become Enforcement Officer in 4-5 years.
  • Income Tax Officer will become Assistant Commissioner, then Deputy Commissioner and Finally Commissioner.
  • Assistant in CSS will be promoted to the next post – SO (which is a Group-B Gazetted Officer post) and can go upto Joint Secretary.

Promotions in RRB NTPC are somewhat hard and not even time bound.As per your post you will be promoted to the next higher level.

  • Assistant Station Master can go upto Divisional Operations Manager.
  • Junior Accounts Assistant can go upto Chief Account Officers/ Financial Adviser
  • Goods Guard can go upto Chief Controller
  • Commercial Apprentice can go upto Senior Divisional  Commercial Manager

Promotion in SSC are a way faster as the different departments and ministries have clear policies, which ensure a well defined and streamlined procedure for promoting an officer at regular time interval.On the other hand  the Railways follows a non-proactive promotion policy.

So definitely, future wise , SSC CGL has a better prospect than RRB NTPC.

RRB NTPC vs SSC CGL #8: Final Verdict

Thus both have their own pros and cons. If you look from the point of view of salary and exposure. You can opt for SSC CGL.

On the other hand, if you like to do simple stress free work then you may opt for RRB NTPC.

Here’s a list of Pros and Cons of both RRB NTPC and SSC CGL.


  • Very limited Workload.
  • No monotonous work.
  • No Customer Engagement
  • Long and low promotion cycles.
  • Less public exposure.
  • Erratic work timings.
  • Lower salary than top SSC CGL jobs


  • High chances of promotion
  • Respect in the society
  • Immense Power
  • Overall exposure
  • Better Salary
  • Remote Postings.
  • Bureaucratic Pressure

So who Wins? Well we are waiting for your answer.

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If you have any queries regarding RRB NTPC or SSC CGL, please ask them in the comments section below, we will be glad to answer them for you!

  • banking ki duniya

    jo jalsdi mil jye.

    • Akshay Jain

      wah wah

  • @ Future Raghuram Rajan@

    sir plzz give ibps po5 expected final cutoff….

    • Akshay Jain

      expected cut off of ibps po is to be 70 to 85.
      for the other information see here

    • Mukesh

      between 46-48

      • @ Future Raghuram Rajan@

        can u explain the logic behind this??

        • Mukesh

          Procedure for calculating final marks is 40% of written examination marks And 20% of Interview marks.Previous year cutoff of written examination was 83 and Final cutoff was 49.6 this year cutoff of written examination is 76 which is 8 less than previous marks.According to that cutoff would be 46.4 this year.

          • AMIT CHAUDHARY

            Nice analysis

          • Mukesh

            Thank you Amit

          • AMIT CHAUDHARY

            You are welcome

  • Hiral ajagiya

    ssc cgl is the best

    • Atish Yadav

      Best to hai but cutt off itna jyada kaise

      • Hiral ajagiya

        high competition and fertilized minded/well practiced candidate. soo


          Nice answer

          • Hiral ajagiya

            thank you sir

          • Aditya Jaiswal

            @hiral u r looking so confident about ssc cgl ?

          • Hiral ajagiya

            thank you sir

          • AMIT CHAUDHARY

            You are welcome
            Start your preparation in full swing

          • Hiral ajagiya

            yups sir…. preparation is going on……