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SSC CGL or Bank PO, which Job is better?

Should I Choose SSC CGL or Bank PO?

There are a lot of questions that come to an aspirant’s mind when looking for a government job. There are many choices available with the variety of employment under the government.

One of the popular choices includes SSC CGL and Bank PO (through IBPS) jobs. Let us begin by comparing the pros and cons of both.

The SSC CGL conducts various national-level examinations for various posts under the SSC CGL like Inspector, Auditor, Inspector of Income Tax, and under various government departments like CBI, IB, CVC, Ministry of External Affairs, etc.

Through IBPS, banks hire thousands of young people every year through the IBPS test, which is Combined Written Examination for the position of Probationary Officer in banks like Bank of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India, Indian Bank, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, UCO Bank. 

SBI conducts its own exam known as SBI PO to recruit to fill its own 2000 vacancies.

Vacancies for SSC CGL, IBPS PO, SBI PO vary according to each recruitment cycle. The values provided are the close range of vacancies.

Comparing job profiles of SSC CGL and Bank PO:

SSC CGL: some of the tasks that you would be required to handle are mentioned below:

  • Clerical tasks
  • Take care of the paperwork and filing
  • Organize and manage all aspects of general administration
  • Field jobs like inspections

Bank PO:

  • Managing monetary transactions
  • Providing customer service, like resolving queries and providing payment clearance
  • Customer account management

Work Pressure:

  • In comparison to a Bank PO, an officer hired through the SSC CGL test faces less work pressure throughout the year.
    Month-end, quarter-end, and year-end work pressures are especially high for Bank PO workers.
  • SSC CGL employees have a better work-life balance.
  • In contrast to Bank PO candidates, who must go through intensive training sessions before they can begin performing tasks, SSC CGL applicants do not have such rigorous training.
  • There are proper working hours for employment under SSC CGL. On the other hand, Bank PO might need to stretch their office hours because of the occasionally high workload.


  • The transfer and promotion for a Bank PO occur every two to three years, based on seniority and advancement.
  • A transfer or a promotion is likely to occur every four to five years for a person hired through the SSC CGL test.

Therefore, promotions take place relatively quickly for a Bank PO. It is also more accessible for Bank PO to reach top-level positions like CEO and CMD compared to those giving the SSC CGL exam.


  • In addition to the salary, a bank PO receives additional benefits and allowances. The salary of SSC CGL employees has improved after the 7th Pay Commission.

These were some of the differences for those looking to compare the SSC CGL and Bank PO jobs. Both of them offer certain advantages and disadvantages that must be considered before you decide to give the exams.

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