Co represents the Circle Officer. It is a police officer having the (DSP)deputy superintendent of police rank, or an (ACP) assistant commissioner of police heading an independent police Sub-division. It is in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. The officer in the same rank in other states is in the role of deputy superintendent of police or in the metro cities a police commissioner heads the police force, and the deputy superintendent of police in the same rank as the ACP.
Role of a CO
A Circle Officer post is common in various state Governments among State Administrative Services, under the Department of Revenue and Land Reforms. The Circle Officer post is a Group B post.
A CO is an administrative personnel handling daily operation in the area of posting. He collects the revenue through various channels as per the prevailing state laws. Throughout the day, he is on-demand, and if the need arises, he attends cases at night. A Circle Officer posting is even in remote locations.
A Circle Officer’s role is important as it relates to dispensing the State Government administrative responsibilities. It includes area development to implementation of various plans and schemes.
The Circle Officer follows various rules and regulations within the state jurisdiction. A Circle Officer should understand the State Government’s administrative work nature.
A candidate wishing to become a Circle Officer must qualify the PCS examination. The PCS (Provincial Civil Services) conducted by the state concerned, State Public Service Commission. In some states, there is a separate administrative services exam for this post. Appearing the state PCS exam is possible if a candidate has completed graduation in any stream or has from a recognized institution or university, an equivalent qualification. The
candidate must also have proficiency in writing, speaking, and understanding the state official language.
A candidate applying for a Circle Officer must be in the range of 21 to 44 years. There is upper age limit relaxation for the reserved category candidates.
The candidate’s selection is as per the performance in the PCS exam that includes Written exam Preliminary, Main, and personal interview. Relying on the performance of the candidates, a merit list is prepared. Thus, various posts of Circle Officer get an appointment after essential training.
The Circle Officer post receives a salary as per the Pay Band 2. It means Rs. 9300 – 34800 and Grade Pay Rs. 4800/- as per the Sixth Pay Commission.
They receive various allowances such as HRA, DA, etc. The salary structure in state governments may vary as per the state.