District Education Officer (also known as DEO) is the professional who is responsible for managing the overall education of a district. A District Education Officer is the person who works as a government representative for the education sector at the district level. The post of a District Education Officer comes under Post “B” gazetted officer and the recruitment of a District Education Officer is done by the State Public Service Commission (PSCs) of the respective state. The major responsibilities of a District Education Officer include managing all district-level administrative services in the area of basic education such as appointment, developing and managing policies, promotion, attendance, inspection, etc.
In order to pursue a career as a District Education Officer, the candidates must fulfil the given below eligibility criteria:
The candidate must have passed a graduation level degree in any stream from a recognized institute.
The candidate must have passed the State Civil Services Examination with a valid score.
The minimum age of the candidate must be not less than 21 years and the maximum age must not exceed 40 years at the time of recruitment.
When and Where to Start
The candidate can go for a graduate-level degree from a recognized university/ Institute. The candidate can choose Education or any other preferred stream at the UG level.
After completing the graduation, the candidates will have to apply for State Civil Services Examination which is conducted every year. The exam will consist of three phases namely, the prelims, the main exam and the interview. The candidates will have to qualify all the three phases of the exam to qualify for recruitment.
After the result is out and the candidate qualifies the exam, the State Public Service Commission will recruit the candidates for the post of a District Education Officer.
The different job roles for a District Education Officer is given below:
District Education Officer: A District Education Officer s the professional who governs the overall educational, legal and administrative activities of the government schools which falls under the respective district.
Deputy District Education Officer: A Deputy District Education Officer is the Drawing and Disbursing Officer for DEO office who is responsible for managing all the legal and administrative duties for a middle school in the district.
Assistant District Education Officer: An Assistant District Education Officer is the professional who is responsible for providing assistance to the recruitment committee and govern the various small scale administrative activities such as appointment, pension cases, staff evaluation, etc.
Sub Divisional Educational Officer: A Sub Divisional Educational Officer is the professional who is also known as the head of sub-division educational offices and is responsible for managing DEO offices and primary schools in the circle.
Budget and Accounts Officer: A Budget and Accounts Officer is the person responsible for managing the overall budget and finances of and preparing a report to submit to DEO.
The various employment sectors or Industries for a District Education Officer are given below:
Government based primary schools
Government based secondary schools
A District Education Officer is recruited by the State Public Service Commission for under the preferred district.
The pay scale for a District Education Officer depends upon the type of School and experience of the professional. The average pay scale for a District Education Officer on the basis of experience level is given in the table below:
Starting Salary Package (INR)
Mid Level Salary Package (INR)
Senior Level Salary Package (INR)
District Education Officer
Deputy District Education Officer
Assistant District Education Officer
Sub Divisional Educational Officer
Budget and Accounts Officer
Note: The salary structure mentioned above is indicative only and is subject to change unconditionally.
Some of the popular books and study materials for a District Education Officer are given below:
NPSC DEO (District Educational Officer) Preliminary Exam General Studies Book
Indian Economy & Performance and Policies By Uma Kapila
India's Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra
India Since Independence by Bipin Chandra
Non-Verbal Reasoning by Prabhat Javed
Objective Arithmetic by S.L. Gulati