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Job Opportunities in Rail Transport – Travelling Ticket Examiner, ECRC and Commercial Apprentice

By on October 9, 2013

Assistant Station Master (ASM), Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE), Train Conductor (TC), Enquiry cum Reservation Clerk (ECRC), Guard, Traffic and Commercial Apprentices etc. are the front line staff of Indian Railways having a first level interface with the passenger/public and management. This group of staff is always in uniform on duty ( except inspectorial  staff) and  can easily be recognized in Railway working areas without any difficulty. In fact, the public understands Railways working with this group of staff only and does not know much about the role and functions of other department. Like airways, pilot and air hostess are the front line staff and everyone recognizes them.

The cadre of ASM, Guard, TTE . ECRC and Apprentices are under the control of an IRTS cadre of officers in Indian Railways.

IRTS cadre of group A services is having two streams namely Operating and Commercial. Operations department is responsible for the operation of trains whereas commercial department is responsible of realization of revenue from all possible sources like passenger, freight, stalls, advertisement, parkings etc.

Even though no one bothers about the job profile of any post except looking for ways to get Railway job yet it will certainly help at one or the other stage to be aware of the  job profile of different post  and what is in store for the future.

TC, ECRC and Commercial apprentice works under the control of Commercial Cadre called Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr.DCM) and other junior officers under him.


This is the most sought after job in Indian Railways mainly due to opportunity power of obliging passengers in providing reservation during a train journey. Job involves in-charge of a reserved coach, guiding passenger, checking ticket in an unreserved coach or at the platform, manning the inquiry counter at Railway station etc.

Photo Gallery of the function of Train Conductor

Train Conductor guiding the passenger

Train Conductor guiding for a reservation in a train







Ticket Collector displaying news coverage of a good job done by him

Ticket Collector displaying news coverage of a good job done by him






Educational Qualification

Matric with 50% aggregate in matriculation. The condition of 50 % in aggregate in Matriculation is not applicable for candidates having qualification higher than matriculation and also to those candidates belonging to SC / ST / EX – Servicemen.

Is it not the best job option with the minimum educational qualification? There is hardly any matriculate only qualifying in the examination and it is mostly 10+2 or graduate and even post-graduate.

This is the job for which no one minds even excess workload or duty hours. It means manning   more number of coaches  in a train or working without rest. There is every possibility of making extra money, but mind it,  Vigilance is always watching to catch such persons. Also, with more and more transparency built into the system, the system is going to clean day by day.


This is another job option attached with the Commercial Department dealing with the public. You are posted as Inquiry cum Reservation Clerk. You are posted at the reservation counter entering data for reservation. With the shortage of reserved seats as compared to demand, there are always off – duty requests and obliging your friends and relatives.

Educational Qualification

Educational qualification is same as that for IAS allied services i.e. Graduation or equivalent from a recognized university/Institution. In fact, the candidate preparing for IAS allied services appears in this examination as well.

Future Prospects

Beside having departmental promotion to higher grades and supervisory functions like Chief Reservation Supervisor, you can rise to the level of Assistant Commercial Manager through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination ( Just within 5-6 years).

Commercial Apprentice

Commercial Apprentice undergoes training program in different rulings about commercial management Indian Railways. The knowledge of rules helps in carrying out inspectors function and counselling of staff below. They occupy the position of Commercial Inspector also called as CMI.

Educational Qualification

Educational qualification is same as that for IAS allied services i.e. Graduation or equivalent from a recognized university/Institution. In fact, the candidate preparing for IAS allied services appears in this examination as well.

Future Prospects

Beside having promotional prospects in the department one can rise to the level of Assistant Commercial Manager through LDCE or LGS. They’re good prospects of qualifying as a Law Assistant also if you posses a degree in Law.

Salary and other benefits

I am not commenting on the pay scale which is always mentioned in the vacancy notice. Basic+Grade pay+DA (90%) constitutes the pay. On this you are entitled for House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance, Night Duty Allowance etc. The job of TC and Commercial Inspector involves a lot of travelling and you are entitled to Daily allowance if travels on duty to a place located  more than 8 Km. Travelling is not very difficult because you are likely to back to your house by night.

Free travel for self and family makes the job very attractive.

Interview with Train Superintendent of Rajdhani Express

Job profile of TC during his entire career is very attractive. An interview with TS of Rajdhani narrates his career with Railways

Interview with Train Superintendent

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  1. bhagwan bartwal says:

    Thk for useful knowledge

  2. shilpa sinha says:

    I have completed my 10th at 53.05% and 12th 53% .my aim is railway job .i like the railway job.plz help me.plz contract me 9673613867.

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      All Railway job is through a competition where the questions are not difficult but there are 100 aspirants for every single post and that makes the competition very tough. You should have a good knowledge of class of arithmetic, general knowledge, general english and general science. Just ask a question your self, how much marks you will secure if you are asked to repeat class VIII and X exam and if you can secure 80-90%, than you can make it up to the Railways job.

    • Visual kumar says:

      Please take employment news weekly and look for the vacancies of TC/TE published by different RRBs and first apply whenever there is vacancy.Start preparing by buying one question bank of any good publication then u will have idea of what to study and how much to study.Im a TTE.

    • Visual kumar says:

      Hi Shills Jee pls mail me whatever u want to know I will guide u properly as I m a TTE

    • Ajay shing says:

      I am interested this jop mem my [email protected]

      • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

        Look for the vacancy advertisement and check the syllabus of the examination. You may start preparing for the examination now itself based on the previous exam syllabus. Note that the examination is not difficult but competion is tough.

  3. santosh says:

    Hiii sir my name is Santosh I have
    e completed iti sir I am applying tte post

  4. Renuka vedpathak says:

    I have completed my 10th exam at 53.46% and 12th 54.33 .I like railway jobs .plz tell how to apply commercial job like Clark in railway .plz help me and tell me information on my email id thank u

  5. Rajesh kumar says:

    dear honorable sir
    i recently selected in mumbai board (central mumbai) as ticker examinor / ticket collecter. please assist me what type of job is that. in this post can i became TTE. or i only Posted on platform.And detail of promotion which is provided by Railway.?

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      Ticket examiner is TTE. You will be posted at any of the post. This is considered sensitive post and therefore, you will rotated at intervals.


    Sir, Is there any provision of recruitment of Commercial Apprenticeship for Matric Level candidates ? What are the criteria ? How long is the apprenticeship period ? Pl. inform me. Thank you. Himadri Hembram 9474599356