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Job Opportunities in Rail Transport

By on August 9, 2013

Indian Railways is a large employer with its staff strength of 13.28 lakhs and annual wage bill of Rs. 53,706 Crs. during 2010-11. This works out to be an average payout of rs. 4.04 Lakh/annuam. A good sum as compared to average payout to even an Engineer joining a Private company. This cadre of 13.28 lakhs employee consists of Group A&B (Officers Cadre), Group C (Supervisor and Artisan) and Group D cadre (Unskilled/helper). The Distribution is as follows:

Group A& B 16,800
Group C 10,76,000
Group D 2,34,000

 Considering the average working tenure of approximately 35 years for any employee, it generates an employment opportunity of

Group A 300
Group C 24000
Group D 6500

It is to be noted that there is no back door entry for filling up the above cadre and all post are filled up by competitive examination. The competitive examination for Group A cadre is conducted by UPSC, Group C by Railway Recruitment Board and Group D by respective Railways having Railway Recruitment Cell. Group B is a promotional cadre from Group C to Group B.  It is also important that there is no interview for filling up the posts in Group C and D and therefore, no subjectivity.

Group A Service

There are nine cadres for filling up group A posts  namely IRTS, IRAS, IRPS and IRPFS by IAS and Allied Service Examination, IRSE, IRSEE, IRSS, IRSME & IRSSE through Indian Engineering Service Examination conducted by UPSC

Group C Service

This group consists of Supervisory and Artisan category.

Supervisory Post are filled up in two groups namely Senior Section Engineer for which the minimum qualification is graduation in engineering and Junior engineer with minimum educational qualification of Diploma. This examination is for all discipline such as Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Signal and Telecommunication,  Stores, etc.

Minimum qualification for artisan category is Matriculation with ITI

Following category of posts are opened to all discipline of education

  • Assistant Loco Pilot
  • Assistant Station master
  • Ticket Conductor
  • Guard

 Group D  Services

The group consists of Porter in transportation, Track-man and Gate man in Engg. Department, Khalasi helper in Mechanical Electrical/Signal & Telecommunication department, Safaiwala etc.

The job is arduous particularly of Trackman whereas others are OK. Minimum qualification is Matric or ITI. There is written examination and Physical Efficiency Test. Before applying one should be sure of his ability to do physical work otherwise after qualifying written examination and get disqualified in PET, it feels bad. If you live in a city far away from the Railway recruiting manpower and thinking of managing the transfer, it will be difficult. Appear in the examination of the Railway which is near to your hometown.

For latest vacancies from different Railways

  • East Coast Railway: http://www.pardaphash.com/news/railway-bhubaneswar-recruitment-apply/723751.html#.UmSNJDCQaHY
  • Eastern Railway: http://www.jagranjosh.com/articles/railway-recruitment-cell-eastern-railways-notified-recruitment-for-2830-vacancies-1381409343-1

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  1. manish says:

    sir after doing 3 years act apprentice in indian railway can i do diploma in electrical ? It would be good for me or not? plw rply…….

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      Manish, I am not so sure about it. Check with the institutes offering diploma courses.

      • bunty says:

        Can B.Tech students apply for junior engineer

  2. Paramjit Singh says:

    i like Indian Railway………

  3. xxxx says:

    I have a B.Tech only in Electricals but I am highly knowledgeable in Computer science . Can I apply for a post in Computer science rather than Electricals ?

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      You can apply for those posts for which you have the degree. There is no need to worry, that even if you join as Electrical Engineer in any discipline, there will be ample of opportunity for you to show your excellence in computer science.

  4. xxxx says:

    Sr.Sec Enginner mechanical
    Sr.Sec Enginner wagon and carraige
    Sr.Sec Enginner dsl mechanical
    Sr.Sec Enginner gs
    Sr.Sec Enginner track machine ..

    Will you be able to explain the type of these jobs.Much appreciated 🙂

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      Read the job profile on the web site itself for Mech, Electrical and Civil. All information is available.

  5. Anish says:

    Dear Sir ,
    Please confirm For Electronics & communication Engineering :

    My specific queries are :
    1.) Which departments are preferred . Please advise a choice between these two : IRSSE & ITS with reason.

    2.) What are the benefits & Facilities in these 2 department.

    3.) Where is the place of posting in these 2 departments. As I know , IRSSE can be posted anywhere whereas ITS shall be posted in metro city only.

    4.) What are promotion aspects in these 2 departments

    5.) Which out of these 2 is good for Girls. Whether any problem if girls take IRSSE

    Anish Bansal

  6. Arjun Kumar says:

    Sir, I am working in private company


    Good job