Tell me something about the job in Railways in India?
Q2 What is the nature of work ?
Q3.What is the
aptitude needed for a job in Railways ?
Q4.What is the remuneration ?
me something about the job in Railways in India?
The Indian railway system is the
largest in Asia and ranks second in the world. The total route length is
over 62.3 thousand kilometres. The Indian railways had a modest beginning in
April 1853, when the first train journeyed from Bombay to Thane - a total of
35 kilometres. Now, as mentioned earlier, it ranks second largest in the
world. The Indian railways have made a remarkable progress in attaining
self-sufficiency in equipment. At the beginning of the planning era, the
railways were importing 23 per cent of their equipment. Imports of railway
equipment have now been brought down considerably. A reorganisation of the
geographical jurisdictions of zones and divisions was done in 1996. This
reorganisation was done after taking into account the quantum of workload
handled by each zone, the traffic flows and easy accessibility to various
activity centres. Now the Indian Railway network comprises of nine zones
that are directly controlled by the Railway Board, which is at the helm of
all the operations. Each zone is headed by a General Manager. The nine zones
are: ¨ Central Zone with headquarters in Mumbai ¨ Eastern Zone with
headquarters in Calcutta ¨ Northern Zone with headquarters in New Delhi ¨
North Eastern Zone with headquarters in Gorakhpur ¨ North-East frontier Zone
with headquarters in Guwahati ¨ Southern Zone with headquarters in Chennai ¨
South-Central Zone with headquarters in Secundrabad ¨ South-Eastern Zone
with headquarters in Calcutta ¨ Western Zone with headquarters in Mumbai
Q2 What is
the nature of work ?
A2.The Indian Railway
Traffic Service This branch of the Indian Railways looks after
transportation and commercial matters pertaining to transportation. The
branch is therefore divided into two divisions:
- The commercial division:
This division handles all commercial responsibilities like ticket
checking, catering, administration and management of stations,
reservation, announcements on the platforms, etc.
- The operations division:
This division deals with controlling movement of trains. Keeping a check
on incoming and outgoing trains, detachment or attachment of wagons, etc.,
are the responsibilities of this division. The posts and promotions differ
slightly as per the selection grade. When an officer reaches the senior
administrative grade, he or she is given the post of Chief
- India Railway Accounts
Service This branch of the Railway Services is engaged in handling the
accounting and finance operations of the Indian Railways. Working in this
branch would entail dealing with financial transactions and hence a
thorough knowledge of accounting procedures and related practices would
prove an asset for officers who opt for this branch of the Indian
Railways. An officer in the senior grade is given the charge of a zone and
the post of a Financial Advisor-cum-Chief Accounts Officer. At this post,
the officer carries the overall responsibility for accounts for the whole
- Indian Railway Personnel
Service As the name indicates, officers in this division handle all
matters related to the personnel section like selection, promotions,
training, welfare activities, transfers, increments, disciplinary actions
and the like.
- Railway Protection
Service/ Railway Protection Force This branch of the Indian Railway
Services is entrusted with the task of maintenance of law and order on
trains and on premises owned and used by the Indian Railways.
- Railway Engineering
Services This is the technical side of the Railway Services and is engaged
in activities like construction and planning of railway tracks, bridges
and buildings. There are branches in this division like the Indian Railway
Service of Electrical Engineers and the Indian Railway Service of
Training for recruits for the
Railway Engineering Services is provided at five centralised training
institutes. For the selection of mechanical engineers, a Special Class
Railway Apprenticeship Examination is held. The chosen candidates are given
a four-year probationary training.
the aptitude needed for a job in Railways ?
A3.As in the case of
any other government service, a person chosen to work in this field should
have the willingness to work in a predetermined hierarchy. Unlike the
private sector, hierarchy is adhered to quite closely in the government
sector. As the railways are always on the move so are many of its employees.
So a person should be prepared to spend time away from home and family. The
railways carry an innumerable number of passengers every day. The railway
employees are responsible for the safety of the passengers and their
belongings. This sense of responsibility should govern each and every action
of a railway employee. They should be careful that they do not compromise
passenger safety in any manner. In the course of duty, railway employees
will have to interact with many people, they should be flexible enough to be
able to adapt to different situations and different people. But while doing
that they should be governed by an inner discipline, which will ensure that
they stick to their responsibility towards railway users and the department.
Q4. What is
the remuneration ?
operations of the Indian Railways provide openings in many areas and can
accommodate persons of various capabilities. However, despite having so many
divisions, cadres, etc., the prospects, promotions and remuneration are at
par in all the divisions. Remuneration for railway officers is fixed by the
Government and follows the pattern of all other civil services. Other
benefits attached to the railways are facilities like travel allowances,
educational facilities, housing facilities, pension, health care, free
railway passes and so on.