How to get a Indian Railway Jobs Please Read Carefully : The Railway Ministry oversees the operations of seventeen zones of Indian Railways that are further sub-categorized into 68 divisions. Indian Railways has the fourth-largest railway network in the world with an estimated total track length comprising 1, 15, 000 kms. It is also the largest employer in India and the ninth largest in the world with more than 14 lakh employees.
Each and every zone is under the supervision of a GM (general manager) and each of the 68 divisions which fall under a specific zone is controlled by a DRM (divisional railway manager). Every division has several departments headed by a chief (chief commercial manager, chief electrical engineer and so on) who directly report to the DRM. Like all central government employees, railway staffs enjoy a high salary with numerous perks and incentives. They’re also entitled to receive pension after superannuation.
Classification of Railway Services
Railway posts across all departments (like commercial, electrical, operations, traffic, engineering, and so on) are basically classified into two categories: – Gazetted Posts (Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’) and Non-Gazetted Posts (Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ and staff engaged in different workshops). As the table below clearly illustrates, all positions classified under Groups A and B have higher pay scales than posts stratified under Groups ‘C’ and ‘D’. Consequently, the basic salaries for posts under Groups A and B are also more.
Indian Railways is a public enterprise completely owned and administered by the Indian Government
1) After completing Higher Secondary School (Standard XII), one can appear for the Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC), Dholpur House, New Delhi. This exam is extremely competitive, as there are a limited number of vacancies available
Successful candidates join as technical apprentices (Special Class) and are sent to the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical Engineering (not sure about the exact name) at Jamalpur. Here, they are put through a four(?) year technical course, and I guess they have to clear the examinations conducted by the Institution Of Engineers. Once cleared, they are directly recruited as officers under the cadre of Indian Railways Service Of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME).
2) After completing Engineering, candidates aspiring for a job with IR have to clear the Indian Engineering Services (IES) examinations, conducted by the UPSC. These examinations are tough, as they question you on the technical of the subjects which you had studied in engineering. The competition is hectic, as only the top cream of the successful candidates get an offer from the railways. Other have to settle for CPWD, MES, NHAI etc…
Candidates from Civil, Mechanical, Electronics, and Electrical branches of engineering, are inducted into the railways into their respective cadres (Indian Railways Service Of Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Telecom Engineers respectively). They all are given training at their respective institutions. (For IRSE engineers, it is the Indian Railways Institute Of Electrical Engineering (IREEN) at Nashik, and the Railway Staff College, at Vadodara (common for all).
3) You can also get into the Railways by appearing for the Civil Services examinations. If you get a good rank, you might opt for the Indian Railways Traffic Service (IRTS), or the Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS).
4) For technical level posts and lower level posts, the regional Railway Recruitment Boards conduct regular examinations for the posts of Drivers, Assistant Drivers, Stations Masters, Section Engineers etc.
5) Meritorious sports persons are also encouraged to join the Indian Railways under the Sports Quota.
6) Doctors and surgeons can join the Railways, and they come under the Indian Railways Medical Service (IRMS) cadre. Railways have full-fledged hospitals at the divisional level & at zonal headquarters. Some of them are famous (PER railway hospital is famous for heart surgery).
7) On humanitarian grounds, if a railway employee dies while in active service, the next of kin might be given a job on compassionate grounds (breadwinner case).
And at the lowest level, helpers or attendants functioning as bungalow peons might be eventually absorbed into regular service as khalasis and helpers…
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