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Railway Recruitment 2016: Railway Traffic Apprentice: Job Profile & Career Path

Jan 14, 2016 09:53 IST

    Indian Railways is one of the largest recruiters is the 8th largest recruiter in the world with a workforce of more than 1.4 million. With such commendable status, the Railways is known to offer a variety of technical and non-technical jobs, some of which are quite popular, while others do not enjoy such benefits. One such often ignored profile that doesn’t receive much attention from candidates seeking to be the part of Indian Railways is the Traffic Apprentice Job Profile.

    Railways regularly announce several openings for this position and it is often considered to be quite a lucrative and rewarding career choice among the railway employees. Despite this, not many candidates are aware of the actual job profile, responsibilities, career progression path and promotion policy as well as salary and perks offered as part of the Railway Traffic Apprentice Job Profile. Below, we shall discuss all these points in details for the benefit of aspiring candidates.

    Job Profile of a Traffic Apprentice

    The candidates selected for the Traffic Apprentice job profile are appointed in the Traffic Transportation (Operations) branch of the Indian railways. Popularly known as the TA profile, Traffic Apprentices are trained to be multi-skilled supervisors to handle the diverse transportation operations of the Indian Railways. These apprentices undergo two-year extensive training in different work categories of Traffic Transportation Department. These include the following:

    • Station Master
    • Train Guard
    • Section Controller
    • Yard Masters
    • Traffic Inspectors

    During their training period, the Traffic Apprentices will also get the practical understanding of the traffic operations during their short work period appointments as Station Master, Yard Master, and Guard.

    After completion of their training, the Traffic Apprentices will be appointed to respective cadre, in which they will be posted on the position of Station Master / Yard Master (both profiles have been combined now) or section controller, depending upon the requirements.

    Career Path & Promotion Progression

    For any Sarkari Naukri, apart from satisfying job profile and lucrative pay and perks package another thing that candidates look for is the career path and promotion progression options available. Like all major railway employment opportunities, Traffic Apprentice job profile also offers great promotion progression and career path. The details are explained in the image below:

    Salary & Perks

    The job of Traffic Apprentice is a central government job and, therefore, the salary offered and perks provided flows from the central government through the Indian Railways. The position of TA in Indian Railways falls within the pay scale of Rs 9300 to 34800 with Grade pay of Rs 4200. In addition to this, candidates are also entitled to Rs 9300/- worth of Initial Pay as well. Apart from this core salary structure, the Traffic Apprentice job also draws other allowances like DA on total pay, transport allowance and house rent allowance depending upon the posting and service conditions.


    Any candidate holding a valid graduation degree from a recognized Indian university is eligible to apply for the Traffic Apprentice opening with the Indian Railways. In addition to this, candidates holding Diploma in Rail Transport & Management, Transport Economics, Multimodal (Containerization) Transportation from Institute of Rail Transport will be given preference in the selection procedure.

    Selection Process

    The selection of Traffic Apprentice in Indian Railways is done through open competitive written examination (generally, a single stage computer-based test). The important points about the written examination and overall selection process are mentioned below:

    • Final selection is done on the basis of merit of computer based examination
    • The computer test is an objective type, multiple choice (4 options) question style exam
    • The written examination includes 100 questions, with 25 questions each from general knowledge, common awareness, mathematics, and reasoning sections
    • The written examination has to be completed within 90 minutes timeframe
    • Questions are generally provided in three languages i.e. Hindi, English, and Urdu

    Traffic Apprentice Recruitment Exam draws 1/3rd negative marking for each wrong answer

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