Through the Staff Selection Commission Common Graduate Level (SSC CGL) examination, the aspiring candidates can land the job opportunity of Assistant in Railway Ministry. It is a post that many aspiring candidates look for due to the prospects associated with the position. It is a Group B post under the Indian Railways, recruitment for which is conducted through the SSC. The Indian Railways not just runs the world`s fourth largest railroad network but is also among the largest employers. Indian Railways has secured the 8th Place in the World Economic Forum’s list of the world's biggest employers. Undergoing the written tests and clearing the personal interview round could place the candidates into the railways and allow them to enjoy the benefits, perks and career benefits associated with the Ministry.
Job description of Assistant in Railway Ministry
The candidates are expected to get posted at the headquarters, which is Rail Bhawan in Delhi for official work. They can also be posted at any other regional railway office across the country to undertake administrative work as well. The appointment of candidates depend upon the requirement and vacancy in any particular office. You could either get posted to big metro cities or urban-suburban railway offices at the beginning of your career. The candidates need to undergo mostly clerical duty and deal with official papers, files and records initially. The assistants are not the decision-taking authority and hence their responsibility is limited to manage paperwork and forward the same to their seniors. They report generally to the Group A officers in the ministry and provide information, files, records and other details to them, whenever required. The workload and office hour are limited and can be handled easily, with provisions of frequent day offs and holidays.
Salary Structure of Assistant in Railway Ministry
The Assistants who have been recently getting recruited in the Railway ministry get a salary in the pay band II along with Grade Pay of 4600/- pm. The pay band of the assistants is Rs. 9300- 34800/- pm. and the consolidated salary turns around Rs. 40000/- pm. for the beginners. The consolidated salary includes the house Rent, traveling Allowance and other allowances. The best aspect of working in this profile is that you would get a lot of benefits while you travel in the Indian Railway. You could travel in AC Tier 2 to and fro anywhere in India and you could get three passes for your family as well, in which you need to pay 1/3rd of the total ticket price. The ministry also gives an yearly bonus of a healthy sum to its employees. You could also get hugely discounted Railway holiday homes while you are travelling alone or with family, in various parts of the country.
Promotion Prospects of Assistant in Railway Ministry
Like any other Assistant posts in any other government department, the scope for promotion in Railway Ministry is also bright for the passionate candidates. The candidates after completing 9 years of their services in either the Rail Bhawan or other regional offices can get posted to officer level posts. They can get promoted to the level of Section Officer, by undergoing departmental promotional examinations as well. Further, the candidates can get posted the under secretary, Deputy Secretary and Director Posts in the ministry. With every promotion, the responsibility and work load increases, but they mostly remain in the office they have begun in the initial years of their career.