Railway Station Master is considered as one of the reputed officials in a Railway Station. A station master is reponsible for every official activity that happens in the railway station he is appointed in. Every official task inside the station premises needs to be supervised, guided and approved by him. He is also responsible for smooth, safe and efficient running of station. In short, he is the all in all responsible official hired by railways for that particular railway station.
Eligibility Criteria for Becoming a Railway Station Master
Become a Railway Station Master is not that easy job. You need to have special potential and a set of educational qualification to appear for the official examination conducted by Railway Recruitment Board on regular intervals.
To appear for the exam, aspirants need to have graduation degree. Graduation can be completed in any discipline and there are not such specification mentioned for it. Even diploma in Rail Transport & Management, Transport Economics, Multimodal Transport (Containerization ) awarded by Institute of Rail Transport, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi can be added under the category of desirable qualification.
The age limit to become a Railway Station Master or to appear for the examination is between 18 to 32 years of age.
Selection Procedure for Becoming a Railway Station Master
Applying and becoming a Railway Station Master is not that easy job. Indian Railways issue job notifications to fill up Station Masters across the nation as per requirement.
Railway Recruitment Board conducts computer based online examination to appoint Station Masters. The written examination comprises of two stages- Preliminary and Final Examination followed by Aptitude Test and Document Verification at last.
The syllabus of prelims examination for Station Master Post comprises of four subjects-Arithmetic Ability, General Knowledge, General Intelligence and General English (Optional). The exam conducted is objective type and consists of Multiple Choice Questions. The exam is consisting of total 100 marks and the time alloted is 90 minutes. The candidates who qualify the prelims examination are called to appear for main examination.
Once the selection process is over, all the selected candidates will have to undergo necessary training conducted by Railway Board for a specific duration of time.
Salary Structure and Other Allowances of Railway Station Master
The salary structure of any government official is set according to the pay band. The pay band of every employee is structured as per the designation and Grade they work in. As Railway Station Master is considered as a higher level officer and thus the pay scale is in between Rs 5200-20200. The grade pay is Rs 2800 and the total pay is around Rs 38000.
The other allowances that a Station Master enjoys are Transport Allowances and House Rent Allowance (if residing quarters is not provided), Dearness Allowance, Cash Medical Benefit, Group Mediclaim and Provident Fund. All the allowances depend on certain terms and conditions and may vary from region to region or from situation to situation.
The posting of a Station Master is based on the region he resides in.