Railway Goods Guard is one of the important posts in this long hierarchy of the railway staff. He is the person technically in charge of the train. The guard is responsible for assuring himself that the station master (directly or indirectly) has authorized the departure of the train from the station. The guard can also require the driver to stop the train, or to operate it under his direction, in special circumstances. For instance, in some cases if the train parts, or breaks down, or if a signal is defective the driver must consult the guard on how to proceed. The guard must usually give the driver written permission to proceed in emergency situations (e.g. working against normal traffic directions or without block protection).
The guard is normally at the rear of the train, and can operate the emergency brake if ever reqauired. He is also responsible to light the flares and sets up detonators on the tracks if the train stops because of a problem or an accident. The guard exchanges flag or lamp signals with stations masters on departure and when passing through.
Usually the guard does not have any duties on the commercial aspects of running the train, in some cases he may be in charge of selling tickets for passengers boarding at small halt stations with no ticket facilities.
We can say that he is the person who shoulders the responsibility along with the Driver of taking the train from one destination to another destination safely. In that sense he is one of the most important employee in the setup. One has to be really dedicated and hardworking to handle this work.
The job of a Railway guard demands hard work and honesty along with courage to handle adverse conditions. For this one should have discipline, patience, responsibility, punctuality, commitment, honesty, courage and above all self-confidence.
To discharge his duties efficiently and effectively he requires special training and knowledge.
1. Educational Qualification
To be eligible to become a Railway Guard in India one should be at least Graduate in any stream.
Diploma in rail transport will be another desirable qualification
From 18 years to 33 years.
To become a Goods Guard one has to follow the above given steps:-
To become a Railway Guard one has to apply for the competitive exam to be held for the job whenever declared by any of the 17 RRBs of different zones in the Indian Railways.
After clearing the RRB exam (consisting of nearly 150 questions on G.K, Aptitude, Mathematics and General English) held for the post of Railway Guard getting the necessary training one is posted on a Railway station or a particular route.
The pay scale of a newly appointed Railway Guard (Goods Guard) is Rs.4500 to Rs. 7000. However these pay scales keep on revising from time to tiem.
They also get attractive remuneration and incentives including contributory provident fund, gratuity, medical facilities and free/concessional Railways passage etc. They are also provided with a range of benefits and allowances in addition to housing facilities, medical expenses and out- station allowances, as well as free/concessional Railways passes for their immediate family members and dependants.