About Workload and Responsibility

Hello Everyone,
In this article we will talk about workload of IES officers in Indian Railways and responsibilities on their shoulders. I am quite young to this organization but still I will try my best to project an honest picture of inside working.

Govt jobs in India are one of most secure jobs in the world. This makes it a scarce resource here, especially for middle class of this country. There are all sorts of government jobs from group D to group A, from psu to state govt. to central govt. Getting Group A job in central government is the dream of youth of this country. Moreover, after seventh pay commission, the scramble for central government jobs will reach its peak. Today, engineers are ever more in numbers which is actually good for this country, if they really are engineers. But the tragedy is very few of us get become engineers in real life. Have you seen ‘Prison Break’, he is the real engineer, we are just engineering graduates. A railway is the place where you get group A job as well as do some engineering.

How is the image of government jobs in our society? On one hand we want it for security and on other hand we despise it for its stagnancy. Actually, both of them are true. Nobody can remove you from service and you get promotion automatically over the time. This brings in a lot of complacency in government workers including some officers.  It is said that government job is not a place for research and innovation but I beg to differ, you can say that there is no incentive but there are lot of opportunities. Government may not give you anything special for doing things brilliantly but you will enjoy just for the sheer pleasure of doing it. In government service, everyone is looking for his entitlements by the virtue of post he holds. If you want to learn in Railways, be ready to visit difficult places, be ready to stay awake at night, be ready to accept rebuke of seniors. You have to be ready to face chaos and dirt of platforms and stations. You will have to deal with corrupt and lazy staff. In fact, Infrastructure at Jamalpur is still the same built by British. You will find yourself in the midst of people learning modern technology in a heritage infrastructure. Being an engineer in Railways is not the bed of roses, it is like a crown of thrones.

As I have said in my previous articles that Railways will provide you diversity of work which no other job India will offer but workload is equally high. In state govt department people procrastinate their work endlessly but in railways you can’t do so beyond a certain point. Off all govt engineering jobs, work culture in railways is relatively better. Again it doesn’t mean that there is no politics, or corruption or leg-pulling, but in lesser proportions. Moreover if you get good zone, then these problems will even be lessened. Part of the problem is that govt servants work under negative perception in the eyes of  public, of being corrupt and inefficient. It is not easy to totally change this image but the initiative will have to be taken form top.

For officers, work- hours have not been defined in IR. It means that you are on duty 24*7, being on duty doesn’t mean always doing work, it means being responsible all the time. If anything happens, DRM directly scolds junior scale officers which you will be after joining. Hence all the facilities, all the staff and all the resources are to be used for execution of you duty. Apart from train running, you will be establishment head of your office which means you will be managing their leaves, passes, transfers, etc. Workload is greater when there is some derailment or accident. You will be present at site without food or water for hours. I don’t want scare you but upshot of all this is that workload is directly proportional to responsibility and in IR you will have lot of responsibility. As a junior and senior scale officers , your working will be more engineering oriented which will include lot of inspections but as you move up the ladder you will be doing less and less inspection and more management work. At the level of DRM and GM , you can’t even imagine their diversity and nature of work. Work load is greater in open line organization; in research, deputation and construction organization work load is cyclic and variable. Research wing of IR is RDSO; it also provides standardization and specification for IR. If you are research oriented then you will be able to contribute maximum here.

As an officer you can learn lot and create some new assets for IR but nobody will ask you to do so. You will have to take your own initiative, but first there is lot to learn before you can actually do something different. As I said there will no incentive for you to work harder, but your own engineering instinct will propel you, if it is there. There are only few who retain their shine even in government jobs, it is because they don’t expect much and work for their own satisfaction.

All those aspirants who want to join IR, you should, but don’t try to be sophisticated. Learn to be a leader. It is really important at your level. You will be head of lot of staff whose experience might be greater that your age. They have seen the railways more than you may have seen the world. So how will you deal with them? Showing arrogance is not the way, being too polite is also not recommended. Ability to handle people will take to far , just knowing technical stuff is not enough. Infact , your communication skills will be tested when you join Railways and travel without ticket, and TTE gives you seat as well as respect.

Till then ,Goodbye.

35 Replies to “About Workload and Responsibility”

  1. Dear Sir,

    1.If you got job in ISRO / IES / BHEL(PSU), which willl you prefer Sir?

    2.Please describe your opinion about each JOB in two or 3 sentences.

    Awaiting for valuable reply.

    Thaks for sharing valuable/genuine information regarding IES.

    1. As i am a civil engineer
      I would definitely go for IES job because in ISRO there is not much to do for civil engineers , similarly in BHEL

      However, for electronics engineers, situations may be different
      IF i am not getting Railways or ITS, i would join ISRO, BHEL would be at last.

  2. thanks to share your work experience .
    but ies is my dream, so i want to ask you how to prepare my self to be an ies officer at initially? i m in 2nd year b.tech in electronics and communication.

  3. Sir i have high myopia of 13 .it is correctable by lasik as well as ipcl.and i have to ask whether it is disqualification for ies .m in final year civil engineering at iitk.or simple spectacles are allowed in medical.kindly reply sir.thank you

      1. Thanku sir.i just want to ask whether i will be rejected for all departments with spectcles only and no lasik.thanku again sir for valuable reply

  4. Hi Sir,
    Very good article and its very true about Railways mentioned in your article. I am working in Railways as Senior Section Engineer, I am preparing for IES – 16 mech branch by self study.
    Sir is it true UPSC will change exam pattern of IES in 2016?
    Then when it will give intimation?, if it gives during notification day then there will be less time for aspirants to get prepared for the new exam pattern.
    UPSC has already fixed exam date for IES-16 in exam calender, so will there be any changes?

  5. Hello Amit Sir
    Every day when i see the new post in “my ies journey” , i see that how people are so enthusiastic for working in Indian railway,even as a mechanical engineering student working in railway as a IRSME it is also my dream job.and i see that how all of you respected officers are motivated the ies aspirants.but one thing is always in my mind that the present government not only the present government the previous government was also trying everyday how to privatized railway.even few months before Bibek deb roy also give a report which clearly view that within 5-6 year they are trying to full privatization.all of we know Indian railway is the highest recruiter in our country(after the Indian army but army is different than a civil man). More than 10 LAKH people working in railway but once this number was average 14 lakh this means already privatization start.already there are many department in railway where recruitment is already stopped.but do you think if this rate of privatization done every day one day Indian railway lost their 1st preference in IES and also the fame.Becacuse in present Indian railway all have their own & it is the only department after army who have their own schools, hospitals etc. No other govt organization have this.But govt try to give all this to the private companies. Even some people saying one day railway give their trains to private companies and private company run the train, they recruit drivers, guard even maintenance.Railway have their own wagon and coach factories is it happen that after few years private companies will make wagon & coaches? In one of your post in “railway benefits” there you said “power” yes obviously everyone want this and you said there “ Power (i.e. Staff to Officer Ratio )- 500-600 people will be reporting you in first posting.” & one thing more you said that ” As I have said in my previous articles that Railways will provide you diversity of work which no other job India will offer” do you think after the privatization this type of power and staff to officer ratio remain. And one more thing do you think privatization is good for railway? Most Of the candidates choose railway after ies to think that railway is the only sector who give the opportunity of diversity work,power and better carrer prospect even i’m also think that.but do you think after the privatized all this thoughts are remain.it is not that i’m writing this letter to discourae anyone and i never think of that.i write this letter only because of no one give me the clear perception about this privatization policies.and so i write this letter to you because in the previous post the reply which you gave it is so good and very satisfied answer.and i expect a good answer only from you.

    1. Privatization of railways is a controversial topic in India. As you rightly pointed out that railways runs schools . hospitals and training centres which a private company will not do.Till now railways has been considered as a national transporter, only earning profit is not its aim. It seeks to combine transport facilities along with social service. That’s why we see lowest cost of travel in trains when compared to other modes of transport. Only railways is that mode which a poor can ride as well as a rich.

      Railways is a monopoly i.e it faces no competition ecause no pvt entry is allowed in Railways. AS far as privatization is concerned, i think that only some select services of railways will be privatized because railways is a notional resource and union government wouldn’t like to completely privatize whole of railways. As far reduction in manpower is concerned, it will be primarily for staff and not for officers. Moreover those officers who have been appointed they will continue working. Apart from running trains , there are lot of other things in Railways which no government can ignore. So, i don’t see chances of privatization of railways in near future.

  6. Sir I am studying in KIET Ghaziabad Mechanical branch……. 2nd sem student UPTU….
    I want to know how can i start preparing.for ESE and GATE….
    I want to become an es officer or if not then I want to get selected in psu….
    How much marks in GATE needed to score to get any psu job….. ?????
    How much time I have to give tobstudies….
    How much hours for what duration I have to prepare….. ?????

    1. Your questions are typical of a second semester student. IF you read the articles of this blog then you will certainly get an idea of how to move ahead. There is no secret of success , except hard work and burning desire to excel.

  7. sir today i post this link only for know that, though in this blog “MY IES JOURNEY’ is a very motivational block and as you said that the IES officers of railway get very good facility (big bunglows, cars,respect) but after reading this link the motivation level is down…i want to know is it really happend all the time.i paste the link below. -https://www.quora.com/Indian-Engineering-Services-1/What-experiences-can-an-IRSME-officer-share-regarding-the-facilities-or-perks-he-she-has-experienced-in-their-career the motivation

    1. Whatever she has written is true. She is one year senior to me. She is from mechanical department and i am from civil engineering.

      Entitlement such as houses ,vehicles and servant vary from department to department and from post to post. The maximum entitlement is of a civil engineer because of his nature of work. This is the reality what she has posted above but this may not be the case for all of IRSME officers.

      The problem is that you can’t complain , especially in this age of unemployment and soaring competition ,IRSME will be choice for mechanical engineers in our country. Moreover , a big overhaul is waiting to happen in Indian Railways which will remove the present format of departmental-ism..

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