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HOER Rules (Hours of Employment and Period of Rest Rules 2005)

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  • Full night : period between 10 pm and 6 am
  • Long-on : a period of duty over 8/10/12 hours in case of Intensive/Continous/Essentially Intermittent workers respectively.
  • Roster : Document which shows the hours a Railway employee is expected to be on duty every day, the daily as well as weekly rest and break between spells of duty in a day.
  • Short-off : A period of rest which is

 - In case of Intensive workers less than 12 hours in a roster of six hours duty and less than 14 hours in a mixed roster of 6 and 8 hours duty.

 - In case of Continuous workers less than 10 hours.

 - In case of Essentially Intermittent workers less than 8 hours.

Authority to Classify

  • Power to declare the employment of a Railway employee Intensive or Essentially Intermittent vests with Head of the Railway Administration which can be delegated to Chief Personnel Officer.
  • During emergency situations it can be exercised by an Officer not below the rank of Senior Scale.
  • A copy of every declaration of classification shall be sent to Regional Labour Commissioner and if it is made by an Officer (Sr Scale) a copy to be sent to Head of the Railway Administration and Chief Personnel Officer.

Appeals against Classification

  • Any Railway employee aggrieved by a declaration of classification may prefer an appeal to Regional Labour Commissioner within 90 days of the date of declaration. RLC may after srutiny of documents or fresh job analysis may order for a change in classification.
  • Any Railway employee of Railway Administration aggrieved by a decision of Regional Labour Commissioner may prefer an appeal to the Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Labour before the expiry of 90 days from the date on which the decision of Regional Labour Commissioner is communicated.


  1. Continuous : The employment of a Railway employee is said to be continuous except when it is excluded or has been declared to be Essentially Intermittent or Intensive.
  2. Essentially Intermittent : The employment of a Railway employee is said to be Essentially Intermittent when it has been declared to be so by the prescribed authority on the grounds that daily hours of duty of the Railway employee normally include periods of inaction aggregating to 50% or more (including at least 1 such period of not less than 1 hour or 2 such periods of not less than half an hour each) in a tour of 12 hour duty (on the average over 72 consecutive hours) during which the Railway employee may be on duty, but is not called upon to display either physical activity or sustained attention.
  3. Excluded : The employment of a Railway employee is said to be Excluded if he belongs to any one of the following categories,
  • Railway employee employed in managerial or confidential capacity.
  • Armed guards or other personnel subject to discipline similar to that of any armed police forces.
  • Staff of the railway schools imparting technical training or academic education.
  • Such staff as may be specified as supervisory.
  • Matrons
  • Sisters-in-charge
  • Matrons not on regualar shift duty in Railway Hospitals
  • Health Educators and District Extension Educators
  • Family Planning Field workers
  • Lady Health Visitors
  • Auxiliary nurses-cum-midwives
  • Projectionists.
  • Other categories prescribed.
  • 4 . Intensive : The employment of a Railway employee is said to be Intensive when it has been declared to be so by the prescibed authority on the ground that it is of a strenous nature involving continued concentration or hard manual labour with little or no period of relaxation. 

Supervisory Staff

  • Ministry of Labour by written order specify Railway employees or classes of Railway employees as supervisory on the ground of holding a position of responsibility employed on duties mainly of supervisory character and because of his nature of work comparitively free to adjust his hours of duty or work.
  • Copy of every such order shall be send to Chief Labour Commissioner, New Delhi.

Criteria for Classification

  1. Continuous : All Railway employees except those excluded from Hours of Employment Regulations are assumed to be 'Continuous'. Thereafter on the basis of factual job analysis, it may be classified as Essentially Intermittent or Intensive.
  2. Intensive : Two important factors in declaring and employment as Intensive are : (i) strenuous nature of the work tending to cause mental or physical strain (ii) continuous application to such work with little or no period of relaxation. Thisis considered to have been satisfied where period of inaction or relaxation do not aggregate 6 hours or more in a cycle of 24 hours or one hour or more in a shift of 8 hours.
  3. Essentially Intermittent : If daily duty hours which should be assumed to be 12 hour/day include 
  • one period of inaction of not less than one hour or two such periods of not less than half an hour each AND
  • various periods of inaction (including that above) aggregating 50% or more during which he is not called upon to show either physical activities or sustained attention.
  • NOTE : In calculating above, periods of inaction of less than 5" shall be ignored.
  Standard Hours Statutory Limit(Sec 132 of Railways Act 1989) Preparatory & Complementary work
Intensive 42 h /week 45 h /week 3 h /week
Continuous 48 h /week 54 h /week 6 h /week
Essentially Intermittent 48 h /week + 12/24 h additional hours* 75 h /week 3 or 4 1/2 h /week *

* (i) Gateman 'C' , Caretakers, Chowkidars & Saloon Attendant and Railway employees in roadside stations provided with quarterswithin 0.5 km of place of duty - 24 h additional duty and 3h/week Preparatory & Complementary work

  (ii) Other Railway employees in EI roster -  - 12 h additional duty and 4 1/2 h/week Preparatory & Complementary work

  • Preparatory & Complementary work is treated as:
  1. When it is less than 15 min - not treated as duty, not exhibited in roster
  2. 15 min to less than 45 min (Continuous ) - half an hour
  3. 45 min to 1 hour (Continuous ) - one hour
  4. For Intensive & EI 15 min to 30 min is treated as half an hour
  • Total hours for Preparatory & Complementary work shall be fixed so as not to exceed maximum hours.

Running Staff

  • Running staff will have a link roster with standard hours 104 hours and statutory limit of 108 hours.
  • Link should be such that it wont exceed 10 hours from "signing on" to "Signing off".
  • They are given 4 periods of rest 30 consecutive hours or 5 periods of 22 consecutive hours each including a full night.

Split duty

  • Spells of duty shall not exceed 3 and no of breaks not to exceed two.
  • In case of employment of Continuous nature Railway employee whose place of residence is beyond 1.6 km from the place of duty seven hours of split duty shall be treated as equivalent to 8 hours of normal duty.
  • While preparing rosters long on and short off shall be avoided.





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I Abdul 21yrs old want to ask

I Abdul 21yrs old want to ask you some question i want to join as a TC in railway but my problem is I got 45% in SSC board , 47% in HSC board , and 56.19% in my graduation.When I saw the eligibility for TC on RRB Mumbai site it says that candidate should have 50% marks in SSC (10th std)which I don't have will I be eligible for a TC job in future. 

I am working as TTE ,after

I am working as TTE ,after being off from duty how much hrs I can take rest at restroom and what is the min hrs I can take rest at headquarter being off from duty ??

i am working as TTE in

i am working as TTE in 12825/12826 samparkkranti express ex-Ranchi to New Delhi. commencing my duty from Ranchi on monday 23.30 hrs and arrived New Delhi at 21.40 hr( tuesday). Again started from New Delhi at 7.25( wednesday) and arrived Ranchi at 5.00 ( thurs).What are my duty hrs and how much hrs I can take rest ?

dear sir/madame i was working

dear sir/madame

i was working as TE in Railways. i got appointment in state service. im not yet completed my bond i submitted application for Technical Resignation. They have accepted and relieved under a bond that should serve the state govt: for the remaining bond period.

my question is that,

can i revert to my Railway service?

may i get the same seniority?

what is the procedure for reversion?


There is a provision to

There is a provision to return within 2 years of leaving. Apply to DPO. You have to get No objection certificate from state govt dept where you are working.
Your seniority will be lost.

I am working as T.T.E. in

I am working as T.T.E. in train. I am off from my duty on sunday 5am, 26th august. My next duty in link is on monday 27th august at 22.30 hr. Will the duration between sunday 5 am to monday 22.30 counted as weekly rest ?

Since it is more than 30

Since it is more than 30 hours( Rest prescribed in C roster) , it will be counted as Rest.

sir why trackman not to give

sir why trackman not to give a departmental exam in any railway post 

Who said trackman cannot give

Who said trackman cannot give any dept exam????
He can write promotional exam in his.own dept and GDC exam for any railway post as per his qualification.

DEAR SIR,    My Revised Basic

DEAR SIR,    My Revised Basic Pay for ESM-Gr.I was Rs.13240 with GP 2800 on date 01-01-2008. I was undergoing punishment with 36 MNR (3 years) withholding annual increments due on 01-07-2009 and the punishment was completed on 01-07-2012. In between the same period, I got the promotion as Senior Technician/signal in Pay Band Rs. 9300-34800, with GP 4200  on 13-06-2011.       You kindly clear my doubt, from which date I could get my Promotion and being effected. Is there any possibility to get my arrears of promotion from June -2009. I got ESM Gr.I promotion in march -2002 and up to march -2012 for 10 years I did not get promotion, with this case; Am I eligible for MACP increment . After adding my previous increments, i.e., 7-2009, 7-2010 and 7-2011;  to my existing  pay..

Promotion will take effect

Promotion will take effect only after end of penalty period. The same goes for MACP. So you wont get arrears.

I am working in capacity of

I am working in capacity of E&RC at Nakodar station and smt namrita pathak ERS nakodar working at    Jalandhar cantt and her salary  has been charged at NRO station.Secondly thereis only one booking clerk has been posted and one vacancy of HBC is vacant.  vice this vacancy of HBC the E&RC isbeing utelized on UTS which is very difficult to handle the passengers standing in the que of persons also standing for obtaining the reservation of berths and Tatkal Seva because there are so many trains running between the hours of Passengers reservation system i.e 8-00hrs to 14-hrs every day.sir in a time both systems operation means a lot of public complaints at this station every day.

I am working as a Sr. head.

I am working as a Sr. head. Trains clerk in E.C.Rly.My place of work is more than three kilometers from my railway quarter allotted to much time is allowed to reach my place of work;ie if I am reporting in 8 to 16 hours shift.Will this time taken is counted as on duty ..Please let me know.


There is no provision to

There is no provision to calculate this transit time as duty. It is your responsibility to arrive for duty in time.

Is there any prescribed

Is there any prescribed format for job analysis in railway? 

Sir,        I am SE (mech)


      I am SE (mech) working on train maintenance. If I work on my rest day or if I work double shift (not working in shift duty) or if I work 4 hrs more than my roster hours am i eligible for CR

sir,         I am a


        I am a comml.clerk , working  in E.I. roster ,  in weekly rosters after rest hours can we avail leave,

       Sunday, Monday rest  Tuesday to  Saturday leave availed . For next week can we get rest again on Sunday   and Monday!   explain me about prefix and suffix of rests.plz....   

No problem to take Rest-

No problem to take Rest- Leave - Rest.

sir i am working as

sir i am working as sse/signal in sr.dste office and my office is 5 days week mon to fri but my boss who is sr.dste and dste told me that you must attend the office for every saturday and sunday also because i am belongs to excluded category but i told them that since i am working in office so that i will govern with office rules i can avail saturday and sunday. sir please specify me that i am right or wrong  and give me related circulars and letters of board.  

You are absolutely

You are absolutely right.
Since you are working in office & your nature of job is not as a supervisory, you will b governed by the office rule, & you are entitle to enjoy sat & sun holiday.

You can demand in written office order to attend office on SAT & SUN.

Whether you work in office or

Whether you work in office or not doesnt have any bearing on HOER classification. Since you are in excluded category you dont have prescribed working hours also.

I am working in South central

I am working in South central Railway we have roster for a week four night duets the roster is F E E F E E R. Did we get any extra allowances for  that please send me mail if any rule my e mail ID is

           F means Morning shift [ 07:00 Hrs to 13:00 Hrs]

           E means Night shift [ First Night duty Hours is 21:00 Hrs to 07:00 Hrs second Night duty Hours is 22:00 Hrs to 06:00 Hrs ]

           R means Rest

I want to know what is

I want to know what is working hours for senior section engineer track machine & weekly off as well.............

Respected Sir/Madam, I have

Respected Sir/Madam, I have one question about duty hours. Suppose a employee has gone to outer station duty and returned next day morning at about 06:00 AM. After reporting to the Headquarter whether that person's duty completed (if not an emergency) or still he has to work?

Duty for the day is over.

Duty for the day is over.

Dear Sir, My friend had

Dear Sir,
My friend had joined in Railway as Substitute Helper-II. Now he has completed 4 years. My question is If he is eligible One set of AC3tyre pass or not?
2) A staff got promotion in MACP from GP 1800 to 1900, if he is eligible to get AC3tyre pass during out station duty?
Please make me available any circular of Indian Railway.

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Thank you very much

Thank you very much

Sir, What is the Duty hours

Sir, What is the Duty hours of Trackman..8 hrs or 10 hrs in APDJ/Div.? Is the rest time included in duty hrs? Plz inform..

Duty hours are decided as per

Duty hours are decided as per provisions of HOER. If it C roster it will be 48 hours week roster and EI it can be 60 or 72 hours(provided quarters). These are the maximum.

What is the duty hours of

What is the duty hours of Trackman..8 hrs or 10 hrs in APDJ/DIV.? Is the rest hour included in duty hours?

Dear sir, weather

Dear sir,

weather running staff is eligible for compensatary rest or not ?If so what is the procedure.

Sir, I have received the


I have received the Appointment letter as Appr. JE(Signal) Gr-II vide P/S&T/JE(Sig)/JE(Tele)/Aptt/Pt.III dated 24.10.2011 and thereafter, I did follow up the process of Doc. verfication & medical exam by 15 Nov 2011. That means, I have completed all the required process before the end of Nov 2011. Till date, I have not received joining letter or any such correspondence from the authority. I had been empanelled for the vacancies of South Eastern Railways. How much more time required? It's already more than seven months passed since the process was over.


The delay is dependent on the

The delay is dependent on the Division /Railway. Some Divisions are very slow in appointment. Have you got a Division alloted? Better you inquire in the Division concerned.

  sir can u tell me about the


sir can u tell me about the running allowance to the signal maintainers at indian railways

Sorry my friend. Running

Sorry my friend. Running Allowance is not paid to signal maintainers even though during failures they have to run sometimes.

I am working in C&W

I am working in C&W coaching depot where we are signing both SIGN ON/OFF register and MUSTER ROLL. I could not trace out the relevant rule/ RB Letter. kindly advice along with detail of relevant rule/letter whether both are required and what is the guideline to Sign ON and Sign off( whether sign OFF to be done only at end of duty)

Well my dear friend, I cant

Well my dear friend, I cant imagine that a Railway employee is complaining that he has to put two extra signatures a day. Actually it should be your supervisor who should complain telling that the employee is losing two minute each in the morning and evening to go from workplace to where the sign on/off register is  kept. 

The next we will see one of these days on this site a Station Master complaining that he is running 50 trains in his shift which means he sign 50 times in Train Signal Register and he has to be paid extra "Signing" allowance.

Now regarding the rules, your Officer concerned is empowered under Schedule of Powers of Railway Board to make such local arrangement for efficient working in his establishment. 

"Sign OFF to be done only at end of duty" . Yes, yes, sadthat should be disturbing.

Can you pl provide concrete

Can you pl provide concrete information regarding:

1.Category of Signal Staff (i)posted at station,(ii) in Emergency gang.

2.sample roaster of shift duty for Signal Staff in Big Yards/RRI.

3. OT rules for Signal staff.


Classification will be based

Classification will be based on actual job analysis at a particular place/station. It can be C, EI, Excluded. OT rules are same for every Railway servant. Where he perform duties more than rostered hours, he is eligible for OT. OT rules are here:

what is the proforma of

what is the proforma of comparative statement and man day hours lost?

dear sir,    i'm working as

dear sir,

   i'm working as an sr.section engineer my doubt is that can i avail weekly rest r what is my rest period kindly reply 



How many schedule rest can be

How many schedule rest can be given to Loco Inspector in railways ?


Dear Sir I want to know about

Dear Sir

I want to know about the commercial clerks/booking clerks are in which category continuous,intensive, essential or running staff. Because we have not get weekly rest for last 4-5 months. 

My dear friend, Railway

My dear friend, Railway doesn't classify Railway staff as per category. Under HOER rule the work of a Railway servant is classified as C, EI or I depending on the intensity of work. But whatever classification you are you should be given weekly rest.


Hi Sir




Every roster has weekly

Every roster has weekly roster. Intensive roster employees will have 30 hours of weekly rest. If you want this 30 days to a calendar day rest, it may not be possible.

Sir, I am working in SWR as

Sir, I am working in SWR as pointsman, enrolled in Ex-ser man quota wef 23.05.2011. Since we 3 PM of same status are working at a remote station(Tornagallu) 12 hr roster/link.we got one day rest and one day night off after 3days(12 hr each), and two nights(12 hrs each).But practically, when one pers goes on leave or other things, the remaining two has deployed 12 Hrs duty continuously (One on day & one on night) up to 15 to 20 days, if not, the superior will not allow leave to any of us.This practise is going since last eight months and now i proceed on sick  due to health reasons and the doctor (Contract Med Practitioner me a fit certificate as the med officer was previously directed by the superior.The duty record is available in station diary. Now i left the place without any information and undergoing treatment in Military Hospital. Being new one please advise me to whom should i approach and action to be taken for my justice. Am i right to seek details of duty hours of points man through a RTI from PIO SWR? How can I complaint against the med officer, who not attend my ill ness properly?

I am a TGT in a

I am a TGT in a Kharagpur Railway school. Recently a proposal has been floated for the Railway schools in that the teachers of Railway school should also perform minimum 8 hours duty even though school would commence and dissolve as per schedule (i.e. 5hre.50 mins presently) . As specified in the HOER 2005, staff of Railway schools fall under Excluded category. . I hereby  seek  suggestion whether any Railway department can adopt such  policy voluntarily    for a particular school without consensus with other schools. Outstation staffs are getting adversely affected with such arbitrary and adhoc decisions.

Thanking you in anticipation,


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