Job profile of Goods Guard

Guard is the in charge of a running train. Goods Guard will be in charge of a goods train. His duties include :

  • Get the vehicle guidance (VG – written document containing numbers of wagons, their tare weight, load tonnage of individual wagons, total tonnage)from Station Master/Yard Master.
  • Check the entire formation for anything that can endanger safe running of trains.
  • Check that doors of wagons are closed.
  • Check the brake continuity with Loco Pilot.
  • Sign the Brake Power certificate(BPC) after ensuring sufficient brake power
  • Constantly monitor the formation on the run for any abnormalities.
  • Prepare train reports like Combined Train Reports, Late Arrival Reports...
  • Attend along with LP/ALP minor troubles experienced on the run like brake binding etc.

Job of a Goods Guard is somewhat strenuous in nature that he has stay in his brake van during the entire run where no basic facilities are given. Nowadays the situation has slightly improved with the running of 8 wheeler Brake van. Brake vans are not lit during night and the train may wait in way side stations long hours sometimes for crossing/precedence of Express trains.
The strenuous nature of the job is compensated by allowances of which the important one is Running Allowance. You are paid Running Allowance based on the monthly kilometres on the run.

  • Career path : Passenger Guard >> Express Guard.  Another possible path is Passenger Guard >> Section Controller >> Chief Controller. When he is promoted to a non-running post like Section Controller his pay is fixed taking into consideration pay element of  Running Allowance, which is highly benefitial for the employee.
  • Guards can also write LDCE exams for Group B Gazetted post of Assistant Opertions Manager(AOM).
  • Qualification : Degree from recognized university or equivalent.
  • Selection Process : Written Examination (in two stages –preliminary and final) followed by Document Verification.
  • Training: There will be 45 days training for Gooods Gurads in respective Zonal training institutes. Training module consists of General Rules, Goods ,Coaching theory and Railway Commercial rules.

Salary and other perks


Pay Scale

5200 – 20200


Grade Pay



Initial Pay



Total Pay (i) + (ii )


Other Allowances depend on various conditions and hence cant be stated uniformly. Other major allowances include :

DA on Total Pay above plus the running Allowance

Transport Allowance

Running Allowance

House Rent Allowance(if not provided with quarters)

Deductions from salary include 10% of total Pay towards New Pension scheme.



Fri, 10/08/2012 - 19:41

sir ,

      I am selected as goods guard in scr.i wnat to know if we got a better job after join in goods guard i have to pay money to scr .if yes how much money i will pay.


           what is the qulification of pointsman.

   i have completed in B.TECH (IT),can i have apply in this job.

      By chance i have got this job,then after i will move up in highcarder jobs use in degree performance.

And one more thing this job salary 11k something starting writenow,they will be increasing in how many years.

          plz reply me, thank u.

thank u,

now present pointsman jobs notification is release in AP last date is 17-09-2012.

in that application alone then particularly mentioned assistant pointsman jobs. number of vacancies is 54,i don't now exactly this is the direct recruitment or not.

*sir,after joining the pointsman job then how to promoted next levels to using degree based performance,the railway board will be releasing any notifications.

this is particularly conducting in railway department  staff only am i right,i don't now exactly plz tell me.

The post comes under Group D.Chances of promotion with Degree are there. Department candidates can write Degree based jobs through an exam called GDCE. Now it may take many years before you can get a higher post.


rrb releasing some posts in A.P,last date is 17-09-12.this is under in group-d.
sir in this process during around how many days will be completing(that means coming hall tickets and exam and results).plz tell me.


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49 years 6 months

Nnitish Sahu (not verified)

Sat, 25/08/2012 - 12:25


Dear sir, is there any Vacancy of  "Commercial clerk"  ? heartly request to you please inform me to on my email id- [email protected] of any railway Zonal. im intrested in Specialy Ticket Checker/ Collector. Any there any Vacancy must inform me. :-)

  • ​Also request to my friends if you know any notification about Commercial clerk Vacancy please inform on my email id- [email protected] . Thank You!

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49 years 6 months

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 22/09/2012 - 13:48

sir,its a request to you please inform me to on my email id- [email protected] of any railway jobs im intrested in Specialy guard/Ticket Checker/ Collector. if there is any Vacancy must inform me.

thank you

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49 years 6 months

shekar (not verified)

Sat, 06/10/2012 - 22:59

sir i  am a b,tech holder.i am already selected for the group d post.If i joined in that post

what is my career growth???  and  how much chance to promoted to higher cader,give me a briefly note sir...


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49 years 6 months

Himanshu saxena (not verified)

Mon, 08/10/2012 - 14:03

dear sir,

I am an MBA I want to know if anyhow I got to join Indian railways in group D then what are the prospects for my future growth.

will I be promoted on the basis of my qualification after 1 or 2 years or I have to take up the departmental test as and when vacancy arrives.

its very very important plz reply ASAP

Member for

7 years 2 months


Fri, 18/01/2013 - 21:27

I am sr goods guard selected as welfare inspector of same gp. shall I get 30% pay element benefit while fixation of pay in welfare inspector.please quote rule so I can appeal to the authority

Member for

7 years 2 months


Sat, 19/01/2013 - 22:35

mr ahuja you replied on my quary that if I(sr.goods guard) join on selection in welfare inspector then I will get benefit of 30%. will you please tell me the exact rule.I am suffering a lot.please help me.


Fri, 13/09/2013 - 23:24

thankyou sir for all this information but plz don;t angry i dont unerstand what is grade pay and pay scale etc.

plese tell me about the p.m salaray which a goods gurad can get after deduction.

becoze i think a central gov. employee can get 30000 pm if he seleted on the basis of graduation degree

plz clarify this.






sachin gawande

Thu, 15/05/2014 - 21:11

sir, my father expire on 18 feb 2014 due to train accident my father working in CR as a helper in C&W .sir i got joining as compassionate ground. sir i done my MBA in 2012. so i am eligible what post .


Sun, 06/07/2014 - 17:34


                                             Any vacancy in railway please informed me sir.When will u announced railway recruitment for TTE,good guard,engine driver,station master,assistant station master,ticket examiner jobs.I had completed degree in BBA.Please sent any application form sir.My family is very poor sir,So please help me sir.My E-mail ID- [email protected].


                                                                                                    Thanking you sir




Mon, 07/09/2015 - 10:40


          I Bandi Subbanarasaiah presently working as MTS In Income Tax Department in Pay Bond 5200-20200 with GP 1800/- joined on 28/07/2014. I completed examinations and document verification for Wait List Candidates for CEN 03/2012 notification Dec 2013 & 06/05/2014 respectively. Now I have been allotted  as Goods Guard  in Pay Bond 5200-20200 with GP 2800/- in Guntakal Division in operating department  I wish to know whether my service will continue?  I wish to know that What is the promotion hierarchy from Goods Guard and how long it will take?

Thanking you Sir


Wed, 23/09/2015 - 09:44

Sir iam having M.Sc.,MBA.,B.End qualifications and passed group-c exam on compassionate grounds and they gave me options for posts ASM/Goods guard but iam interested in sr.clerk because of my mothers ill health she is a mentally retarded patient so is there any provisions for me to ask for the post of sr.clerk


Sat, 05/12/2015 - 12:21

Namaste sirji, i want to know that as the additional desirable qualification for railway ntpc asm, goods guard, commercial/traffic apprentice is the rail transport diploma so i want to ask that for that diploma course the eligibility given that any graduate/diploma in engineering non railwayman can apply. i have completed diploma in electrical engineering so as per IRT institute criteria i am eligible for that diploma so please tell me that with diploma electrical an rail transport management diploma may i found eligible for applying the post mentioned above. Please sir reply me this is a very much important for me. Thanking you.