Job profile of Assistant Station Master (ASM)

  • Job profile: ASM will be the in charge of running of trains at a station. He operates the signals, ensures that everything goes as per the rules laid out. He will be working in shifts. Big stations may have more than one ASM.
  • Career path :
    Assistant Station Master ->
    Station Master ->
    Station Supt. ->
    Assistant Operations Manager->
    Divisional Operations Manager ->

25%  of  the  vacancies in  the  category  of  Station  Masters  (GP 4200) will  be  filled  by  induction  of  Traffic  Apprentices  of  which  15%  will  be  from  the  open  market  through  the  Railway  Recruitment  Boards  and  10%  from  amongst  the  serving  (non-Ministerial)  graduates  through  limited  Departmental  Competitive  Examinations. (Ref 1)

Recruitment(Ref 1)

  • 60%  of vacancies will be filled by  direct  recruitment  through  Railway Recruitment Boards(RRB).
  • 15%  by  Limited  Departmental  Competitive  Examination(LDCE)  from  amongst  group  C  &  D  staff  of  Operating  and  Commercial  departments  with  an  upper  age  limit  of  45  years  (50  years  in  the  case  of  SC/ST)  and  qualification  of  Graduation  subject  to  the  condition  that  Group  D  staff  have  rendered  a  minimum  of  5  years  regular  Railway  Service.  Shortfall  in 15% LDCE  quota  may be made  good  by  direct  recruitment.
  • 25%  by  general  selection  from  amongst  employees  possessing  the  qualification  of  Matriculation  and  working  as  Shunting  Masters,  Cabinmen  I,  Switchmen,  Sr.  Signallers  and  Sr.  Train  Clerks  and  Leverman  Gr.I,  Pointsman  Gr.I,  Shuntman  Gr.I  Cabinman  Gr.II  and  Train  Clerks  with upper  age  limit  of  45  years  (50  years  in  the  case  of  SC/ST).  Shortfall against the  quota  may be made  good  by  direct  recruitment.
  • Qualification : Degree from recognized university or equivalent.
    Diploma in Rail Transport & Management, Transport Economics, Multimodal Transport (Containerization) awarded by Institute of Rail Transport, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi will be additional desirable qualification.  (Ref 1)
  • Selection Process : Written Examination (in two stages –preliminary and final) followed by Aptitude Test and Document Verification.
  • 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 :
    Transport Allowance
    House Rent Allowance(if not provided with quarters
  • Deductions from salary include 10% of total Pay towards New Pension scheme.


1.   Rule 121 of  Indian  Railway  Establishment  Manual Chapter  I 



Sat, 05/12/2015 - 12:20

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.


Sun, 03/01/2016 - 17:29


                    I am a B.Sc. graduate. I am looking forward to join IR in non technical post like ASM, Tarrif Apperentice, etc. Please help me in knowing which field will be best for me to join. And please let me know which books to refer for the exams.

                     I also want to know how is the training process or the period of training if selected further. what are the benefits we get in training.And most important what is the pay during training. I have also done IATA Consultant Diploma in Travel & Tourism.

                      Please sir guide me for better carrier.

Thanks & Regards,

Tausif Kazi.

sachin cs

Sun, 03/01/2016 - 23:34

Dear Sir,

I just applied for NTPC graduate posts. I have some confusion with the percentage of marks that i have entered in the application. My university is having grading system. The percentage that i have entered is an approximate value. The university has a provision of issuing a certificate indicating percentage other than grading on special request. But it will take time.

So what i need to know is that if i am able to produce that certificate indicating my percentage during document verification and if my data mismatches by 1% will it lead to rejection/elimination?


Mon, 04/01/2016 - 11:02

Respected sir,

  I applyed group C post in under Appointment on compassionate grounds ,Im a graduate .after group c qualifing im eligible post is SE OR JE...what is the procedure please tell me 


plz..plz...plz...plz....reply sir,    THANK YOU


Thu, 21/01/2016 - 16:11

Respected sir,i completed (E.C.E),i have -4 disability to my both eyes. i wish to apply for TRAFFIC APPRENTICE post.can i eligible to apply to this post with my eye sight and my education..if am not eligible which post is preferable to me.can i apply with disability certificate. pls reply me


Thu, 21/01/2016 - 20:37


I am working as tech, gr. 2, SC, my mutual partner also gr.2. OBC, our recruitment gp was 1900. Now we applied for inter railway mutual transfer. However it is possible or not and we both RRB candidate.


Thanks - Anish Bipra


I have completed B.E in electrical engineering, may i know whether medical fitness is necessary for this recruitment. can you pls provide upcoming RRB