Job profile of SSE (Permanent Way)

  • SSE (Permanent Way) is a supervisor in Civil Engineering (Permanent Way) department of Railways.
  • SSE will be normally headquartered in major stations normally. He will be the in charge of a section of track (let us say 100-250 km length) stretching over a couple of stations.
  • He will be responsible for maintenance, repairs and attending to failures like rail fracture.
  • He will have a few JE(Junior Engineers) working under him and large team of workers consisting of trackman, gangman, khalasis, patrolman.
  • Permanent way in railway parlance is the structure consisting of the rails, fasteners, sleepers and ballast, plus the underlying subgrade.
  • The safe running of trains depends on the level of maintenance of the track and hence the role of a permanent way supervisor is crucial and he is answerable for the delay/omissions in this regard.
  • He is supposed to conduct regular inspections, trolley inspections, foot plate inspection(by travelling in engine of running train) over his section.

Career path :
Assistant Divisional Engineer(Gaz.) (AEN) ->
Divisional Engineer(DEN) ->
Senor Divisional Engineer(Sr.DEN) ->
Qualification :

  • Degree in Civil Engineering. from a recognized university/institution.

Selection Process : Written Examination and Document Verification.
Salary and other perks
(i) Pay Scale 9300-34800
(ii) Grade Pay 4600
(iii) Initial Pay 12540
(iv) Total Pay (i) + (ii ) 17140
Other Allowances depend on various conditions and hence can’t be stated uniformly. Other major allowances include :

  • DA on Total Pay above
  • Transport Allowance
  • House Rent Allowance(if not provided with quarters)

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


Member for

49 years 6 months

ketan (not verified)

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 01:41

sir i have been selected as section engineer pway in Central railway nagpur division.

i got the appointment letter and in that they have written that after completion of training period i have to serve for a period of 5yrs.

so i wanted to ask is it compulsory. and if i dont serve that period then what actions will be taken or what measures should be taken if i do training for 1 year and i dont want to continue the work.


also i would like to ask that i am also M. Tech environment engg how will it help in me indian railway as in salary and promotion or in case of work.

and what is the criteria for deputation?

i would like to take your opinion that will i enjoy this job cause i am real workoholic and also have interest in the filed of environmental engg.

thank you

Normally you have execute a bond with Railways stating that you will serve Railways for a period of 5 years after training. If you leave Railways in this period you have to pay the training cost calculated as the stipend you recived plus 12.5% .

But if you leave Railways for a job with PSUs normally this rule is relaxed and in this case you will be asked to serve the remaining period with the PSU concerned.

Your M. Tech wont give you any privilage by way of Promotion or salary.

Member for

49 years 6 months

Daimi (not verified)

Tue, 25/09/2012 - 15:45

Respected Sir,

         I have selected as Section Engineer (P. way) in Mumbai.Presently I am working with leading Oil & gas MNC company in Mumbai.I have completed my M.Tech (Structural) from reputed college and currently I am getting 50,000/- per month.

       So I am confuse whether to join the Railway or not.I just want to know how much in hand salary i can get after joining and what will be the promotion scheme.what will be the benefit of in this job.And main question is what about the job satisfaction.



Member for

49 years 6 months

ketan (not verified)

Sat, 29/09/2012 - 00:09

sir m section engg pway in nagpur division.

i would like to ask that practically when should i expect promotion to AEN post in railway if i sicerely serve the job?

cause i am thinking if i join phd i could get atleast a grade pay of 6600 after completion of phd in 4 yrs max.

please tell me the procedure and practically how much time it will take

1. Promotions are Divisionwise/Zonewise and as such various Div/Zone opportunities vary.
2. Vacancies are unpredictable. Being a huge organisation there are always people join / leaving Railways all the time.
3. Promotion to Gazetted posts are by Departmental exams. So the preparation and service records of the employee is important.
4. Smartness and readiness to work hard of the employee.

Member for

49 years 6 months

ketan (not verified)

Sat, 29/09/2012 - 00:38

the advertisement in rites has arrived,

the salary band in rites is IDA pay scale of Rs. 20600-46500 what will be the net salary in training and later?

Member for

49 years 6 months

pradeep k (not verified)

Sat, 29/09/2012 - 08:31

sir i have been appointed in group d  East cost railway after two -three month in northern railway mutual transfer is possible or not ,


Wed, 09/04/2014 - 13:03


 i need a help, i m selected  for the post of SSE pway/bridges... my DV has been done last month..... i want to know how much time will railway take for the final appointment ........ presently i m doing Mtech....i m now in.2nd semester it will take 1 year to complete my degree(may 2015)...

i have one doubt that .... Will railway will allow me to complete my degree if i will get my joining date before my completion of degree.????.......pls reply....

In which group SSE pway comes..????

group B or group C?????

and what are the promotional opportunities..???

thank you in advance....