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Profile Details
Name – Tapan Kumar Baidya
Designation – Mail Express Guard
OrganisationSouth Eastern Railways
Age – 55
City – Jamshedpur
Work Experience (Years) – 36

Under-Graduation – B.Com, Ranchi University

Please give us a summary of your Career in Railways.

After completing my graduation, I joined Railways in 1987 which is run by the Central Government of India. My career started in the clerical section where I was posted in the Operating Department. I worked there for about four years and in 1991 became the Assistant Station Master. I worked in the same position for approximately six years and in 1997, I became a Grade C Guard and worked in the Goods trains. It was only in 2017 that I was promoted to work as a Grade A Special Guard in Mail Express Trains.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities in Railways.

When in the Operating Section, my job responsibilities included more of office work, especially the attendance work of the employees. As an Assistant Station Master, I used to assist my seniors and ensure that all tasks are completed as per the rulebook.
In my present designation, my job responsibilities primarily include supervising the safety and amenities of the passengers boarding the train. I also have to take care of the exchanging of signals and occasionally have to supervise the train drivers, TTEs and the working of the pantry car.


Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
5 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work in Indian Railways require you to travel?
Does your work in Railways require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in Railways Profession?
Very Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Not Risky

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

An undergraduate degree is necessary for this field. Also, qualifying the Railway recruitment exams is mandatory.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Simple Graduation
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
Even if one is not excellent in studies but has qualified the relevant exam, he/she can enter the field and excel through hard work and perseverance.
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in Railways Profession?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on facts and details and apply past experiences to come up with practical solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be easy-going and flexible with life
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

One has to have a cool temperament as this job demands a very hectic schedule at work. Also, one has to be very alert regarding the signals and surroundings as he/she carries the responsibility of so many people.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?

The first and foremost positive thing about the profession is the job security. Being under the Government sector, it is a very secure job. Secondly, the field offers a high pay scale which serves as a very common incentive which attracts people towards it.
Also, we can travel with families to several places through passes which again serves as a very attractive incentive especially for those who love traveling. The good work culture too is a compelling positive thing about the field.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in Railways?

The biggest negative thing about this profession is its hectic schedule. Guards can be called on duty at any hour of the day just a couple of hours before the train is scheduled to arrive. Secondly, the duty hours require constant attention and constant traveling which gets very exhausting at the end of the day when done on a daily basis.
The work hours sometimes allow no time for personal life. Constant traveling and exposure to all kinds of weather more often than not affect the health adversely as the years pass by.

Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Very Difficult
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

I would still pick this very profession.

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