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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Jayachandran S
ProfessionIndian Railways
Designation – Senior Section Officer
OrganisationSouthern Railway
Age – 54
City – Trivandrum
Work Experience (Years) – 30
Under-Graduation – B.Sc Zoology, S D College, Alappuzha

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I was born and brought up in a small village in Kerala. My schooling was from a nearby government school and I finished my college education from SD College Alappuzha. I took up Zoology as my major subject in college. I decided to prepare for a government job right after my college. In 1988, I got my job through a competitive exam conducted by the Indian Railways. I started my career in Indian railways as a Junior Accounts Assistant. My first posting was in Mumbai. Even though I considered my job as an income source at first, soon I realized my liking towards my job was growing. I had the opportunity to work in different places like Mumbai, Tamilanadu, Kerala etc.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities in Indian Railways as Senior Section Officer.

My current position is of a Senior Section Officer, which I got through All India Departmental Examination in the year 1998. Presently, I am in charge of the accounts internal audit wing. I have been assigned the job of ensuring compliance of railway rules and procedures in everyday activities of all the establishment and non-establishment offices in the Trivandrum division of the Southern Railway. As a senior section officer, my work also includes monitoring and coordinating my junior employees as per requirements.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 5-10 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?
6 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your 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?

Aspirants have to crack examination conducted by Indian Railway in order to enter the profession.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Very Helpful
Generally speaking, your work is
Office 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?
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 your 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 be organised and stick to plan
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
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

A hardworking and enthusiastic person who is adaptive to changes is likely to succeed in this job.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join Indian Railways?

There is freedom to work and express ideas is definitely a plus point. Job security will add on to the list of positives. Personally, I like the work culture in government jobs; here we get intelligent, energetic and responsible colleagues of age ranging from 21 to 60. So, you have a lot of different thought processes working together at the same time. Working in different locations due to my transfers to different cities made me more open-minded and adaptive. Our work is always within the assigned time, so we get to enjoy a good work-life balance.

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

In Indian Railways, you have not much say in your job locations, so you have to relocate as your job requires. The pay and promotions here are quite good in my opinion, but if you are an overachiever and ambitious you may find this job less satisfying. You need to stay away from family sometimes due to sudden transfers or promotions, ad it is not possible to always shift with your family as well. This job needs you to handle lots of data, so you have to be very attentive and cautious while doing your job.

Recognition in your Profession

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

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

Such a field requires a lot of capital, where the profits will take years to come by. Thus, it is a solely government-run enterprise in our country.

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?

If I were given a chance, I will prefer to elect a higher post through the civil service examination.

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