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Points Man, Railway

Aliases: Railway Points Man

Industry/Sector(s): Railways


JOB DESCRIPTION 1
The tasks a Points Man, Railway is expected to perform include:
  • Operating the hand points for setting the railway lines as per the instructions of the Points Worker or Station Master in the non-interlock and non-signal lines for shunting and the arrival and departure of the trains
  • Setting the points as per the instructions from the Station Master or Points Worker
  • Locking the facing-points in the non-interlock yards or non-signal lines for safeguarding against derailment of the train
  • Signalling the train with a hand flag or light to proceed in the right direction
  • Ensuring that the connecting lines are clear of any obstructions and that the brake of the stationary train is away from the fowling mark
  • Coupling and uncoupling the waggons and coaches during the shunting of trains
WORK ENVIRONMENT 14, 15
  • It needs one to be on their toes
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is not a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Working hours are 8 hours everyday for 6 days a week
  • Shift system is available
  • Overtime is available
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

May be

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 9

Minimum - 10th pass or ITI graduate or its equivalent

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Proficient in signalling trains using a hand flag or light to proceed in the right direction
  • Adept at ensuring that other connected lines are clear of obstructions and that the brake of the stationary train is away from the fowling mark
  • Knowledge of how to couple or uncouple wagons and coaches during the shunting of trains
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1

Not applicable

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 
  • All colleges across India
  • All ITIs across India
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

http://mhrd.gov.in/scholarships-education-loan-0

SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

Coming soon

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 7, 8, 9

Points Man, Railway Shunting Worker Shunting Master Grade I/Station Master/Yard Master

Transfer option
  • India: Yes
  • Abroad: No
EXPECTED EARNINGS 9

For new entrants - Rs 5,200 to Rs 20,200 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 15

Training up to one year is required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 

Indian Railways 

KEYWORDS 

Points Man, Railway

OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
Standard Code Description
NCO 2015 8312.0300 Points Man, Railway
ISCO 2008 8312 Railway Braker, Signal and Switch Operators
NIC 2008 52213 Switching and shunting
QP Reference - -
NSQF - -

 

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