RRB – The role of a Goods Guard in Indian Railways

The role of a goods guard in Indian railways


The role of a goods guard is like a kangaroo carrying its baby in its pocket. It is as important as any other guard’s job. To take care of someone else’s goods, one needs to have a careful nature with an attitude of save and secure. These guards are the ones who efficiently help board the goods at the right time, at the right and unload them in the same manner. These caretakers are the ones because of who supplies of unavailable material in one state is made available. Be it grains, dals, rice we get it all because of them. Coal, wheat, petroleum etc are all moved from one place to another across the country safely in their shade. Goods of people who get transferred every year or two reach safely due to them.

Although goods guard duty changes with timely shift yet it is made sure by all the guards that the goods reach their destination safely. There have been so many cases of goods theft that were made unsuccessful because of these brave guards. They have a high visiting on the goods bogies at each station. After numbering and naming it is these people who keep a check of the goods. They act like Dobermans who are known for their faithful nature. Indian railways cannot survive without these guards. In any weather condition, they stand tall to make sure that we get our stuff on time.

They are no less than territory guards, forest guards, border security guards but guard of the Indian railways.

Role and responsibility of a Goods Guard

Technically, you will be in charge of the train.  You are responsible for assuring yourself that the station master (directly or indirectly) has authorized the departure of the train from the station. The guard has authority to advise the driver to stop the train, or to operate it under his direction, in special circumstances.  The guard is usually at the rear of the train, and can operate the emergency brake in emergencies. The role of the goods guard in the freights of the Indian Railways is pivotal for secured and safe transition of goods.

With extremely harsh conditions to put up with in a guard coach mostly on four wheels at the end of the carrier, the job of a goods guard is highly challenging. Not only, does it demand toughness in physique, but it also asks for enormous mental strength for very hostile nature of the job. Usually, a Railway goods guard has to work hard for eight hours and gets rest for sixteen hours.

Eligibility Conditions

According to the Railway recruitment board, all men who are a citizen of Indian,  a subject of our neighboring countries such as Nepal or Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came cross to India before 1st January,1962 with the main purpose  of permanently setting in India  or  a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya ,Uganda the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia,  and Vietnam with the main purpose of permanently setting in India and on those person (subject), the Government of India has issued  a certificate of eligibility.

An Aspirant, in whose special case a original certificate of eligibility is must, may be admitted to the examination but the appointment  letter will be given only after the proper verification and necessary eligibility certificates has been issued to him/ her by the Government of India.

Please do check the latest notification for any change or modification in the eligibility criteria updated by the Railway recruitment board from time to time through the Government gazette.

Age limits:

An Aspirant while applying for the post must have reached the age of 18 years and the upper age must not have crossed the age of 33 years on the date of issue of his notification. Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, it is up to a maximum of five years.  Other Backward Classes who under the Government policy are eligible to avail of reservation, it is up to a maximum of three years. An Aspirant had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the crucial period starting from the 1st January, 1980 to the end of 31st day of December, 1989; it is up to a maximum of five years. In the special case of Defense Services Personnel due to certain situation became disabled in operations in a disturbed area or during hostilities with any neighboring or foreign country or and released mainly due to consequence thereof, it is up to a maximum of three years.

Educational qualification

A graduation is the required qualification for the post of Goods guard. The aspirant must hold at the time of applying a Bachelor’s degree from any one of the Universities incorporated by an Indian Act of the Central or State Legislature or other educational institutions which was established by Parliament Act or declared to be in the status of deemed as University under special section-3 of the 1956, Act of University Grants Commission or possesses an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

All the Railway recruitment board issues a notification about the vacancies for the post of goods guard in all the leading news paper and the Employment news. The application format given in them can be used for applying. The same format can be typed in a A4 size paper and used for applying. All necessary documents should be got attested by the gazetted officer and attached with the application. The required number of passport size photograph should be enclosed with the application. The duly filled in application should reach the concerned Railway recruitment board on or before the closing date. The application can be personally dropped at the reception of the Railway recruitment board office or send it through ordinary postal.

Note: medical certificate from the government authorized doctor for ENT and eye have to obtain and it should be attached with the application form. The doctor’s certificate should be of latest that is after the date of notification of this recruitment. Only those aspirants who are declared fit by the doctor can apply for the post of goods guard. Those aspirants who has some or the other medical problems mainly related to the eyes and ears are requested no to apply for the post. A proper eye sight and hearing ability is mandatory for this post.

Selection procedure

The railway recruitment conducts the selection for the post of goods guard through two stages of written test and verification of documents. The aspirant is also made to undergo a medical test in the final stage of the selection process. The first stage of written examination will consist of objective type covering the area of general knowledge, reasoning, English and mathematics. Those aspirants who successfully pass the first stage is called for the second stage of written examination of descriptive form. Those aspirants who successfully pass the second stage of the examination is called for final verification of original certificates by the concerned railway recruitment board. Before offering the appointment letter, the aspirant is made to undergo a medical test to be eligible for the post.

Salary and benefits:

The initial pay scale is about Rs. 5200 + Rs.2, 800/- grade pay per month. The pay band is extended to   Rs.20, 200/- . The Kilometrage Allowance slab is Rs.4, 500 -Rs.7000/= – The Running Allowance is Rs.151 per 100 KMs travel but for outstation staff, It is Rs.242/-(of which 70% is Income tax free. The DA is provided based on Basic and running allowance, decided and notified by Govt. from time to time. Education assistance is provided at the rate of 30% of basic for children to cover the costs of fee, books etc. Medical treatment and the Railway passes are provided for self and family members. The post retirement benefits are 55% of the basic pay. Staff quarters are provided.  Besides, so many other facilities are provided, i.e. allowance related to outstation stay, accident, overtime etc.

Those aspirants who dream to become the goods guard should do good practice for written examination. It is highly advisable to join a coaching center exclusively for railway exams to get good training in solving the previous question papers and clearing the doubts. If selected to the post then you are among the largest employment provider of the world that is the Indian Railways.


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