Permanent Way Inspector

Minimum Any graduate degree

Not required

The tasks a Permanent Way Inspector is expected to perform include:

Maintaining the railway track that falls in his jurisdiction in satisfactory and safe working condition

Inspecting the track regularly and getting necessary repairs done immediately

Inspecting the track to ensure that its bridges and other structures are in good condition for safe traffic

Supervising the repairing of railway track by getting worn out sleepers and rails replaced, and getting stone ballast spread on track

Arranging for storage of required materials such as sleepers, rails, nuts, bolts, working tools, etc.

Arranging for patrol of track during rains, snowfalls, floods, etc.

Reporting all the major damages to track, due to accidents, floods, etc. to the supervisor

Supervising the laying of diversion track and speedy restoration of permanent track

Ensuring that the land on either side of the railway line is not illegally encroached

Reporting cases of encroachment for voluntary or legal settlement to the supervisors

Maintaining the record of work done

Sending periodical reports to superiors

Arranging all the accounts of the payment staff

Attending to the laying of new rail track

Skilled in carrying out inspection of points and crossings on passenger running lines

Ability to arrange for the rectification of defects noticed during the inspection

Ability to arrange and check the versine and super-elevation of all the curves

Skilled in ensuring that the curves are corrected based on the readings

Proficient in inspecting all the level crossings in his jurisdiction and checking the equipment

Skilled in examining the gatemen in-rules periodically

Ability to maintain the track and all structures in a satisfactory and safe condition

Skilled in doing all the planning and estimations

Skilled in doing verification of stores that are held by stockholders

Proficient in submitting proposals for inclusion in the track renewal programme, revenue budget, etc.

Not applicable

Strong analytical skills

Attention to detail

Good interpersonal skills



Team player


It is field job

May need to handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Offices usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from office to office

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc. if not taken care of

For candidates with experience - INR 20,000 to INR 23,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Railways in India

The Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world's largest railway networks comprising 1,15,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 65,436 km (40,660 mi) and 7,172 stations.

Indian Railways is the world's seventh largest commercial or utility employer, by number of employees, with over 1.307 million employees as of last published figures in 2013. As for rolling stock, IR holds over 2,39,281 freight wagons, 62,924 passenger coaches and 9,013 locomotives (43 steam, 5,345 diesel and 4,568 electric locomotives).

Considering these figures, it is safe to say that there is and will be a good demand for a Permanent Way Inspector in India.

Indian Railways

Cities and towns across India