Meter Reader

Meter Reading Man

Minimum B.Sc. in Maths or B.Com

Not required

The tasks a Meter Reader is expected to perform include:

Reading electric, gas or water consumption meters and recording the volume used by residential and commercial consumers

Walking or driving the truck over the established route and taking readings of meter dials

Inspecting meters and connections for defects, damage and unauthorized connections

Indicating irregularities on forms for necessary action by the servicing department

Verifying readings to locate abnormal consumption and recording reasons for fluctuations

Turning the service off for non-payment of charges in vacant premises, or on for new occupants

Collecting bills in arrears

Returning the route book to the commercial office for billing purposes

Skilled in detecting defects, damages and unauthorized connections

Ability to handle bill books 

Knowledge of common problems which lead to fluctuations

Ability to record the volume used without any errors

Ability to maintain a valid driving license 

Basic knowledge of written English and Hindi

Ability to operate computers 

Physically fit

Not Applicable



Attention to detail




Good communication skills

It is a field job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is necessary

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

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

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 eye stress, mental and physical strain, joint pain, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 5,000 to INR 20,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Trend of the Power Industry in India

The Indian power sector is one of the most diversified in the world. Sources for power generation range from commercial ones such as coal, lignite, natural gas, oil, hydro and nuclear power to other viable non-conventional sources such as wind, solar and agriculture and domestic waste. The demand for electricity in the country has been growing at a rapid rate and is expected to grow further in the years to come. In order to meet the increasing requirement of electricity, a massive addition to the installed generating capacity in the country is required. As per the International Energy Agency (IEA) publication on World Energy Statistics 2013, India ranks 5th in electricity production and 110th in the per-capita consumption of electricity. The investment climate is positive in the power sector. Due to the policy of liberalization, the sector has witnessed higher investment flows than envisaged.

The Government of India has identified the power sector as a key sector of focus to promote sustained industrial growth. The government is targeting a capacity addition of around 89 GW under the 12th (2012?17) and around 100 GW under the 13th (2017?22) Five-Year Plan. The expected investment in the power sector during the 12th Plan (2012?17) is US$ 223.9 billion. This shows that in coming decades a boom can be expected in the sector with immense demand for trained professionals. Therefore, the career of a Meter Reader has a bright future and opportunities are only going to rise in the coming years.

Power supply companies

Water supply companies

Cities and towns across India