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Career Overview  of a Railway Officer

The Indian railway system spanning a length of over 62.3 thousand kilometres is the largest in Asia and ranks second in the world. It made a modest beginning in April 1853, with the first train from Bombay to Thane.

The range of operations of the Indian Railways is quite diverse and wide. The Indian Railway network comprises of nine zones, directly controlled by the Railway Board, which is at the helm of all operations. Each zone is headed by a General Manager.

The nine zones are:
* Central Zone with headquarters in Mumbai
* Eastern Zone with headquarters in Calcutta
* Northern Zone with headquarters in New Delhi
* North Eastern Zone with headquarters in Gorakhpur
* North-East frontier Zone with headquarters in Guwahati
* Southern Zone with headquarters in Chennai
* South-Central Zone with headquarters in Secundrabad
* South-Eastern Zone with headquarters in Calcutta
* Western Zone with headquarters in Mumbai

Nature of work in the Indian Railway Services (Officer Cadre Class I & II)

The Indian Railway Traffic Service
This branch of the Indian Railways looks after transportation and commercial matters pertaining to transportation. The branch is further divided into two divisions:

a) The commercial division: This division deals with all commercial responsibilities like ticket checking, catering, administration and management of stations, reservation, announcements on the platforms, etc.

b) The operations division: This division deals with controlling movement of the trains. Keeping a check on incoming and outgoing trains, detachment or attachment of wagons, etc., are the responsibilities of this division. The job requires travelling to inspect, supervise and direct the work at stations and control offices.