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Railway Ticket Collector

Who is a Railway Ticket Collector?

A Railway Ticket Collector is a government official who is appointed by the Railway Recruitment Board to guide passengers, to check tickets in reserved coaches and platforms and managing the enquiry counter at a railway station. The job of a railway ticket collector has the first level interface directly with passengers and requires a lot of patience, diligence and punctuality.

What does a railway Ticket Collector do?

The role of a Railway Ticket Collector includes checking passenger’s tickets in reserved coaches and on platforms, collecting fine in case someone is violating the rules and travelling without buying a ticket or have lost it, collecting fine if someone pulls the railway alarm, safe-keeping of passengers and their luggage, resolving tiff’s between passengers during travel and be in-charge of the reserved coach. Railway ticket collectors are also prominently referred to as Travelling Ticket Examiner or Travelling Ticket Inspector.

How to become a Railway Ticket Collector?

  • The role of a Railway Ticket Collector includes addressing the grievances of passengers who have reserved a ticket or birth in the train to travel comfortably.

  • The minimum educational qualification needed to become a railway ticket collector is 10th class pass with 50% marks from a recognized central or state board. If one has completed their diploma or 12 classes they can also apply for the same post. 

  • Graduates can also apply for the post and the age limit is between 18 to 25 years. Along with basic education, the applicants must clear the Railway recruitment board (RRB) examination. 

  • They need to appear for a competitive exam where one has to answer 150 questions in general knowledge, aptitude, mathematics and general English. Also, the following life skills are required in a Railway ticket Collector

What are the skills required?

1. Good communication and articulation skills

2. Empathy

3. Discipline

4. Commitment

5. Responsibility

6. Compassion

7. Authority

8. Self-confidence

Top colleges offering courses on Railway Ticket Collector

A Railway Ticket Collector needs to appear for a Railway recruitment board examination post his 10th, 12th, diploma or graduate courses. There are plenty of training institutes to undergo coaching and become a railway ticket collector. Here are the top colleges that coach one for railway recruitment board exam

1. RACE Railway exam coaching institute

2. Power Mind Institute

3. Shine academy

4. Gradeup -NTPC online railway recruitment coaching

In many of these courses, there are regular exams for students to train and test themselves.

Career scope

The career scope of a railway ticket collector is plenty. The station job requires one to work in flexible time. One can start as entry-level ticket collectors and can grow into group C and group D employees that will give them the ability to do desk jobs like clerks and supervisors in their later service period. The highest position is the position of the chief ticket inspector.

How much does a Railway Ticket Collector employee make?

After seventh pay commission, the salary of a Railway Ticket Collector is approximately around Rs 432,000/year. The highest promotion of a railway ticket collector is chief ticket inspector. The different grades in railway ticket collector and the hierarchy is:

1. Ticket examiner ( Rs 5200-20200-1900)

2. Sr. Ticket examiner (Rs 5200-20200-2400)

3. Travelling ticket inspector( Rs 9300-34800-4200)

4. Chief ticket inspector ( Rs 9300-34800-4600)

What are the Books and study material available?

To become a Railway Ticket Collector the following books are helpful:

1. RRB NTPC Guide

2. RRB Non-Technical Recruitment exam guide

3. A modern approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning

4. RRB NTPC 23 solved papers Stage 1 and Stage 2

5. Group C and Group D RRB exam solved papers

6. General science for RRB exams

Major recruiters

Recruitment for Railway Ticket Collector professionals is done by the railway recruitment control board. This is one of the largest central government recruiting agency and the employees are entitled to 7th central pay commission

Interesting facts

The famous Indian cricketer and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni started his career as a Railway ticket collector. He managed his job and his cricket training very well. He worked at Kharagpur and he recollects interesting incidents during his tenure when he had to run between platforms to check tickets for long-distance trains.