Job profile of Technician Signal (ESM)

Previously known as Electrical Signal maintainer (ESM) /Mechanical Signal maintainer(MSM).

Job profile:

  • A Signal maintainer has to work indoor as well as outdoor where Railway signaling installations are provided.
  • He has to maintain Block instruments and Panel provided in Station houses, Points and Crossings provided outdoor where Rails are joined, Gate signals.  The work includes normal maintenance and attendance during failure.
  • As the job demands extensive stay outdoors in remote locations it is not advisable to women.
  • Signal maintainer works under the control of Junior Engineer(signal).

Career path : 

Technician Gr III

GP 1900

Technician Gr II

GP 2400

Technician Gr I

GP 2800

Junior Engineer JE(Signal)

GP 4200

Sr. Section Engineer SSE(Signal)

GP 4600

  • Normally promotions upto Gr I comes quickly within couple of years, but after it can take longer depending on Division.

Qualification :

  • Tech GrIII – (i)A Pass in 1st year BSc (Physics) OR (II) A Pass in 10 +2 in Science i.e, Maths or Physics or equivalent and as casual ESM for 02 years in S&T Department of Indian Railways.
  • Tech GrII – Matriculation plus ITI / Act apprenticeship in Electrician, Electrical Fitter, Wiremen, Electronics, Information Technology, TV & Radio, Instrumentation, Computer, Computer Networking, Data Networking approved by NCVT/SCVT ( OR ) 10 +2 with Physics & Maths (OR) 3 year Diploma in Engineering in Electrical, Electronics, Micro processor, TV Engineering, Fibre Optical Communication, Tele Communication, Communication, Sound and TV Engineering, Industrial Control, Electronics, Instrumentation, Industrial Electronics, Applied Electronics,  Digital Electronics, Power Electronics, Information Science/Technology Computer application, Computer Engineering, Computer Science & Computer Technology from a recognized institution approved by AICTE.

Selection Process :

  • Written Examination followed by Aptitude Test and Document Verification.
  • Separate exams are conducted by RRB for Technician Gr III and Gr. II


  • Technician Gr III : 12 months
  • Technician Gr. II : 18 months

Salary and other perks



Tech Gr III

Tech Gr II


Pay Scale

5200 – 20200

5200 – 20200


Grade Pay




Initial Pay




Total Pay (i) + (ii )



  • Other Allowances depend on various conditions and hence can’t be stated uniformly. Other major allowances include :

DA on Total Pay above

Transport Allowance

House Rent Allowance(if not provided with quarters

  • Deductions from salary include 10% of total Pay towards New Pension scheme.


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49 years 6 months

nirdosh (not verified)

Sun, 19/08/2012 - 10:58


i got appointed in TCM-gr III in railway....till now the training hasnt started,,,,please give me the job profile and total salary in training and after training.....thank you


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49 years 6 months

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 01/09/2012 - 20:48


Recently i have joined as ESM-II (signal).

i want to know how much time it will take to get promoted to SSE & ASTE.

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49 years 6 months

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 20/09/2012 - 16:00

A person with one eye clear vision( with spects) and other eye with blur vision(actually eye is there but he cannot read books with that eye, no clear vision after wearing spects also ) eligible for esm -3 in s&t 

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49 years 6 months

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 08/10/2012 - 22:41

Hi Sir,
I have completed my BE in E&C and has been given appointment as ESM grade 3, on CG ground.
If I take this job how many years should I need to wait to get promote to JE post. On the other side if I reject
this job will they give me another job suitable to my qualification. please reply

Nobody can say when you will be JE. If you can get through GDCE departmental exam maybe you can become JE in few years, or else through department it can take 15+ years.
If you reject this offer you maybe called when there are JE posts vacant. Nobody can say when it will happen. If you are prepared to wait.......................

Hi Sir,

      They have given me Exam for SE/JE and they have said the eligible marks for SE/JE is 80, but I think I will get only 40, So again they may give me some other post in the group C with grade pay of 1900. Is there any chance of taking exam one more time or is there any chance of getting JE post even if I get low marks? Or else should I take the post whichever they give me? please reply

first of all i would like to clear your doubt  you will be posted  only for applied post only. you cannot be posted as a clerk if you have appeared for je exam..cut off of every exam depends on the performance of the candidates. sometime it may jump to 80%  and sometime remains to 50%. you should work hard which is  in your hands and should not think much about the results. Just hope for the best. Best of    luck .

As I have done BE in E&C which all other post can I take in group C which helps me to get in good position after some years. Please guide me I am in dilemma either I should take Railway job on SSLC/PU base or else in Private IT field on BE qualification.

Member for

49 years 6 months

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 11/10/2012 - 23:57

In reply to by Guest (not verified)

normally within 2 years people appointed as gr 3 are promoted to grade 1. and you can become junior engineer by passing departmental exams


Jerin B Chalakkal

Tue, 23/10/2012 - 10:55


      i am a final degree  student in Electrical engg. i would like know about further promotions after joining as ESM .


with well.

J B Chalakkal

there are better positions in railways for graduate engrs. you should prepare for

IES examinations (through UPSC) which will award you class one gazetted officer or

Section Engr. , Jr. Engr. through various RRB exams.

In practical if you prepare for higher exams, u will clear at least lower post exam easily.

Jerin B Chalakkal

Tue, 23/10/2012 - 16:58


  i am a final B .tech electrical Student.  i would like to know about various departmental tests conducted for promotions from ESM Gr II . to SSE.  As ESM post is in dept. of S&T , Is i will get promotion to other Dept. s/ Sections?



with thanks

J B Chalakkal

Thu, 15/11/2012 - 11:34

Hi Sir,

My father was in Railways as Head Clerk and recently expired, Now on CG ground I have applied for JE post as I have completed my B.E(Electronics & Communication) in 2011. They had given me exam for SE/JE in which I was not able to score the minimum 60 marks, which had been said has qualifying marks for JE, so now they had given me Skilled Artisan/Technician grade 3 post. I asked for re-exam but they rejected it.

So, is there any chances of getting re-exam?

If I reject this, is there any chances of getting Railway Job again?

If I joined now as ESM grade 3, how many years it may take to get into JE post?

Can I reject this post and give this job to my Sister who has completed SSLC?

I have got offer from MNC company as Software Engineer, which one should I choose?

Please suggest me as I am in dilemma.


You will not be given another chance. If you reject the post now, you may be given another chance of a better post, but you may have to wait for long.
For giving the post to your sister first you have to reject the offer of job and then start the process to make your sister eligible for job in your father's place. That means you have to start the process from beginning.
To become a JE form ESM you may have to wait 5- 15 years. So think and decide.

Hi Mithun,

Can You Please Help Me.

I Am In The Same Situation As Yours.My father (Station manager-1/E.C. Railway) Has Been Expired While On Duty, So On Compassionate Ground I Too Have Applied For JE/SE Post, As I have Pursued Engineering In Electronics & Communication.

Can You Please Tell Me The Pattern Or Questions Asked To You In Technical Examination/Examination.

Please Revert On This.

If Anybody Having Any Information Regarding My Query, Please help.


Can Mail Me @ [email protected]/[email protected].



Vikram Ambasta.

+91 9546718528

vikram ambasta

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 21:21

Dear Sir,

My father (Station manager-1/E.C. Railway) Has Been Expired While On Duty, So On Compassionate Ground I Have Applied For JE/SE Post, As I have Pursued Engineering In Electronics & Communication.
Can You Please Tell Me The Pattern Or Questions Can Be Asked In This Examination.
Please Revert On This, Please help.
Can Mail Me @ [email protected]/[email protected].
Vikram Ambasta.
+91 9546718528

While female candidates are eligible, but you have to know that it is not suitable for ladies.

The job involves extended periods of work outdoor signal locations which can be in remote areas including nights.

Better jobs for ladis are Reservation Clerk, Commercial Clerks etc.


Thu, 03/01/2013 - 10:17

respected sir

i have completed my and applied for Technician Signal Gr.II.if i selected should i go for it or should i apply for section engineer .

generally how much time it will take form Technician Signal Gr.II to section engineer or junior engineer promotion


Wed, 09/01/2013 - 09:29

respected sir/madam

Technician signal eligible for GDCE Exam after who many year.  Technician can write direct section engineer through GDCE Exam(if his qualification is .

please reply

Well, presently I m working as a ESM 2 (GP-2400). I have got the news  that now ESM 2 & ESM 1 will have the same GP of 2800.. so is it true??? if anybody have any knowledge regarding this news the please do reply as early as  possible....

thanks in advance


Tue, 29/01/2013 - 10:51

respected sir

what the job profile of section engineer and signal inspector in  (signal and tele department) and which one is best . is technician signal -2 can write signal inspector through GDCE if qualification is B.TECH



Mon, 19/02/2018 - 15:44


I have degree qualified(i have btech and friend have msc ).Can i apply for grade 3 10+2 and group D post?


Tue, 06/03/2018 - 00:45

Dear sir

If i join as a post of technician grade3.  Will i could be promoted to asm or goods guard in future.  Plz tell after how many year i will be promoted to a post 4200 gp.  

I had Applied for job on compassionate ground appointment for JE in S&T, because I have done B.E in ECE,After 1 Year, they called me for medical exam first,  but in medical ,they made Fit in B-1, but Actually I require A-3 ,for JE s&t, hence they sent my file to Hqtrs ,already two months over after medical exam,  still they not yet called me suitability test Exam .plz help me anyone what post I will get for B-1,