Mutual Transfer Rules

  • Railway servants transferred on mutual exchange from one cadre of a division, office or railway to the corresponding cadre in another division, office or railway shall  retain their seniority on the basis of the date of promotion to the grade or take the seniority of the railway servants with whom they have exchanged, whichever of the two may be lower. [Ref 1]
  • Minimum service - There is no minimum service conditions in case of Mutual Transfer. [Ref 2]
  • Composite Transfer Grant - not admissible in case of Mutual Transfer .[Ref 3]
  • Sportspersons - For transfer of sportsperson recruited against sports quota at least 5 years service on the Railways, including probation period is required. When sportspersons request for transfer on mutual basis and when both employees are sportsperson 5 years minimum service is not applicable. [Ref 4]
  • Backtracking of orders of transfer on mutual exchange should not be done under any circumstances. [Ref 5 & 10]
  • Seniority - In case of Transfer on mutual exchange basis employee get own seniority or seniority of the employee with whom the exchange takes place, whichever of the two is lower. [Ref 6]
  • Efforts efforts should be to upload information regarding transfer requests through Rail-Net for inter-Division and intra-Division transfers . [Ref 11]
  • Forwarding Applications - Request for mutual transfers should be processed / accepted as soon as they are received. [Ref 9]
  • Relieving - Once the transfers are accepted, the employees concerned should be relieved immediately without waiting for the other unit to relieve the employee first. [Ref 9]
Mutual transfer between Different Community
  • Mutual transfers should be normally be allowed between staff belonging to the same category (i.e., General with General, SC with SC and ST with ST). [Ref 6 & 7] . Term General in this case include OBC also as there is no reservation in posts filled by promotion for OBCs. [Ref 8]
  • Mutual transfers in the recruitment grades will also be allowed without any restriction regarding community in following cases:  [a] the posts in the grade are entirely filled by direct recruitment from open market; e.g. the category of Staff Nurse or [b] Where posts in the grade are partly filled by promotion and partly by direct recruitment, both the employees seeking mutual transfer should have been recruited directly from the open market. But such transfers should be allowed only against vacant direct recruitment quota posts and not against promotion quota posts. [Ref 6 & 8]
1. Indian Railway Establishment Manual Vol I Rule 310
3. Indian Railway Establishment Code Rule 1642
7. High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam order dated 07.06.2005 in O.P.No.2150/02
9. Railway Board’s letter No. E[NG]I-2007/TR/26 dated 04-12-2007  (RBE No.156 /07)
11. Board's letter No.E[REP]I-06/Transfer/Misc/1 dated 23-10-06  


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Debasish Majumder (not verified)

Tue, 18/09/2012 - 11:07


After getting promotion as Loco Pilot from Assitt. Loco Pilot, I have a mutual of same designation but from other cast (SC/ST). Is it possilble? If yes, Please give the index document for mutual between inter cast.

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Surinder (not verified)

Sat, 22/09/2012 - 01:41

Res. Sir ji mainey 2 years ki fitter trade me iti karney k bad railway me 1 saal ki aprentice karney k baad wcr railway me khalasi ke pad par join kiya aur fir 4 saal bad departmentaly welder 3rd me promotee hua kya meri direct rrb se bharti welder 3rd se mutual transfer ho sakti hai aur ham dono obc category se hai plse reply karey

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Surinder (not verified)

Sun, 23/09/2012 - 14:50

Res. Sir ji mainey Fitter trade ne 2 saal ki ITI karney k baad northen railway me 1 saal ki apprenticeship ki fir us k baad wcr railway me khalasi ke pad par join kiya aur fir 4 saal baad meri dipartmentaly promotion Welder 3rd me ho gyi kya sir ji meri mutual transfer RRB se bharti welder 3rd se ho sakti hai aur hum dono OBC category se belong kartey hai plse sir ji rule index bataney ki bhi kripa karmey ap ka bahut meharbani hogi kyo ki meri mata ji cancer rog se pidit hai

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rngrng (not verified)

Mon, 24/09/2012 - 22:50

Is there any rule where central govt. employee can tranfer to railway govt. If yes, pls provide details about how to start?


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Paramjeet sharma (not verified)

Wed, 26/09/2012 - 04:53

Sir ji mai Diesel Loco Shed Itarsi wcr me WELDER 3rd k pad par 1900 pay grade me hu aur mera mutual C&W WORKSHOP JAGADHRI NR me same pad aur pay grade me karayarat hai aur humney mutual transfer ki application laga rakhi hai aur ab Baroda House GM office me dealing clerk ne yeh objection laga diya hai ki c&w workshop ka mutual diesel loco shed me nahi ho sakta aur jb ki ham dono bottom seniority me bhi janey ko tyar hai plse sir ji bataye ki iss smasya ka kya samadhan hai

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raj kumar gupta (not verified)

Fri, 28/09/2012 - 11:06

i had applied mutual transfer on date 08-06-2011,but my mutual transfer partner not interested so I have given refusal on dated 23.05.2012 which is forwarded to HQ office but no any response is coming from HQ.And i have already apply for mutual transfer with other mutual partner.Can my this mutual case in process or not

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S Singh (not verified)

Tue, 02/10/2012 - 19:28

Res. SIR JI kya diesel loco shed itarsi (wcr) se c&w workshop jagadhari workshop (nr) me mutual transfer possible hai dono ka designation welder 3rd hai or dono obc community ko belong kartey hai plse plse plse plse Sir ji jarur reply karey

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abhishek bishwas (not verified)

Thu, 11/10/2012 - 20:41

sir ji mai y janna chahta hu ki ST aur SC candidat jo RRB se bharti ho aur ek hi post aur ek hi gred par ho to unka mutual ho sakta h ki nahi krpya mujhe uttar dijey

Papri Chatterjee

Wed, 17/10/2012 - 15:47


I have seen staff nurse , health inspector, lab technicians are of same cadre (other medical category). So as you have mentioned before that mutual transfer can be done in between same cadre. I am a staff nurse , and can I settle mutual transfer with a health inspector or lab technicians?

Chinta Ram Dewangan

Fri, 07/12/2012 - 21:29

....sir, can I say any type of transfer in railway is very difficult due to lots of unnecessary conditions and also no any type of co-operations on behalf of administration.

Chinta Ram Dewangan

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 22:14

...sir,you say transfer is imposible in different deptt. then why mutual transfers are done between different deptt. as mechanical to engg. etc. I have evidence...please clarify.


" Transfer from one department to another.�Person employed in one department shall not be eligible for employment in another except with the previous consent of the head of the department in which they are employed."

Normally this will not be permitted by the HoD.

Birendra kumar…

Thu, 17/01/2013 - 20:22


As i have applied for mutual transfer in the year 2009 but havenot got transferred till date, as i omply every norms of the mutual transfer.

Could u help me out y my request is pending till date.

Normally the file has to go from your Division to CPO and then to CPO of the Railway concerned. As it invloves many movement of files and the quantum of files it get stuck  somewhere. You just have to wait. There are no time limit given for any transfer - one way or mutual- by any Board order.


I have joined as a staff nuese through RRB on november 2012. In my appointment letter mention that "appointment is made on probation for a period of one year".

1. Is it possible for applying mutual transfer in this period?

2. Is it possible to get mutual transfer with OBC with ST candidates  with bottom seniority in recruitment grades?

Nitin Dhawase

Sun, 30/06/2013 - 08:29

I want to change my division means central railway to south central railway.
Whether is it possible or not..?
If it is possible then give me a right suggestions..



Mon, 01/07/2013 - 18:21

Sir iam working as helper || in c&w mechanical vijayawada, I got a helper || mutual from tpty crs workshop sir kdly suggest whether we should have the same community or is it ok with different community.secondly what should be the minimum period for applying a mutual transfer from the date of appooinment as both had recruited after finishing our Act Apprenticeship in Rlys.


Tue, 02/07/2013 - 11:20

Sir ,I came to know from from My freinds and confirmed that S.C.Rly has kept the transfer letters in hold and not processing , as they says that theyhave rules not to process the transfer those had not complete the two years from the date of screening.
Sir I would like to know whether they have a seperate rules.

Many of my freinds transfers are in pending due to this reason.
Kdly help us to process further.


Sun, 03/12/2017 - 14:34


I want to know that I am working in S&T department as a helper. Can I do mutual transfer with the person who is working as a track man...




Fri, 29/12/2017 - 15:11

I am track maintainer iv grade pay of 1800 appointed by largess community ur can i give mutual to same grade pay 1800 person  he is obc is it possible pls help me on tis sir

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Rinkesh kumar jangir

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 21:36


I am Je/electriacl/Trs working under srDEE. Can my mutual transfer is possible to workshop under CWM

Both are electrical department


Tue, 13/03/2018 - 07:43

Sir  I am Pradeep Kumar Shakya OBC Community   working  as SSE ELECTRICAL  TRD in delhi division northern railway.   I want mutual with  SSE electrical TRD ST Community  condidate in allahabad division North Central railway.   Can it possible mutual transfer please give  circular