Training of apprentices under Apprentices Act

  • Indian Railways train apprentices under Apprentices Act, 1961 in certain designated trades.
  • The Act was enacted by the Government to regulate and control the training of apprentices.
  • Railways engage apprentices in the workshops of the Civil, Mechanical and S&T Engineering Departments, Production Units, Diesel and Electric Loco Sheds, Carriage and Wagon Depot and Electrification Projects.

There are three categories of apprentices.

  1. Trade apprentices - either fresh candidates or ITI qualified candidates.
  2. Technician apprentices (Diploma Holders).
  3. Graduate Engineer apprentices.

Engagement of Act Apprentices will be from the following sources:

  • Nearest Employment Exchanges.
  • SC/ST organizations.
  • ITIs wherever existing.
  • Wards of Railway employees.

Selection Mode

  • Selection notices will be displayed in notice Boards of respective workshops and will be announced through local newspapers.
  • No graduate engineer or Diploma Holder who had received training or job experience for one year or more after taking the Degree/Diploma will be eligible for training under the Apprentice Act,1961.

Schedules of engagement

  • Engagement of Act Apprentices should be done twice in a year, i.e. February/March and September/October to enable them to appear in All India Trade Test to be held in April/October respectively.

Reservations while engaging Act Apprentices

  • SC Candidates : 15%
  • ST Candidates : 7½%
  • OBC Candidates : 27%


  • 3% of seats are reserved for physically handicapped persons.
  • 3% of seats are reserved for Children of Ex-servicemen/ Serving Jawans/Serving Officers and for Ex-servicemen

Note: Vacancies in  SC can be filled by ST candidates or vice-versa and remaining to be allotted to General candidates. Seats unfilled by OBC candidates can also be filled by unreserved category.

Age for engagement of Act Apprentices for training on Railways

  • ITI candidates should have completed 15 years of age and should not have completed 24 years of age.
  • Non-ITI candidates should have completed 15 years of age and should not have completed 22 years of age. 
  • The upper age limit is relaxable by 5 years and 3 years in the cases of SCs/STs and OBCs respectively. 

Physical Fitness

  • Selected candidates will have to conform to the standards of physical fitness, as prescribed for appointment to the relevant trades on the Railways.


  • Training consists of basic training followed by shop floor or practical training including a course of related instructions appropriate to the trade, throughout the period of training. 


  • In the case of Graduate Engineers and diploma holders the period of training is one year.
  • For ITI passed candidates, the duration of training will be regulated according to the duration of training already undergone in the designated trades in the ITI.

Hours of Work
Weekly hours of work of trainee apprentices are as follows:

  • Total number of hours per week should be 42 to 48 hours per week (including the time spent on imparting related instructions).
  • Trade apprentices undergoing basic training will work for 42 hours per week including time spent on imparting related instructions.
  • During the second year of apprenticeship, the trade apprentices will work for 42 to 45 hours per week including the time spent on imparting related instructions.
  • During the third and subsequent years the trade apprentices will work for the same number of hours per week as the workers in the trade in the establishment in which they are undergoing training.
  • Graduate Engineers and Technician Apprentices will work according to the normal hours of work of the department to which they are attached for training.
  • Holidays will be admissible to the apprentice as observed in the establishment(s) in which they are undergoing training.

Conduct and Discipline

  • While being engaged as apprentice trainee, the apprentices will be governed by the Railway Servants Conduct Rules and Railway Services (D&A) Rules in force.
  • Where the work and conduct of the apprentice is not satisfactory, the employer shall report the matter to the Apprenticeship Adviser and with his consent, may stop the continuance of payment of stipend to the apprentices.
  • The provisions of any law with respect to labour will not apply to them except where an apprentice is undergoing training in an establishment which is governed by the provisions of the Factories Act,1948, the relevant provisions of the said Act in relation to the Apprentice's health, safety and welfare will apply.
  • The entire training programme under the Apprentice Act,61 is governed by the provisions of the Apprenticeship Contract between the employer and the apprentice.



Sat, 10/11/2012 - 19:45

sir i have complete diploma in mechanical engineering and doing b-tech so i can eligible apprenticeship training and and where the notification in which month displayed plz tell me 

dharmendra kumar

Sun, 25/11/2012 - 21:11


I have completed Commercial apprentice training for 2 years and 8 months instead of 2 years due to administrative problem.  Hence I lost my seniority. Is it proper of not?

  Also i want know whether apprentice will get seniority after completion of training or from the date of joining as apprentice?

Please clarify....


Mon, 11/02/2013 - 17:53

sir I am vijay kumar verma appointed as Esm III on 10/08/2005.on componsanate ground.sir but on completion of training of 3 years I have exam of posting on 13/03/2009 but my exam paper have not been checked because which officer have been appointed to take a exam he was angry on me that,s why he have not checked  my exam paper.After that sir that officer was transfered & clerk is also transfered & still I am as it is now today.So,sir how can this problem will be solve.So plz plz help to guide me sir.


Wed, 19/06/2013 - 10:20

MY name is Shiv Kumar Jindal from Dhuri . I Complete Diploma of ECE Trade with 62%. I wish to Apprenticeship at Railway.Please tell me How I can Apprenticeship at Railways.

sir i am doing trade apprentice in  southern railway in electrican

trade  after compleeting it what are the job possibility......


hello , is ta is applicable for appertince for the post of direct job nature is kind of that i m regulary go to visit ssp sp tss...many time is spent from my pocket is it possible to get travelling allowance 



Wed, 09/07/2014 - 14:02

sir, i am selected as a JE p way on central railway by RRB mumbai. and my pay band is 9300- 34800- gp 4200. so tell me exactly what amount of money i will get as salary during my training period.


Wed, 09/07/2014 - 23:03

I am apprentice JE and I have written psu exams without intimating to railway authority. If in future I need NOC from railway for interview purpose in PSUs, can I get it if grade pay of those PSUs is higher.


Mon, 14/07/2014 - 10:26

Hello sir
Im naveen and i have finished my degree in electronics and communication engineering(2014). Im blank about recruitment in railways. Could u suggest me some courses and training methods.
Waiting for your reply.
Thank you.

Kiran Babu

Sat, 26/07/2014 - 12:14

Dear Sir 

i have completed my apprenticeship in technician training in south western railways in 

hubli workshop and am still waiting for the next procedure for the appointment process 

so please reply 


Thanks and Regards 

Kiran Babu



Sat, 26/07/2014 - 13:37

sir, does 65-70 marks is sufficient to get selected in technician grade 3 of secundrabad region?

i belongs to SC category..

pls give ur important guidence

sultan singh dhobi

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 07:38

Respected sir my slf sultan singh
Nd I belong to sc cat. In alwar rajasthan.
Respected sir mera selection rrb Ajmer se
para medical staf
post Lab assistant-ll
Post code- 05 06/2010
Exm date- 12/2/2012
Result - dec/2013
Docoment verfication- 17/1/2013
Sir jan 2013 ke 18 month ke bad bhi abhi tak DV ka result nhi aya ha or na hi nxt process hua ha.mera slection main list mai hua nw I m very afraid to about my future kindly gide me nd help me.
Mujhe ye batie ki kab tak posting ya age ka process start hoga thnks

hi sir,
my name is Amar Patiil. from Kolhapur, maharastra,india.
sub= I want iti fitter maintance Apprentice.

sir my edu=
10th pass 58% passing year 2008
12th pass 53% passing year 2010
C++ pass. passing year 2010
ITI FITTER pass 72% passing year 2012

plz sir....
my mo no 9765049650/9673635936/9011202664
email id = [email protected].
I waiting for ur ans....
good day... by.

Gaurav Shinde

Sun, 07/09/2014 - 10:53

Dear Sir,
I am Gaurav Arun Shinde from Kolhapur,
I have completed the B.E Mechanical engineering from A.M.G.O.I vathar tarf vadgaon, Kolhapur in this year 2014 with first class & I have also completed diploma in mechanical engineering from Government polytechnic,Kolhapur with distinction in year 2010-2011. Is there any vacancies available for post of appengineer engineer, If available then please inform me on my contact no or email I'd.
Contact no: 9011949591
[email protected]

mo.azheruddin khan

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 12:08

I have completted be mechanical with first division from rgpv bhopal in2014.i have to do apprenties. I dont know more for railway apprenties systen.please tell me about it.what did i do.
i want that i did job in raiway dipartment. Please you explain my problems.i will grantfull to you.
My id- [email protected]


Tue, 14/10/2014 - 08:50

Dear Sir
I have selected for the post CA in RRB Mumbai.
My quiry is how much salary I will obtain on which grade pay during training period and also I want to say in past at present I am working in Indian Navy on basic pay Rs 11150/- + GP 4200/-. In RRB Mumbai will give me pay protection for post CA.

jeetesh kumar

Sun, 19/07/2015 - 06:45

Sir I jeetesh kumar technician gr.1 kir div.nfr.working from 7/3/2006. Now I selected for the post of commercial apprentice from RRB/Siliguri. I gived technical resignation from my earlier post. Will I get pay protection from earlier post and other benefits like privilege pass and family medical facilities. Plz . give me circular regarding this case.

jeetesh kumar

Sun, 19/07/2015 - 06:45

Sir I jeetesh kumar technician gr.1 kir div.nfr.working from 7/3/2006. Now I selected for the post of commercial apprentice from RRB/Siliguri. I gived technical resignation from my earlier post. Will I get pay protection from earlier post and other benefits like privilege pass and family medical facilities. Plz . give me circular regarding this case.


Sun, 19/07/2015 - 13:42


1-     my name is awadhesh kumar  sc candidate  working in commercial clerck  pay band 2000 in NER

2-     13-09-2013 pramot in 2800 pay band

3-       date 15-04-2014 depatmental examination i am passing commercial inspector pay band 4200

4 -      i am  tranining in zrti -mfp pass  date 15-07-2015 in dci

5-    but department not join in commercial inspector  reason your not complete two years in 2800 pay band

6- so please give me advice

sir I have served railway for 8 years and after submitting technical resignation I joined centran govt. autonomous body. As per joining order my previous service and leave etc has not been carry forward to new employment. I may kindly be informed that whether I am eligible for service gratury or not. if possible kindly provide link for any circular or order.

Bhawna deshmukh

Wed, 02/09/2015 - 11:19

My Name is Bhawna deshmukh
Recently i had given final year diploma exam in electrical engineering from Murtizapur Amravati University and waiting for result.
So can i eligible for apperientice....sir plz tell me
My email id [email protected]
My mo no -9503591513

Hey I had also completed my diploma in electrical engineering same s urs

I want to ask u tht did u got any opportunities or job or apprenticeship after completing Ur diploma

If u got some or idea about anything regarding this so pls inform me

I had completed diploma from West Bengal state council of technical education

My mail id :- [email protected]

Mobile/WhatsApp no:- 8240151129

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6 years 1 month


Wed, 02/09/2015 - 14:16

sir,,I neeraj patel SSE/drwaing at railway electrification ambala cantt. is being mentally torture by the officer,,for not doing there personal works,,what can I do against these type of officers 


Sat, 19/09/2015 - 18:02

sir I have done my in electrical engg. with 65% marks from a self finance university.  

I want to done apprentice in electrical power from indian railway.

plese suggest me may i eligible for it . if i am eligible then suggest me a correct direction what can i do.


shuvam jain

Sun, 25/03/2018 - 14:01

Sir I myself shuvam jain

Sir I m on my last semester of diploma in electrical engineering

Sir is there any kind of apprenticeship for me if yes then pls tell sir. it's very urgent