RRB NTPC 2016: Commercial Appentice (CA) Job Description, Salary and Career


Commercial Apprentice (CA): This is our second article on RRB NTPC Job Profiles. In the previous one, we discussed about Assistant Station Master Job Profile, Career Opportunities and Perks. Here, we talk about Commercial Apprentice (CA), another valuable post in the Railways RRB Non-Technical cadre. The objective of this article is to inform RRB aspirants regarding the duties and career opportunities of Commercial Apprentice (CA) working in the Indian Railways.

How to get recruited by RRB for the post of Commercial Apprentice (CA) ?

Similar to other RRB Non-Technical Posts, A written test is conducted, namely, RRB Non-Technical Examination. It is an objective test with 4 major sections, which are

  1. Numerical Ability and Quantitative Aptitude
  2. General Awareness
  3. General Science
  4. Reasoning and Artificial Intelligence

The total marks are 100. To get information in detail about RRB Commercial Apprentice Written Exam, refer to the link below.


Railway Commercial Apprentice (CA) Job Description 

The post of commercial apprentice guarantees a learning experience. After you crack RRB NTPC Recruitment Exam and your documents are verified, you are hired as a Commercial Apprentice.

The job profile of railways commercial apprentice is quite versatile. Since they have to supervise multiple clerical tasks, they go through a 2-year training programme. They are provided professional training in a number of commercial departments, like

  • Packaging and Goods
  • Commercial Goods
  • Catering
  • Commercial Inspection
  • Parcel Management

They need to be proficient in both clerical and supervising tasks. After the end of this 2 year training, they are posted in various departments of the Indian Railway System as Commercial, Parcel or Goods Clerk, or Commercial Inspector. Being a government job, there are fixed hours which every railway commercial apprentice has to punch in. The job profile demands a lot of enthusiasm and presence of mind.


Railway Commercial Apprentice (CA) Salary and Perks

The pay scale is quite decent. Apart from the regular pay, a commercial apprentice is also rewarded Dearness Allowance (DA) and Transport Allowance (TA).

He/ She is eligible for House Rent Allowance (HRA) if the authorities are not able to provide with accommodation in government quarters.

  • Pay Scale: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800
  • Grade Pay: Rs. 4,200


Railway Commercial Apprentice (CA) Career and Future Growth

The initial level will be challenging. As a Commercial Apprentice (CA) working for the Indian Railways, you will be put through a number of tests during training period. This helps determine the most suitable department among catering, inspection, goods, commercial and parcel.

The training ends after 2 years and you start your professional career as a Chief Commercial Clerk. The general pattern of Railways Commercial Apprentice Career Promotion is

  1. Commercial Apprentice
  2. Assistant Commercial Manager
  3. Divisional Commercial Manager
  4. Senior Divisional Commercial Manager

You get promoted only after you put a minimum set of years into your job and perform well throughout.


Commercial Apprentice (CA) RRB NTPC Job Vacancies 2016

The total number of job vacancies for Railways Commercial Apprentice (CA) under RRB Non-Technical Recruitment 2016 are 703. The candidates will be recruited depending on the zonal RRB they applied to and the category of the candidate.

Please refer to the table below to know the available number of job vacancies for Railways CA Post.

 Zonal RRB Number of Job Vacancies
 Ahmedabad 29
 Allahabad 20
 Ajmer 16
 Bangalore 32
 Bhopal 32
 Bilaspur 26
 Chennai 105
 Gorakhpur 62
 Kolkata 82
 Malda 24
 Mumbai 129
 Secunderabad 97
 Thiruvananthapuram 74
 Total 703

This was our detailed account on the career of a Railway Commercial Apprentice (CA). To read about Assistant Station Master (ASM) Job Profile, click here.

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  1. Sir,I need a help.I apply Rrb Chennai division for the post of commercial apprentice .but my application was rejected for the reason I apply two times in same post.bcoz first time my mail I’d was wrong.so I apply second time with correct I’d.I don’t know two times apply it will reject.now I reappeal to Rrb Chennai with reason.there is any chance to selection to Rrb exam.kindly reply fast bcoz reappeal last date 16-02-2016.pls help me.

  2. I have seen in some comments that the promotion period of Chief Commercial Clerk to GP 4600 is almost 10 years, is this true?

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