TRAINING OF INDIAN RAILWAY ACCOUNTS
period of training :—The period of training of probationers in the
Accounts Department will normally be two years. Throughout the period of
their training they will be required to maintain a diary and submit a
monthly narrative report to the Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts
detailed course of study may be laid down by the Railway Staff College in
consultation with Railway Board subject to the general rules given below :
Probationary Accounts Officers should in the beginning be given special
lessons embracing a broad outline of the Railway Organisation and the
various units of its administration by the Financial Adviser and Chief
Accounts Officer or a Senior Officer. They should also see the detailed
working of each branch of the Accounts Office where they may be receiving
training and also peruse important current cases put up to the Section
Officers and discuss such cases with them.
of Field Training in various branches and divisions of the Accounts
1 .—The training in all the branches and divisions of the Railway
Accounts Offices will be of a practical nature and while undergoing
practical training the Probationary Accounts Officers will study the
several Code Rules and Regulations and orders that bear on the practical
necessary duration of the course of training must vary with the industry
and ability of the probationers and it is, therefore, not desirable that
the Heads of Offices should rigidly adhere to the periods specified in the
foregoing paragraphs. On no account, however, should be training be
hurried, and the Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts Officer must satisfy
himself that the Probationary Accounts Officers have acquired a competent
knowledge of the ordinary duties of the several branches of his office.
The Departmental examinations in the subjects in the Schedule will be held
at half-yearly intervals on such date as may be fixed from time to time by
the Railway Staff College.
(2) No Probationary Accounts Officer will be allowed to appear in the Second and Third Departmental Examination until he has completed his training in subjects prescribed therefore in the Schedule referred to in (1) above.
Those who obtain 40 per cent of the marks in each of the subjects
and 50 per cent in the aggregate will be held to have passed the
examination. Those who fail in an examination as a whole will be held to
have passed and to be exempted from re-examination in the subjects in
which they obtain 60 per cent marks. These marks will be taken into
account in reckoning the minimum aggregate at a later examination.
The Probationary Accounts Officer is required to pass the
departmental examinations within a period of three years after
recruitment. In case he fails to do so, he will be liable to lose his
appointment. But if the first examination is held within six months of a
Probationary Accounts Officer's joining the service, it will not be taken
into account and the period of three years will be extended to allow one
An Officer recruited to the Department will be on probation for two years
and until he has passed the second Departmental Examination and the test
at the Railway Staff College, Baroda, and has satisfactorily completed
training in all subjects. Probationary Accounts Officers will be counted
against the sanctioned strength of the office to which they are posted
after the end of two years or from the date on which the results of their
having passed all the Departmental Examinations and the test at the
Railway Staff College, Baroda, are received in the office to which they
attached, whichever is earlier, provided in either case they have
satisfactorily completed the training in other respects.
NOTE.—The Probationary Accounts Officers under training at the Railway Staff College, Baroda, may be allowed more than one chance to pass the training course but they would not be confirmed till they have passed it, their training period being extended accordingly with consequent extension of the total probationary period.
(6) The Departmental Examinations will be held in accordance with the rules to be framed by the Railway Board and will be conducted under their direction by the Railway Staff College, Vadodara. The examination will be conducted in three parts. The first examination will be held shortly after completion of the theoretical training in the first three courses mentioned in para 3, the second one six months or so thereafter and the third after another six months or so. The subjects to be covered by each examination and the books recommended therefore are shown in Annexure II. Each of the question papers will contain at least one question of the following types and of these at least two would be compulsory :
One practical question e.g. auditing on actual vouchers (for which
purpose, a photocopy of the voucher to be audited would be attached to the
The interpretation of the financial/statistical data and understanding of
diagrams and graphs; and
(iii) An objective type of question, i.e. short answer tests, True/False test, Matching Items test, Multiple choice tests, Assertion/reason tests etc.
remaining questions would be such as to test the probationers'
understanding, rather than knowledge of the rules and procedure.