BSNL JTO career path promotion opportunities & job profile

BSNL has announced to fill the 2510 post of Junior Telecom Officers through valid GATE 2017 score card. Electronics & Communication, Computer Science & Instrumentation engineers are very eager to know about Job profile, type of work & career path of JTOs in Largest Government Telecom Company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited.

Junior Telecom Officers are recruited on revised IDA pay scale of E1 (16400-40500). It is a Group B officer post. As Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has a presence in everywhere in India so candidates have a chance to get their hometown. During the application, candidates are asked to fill the options for the state in which state or telecom circle they want to work. In the previous recruitment, candidates have asked to fill 5 choices for posting in the state. Depending upon the priority you should fill the same.

BSNL management does appointments of new appointees in a circle or state on the basis of all India rank in competitive exam. It means high ranking candidates get their preferred state of posting. Generally, top 1000 all India ranked get their 1st choice of posting.

After successful selection in the company, selected candidate has to appear in the medical fitness test. Every PSU & Private companies conduct medical test before joining of any candidates. Thereafter candidates are called for training in BSNL training centers.

Job opportunities for JTO in BSNL

Junior Telecom Officer career starts from the executive post in the company. Newly recruited officers are generally posted in new technology department like Broadband, Mobile, Data centers etc. However, management can post them in any section according to the company requirement. Hence new recruits get the opportunity to work in most advanced & new technology sections.

Here is list of different department where officers may be posted after appointment

  1. Optical Fiber Network: ­ Optical fiber Network is the backbone of any telecom service provider company. All services like voice, data, internet, landline etc are dependent on the Optical Fiber media. So officers posted here to get the opportunity to design & plan Optical network for cities or states. This has
  2. Data Centers:­ Data centers are used to store a large amount of data. Here most advanced software & servers are used to process the data. So its is the best place to work for Electronics & Communication, Computer Science & Information Technology graduate engineers. One more advantage is that all data centers are situated in big cities.
  3. Mobile:­ All engineering students already aware that mobile technologies are upgrading very rapidly. Like many top private companies, BSNL is also using word class top quality equipment to provide GSM services, 3G broadband data & Voice, Wi-Fi hot spot & 4G broadband using wireless communication systems. It is a great opportunity & dream for many electronics & telecommunication engineering students to work on latest wireless technology.
  4. Marketing & Sales: This telecom sector PSU also posts young engineers in sales & marketing section. Marketing executives are responsible for day to day products & services sales like landline & broadband connection, SIM Card, data card etc sales. Executives posted at Enterprise business section look after the corporate customers.
  5. Broadband: BSNL is largest wired broadband internet service provider in India. Working with market leader always a nice feeling. It provides broadband services through DSL technology which used old copper wire & through FTTH technology which used optical fiber network to provide internet services to customers. Here JTOs are responsible to maintaining & installing all the equipment of the optical network, copper network, routers, switches etc.
  6. Customer Service Centers (CSC):­ Customer service centers are direct selling or contact point for customers where they get all services info, pay bills, book new services etc. Direct customer interaction is more in CSCs. Here soft skills are required more as compare to technical knowledge.

Apart from above-mentioned departments, newly recruited Junior Telecom Officers can be posted in Computer, Networking, Outdoor, Indoor, Rural areas, D.C. power plants, Operations, Planning, Administration, Corporate Offices & Circle head Offices. So there are enormous opportunities for newly recruited graduate engineers.

JTO Career Growth in BSNL

Junior Telecom Officer is the lowest executive cadre in BSNL. JTO cadre further divided into Telecom, Electrical & Civil division.  Here is the cadre hierarchy present there.


bsnl jto career path promotion opportunities & job profile

After 3years of service, junior telecom officer gets opportunity to appear in internal departmental exam for the promotion in the SDE cadre. Promotions from SDE to higher posts are done through the available vacancy in DE cadre. However, time bound financial up-gradation is done after every 4 or 5 years. It means executives get salary hike as like in promotion but they are not promoted to next post.

The only minus point in this job is that is a Group B cadre (Class II officer), whereas most of the Government PSUs recruits Graduate Engineers in Group A cadre (Class I Officer). Group A or class I officers always get more facilities & opportunities to get the higher post through promotions quickly as compared to Group B officers. Here is a complete guide to select best PSU for engineers. I have described all the points related to JTO job profile & career growth, in the case of any doubt please feel free to comment.

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  2. hello sir,
    By rti information , karnataka circle 43 vacents seats in dr jto 2017after 3rd list document verification process complete. What is any chance for 4rth list ??????

    • It depends on the BSNL Corporate Office decision whether they want to go for another recruitment or for a 4th waiting list.

  3. Sir I have got selected for BSNL JTO and currently, i am pursuing M.Tech from BITS, Pilani. So will it be a good idea to leave BITS for BSNL JTO

    • You have to take a decision. As you are already BE/BTech degree holder and you cracked the GATE 2017. So you have the capabilities to clear competitive exams. Even after joining BSNL you can further start preparations for other Navaratna or Maharatna PSUs.

    • Sir, is it compulsory to pass training exams for posting. Is it chance for electrical guys to be posted in electrical areas..

  4. Sir, present I am working as JE in railways. And I got JTO in 2nd merit list. At present i am getting more salary than JTO. Please suggest the right job. I am from ECE

    • Both are the equivalent post in terms of rank. As BSNL is in a huge loss, so you won’t get the benefit of the recent pay revision. It would always be better to be with Railways.

  5. Chennai Metro Water Assisstant Engineer has PB of Rs 9300-34800 + GP of 5100. Can you tell if Chennai Metro Water has a better career prospect than BSNL JTO?

  6. Sir,
    I got a call letter from BSNL for the post of JTO in 2nd merit list. Presently I am working as an assistant professor in a reputed private college. The salary over here in college is bit higher than JTO. Is it better to join JTO than AP at pvt. college ? and Second query is, Since I didn’t expect the call from BSNL in 2nd merit list, I happened to delete my BSNL Application form that i had filled up earlier. Now there is no option to download it in the website. Will they exempt this in my document verification ? Needed to know at the earliest.

    • Let the verification process to complete. Go with original documents which you have submitted online. The process will take around 2 months of time. Meanwhile try to meet the people working in BSNL. They may suggest you better.
      BSNL JTO salary is less as compare to other reputed PSUs and chances of getting 3rd Pay revision are too nigligible. It would be more better to join the PSUs which are extending 24900-50500 pay scale to newly recruited engineers.

  7. Sir
    During document verification we have to submit agreement by notary.
    There one thing is mentioned that this job is temporary even after completion of training.

    Then what about job security ??
    Completely confused.

    • There is a probation period of 2 years in BSNL. After 2 years, you will get a confirmation letter by the BSNL authorities depending upon the performance in last two years.

  8. Hi,
    My name is there in 2 merit list. I asked some of my friends for opinion, and I am getting mixed response about joining. I am 31 yrs now and worked in IT for 6 -7 years after Btech. My wish is to pursue Phd and I completed M.Tech in CS in 2017. I personally feel that, I should do Phd and get into teaching job. I was reading through your comments and thought to ask your opinion

    • If you have a package of around 10Lakhs per annum better to stay in the IT sector. BSNL may offer 6 lakhs per annum. BSNL may not provide you leave for the Ph.D.

  9. Sir, I am selected in bsnl jto, I want to know whether it is compulsory to serve bsnl for 5 years as termed in bond otherwise hv to pay 2 lakh, cant we apply for ies n another good public sector

    • Bond is compulsory. You can apply for another exam or govt job as well but you have to inform the BSNL before/after application. So that you can transfer bond amount at the time of leaving the BSNL Job.

  10. I have got selected in the 2nd merit list of JTO 2017, can you please share the document verification centres available in tamilnadu region.

    • Very soon, you will be informed by BSNL for the further process of recruitment. Please wait. In the most cases, candidates are called at State head Office or circle office of BSNL.

    • Even Im from TN circle 1st merit list. For TN circle you will be asked to report to the CGM office at Chennai on certain date mentioned by them.

  11. Hi Sir.
    Will there be any third list for BSNL JTO? If so, when can we expect that? Also, how will they allot the post for the candidates who are in the waiting list(few posts will be vacant from the second list as some people who will not appear for document verification)?

  12. I got selected in BSNL JTO, doc verification is done but i didn’t informed that currently i m persuing mtech.I have to complete my MTECH 2nd year.Will they give extension for training now if i ask for?

    • Please call to BSNL Circle/State office recruitment section or visit the office of doc verification. They can help you in this matter.

  13. Sir, few weeks before only i have joined Ph.D in IIT-Madras. But now, i have received call letter from BSNL for JE post. Is it worth to quit Ph.D and join JE or continue the same?

    • You should continue the Ph.D., if you really want to work in PSUs, prepare for GATE exam and try for top PSUs like NTPC, PowerGrid, ONGC, CIL, GAIL, IOCL etc. They offer the best CTC in the market.

  14. Sir I am a 2017 pass-out. But I have a provisional certificate now showing the course completion date as March 2017. Will they accept my provisional certificate as it is before April 6th. Do I have any chance to get selected in the second list as my score is 630 and the cutoff is 654 OBC in Karnataka. Please help. Thanks in advance.

    • Just after the document verification process and seat availability at the training center. Generally, takes two months after verification.

    • Right now BSNL Employees may not get the benefit of pay revision. But when it starts earning profits, then same may be implemented.

  15. Dear Sir,
    In one one of your other posts namely “” you have mentioned that JTO may retire as Executive Engineer. Where does that post fall in the growth ladder you have mentioned here. Do everyone retire as EE or is it possible to retire as DGM/GM/CGM?
    Also what is the career growth for BSNL Management Trainee?

    • BSNL JTO can reach up to AGM post. In rare cases, he/she may be promoted to DGM level. BSNL Management Trainee is a Group A post and they can reach even up to CGM & Director level.

  16. Sir, what is the difference between job profile of JTO (Telecom) and JTO (Electrical). In both B.Tech Electrical students can apply, but this time in 2016 advertisement, only JTO (T) vacancy has come, while in the vacancy of 2009 both JTO (T) and JTO(Electrical) had came. So, whats the basic difference between the two, and can I switch to JTO (Electrical) after joining through JTO (T) through any means.

    • JTO (T) is for the person who is posted in main Telecom stream jobs. Whereas JTO(E) is for the candidates who are posted in the Electrical wing for support service to Telecom department. As both are the separate posts so you can’t switch over from one to another.

    • For bond transfer, you must have applied to other PSU by intimating the higher authorities. At the time of the interview, you need to take NOC from parent department. After the successful selection, you can ask for transfer of bond.

  17. Do i have to submit the bond agreement on the time of document verification itself?
    What is the procedure of mutual transfer? Is it applicable to freshers? There was no vacancy in MP in JTO 2017 so can i still be exchanged between MP and Kerala?

  18. Sir , can a person take extension of training and joing the Jto post so as to complete his post graduation as he is currently persuing m tech and his 1 year is completed and 1 year is left..

  19. As per circular,which is issued by Karnataka bsnl site , written that people only have qualifing degree till 6th April 2017 are eligible for document verification , what we assume , freshers are not allowed ??
    Is this condition applied for all circle or just for Karnataka ???

    • Coal India is better than BSNL JTO. CIL MT is a Group A post whereas BSNL JTO is Group B post. It will take almost 20 years in BSNL to reach at Class-I post.

    • Salary of different cadre may be vary depending on the length of service. So one can fix it for all. However, direct recruited JTO salary is fixed which was already shared on this website.

      • approx what is in hand salary we can aspect as JTO. actually they given basic pay between 16k-40k. so atleast how much we get in hand?

        thank you

        • The Gross salary would be 45k to 50k depending on the location of posting. It may increase to around 10k after the implementation of 3rd Pay revision.

  20. sir is there any provision for selecting training centre for JTO. on second thoughts the authority will automatically provide training centers regarding selected region ? please reply… 🙂

    • After document verification, you can contact to the state of posting recruitment branch. They will provide the information about training schedule and batches.

      • Sir, is NOC required at the time of document verification for JTO as I am currently working in a govt. department ?

        • Yes, it is required. Have you informed BSNL about that you are working in Govt sector? If not then you can join directly. But in case they got any letter from the previous employer, you might be a problem.

  21. Sir …which one is better job profile in terms of salary , perks, promotions and work type-
    SSE in indian railway or JTO in BSNL??

    • Railway SSE is better in terms of pay, job security, and perks. BSNL is a loss making PSU so perks are not possible. Next PRC implementation is also hard to implement.

    • Yes, it is safe. Many other states employees are working there. If you don’t want to go there, you can prepare for other PSUs.

        • 2 Lakh rupees But if you are switching from BSNL to other public sector company or any state or central govt job, you can transfer this bond amount.

          • transfer the amount means ?? we have to work there for 2 years otherwise we have to pay 2lac there right?

            thank you

          • Yes, you got it right.
            Here transfer means agreement get transferred from BSNL to another PSU, it means, you don’t have to pay but you must serve the company for 2 years.

          • Sir , i called to the BSNL official whose contact no. is mentioned in doc ver mail for west up circle and asked about the transfer of bond. i asked if one has to go to ies or ias post then will the bond be transferred and he replied in negative …is that true?

          • You don’t worry. Just intimate the BSNL authorities via letter before applying for any government job & appearing in an interview.

        • Yes, BSNL has staff quarters in every city where they provide services. So you can take their accommodation. But in this case, you won’t get HRA.

  22. sir, kindly comment on the following questions-
    1.upto which post JE goes if someone join at the age of 23 ?
    2.what are the perks & allowances given by bsnl ?
    3.can i get any location in home state after completing 5 years in my circle?

    • JE can go up to AGM (Assistant General Manager) post in BSNL.
      Yes, there is tie bound financial up-gradation policy in BSNL.
      Staff quarters are available in every SSA.
      As BSNL is in heavy losses, so there is no bonus for employees.

    • Sir is there any chance to get selected in jto my rank is 562 score 721 gen cat and cse branch from assam circle??

  23. Sir, if i selected in bsnl as jto. And continue my preparation for other PSU/ies. Will i get NOC during bond period for psu/ies interview?
    What is process to get it?
    If i will get NOC, is it mean resigning for jto post? Bcoz interview of PSU is not guaranty of selection

    • Yes, they will provide NOC for appearing in interviews. To get NOC you have to inform the company during job application & at the time of interview by referring the previous letter you can ask for NOC.

  24. When will jto result coming ?
    atleast give us an approximate date ?

    (They have declared the TTA result within 2 month even with huge no. of applicants arround 20 lakhs )

    For jto their is only 15,000 applicants , they must declare it way before 2 month .

    Please reply..

  25. Sir, i applied for NE1 circle for jto post in bsnl. Where am i suppose to get training and final posting.
    Please reply…

    • Only BSNL authorities can tell you about training place. However, before allotment of a training center, you can discuss with the BSNL recruitment section at your circle. They may place you in your preferred place on the basis of seat availability at the training center. Here is the list of BSNL Training center.

  26. Sir I am getting 600 gate score in GEN category in EE.I will apply from West Bengal.Is there any chance of getting selected?47 vacancies are there.

  27. i got 59 marks,with 619 gate score and rank 401 from IN branch and i am OBC candidate… wherer i should fill…..plz suggest

  28. can we take medical leave in bsnl?? if yes then after how many days working we are able to take medical leave

  29. i got 48 marks,with 635 gate score from EE branch and i am OBC candidate….from wherer i should fill…i am thinking to fill from nort east 1 ,north east 2 ,jammu & kashmir,andaman….plzz tell me which is good option…plzz reply sir..

    • All these states are situated in the hard geographical location. So the chance of getting selected are more in these states. But keep in mind that you have to serve in these places until the first promotion.

  30. Sir I got 570 score in ece gate 2017. I belong to obc category .is there any chance of getting selected in jto Maharashtra.??

  31. JTO is a class B officer, what about promoted ones. I mean SDE, DE or futher promoted postholders are also class B officer ??

  32. sir,currently iam doing my MBA . can i apply for JTO post with my ug (b.tech_IT)degree?will i get a better progress in future with my mba for further promotions in bsnl if i am selected.

    • BSNL takes MBA PG passed out at the Management trainee. Last years vacancies were published bu exam wasn’t held. So BSNL MT will be the best choice for MBA students.

  33. sir, i am getting 40 marks in gate 2017 according to IIT roorkee answer key. i belongs to SC category. sir there is any chance for selection at JTO BSNL post. please reply…..

  34. Sir may I know :
    1.What is the job nature/description of JTO post for an ECE candidate?
    2.Is programming skills essential for all domain?
    3.What is the difference between class 1 and class 2 posts of JTO?

  35. Hi friend, I have been working for 3.5 yrs for MNC company in telecom domain (Amdocs )with annual salary of 8 L(including bonus) .apart from getting on site opportunity once in a year. Now I am in dilemma whether I should work in IT or go for BSNL govt job. Currently I am working in Pune far from my home state patna.
    Whether joining BSNL is good option for me or should I continue working in IT industry.

  36. can you explain what is inhand salary of bsnl jto? I am selected as assistant engineer state level (mahatransco). So which will be better among both? in case of posting location, promotions, work structure and salary. plz do reply

  37. Sir , Is GATE a mandatory one to appear for JTO recruitment. It’s why because I unfortunately hadn’t applied for GATE. So, Is there anyother possibility to appear for this posting if not through GATE .

  38. sir,
    the application form of JTO is not available in website of BSNL while they had notified that it will present at the date of 1 january 2017. sir when will it come or is any other website to fill the form please tell me because the half of month is already passed.

  39. Sir,
    Could you please tell me expected cut off marks for gate score for JTO..? Did they consider gate score for last year JTO recruitment..?BBNL and BSNL is different or same..? BBNL also release the notification. BBNL and BSNL work places are different or same. please explain sir

    • BBNL- Bharat Broadband Network limited is a separate company and it has no relation with BSNL. At present the BBNL company has its Corporate Office at New Delhi and Project Management Units at Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala, Karnal, Jammu, Jaipur, Kota, Lucknow, Aligarh, Kanpur, Meerut, Saharanpur, Varanasi, Dehradun, Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Raipur , Durg, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi and Meghalaya. So newly recruited candidate will get posting in these places only.
      I can’t comment on cut off marks but your rank must be under 1000 to get BSNL JTO job with a good place. BSNL will not consider last year GATE marks as most of the PSUs are considering current year GATE score card for recruitment.

    • By SSC-CGL students get jobs for many posts. Please specify the post name along-with department. However I want to inform you that SSC-CGL is a Central Government Job & BSNL JTO is a Public Sector Undertaking (A Limited Company) job.

  40. Hello Sir,

    I am currently working at the pay band of 15600 GP 5400. Is it a good decision to leave current job and go for JTO since my current job has liability to transfer anywhere in India and they really do transfer? I am posted at Imphal right now. I want to work in my home state.

    • BSNL JTO is a Group B or Class II post whereas you are a Group A or class I employee. There are chances that you get a good state in BSNL but the status you are getting in the current department is not available in BSNL. But there are many PSUs which provides class I status to their Employees. You can get the list of the PSUs and job comparisons in the article below.
      How to find best PSU Job for engineers

    • Sir,
      I have worked in BSNL from Mar/2003 to May/2010 as JTO.I did not receive any time bound promotion till date of leaving BSNL. I have written many letters to BSNL to give dues.But till date I have not received. I also want to know the present pay of JTO of batch 2003 after promotions.

  41. Sir I am senior section engineer in railways and I am not getting time for upsc due to field work . sir I want to ask can I get enough time for preparing for upsc in Bsnl. Is there any field work in Bsnl . I am ece graduate and I also worked in Hpcl at officer post . plz reply sir

    • BSNL too has field job for employees. So don’t expect that you get enough time to study for UPSC exams. As you already promoted to Sr. Engineer post at Railway Department. Better to job there only. You can apply medical leave or earned leave for study.

  42. Thank you so much for providing such a deep information about BSNL JTO.
    I have two questions:
    1.) What are the job locations for BSNL JTO?
    2.) Which PSU’s has job locations in metro cities only?

    • BSNL JTO can be posted anywhere in India depending upon the vacant post in a location.
      There are many companies like MTNL, HAL, DMRC, BHEL, BEL etc which provides posting in metro cities.

  43. Hello sir,
    As my branch is CSE and BSNL is mostly depend on Electronics and communication, so what are d chances to get profile or work according to our branch or in training period we have to learn about electronics??

    • BSNL is the biggest Government sector telecom company. They have big data centers, software to manage manage the material, manpower, sales etc. So CSE candidates also have ample of opportunities in BSNL.

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