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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    1. 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.

    1. No, there is no chance to change in the recruiting circle. As per BSNL JTO official advertisement, one can eligible for circle change after the 1st promotion.

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

  2. 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

    1. 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.

  3. 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..

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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..

    1. 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.

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

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. 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…..

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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 .

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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

  17. 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

    1. 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.

  18. 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?

    1. 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.

  19. 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??

    1. 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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