Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) is a Group -A Central Service of the Government of India and the youngest of all the Group ‘A’ Organized Services on Indian Railways. It was constituted in 1976 and the first direct recruitment through the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC, was in 1980.
There are two modes of recruitment to IRPS, viz., (i) through Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC every year; (ii) through promotion of Group ‘B’ Personnel Officers working on zonal Railways to IRPS. Roughly, 50% posts are meant for Direct Recruitment and 50% posts are filled through promotion from Group ‘B’ Cadre.
Directly recruited IRPS probationers are required to undergo a 93 week training programme (including Civil Services foundation course of 15 weeks) before induction into service on various railway zones and other offices. The training programme includes training at National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR)/Vadodara, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration (LBSNAA)/ Mussorie, National Academy for Direct Taxes (NADT)/ Nagpur and other specialized training institutes like at reputed management institutes are HR & Personnel Management, as well as field training on zonal railways, divisions, construction organizations and manufacturing units of the Indian Railways.
Allocation of zonal railways to officers:
Direct Recruit IRPS officers are allocated to Zonal Railways on the basis of their ranks, preference and availability of vacancy in their category in their turn in terms of provision of Cadre Allocation Policy as amended from time to time. Officers recruited under promotional quota are encadred on their respective railway.
Functions of IRPS officers:
Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) is a unique service as it is the only service amongst the Central Group ‘A’ Civil Services catering exclusively to the Human Resources & Personnel Management discipline in the Central Government. It is under the administrative control of Member (Staff) at Railway Board’s level. The Establishment Directorate and the Management Services Directorates are headed by the Additional Member (Staff) in the Railway Board. The Personnel Department performs a significant and major role in all the activities of Indian Railways- those, which are directly connected with train operations, safety, productivity and earnings, as also the support activities for all departments of IR. IRPS officers are posted to work on divisions, workshops, zonal headquarters, production units and the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board). The functions are broadly categorized as: \
a. Personnel Management :
(i) Manpower Planning. (ii) Recruitment. (iii) Training. (iv) Promotions. (v) Seniority. (vi) Reservation. (vii) Transfer & Posting. (viii) Payments, Salary & Wages. (ix) Final Settlement.
b. Industrial Relations :
(i) Maintenance of cordial Industrial Relations. (ii) Workers’ participation in Management. (iii) All Welfare Activities. (iv) Grievance Redressal. c. Legal & Court matters : (i) Legal & Court Cases Work (H) Implementation of Labour Laws (iii) Hours of Employment Regulations (HOER)
Like other organized Group ‘A’ services of Indian Railway IRPS officers can be posted in General Management Ex-Cadre posts like Dy. General Manager, Add. Divisional Railway Manager, Divisional Railway Manager, General Manager etc. as per seniority and merit.
|Grade||Designation in Field (Commercial)||Designation in Field (Operational)|
|Junior time scale||Assistant personnel officer|
|Selection time scale sr. scale||Divisional personnel officer||Senior personnel officer|
|Junior administrative grade||Sr. Divisional personnel officer||Deputy chief personnel officer|
|Senior administrative grade||Chief personnel officer||Executive director|
|Higher administrative grade||Coordinating chief personnel officer||Additional member|
|Higher grade||Member staff|