Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS): Functions, Training & Salary

The UPSC civil services 2019 will commence with the Prelims exam due to be held on 2nd June 2019. Lakhs of people will take the exam hoping to become IAS or IPS officers in the future. But these posts are reserved for those with a reasonably high ranking. For the others, there is a host of other civil services in the country that you can serve. One such service is the Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS). The primary responsibility of this service is human resource management for the Indian railways. The Indian railways are the largest employer in the world with a workforce of about 1.4 million.

Brief History of IRPS

The IRPS is the youngest civil service in India. It was established in 1976 and the first batch of officers recruited through the UPSC CSE was in 1980.

Indian Railway Personnel Service Job Profile

Functions

The IRPS is the only service amongst the Group ‘A’ services to cater to the human resources and personnel management in a department in the Central Government. The functions of the IRPS officers are given below:

  • Personnel Management: manpower planning, recruitment, training, seniority, promotions, transfer, posting, reservation, payments, wages, salary and final settlement.
  • Industrial Relations: maintaining cordial industrial relations, workers’ participation in management, welfare activities and grievance redressal.
  • Legal and court matters: legal work, implementation of labour laws and hours of employment regulation.

Training

The IRPS probationers undergo training for 93 weeks. This includes a Foundation Course for 15 weeks at the LBSNAA, Mussoorie. After this they are trained at various other institutes like the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), Vadodara, National Academy for Direct Taxes (NADT), Nagpur, etc. The officers are also imparted field training on zonal railways, construction, divisions, organizations and manufacturing units of the Indian Railways.

Hierarchy & Pay Scale/Indian Railway Personnel Service Salary

Grade

Railway Staff College

Division

Zonal/

Production Unit HQ

Workshop/

Other Units

Railway Board

GOI under Central Staffing Scheme

Pay Scale

JTS

IRPS(Probationer)/ APO/ Asst. Professor

Assistant

Personnel Officer

Assistant

Personnel

Officer

Assistant

Personnel

Officer

——

——

Rs.15,600-39100

+

Grade Pay Rs.5400

STS

Professor

Divisional  Personnel Officer

Senior  Personnel Officer

Workshop  Personnel Officer/  Senior Personnel Officer

Under Secretary               

Under Secretary               

Rs.15,600-39,100

+

Grade Pay Rs.6600

JAG

Professor

Senior  Divisional  Personnel Officer

Deputy Chief  Personnel Officer

Deputy Chief  Personnel Officer

Deputy  Secretary

Deputy  Secretary

Rs.15,600-39,100

+

Grade Pay Rs.7600

SG

Professor

Senior  Divisional  Personnel Officer

Deputy Chief  Personnel Officer

Deputy Chief  Personnel Officer

Director

Director

Rs.37,400-67,000

+

Grade Pay Rs.8700

SAG

Senior  Professor

——

Chief  Personnel Officer

Chief  Personnel Officer

Executive Director               

Joint Secretary

Rs.37,400-67,000

 +

Grade Pay Rs.10,000

HAG

——

——

Chief  Personnel Officer

Chief  Personnel Officer

Adviser

Additional Secretary

67000-3%-79000

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