Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) - Managing Human Resources in Indian Railways

The IRPS is the youngest Civil Service in India. It was established in 1976 and the first batch of officers recruited through the UPSC Civil Service Exam was in 1980.

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Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) – Functions

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

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

Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) – Grade & Payscale

IRPS cadre was formed with the aim of managing a million workforce of Indian Railways. This cadre offers good opportunities for its officers to rise up the ladder.

Below table gives complete details on IRPS grades and respective pay scales

Grade Railway Staff College Division Zonal/

Production Unit HQ


Other Units

Railway Board GOI under Central Staffing Scheme Pay Scale
JTS IRPS(Probationer)/ APO/ Asst. Professor 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

Aspirants of the upcoming Civil Services exam can know more about the following exams information –

Indian Railway Traffic Service Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS) Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
Indian Communication Finance Services (ICFS) Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS) Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)

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Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) – Training of Probationary Officers

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 have also imparted field training on zonal railways, construction, divisions, organizations and manufacturing units of the Indian Railways.

Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) – Career Prospects

After the training period of Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) cadre, officers will gain the opportunity to climb the ladder in the below-given professional growth trajectory.

1. Railway Division

  1. Assistant Personnel Officer
  2. Divisional Personnel Officer
  3. Senior Division Personnel Officer

2. Zonal Division of Railway Departments

  1. Assistant Personnel Officer
  2. Senior Personnel Officer
  3. Deputy Chief Personnel Officer

3. Zonal Headquarters – Headed by Chief Personnel Officer

4. Zonal Railway Unit – Headed by Principal HOD

5. Other Roles include:

  1. Additional Divisional Railway Manager
  2. Divisional Railway Manager
  3. Chairman of the Railway Board
  4. General Manager in higher Administrative Roles

The above details would help candidates preparing for UPSC 2023 in setting up their goals.

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