Service Profile of the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)

The Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) is one of the Group ‘A’ services one can be recruited into on clearing the civil services exam conducted by the UPSC every year. This service primarily manages the transportation department of the Indian railways. This is the service responsible for revenue generation in the railways. Read on for more on the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), its functions, training, history, career progression and salaries in this article.

There are two major wings in the traffic service – Operations and Commercial.

Brief history

The IRTS was constituted in its present form in 1967. This service was formerly known as the Officers of the Superior Revenue Establishment of the Traffic, Transportation and Commercial Department of Indian Railways.


The probationers undergo training in any of the national training academies namely, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie, National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT) at Nagpur, Dr. Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad and RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration at Bhopal. After this, they are imparted the Railway Foundation Course at National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara. The officers are also given specialised training at the Indian Railway Institute of Transportation Management (IRITM) located in Lucknow. Here, they make field trips to various railway activity centres, workshops and organisations, Centralized Training Institutes of Indian Railways and visits to railway project sites, ports. They also have a parliamentary attachment and stints at other civil service academies and one IIM.


  • Coordinating the production and sale of transportation output.
  • Managing the customer interface of railways.
  • In the operations wing, ensuring smooth and fast transportation of freight and passengers.
  • In the commercial wing, an officer has to deal with the sales, pricing, service and marketing aspects of passenger and freight business.
  • An IRTS officer can also be sent on deputation to other ministries and departments under the Central Staffing Scheme.

Indian Railway Traffic Service Salary

Hierarchy and pay scales


Designation in Field (Commercial)

Designation in Field (Operations)

Designation in Railways

Pay Scale

Junior Time Scale

Assistant Commercial Manager

Assistant Operations Manager


Grade Pay Rs.5400

Senior Time Scale

Divisional Commercial Manager

Divisional Operations Manager


 Grade Pay Rs.6600

Junior Administrative Grade

Senior Divisional Commercial Manager

Senior Divisional Operations Manager


Grade Pay Rs.7600

Selection Grade

Senior Divisional Commercial Manager/ Deputy Chief Commercial Manager

Senior Divisional Operations Manager/ Deputy Chief

Operations Manager


Grade Pay Rs.8700

Senior Administrative Grade

Chief Commercial Manager/ Chief Claims Officer


Operations Manager/ Chief Freight

Transportation Manager/ Chief Passenger Transportation Manager/  Chief Traffic

Planning Manager

Executive Director


Grade Pay Rs.10,000

Higher Administrative Grade

Chief Commercial Manager


Operations Manager

Additional Member/ Additional Advisor



Higher Administrative Grade +



Member (Traffic)



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