India's central recruiting agency, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), likely to facilitate recruitment for the unified Railway Group A Service - Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS). The new service will come into effect from the next recruitment cycle after the consultation with DoPT and UPSC.
IRMS will unite all the existing Railway Services recruited through the Civil Services Examination (CSE) and Indian Engineering Services (IES) conducted by UPSC. The decision to unite all eight services of Indian Railways was taken to make officers work in cohesion for the development of Railways. It will also help Railways to recruit engineers/ non-engineers as per requirement. Chairman of Railway Board Vinod Kumar had revealed the news while restructuring of Railway Board.
Aspirants who are aiming for Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) have to appear for the Preliminary examination just like other competitive exams conducted by UPSC. They can specify their preference in the second stage of the selection process. The preferences comprise of five specialities - four engineering specialities (Civil, Mechanical, Telecom and Electrical) and one non-technical speciality, which will focus on accounts, personnel and traffic.
Currently, UPSC is recruiting candidates for Indian Railways through two examinations such as Civil Services Examination (CSE) and Combined Engineering Services.
CSE Group A Services
- Indian Railway Traffic Service
- Indian Railway Accounts Service
- Indian Railway Personnel Service
Combined Engineering Services
- Indian Railway Service of Engineers
- Indian Railway Stores Service (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Telecommunication/Electronics Engineering Posts)
- Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
- Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
- Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
There will be a new restructured Railway Board where there will be one CRB/CEO and four members. A person for CEO post will be considered only from the officers of Indian Railways.