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. The officers of this service are responsible for managing the Human Resources of the Indian Railways.
The recruitment to the cadre is done through the Civil Services Examination.
IRPS officers man the Establishment Directorate and the Personnel department of the Ministry of Railways, at Zonal railway and divisional levels including the railway production units and workshops.
Nationality of a candidate must be either of the following:
Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam
A candidate must hold a degree from any of the universities recognised by the UGC or possess an equivalent qualification.
Candidate applying for civil service exams is required to fulfill the following criteria:
Relaxable age limit is as follows:
The maximum number of attempts is as follows:
IRPS is a unique service as it is the only one in the 'Group A' services that cater exclusively for the human resources in the Indian Railways.