| Most of the jobs of
the Railway persons are peculier to the Railway Organisation.
The skills required to be acquired cannot be obtained outside
the organization. These are divided into few categories
which are known as Group A services.
||Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
||Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
||Indian Railway Pesonnel Service (IRPS)
||Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF)
||Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
||Indian Railway Service of Electrical
||Indian Railways Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE)
||Indian Railways Store Service (IRSS)
||Indian Railways Medical Service (IRMS)
|Recruiment to these services is done
by the UPSC every year. The selection of the first four
services is done as a part of Civil Service Examination
popularly known as IAS and Allied services. Selection for
the rest of the services is held as part of the Engineering
Services Examination for selecting officers for Central
|For the Civil Services Examination,
the candidates must hold a degree from any of the universities
incorporated by an act of the Central or state Legislature
in India or Other education institutions established by
an act of Parliament. The Engineering Services Examination
consists of a two-part test: a written objective type test
and a written test involving longer answers. After qualifying
in this test, you will be called for an interview.
||Special Class Railway
||A separate examination
is conducted by the UPSC for the recruitment of
junior officers in the service of Technical Engineers,
called the Special Class Railway Apprentices. After
selection they are trained by the railway and paid
a stipend. Candidates appear for an examination
conducted in two parts.
||It consists of a written
examination of a total of 700 marks with 100 marks
in each of the seven subjects including English,
General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, Maths and
||It comprises a personality
test, with a maximum of 200 marks. The questions
are approximately of intermediate level standard.
All selected candidates have to execute a bond/agreement
to serve in the Indian Railways on completion of
their training, failing which they have to refund
the amount paid to them.
|After you are selected, you will be
appointed initially on probation for a period of 2-3 years,
depending on the service. On completion of the probation,
you will be posted as an officer in the junior scale. Promotion
to the senior scale takes place after about two years of
service in working post. After six to seven years of service,
the officer is promoted to the Junior Administrative Grade,
which has two levels. You could be serving in various assignments
at the Junior Administrative Grade for 8-10 years. This
is followed by the Selection Grade.
|The next in seniority is the Senior
Administrative Grade, equivalent to the Joint Secretary,
Government of India which is obtained after 16-18 years
of service. Officers of this grade may be posted as heads
of various workshops in the field, as heads of a department
functioning at the Headquarters office, as Addition Divisional
Railway Manager or as the Executive Director in the Railway
Board. After six to eight years, while remaining in the
same pay scale officers are selected to be appointed as
Divisional Railway Managers (DRM). There are sixty divisions
and this is a tenure posting for 2 to 3 years. The DRM is
the most sought after posting.
|Group C Personnel:
|Group C Staff consists of about 54
% of the total strength of about 16.5-lakh manpower and
they are the backbone of the Indian Railways. Skilled technicians,
technical and non technical supervisors, drivers, station
masters, booking clerks office staff, teachers, Para-medical
personnel etc. form this group.
|Recruitment for Group C posts in Railways
is done through:
|1. Direct recruitment
3. Transfers from other government offices.
|Written tests for the selection of
candidates for all Group C Categories follow on basic pattern.
In 2 hours time, about 160-175 multiple choice objective
type questions are being asked. The standard question varies
according to the levels. Metric, 10+2, Graduate, Diploma,
Degree as per the minimum qualification required. For non-technical
posts the questions are equally divided into 4 Groups.
|1. General English
3. General Knowledge
4. General Intelligence
|For technical posts, besides the above,
a fifth set of questions is added to test the requisite
technical, specialized aptitude of the candidates. For the
post of typist and stenographers, a practical test is held
to judge the speed and accuracy of the candidate. After
competing successfully in the skill test, the candidate
is required to appear in the interview.
|Recruitment to Group D posts is done
by various railway administrations through Selection Boards
of workshops or divisions, either by issuing employment
notices locally or by regularizing the services of casual
labor who have worked continuously for 120 days or more.
A fairly good number of these posts are filled up as compassionates
and to a limited extent, sports persons are recruited as
Group D staff.
|The monthly pay and allowances of
the railway staff and officers are in accordance with the
Central Pay Commission Recommendations, which are recently
accepted by the Central Government. However, different government
department have different perks to offer to their employees.
Indian Railways, engaged in transport business offer good
perks to their employees.