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Role of an IRPS Officer - UPSC

Updated: Jan 23, 2023


Role of an IRPS Officer - UPSC

We'll be looking at the meaning of IRPS, the function of IRPS officers, the benefits of being an IRPS officer, and if you're planning on starting a career in this service, you'll learn how to go about it. So, before we explain all of that, let's first understand what personnel service means.

The IRPS stands for Indian Railway Personnel Service. Personnel services refer to the screening, recruitment, and training of new employees about the details of their new job. It's particularly in charge of appointing, interviewing, and training new employees to become productive. Now that we understand what "personnel service" means let's move on to IRPS.


IRPS is an acronym that stands for India Railway Personnel Service. It's a Group A Central Civil Service cadre of the Government of India. It was formed in 1976, making it the youngest civil service in India. The cadre size is about 418. This service is responsible for managing the human resources of the Indian railways as well as the welfare of railway employees' families.


Responsibilities of an IRPS Officer

As we've said, the essential function of IRPS officers is to recruit and train new employees, but their work is not limited to that only but also extends to the following:

  • Administering promotions to lower staff

  • Ensuring timely payments of salaries and wages to different levels of payment

  • Ensuring social justice in human resources by implementing the reservation policy

  • Ensuring the maintenance of the cordial official relationship between workers and their union

  • Administering Laws, Rules, Regulations, Procedures, and Railway Board Orders.

  • Implementing welfare activities of the Indian Railways, e.g., building railway hospitals.

  • Ensuring the skill and leadership development of lower staff

Now that we've learned the roles of IRPS officers let's move on to the benefits that these officers enjoy.



Salary and Benefits of an IRPS Officer

As an IRPS officer, you get to enjoy all the perks of the other department's officers, and interestingly, you'll be free from all the pains they encounter. You don't have to wake up in the middle of the night to rush to an accident scene or receive midnight phone calls to report a train disruption for any reason. The following are other benefits enjoyed by IRPS officers.


Perks of being an IRPS Officer

  • Residential quarters, which are made available in the railway colonies

  • Lifetime financial security

  • Access to medical treatment for employees and their families

  • Free education access to employees' children

  • Free rail passes to travel anywhere in India.

  • Access to training programs in the best institutions in India.

Now, the next thing we'll be looking at is how to join this great profession.



How to Become an IRPS Officer?

First, you need to ensure you're eligible before you can fill out the online application form. Eligibility in terms of the following:

1. Nationality:

  • Citizen

  • Subject of Nepal

  • Subject of Bhutan

  • A Tibetan refugee

  • Migrants have come to India to stay permanently from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.

2. Educational qualification: a degree from a university that UGC recognizes.


3. Age Restrictions: 21 to 30 years old.


4. The number of attempts varies between candidates, ranging from 6 to 9.


The maximum attempt for general category candidates is 6. So if you're eligible, the next thing to do is apply online for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service exam. This is intended to test the academic expertise of candidates and assess their intellectual traits and level of understanding of the candidates.


This exam is in two phases:

  • The preliminary

  • The main

Successful candidates that pass both exams are then called for an interview. Candidates who excel in the interview are then trained for about two years, after which they'll be posted to various railway departments and earn a starting salary of between Rs 13,500 and Rs 18,000.


Friendly Conclusion

By now, you know all that is important to learn to kickstart a journey with this excellent service. Check out more study materials and details regarding all individual job roles of UPSC.




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