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Role of an IRPS Officer - UPSC

Updated: Jan 23


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.