Being the second largest Railway system in the world, Indian Railways generates lots of jobs every year to the Indian Nationals. The Indian railways are broadly divided and sub-divided into zones, divisions and departments, each controlling a particular function. Every division has a certain number of technical and non-technical departments, which form the base structure on which the railways function.
Technical departments include civil, technical and mechanical engineering, signaling and telecom, and several others dealing with similar disciplines, while the non-technical departments include general services such as accounts, personnel management, Railway protection Force (RPF) or security and traffic services, among others.
Recruitments to these departments are done through Competitive Exams. These Exams are conducted by Union public service commission (UPSC) and Railway Recruitment Board (RRB).
The entry is done through three different channels:
- Group A
- Group B
- Group C
Group A officers are recruited by UPSC through:
- Civil Service Examination for Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) and the Indian Railways Accounts Services (IRAS)
- Combined Engineering Service for Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE), Indian Railway Services of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) and Indian Railway Store Service (IRSS)
Group B officers are directly promoted from Group C.
Group C officers are recruited through the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). The 19 Railway Recruitment Boards in India (RRBs) have been functioning as prime recruiting agencies for all Zonal Railways, Production Units and other extra Zonal units of the Indian Railways. The Group C posts include assistant station masters, drivers, motormen, guards, signal and mechanical inspectors. Here again, staff are divided into technical and non-technical staff.
For Group A Services of Indian railways and related details, Readers can read details from our UPSC Exams section.
For the Group A services, the Railway Recruitment Board conducts the following Examinations: