The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting an exclusive examination for recruitment of officers to handle specialised services in the newly created Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) following unification of eight different railway services. It will happen in next recruitment circle of 2021.

Top sources in the Indian Railways stated that the UPSC will be given information about the requirement of the cadre in various wings for the services, engineering or otherwise, and accordingly the number of posts will be notified.

Why has Railway Services been introduced ?

The objective behind the “historic” massive restructuring of the Indian Railways management is to remove the ‘departmentalism’ culture within railways and ensure there is “one service and officers from one batch should get promotion in on go” and not as has been happening thus far.

Chairman, Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav, having just received a year’s extension, has asserted that the 350-odd officers joining railway service annually will all have an equal opportunity of reaching the top posts of divisional railway managers (DRMs) and above including general managers as well as to the Railway Board.

“Till now, only those chosen to become 34 DRMs each year based on their UPSC marks and date of birth had opportunity to reach higher posts with rest not even evaluated. For IRMS, we will benchmark performance and personal integrity for all those joining service based on their 15-year tenure by a group of three senior officers,” he explained.

Source: The Hindu

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