NEW DELHI: Railways may have a separate examination for the Indian Railway Management Services (IRMS) rather than clubbing it with civil services examination, a move aimed at revamping the railway bureaucracy and ending the turf war, which starts right from the recruitment process as officers come from different services.
However, the recruitment process would be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Sources said the new recruitment plan would be based on the requirements of the national transporter in line with the model followed by other state-run companies. The recruitments for PSUs are not conducted by the UPSC. This would also be similar to the Indian Forest Service, which recruits officers through the UPSC, but as a single dedicated cadre.
“The ministry will consult the department of personnel and training (DoPT) and UPSC and finalise the proposal, which will be taken to the alternative mechanism appointed by the Cabinet for approval,” said an official adding that candidates from different streams such as science, engineering, humanities and management would be allowed to take the exam.
Currently, officers are recruited for 19 services through the stringent civil services examination by the UPSC. In the case of railways, recruitment under the Central Services Group-A is done through the civil services exam. The three services are Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPF) and Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS). The rest five are done through the Engineering Services Examination conducted by the UPSC.

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