UPSC to hold exclusive Railway Service Exam from 2021
New Delhi: With the Modi government having decided to combine all of eight existing rail services into one Indian Railways Management Service (IRMS), the UPSC will be holding an exclusive railway service examination, ThePrint has learnt.
The exclusive UPSC examination for the new Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) will be first conducted in 2021.
This year’s UPSC examination will follow the previous pattern — where officers for the Indian Railway Accounts Service, Indian Railway Traffic Service, Indian Railway and the Indian Railway Personnel Service will be recruited through the Civil Services Exam (CSE), while those for the other services will be recruited through the Indian Engineering Service (IES) examination.
From next year onwards, however, there’ll be a preliminary examination for the railway service but the main examination for engineers will be on their domain experience and not general studies, an official said on condition of anonymity.
‘It would adhere to the Indian Forest Service (IFS) exam pattern,’ the official said. ‘IFS officers have the preliminary examination that is identical as IAS, IPS but have a mains paper exclusively designed for them.’
UPSC will be intimated about the amount of officers needed in the IRMS. Senior UPSC officials said the commission has received no such proposal.
‘The government will determine how to do it…We have not been informed or asked about anything yet,’ an official said.
The commission also has no knowledge of whether the IRMS will be considered not or a service.
DoPT not consulted before Railways service merger.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), that is the coordinating agency for all personnel matters, was not consulted by the Modi government prior to the controversial merger, ThePrint has learnt.
‘They announced that they would consult with UPSC and the DoPT after making the announcement,’ said a DoPT official. ‘But the fact that the DoPT is the nodal agency for these matters, it was not consulted before the announcement was made.’
Officials are foreseeing a lot of problems in unifying the cadres of the eight services as well. ‘There will be issues of promotion, seniority, amongst others.
According to ThePrint before, the government will constitute a Group of Ministers to sort out all the matters.