Indian Railway Management Service Recruitment To Be Done Through Specially Designed Examination By UPSC From 2023


The Ministry of Railways has decided that recruitment to Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) will be done through a specially designed examination.

IRMS Examination will be conducted by the UPSC from the year 2023 onwards.

The IRMSE will be a two-tier examination- a Preliminary Screening Examination, followed by a Main Written Examination and Interview.

For screening a suitable number of candidates for the second stage of the examination, all eligible candidates shall be required to appear in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and a suitable number of candidates will be screened for IRMS (Main) Examination.

The IRMS (Main) Examination will consist of four papers of conventional essay type.

  • In the Qualifying Papers, Paper A is one of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution for 300 marks and in Paper B, English will be of 300 marks.
  • For the Optional Subject, Paper 1 will be carrying 250 marks and Paper 2 will be of 250 marks and the Personality Test will be of 100 marks.

List of optional subjects from which a candidate is to choose only one optional subject include (i) Civil Engineering, (ii) Mechanical Engineering, (iii) Electrical Engineering and (iv) Commerce and Accountancy.

The syllabi for the qualifying papers and optional subjects will be the same as those for the Civil Services Examination (CSE).

The common candidates of Civil Services (Main) Examination and IRMS (Main) Examination may opt for any of the aforesaid optional subjects for both these examinations or choose separate optional subjects for these Examinations (one for the CSE (Main) and one for the IRMSE (Main) as per the schemes of these two examinations.

The language medium and scripts for the qualifying papers and optional subjects (for question papers and writing answers) will be the same as those for the CSE (Main) Examination.

The age limits and number of attempts for various categories will be the same as those for the CSE.

The minimum educational qualification will be a degree in Engineering, Commerce or Chartered Accountancy.

An indent for IRMSE (150 nos) is being placed on UPSC which will consist of following numbers from the four optionals; Civil (30) Mechanical (30) Electrical (60) and Commerce and Accountancy (30).

UPSC will draw and declare one list of finally recommended candidates from the four disciplines in order of merit.

The IRMSE will be notified simultaneously with the CSE, the Railway Ministry said.

As per the Annual Programme of the Examination of the UPSC for the year 2023, the Civil Services (P) Examination – 2023 is scheduled to be notified and held on 1 February 2023 and 28 May 2023 respectively.

Since the CSP Exam – 2023 will be utilised for screening the candidates for IRMS (Main) Examination also, the IRMS Examination -2023 will be notified following the same schedule.