The IRMS to be done through a specially designed examination conducted by the UPSC

Maligaon, Dec 03: Ministry of Railways, in consultation with UPSC and DoPT, Govt of India, has decided that recruitment to Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) will be done through a specially designed examination (IRMS Examination) to 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 suitable number of candidates for the 2nd stage of the Examination, viz, IRMS (Main) Written Examination, all eligible candidates shall be required to appear in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and suitable number of candidates will be screened for IRMS (Main) Examination.

The IRMS (Main) Examination will consist of 4 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out below:

Qualifying Papers

Paper A– One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth

Schedule to the Constitution.                                     – 300 marks

Paper B – English                                                                  – 300 marks

Papers to be counted for merit

Optional Subject ‐ Paper 1                                                 – 250 marks

Optional Subject ‐ Paper 2                                                 – 250 marks

Personality Test                                                                   – 100 marks

The Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy are the list of optional subjects from which a candidate has to choose only one. The syllabi for the aforesaid qualifying papers and optional subjects will be same as those for the Civil Services Examination (CSE).

The language medium and scripts for the qualifying papers and optional subjects (for question papers and writing answers) will be same as those for the CSE (Main) Examination. The age limits and number of attempts for various categories will be same as those for the CSE.

Minimum Educational Qualification required is Degree in Engineering/Degree in Commerce/Chartered Accountancy, from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other Educational Institutes established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.

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.

Since the proposed examination scheme envisages utilizing the Civil Services (P) Examination for screening of candidates for the IRMS, the IRMSE will be notified simultaneously with the CSE.

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 01.02.2023 and 28.05.2023 respectively. Since the CSP Exam – 2023 will be utilized for screening the candidates for IRMS (Main) Examination also; the IRMS Examination -2023 will be notified following the same schedule.

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