The Ministry of Railways has stated that recruitment for the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) will take place through a specially designed exam from 2023. The IRMS investigation is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The ministry took this decision in consultation with the UPC and the Personnel Training Department (DoPT). The IRMSE is a two-part exam consisting of a preliminary screening exam followed by a written major exam and an interview.
To screen a sufficient number of candidates for the second phase of the exam – the IRMS Main Exam – eligible candidates must appear for the Civil Services (Prelims) exam.
The essay questions of the IRMS exam (main exam) are divided into four papers.
Part 1 consists of qualifying papers worth 600 marks. This part forms paper A for one of the languages mentioned in the eighth schedule of the Constitution. The candidate has the choice to select the language. Paper B is English.
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Part 2 consists of two elective courses of 250 points each. Candidates can choose from civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and commerce and accounting. The syllabus for all optional papers is the same as for the Civil Services exam.
Part 3 of the exam would consist of a personality test for 100 points. The total number of points to be achieved is therefore 1200.
Applicants need a minimum educational qualification of a degree in Engineering, Commerce or Chartered Accountancy from “a university established by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or deemed to be considered a University under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.”
The age limits and number of attempts for different categories are the same as for the Civil Service exam. The results are drawn and declared by UPSC in the form of a single list of recommended candidates from the four disciplines in order of merit.
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