Human Resource Management in Indian Railways is managed by officers of Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS), a Group 'A' service created on 1.1.1976 through a promulgation issued by the President of India. IRPS officers are recruited through the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. In-service Group 'B' personnel officers of IR also have a channel of career progression into IRPS.
IRPS is the only organised Group 'A' service specializing in the Human Resources functions under the Government of India.
The expertise of the IRPS officers in the HR field in the government sector has been much in demand to the extent that nearly 10% of these officers have been serving on deputation in the other ministries of the Government of India, PSUs, and State Governments.
IRPS officers manage the entire gamut of HR functions that impact over 1.3 million serving employees and 1.4 million retired employees of Indian Railways. The wide range of functions handled by them include the following:
Summary of Key HR Statistics:
Key Statistics 2012-13, 2013-14
Key Personnel Statistics Summary 1980-81 to 2013-14
Key Personnel Statistics 2012-13, 2013-14
Human Resource Costs in Working Expenses 2013-14
Human Resource Costs in Operating Expenses 2013-14: Analysis
Personnel: IR Annual Report & Accounts 2013-14
HR Policy: Personnel & Establishment Rules: Code, Manual, and Circulars
Personnel & Establishment Rules: Pay Commission Circulars
Personnel & Establishment Rules: Manpower Planning Circulars
Personnel & Rules: Manpower Planning Circulars2
Personnel & Establishment Rules: Training Circulars
Discipline & Appeal Rules
Staff Welfare (Passes, Staff Benefit Fund, Holiday Homes, Ex-gratia, Pension Adalat, Education)
Detailed HR statistics:
Total Number & Annual Cost of Groups A, B, C and D Staff (Permanent and Temporary, Open line and Construction) employed on 31.03.14