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The Management Cadre of the Indian Railways consists of Class I and Class II Gazetted Officers. Direct recruitment to the Class I Railway Services is made through the Union Public Service Commission on the basis of the annual competitive examinations. 

Recruitment to the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) is done on the result of the Civil Services Examination (earlier known as Indian Administrative Service, etc., Examination) and that to the Indian Railway Services of Engineers (IRSE), Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE), Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) and Indian Railway Service Stores (IRSS) is made on the basis of the Combined Engineering Services Examination. 

For recruitment to the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, there is a dual method. Approximately, 50 per cent of the candidates are recruited through the Combined Engineering Services Examination. The remaining 50 per cent are recruited as the Special Class Railway Apprentices for which the U.P.S.C. conducts a separate competitive examination every year.

So far as the recruitment of Class II services is concerned, the entire Class II service is manned by personnel promoted from subordinate ranks from Class III by a process of selection on the basis of merit.

Class III service is composed of literate class of employees, both technical and non-technical. These cover a large number of categories such as Clerks, Assistant Station Masters, Ticket Collectors, Guards, Drivers, Workshop Charge men, Foremen, etc. 

Initial recruitment to technical Class III services to the engineering signaling and tele-communication engineering, and electrical departments are of two types, namely, one to the class of skilled tradesmen and the class of initial Supervisors, Charge men, Assistant Inspectors of Ways and Works, Assistant Signaling and Telecommunication Inspectors, etc. 

The former are drawn from trade apprentices and the latter are recruited from candidates having diploma qualifications in the upper branch of engineering specially.

Scheme of Examination for Non-Technical Categories: 

The written test will consist of:

1. General English (and/or Hindi)
2. Mathematics
3. General Knowledge 
4. General Intelligence

The test will be mainly of Objective Type. Candidates are expected to possess a broad knowledge of current events and matters of general interest particularly relating to India, including Indian Railways.

Depending upon the number of vacancies, candidates who score high marks upto the required marks are called for interview. Final selection is based on the total marks obtained in the written examination and interview.


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