Indian Railway Traffic Service

India Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)

The Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) is one of the Group ‘A’ civil services. This service primarily manages the transportation department of the Indian railways. Besides, this service is primarily responsible for income generation in the railways department. Earlier, these officers were named as Officers of the Superior Revenue Establishment of the Traffic, Transportation and Commercial Department of Indian Railways.

What are the eligibility and recruitment modes ?

There are two modes of recruitment to IRTS Group ‘A’. Firstly, 50 % of the candidates are selected through direct recruitment through the Combined Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC. Secondly, 50 % of the candidates are selected through promotion from Group B officers of Operating and Commercial departments of the Zonal Railways.

What are the duties and responsibilities of IRTS officer?

The primary role of an IRTS officer changes according to the department he/she is employed. Most of the officers act as coordinator between the production and sale of transportation output and manages the customer interface of railways. There are two main streams of Traffic Department, Operations and Commercial, where these officers are posted. Under the Central Staffing Scheme, an IRTS officer can also be sent on deputation to other ministries and departments. Some of the important responsibilities are:

  • Ensuring smooth and fast transportation of freight and passengers.
  • Optimum utilization of assets maximizing output with least inputs
  • Coordinating the production and sale of transportation output.
  • Managing the customer interface of railways.
  • Deal with the sales, pricing, service and marketing aspects of passenger and freight business.

What kinds of trainings are offered ?

Candidates selected through direct recruitment would have to undergo 90 weeks guidance program. This session will act as an orientation programme into the actual service at several railway zones and other offices. The guidance program will be conducted at NAIR (National Academy of Indian Railways) in Vadodara, LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration) in Missouri, NDAT (National Academy of Direct Taxes) in Nagpur, NIFM (National Institute of Financial Management) in Faridabad and many more academies for training.

During the training session at Indian Railways Institute of Transport Management (IRITM), The selected candidates go through infield training and along with the classroom training. These sessions are held at several railway activity centers and institutes of Indian Railways which are known as centralized training institutes, also seminars and managements all over the country. Trips to railways project locations, ports and short sessions at Civil Services Academies and at authorized management academies in India.

Indian Railway Traffic Service Ranks and Salaries

Service Hierarchy

Grade Pay scales Designation in Field (Commercial) Designation in Field (Operational) Any Other Designation
Junior time scale 8000-13500 Assistant commercial manager Assistant operational manager
Selection time scale sr. scale 10000-15200 Divisional commercial manger Divisional operational manager
Junior administrative grade 12000-16500 Sr. divisional commercial manager Sr. divisional operational manager
Selection grade 14300-18300 Sr. divisional commercial manager Sr. divisional operational manager
Senior administrative grade 18400-500-22400 Chief commercial manger Chief operational manager Executive director
Higher administrative grade 22400-525-24500 Additional member
26000 (fixed) Member (traffic)

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