For the recruitment of Department of Indian Railways IRTS exam is conducted. The Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) is civil service or a competitive exam in India conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) India. 

IRTS is an organized Group A service of Indian government. The central service is responsible for managing the Transportation Operations and Commercial wings - of the Indian Railways.

Exam Detail

Eligibility Criteria:

Nationality: Candidate must be a citizen of India Educational


Candidates applying for the exam should have to fulfill the following requirements:

The candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree from any of the recognized Universities.

Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government or its equivalent can also apply.

Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. However they must submit along with their Main Examination application, a certificate from the concerned the University they have passed the final professional medical examination.

Age Limits:

Candidate’s Age must be in between 21 years -32 years.

The upper age limit relaxation for the candidates belongs to the following category:

  • 5 years - SC/ST
  • 3 years - Other Backward Classes
  • 5 years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st December, 1989.
  • 3 years- Defense Services personnel
  • 5 years-ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2015
  • 5 years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs 10 years- Blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped persons

 Number of attempts:

  • General candidates: 6 attempts.
  • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates: No restriction.
  • Other Backward Classes: 9 attempts.

Exam Pattern:

The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in two stages namely, Prelims and Mains, which are then followed by an interview.  

 Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations are as follows:

 Preliminary Examination (400 Marks)

(This is also called Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) and is a common test for all applicants)

  • The Prelims consists of two papers of 200 marks each
  • Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions) of two hours each.
  • The question papers will be set in both Hindi and English. However, questions related to English Language Comprehension skills would be provided only in English.
  • Blind candidates would be allowed an extra 20 minutes of time for each paper. 

 Main Examination (2075 Marks)

  • Candidates who qualify Preliminary exam are called for Main exam.
  • The total marks of Main exam and Interview sum up to produce final result.

Paper                                     Subject                                                                        Marks  

 Paper III                       Essay (Section 1)                                                            200 Marks  

                             English Comprehension

                           and English Précis (Section 2)                                                  100 Marks  

      (The level of paper would be Matriculation/10th standard  level)  

 Paper IV                       General Studies-I                                                            250 Marks  

                            (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World  and Society)   

  Paper V                             General Studies-II                                                     250 Marks    

                           (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)  

 Paper VI                               General Studies-III                                                 250 Marks  

                           (Technology, Economic Development,  Bio-diversity, Environment, Security  and Disaster Management)  

 Paper VII                             General Studies-IV                                                 250 Marks                                                    

                            (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)   

 Paper VIII                     Optional Subject-Paper I                                               250 Marks  

Paper IX                         Optional Subject-Paper II                                             250 Marks

Personality Test                 (Interview)                                                                275 Marks  

Grand Total                                                                                                          2075 Marks


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