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Know About Engineering Services Exam ~ IRSME Through IES/ESE


What Is IRSME?

IRSME Stands For Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, It is Group A Service.

IRSME officers are recruited through exams –

  1. IRSME Through IES (Indian Engineering Services i.e ESE – Engineering Services Exam
  2. IRSME Through  SCRA.

The first post that is assigned to the selected candidates is Assistant Mechanical Engineer (Probationer). After probation, they join the zones that they are allotted. Most of them join Zones, while some are posted in Production Units. Zones are the places where the real action takes place.

Promotions :-

After clearing IES you join Indian Railways as IRSME (probationer) which is a junior scale of group-A job.. the rank/ hierarchy followed inIndian Railway is as follows:-

  • After 4 years of your service you get the senior scale(SS)
  • After 7 to 8 years of you service(total) you get junior administrative grade(JAG).. from JAG and onward whole batch get the promotion together (barring few) and hence may take time..
  • After this selection grade(SG) takes minimum 12 years
  • Then senior administrative grade(SAG) takes minimum 20 years
  • Then HAG( higher administrative grade) takes minimum 28 years..

NOTE : The above year mentioned are only the approximate values and they may increase or decrease

The most sought post i.e. DRM and GM are SAG and HAG post respectively. The whole batch does not become DRM or GM as the no of seats from each branch is fixed. Hence the age factors and Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) comes into play. Moreover if you have good APAR but does not have the age then you can never become DRM or GM.

The promotions in IR is a time based mostly. Your APAR does play some role in your promotion but mostly it is time based .

First Posting :-

The procedure followed by Indian railways in first posting at a location involved following components :

* Your rank in IES

* Your performance in your training session

* No of vacancy at the zones

* Choice list given by you at the time of posting.

These all components are considered and then your posting is decided. Filling your choices during the training is very important. Furthermore if you get your hands on any info regarding the no of vacancy at the zones then do consider this. Sometime it may give you an added advantage.

After First Posting :-

After your first posting there is no transfer policy as such and you may need some good contacts/genuine reason to get you a desired posting. There is also no rule regarding minimum no of years one should spent at a particular locations.

IRSME Salary : –

After 7th pay commission, the gross salary would be around 70 Thousand (plus Transport Allowance, minus HRA) and In gross terms (with new HRA) it will be something around 80–85k including HRA and transport allowance.

Job And Responsibility Of IRSME Officer ?

AME, DME and Sr DME are field level posts in divisions where one really takes the heat and learns the nitty gritty of Railways working.

In divisions, IRSME officers (as well as officers of other technical departments) are always required to be on their toes as unusuals can happen at any moment and they usually happen at unfortunate moments (dead at night during a sunday, for instance). So IRSME field officers need to have thick skin/ patience/ toughness/ physical fitness to work to face these challenges.

IRSME officers working in a zone can also get posted in a workshop. There they may have designation like Assistant Workshop Manager (AWM) is junior scale, and as Workshop Manager (WM) or Production Engineer (PE) in senior scale, DyCME (in JAG) and Chief Workshop Manager (CWM) in SAG.

The working hours in workshop are fixed and far more predictable than in division. A workshop officer is not in constant suspense unlike his Divisional counterpart about when the next unusual is going to come from. In workshop the pressure is different. Here one has to give outturn and for that one has to grapple with staff and their union (typically more militant than in divisions). The work in a workshop is more technical in nature of course as here one has to repair coaches/ wagons/ locomotives that are then run in trains.

IRSME officers working in zonal headquarters supposedly lead the easiest lives as compared to field officers in divisions and workshops. But that may not be the case. HQ officers have their own pressures. They have to make policies that affect the entire department in the field. They have to co ordinate with other departments in the HQ. They also often have to be directly answerable to the top boss (General Manager) of the zone.

IRSME officers, like officers of other services tend to become dyed in the wool Railway employees and they often cannot think outside Railways. There are exceptions of course. It is upto the individuals to decide how he/she decides to lead his/her life striking a balance in one’s professional and private life.
Personally I would not bring professional work home unless absolutely necessary and I would have interests outside Railways. Others of course can have their own ways of leading their lives depending on their own aspirations/ priorities/goals in lives.

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