The Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) is a cadre of the Group-A services of the Government of India. The officers of this service are responsible for managing the Human Resources of the Indian Railways which has a workforce of about 1.4 million employees.
The recruitment to the cadre is done through the Civil Services Examination. The first recruitment to the cadre was done by UPSC in the year 1980. Prior to that, some officers of sister cadres had joined the service on option basis. After selection, the IRPS probationers undergo general foundation training at one of the training academies, that is, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration at Bhopal and Dr. Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute of Telangana at Hyderabad. Following this, they go for the Railway Foundation Course at Railway Staff College, Baroda, now renamed National Academy of Indian Railways.