Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers

The Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers(IRSSE) is a cadre of the Government of India. The officers of this service are responsible for managing the Signals and Telecommunications Engineering Organisation of the Indian Railways

The recruitment to the cadre is done through the Indian Engineering Services exam held every year. Graduate Engineers of Electronics and Telecom Engineering are normally recruited for this service.

The selection exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India. The UPSC is responsible for recruiting middle and top-level bureaucrats for the Government of India.

Functional Role : The service abbreviated as IRSSE has the job of Managing the vast Signalling and Telecommunication (S&T) infrastructure of the Indian Railways. This basically is techno-managerial in nature.

The Signalling is a function essential for Safe Train operations and Maximizing the utilization of fixed and moving assets (Train rakes, locos, Track, Over Head Power Eqpt etc). Telecom on the other hand caters for Both Safety related , Operational and Administrative communication needs of the Huge IR network. The Copper Cable, Optical Fibre Telecom and Microwave Links span several Lakh km.

General Management: Like all other IR Engineering (IRSE, IRSEE, IRSME) and Civil service Cadres (like IRTS, IRPS and IRAS) , the IRSSE has the responsibility of contributing to the General management of railways. In IR, the general management posts are GM (general manager), AGM (Addl. GM), SDGM (Senior Deputy General Manager), CPRO (Chief Public Relations Officer), DGM (Deputy General Manager) etc at Zonal level and DRM (Divisional Railway Manager), ADRM (Addl. DRM) at Divisional level. They have also to contribute for posts of CSO (Chief Safety Officers), Sr. DSO and Sr. EDPM.


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