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Railways Protection Force (RPF)

The Indian Railway Protection Force (IRPF) was formed in the year 1954. IRPF is one of the Group ‘A’ Central Civil Service of India. The training ground for RPF is at Jagjivan Ram RPF Academy, Lucknow.

  • The cadre controlling authority is the Director General, RPF.
  • Cadre size: 287 posts (direct recruitment – 50%, promotion – 40%, Lateral Entry – 10%).

Functions of the Officers

  • Responsible for protection of Railway property.
  • Assist the state police in maintenance of law and order in various states at the time of elections and other emergencies.
  • Coordinates with the civil police and GRP (Government Railway police of the respective states) in controlling crime against railway passenger.

Service Hierarchy


Pay scales

Designation in Field (Commercial)

Designation in Field (Operational)

Junior time scale


Asstt. Security commissioner / Asstt. Commandant

Asstt. Security commissioner

Selection grade


Divisional security Commissioner/ commandant

Security commissioner/ commandant

Junior administrative grade


Sr. Divisional security commissioner/Sr. commandant

Deputy CSC / Joint director

Senior administrative grade


Dy. Inspector General / Principal J.R.R.P.F. Academy, Lucknow

Dy. Inspector general/chief security commissioner / Addl. Chief security commissioner


Inspector General / Chief security commissioner

Inspector general / chief security commissioner

Higher grade


Additional director general

26000 (fixed)

Director general