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Indian Railway Accounts Service

The Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) is in charge of all the accounts of the railways, i.e. income, expenditures, etc.

The hierarchy:
Financial Advisor cum Chief Accounts Officer of a zone > Senior Divisional Accounts Officers > Divisional Accounts Officers > Assistant Accounts Officers at Divisional Headquarters.

Indian Railway Accounts Service Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the Indian Railway Accounts Service exam is the same as for other services. Once the candidate clears the civil services and gets allotment to the Indian foriegn service as per his rank, he has to go through specified training.

Indian Railway Accounts Service Recruitment and Training

The Recruitment and Training of IRAS is done in two ways, one is though regular Civil Service Exam conducted by the UPSC commission every year. The other is through promoting the Group 'B' officers of Accounts Department already posted in zonal railways to IRAS.

The half of the total numbers of IRAS officers are recruited through direct recruitment and rest through promoting the Group 'B' officers.

The officers selected through direct recruitment have to undertake 90-weeks guidance programme before the orientation into the actual service at several railway zones and other offices. The guidance programme agenda comprising of various phases is held at NAIR (National Academy of Indian Railways) - Vadodra, LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration) - Missouri, NDAT (National Academy of Direct Taxes) - Nagpur, NIFM (National Institute of Financial Management) - Faridabad and many more exceptional institutions for training.

The IRAS officers get a brief exposure to on field training at Zonal Railways, Divisions, Constructions branches and manufacturing units of Indian Railways. Also the IRAS officers have to undertake the compulsory mid-career guidance programme during the service period.

Indian Railway Accounts Service Exam 2016

The Indian Railway Accounts Service exam 2016 notification has come and the last date of online application was on the 27th of may 2016. The date of prelims exam is 7th August 2016. The next exam will happen in 2017 around the same time.

Indian Railway Accounts Service Exam syllabus 2016

The syllabus for the civil services exam in 2016 and every other year is the same for the Indian Railway Accounts Service as well as other services. There is no difference whatsoever.

Indian Railway Accounts Service Ranks and Salaries

Service Hierarchy


Pay scales

Designation in Field

Designation in Headquarters

Junior time scale


Assistant divisional accounts officer

Junior accounts officer/ Workshop Accounts Officer

Senior time scale


Divisional accounts officer

Deputy director

Junior administrative grade


Sr. divisional accounts officer / Dy. Financial advisor & CAO

Jt. Director

Selection grade


Sr. divisional accounts officer / Dy. Financial advisor & CAO


Senior administrative grade


Financial advisor & CAO

Executive director

Higher administrative grade


Coordinating financial advisor & CAO

Additional member

Higher grade

26000 (fixed)


Financial Commissioner