Railway Protection Force

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Railway Protection Force
File:Railway Protection Force Logo.png
Flag of Railway Protection Force
Flag of Railway Protection Force
Mottoयशो लभस्व (Sanskrit)
"Attain Honour"
Agency overview
Formed2 July, 1872
Employees75,000 active personnel[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyIN
Operations jurisdictionIN
Governing bodyMinistry of Railways (India)
Constituting instrument
  • RPF Act, 1957
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
Minister responsible
Agency executive

Railway Protection Force is a security force, established by the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957;[2] enacted by the Indian Parliament for "the better protection and security of railway property and passenger area". It has the power to search, arrest, investigate, and prosecute offenses committed under Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act 1966, The Railways Act, 1989 (amended from time to time). However the power of arrests under other penal laws rests in the hands of the Government Railway Police (GRP) of state police.[3] The force is under the authority of the Indian Ministry of Railways.

All the officers of Railway Protection Force are members of the Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS) and are recruited through UPSC Civil Services Examination. They are recruited as Group-A Central Civil Servants. However, the post of Director-General of RPF is held on deputation by a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Recruitment also occurs for various posts like sub-inspectors & constables. Such recruitments are conducted through various exams held by the Ministry of Railways, Government of India.

Railway Protection Force personnel at a function



The percentage of women in the RPF is the highest among all central paramilitary forces in India. It stands at 10% as of March 2019.[4]

Pay structure (gazetted officers)[edit]

The Gazetted IRPFS Officers utilises a similar rank structure to the IPS (Indian Police Service). Non-gazetted ranks are the same as those used in the State Police Services. The job profile differs for each position [5]

Grade RPF Position Salary (monthly) Equivalent Position or Designation in the Government of India (GOI)
Above Super Time Scale (Apex Scale) Director General of Police 80,000 (fixed) plus grade pay-Nil Director (GOI), Director General (GOI), Secretary (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), Director General in CAPFs, Lieutenant-General (three-star rank).
Above Super Time Scale (HAG)(Pay-Band-4) Additional Director General (ADG) 67,000–79,000 plus annual increment of 3%. Additional Director General of Police, Commissioner of Police (City), Special or Additional Director (GOI), Special or Additional Secretary (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), ADG in CAPFs.
Super Time Scale (Senior Administrative Grade)(Pay-Band-4)(IG after 5 years of service as DIG) Principal Chief Security Commissioner (PCSC)
or Inspector-General (IG), Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF)
37,400–67,000 plus grade pay of 10,000 Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police (City), Joint Secretary if empaneled as such (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), IG of CAPFs. Major-General (two-star rank).
Super Time Scale (DIG/Conservator Grade)(Pay-Band-4)(DIG after 5 years of service as Sr. DSC/Sr. Commandant RPSF) Chief Security Commissioner (CSC)
Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), RPSF
37,400–67,000 plus grade pay of 8900 , Director (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), DIG in CAPFs. Colonel/Brigadier (one-star rank).
Selection Grade (Pay-Band-4)(After 8 years of service as DSC/Commandant RPSF) Deputy Chief Security Commissioner (Dy.CSC)
Sr. Security Commissioner, Sr. Divisional Security Commissioner (Sr.DSC) (Division)
Sr. Commandant RPSF
37,400–67,000 plus grade Pay of 8700 Senior Superintendent of Police, Director (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), Commandants of CAPFs. Lieutenant Colonel.
Senior Time Scale (Pay-Band-3)(After 5 years of service in cadre) Divisional Security Commissioner (Division)
Security Commissioner RPF
Commandant RPSF
15,600–39,100 plus grade pay of 6600 Additional Superintendent of Police, Deputy Commandants of CAPFs. Major (pay grade).
Junior Time Scale(Pay-Band-3) Assistant Security Commissioner (ASC)
ASC (Division)
Assistant Commandant RPSF/Adjutant
15,600–39,100 plus grade pay of 5400 Assistant Superintendent of Police, Circle Officer, Senior Field Officer (R) Cabinet Secretariat. Lieutenant (pay grade).


The governance of RPF is based on the following[2] relevant legislation, rules and directives.

  • Railway Protection Force Act, 1957
  • Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1966
  • Railway Protection Force Rules, 1987 – Laid, by the central government, as per provisions under RPF Act, 1957.
  • Railway Protection Force Directives, 1987
Command Structure[5]
Designation – Superior Officers
HQ Zonal HQ Division Battalion
Director General (DG)
Additional Director General

Inspector General

Principal Chief Security Commissioner Principal Chief Security Commissioner/RPSF
Chief Security Commissioner Chief Security Commissioner/RPSF
Dy. Chief Security Commissioner/Senior Security Commissioner Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Sr. DSC) Sr. Commandant
Divisional Security Commissioner (DSC) Commandant
Assistant Security Commissioner (ASC) Assistant Security Commissioner (ASC) Assistant Commandant / Adjutant
Designation – Subordinate Officers and below
Assistant Sub-Inspector
Driver / Head Constable
Units under RPF[6]
Breeding and Training Center for police dogs
Central Crime Bureau
Central Weapons Store
Crime Intelligence wing
Special Intelligence Branch
Cyber Cell Branch


  1. [1][dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Railway Protection Force Act" (PDF). www.nwr.indianrailways.gov.in. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  3. Press Trust of India. "MoS Railways dubs Railway Protection Force as 'toothless', demands more power for it". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. Srivastava, Anushika (8 January 2020). "Railway Protection Force Has Highest Number Of Women Personnel". SheThePeople TV. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Service Profile for Group "A" Officers in Railway Protection Force" (PDF). RPF. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  6. "RPF rules" (PDF). www.indianrailways.gov.in. 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2021.

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