Railway Protection Force
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|Railway Protection Force|
|Motto||यशो लभस्व (Sanskrit)|
|Formed||2 July, 1872|
|Employees||75,000 active personnel|
|Governing body||Ministry of Railways (India)|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a security force, established by the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957; 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). 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 Service Service. 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.
Pay structure (gazetted officers)
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 
|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)
Inspector-General (IG), 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)||Additional Chief Security Commissioner (ACSC)
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
|₹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)
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 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
|Designation – Superior Officers|
|Director General (DG)|
|Additional Director 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|
|Driver / Head Constable|
|Breeding and Training Center for police dogs|
|Central Crime Bureau|
|Central Weapons Store|
|Crime Intelligence wing|
|Special Intelligence Branch|
|Cyber Cell Branch|
- Press Trust of India. "MoS Railways dubs Railway Protection Force as 'toothless', demands more power for it". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
- Srivastava, Anushika (8 January 2020). "Railway Protection Force Has Highest Number Of Women Personnel". SheThePeople TV. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
- "Service Profile for Group "A" Officers in Railway Protection Force" (PDF). RPF. Retrieved 2 August 2015.