IRSSE is one of the five Engg Services in Railways. An ECE Engineer has a choice between IRSS (Stores) and IRSSE but in my view IRSSE offers a better oppertunity to be in main stream and raise higher. Thisis apart from all the choices you have through UPSC Civil Services exam ie IRAS, IRTS, IRPS and RPF.
Theoretically IRSSE Engrs have the same channel of Oppertunities as any other Group-A services except RPF who donot have access to general posts like ADRM, AGM, DRM, GM and member. Present scenario in IR for IRSSE is not really on par with others (except IRSS and RPF who are not faring on par with any others) since there is no Member at Railway Board (Secretary ) level. IRSSE is not having proportionate representation in General posts for some reason.
If You an ECE BE are bent upon joining Gr-A Govt services through Engg Services, You donot have many choices to beat IRSSE. People feel that ITS is better since as a ECE Engr you are in main stream in BSNL. It is true but the ITS is perhaps going to be closed any time as a Group-A service and convert into PSU executives. ITS (Indian Telecom Service) is fighting a legal battle to survive and promotion opperunities are almost same as IRSSE.
Every job comes with some Plusses and Minuses and there is no job that offers the best of all worlds for an ECE Engr since ECE are not in main stream in any any industry except IT field and ITS. Railway job offers less rural postings and six sets of passes Bunglows or Big Flats etc which ITS and IT Field donot offer. Also a job in Railways normally offers more Managerial role and in decision making.
As an ECE passout you need to take your own call after consulting seniors already working in respective fields.
Note : Just noticed that recruitment to ITS (BSNL) is stopped.
Decision is yours; so is the career.
Please visit the Post and find the 10 reasons “to” or “not to” joining Gr-A Railway Services, particularly IRSSE