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Border Roads Engineering Service
Seema Sadak Abhiyantriki Seva
Service Overview
Border Roads Engineering Services Insignia New.jpg
Date of Establishment1977
Country India
Staff CollegeCollege of Military Engineering, Pune,Maharashtra
Cadre Controlling AuthorityMinistry of Defence, Government of India
Minister ResponsibleSubhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence
Legal PersonalityGovernmental: Government service
DutiesSovereign Function
Disaster Management
Cadre Strength484 members (2019)
SelectionIndian Engineering Services
Service Chief
Additional Director GeneralSubodh Kumar Tripathi, BRES
Head of the civil services
Current Cabinet SecretaryPradeep Kumar Sinha, IAS

The Border Roads Engineering Service (IAST: Seema Sadak Abhiyantriki Seva), often abbreviated to B.R.E.S., or simply BRES is a prestigious Group 'A' central service[1] recruited through the Engineering services examination[2] by the Union Public Service Commission. BRES is a Uniformed Engineering Service. The officers of this service are responsible for administering the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering organisation of the Border Roads Organization , NHIDCL and NHAI. Currently BRO is working in 14 states including the union territory of Andaman & Nicobar[3]. BRO is entrusted for construction of roads, bridges, tunnels, causeways, helipads and airfields along with their maintenance.


In 1960, an urgent need for a single executive body for road development in the remote North and North Eastern Regions of the country was strongly felt. Thus, on 29 March 1960[4], the Border Roads Development Board (BRDB) as an inter-ministerial body with the status of a department was set up, under the Chairmanship of the then Prime Minister, Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, to co-ordinate an economically viable plan for expeditious execution of roads and other development Projects, aimed primarily at enhancing the defence potential of the country and at the same time accelerating the socio-economic development of the North and North Eastern Border States. Thus, Border Roads Development Board (BRDB) came into existence in March 1960 and the Force named General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) was raised on 16 Jun 1960[5]. The Director General Border Roads (DGBR) is the field arm of the Border Roads Development Board (BRDB). Consequently Border Roads Engineering Service created on 1977 to provide Technical Experts in the field of Road/Bridge/Tunnel/Airfield Engineering.

BRES is the only Engineering service in India which is entrusted for delivering both Sovereign function along with development. BRO is one of the 26 organizations which are listed under Section 24 of RTI Act, 2005[6]. Section 24 exempt BRO from RTI, on grounds of national security and integrity.

BRES is designed to deliver quick infrastructure creation during time of disaster and normal times.

Recruitment and training[edit]

College of Military Engineering, Pune

The recruitment to the BRES is done through the Indian Engineering Services examination. The selected candidates of Civil and Mechanical Engineering put on initial 2 year probation and undergo one year Young officers training conducted with various Engineering establishments. Recently many changes in training modules have been introduced to increase knowledge of officers and introduce them to challenges in the field of Engineering.

One year training program of BRES officers held at College of Military Engineering, Kirkee Pune, Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE) Noida and Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.[7]

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Role and function[edit]

The Civil engineering cadre is considered as a main arm of the Border Roads Organization. They are providing their expertise to the Indian Armed Forces and to State Governments for various developmental works in border states. During Natural calamity and disasters; these officers along with Mechanical engineering officers reinstall road connectivity and communication within a few hours of incidents.When other agencies took years' time for Construction and Launching of Bridges; these officers do the same amount of work in a few days.

From Himalayan Range to Desert of Rajasthan, from Rain forest of North east to Andaman Nicobar, India changes extraordinarily, while connectivity remains a nightmare for others; Border Roads Engineering Service comes with handy solutions and practical ground expertise. These officers are also responsible for maintenance of various fixed assets of Border States, i.e. Bridges, Roads, Tunnels, Airport etc.

Their role and responsibility varies with time-

During Peace

  1. To Develop & Maintain the Operational Road Infrastructure of General Staff (GS) in the Border Areas.
  2. To Contribute to the Socio-Economic Development of the Border States.

During War

  1. To Develop & Maintain Roads to Keep Line of Communication through in Original Sectors and Re-deployed Sectors.
  2. To Execute Additional Engineering Tasks (Civilian) as laid down by the Govt Contributing to the War Effort.[8]

Generally an BRES officer is on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Career progression[edit]

Pay structure[edit]

Pay Structure of Border Roads Engineering Service[9][10]
Insignia Grade/level on pay matrix Position in the Government Basic salary (monthly) Service required for Promotion Equivalent NATO code
Additional DGBR Insignia.jpg
HAG scale (pay level 15) Additional Director General Border Roads/ Additional secretary[11] ₹182200-224100 Total 25 years of Service OF-9
Chief Engineer Border Roads.jpg
Senior administrative grade (pay level 14) Chief Engineer Border Roads/ Joint secretary[12] ₹144200-218200 Total 17 years of Service OF-8
Superintending Engineer BRES Insignia.jpg
Selection grade (pay level 13) Superintending Engineer Border Roads/ Director ₹123100-215900 Total 13 years of Service OF-7
EE(NFSG) Border Roads.jpg
Junior administrative grade (pay level 12) Executive Engineer (NFSG)/ Joint Director ₹78,800-209200 Total 9 years of Service OF-6
Executive Engineer Border Roads.jpg
Senior time scale (pay level 11) Executive Engineer/ Deputy Director ₹67,700-208700 Total 4 years of Service OF-5
Assistant Executive Engineer Border Roads Organization.jpg
Junior Time Scale (pay level 10) Assistant Executive Engineer/ Assistant Director ₹56,100-175500 Direct Recruitment by UPSC OF-4

Ranks and insignia[edit]

Border Roads Organization Officers Insignia.jpg

Border Roads Engineering Service is Uniformed Service. The Rank structure of BRES is based on Indian Air force, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard; though the standard uniform colour is Khaki      similar to Indian Police Service (IPS) Officers. BRES is perfectly blend of civil and military powers in domain of development which none other service can provide.

The Border Roads Engineering Service (BRES) officers are govern by Central Civil Services (CCS/ CCA) Rules, 1965. They are also subjected to few provisions of The Army Act, 1950 and Army Rules, 1954 for disciplinary purpose only.

Facilities and perks[edit]

Flags( Left Photo) & Stars (Right photo) on official cars of senior BRES officers, as per their rank.

The Border Roads Organization comes under Ministry of Defence. General Reserve Engineering Force is considered as integral part of armed forces of India and authorized for all benefits which are applicable to Armed Forces of India.

The senior official of BRES carry official flags and stars as applicable to senior IPS officers on their official vehicle.

BRES officers are entitled for Special Compensatory Remote Location Allowances (SCRLA), Special Duty Allowance (SDA), High Altitude Allowances(HAA), School Bus for Children, Outfit Allowance[13] along with all other allowances such as HRA, TA, DA, CCA. The BRES officers also entitled for fully furnished free Accommodation, Canteen( CSD) facilities and Regular Ration as applicable to Armed Forces of India. They are eligible for priority in booking and concession in Flights Tickets as offered to Armed Forces. They also exempted from Toll taxes while travelling on highway in private vehicle as they are part of Armed forces and remain 24 hours in duty even during vacation.

BRES is the only service which gets maximum 97 official leaves other than Saturday, Sunday and public holidays in India( 60 Earned leaves, 15 Casual leaves, 20 Half pay leaves and 2 Restricted holidays). That much holidays neither available to any civil service nor any military service.

As some provisions of Army act and Army rule applicable to members of BRES than they can not be held arrested by local police and need to be handed over to local army authorities within 24 Hours. This provision provides a great level of independence and freedom to member of BRES while rendering services.

After 5 year of regular service, BRES officers are eligible for Study leave and Deputation[14]. Lot of opportunities are available to BRES officers after their retirement as their experience is most valued by many Private and Government Organizations.


Border Roads Engineering Service provide a unique opportunity to work for betterment of people of far-flung area of India. As recently China have developed sophisticated Infrastructure along the border area of India. Indian Govt. now focusing more on infrastructure development in border area[15].

Currently 70% officers of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) and 40% officers of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) are from BRES. Lot of reforms also infused in Border Roads organization like more Delegation powers[16] to members of BRES, increased budget[17] along with implementation of various demands of members of BRES.

See also[edit]

  • Border Roads Organization
  • National Highway Authority of India
  • Trans-Arunachal Highway
  • Mago-Thingbu to Vijaynagar Border Road
  • Rohtang Tunnel Project

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  1. "e-Gazette Engineering Services" (PDF).
  2. "Engineering Services Examination 2019" (PDF).
  3. "States in which BRO working".
  4. "Management Concerns in BRO".
  5. "Documentary on Border Roads Organization".
  6. "List of Organization for Section 24 of RTI Act" (PDF).
  7. "Young Officers Training Module" (PDF).
  8. "Role and Responsibility BRO".
  9. "Recruitment Rules Border Roads Engineering Services" (PDF).
  10. "Equivalent Ranks of BRES as per Coast Guard Classification".
  11. "Seventh pay Commission Report" (PDF).
  12. "Biswas, Shreya, ed. (29 June 2016). "7th Pay Commission cleared: What is the Pay Commission? How does it affect salaries?"".
  13. "Outfit Allowance as Applicable to IPS and Defence Forces" (PDF).
  14. "Deputation in line with DOPT Guidelines" (PDF).
  15. "China frontier work: Border Roads Organisation gets more powers".
  16. "More Powers to BRO".
  17. "Border Roads Organization Budget 2019-20" (PDF).

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