Indian Railways - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Which University Institute has entered into an agreement with Indian Railways?

a. Monash
b. Macquerie
c. Canberra
d. Adelaide
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Monash

Australian research centre Monash University Institute of Railway Technology and Indian Ministry of Railways Corporation Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited signed an agreement to this effect.

IRT with partners Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd (BARSYL), leading railway consultants in India, PwC, and Indian Institute of Bombay (IITB) were selected as the preferred supplier from a competitive global selection process.

They will provide guidance on the establishment of a new applied research and development institute in India known as SRESTHA (Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology & Holistic Advancement).

SRESTHA will be locally engaged, but have a global reach.

It will have the aim to become a world leader in the advancement of rail.

Significantly, the project will provide guidance to the Indian Railways on international models that will be adapted to the Indian railway environment.

2)   Railways has launched the website of National Rail Plan for which year?

a. National Rail Plan 2017
b. National Rail Plan 2016
c. National Rail Plan 2020
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

In a further move to take the Indian Railways at an advanced level, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a programme held in Rail Bhawan on 8th Dec launched website of National Rail Plan, 2030.

The website can be accessed at This dedicated website for National Rail Plan (NRP, 2030) has been developed for all stakeholders to give their inputs for purposeful study as Railways’ planning cannot be done in isolation.

In order to provide long term perspective to planning for augmenting the railway network Ministry of Railways have decided to develop National Rail Plan (NRP 2030) in consultation with all the stakeholders including State Governments, public representatives and other relevant Central Ministries.

NRP-2030 will endeavour to harmonise and integrate the rail network with other modes of transport and create synergy for achieving seamless multi modal transportation network across the country.

Indian Railways needs to form a concrete plan about its doings in the coming 10-20 years. He said that after receiving ideas Railways will capture all the requirements from the different stakeholders.

Indian Railways- National Rail Plan 2030

  • The Indian Railway Network is a key component of the Country’s Transport System. Transporting
  • Presently Railway planning is presently not based on some integrated plan.
  • The network plan shall take into account connectivity to backward region.
  • It will also take up Congestion in the existing network and futuristic development of Industrial corridors.
  • Deficits in existing network are to be planned for removal.
  • National Rail Plan 2030 has been envisaged which shall not only take care of existing corridors but also the identification and development of new corridors & connections.

3)   Indian Railways have included which gender in ticket reservation and cancellation forms?

a. Male
b. Female
c. Transgender/Third gender
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Transgender/Third gender

Indian Railways and IRCTC have included transgender as the third gender in the option alongside male and female in ticket reservation and cancellation forms .

Decisions taken on a representation made by a lawyer will include the facilities for reservations and cancellations online as well as offline.

The ministry in its circular referred to the direction of the apex court of April 2014, which had said that hijras, eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treated as third gender for protecting their rights.

"It has, therefore, been decided to include the third gender/transgender option alongside male/female in reservation /cancellation requisition form. This information will be captured by the system and tickets to transgender will be issued on full fare," the circular stated.

4)   Indian Railways has developed an advanced system to reduce train accidents. What is it called?

a. Tri-Netra
b. Eklavya
c. Tri- Jyoti
d. Tri-Shakti
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tri-Netra

Indian railways will get an advanced system called Tri-Netra on trains to help lower train accidents by keeping record of track maintenance.

It will also provide better visibility during foggy days

The system is made of a high-resolution optical video camera, high-sensitivity infrared video camera and a radar-based terrain mapping system.

Tri-Netra is short for “terrain imaging for diesel drivers infrared, enhanced optical and radar assisted system”.

The system provides a locomotive pilot a proper view of up to one kilometre on a straight track, even during inclement weather
This helps in maintaining high speed in limited visibility and avoid delay in arrivals.

5)   Railways has installed the first ultra modern computer based signalling system at which junction?

a. Kurla
b. Khurja
c. Kanpur
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Khurja

Indian Railways has installed the first ultra modern, computer based signalling system to ensure faster movement of over 250 trains at the Khurja junction between Kanpur and Ghaziabad. Train’s path will now be cleared by central operator working on a VDU/ Visual Display Unit. The cost of this project was INR 440 crore. Most of it came from the German Development Bank and system will lead to centralised traffic system for management and handling of traffic.