Indian Railway - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   Which IIT has signed an MoU for R&D with Indian Railways?

a. IIT-Madras
b. IIT-Delhi
c. IIT-Bombay
d. IIT-Kanpur
Answer  Explanation 


IIT Madras has signed an MoU with Indian Railways on 22nd December to develop a long term framework for research and collaboration in the advancement of technology. The MoU will function for a period of 3 years. Centre for railway research will be set up at the IIT for this purpose for carrying out research relating to structural health monitoring of railway infrastructure.

2)   On 3rd May, the Union Railway Ministry launched an e-enabled application called PMIS. What does it stand for?

a. Project Management & Information System
b. Personnel Management & Information System
c. Personnel Management & Information Processing Schedule
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Project Management & Information System

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on May 3, 2016 launched e-enabled Project Management & Information System at Rail Bhawan in Delhi

  • Application will be used for proper monitoring of Railway projects throughout the nation
  • Indian railways has 600 major projects of network expansion and modernisation costing INR 4.5 lakh rupees
  • Indian Railways requires money as well as proper monitoring of projects for which money has to be spent.
  • Newly launched Project Management and Information System will contain data about ongoing projects

3)   MoU has been signed by Ministry of Railways and which state government for the formation of JV companies for Development of Railway Infrastructure?

a. Andhra Pradesh
b. Telangana
c. Karnataka
d. Tamil Nadu
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Telangana

MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and State Government of Telangana for formation of JV companies for the development of rail infrastructure within the state. The MoU was signed against the Budget’s promise to set up JVs with states for focused project development as well as land acquisition and resource mobilisation as well as project implementation and critical rail project monitoring. and Railways has projects on the anvil valued at INR 3.5 lakh crore and additional lines of 9000 km. 17 states have already consented for the formation of the JVs and around 5 states have signed MoU with Railway Ministry for this.

4)   Who has been appointed to the post of Secretary, Railway Board?

a. R. S Verma
b. R. T Verma
c. R. A Verma
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

Shri. R. K. Verma, a 1980 batch IRSE or Indian Railway Service of Engineers officer has attained the charge of Secretary, Railway Board on 9th February 2016. Prior to serving as the Secretary, he was serving as advisor Public Grievance to the Ministry of State for Railways. He completed his engineering from IIT(BHU) and M.Tech from IIT-D. He joined Indian Railways in the year 1982.

5)   Indian Railways launched a web based system for monitoring track maintenance on what basis?

a. Real time basis
b. Permanent basis
c. Short term basis
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Real time basis

In a major step towards digitisation, Indian Railways on 11th January 2016 launched a web based system for monitoring track maintenance on real time basis by replacing close to one lakh registers pertaining to it. Web based management of track maintenance will be implemented in 68 divisions of the Indian Railways. Various activities including track inspection, maintenance and monitoring.

6)   Two environment friendly measures have been launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. They are:

a. 26 MW Wind Mill Plant (Jaisalmer)
b. Head on generation system in Mumbai Rajdhani
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both of the above

Stepping up the ecological initiatives, two environment friendly measures were announced by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu namely a 26MW wind mill plant in Jaisalmer and a HOG or Head on Generation System in Mumbai Rajdhani. Prabhu also said there is need to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. Wind mill plant has been set up by REMCL or Railways Energy Management Company Ltd, a JV of Indian Railways and RITES Ltd at a cost of INR 160 crore. HOG system will reduce power cost by more than INR 1 crore each year. Within the HOG system, power supply for train lighting and air conditioning in coaches is taken from head power lights, preventing the use of diesel generators in power cars and consequent noise pollution.

7)   For which rail link Union Government has sanctioned 1000 Crore Rupees on 25th July’15?

a. Indo-Pak Rail Link
b. Indo-Bangladesh Rail Link
c. Indo-Nepal Rail Link
d. Indo-Myanmar Rail Link
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Indo-Bangladesh Rail Link

1000 crore rupees sanctioned for the laying of 15.06 km long tracks to connect Indian Railways with Bangladesh through the North East. Out of 15.06 km length connecting Agartala with Akhaura railway junction in Bangladesh, 3.7 km would comprise of elevated corridor.

8)   Name the types of trains that will be run with dynamic fares by Railway Ministry from July to address the rush during peak travel seasons?

a. Tatkal Trains
b. Suvidha Trains
c. JanManas Trains
d. Peak Trains
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Suvidha Trains

These trains will have dynamic fare system and there will not be any downward movement of the fare. Depending upon the demand, these trains may be run during peak seasons like winter rush, summer rush, Dussehra rush, Holi rush and on other occasions. It said that only confirmed and RAC tickets will be issued for these trains and there will be no waiting list. No concession will be available on these trains.