UPSC Prelims Exam: Railway Zones and Headquarters in India

UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in three stages-prelims, mains and interview. The Preliminary Examination is a screening test where candidates face objective type questions.

As per the latest pattern of UPSC IAS exam, one has to tackle the factual as well as conceptual questions, candidates need to adopt the right strategy rather than just cramming the facts.

Transportation is an important portion in Indian geography. In India, there are three kinds of transportation. Indian railways framework is the biggest in Asia and the fourth biggest in the World. It is the largest departmental Public undertaking in India. The Indian Railways celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2003. The headquarters of Indian Railway is situated in New Delhi.

Indian railways network is divided into 16 zones. Zones are divided into divisions. There are 69 divisions altogether. Each zone has their own headquarters.

Indian Railway Headquarters List

Railway Zone Division Zonal Headquarters
Central Railway
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Bhusawal
  • Pune
  • Sholapur
Eastern Railway
  • Howrah-I
  • Howrah-II
  • Sealdah
  • Malda
  • Asansol
  • Chittaranjan
  • Kolkata Metro
East Central Railway
  • Danapur
  • Mugalsarai
  • Dhanbad
  • Sonpur
  • Samastipur
East Coast Railway
  • Khurda Road
  • Waltair
  • Sambalpur
Northern Railway
  • Delhi-I
  • Delhi-II
  • Ambala
  • Moradabad
  • Lucknow
  • Firozpur
Baroda House, New Delhi
North Central  Railway
  • Allahabad
  • Jhansi
  • Agra
North Eastern  Railway
  • Izzatnagar
  • Lucknow
  • Varanasi
  • DLW
North Frontier  Railway
  • Katihar
  • Alipurduar
  • Rangiya
  • Lumding
  • Tinsukia
Maligaon, Guwahati
North Western Railway
  • Jaipur
  • Jodhpur
  • Bikaner
  • Ajmer
Southern  Railway
  • Chennai
  • Madurai
  • Palghat
  • Trichy
  • Trivandrum
South Central Railway
  • Secunderabad
  • Hyderabad
  • Guntakal
  • Vijayawada
  • Nanded
South Eastern Railway
  • Kharagpur
  • Adra
  • Chakradharpur
  • Ranchi
  • Shalimar
Garden Reach, Kolkata
South East Central  Railway
  • Bilaspur
  • Nagpur
  • Raipur
South Western Railway
  • Bangalore
  • Mysore
  • Hubli
Western Railway
  • BCT
  • Vadodara
  • Ahmedabad
  • Ratlam
  • Rajkot
  • Bhavnagar
Mumbai CST
West Central Railway
  • Jabalpur
  • Bhopal
  • Kota

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