Closed/Expired: Innovation Challenge for ‘New Idea/ Suggestion to improve the working of Indian Railways’

Innovation Challenge for ‘New Idea/ Suggestion to improve the working of Indian Railways’

In response to Hon’ble Prime Minister’s clarion call for innovation in Indian Railways under the Navrachna Initiative, Indian Railways has decided to conduct a public competition for ‘New Idea/ Suggestion to improve the working of Indian Railways’.


1.1. Presently, Indian Railways operates an extensive fleet of about 60,000 Coaches, 2.5 Lakh wagons and locomotives to serve the transport and logistics needs of the nation and is the single largest provider of transportation services in the country and is rightly referred the lifeline to the nation. However, its position of pre-eminence has been eroded in the past few years when compared to other modes of transport.

Studies have shown that for a country of India’s size with nominal distances well over 400 Km, the road transportation may actually be detrimental to industry in general.

1.2. Despite the obvious advantages of rail transport, the relative share of Indian Railways in the transport and logistics sector within the country is on the decline. It is a good time to pause and reassess our strategy for providing sustainable, assured and preferred logistics services to the nation and contribute towards nation building.

1.3. The Challenge is designed as an online competition hosted at for submission of original innovative idea/ suggestion to ‘Improve the working of Indian Railways’. Submissions are welcome on topics relating to all facets of Indian Railway’s working, inter-alia:

1.3.1. Improving overall customer satisfaction

1.3.2. Improving Reliability of Assets and Punctuality of Trains

1.3.3. Lowering unit cost of operation for passenger and freight transports to improve margins and providing room to maneuver competitive rates and services

1.3.4. Revenue enhancement by increasing modal share of Railways in Passenger and Freight transportation

1.3.5. Improving Cleanliness in Trains and at Stations

1.3.6. Enhancement in Security to prevent theft, pilferage and sabotage

1.3.7. Increasing average speeds of passenger and freight trains and reducing overall transit time

1.3.8. Improving efficiency including higher assets utilization, turnaround, failure mitigation and prediction.

1.3.9. Running of more trains with intensive utilization of existing assets and efficient management of constraints

1.3.10. Improving Speed of execution for customers and delivery channels

1.3.11. Improving Quality of Services and management of perceptions

1.3.12. Energy Conservation

1.3.13. Improvement in Organizational and Human Resource Management

1.3.14. Better Accounting and Cost Management

1.4. The above list of topics is not meant to be exhaustive and participants may either identify areas spanning one or more of above issues or identify a problem area themselves and suggest idea/ solution to address such problems within the overall aim of improving working of the Indian Railways. The idea/ suggestion may be related to a niche activity, major multi-discipline processes or response to external environment.



The participants shall be required to submit their entries in the fields provided in the Entry Submission forms limited to the number of words prescribed for the fields as under

Abstract of the Proposed Innovation, in about 2000 characters.

Explanation on how the claimed benefits are likely to come through including perceived roadblocks, limited to 8000 characters. Concept maps, SWOT analysis and other management tools used, can be attached as part of the PDF, but the total size of attachment should not exceed 8 MB.

Feasibility/Viability of seamless Implementation of the proposed idea/ suggestion in existing setup, explained in about 1200 characters.

Elaboration of stage-wise migration plan of the proposed idea/ suggestion with uninterrupted operation in about 1200 characters.

Originality of the proposed idea/ suggestion explaining how the proposed idea/suggestion is an original idea/suggestion in about 1200 characters.

Possible constraints anticipated in deployment to be explained in about 1200 characters.


Mode of Entry:

For posting the entries using the online application system, participants are advised to go to and click on the “CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE” button. The participant will be taken to a landing page featuring the registration form with various fields

Participant will have to fill out the Participant Registration Form and Entry Submission Form. The submission must comply with the requirements as set out in the Guidelines mentioned on the online Entry Submission form.

On successful submission, participant will receive a confirmation email.

Should Indian Railways/ Organizers require additional information, they will contact the registered participant via email. Participants are advised to duly provide any additional information as instructed.

Correspondence: Any correspondence from the Indian Railways/Organizers to participants shall be through email or SMS on mobile number provided by the participant at the time of registration. Organizers and Indian Railways are not liable in case of email delivery failures.

Last Date

Entries duly completed and fully filled must be submitted using the online application system before 6pm IST on 20/02/2017 .


The Challenge is open to Individuals and Companies/ Institutions.

In case of Companies, majority of Team Members/ Shareholders are required to be Indian Resident Nationals.

All Participating Individuals are required to be Indian Resident Nationals.

Participants (Individual/ or in case of teams, the team leader) are required to be at least 18 years of age as on 1/12/2016 .

The following persons and their immediate relatives can not participate in the Challenge:

  • An employee of Indian Railways directly involved in execution and evaluation of the Challenge.
  • A member or employee of knowledge cum execution partner / Organizer.
  • A member of the Evaluation panel, Experts and Jury for the Challenge.


The write up should either be submitted in Hindi or English.

In case submission is in any other language, it must be accompanied with translations in either Hindi or English.

It could be an individual project or a team project. However, in case of team, total team members, including the team leader, should not exceed six.

No reference of the identity of the person(s) submitting should be made in the proposal. If done so, it shall debar the entry from consideration.

It is strongly advised not to wait till the closure time for submission of entries. Railways shall not be responsible for late/ non receipt of entries on account of server errors/ traffic.

The contestants may be asked to present/ elaborate their proposed solution to an appropriate jury.

Railways may decide to associate with the proposer for further development of the proposed Concept/ design.

The decision of the Evaluation Panel and Jury will be final. No communication will be entered into with any person in relation to any decision of the panel or process.

Unsuccessful entries shall be intimated through email and Ministry of Railways shall not have any right over the same.






Deadline:- 20-02-2017

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