Railway Zones in India & its Divisions

भारत में रेलवे जोन

About Railway Zones in India

The Indian Railways is one of the largest railway networks in the world. Because of its huge operations, it is divided into zones and these Indian Railway Zones are subdivided into divisions. These each division having a railway headquarters for Railway Zones in India.

Indian Railway and Indian Railway Logo

Indian Railway Divisions

There are 16 railway zone in India (भारत में रेलवे जोन ) as well as 73 Indian railway divisions. Each division is managed by DRM (Divisional Railway Manager) and also reports to the GM (General Manager) of the railway Zone.

Services of Railway Zone in India

The Divisional Railway Manager is appointed by any of the Indian Railways 08 organized services for the tenure of 03 years. But by the IR Board recommendation, it can exceed. The 01 or 02 ADRM (Additional Divisional Railway Managers) who are already working in the field will train the fresher’s DRM

Indian Railways
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The following are the Services of Railway Zone in India:

  • Firstly, IRTS (Indian Railway Traffic Service)
  • Secondly, IRAS (Indian Railway Accounts Service)
  • Thirdly, IRPS (Indian Railway Personnel Service)
  • IRSE (Indian Railway Service of Engineers)
  • IRSME (Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers)
  • IRSEE (Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers)
  • IRSSE (Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers)
  • Lastly, IRSS (Indian Railway Stores Service)

Indian Railway Zones

The following are the Indian Railway Zones – Headquarters and Divisions:

Indian Railway Zone


IR Head Quarters

Length of the Route in KM

No. of Train Stations


Passengers carried in Million

Indian Railway Divisions

Northern Railway NR Delhi 6,968 1142 89,246 million

(US$1.3 billion)

685 Delhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow NR and also Moradabad
North Eastern Railway NER Gorakhpur 3,667 537 17,667 million

(US$260 million)

250 Izzatnagar, Lucknow NER and also Varanasi
Northeast Frontier Railway NFR Guwahati 3,907 690 21,079 million

(US$310 million)

88 Alipurduar, Katihar, Rangiya, Lumding and also Tinsukia
Eastern Railway ER Kolkata 2,414 576 37,254 million

(US$540 million)

1,173 Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol and also Malda
South Eastern Railway SER Kolkata 2,631 353 73,721 million

(US$1.1 billion)

263 Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur and also Ranchi
South Central Railway SCR Secunderabad 6,137 883 89,114 million

(US$1.3 billion)

378 Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntakal, Guntur and also Nanded
Southern Railway SR Chennai 6,844 890 81,820 million

(US$1.2 billion)

406 Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Palakkad, Salem and also Thiruvananthapuram
Central Railway CR Mumbai 3,905 612 75,447 million

(US$1.1 billion)

1,675 Mumbai, Bhusawal, Pune, Solapur and also Nagpur
Western Railway WR Mumbai 6,182 1046 82,167 million

(US$1.2 billion)

1,654 Mumbai WR, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and also Vadodara
South Western Railway SWR Hubballi 3,177 456 26,384 million

(US$380 million)

181 Hubballi, Bengaluru and also Mysuru
North Western Railway NWR Jaipur 5,459 663 36,240 million

(US$530 million)

157 Jabalpur, Bhopal and also Kota
West Central Railway WCR Jabalpur 2,965 372 65,135 million

(US$950 million)

138 Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner and also Jodhpur
North Central Railway NCR Allahabad 3,151 435 87,796 million

(US$1.3 billion)

182 Allahabad, Agra and also Jhansi
South East Central Railway SECR Bilaspur 2,447 358 63,402 million

(US$920 million)

126 Bilaspur, Raipur and also Nagpur SEC
East Coast Railway ECoR Bhubaneswar 2,572 342 87,884 million

(US$1.3 billion)

86 Khurda Road, Sambalpur and also Waltair
East Central Railway ECR Hajipur 3,628 800 59,386 million

(US$860 million)

222 Danapur, Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Samastipur and also Sonpur

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/view_section.jsp?lang=0&id=0,7,276

Important Details of Railway Zones in India