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Query :

What is IPWE?

Reply :

The Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (India) is a technical body under the auspices of Ministry of Railways for sharing knowledge and experience of various Railway Engineers connected with Permanent Way (Railway Track), bridges and other structures and to keep the members abreast of the latest developments and instructions in the related fields.



Query :

When and where was IPWE set up?

Reply :

The Institution was formed on May 18, 1967 with its Headquarters at Pune. It was shifted some time back to Railway Board's office to have better liaison with all concerned.



Query :

What are the main objectives of IPWE and how they are achieved?

Reply :

The main aim of the Institution is dissemination and sharing of technical knowledge relating to design, construction and maintenance of Permanent Way, bridges and other structures amongst the persons associated with it. To this end, the Institution promotes and arrange, seminars, discussions on technical papers, exhibition and organises lectures on technical subjects and publishes a periodic Technical Magazine to circulate technical information to facilitate interchange of ideas. About five years back a Diploma Course in Railway Engineering was started to enhance the technical knowledge and know-how of Railwaymen and also to train future Railwaymen in the field of Civil Engineering.



Query :

How is the Institution administered?

Reply :

The Institution is administered by a Governing Council which works under the overall guidance of President, Member Engineering, Railway Board and Ex-Officio Secretary to Government of India is the President of this Institution. Additional Member Civil Engineering, Railway Board is the Ex-Officio Vice President of the institution and the Principal Chief Engineer of Northern Railway is Ex-Officio General Secretary.

There is also an Honorary Treasurer who is nominated by the President. The secretariat of the Institution is located in Rail Bhavan, New Delhi and is headed by the Executive Director/IPWE  .

The activities of Institution are spread over Indian Railways and there are 18 Centres with their jurisdiction over the respective Zonal Railways, RDSO and IRICEN. Principal Chief Engineers of the Zones are the Chairmen and Chief Administrative Officers are the Co-Chairmen of their Zonal Centres.

There are Divisional Centres at each of the Divisional Headquarters of the Zonal Railways for disseminating knowledge at the grass route level.

Query :

I want some information about your Diploma Course in Railway Engineering.

Reply :

It is a correspondence Course comprising of 2 Semesters of Six months each.



Query :

Is it job oriented?

Reply :

No. It is for disseminating knowledge regarding working of Railways. However, it is an additional qualification for obtaining a job in Railways as well as Public Undertakings and private units associated with it and for promotions in the organisation.



Query :

Who can apply for this?

Reply :

It is open for admission to both Railway and non-Railway persons.



Query :

What will be the fee for the whole course?

Reply :

At the first instance admission will be given to first Semester only. Fee payable by Railwaymen is Rs.2000/- and for non-Railway person is Rs.2400/-+ 18% GST as applicable.



Query :

When can I be admitted to Semester-II and what will be the fee?

Reply :

After appearing in the examination of Semester I. Fee will be Rs.2500/- for Railwaymen and Rs.2900/- + 18% GST as applicable for non-Railway persons for Semester II.



Query :

Will I have to pay separately for study material, examination fee?

Reply :

No. Fees paid at the time of admission are inclusive of examination fee and study material.



Query :

Do you conduct classes for Coaching?

Reply :

Yes, Contact Classes are arranged at Delhi. These are not compulsory, but optional. You will have to pay Rs.3000/- + 18% GST as applicable extra if you opt for this.



Query :

Will I have to send separate Bank Drafts for Tuition Fee and Contact Classes?

Reply :

You can send a consolidated Bank Draft for all types of fees or pay separately as convenient to you.



Query :

I am an Intermediate/Senior Secondary (Plus2) with Science. Could I join the course?

Reply : No, it may be clarified that the requisite qualifications for admission of Railwaymen as well as outsiders are:

Non-railwaymen should possess either of these qualifications:


Minimum 3-year Diploma in any Engineering Discipline from any Polytechnic duly recognised by Central/State or Union Territory Governments.


Note: Equivalent Certificates from ITI's are not acceptable.




B.E./B.Sc. or a graduate (B.A./B.Com) having Science or Maths as one of the subjects at Intermediate/SSC (Plus 2 level)




For Railwaymen:


Either of the qualifications as indicated above under (a) and (b) for non-railwaymen and also.




High School/SSC or equivalent qualifications with minimum three years experience in Railways.

Query :

I got admission to DRE Course last year, but could not appear in Semester I Examination. Could I continue the studies in the current course?

Reply :

You can apply for Supplementary Examination by paying a fee of Rs. 200/-+ 18% GST as applicable per subject and Rs.1000 + 18% GST as applicable for all subjects.



Query :

I took admission to Sem.II of the Course, but could not appear in the 2nd Semester examination last year. Could I appear in the supplementary examination this year?

Reply :

You can apply for Supplementary Examinaton by paying a fee of Rs. 1000 + 18% GST as applicable.



Query :

Is passing of all subjects necessary in both Semesters?

Reply :

Yes, but if you could not pass all subjects in any of the Semesters then, you will have to clear the subjects in which you failed by taking admission to the Supplementary Examination conducted in combination with regular examination every year. Supplementary examination will be conducted along with regular examination and exclusive supplementary examinations can be conducted depending on the number of failures.



Query :

I want to have full knowledge about syllabus and other aspects of the course.

Reply :

For this purpose you will have to buy a Prospectus in next academic session at the cost of Rs.150/- which is available at our office address by paying cash or sending a Bank Draft of Rs.200 (postage inclusive) equal amount and a self addressed envelop with stamps of Rs.15/- affixed on it. It can also be obtained from our Associate Office in Section Engineer (Works) Office complex at Baroda House, New Delhi.



Query :

How long it will take if as per your specifications, I send a Bank Draft of Rs.200/- alongwith a self addressed envelop to obtain a prospectus by Speed Post from your Institution.

Reply :

Requisition of Prospectus from candidates with Bank Draft of Rs.200/- are immediately dispatched to them by enclosing the same in the self addressed envelop sent by them. For this purpose post office in your area may be contacted.



Query :

How is Study Material sent by your office?

Reply :

By express registered parcel.



Query :

When and in which month of the year examinations of Sem. I and II take place?

Reply :

Examinations of Semester I & II are fixed normally in the months of February and December respectively each year.



Query :

What is the purpose of a Seminar ?

Reply :

The purpose of a Seminar is dissemination and sharing of Technical knowledge of Permanent Way (Railway Track), bridges and other structures amongst Railwaymen as well as suppliers and manufacturers of track components and other consulting firms associated with design, construction and maintenance of Permanent Way, bridges and other structures



Query :

How often you are conducting these Seminars?

Reply :

IPWE is conducting one National Seminar every year.
All efforts are being made to conduct one Seminar in each Zonal Centre of IPWE every year.



Query :

On which subjects Seminars have already been organised by IPWE?

Reply :

The following Seminars have already been organised:

S.N0. Subject Date Venue

Concrete Sleeper Track

1995 - Feb 16-18

Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.


Recent Developments in Points & Crossings - Future Scenario.

1996 May 15-16

Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.


Railway Accidents and Safety Measures with reference to P.Way

1997 Feb 20-21

F.C.C.I.New Delhi


Mechanised Track Maintenance

1997 Dec. 11-12

F.C.C.I, New Delhi.


Small Track Machines for improving quality of tracks

1999 Jan 12-13

Yashwant Rao Chavan Pratishthan Hall, Mumbai


Rail Manufacture, Testing, Handing and care

2000 Jan 17-18

Science City, Calcutta


On-Track Machines - Their Planning Deployment and Maintenance

2001 Jan 11-12

RDSO Lucknow

8 Track Standards, formation, ballast and elastic fastenings. 2001Dec 21-22 S.C. Railway, Secunderabad
9 Optimization of track maintenance practices and adoption of latest technology both for machine and manually maintained sections.

2003 Jan

10 Construction and rehabilitation of Railway Track including formation tunnels and bridges. 2004 Jan 19-20 Science City, Kolkata
11 Mechanisation of Track Maintenance, Relaying and Construction on I.R. 2005 Jan 20-21 New Delhi
12 Design, Construction, Inspection, Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Railway Bridges. 2006 Jan 20-21 Chennai
13 Effect of Heavier Axle Load Trains on Track and Bridges. 2007 Jan 18-19 Jaipur
14. Heavier Axle Load - Experiences on Indian Railways in regard to running of Multiple Locos, longer freight trains and its impact on fatigue life of track, bridges & formation. Feb 2008 New Delhi
15 High Speed Corridors and Higher Speed on existing network. Jan 2009 Mumbai


16 "Impact and experience of heavier axle loads on Indian Railways and resultant maintenance strategies" and "Innovation in Design and construction of road over bridges and road under bridges on the Indian Railways" Jan 2010 Pune


17 "Rail Wheel Interaction in the Context of heavy axle loading"
"Mechanisation in construction of track."
Apr 2011 Bangalore
18 "Introduction of high speed through upgradation of the existing tracks"
"Elimination of level crossings."
Jan 2012 Pune

i) “ Improving the in service reliability of rails and railwelds” and

ii)  “Evolving economical and appropriate design of ballastless track.

Jan 2013 Chennai
20 i)   “Management of P.Way Works through need based outsourcing” and
ii) “Design, Construction and Maintenance of Railway Tunnels”
Jan 2014 Jaipur

i)  “Rail/weld Management: Quality and reliability
ii)  Increase of speed on the existing Indian Railway  Routes.”

iii) Metro Systems : Design, Standards, Construction and Maintenance.”
Jan 2015 New Delhi

i)  “Design, Construction & Maintenance of Station Yards.”

ii)  “Accelerated Construction of New Lines/Doubling Projects”

iii)  “Fast Track Construction of ROBs/RUBs”
Feb 2016 New Delhi
23 Challenges in Design and Maintenance of Track under Mixed Traffic Regime of Semi High Speed and Heavy Axle Load. Jan 2017 Mumbai

In addition the Institution is arranging regular lectures, group discussions so as to have better exchange of knowledge and experience about the latest technology concerning P.Way Engineering in Railway Board's office as well as Zonal Headquarters and Divisional offices.



Query :

When and where the next Seminar is proposed to be held and what is the subject to be taken up.

Reply :

IPWE Seminar is scheduled to be held in 2018 and its subject are yet to be decided..








Query :

What are the type of Memberships of I.P.W.E. ?

Reply :

The membership of the Institution comprises of three categories - Honorary, Corporate and Non-Corporate. The Honorary membership comprises Hony. Fellows. The Corporate Membership comprises Fellows, Members, Associate Members and the Non-Corporate Membership comprises Affiliate members, students and subscribers.


The Corporate Members are selected from Permanent way men subject to certain qualifications & experience as well as membership fees as prescribed in the Institution bye-laws. Once selected as Corporate Members, they are entitled to affix the following degree after their names:

  Qualifications Degree to be affixed Life membership fees
1. Fellow of IPWE FIPWE Rs.5,000.00
2. Members of IPWE MIPWE Rs.2,000.00
3. Associate Members of IPWE AMIPWE Rs.1,000.00



Institutional Corporate Membership of Firms & Organisation etc.




In order to share the knowledge of Permanent Way Engineering, Bridges and other structures with the manufacturers and suppliers of the concrete sleepers and track components as well as with Zonal Railways, consulting firms, other technical bodies and technical Institutions etc., the IPWE has extended the membership to them also as Institutional Corporate Members and Associate Corporate Members.


The Institutional Corporate Members have to pay one time fees of Rs.1,00,000/- and the Associate Institutional Members Rs.60,000/-. These members are entitled to get free technical literature and one or more members (depending upon the type of membership) are invited to each Seminar and exhibition for exchange of sharing of ideas. The Institutional Corporate Members will also have an opportunity to present and publish papers in the seminars as well as in the technical magazine to be issued by IPWE.








A scheme has also been made to enroll foreign Permanent Way Engineers as Members either on individual basis or on Institutional basis. This will enable professional sharing of technical knowledge on an International scale.



(i) Associate Individual Membership of Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (AIM) 50 US dollars per year
(ii) Corporate Institutional Membership of Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (CIM) (2 members of the Institution authorised

400 US dollars per year


These members will be sent technical literature and will be entitled to participate in technical seminars and exhibitions.



Query :

Are there any publications of I.P.W.E.?

Reply :

Following Publications are being done:


Technical Papers.


Technical Journal




Technical Diary