Indian Railways Design Challenge

 About the Organizer :

Organizers are students of IIT-Madras who are organizing this event as part of SHaastra'16,that is ,the techfest of our college.

 Problem Statement:

Problem Statement

You need to come up with a design that helps the Elderly and Differently abled persons entrain and detrain. By "Design", we mean some kind of mechanism or mechanical contraption or device that can be fit to the bogie or made movable in the platform.

It’s a real-life Industry Problem, the solutions of which we expect you to provide using your knowledge,skills and creativity.

Note : The train stopping time at a station is not more than 3 minutes - 5 minutes.

Focus : Sleeper class coaches - Express and Superfast trains

You are not allowed to make any major change to the design of the railway coaches.

The Solution must be Safe, Rugged, Reliable, Cheap and Scalable

Technical Information:

We will provide the actual dimensions and details of the railway coaches and platform designs to teams qualified for Round 2.

TDP(Team description paper) can be found here.

NOTE: Mail your TDP in Word document at

Deadline for Submission of Team Description paper [TDP] is 27-December-2015.




Cash prizes worth 1000s of rupees for top 3 teams.

The winning team might get an opportunity to intern with INDIAN RAILWAYS!

December 21, 2015 - January 23, 2016


Round 1 - Team description paper(TDP) submission:

Every team needs to submit TDP that contains the personal details of its members and a Brief Abstract of their work as per the given TDP FORM. The team needs to send the filled TDP FORM latest byDecember 27,2015 .

Round 2/ Final Round :

Selected teams need to come up with a design and necessary documentation for the Problem statement and present it in Shaastra,2016.

What/How to submit:

Round 1:

Fill the TDP form sent before Dec 27th,2015 and send it

Incomplete forms shall not be entertained.

Round 2:

A).Selected candidates from round 1 have to mail us a document(Maximum limit 10 pages) which contains following contents at by 20th January,2015:

-Crisp explanation of the solution/idea
-All the design assumptions and considerations
-Design calculations
-Kinematic/Dynamic analysis or FEM analysis (optional)
-2D CAD drawing (Hand drawn or AutoCAD DWG) or 3D CAD model using any Modeling software (recommended).

B). Present your idea in Shaastra,2016 (PPT is preferable).

 Rules and Guidelines:

Rules and Regulations

  1. A rough approach to the problem statement is expected in the TDP(includes Round 1 Questionnaire) .It is the basis for selection to ROUND 2.
  2. Judgement: Decision of the Judges/Organizers is final and irrevocable. Here are some of the criteria on the basis of which your designs will be evaluated: Uniqueness of the design ,Feasibility of the design, Based on design analysis.
  3. We're looking for quality of content vis-a-vis quantity in TDP.Fill the TDP accordingly.Incomplete forms shall not be entertained.
  4. Minimum 2 and maximum 4 members can be there in a team.
  5. All the members of a particular team must be from the same college.
  6. First register yourself at
  7. Deadline for submission of TDP is 27 December,2015.

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