India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves surged by $1.275 billion to touch a fresh lifetime high of $517.637 billion in the week ended 17 July, as per RBI data. In the previous week, reserves had swelled by $3.108 billion to $516.362 billion.
The reserves had crossed the half-a-trillion mark for the first time in the week ended 5 June when it stood at $501.703 billion.
In the week ended 17 July, the reserves rose due to an increase in foreign currency assets (FCA), a major component of the overall reserves, which rose by $1.245 billion to $476.880 billion in the reporting week.
Expressed in dollar terms, the foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US units like the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves.
Gold reserves were up by $13 million to $34.743 billion, as per the data from RBI.
The special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) rose $2 million to $1.455 billion.
The country's reserve position with the IMF also increased by $15 million to $4.560 billion during the reporting week.