Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination (SCRA)
On the basis of a competitive examination conducted by the UPSC, on the name of Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Examination, direct Recruitment to the Special Class Railway Apprentices' is made to recruit candidates for the Mechanical Department of the Indian Railways. This is a class-I service and these officials constitute the top rung cadre of the mechanical wing of the Indian Railways.
For Recruitment to the Indian Railway Service Mechanical Department, there is a dual method, one is by Combined Engineering Service Examination and the other is UPSC Special Class Railway Apprentices' Examination. Approximately, 50 percent are recruited as the Special Class Railway Apprentices through the UPSC Exam. This examination is held once a year, generally in the month of July. Blank application forms and other particulars are published in Employment News, generally in the month of February.
Recruitment to the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) is done on the basis of the result of the Civil Services Examination (The Indian Administrative service examination) and that to the Indian Railway services of Engineers (IRSE), Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) and Indian Railway Services Stores (IRSS) is made on the basis of the Combined Engineering Service Examination.
SCRA Exam 2014 application, Exam pattern, Important dates
UPSC Union Public Service Commission has issued notification for Special Class Railway Apprentices SCRA Exam 2014 which will likely be held on 12th January, 2014 in accordance with the Rules published by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).
Candidates those eligible can apply on line on or before 4th Nov, 2013. Candidates have to apply on line through the official website at www.upsconline.nic.in
Candidates should have qualified the first or second division, the Intermediate or an equivalent examination of a university or Board recognized by the Government of India with Mathematics and minimum one subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination.
Candidates should be in the age group between 17 – 21 years as on 1 January 2014.
Students belonging to Scheduled Caste, residence of J&K and Scheduled Tribe have the age relaxation of five years.
Other Backward Classes have the age freedom of three years.
Candidates have to pay Rs 100 as application fee.
SC/ ST/ PH / Female candidates are exempted from the fee.
Exam pattern/ Method
Exam paper consists of the three major sections with total 600 marks.
Section 1 –General ability with 200 marks which include G.K, English and Psychological questions.
Section II- Physical Sciences with 200 marks which contains the questions related to Chemistry & Physics.
Section III- Mathematics with 200 marks which will be in English medium at the diplomacy of the Commission to attach the criteria of the sectional or total cutoffs marks for the subjects.
Candidates will be provided time duration of 120 minutes for each.
All the papers will contain Objective Type questions which will be set in English only
Marks will be deducted for every negative answer.
How to Apply
Candidates have to register through official website of the UPSC till 4th November, 2013.
Candidates have to download the application and fill with all related particulars.
Fee can be paid through depositing challan form/Registration Form in any State Bank of India or its associate bank’s branch.
Candidates can also take the benefit of SBI net banking or Visa/Master Cards candidates for making payment.
SCRA Important Dates
Online registration started on -5 October, 2013
Last date for online registration-4th November, 2013,
Examination Date- January 12th, 2014
For more details candidates may visit the official website www.upsc.gov.in
UPSC conducts the Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Examination, generally in the month of July or August
Notification of the Examination commences in the prominent national news papers in the month of February/March
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