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Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Exam

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination

About SCRA:

Special Class Railway Apprentices' (SCRA) refers to a handful of candidates that are selected by the Union Public Service Commission India, after a rigorous selection process, to the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur. This programme was started in 1927 and is one of the oldest in India.The qualifiers will get commandos for security

Education Qualification :

  • Must have passed in the first or second division, the Intermediate or an equivalent examination of a university or board approved by the Government of India with Mathematics and atleast one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination.

Age Limit:

  • 17-21 years on 1st August of the year of examination

Important Tentative Schedule of SCRA Examination  :

  • February (Notification of Exam)
  • July (Conduct of Exam)

Types of Indian railway services

  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME)
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  • Railway Protection Service/ Railway Protection Force
  • Indian Railway Engineering Service

Pattern of SCRA Examination

Part I : Written Examination carrying a maximum of 600 marks in the subjects as shown below :

Paper Subject Code Number Time 
Paper-I General Ability Test (English, General Knowledge and Psychological Test) 01 2 hours 200
Paper-II Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) 02 2 hours 200
Paper-III Mathematics 03 2 hours 200
      Total 600
Part II

Personality Test carrying a maximum of 200 marks in respect of only those candidates who are declared qualified on the results of written examination.


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Courtesy : UPSC

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