|Exam Full Name::||Special Class Railway Apprentice Exam|
The Union public service commission carries out the Special Class railway apprentice exam as per the vacancies arises in the Railway departments. This examination provides the greater opportunity for the job seekers to be a part of the world’s largest employer. Throughout the country a large number of aspirants are taking this exam and hence the competitive nature of the test is little high.
Structure of UPSC SCRA Exam
The UPSC Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination conducted in two stages. The first stage includes the written test with objective questions carrying 600 marks and the second stage includes the personality test with 200 marks. The written examination consist of three papers,
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the Special Class Railway Apprentices' Examination (SCRA), July 2016, for recruitment to the Special Class Apprentices in the Mechanical Department of Indian Railways.
The selected candidates have to undergo a four-year rigorous training programme in Mechanical Engineering, for which there is an MoU with BIT, Mesra, Ranchi. The semester system of BIT, Mesra is followed, with workshop training sessions during the holidays at BIT, Mesra. The apprentices get a stipend in the scale of Rs. 4000-4400 with Dearness Allowance,making the final emoluments upto Rs. 7400, apart from medical benefits, privelege passes and PTOs.
After completing these 4 years of training, the candidates join as Indian Railway Services of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) Officers in the Indian Railways.
These SCRAs get a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering after their 4 years of training. This degree is recognised by the AICTE.
The SCRA examination will be held at various centers across the country.
The aspirant must be an Indian resident with at least 17 years of age. The candidates below the age of 21 can apply for the examination. The minimum education requirement for the examination is higher secondary with Mathematics as a compulsory paper with Physics or Chemistry as optional. The physical fitness of the candidates is also required.
The examination is conducted according to the following plan
Part I - Written Examination carrying a maximum of 600 marks in the subject as shown below.
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.
1. The Subject of the Written Examination the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject are as follows:
Paper I - General Ability Test (English, General knowledge and Psychological Test) 2 hours and 200 marks.
Paper II - Physical science (Physics and Chemistry) 2 hours and 200 marks.
Paper III -Mathematics 2 hours and 200 marks
2. The papers in all the Subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers ( Test Booklets) are set in English only.
3.In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the Metric System of Weights and Measures only will be set.
4. Question Papers is approximately of the Intermediate standard.
5.Candidates must write the paper s in their own hand .In no circumstances are they allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them
6.The commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects as the examination.
7. The candidates are not permitted to use calculators or mathematical or Logarithmic tables for answering objective type papers (test Booklets). they should not, therefore .bring the same inside examination hall.
Personality Test - Personality Test carrying a maximum of 200 marks in respect of only those candidates who are declared qualified on the results of written examination. Each candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career both academic and extramural. They will be asked questions on matters of general interest. Special attention will be paid to assessing their potential qualities of leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities , mental and physical energy, power of practical application and integrity of character.