Special Class Railway Apprentices examination is a national level recruitment exam conducted under the supreme authorisation of the Union Public Service Commission. Special Class Railway Apprentice shortly known as SCRA is a programme by which candidates are trained & are selected for appointments as Special Class Apprentices in Mechanical Engineering Department within the Indian Railways. Candidates selected through UPSC SCRA exam are commissioned as Class I officers in the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineering after the completion of a four years long apprenticeship.

UPSC conducts the examination in two stages i.e. written test and personality test. The written test carries 600 marks while the interview/personality test carries 200 marks. It is vital for Sarkari Naukri seekers to clear both the rounds.

Age:- The candidate must be an Indian citizen. The candidate should be in between the age of 17 to 21 years. Age relaxation will be given as per the government rules & regulations.

Educational Qualification:- Candidates seeking UPSC Jobs should be 12th Pass or equivalent from a Government of India recognized board or university with first or second division. The candidate must have studied Mathematics as a (compulsory subject) and either one of Physics or Chemistry subject or both. Candidates should have completed the Graduation with Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry should be studied as one of their main subjects in the examination.

SCRA Application :- The online registration process will be done from the official website of UPSC i.e. upsconline.nic.in. The registration will be done in two phases, after completion of one phase only, candidates will be eligible to enter into the second phase of the registration. All the candidates excluding SC/ST/Female/PH are required to pay the application fee through Debit/ Credit Cards/Internet Banking in any of the branches of State Bank of India and its associated banks.

SCRA Admit Cards:- Candidates will be able to download their admit cards from the official web portal of UPSC http://www.upsc.gov.in. The admit cards will contain information of test venue, date and time along with the candidate’s name and roll number. All candidates must carry their admit cards to their respective centres to appear for the exam.

Selection Process:- The selection process of candidates for this Railway Recruitment will be based on the three modes of examination which includes Written exam, personality test or interview and document verification respectively.

SCRA Examination Pattern:- The UPSC SCRA Exam shall be in objective mode containing multiple choice type questions. Major sections are General Ability, Physical Sciences, and Mathematics respectively. The Examination will be conducted in two parts:-

Part I:- The written test will consist of three papers of multiple type questions covering various topics (Negative Marking is Applicable) given below:-

Paper 1:- General Ability Test (English, GK, Psychological Test) – 200 Marks
Paper 2:- Physical Science (Physics & Chemistry) – 200 Marks
Paper 3:- Mathematics – 200 Marks

Part II:- This part covers a personality test of 200 marks. However, this part will be conducted only for those candidates, who have qualified their written examination.

Syllabus SCRA Examination:-
Paper 1:- General Ability Test (English, GK, Psychological Test)

English

General
Knowledge

Psychological
Test

Grammar

Seasons

Introduction
to psychology

Unseen
passages

Climate

Reasoning

Jumbled
sentences

Money

Methods
of psychology

Punctuation

Man
and his environment

Motivation
and emotion

Sentence
correction and paragraph completion

Solar
system and the earth

The
bases of human behavior

Passive
nouns

Weather

Language
and thought

Idiomatic
usage

India’s
foreign policy and non- alignment

Human
development

Adjectives
verbs and proverbs

History

Human
memory

Subject
and verb agreement

Politics
and society in India

Learning

Articles
direct and indirect speech

Broad
features of Indian social system

Sensory
and perceptual processes

Advertisement
and notices

Constitution
of India and its characteristic features

Invitations
and replies business or official letters

Vocabulary

Paper 2:- Physical Science (Physics & Chemistry)

Physics

Chemistry

Length
and measurements

Atomic
structure

Radioactivity

Esters,
Polymers, Nonstructural treatment of Carbohydrates

Time
and mass

Chemical
bonding

Properties
and uses of x-rays

Carboxylic
acid

Velocity
and acceleration

Energy
changes in a chemical reaction

Production

Nitro
compounds amines

Newton’s
law of motion

Chemical
Equilibria and rates of reactions

Chemical
effects of current

Aldehydes
and ketones

Coefficient
of friction

Solutions

Magnetic
effect of current

Ethers,
Diethyl ether

Equilibrium
of bodies under action of forces

Electro-chemistry

Electric
current

Hydroxy
compounds

Mass
and weight

Oxidation

Temperature
and its measurement

Halogen
derivatives

Reflection
and refraction of light

Natural
and artificial radioactivity

General
methods of preparation

Metallurgical
Processes

Hydrogen

Tetrahedral
nature of carbon

Paper 3:- Mathematics

Algebra

Probability

Matrices
and determinants

Statistics

Trigonometry

Vectors
and its applications

Analytic
geometry

Integral
calculus and differential equations

Differential
calculus

SCRA is not an easy exam but at the same time it’s not too hard to crack. One of the important tips to crack SCRA exam is to make sure that you have the best study materials that cover the entire portion of the exam. Try to keep touch with the basics that have been taught at 10+2 level. It is advisable to students to read newspapers, magazines and national journals as these sources will be of great help for General Knowledge Test. For Mathematics paper, candidates can practice problems from 12th textbooks. For the General English Paper, candidates can practice and revise the basic rules of English grammar and vocabulary, from any standard grammar/Civil Services examination handbook. Bookmark this page for all latest exam and UPSC Recruitment updates. We wish you Good Luck!

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