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Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA)

was a programme by which candidates are selected by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) India, to train in the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering at the Indian Railways.
The Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) scheme was started in 1927 by the British.
This programme started in 1927 and is one of the oldest in India.
In 2015, Railways decided to close down this examination after UPSC communicated that it was not inclined to continue conducting the examination.

Under Graduate Course
The Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) program is one of the country's first engineering examination, and admissions have been hotly contested, with as many as 2,500,000 candidates[citation needed] taking the entrance examination, now conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), for about 20 to 30 seats. The examination comprises written tests in mathematics, physics, chemistry, English language, general knowledge, and a psychological test (mental ability). The selected candidates are called for an interview, which is followed by a medical examination.

SCRA Application form notification/ availability     
October 2021
Deadline to submit the form
November 2021
Admit Card released
December 2021
Exam Date
December 2021

 

Eligibility Criteria 
OBC                                                                  
3 years
Defense Service
3 years
SC/ST
5 years
J&K Residents
5 years
Ex-servicemen/ECOs/Military Services
5 years

 

Exam Pattern
Paper
Marks
Time
Paper-1 [General Ability
200
2 hrs
Paper-2 [Physical Science           
200 
2 hrs
Paper-3 [Mathematics
200
2 hrs

 

Syllabus
Mathematics
Integral & Differential Calculus, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry, etc.  
Physics
Newton’s Law of Motions and Gravitation, Archimedes Principle, Coulomb’s Law, Magnetic Effects, etc. 
Chemistry
Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Aldehydes and Ketones, Covalent Bonds, Metallurgical Process, Halogen Derivatives, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, etc. 
General Knowldege        
Currents Affairs on numerous topics from Political Science, Environment, Society, Constitution, Science, Defense, Economy, etc. 
Psychological Test
Mechanical Aptitude