Special Class Railway Apprentices' (SCRA) Examination 2015

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi conducts the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ examination (SCRA) to select candidates for the Mechanical Engineering 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.

The SCRA exam has provided Indian Railways with its top-ranking officers. The Special Class Railway Apprentices' (SCRA) are the candidates that are selected by the UPSC through the SCRA exam. They get admitted to the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE), Jamalpur. This programme was started in 1927 and is one of the oldest in India.

The IRIMEE has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 monthly stipend of Rs. 9100 for the first two years, Rs. 9400 for the next 1.5 years and Rs. 9700 for the last six months.

After successfully completing four years of training, the SCRAs join the Indian Railways as Indian Railway Services of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) Officers (on probation for 1.5 years.)

SCRA exam dates

The Special Class Railway Apprentices' (SCRA) Exam 2015 will be held across India in 42 cities on 18 January, 2015. Visit the SCRA exam dates page for further details.

SCRA eligibility criteria

Interested candidates must fulfill certain age, nationality, educational and fitness criteria to be eligible to appear for the SCRA 2015 exam. Visit the SCRA eligibility criteria page to get details.

SCRA 2015 exam centres

SCRA 2015 will be conducted in 42 cities across India. Visit the SCRA exam centres page for further details.

SCRA 2015 exam pattern & syllabus

The test consists of two parts, a written examination and a personality test. Only the written exam will take place on 18 January, 2015. Get detailed information on the SCRA exam pattern & syllabus page.

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