UPSC SCRA 2015 – Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination

UPSC SCRA 2015

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will coduct Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA 2015) Examination for selection of candidates for appointment in Mechanical Engineering Department of Indian Railways. The SCRA Exam will be held by UPSC on January 18, 2015.

Details of SCRA Exam 2015 like dates, application form, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus and other important details, are given below. This year candidates can apply online for UPSC SCRA. However provision for making payment via cash is available.

UPSC SCRA 2015 Notification was published on 10th Oct 2014. You can view the complete Notification of SCRA Exam on UPSC official website.

List of SCRA 2015 Exam Centres where the written examination will be conducted is given below.

Agartala Delhi Kohima Sambalpur
Ahmedabad Dharwar Kolkata Shillong
Aizawal Dispur Lucknow Shimla
Allahabad Gangtok Madurai Srinagar
Bangalore Hyderabad Mumbai Thiruvananthapuram
Barely Imphal Nagpur Tirupati
Bhopal Itanagar Panaji Udaipur
Chandigarh Jaipur Patna Vishkhapatnam
Chennai Jammu Port Blair
Cuttack Jorhat Raipur
Dehradun Kochi Ranchi

SCRA 2015 Exam Pattern

The Examination shall be conducted according to the following SCRA Exam Pattern

  • Part I : Written Examination carrying a maximum of 600 marks in the subjects 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.

According to the SCRA Exam Pattern, subjects of the Written Examination under Part I, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject/paper shall be as follows :

Subjects Code Time Marks
General Ability Test 01 2 Hrs 200
Physical Sciences 02 2 Hrs 200
Mathematics 03 2 Hrs 200
Total Marks 600

The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective (multiple choice answer) Type questions only. The Question Papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.

In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.

Question Papers will be approximately of the Intermediate standard.

Candidates must write the answers in their own hand. In no circumstances, will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them. Blind candidates will, however, be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe.

The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

SCRA 2015 Selection Procedure

The terms and conditions of Apprenticeship will be as set out in the form of agreement prescribed in the Indian Railway Establishment Manual, brief particulars of which are given below :

A candidate offered appointment as a Special Class Railway Apprentice shall execute an agreement in the prescribed form binding himself/herself and one surety jointly and severally, to refund, in the event of his/her failing to complete training as a Special Class Railway Apprentices or to accept the service as an officer on probation in the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, if offered to him/her to the satisfaction of the Government, any money paid to him/her and any other money expended by Government on him/her, the Government being the exclusive judge of the quantum of such expense. The apprentices will be liable to undergo practical and theoretical training for 4 years in the first instance under an indenture binding them, to serve on the Indian Railways on the completion of their training, if their services are required. The continuance of apprenticeship from year to year will depend on satisfactory reports being received from the authorities under whom the apprentices may be working. If at any time during his/her apprenticeship; any apprentice does not satisfy the superior authorities that he/she is making good progress, he/she will be liable to be discharged from the apprenticeship.

Note : The Government of India may at their discretion alter or modify the periods and courses of training.

The practical and theoretical training referred to above will be given in a Railway Workshop for four years of their apprenticeship. Special Class Railway Apprentice must pass within this period the Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ranchi). The apprentices will be granted a stipend of Rs. 9100/- per month during the 1st and 2nd years and Rs. 9400/- per month during the 3rd year and first six months of 4th year and Rs 9700 for last six months of 4th year. During the apprenticeship, the candidates will be required to undergo both theoretical and practical training. There will be in all Eight Semester Examinations passing each of which is compulsory. If unsuccessful at any of these examination, they will be depending on their performance, be asked to sit for and pass in supplementary examination or reverted to the next lower batch or removed from apprenticeship.

Note : Except as provided for in paragraph 4 below or in cases of discharge or dismissal due to insubordination, intemperance or other misconduct or breach of agreement a week’s notice of discharge from apprenticeship will be given.

After the completion of 4th year of training referred to in paragraph 2 above, the apprentices will be listed in order of merit on the results of the examination held and the reports of the apprentices received during the period of apprenticeship. Successful apprentices will be appointed on probation for 18 months in the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers.

Note : An apprentice will be considered to have obtained the qualifying standard if he/ she obtains a minimum of 40 per cent marks in the aggregate in all the examinations held during the Eight Semester Examination of his/her training and 60 percent marks in the reports of the Director Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Jamalpur and of the Chief Works Manager, Jamalpur Workshop provided that in each of the Eight Semester Examination he/she has obtained a minimum of 40 per cent marks in the aggregate and minimum of 40 percent marks in all the subjects.

Unsuccessful apprentices will be discharged from their apprenticeship, one month’s notice of discharge being given along with the intimation that the apprentice has been unsuccessful.

After successful completion of 4 years apprenticeship, the apprentices will be appointed as probationers in the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers subject to the proviso given below in Para 6. Particulars as to pay and general conditions of service of officers of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers have been given in Appendix-IV of the Rules published in Gazette of India.

The period of probation will be 18 months. The appointment and pay as probationers will commence from (a) the date of completion of 4 years of the apprenticeship or (b) the actual date of completion of training whichever is later : Provided however, that those Special Class Apprentices who could not pass Bachelor of Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ranchi) within 4 years of their apprenticeship will be deemed to have been appointed as probationers only from the date when they pass in full in all the Eight Semester.

Note :

  • The retention in service of probationers and their grant of annual increments are subject to satisfactory reports on their work being received at the end of each year of probation.
  • The services of probationer may be terminated on three months notice on either side.

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