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About Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination


  • Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination also known as SCRA is one of the oldest as well as reputed examination conducted every year for selecting a handful of candidates for the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering offered at Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE), Jamalpur (Bihar)
  • Academics: IRIMEE has signed an MoU with BIT Mesra, BIT’s visiting lecturers come to IRIMEE for delivering lectures on a regular basis and students go for semester exams at BIT Mesra and hence at the successful completion of the course, the students are awarded the regular BE (Mech) Degree of BIT Mesra.
  • Training: During the semester breaks of BIT Mesra, the Apprentices get trained in practical engineering and management at Jamalpur Workshops, other units of Railways and in other institutions and industry.
  • This Mechanical Engineering Programme was started in the year 1927.
  • The Apprentices of Special Class Railway also get a stipend of Rs. 9100 per month and which increases over a period of time.

Latest Update:

  • SCRA Exam has been scrapped and it will not be conducted by UPSC for admission into IRIMEE rather student can appear in Engineering Services Examination for getting into various Engineers post in INdian Railways.
  • SCRA 2016 Notification will be available from October 3, 2015 and all the details will be updated on this page.
  • SCRA Cut Off 2015 are now avilable for the exam conducted on January 18, 2015. Check SCRA Cut Off 
  • SCRA Admit Card
  • SCRA Online Application Form 
  • SCRA Result
  • SCRA Question Papers
  • SCRA Syllabus

  • SCRA exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission and after a rigorous selection process only 42 candidates are selected every year for the program and the exam is taken by close to 2.5 lakh candidates.
  • After completing the program, successful candidates are absorbed in Indian Railways and assigned highest level leadership program in Railway Organization.
  • For SCRA, there is an application fee of Rs.100 for candidates belonging to general category while female/SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted from any application fee.

Useful facts about SCRA Exam

  • SCRA Program was started in the year 1927, by the British in order to select candidates for assist them in their Railways Operations.
  • In 2013-14 2,79,695 candidates participate in the examination for just 42 seats.
  • SCRA exam focuses on evaluating the candidates in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English Language, General Knowledge, and Psychological Test (Mental Ability).
  • The candidates successful in the written examination are called for the Interview, followed by a Medical Examination.
  • The examination is based on the syllabus of Class 12 prescribed by Central board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
  • The students undergo a four-year rigorous training program in Mechanical Engineering, for which the Institute has a Memorandum of Understanding with Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi.
  • The workshop training sessions are conducted during the holidays at BIT, Mesra.

Career progression in SCRA 

  • After completing the probation in SCRA, the candidates are appointed as Officer in the junior scale. After about 2 years of service, candidates may be promoted to senior level.
  • After serving 6 to 7 years, the officers are promoted to Junior Administrative Grade.
  • Promotion to Senior Administrative Grade is done after 8 to10 years of service. The Senior Administrative Grade is equivalent to the Joint Secretary, Government of India.
  • Officers are promoted to Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) after serving at Senior Administrative Grade for a period of 6 to eight years.

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Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Eligibility criteria

SCRA 2016 Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality: Applicants need to be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan refugee residing in India prior to January 01, 1962.
  • Age: The candidates should beof age group 17 to 21 years i.e. born between January 02, 1995 and January 01 1999.
    • Relaxation: The Upper age limit is relax able as per conditions mentioned below:
      • Maximum 5 years for SC/ST Candidates, J&K Domiciled applicants and Ex-servicemen.
      • Maximum 3 years for OBC Candidates, Defense Service Personal disabled in operation.
      • Maximum 10 years for candidates having Locomotors Disability (Orthopedically handicapped persons, OA or OL subcategories only).
  • Educational Qualifications: Applicant must have cleared any of the following examinations:
    • Class 12 examination with Mathematics, and either of Physics or Chemistry.
    • Pre-Engineering Examination of an approved University with first or second division.
    • Pre-Professional/Pre-Technological Examination of any Indian University or recognized Board, with Mathematics along with Physics or Chemistry as subjects of examination.
  • Physical Standards: The applicants must be physically fit as per the standards for admission to Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, 2016.

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Application form and Admit Card

SCRA 2016 Application Process

Candidates need to make online application for the SCRA Exam 2016, using the official website of UPSC. Detailed instructions regarding the application process will be available on the website.

Guidelines for Filling the SCRA Online Form

  • Mode of application: The applications for SCRA will be accepted online only. Candidates are required to visit “www.upsconline.nic.in” in order to initiate the application process.
    • The Application process for SCRA has been divided into 2 parts.
  • Documents to be uploaded: Candidates are required to scan and keep their Photograph, as well as Signature. The specifications of the images are as follow:
    • Format: JPG
    • Maximum Size: 40kb
    • Minimum Size:
      • For Photograph: 3kb
      • For Signature: 1kb

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Fees

SCRA  Exam 2016 Application Fee

Candidates willing to participate in SCRA 2016 are required to submit an application fee of Rs.100 by the means of the following methods:

  • Cash at SBI counter
  • Net Banking facility of State Banks
  • Master/Visa Credit/Debit Card

Note: The candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe /Physically Handicapped along with female applicants are exempted from paying any fee in order to participate in the examination.

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Exam pattern

SCRA 2016 Exam Pattern

SCRA Exam will be conducted in two parts:

  • Part IWritten Examination: Maximum Marks: 600 in the subjects as shown below.
  • Part II: Personality Test: Maximum Marks 200 mark. It will be conducted only for those candidates who are declared qualified on the results of Written Examination.

Subjects of the Written Examination under Part I, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject/paper :

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
  • Paper Type: Objective- Multiple Choice Type questions only.
  • Medium: The Question Papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.
  • Standard: 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.
  • 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.
Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Important details

SCRA Exam Centres

List of SCRA 2016 Exam Centres where the written examination was conducted are given below.



































Port Blair







Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Address

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Dholpur House, 
Shahjan Road
New Delhi - 110-069

Queries can be addressed to 

Shri Utkarsh, Professor,
Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering,
Jamalpur, District - Munger,
Bihar, PIN - 811214
Ph: 9771462405

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Contact

Phone: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125
Fax: 011-23387310

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Exam Date

January 10, 2016

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination Mode of Exam

Pen and Paper Based


 Mechanical Engineering
Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur


Conducted by

Union Public Service Commission

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