Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Examination 2015:

  • Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts every year entrance exam for selecting Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) to Indian Railways.
  • This program was started in 1927.


  • The selected candidates undergo a four-year rigorous training programme in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur.
  • IRIMEE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi for the training.

Degree Awarded

  • SCRAs get a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering after successful completion of four years of training. This degree is recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education.


  • On successful completion of the course they are posted as Assistant Mechanical Engineer (AME) in Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers.
  • As they are posted directly as Group A officer they rapidly goes higher up in the ladder to become senior administrators of Indian Railways.

Stipend and other Benefits

  • Not only that SCRA Apprentices are trained at Railways expense, they are paid stipend at the following rates along with DA applicable:
Year              Stipend per month
First Rs. 9100
Second Rs. 9100
Third Rs. 9400
Fourth[First six months] Rs. 9400
[Last six months] Rs. 9700
  • Special Class Apprentice moving from one headquarter to another in connection with their training will be eligible for daily allowance for the period covered by the journey.
  • During their stay at the Railway Staff College, Baroda, Special Class Apprentices will be granted daily allowance at full rates for the entire period of their training at the college.
  • Leave: Special Class Railway Apprentices may be granted leave on full stipend for a period not exceeding one month in any year of apprenticeship.
  • Medical facilities : Special Class Apprentices shall be entitled to free medical attendance and treatment at railway hospitals and dispensaries on the same scale as applicable to railway servants
  • Travelling facilities: 2 sets of Pass and 6 sets of Privilege Ticket Orders(PTO) are admissible per year valid from anywhere to anywhere on Indian Railways

SCRA exam

  • SCRA exam is conducted by UPSC and is one of the toughest exams in the country as each year there are only around 10 vacancies.
  • For Admission to the examination a candidate must have passed in the first or second division, the Intermediate or an equivalent examination of a university or board approved by the Government of India with Mathematics and at least one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination

Scheme of exam


Paper Subject Time Maximum  Marks
Paper-I General Ability Test (English, General Knowledge and Psychological Test) 2 hours 200
Paper-II Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) 2 hours 200
Paper-III Mathematics 2 hours 200
Total 600
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.


Exam Date                   : 18 January’2015


Last date to apply         : Last date for On-Line application is 7 Nov 2014. The notification is available on


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