UPSC Special Class Railway Apprentices' (SCRA) Scheme of Examination 2012

Read on to find Scheme of Examination for Special Class Railway Apprentices' (SCRA) Examination which will be conducted by Union Public Service Commission on 29 January 2012

Shikha Goyal
Nov 25, 2011, 17:27 IST

A competitive examination for recruitment of candidates as Special Class Apprentices in Mechanical Department of Indian Railways will be held by the Union Public Service Commission in accordance with the Rules published by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) on 29 January 2012.

The Examination shall be conducted according to the following plan.

Part I: Written Examination carrying a maximum of 600 marks in the subjects as shown below.

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



Code No.

Time Allowed

Maximum Marks

Paper I

General Ability Test (English, General Knowledge and Psychological Test)


2 Hours


Paper II

Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry)


2 Hours


Paper III



2 Hours


Total Marks


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.


  • 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.
  • An extra time of 20 minutes for each paper will be permitted to the blind candidates for papers (Objective type) of duration two hours each.
  • 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.

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