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Special Class Railway Apprentice exam was started being conducted in 1927 by British Government, to select officers to who could help them in railway affairs. Nowadays Special Class Railway Apprentice includes those few candidates who get selected by Union Service Public Commission through a very rigorous selection process. Applicants apply for this exam to undergraduate program in Mech. Engineering at Indian Railway Institution of Medical and Electrical Engineering. As this test is being conducted since 1927, it is one of the oldest examinations in India. The SCRA written exam is conducted for 600 marks in following subjects: -
General Ability test (Which includes English, General Knowledge and Psychology Test)
Physical Science (Chemistry and Physics)
This is the one part of examination. In next part, personality test is carried out. It carries 200 marks and only those candidates appear for this exam that clears their written test successfully. Basically personality test is nothing but an interview which is conducted at its main office in New Delhi. A panel consisting about 6 to 8 officers questions candidate on science and general knowledge. The selection rate for this exam is less than 1 in per 10,000. The few candidates, who are selected, get training in Mechanical Engineering. They get trained by both methods, practical and theoretical.
Selected candidates get free education and also get a monthly stipend. The selected students stay at Jamalpur gymkhana and get their training at IRIMEE. Candidates get rigorous training for four years in Mechanical Engineering. IRIMEE has signed a memorandum with BIT, Ranchi, and BIT, Mesra. It follows semester system of BIT, Mesra. In holidays, workshop training session is kept at BIT, Mesra. In old days, selected candidates were sent to UK, but this is no more condition in current days; so there is a common misconception that they will get training in UK, which is NOT TRUE.
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