SCRA (Special Class Railway Apprentice) 2018.

Please tell me in detail about SCRA, How does it work and recruit?

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  • About SCRA (Special Class Railway Apprentice) 2018


    SCRA is Indian Railways’ initiative to capture young talents fresh out of schools that are trained to be Mechanical Engineers by Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE), Jamalpur. According to IRIMEE the idea is to select those aspiring candidates who had studied science in Intermediate (10+2) level and then provide them with four-year apprenticeship training. After completing the training period with practical tests and written exams, candidates are awarded with Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering. IRIMEE has dubbed Special Class Railway Apprentice program as a “unique sandwich training scheme” that is focused on training young aspirants with the fundamental professional training.


    UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts examinations each year to select Special Class Railway Apprentices. UPSC releases notification about this written exam through major media channels like Newspapers, Magazines, Journals and on its official web portal. This notification is generally released around October followed by the examination next year in January. Candidates that are shortlisted on the basis of this exam are then made to appear for Personal Interview in May, which is usually followed by a medical test. UPSC releases the final merit list of selected candidates in June and these candidates join for training from the next month, July.
    Special Class Railway Apprentice is a training program fabricated by the Indian Railways for the young and bright to be trained as per the standards of IRIMEE. It should be noted that admissions to SCRA program have been suspended for the time being, candidates are advised to wait for the official notification to be released by UPSC regarding the commencement of recruitment of SCRAs for the year 2018-19.  
    Special Class Railway Apprentice is modelled after the four-year (8-semester) Mechanical Engineering Degree Course of Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi. Guest Lecturers from BIT, Mesra take classes in IRIMEE campus, give assignments and tutorials for semester examinations which are conducted at BIT. Upon the successful completion of the course/program, apprentices are awarded the regular BE (Mech) Degree from BIT Mesra.

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