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How To Prepare For SCRA 2017 Special Class Railway Apprentice Exam Tips


How To Prepare For SCRA

Dear candidates, here on this section we are providing an amazing answer of a common question that How to Prepare for SCRA 2017. UPSC conducts examination for selection of candidates for appointment as Special Class Railway Apprentices in Mechanical Department of Indian Railways. The time has approach to prepare for UPSC SCRA examination. If you are going to apply for this examination then you must start preparing from now onwards. Following are some Special Class Railway Apprentice Exam Tips that will help you to start your preparation.
How To Prepare For SCRA
The examination consists of written test in PCM, English Language, GK, and Psychological Test (Mental Ability). The question paper will be set in English Language only. Candidates who got selected for interview is followed by medical examination and the syllabus for this is based on class 12 th according to CBSE. First of all let me discuss with you the exam pattern of UPSC SCRA 2017.

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UPSC SCRA 2017 Exam Pattern

Part I Includes  :-Written Examination -600 marks in the subjects

Part II Includes  :- Personality Test - 200 marks in respect of only those candidates who are declared qualified on the results of Written Examination.

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Written Examination Pattern for SCRA 2017

Max Marks
Max Questions
Time Allocated
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

Paper 1 General Ability Test: (SCRA 2017)

The main objective of this paper is to test the candidate understanding on a particular subject or on current topics.

English: Questions on basis grammar points, synonyms, antonyms, sentences and comprehension are given in it, as per knowledge up to class 12th

General Knowledge: Questions on History, Politics, Indian Constitution, Technological Development, Population Control, Poverty, Poverty Reduction, backward classes welfare, politics and Society in India, British Rule and Freedom Struggle in India, World Organization (Political/Social/Economics/Cultural), Features of Indian Social System, Money and Finances, Evolution of Life, Environmental Pollution, Nutrition,, Human Body Structure, food balance, deceases, pollution, solar system, natural disasters etc are given in it. In addition Indian economy, development, 5 year plans, agriculture, industrial growth, inflation, taxes, national income, resources allocation etc issues are also in it.

Psychological test: to test the basic understanding of the candidate in Mechanical field some questions would be given.

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How to Prepare For SCRA 2017 general ability?

As we know that general studies are very wide and it takes time to go verbally to it so you need to have strong preparation if you want to get a good hold over on it.  For this you need to divide your syllabus according to your convenience for instance:-

You can Study science and social studies text books from 6th class to 10+2 along standard material. For good hold over current affairs you can read news papers constantly Read major newspapers from six months before the SCRA examination. Note down all important and handy points. Cover United Nations, Indian Constitution – important features, Fundamental Rights and duties.

For English revise grammar from 10th and 10+2 level. In English tenses verbs, Synonyms, and all related to grammar is included in syllabus and you need to go thorough to it. Questions may arise what type of questions will come? And how much time to be allocated etc. To clear these doubts practice with model papers. By doing this candidates can understand design of SCRA examination strategy.

Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry)

Also one part would be based on physics as per the standard of class 12th Questions. Some important topics are screw gauge, Newton’s laws of motion, gravitation, Pascal law, Principle of Archimedes,  and Telescopes, Magnetic Movement, Electric charge and Columbus law , Motion, Prisms, Electric Charge, Whetstone’s Bridge, Chemical effects of  and many more.. Etc...    
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Chemistry vital topics

Atomic structure, periodic classification, Energy changes in a Chemical reaction, Chemical Equilibrium and rates of reaction, Solution,  artificial radio-activity, Electro-Chemistry, Oxidation, Natural etc

Inorganic Chemistry –Hydrogen, Group I Elements, Group II Elements, Group III Elements, Group IV, Metallurgical process, metals and Group elements
Organic Chemistry – general methods of off preparation, nitro compounds, aldehydes and ketones, easters, fats Tetrahedral nature of Carbon, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Halogen Derivatives, Hydroxy Compound, Carboxylic acid, Esters, Polymers, Non-structural treatment of Carbohydrates.

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How to Prepare For SCRA 2017 Physical Sciences?

 First of all you need to understand inorganic chemistry lessons completely. Prepare notes bits wise while studying, and revise them regularly. To improve your speed and reduce mistakes in the examination, practice with bit banks thoroughly. Study theory properly so that you can easily solve the problems which would come in the examination.


Topics of this paper include Algebra, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry (two dimensions), and Differential Calculus, integral calculus, vector applications, statistics and probability.

How to Prepare For SCRA 2017 Mathematics?

We all are well versed by this that in math’s, Speed is important. To get grip over it, it is quite necessary to understand the basic principals besides practicing bit banks. You must write down the principles you have learned from class 6th to 10+2 and can use them in solving problems. Never forget to use principles while solving problems. It saves your time tremendously. Moreover, do not worry to score high in this chapter. If you prepare chapter wise, you will definitely get grip over this because math’s needs practice.

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How to Prepare For SCRA 2017 Personality Test (interview)

After getting shortlisted in the written examination candidates are called for interview. Leadership qualities, mental and physical ability are tested here on current affairs, railways, mechanics, chemistry, maths and history. They will get thorough to your profile and like to ask question based on that or either related to the city you put up, hobbies or they can ask the lovable sport you like the most. To succeed this stage, candidates should learn railway history and development related issues.

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Special Class Railway Apprentice Exam Tips

Plan is required:  The best way is to start with the  social science subject and  go through to history civics , Geography books of 6th, 7th and 8th standard in order to know our earth history and can jot down the main points. But yes..! Quick revision would definitely give you an edge over others but yes as mentioned above, do not forget to make notes of important topics.

The number of questions, especially in Mathematics section, could be overwhelming. And finally brush up the knowledge in current affairs by reading systematically with perfect time management you can complete your syllabus within the prescribed time and will be able to score high. Prepare a study schedule keeping your exam date in mind. Get the help of your college lecturers and parents.

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Refer to past question papers

The more you will get hands over model papers and solved past papers, the more you will get confident. The past years questions are either available online or can be bought. In this way, you will be aware of your weak and strong points and you will get more prepared...
  • Take mock exams
  • Refer to SCRA books
  • Paper I -is quite easy in terms of scoring but still needs preparation and practice as well. Study various topics from higher secondary material; as it will help you in scoring better marks.

Final selection for Special Class Railway Apprentice

Qualified and successful shortlisted candidates in both written test and interview are selected for Special Class Railway Apprenticeship. After 2 years of training they get appointed in Indian railway.

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NOTE: - Preparing candidates for SCRA 2017 Special Class Railway Apprentice should get things right in their mind, to bring them into practice, to see the smooth result. You just need to be focuses, positive and confident.

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