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Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) on behalf of Indian Railways for four years of apprenticeship. On successfully completing the same, SCRA are absorbed as a Class-1 officers in Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME). This programme was started in 1927 and is one of the oldest in India .

Notification Date: October, 2014
Last Date to Apply: November, 2014
SCRA Exam Date: January, 2015

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS:

(I) Nationality

A candidate must be either:-

  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the SCRA examination 2014 but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

(II) SCRA 2014 Age Limits:

A candidate must have attained the age of 17 years and must not have attained the age of 21 years on 1st January, 2014, i.e. he / she must have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1992 and not later than 1st January, 1996.

The upper age limit for SCRA Exam 2014 is relaxable as follows:

  1. Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
  2. Up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
  3. Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
  4. Up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence there of :
  5. Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st January, 2014 and have been released.
    1. On completion of assignment ( including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st January, 2014 ) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
    2. On account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or
    3. On invalidment.
  6. Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs / SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st January, 2014 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of UPSC appointment letter.
  7. Upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of Orthopedically Handicapped persons, OA & OL subcategories only.

Note : I

Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3 (II) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, physically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation for SCRA Exam under both the categories.

Note: II

The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen ( Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts ) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

Note: III

The age concession under Para 3 (II) (b) (v) to (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-servicemen and Commissioned officers including ECOs / SSCOs, who are released on their own request.

Note: IV

Notwithstanding the provision of age relaxation for SCRA Exam 2014 – 15 under Para 3 (II) (b) (vii) above, a physically handicapped candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment if he / she ( after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe ) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services / Posts to be allocated to the physically handicapped candidates by the Government.

Save as provided above the age limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.

The date of birth accepted by the Union Public Service Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

These certificates are required to be submitted only after the declaration of the result of the written part of the SCRA examination.

No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

The expression Matriculation / Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.

Note: 1

Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation / Higher Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate as on the date of submission of SCRA Online 2014 applications will be accepted by the Union Public Service Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Note: 2

Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Union Public Service Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination for SCRA 2014, no change will be allowed subsequently ( or at any other Examination of the Union Public Service Commission ) on any grounds whatsoever.

Note: 3

The candidates should exercise due care while entering their date of birth.

If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Union Public Service commission under the Rules.

SCRA Scheme of Examination 2014 -15

The Examination shall be conducted according to the following plan.

  1. Part I – Written Examination carrying a maximum of 600 marks in the subjects as shown below.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.
  2. 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 :
SCRA Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Ability Test 2 Hours 200
Paper II Physical Sciences 2 Hours 200
Paper III Mathematics 2 Hours 200
Total 600
  1. 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.
  2. In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
  3. Question Papers will be approximately of the Intermediate standard.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
  7. 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.

 

SCRA 2014 -15 Application Fee

Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination – SCRA 2014 Application Fee

Candidates applying SCRA Exam Online 2014 ( excepting Female / SC / ST / PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee ) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- ( Rupees One Hundred only ) either by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur / State Bank of Hyderabad / State Bank of Mylsore / State Bank of Patiala / State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa / Master Credit / Debit Card.

Note : 1
Candidates should note that payment of SCRA 2014 examination fee can be made only through the modes prescribed above. Payment of fee through any other mode is neither valid nor acceptable. SCRA Exam Online Applications 2014 submitted without the prescribed fee / mode (unless remission of fee is claimed, shall be summarily rejected ).

Note: 2
Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other UPSC examination or selection.

Note: 3
For the applicants in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank, they will be treated as fictitious payment cases and their applications for SCRA 2015 will be rejected in the first instance. A list of all such applicants shall be made available on the Union Public Service Commission website within two weeks after the last day of submission of Online Application for SCRA Exam 2015. The applicants shall be required to submit the proof of their fee payment within 10 days from the date of such communication either by hand or by speed post to the Union Public Service Commission. On receipt of documentary proof, genuine fee payment cases will be considered and their SCRA applications will be revived, if they are otherwise eligible.

SCRA 2015 Application Form without prescribed fee will be summarily rejected. This does not apply to the candidates who are seeking remission of the prescribed fee under the following paragraphs.

All female candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes are not required to pay any SCRA fee.

No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the full prescribed SCRA 2015 fee.

Physically handicapped persons are exempted from the payment of fee provided they are otherwise eligible for appointment to the SCRA Posts to be filled on the results of Special Class Railway Apprentices examination 2014 on the basis of the standards of medical fitness for these Posts ( including any concessions specifically extended to the physically handicapped ).

A physically handicapped candidate claiming age relaxation / fee concession will be required by the Union Public Service Commission to submit along with their Detailed SCRA Application Form, a certified copy of the certificate from a Government Hospital / Medical Board in support of his / her claim for being physically handicapped.

Note :
Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision for age relaxation / SCRA fee exemption, a physically handicapped candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he / she ( after such physical examination as the Government or the appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe ) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services / SCRA Posts to be allocated to Physically Handicapped candidates by the Government.

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SCRA Exam Center 2014 -15

SCRA Examination Center

 

•           Examination Center

•           Center Code

•           Agartala

•           45

•           Gangtok

•           42

•           Panaji (Goa)

•           36

•           Ahmedabad

•           01

•           Hyderabad

•           10

•           Patna

•           15

•           Aizwal

•           47

•           Imphal

•           44

•           Port Blair

•           37

•           Allahabad

•           20

•           Itanagar

•           48

•           Raipur

•           49

•           Bangalore

•           03

•           Jaipur

•           11

•           Ranchi

•           41

•           Bareilly

•           54

•           Jammu

•           34

•           Sambalpur

•           53

•           Bhopal

•           04

•           Jorhat

•           46

•           Shillong

•           16

•           Chandigarh

•           35

•           Kochi

•           24

•           Shimla

•           17

•           Chennai

•           12

•           Kohima

•           43

•           Srinagar

•           18

•           Cuttack

•           07

•           Kolkata

•           06

•           Thiruvanathapuram

•           19

•           Dehradun

•           14

•           Lucknow

•           26

•           Tirupati

•           50

•           Delhi

•           08

•           Madurai

•           40

•           Udaipur

•           52

•           Dharwar

•           39

•           Mumbai

•           05

•           Vishakhapatnam

•           51

•           Dispur

•           09

•           Nagpur

•           13

The UPSC Exam centres and the date of holding the SCRA examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Union Public Service Commission.

Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the centre, except chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkatta and Nagpur.

Allotment of SCRA Exam centres will be on the “First apply First allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular centre is attained, the same will be frozen.

Applicants, who cannot get a centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a centre from the remaining ones.

Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a centre of their choice.

NB : Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, Union Public Service Commission reserve the right to change the exam centres at their discretion if the situation demands.

Candidates admitted to the Special Class Railway Apprentices 2014 -15 examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of SCRA examination. Candidates should note that no request for change of SCRA exam centre will normally be granted.

2. The approximate number of vacancies in SCRA, to be filled on the results of the SCRA examination 2014 -15 is ___.

Note : One SCRA vacancies 2014 -15 are reserved for physically challenged candidates belonging to Orthopaedically Handicapped having functional classifications OA.

The number of Special Class Railway Apprentices 2015 vacancies mentioned above is liable to alteration.

SCRA Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled categories in respect of SCRA vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

A candidates will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidates belongs is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government.

If a candidates indicates in his / her application form for SCRA Examination that he / she belongs to General Category but subsequently writes to the Union Public Service Commission to change his / her category, to a reserved one, such request shall not be entertained by the Union Public Service Commission.

While the above principle will be followed in general there may be a few cases where there was a little gap (say 2 – 3 months) between the issuance of a Government Notification enlisting a particular community in the list of any of the reserved communities by the candidates. In such cases the request of change of community from general to reserved may be considered by the Union Public Service Commission on merit.

The closing date fixed for the receipt of the Online application Exam 2014 -15 will be treated as the date for determining the OBC status ( including that of creamy layer ) of the candidates.

 SCRA Educational Qualification

For admission to the SCRA examination a candidate :

  1. 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 Special Class Railway Apprentices SCRA examination. Graduates with Mathematics and at least one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as their degree subjects may also apply, or
  2. Must have passed in the first or second division, the Higher Secondary ( 12 years ) Examination under 10 plus 2 pattern of School Education with Mathematics and at least one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the SCRA examination, or
  1. Must have passed the first year Examination under the three year degree course of a university or the first examination of the three year diploma course in Rural Service of the National Council for Rural Higher Education or the third year Examination for promotion to the 4th year of the four year B.A. / B.Sc. ( Evening College ) Course of the Madras University with Mathematics and at least one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the Special Class Railway Apprentices examination provided that before joining the degree / diploma course he / she passed the Higher Secondary examination or the Pre-University or equivalent examination in the first or second division.
    Candidates who have passed the first / second year examination under the three-years degree course in the first or second division with Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry as subjects of the Examination may also apply; provided the first / second year examination is conducted by a University; orMust have passed in the first or second division the Pre-Engineering Examination of a University, approved by the Government of India; or

Must have passed in the first or second division the Pre-Professional / Pre-Technological Examination of any Indian University or a recognised Board, with Mathematics and at least, one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the SCRA examination conducted one year after the Higher Secondary or Pre-University stage; or

Must have passed the first year examination under the five year Engineering Degree Course of a University Provided that before joining the Degree Course, he passed the Higher Secondary Examination or pre-University or equivalent examination in the first or second division.

Candidates who have passed the first year Examination of the five-year Engineering Degree Course in the first or second division may also apply provided the first year Examination is conducted by a University; or

  1. Must have passed in the first or second division the Pre-Degree Examination of the University, approved by the Government of India or
  2. Must have passed in the first or second division the Pre-Engineering Examination of a University, approved by the Government of India or
  3. Must have passed in the first or second division the Pre-Professional / Pre-Technological Examination of any Indian University or a recognized Board, with Mathematics and at least, one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination conducted one year after the Higher Secondary or Pre-University stage; or
  4. Must have passed the first year examination under the five year Engineering Degree Course of a University; provided that before joining the Degree Course, he / she passed the Higher Secondary Examination or pre-University or equivalent Examination in the first or second division.Candidates who have passed the first year Examination of the five-year Engineering Degree Course in the first or second division may also apply provided the first year Examination is conducted by a University; or
  5. Must have passed in the first or second division the Pre-Degree Examination of the Universities of Kerala and Calicut with Mathematics and at least one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the Examination.

Note I :

Candidates who are not awarded any specific division by the University / Board either in the intermediate or any other examination mentioned above will be considered educationally eligible provided their aggregate of marks falls within the range of marks for first or second division as prescribed by the University / Board concerned.

Note II :

Candidates who have appeared at an examination for Special Class Railway Apprentice, the passing of which would render them eligible to appear at the SCRA examination 2015 but have not been informed of the results, may apply for admission to the SCRA 2015 examination. Candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination may also apply.

Such candidates will be admitted to the SCRA examination 2014 -15, if otherwise eligible but their SCRA admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation, if they do not produce proof of having passed the requisite qualifying examination along with the detailed Special Class Railway Apprentices application form 2014-15 which will be required to be submitted by the candidates who qualify on the results of the written part of the SCRA examination 2014 -15.

Note III :

In exceptional cases, the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the SCRA Exam 2014 -15 qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he / she possesses SCRA qualifications the standard of which in the opinion of the Union Public Service Commission, justifies his / her admission to the SCRA 2014 -15 examination.

Note IV :

Diplomas in Engineering awarded by the State Boards of Technical Education are not acceptable for SCRA admission to the Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination.

SCRA Exam 2014 -15 Physical Standards :

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for SCRA admission 2014 -15 to Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination 2014 -15 as per Regulations given in Appendix-II of the rules for the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination 2014 -15 published in Gazette of India dated 11.10.2014.

SCRA Syllabus 2014 -15

Section – II
Syllabus of Examination

Paper – I

(I) ENGLISH
The questions will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding and command of the language.

II) GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
The questions will be designed to test a candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him/her and its application to society. The standard of answers to questions should be as expected of students of standard 12 or equivalent. Man and his environment– Evolution of life, plants and animals, heredity and environment-Genetics, cells, chromosomes, genes. Knowledge of the human body-nutrition, balanced diet, substitute foods, public health and sanitation including control of epidemics and common diseases. Environmental pollution and its control. Food adulteration, proper storage and preservation of food grains and finished products, population explosion, population control. Production of food and raw materials. Breeding of animals and plants, artificial insemination, manures and fertilizers, crop protection measures, high yielding varieties and green revolution, main cereal and cash crops of India. Solar system and the earth. Seasons, Climate, Weather, Soil—its formation, erosion. Forests and their uses. Natural calamities cyclones, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions. Mountains and rivers and their role in irrigation in India. Distribution of natural resources and industries in India. Exploration of under—ground minerals including Oil Conservation of natural resources with particular reference to the flora and fauna of India.

History, Politics and Society in India—Vedic, Mahavir, Budhdha, Mauryan, Sunga, Andhra, Kushan. Gupta ages (Mauryan Pillars, Stupa Caves, Sanchi, Mathura and Gandharva Schools, Temple architecture, Ajanta and Ellora). The rise of new social forces with the coming of Islam and establishment of broader contacts. Transition from feudalism to capitalism. Opening of European contacts. Establishment of British rule in India. Rise of nationalism and national struggle for freedom culminating in Independence.

Constitution of India and its characteristic features—Democracy, Secularism, Socialism, equality of opportunity and Parliamentary form of Government. Major political ideologies— Democracy, Socialism, Communism and Gandhian idea of non-violence. Indian political parties, pressure groups, public opinion and the Press, electoral system. India’s foreign policy and non-alignment-Arms race, balance of power. World organisation — political, social, economic and cultural. Important events (including sports and cultural activities) in India and abroad during the past two years.

Broad features of Indian social system — The caste system, hierarchy — recent changes and trends. Minority social institution — marriage, family, religion and acculturation. Division of labour, co-operation, conflict and competition, Social control — reward and punishment, art, law, customs, propaganda, public opinion, agencies of social control — family, religion, State educational institutions; factors of social change — economic, technological, demographic, cultural; the concept of revolution.

Social disorganisation in India — Casteism, communalism, corruption in public life, youth unrest, beggary, drugs, delinquency and crime, poverty and unemployment. Social planning and  welfare in India, community development and labour welfare; welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes.

Money — Taxation, price, demographic trends, national income, economic growth. Private and Public Sectors; economic and non-economic factors in planning, balanced versus imbalanced growth, agricultural versus industrial development; inflation and price stabilization, problem of resource mobilisation. India’s Five Year Plans.

(iii) Psychological Test
The questions will be designed to assess the basic intelligence and mechanical aptitude of the candidate.

Paper – II

(I) PHYSICS
Length measurements using vernier, screw gauge, spherometer and optical lever. Measurement of time and mass.
Straight line motion and relationships among displacement, velocity and acceleration.

Newton’s Laws of Motion, Momentum, impulse, work, energy and power. Coefficient of friction.

Equilibrium of bodies under action of forces. Moment of a force, couple. Newton’s Law of Gravitation. Escape velocity. Acceleration due to gravity.

Mass and Weight; Centre of gravity, Uniform circular motion, centripetal force, simple Harmonic motion. Simple pendulum.

Pressure in a fluid and its variation with depth. Pascal’s Law. Principle of Archimedes. Floating bodies, Atmospheric pressure and its measurement.

Temperature and its measurement. Thermal expansion, Gas laws and absolute temperature. Specific heat, latent heats and their measurement. Specific heat of gases. Mechanical equivalent of heat. Internal energy and First law of thermodynamics, Isothermal and adiabatic changes. Transmission of heat; thermal conductivity.

Wave motion; Longitudinal and transverse waves. Progressive and stationary waves, Velocity of sound in gas and its dependence on various factors. Resonance phenomena (air columns and strings).

Reflection and refraction of light. Image formation by curved mirrors and lenses, Microscopes and telescopes. Defects of vision.

Prisms, deviation and dispersion, Minimum deviation. Visible spectrum. Field due to a bar magnet, Magnetic moment, Elements of Earth’s magnetic field. Magnetometers. Dia, para and ferromagnetism.

Electric charge, electric field and potential, Coulomb’s Law.

Electric current; electric cells, e.m.f. resistance, ammeters and voltmeters. Ohm’s law; resistances in series and parallel, specific resistance and conductivity. Heating effect of current.

Wheatstone’s bridge, Potentiometer.

Magnetic effect of current; straight wire, coil and solenoid electromagnet; electric bell. Force on a current-carrying conductor in magnetic field; moving coil galvanometers; conversion to ammeter or voltmeter.

Chemical effects of current; Primary and storage cells and their functioning, Laws of electrolysis.

Electromagnetic induction; Simple A.C. and D.C. generators. Transformers, Induction coil,

Cathode rays, discovery of the electron, Bohr model of the atom. Diode and its use as a rectifier.

Production, properties and uses of X-rays.

Radioactivity; Alpha, Beta and Gamma rays.

Nuclear energy; fission and fusion, conversion of mass into energy, chain reaction.

(II) CHEMISTRY

Physical Chemistry
1. Atomic structure; Earlier models in brief. Atom as at three dimensional model. Orbital concept. Quantum numbers and their significance, only elementary treatment. Pauli’s Exclusion Principle. Electronic configuration. Aufbau Principle, s.p.d. and f. block elements. Periodic classification only long form. Periodicity and electronic configuration. Atomic radii, Electro-negativity in period and groups.

2. Chemical Bonding, electro-valent, co-valent, coordinate covalent bonds. Bond Properties, sigma and Pie bonds, Shapes of simple molecules like water, hydrogen sulphide, methane and ammonium chloride. Molecular association and hydrogen bonding.

3. Energy changes in a chemical reaction. Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions. Application of First Law of Thermodynamics, Hess’s Law of constant heat summation.

4. Chemical Equilibria and rates of reactions. Law of Mass action. Effect of Pressure, Temperature and concentration on the rates of reaction. (Qualitative treatment based on Le Chatelier’s Principle). Molecularity; First and Second order reaction. Concept of Energy of activation. Application to manufacture of Ammonia and Sulphur trioxide.

5. Solutions : True solutions, colloidal solutions and suspensions. Colligative properties of dillute solutions and determination of Molecular weights of dissolved substances. Elevation of boiling points. Depressions of freezing point, osmotic pressure. Raoult’s Law (non-thermodynamic treatment only).

6. Electro-Chemistry : Solution of Electrolytes, Faraday’s Laws of Electrolysis, ionic equilibria, Solubility product. Strong and weak electrolytes. Acids and Bases (Lewis and Bronstead concept). pH and Buffer solutions.

7. Oxidation — Reduction; Modern, electronics concept and oxidation number.

8. Natural and Artificial Radioactivity: Nuclear Fission and Fusion. Uses of Radioactive isotopes.

Inorganic Chemistry : Brief Treatment of Elements and their industrially important compounds :

1. Hydrogen : Position in the periodic table. Isotopes of hydrogen. Electronegative and electropositive character. Water, hard and soft water, use of water in industries, Heavy water and its uses.

2. Group I Elements : Manufacture of sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride.

3. Group II Elements : Quick and slaked lime. Gypsum, Plaster of Paris. Magnesium sulphate and Magnesia.

4. Group III Elements: Borax, Alumina and Alum.

5. Group IV Elements : Coals, Coke and solid Fuels, Silicates, Zolitis semi-conductors. Glass (Elementary treatment).

6. Group V Elements: Manufacture of ammonia and nitric acid. Rock Phosphates and safety matches.

7. Group VI Elements. Hydrogen peroxide, allotropy of sulphur, sulphuric acid. Oxides of sulphur.

8. Group VII Elements. Manufacture and uses of Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine and Iodine, Hydrochloric acid. Bleaching powder.

9. Group O. (Noble gases) Helium and its uses.

10. Metallurgical Processes : General Methods of extraction of metals with specific reference to copper, iron, aluminium, silver, gold, zinc and lead. Common alloys of these metals; Nickel and manganese steels.

Organic Chemistry

1. Tetrahedral nature of carbon, Hybridisation and sigma pie bonds and their relative strength. Single and multiple bonds. Shapes of molecules. Geometrical and optical isomerism.

2. General methods of preparation, properties and reaction of alkanes, alkenes and alkynes, Petroleum and its refining. Its uses as fuel. Aromatic hydrocarbons : Resonance and aromaticity. Benzene and Naphthalene and their analogues. Aromatic substitution reactions.

3. Halogen derivatives : Chloroform, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chlorobenzene, D.D.T. and Gammexane.

4. Hydroxy Compounds : Preparation, properties and uses of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary alcohols, Methanol, Ethanol, Glycerol and Phenol, Substitution reaction at aliphatic carbon atom.

5. Ethers; Diethyl ether.

6. Aldehydes and ketones : Formaldehyde, Acetaldehyde, Benzaldehyde, acetone, acetophenone.

7. Nitro compounds amines: Nitrobenzene TNT, Anlline, Diazonium Compounds, Azodyes.

8. Carboxylic acid : Formic, acetic, denezoic and salicylic acids, acetyl salicylic acid.

9. Esters : Ethylacerate, Methyl salicylates, ethylbenzoate.

10. Polymers : Polythene, Teflon, Perpex, Artificial Rubber, Nylon and Polyester fibers.

11. Nonstructural treatment of Carbohydrates, Fats and Lipids, amino acids and proteins – Vitamins and hormones.

Paper – III

MATHEMATICS

1. Algebra :
Concept of a set, Union and Intersection of sets, Complement of a set, Null set, Universal set and Power set, Venn diagrams and simple applications. Cartesian product of two sets, relation and mapping — examples, Binary operation on a set — examples. Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers: Modulus, Argument, Algebraic operations on complex numbers. Cube roots of unity. Binary system of numbers, Conversion of a decimal number to a binary number and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Summation of series involving A.P., G.P., and H.P.. Quadratic equations with real co-efficients. Quadratic expressions: extreme values. Permutation and Combination, Binomial theorem and its applications.

Matrices and Determinants: Types of matrices, equality, matrix addition and scalar multiplication – properties. Matrix multiplication — non-commutative and distributive property over addition. Transpose of a matrix, Determinant of a matrix. Minors and Cofactors. Properties of determinants. Singular and non-singular matrices. Adjoint and Inverse of a square-matrix, Solution of a system of linear equations in two and three variables-elimination method, Cramers rule and Matrix inversion method (Matrices with m rows and n columns where m, n < to 3 are to be considered). Idea of a Group, Order of a Group, Abelian Group. Identitiy and inverse elements- Illustration by simple examples.

2. Trigonometry :
Addition and subtraction formulae, multiple and sub-multiple angles. Product and factoring formulae. Inverse trigonometric functions — Domains, Ranges and Graphs. DeMoivre’s theorem, expansion of Sin n0 and Cos n0 in a series of multiples of Sines and Cosines. Solution of simple trigonometric equations. Applications: Heights and Distance.

3. Analytic Geometry (two dimensions):
Rectangular Cartesian. Coordinate system, distance between two points, equation of a straight line in various forms, angle between two lines, distance of a point from a line. Transformation of axes. Pair of straight lines, general equation of second degree in x and y — condition to represent a pair of straight lines, point of intersection, angle between two lines. Equation of a circle in standard and in general form, equations of tangent and normal at a point, orthogonality of two cricles. Standard equations of parabola, ellipse and hyperbola — parametric equations, equations of tangent and normal at a point in both cartesian and parametric forms.

4. Differential Calculus:
Concept of a real valued function — domain, range and graph. Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions, algebra of real functions, examples of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. Notion of limit, Standard limits – examples. Continuity of functions – examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of a function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative – applications. Derivative of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite function, chain rule. Second order derivatives. Rolle’s theorem (statement only), increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima, minima, greatest and least values of a function.

5. Integral Calculus and Differential equations :

Integral Calculus :
Integration as inverse of differential, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expression, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions. Evaluation of definite integrals-determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves – applications.

Differential equations :
Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of a differential equation, solution of first order and first degree differential equation of various types – examples. Solution of second order homogeneous differential equation with constant co-efficients.

6. Vectors and its applications :
Magnitude and direction of a vector, equal vectors, unit vector, zero vector, vectors in two and three dimensions, position vector. Multiplication of a vector by a scalar, sum and difference of two vectors, Parallelogram law and triangle law of addition. Multiplication of vectors — scalar product or dot product of two vectors, perpendicularity, commutative and distributive properties. Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Scalar and vector triple products. Equations of a line, plane and sphere in vector form – simple problems. Area of a triangle, parallelogram and problems of plane geometry and trigonometry using vector methods. Work done by a force and moment of a force.

7. Statistics and probability :

Statistics : Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution – examples. Graphical representation – Histogram, frequency polygon – examples. Measure of central tendency –  mean, median and mode. Variance and standard deviation – determination and comparison. Correlation and regression.

Probability :
Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of probability : classical and statistical – examples. Elementary theorems on probability – simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem – simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binomial distribution.

Personality Test
Each candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career both academic and extramural. They will be asked questions on matters of general interest. Special attention will be paid to assessing their potential qualities of leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, power of practical application and integrity of character.

SCRA Application Procedure 2014 -15

How to Apply:Candidates may apply Online by using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website.

The applicants are advised to submit only single application, however if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

All candidates, whether already in Government Service, or in Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organisations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission.

Persons already in Government service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises are however, required to inform in writing their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their applications will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

NOTE 1 : While filling in his/her application form, the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice for the centre. More than one application from a candidate giving different centres will not be accepted in any case.

If any candidate appears at a centre other than the one indicated by the Commission in his/her Admission Certificate, the papers of such a candidate will not be valued and his/her candidature will be liable to cancellation.

Candidates are not required to submit along with their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes etc. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. Written Examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the Written Examination or Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the Examination will be cancelled by the Commission.
Candidates are requested to keep ready the attested copies of the following documents for submission to the Commission soon after the declaration of the result of the written part of the Examination which is likely to be declared in the month of March/April, 2015.

  1. Certificate of Age.
  2. Certificate of Educational Qualification indicating the subjects and division secured.
  3. Certificate in support of claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes where applicable.
  4. Certificate in support of claim for age/ fee concession, where applicable.
  5. Certificate in support of being physically handicapped (where applicable).

Immediately after the declaration of the result of the written part of the Examination, successful candidates will be sent a detailed application form by the Commission requiring additional information to be furnished. The attested copies of the above mentioned certificates will have to be sent to the Commission at that time. Originals will have to be produced at the time of interview. If any of their claims is found to be incorrect, they may render themselves liable to disciplinary action by the Commission in terms of rule 11 of the rules for the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ examination, 2014 -15 notified in the Gazette of India dated 11th  October, 2014 -15 and also reproduced below :

A candidate who is or has been declared by the Commission to be guilty of :

  1. Obtaining support for his/her candidature by any means; or
  2. impersonating; or
  3. procuring impersonation by any person;or
  4. submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with; or
  5. making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information; or
  6. resorting to any other irregular or improper means in connection with his/her candidature for the Examination; or
  7. using unfair means during the Examination; or
  8. writing irrelevant matter, including obscene language or pornographic matter, in the script(s); or
  9. misbehaving in any other manner in the Examination hall; or
  10. harassing or doing bodily harm to the Staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of their Examination; or
  11. being in possession of or using mobile phone, pager or any electronic equipment or device or any other equipment capable of being used as a communication device during the Examination; or
  12. violating any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their Admission Certificates permitting them to take the examination; or
  13. attempting to commit or as the case may be abetting the Commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses; may in addition to rendering himself/ herself liable to criminal prosecution is liable.

(a) to be disqualified by the Commission from the Examination for which he/she is a candidate and/or
(b) to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period
(i) by the Commission from any examination or selection held by them;
(ii) by the Central Government from any employment under them; and

(c) if he/she is already in service under Government to disciplinary action under the appropriate rules. Provided that no penalty under this rules shall be imposed except after
(i) giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation, in writing as he/she may wish to  make in that behalf; and
(ii) taking the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate within the period allowed to him/her into consideration.

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Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination – SCRA 2014 -15 Exam Date

UPSC SCRA 2014 Exam Date : 12.01.2015

UPSC SCRA 2014 Application Issue Date : 11.10.2014

UPSC SCRA 2014 Application Last Date : 07.11.2014

  1. SCRA examination 2015 for selection of candidates for appointment as Special Class Railway Apprentices in Mechanical Department of Indian Railways will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 12.01.2015 in accordance with the rules published by the Ministry of Railways ( Railways Board ) in the Gazette of India dated the 11.10.2014.
  2. The approximate number of UPSC SCRA Job Vacancies, to be filled on the results of the SCRA examination 2014 is

Note : One vacancy in SCRA 2015 are reserved for physically challenged candidates belonging to Orthopaedically Handicapped having functional classifications OA. The number of SCRA vacancies 2014 mentioned above is liable to alteration. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled categories in respect of vacancies in SCRA as may be fixed by the Government.

A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidates belongs is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government. If a candidate indicates in his / her application form for SCRA Examination that he / she belongs to General Category but subsequently writes to the Union Public Service Commission to change his / her catergory, to a reserved one, such request shall not be entertained by the Union Public Service Commission. While the above principle will be followed in general there may be a few cases where there was a little gap ( say 2 – 3 months ) between the issuance of a Government Notification enlisting a particular community in the list of any of the reserved communities and the date of Online submission of the SCRA 2014 application by the candidate. In such cases the request of change of community from general to reserved may be considered by the Union Public Service Commission on merit.The closing date fixed for the receipt of the application for SCRA Exam 2014 will be treated as the date for determining the OBC status ( including that of creamy layer ) of the candidates.

Important Notes of SCRA Online Exam 2014 -15 :

  1. Candidates to Ensure their Eligibility for the SCRA 2014 -15 Examination:
    The candidates applying for the SCRA examination 2014 -15 should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to SCRA 2015 examination. Their SCRA admission 2015 at all the stages of the SCRA examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed SCRA Exam eligibility 2015 conditions. Mere issue of admission SCRA certificate to the candidate will not imply that his / her candidature has been finally cleared by the Union Public Service Commission.The Union Public Service Commission take up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for SCRA interview /  Personality Test.
  2. SCRA Online Application Form 2014 -15 :
    (a) Candidates are required to apply Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination SCRA 2014 Online application form by using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in. Brief instructions for filling up the Online Application Form for SCRA 2014 have been given in the Appendix II. Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website.
  3. SCRA Last Date for Receipt of SCRA Applications 2014 15:
    The SCRA Exam 2014 -15 Online Application Form can be filled upto 07.11.2014 till 11.59 PM after which the link will be disabled.
  4. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the SCRA examination. The e-Admission certificate will be made available on the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for being downloaded by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.

All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail i.d., while filling up Online application form for SCRA Exam as the Union Public Service Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.

  1. Penalty for Wrong Answers : 
    Candidates should note that there will be penalty ( Negative Marking ) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.
  2. For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet [ Answer Sheet ], candidates must use black ball pen only. Pens with any other colours are prohibited. Do not use pencil or ink pen. Candidates should note that any omission / mistake / discrepancy in encoding / filling of details in the OMR answer sheet, especially with regard to roll number and Test Booklet Series Code, will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.
    Candidates are further advised to read carefully the “Special Instructions” contained in Appendix – III of the notice.
  3. Facilitation Counter for Guidance of Candidates:
    In case of any guidance / SCRA information / clarification regarding their SCRA application form status 2015, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate “C” of its campus in person or overTelephone No :
    011-23385271 /
    011-23381125 /
    011-23098543
    on working days between 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs.
  4. Mobile Phone Banned :
    1. Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises where the SCRA examination 2015 is being conducted. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future SCRA examinations.
    2. Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned item including  mobile phones / pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangement for safe keeping can not be assured. Union Public Service Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.
      Candidates are required to apply Online only. No other mode is allowed for submission of application.

 

 

 

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