Usually, Union Public Service commission notify for SCRA (Special Class Railway Apprentices) examination every year in the month of February and conducts examination in the month of July month.
Here is the scra previous year question paper download pdf, have a look at the below url.
If you are between 17 & 20, passed intermediate or equivalent with Mathematics and at least Physics or Chemistry you are eligible to be apply for this examination.
Please refer to Employment News /Rozgar Yojana or UPSC website for further details on age relaxation and educational qualification.
Exam is paper wise and paper I, II, Part II, each paper for 200 marks and subjects are discussed below.
Previous Papers: In the previous year papers UPSC had focused on the following subjects / topics while framing the question papers.
I. General Ability:
a. English: Spot Error in Sentences from given options, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Improvement by using better phrases from the given options, Comprehension Passages, Sentence formation by sequencing words / phrases properly etc.
b. General Knowledge & Psychological Test: From Subjects like Bio Science, Space Science, Physics, Civics, Political Science, Chemistry, Mythology, Geography, Mental Ability, Algebra, Geometry, Numbers, Economics, History, Logical Reasoning etc.
II. Physical Science:
c. Physics: Motion, Speed, Velocity, property of matter, Magnetism, Electrostatics, Momentum, projectile motion, Speed distance of light, Friction, Mass & Weight, Pendulum, Fluid, Pascal’s Law, Thermodynamics, Wave motion, Reflection and Refraction, etc.
You have to focus more on numerical as it constitutes 60-70 parts of the total question paper.
Question comes from all Inorganic, Organic & Physical Chemistry. Hence, you are requested to focus equally on all the segments. Secondly, focus should be on Less numerical and more on basic concepts and its applications.
Chemical reactions, preparation of different compounds and its usage, hybridization and in depth knowledge of periodic table and its classification are important.
Preparation with 11th & 12th Standard mathematics text book would be advisable. You should prepare a booklet having all formulae especially of calculus, differential equation, limit, continuity etc. and must by heart those for quicker solving of problems.
We do not suggest you to skip any of the topics given in the syllabus. The above instructions are based on trend analysis reckoning to the previous papers.
You may also download the question papers from the links given at the end of this and have better essence of the pattern of the examination and make planning and preparation accordingly.
Please note that, speed and accuracy are the two essentials to crack such examination. Hence, vivid understanding of basic concepts and execution with shortcuts (for numerical) are very important.
Don’t stuck to a question if you do not know the answer clearly. Move on with other questions and come to the unsolved questions once you are finished with the others.
Systematic plan for study focusing completion of entire syllabus and formulae note and other note making for future revisions are important for you. You must appear for simulation test to understand your strength and weaknesses to assess yourself better and plan accordingly.
Taking assistance for learned individuals (Lecturers, guardians, elders etc.) might be required.
Once, you are selected through this examination you would be called for Personality Test. As the literature suggests your attitude, personality, behaviors, leadership qualities, mental ability would be tested.
Questions in such round have no syllabus. However, for preparation daily reading of news papers, knowledge on Railways would be essential.
For more details you may visit the official website i.e. http://www.upsc.gov.in/ and can also browse through many question papers from the previous examinations updated in our website..