How to prepare for UPSC SCRA

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How to prepare for  UPSC SCRA

The post dedicates to “How to prepare for  UPSC SCRA 2017 “

Hello Friends!

The SCRA stands for Special Class Railway Apprentice. The Written Exam for SCRA is conducted by the Union Public Service commission ( UPSC) every year. The SCRA is training exam for Indian railways for about 4 years. After Successful completion of training in Indian railways, the candidates are posted as Grade-A officers in Indian Railways of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME).

The UPSC conducts the written exam in the month of January and this year also the exam will be conducted in January 2017. Let us observe the eligibility for appearing in the exam-

Firstly, let us observe the Educational Eligibility-

Educational Qualification for SCRA: Candidates must have passed the intermediate with 1st or 2nd division or an equivalent examination of a university or Board approved by the Government of India. The candidate should have Mathematics and at least one of the subjects from Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination.

Age Limit for SCRA: Candidates age should be between 17 to 21 years as on 1st January of the exam year.The  Upper age limit is relaxable upto 5 years for candidates of SC/ST and 3 years for OBC.

Now let us observe the exam pattern and syllabus for the exam.

Exam Pattern for UPSC SCRA Examination-

The written exam is conducted in three sections. Section 1 consists of paper 1 and Section 2 consists of paper 2 and section 3 consists of paper 3

Paper I consists of General Ability, Paper II Physical sciences (Physics and Chemistry) and paper III comprises of Mathematics. Given below is the Exam pattern in table format-

Paper no. of SCRA

Subjects/ Sections

Time Duration

Marks alloted

Paper 1General Ability Test2 Hours200
Paper 2Physics and Chemistry2 Hours200
Paper 3Mathematics2 Hours200
Total  600



The Question papers are set in the English language format only. Also there is provision of negative marking i.e 33% of total marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. The questions will be in the form of objective type multiple questions ( MCQ) only.

For any exam most important is to go through the exam syllabus. So let us consider the topic wise exam syllabus-

Exam Syllabus of General Ability

General Ability consists three subjects English, General Knowledge and Psychology Test.


Man and its environment

a) Evolution of life

b) Flora and Fauna

c) Heredity and Genetics

d) General Knowledge of the human body

e) Nutrition, balanced diet, public health and common diseases

f) Environmental pollution and its control.

g) Food adulteration and  proper storage and preservation of food grains.

h) Population explosion and  population control.

i) Manures and fertilizers.

j) Green revolution

Indian History and Indian  Polity

a) Ancient History- Vedic, Mahavir, Buddha,  Mauryan, Sunga, Andhra, Kushan, Gupta ages etc.

b)Medieval and Modern History – feudalism to capitalism, Opening of European contacts.

c) Establishment of British rule in India.

d) India’s struggle of Independence – Rise of nationalism and national struggle for freedom culminating in Independence.

e) Constitution of India and its characteristic features—Democracy,  secularism, Socialism, equality of opportunity and Parliamentary form of Government.

f) Major political ideologies—democracy, socialism, communism and Gandhi an idea of non-violence.

g) Indian political parties, pressure groups, public opinion and the press, electoral system. India’s foreign policy and non-alignment- Arms race, balance of power.

h) Static GK -World organization — political, social, economic and cultural.

i) Important events including sports and cultural activities in India and abroad during the past two years.

Social Sciences and Economy of India-

a) Social control — reward and punishment, art, law, customs, propaganda, public opinion, agencies of social control.


Exam Syllabus of Mathematics

Algebra, Complex numbers,Binary system, Quadratic equations, Permutation and Combination,Binomial theorem, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry (Two Dimensions), Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential equations, Vectors and its Applications, Statistics and Probability

 Exam Syllabus of  Physical Sciences

Length measurements , Newton’s Laws of Motion, Equilibrium of bodies under action of forces, Mass and Weight, Pressure in a fluid, Floating bodies, Temperature and its measurement, Mechanical equivalent of heat, Wave motion, Velocity of sound in gas, Reflection and refraction of light, Prisms, deviation and dispersion, Field due to a bar magnet, Electric charge, Electric current, Magnetic effect of current, 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, Atomic structure, Chemical Bonding, Energy changes, Chemical Equilibrium, Solutions,

Electro-Chemistry Oxidation – Reduction; Modern, electronics concept and oxidation number. Natural and Artificial Radioactivity, Hydrogen,  Group I Elements,  Group II Elements,  Group III Elements:, Group IV Elements.


Important Strategies for Exam

a) Since, Students who appear in exam are also preparing for Boards and various competitive exam, so one should maintain a good balance in preparation.

b) General Ability is a vast Subject , Therefore candidate should prepare it selectively.

c) Choose the important topics from exam point of view in subjects like history, Indian polity and geography.

d) As far as physical sciences are concerned questions will be asked on the basis of concepts ( Both theoretical and numerical). Avoid Practising lengthy and Derivational questions.

e) Mathematics is equally important subject , brushing through the formulae and practicing to the perfection is need to click the MCQ in stipulated given period of Time.

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Thank you!

“Saurabh Sharma”

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