How to prepare for / crack Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) test
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Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Exam

This article describes how to prepare for the coveted Special Class Railway Apprentices exam, read to know the tips to get selected in the SCRA exam. Which books to refer, how to prepare and scope after clearing SCRA exams are described here

Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Exam is conducted by the railways to select and recruit candidates as probationary railway officials of government. This is a highly competitive exam mainly due to the very few seats (less than hundred) available. This exam conducted all over India. Selected candidates are trained as mechanical engineers for recruitment in railways. Candidates who clear the written exam have to face a personality test after which the final list of successful candidates is released.

Taking a look at the syllabus, SCRA is not a difficult exam but it is the limited number of seats that make it so tough to crack. The syllabus consists of 11th-12th non-medical syllabus along with General Knowledge and English. The syllabus is actually less than of other competitive exams and taken lesser time to prepare but when the seats are less than 100 and that too has the central quota system there remains very few opportunities for simply talented students.

Anyhow, to prepare for SCRA exams students should do the thorough revision of their syllabus. Sample papers and previous year papers can help a lot in preparing for these exams. Reading your text books along with referring a variety of source like reputed journals magazines, newspapers, topical essays help you a long way in preparing for the GK and English part of the paper.

How to crack SCRA exams?

Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) exam is a direct job getting exam. It includes of two stages which are written exam and the personality test where personality test follows the written exam and after clearing the personality test candidates are recruited as Railway employees. As mentioned above the syllabus is not too large but it does require systematic approach towards preparation. For the English part of the exam students can refer to the basic grammar rule books and vocabulary books. These can be practiced using any standard grammar/Civil Services examination handbook. For the general knowledge part of the paper focus on sections like Geography, exploration of underground resources with special reference to flora and fauna of India, politics, history and the society in India, social planning and welfare in India, economics with special reference to India`s development under the Five Year Plans.

Study material / books to use for SCRA exams
SCRA Previous Solved Papers By RPH Editorial Board
SCRA: Special Class Railway Apprentices Entrance Exam Guide by Dr. Datason & Dr. D.V. Chopra & Dr. V.C. Garg
SCRA Special Class Railway Apprentices by R. Gupta
The Pearson Guide to the SCRA Examination by Edgar Thorpe
Arihant Self Study Guide SCRA Entrance Exam by Editorial Board

Pattern for Interview questions for SCRA exam

Any board of interview keeps a note of the candidate`s academic qualifications and participation in extracurricular activities and this will be starting point of questions for most of the candidates. They may also pick up a recent hot topic or even pick the discussion of the state you belong to. An interview is a format yet informal situation where no hard and fast format is followed. You might be asked rapid fire questions or it might be a question-answer based interview. An interview will be basically to assess you leadership qualities your confidence, personality, knowledge, communication skills, mental and physical energy, practical application of knowledge and your personal integrity. An interview board is an experience group expert in assessing your inner abilities and qualities.

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