Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA)



SINCE 1927
The Special Class Railway Apprentices’ (SCRA) scheme was started in 1927 to meet the demand for engineers on the EIR (East Indian Railway) and on the GIP (Great Indian Peninsular) Railway. The SCRAs are selected by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on the basis of an all- India competitive examination, which is held every year. They are imparted training in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) set up at Jamalpur, and, on completion of their training, serve the Railways in various capacities.

A total of 949 SCRAs have been selected from 1927 to 1998, making an average of about 14 recruits per year. Their training module is of four years duration with two years of thorough theoretical grounding in the engineering subjects followed by another two years of hands-on practical experience on the shop floor. The training method bears resemblance to that employed at the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Pune, for training of officers for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

The SCRAs have distinguished themselves in academics, with 39 trainees obtaining honourable mentions from the A.M.I.Mech. E(London) from 1933-39 and from 1954-66, with records for the intervening period of World War-II not being available. 56 SCRAs have also won Gold Medals in the examinations conducted by the Institution of Engineers (India).

During their stay at Jamalpur, the apprentices are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities like sports, music, debating and performing arts, which not only help in personal enrichment but also stand in good stead later in life. They manage their hostel entirely on their own and organize big shows like the annual re-union of the Old Boys’. This, along with the fact that they interact, from very close quarters, with a myriad of people belonging to the Railways, gives them the confidence and the ability to manage the organization in their later years.

The alumni of the Institute at Jamalpur have been an integral part of the
Railways’ evolution
from the steam era to the age of high speed locomotives for a major part of this century by providing high quality techno-managerial inputs. Five SCRAs have risen to the ranks of Chairman, Railway Board while 16 have been Members of the Railway Board. Also, a large number of SCRAs have been General Managers and Principal Heads of Departments all over the Indian Railways and also in its sister organisations like RITES, COFMOW, CRIS etc.

Outside the Railways as well, the SCRAs have been highly successful:- serving in organizations such as the World Bank, being a part of the teaching faculty at universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA, working as top
executives in world class private concerns
both in India and abroad, being board members of Pakistan Railways and lots more. Over 60 alumni have been Principal heads or chief executives or CMDs of renowned organizations in India.

The coveted Padmashri awards for distinguished civil services have been given to four SCRAs while two SCRAs have been honored with the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for serving the armed forces during the 1965 and 1971 wars.



  abhishek kumar ojha wrote @

this is very enthusiastic and most beautiful organization under Indian railway.
I am also keen to join scra

  arghya banerjee wrote @

i want to know how how to get entrie in the scra what are the criteria

  ravi kant mani wrote @

nice building,would love to join.

  Vittal Pyati wrote @

We are living in the 21st century and the jet age. Railroad is OK for transporting freight but not people. By plane LA to Chicago is only 4 hrs. By train it takes 2 nites and 3 days and costs twice as much. Railroad for people is passe.

  sam wrote @

can i find any coaching classes for the same in pune?
i am looking to give the exam (scra) maybe by the end of this year

  suryakant wrote @

Sir, I’ve qualified for SCRA-2009 Interview/Personality Test. I shall be highly obliged if you will guide me how to prepare for the same.

  pankaj yadav wrote @

sir i m studying in 12 class i m interested in joining scra

  lavish wrote @

i have qualified scra exam.
i need to know about the type of questions that are asked in interview process.
kindly help me in this regard by posting questions that you have faced during your selection in scra.(please reply soon interview date is close by).

  Rajat wrote @

Hello i have qualified scra exam .
Personality test is after 25 th may
Please giuide me..
Reply soon…

  hemant wrote @

interview is consists with physics, chemistry, maths question including general topics i.e. name of four dhams in india, why bicycle move forward while we padalled but not reverse such question are asked in interview

  saket wrote @

hi this is very pleasant way to know about this great job can u tell mea suitable guidance about it

  sudheer wrote @

after 4th year trineeing is there paramanent job in railways

  akshay wrote @

how can i get admission here

  razi wrote @

which course it offers after completion of SCRA training.is it B.tech. or bsc?

  razi wrote @

i got my the answer.


Respected Sir, i have guiedline for SCRA.

  udhay beer singh wrote @

Do we need these SCRAs still? what is the necessity of selecting school final boys (+2 / PUC / inter) and giving them 5 years training to make them Group A officers in Mechanical wing of Indian Railways, in a country where thousands of qualified engineers are available for service and they can be recruited through combined engineering service examination. Already part of these officers are engineering graduates selected through engineering service examination.

  Abhinandan Ojha wrote @

Respected sir,
I am studying in class 12th and looking forward to join SCRA like org.Pl give sample paper.
Abhinandan Ojha,

  Brijesh kumar pathak wrote @

Adesh polytechnic college muktsar punjab(152026)?M.ENGG 3rd YEAR

  Madhav raj wrote @

What type of ques ask in the scra exam and from which subjects?????? Please reply its important…

  akash prajapati wrote @

in this time i am study of scra examination the next scra exam in 2013 plz god help me for my scra examination

  Reena rani wrote @

I want to crack S.C.RA coz its my brother’s dream. I try my best to join it.

  Nishant kumar paswan wrote @

I want to know about scra’s informations. Whem did the callater advertisment drawn?
Thank u for your support sir.

  vivek wrote @

i want to crack scra bcoz its my dream ……………. please give me directions

  sanjay wrote @

sir i am read in class 11 my uncleis told me to join scra. i think join to this.

  aditya raj wrote @

My dream is scrs and will get scra

  Anand kumar pandit wrote @

I want treaning from jamalpur workshop. I am doing mech. Engg from icl group of college

  gargi wrote @

Sir I wanna give exam of so plz…!!!!can u help me out

  Kushlendra wrote @

The best of scra.

  Raj kumar wrote @

Sir,I am a student of class-9 .I want join SCRA.Plz give some suggestions to achieve my dream.

  kamal singh bora wrote @

hi sir myself kamal I belong to uttrakhand n I belong to obc of uttrakhand . my question is that I can get age relaxtion or not. n what is the next schedule of scra plz reply

  suribabu wrote @

i am qualifing scra written exam.i will be facing interview soon. please guide me and clarify my doubt. scra sutable for ladies

  vaibhav mishra wrote @

I will become drm of railway

  y pavan uma mahesh wrote @

finally how many members will be selected for scra is the job guaranteed pls clarify that should i prepare gk and heavy social for scra or for iit and other entrances.pls clearly mention number of seats and level of competition.

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