This article tells about the UPSC Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination 2011, popularly known as Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) SCRA Exam 2011.

UPSC SCRA Exam 2011

UPSC SCRA Exam 2011 is an entrance examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Also referred to as Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, the test aims at assessing the skills of test takers for recruitment as Special Class Railway Apprentices in the Mechanical Department of Indian Railways. In other words, candidates desirous to be railway employees will have to appear for Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination 2011and qualify it with good scores. Final selection of the candidates, for the aforesaid post, will be made on the basis of merits obtained by them in the UPSC SCRA Exam 2011 followed by a personal interview, conducted by the commission.
Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination 2011 Application Forms
The registration procedure of UPSC SCRA Exam 2011, also known as Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination 2011, is given below:
  • The UPSC has provided two options to the candidates for registering themselves for SCRA Exam 2011. The first option is register for the test online.
  • Candidates willing to register themselves for the test online can do the same by visiting the official website: 
  • Applicants applying through the aforementioned mode must read all the instructions carefully before filling the online application form.
  • Another option, which is offered by the commission, is paper application form.
  • The commission has devised a common application form, which can be obtained from designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices by paying Rs 20 in cash.
UPSC SCRA Exam 2011 Preparation Tips
Candidates who registered themselves for the Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam 2011 might search for some tips, which can help them in preparing well for the test. Some tips are given below:
  • In order to prepare well for the test, candidates must understand the examination pattern of UPSC SCRA Exam.
  • Thereafter, they must look for syllabus of Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam.
  • Candidates must prepare the intact syllabus well with the help of various books and study materials available for the test.
  • Test takers must be well informed and updated about the latest happenings and events going on in one’s city, state, nation and world at large.
  • Regular practice of sample papers would be a great help in preparing for the UPSC SCRA Exam 2011.
UPSC SCRA Exam 2011 Test Structure
Exam pattern of the Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination 2011 is given below:
  • The test consists of three objective type papers.
  • Each paper carries 200 marks.
  • Question paper is based on Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format.
  • The question paper is set in English only.
  • SI units can be used wherever required.
  • Question paper is approximately of the Intermediate standard.
Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination 2011 Syllabus
Syllabus for Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination, popularly known as UPSC SCRA Exam, is given below:
Candidates must practice unseen passages, advertisement and notices, invitations and replies, business or official letters, jumbled sentences, sentence correction and paragraph completion, Idiomatic Usage, Subject and Verb agreement, Vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, passive, nouns, adjectives, verbs and proverbs, articles direct and indirect speech, Clause Correction.
General Knowledge
Test takers must be aware of Man and his environment, Solar system and the earth, Seasons, Climate, Weather, History, Politics and Society in India, Constitution of India and its features, India’s foreign policy and non-alignment, Broad features of Indian social system, Social disorganization in India, Money.
Psychological Test
Candidates must study introduction to Psychology, methods of Psychology, Bases of Human Behavior, Human Development, Sensory and Perceptual Processes, Learning, Human Memory, Language and thought, Motivation and Emotion, Reasoning.
Length measurements, Time and Mass, velocity and acceleration, Newton's laws of motion, Coefficient of friction, Equilibrium of bodies under action of forces, Mass and Weight, Temperature and its measurement, Reflection and refraction of light, Electric current, Magnetic effect of current, Chemical effects of current, Production, properties and uses of X-rays, Radioactivity must be on the tips of the candidates.
Atomic structure, Chemical Bonding, Energy changes in a chemical reaction, Chemical Equilibria and rates of reactions, Solutions, Electro-Chemistry, Oxidation, Natural and Artificial Radioactivity, Brief Treatment of Elements and their industrially important compounds, Hydrogen, Metallurgical Processes, Tetrahedral nature of carbon, General methods of preparation, Halogen derivatives, Hydroxy Compounds, Ethers; Diethyl ether, Aldehydes and ketones, Nitro compounds amines, Carboxylic acid, Esters, Polymers, Nonstructural treatment of Carbohydrates.

Test takers must do regular practice of Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry (two dimensions), Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential equations, Vectors and its applications, Statistics and probability.

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