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**SCRA Application Form 2013 apply online at www.upsconline.nic.in . Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) Jobs vacancies notification 2012**

Notice Number 01/2013-SCRA Last date 12-11-2012

Application form SCRA Exam 2012 is available on official website upsc.gov.in – SCRA 2013

**Application Form For Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination – 2013 for part 1 registration at http://www.upsconline.nic.in/tpform1.php?exam_code=SCRA&year=2013¬ice_no=01/2013-SCRA¬ice_date=13-10-2012**

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**2. HOW TO APPLY:**

Candidates are required to apply online by using the website

www.upsconline.nic.in Brief Instructions for filling up the Online Application Form

have been given in the Appendix II. Detailed instructions are available on the above

mentioned website.

**Procedure to pay the fee for the examination?**

There are three options for the payment of fee-Pay

i) by Cash in any branch of State Bank of India,

ii) Pay by credit/debit Card and

iii) Pay by Net Banking facility of SBI.

An applicant who wants to pay the fee by cash should take a print of the PAY-IN SLIP by clicking on the option “Print Bank Pay-in-Slip”. Making use of this pay-in-slip, an applicant can deposit the fee in cash at any branch of the State Bank of India. The bank will not accept any other challan/form for the payment of fee by cash. After depositing the fee by this pay-in-slip, the bank will provide a “TRANSACTION ID”. An applicant will again have to log in and start submission of the part-II of the online application.

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An applicant can also pay the fee online using any VISA/MASTER DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD issued by any bank/institution.

**3. LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:**

The Online Application can be filled upto 12th November, 2012 till 11.59 PM after

which the link will be disabled.

4. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three

weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admission

Certificate will be made available on the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for

being downloaded by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.

All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail i.d., while filling

up Online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting

them.

5. PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS :

Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong

answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

6. For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet [Answer Sheet], candidates

must use black ball pen only. Pens with any other colours are prohibited. Do not use

Pencil or Ink pen. Candidates should note that any omission/mistake/discrepancy in

encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet, especially with regard to Roll

Number and Test Booklet Series Code, will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.

Candidates are further advised to read carefully the “Special Instructions” contained in

Appendix-III of the Notice.

7. FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES :

In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications,candidature

etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus

in person or over Telephone No. 011-23385271/ 011- 23381125/011-23098543

on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.

**ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS :**

(I) Nationality

A candidate must be either :—

(a) A citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East

African countries of Kenya, Uganda, The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia,

Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person

in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to

the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

**SCRA Syllabus**

(II) GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

The questions will be designed to test a candidate’s general awareness of the environment

around him/her and its application to society. The standard of answers to questions

should be as expected of students of standard 12 or equivalent.

Man and his environment :-

Evolution of life, plants and animals, heredity and environment-Genetics, cells, chromosomes,

genes.

Knowledge of the human body-nutrition, balanced diet, substitute foods, public health

and sanitation including control of epidemics and common diseases. Environmental

pollution and its control. Food adulteration, proper storage and preservation of food

grains and finished products, population explosion, population control. Production of

food and raw materials. Breeding of animals and plants, artificial insemination, manures

and fertilizers, crop protection measures, high yielding varieties and green revolution,

main cereal and cash crops of India.

Solar system and the earth. Seasons, Climate, Weather, Soil—its formation, erosion.

Forests and their uses. Natural calamities cyclones, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions.

Mountains and rivers and their role in irrigation in India. Distribution of natural

resources and industries in India. Exploration of under—ground minerals including Oil

Conservation of natural resources with particular reference to the flora and fauna of

India.

History, Politics and Society in India—

Vedic, Mahavir, Budhdha, Mauryan, Sunga, Andhra, Kushan. Gupta ages (Mauryan

Pillars, Stupa Caves, Sanchi, Mathura and Gandharva Schools, Temple architecture,

Ajanta and Ellora). The rise of new social forces with the coming of Islam and establishment

of broader contacts. Transition from feudalism to capitalism. Opening of

European contacts. Establishment of British rule in India. Rise of nationalism and

national struggle for freedom culminating in Independence.

Constitution of India and its characteristic features—Democracy, Secularism,

Socialism, equality of opportunity and Parliamentary form of Government. Major political

ideologies—Democracy, Socialism, Communism and Gandhian idea of non-violence.

Indian political parties, pressure groups, public opinion and the Press, electoral

system. India’s foreign policy and non-alignment-Arms race, balance of power. World

organisation — political, social, economic and cultural. Important events (including

sports and cultural activities) in India and abroad during the past two years.

Broad features of Indian social system — The caste system, hierarchy — recent

changes and trends. Minority social institution — marriage, family, religion and acculturation.

Division of labour, co-operation, conflict and competition, Social control —

reward and punishment, art, law, customs, propaganda, public opinion, agencies of

social control — family, religion, State educational institutions; factors of social change

— economic, technological, demographic, cultural; the concept of revolution.

Social disorganisation in India — Casteism, communalism, corruption in public life,

youth unrest, beggary, drugs, delinquency and crime, poverty and unemployment.

Social planning and welfare in India, community development and labour welfare; welfare

of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes.

Money — Taxation, price, demographic trends, national income, economic growth.

Private and Public Sectors; economic and non-economic factors in planning, balanced

versus imbalanced growth, agricultural versus industrial development; inflation and

price stabilization, problem of resource mobilisation. India’s Five Year Plans.

(iii) Psychological Test

The questions will be designed to assess the basic intelligence and mechanical aptitude

of the candidate.

**Paper-II**

**(I) PHYSICS**

Length measurements using vernier, screw gauge, spherometer and optical lever.

Measurement of time and mass.

Straight line motion and relationships among displacement, velocity and acceleration.

Newton’s Laws of Motion, Momentum, impulse, work, energy and power.

Coefficient of friction.

Equilibrium of bodies under action of forces. Moment of a force, couple. Newton’s Law

of Gravitation. Escape velocity. Acceleration due to gravity.

Mass and Weight; Centre of gravity, Uniform circular motion, centripetal force, simple

Harmonic motion. Simple pendulum.

Pressure in a fluid and its variation with depth. Pascal’s Law. Principle of Archimedes.

Floating bodies, Atmospheric pressure and its measurement.

Temperature and its measurement. Thermal expansion, Gas laws and absolute temperature.

Specific heat, latent heats and their measurement. Specific heat of gases.

Mechanical equivalent of heat. Internal energy and First law of thermodynamics,

Isothermal and adiabatic changes. Transmission of heat; thermal conductivity.

Wave motion; Longitudinal and transverse waves. Progressive and stationary waves,

Velocity of sound in gas and its dependence on various factors. Resonance phenomena

(air columns and strings).

Reflection and refraction of light. Image formation by curved mirrors and lenses,

Microscopes and telescopes. Defects of vision.

Prisms, deviation and dispersion, Minimum deviation. Visible spectrum.

Field due to a bar magnet, Magnetic moment, Elements of Earth’s magnetic field.

Magnetometers. Dia, para and ferromagnetism.

Electric charge, electric field and potential, Coulomb’s Law.

Electric current; electric cells, e.m.f. resistance, ammeters and voltmeters. Ohm’s law; resistances

in series and parallel, specific resistance and conductivity. Heating effect of current.

Wheatstone’s bridge, Potentiometer.

Magnetic effect of current; straight wire, coil and solenoid electromagnet; electric bell.

Force on a current-carrying conductor in magnetic field; moving coil galvanometers;

conversion to ammeter or voltmeter.

Chemical effects of current; Primary and storage cells and their functioning, Laws of

electrolysis.

Electromagnetic induction; Simple A.C. and D.C. generators. Transformers, Induction

coil, Cathode rays, discovery of the electron, Bohr model of the atom. Diode and its use as

a rectifier.

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.

(II) CHEMISTRY

Physical Chemistry

1. Atomic structure; Earlier models in brief. Atom as at three dimensional model. Orbital

concept. Quantum numbers and their significance, only elementary treatment.

Pauli’s Exclusion Principle. Electronic configuration. Aufbau Principle, s.p.d. and f.

block elements.

Periodic classification only long form. Periodicity and electronic configuration. Atomic

radii, Electro-negativity in period and groups.

2. Chemical Bonding, electro-valent, co-valent, coordinate covalent bonds. Bond

Properties, sigma and Pie bonds, Shapes of simple molecules like water, hydrogen sulphide,

methane and ammonium chloride. Molecular association and hydrogen bonding.

3. Energy changes in a chemical reaction. Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions.

Application of First Law of Thermodynamics, Hess’s Law of constant heat summation.

4. Chemical Equilibria and rates of reactions. Law of Mass action. Effect of Pressure,

Temperature and concentration on the rates of reaction. (Qualitative treatment based

on Le Chatelier’s Principle). Molecularity; First and Second order reaction. Concept of

Energy of activation. Application to manufacture of Ammonia and Sulphur trioxide.

5. Solutions : True solutions, colloidal solutions and suspensions. Colligative properties

of dillute solutions and determination of Molecular weights of dissolved substances.

Elevation of boiling points. Depressions of freezing point, osmotic pressure. Raoult’s

Law (non-thermodynamic treatment only).

6. Electro-Chemistry : Solution of Electrolytes, Faraday’s Laws of Electrolysis, ionic

equilibria, Solubility product.

Strong and weak electrolytes. Acids and Bases (Lewis and Bronstead concept). pH and

Buffer solutions.

7. Oxidation — Reduction; Modern, electronics concept and oxidation number.

8. Natural and Artificial Radioactivity: Nuclear Fission and Fusion. Uses of Radioactive

isotopes.

**Inorganic Chemistry**

Brief Treatment of Elements and their industrially important compounds :

1. Hydrogen : Position in the periodic table. Isotopes of hydrogen. Electronegative and

electropositive character. Water, hard and soft water, use of water in industries, Heavy

water and its uses.

2. Group I Elements : Manufacture of sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate, sodium

bicarbonate and sodium chloride.

3. Group II Elements : Quick and slaked lime. Gypsum, Plaster of Paris. Magnesium

sulphate and Magnesia.

4. Group III Elements: Borax, Alumina and Alum.

5. Group IV Elements : Coals, Coke and solid Fuels, Silicates, Zolitis semi-conductors.

Glass (Elementary treatment).

6. Group V Elements. Manufacture of ammonia and nitric acid. Rock Phosphates and

safety matches.

7. Group VI Elements. Hydrogen peroxide, allotropy of sulphur, sulphuric acid. Oxides

of sulphur.

8. Group VII Elements. Manufacture and uses of Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine and

Iodine, Hydrochloric acid. Bleaching powder.

9. Group O. (Noble gases) Helium and its uses.

10. Metallurgical Processes : General Methods of extraction of metals with specific reference

to copper, iron, aluminium, silver, gold, zinc and lead. Common alloys of these

metals; Nickel and manganese steels.

Organic Chemistry

1. Tetrahedral nature of carbon, Hybridisation and sigma pie bonds and their relative

strength. Single and multiple bonds. Shapes of molecules. Geometrical and optical isomerism.

2. General methods of preparation, properties and reaction of alkanes, alkenes and

alkynes, Petroleum and its refining. Its uses as fuel. Aromatic hydrocarbons :

Resonance and aromaticity. Benzene and Naphthalene and their analogues. Aromatic

substitution reactions.

3. Halogen derivatives : Chloroform, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chlorobenzene, D.D.T. and

Gammexane.

4. Hydroxy Compounds : Preparation, properties and uses of Primary, Secondary and

Tertiary alcohols, Methanol, Ethanol, Glycerol and Phenol, Substitution reaction at

aliphatic carbon atom.

5. Ethers; Diethyl ether.

6. Aldehydes and ketones : Formaldehyde, Acetaldehyde, Benzaldehyde, acetone,

acetophenone.

7. Nitro compounds amines: Nitrobenzene TNT, Anlline, Diazonium Compounds,

Azodyes.

8. Carboxylic acid : Formic, acetic, denezoic and salicylic acids, acetyl salicylic acid.

9. Esters : Ethylacerate, Methyl salicylates, ethylbenzoate.

10. Polymers : Polythene, Teflon, Perpex, Artificial Rubber, Nylon and Polyester fibers.

11. Nonstructural treatment of Carbohydrates, Fats and Lipids, amino acids and proteins

– Vitamins and hormones.

Paper-III

**MATHEMATICS**

1. Algebra :

Concept of a set, Union and Intersection of sets, Complement of a set, Null set,

Universal set and Power set, Venn diagrams and simple applications. Cartesian

product of two sets, relation and mapping — examples, Binary operation on a set

— examples. Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers:

Modulus, Argument, Algebraic operations on complex numbers. Cube roots of

unity. Binary system of numbers, Conversion of a decimal number to a binary number

and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Summation

of series involving A.P., G.P., and H.P.. Quadratic equations with real co-efficients.

Quadratic expressions: extreme values. Permutation and Combination, Binomial

theorem and its applications.

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Matrices and Determinants: Types of matrices, equality, matrix addition and scalar multiplication

– properties. Matrix multiplication — non-commutative and distributive property

over addition. Transpose of a matrix, Determinant of a matrix. Minors and

Cofactors. Properties of determinants. Singular and non-singular matrices. Adjoint and

Inverse of a square-matrix, Solution of a system of linear equations in two and three

variables-elimination method, Cramers rule and Matrix inversion method (Matrices with

m rows and n columns where m, n < to 3 are to be considered).

Idea of a Group, Order of a Group, Abelian Group. Identitiy and inverse elements-

Illustration by simple examples.

**2. Trigonometry :**

Addition and subtraction formulae, multiple and sub-multiple angles. Product and factoring

formulae. Inverse trigonometric functions — Domains, Ranges and Graphs. DeMoivre’s theorem,

expansion of Sin n0 and Cos n0 in a series of multiples of Sines and Cosines.

Solution of simple trigonometric equations. Applications: Heights and Distance.

3. Analytic Geometry (two dimensions):

Rectangular Cartesian. Coordinate system, distance between two points, equation of a

straight line in various forms, angle between two lines, distance of a point from a line.

Transformation of axes. Pair of straight lines, general equation of second degree in x

and y — condition to represent a pair of straight lines, point of intersection, angle

between two lines. Equation of a circle in standard and in general form, equations of

tangent and normal at a point, orthogonality of two cricles. Standard equations of

parabola, ellipse and hyperbola — parametric equations, equations of tangent and normal

at a point in both cartesian and parametric forms.

**4. Differential Calculus:**

Concept of a real valued function — domain, range and graph. Composite functions,

one to one, onto and inverse functions, algebra of real functions, examples of polynomial,

rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. Notion of limit,

Standard limits – examples. Continuity of functions – examples, algebraic operations on

continuous functions. Derivative of a function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation

of a derivative – applications. Derivative of sum, product and quotient of functions,

derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite

function, chain rule. Second order derivatives. Rolle’s theorem (statement only),

increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima,

minima, greatest and least values of a function.

5. Integral Calculus and Differential equations :

Integral Calculus : Integration as inverse of differential, integration by substitution and

by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expression, trigonometric, exponential

and hyperbolic functions. Evaluation of definite integrals-determination of areas of

plane regions bounded by curves – applications.

Differential equations : Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation

of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of a differential

equation, solution of first order and first degree differential equation of various

types – examples. Solution of second order homogeneous differential equation with

constant co-efficients.

6. Vectors and its applications :

Magnitude and direction of a vector, equal vectors, unit vector, zero vector, vectors in

two and three dimensions, position vector. Multiplication of a vector by a scalar, sum

and difference of two vectors, Parallelogram law and triangle law of addition.

Multiplication of vectors — scalar product or dot product of two vectors, perpendicularity,

commutative and distributive properties. Vector product or cross product of two vectors.

Scalar and vector triple products. Equations of a line, plane and sphere in vector

form – simple problems. Area of a triangle, parallelogram and problems of plane geometry

and trigonometry using vector methods. Work done by a force and moment of a

force.

7. Statistics and probability :

Statistics : Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution – examples.

Graphical representation – Histogram, frequency polygon – examples. Measure of central

tendency – mean, median and mode. Variance and standard deviation – determination

and comparison. Correlation and regression.

Probability : Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events,

mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and

Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of

probability : classical and statistical – examples. Elementary theorems on probability –

simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem – simple problems. Random

variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random

experiments giving rise to Binomial distribution.

Personality Test

Each candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of

his career both academic and extramural. They will be asked questions on matters of

general interest. Special attention will be paid to assessing their potential qualities of

leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and

physical energy, power of practical application and integrity of character.

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