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Notice Number 01/2013-SCRA Last date 12-11-2012
Application form SCRA Exam 2012 is available on official website – SCRA 2013

Application Form For Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination – 2013 for part 1 registration at

For SCRA PART-II Registration candidate have to enter the Registration-Id and date of birth at

Candidates are required to apply online by using the website 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.

An applicant can also pay the fee online using the internet banking facility of the State Bank of India.

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

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 [] 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
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.
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.

(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

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