Bright young candidates who have just completed their Intermediate (Plus 2) with Science are selected and trained by Indian Railways at its own cost, to be graduate mechanical engineers. On successful completion of four years of apprenticeship, during which the SCRAs study, write exams and undergo practical training, they are awarded Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering and they join Indian Railway in the officers cadre of  Mechanical Engineering division.

Boarding and Lodging

All SCRAs are lodged in Special Grade Hostel, popularly known as ‘Gymkhana’ during their four years training at Jamalpur. SCRAs manage all activities of Gymkhana themselves. Office-bearers are elected by the residents in General Body Meeting. The average expenditure of mess would be around Rs.4500/- to Rs. 6000/-, which is easily manageable within the stipend.

Travel facilities available to SCRAs

SCAs are entitled to two free return journey passes in a year which entitle them to travel in 2nd AC class on the trains of Indian Railways.

In addition they get four sets return journey of Privilege Ticket Orders that entitles them to travel in classes up to 2nd AC by paying one third of the basic fare.

While travelling on Training, they get additional duty passes for all such travel which entitles them to journeys by the 2nd AC Class on Indian Railways in all trains including Rajdhani Express.

When travelling in groups, SCAs travel in special training cars that are dedicated railway coaches with bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchenette.


SCRAs are selected through the Union Public Service Commission Examination conducted every year. Notification for this examination is issued in major newspapers, employment news and on the website of Union Public Service Commission around the month of October. A written examination is conducted in January. Candidates are shortlisted based on this examination. They appear for interview/personality test and medical examination normally conducted in May. The final merit list of candidates recommended for selection is issued in June. The SCAs join sometime in July. Further details can be seen at the website of UPSC.

Age – limits: 17-21 years on 1st August of the year of examination

certain categories of persons as specified in the Notice are eligible for age relaxation.

Educational Qualification:

For Admission to the examination a candidate –

(I)Must have passed in the first or second division, the Intermediate or an equivalent examination of a university or board approved by the Government of India with Mathematics and atleast one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination.

(ii)For further details, please refer Para 3 (III) of the Commission’s Notice for the examination published in Employment News/Rozgar Samach




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