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Special Class Railway Apprenctices
Special Class Railway Apprenctices' Examination (Overview)
Direct Recruitment to the Special Class Railway Apprentices' is made through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on the basis of the Annual Competitive Examinations. Recruitment to the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) is done on the basis of the result of the Civil Services Examination (The Indian Administrative service examination) and that to the Indian Railway services of Engineers (IRSE), Indian Railway  Service of Electrical  Engineers (IRSEE) and Indian Railway Services Stores (IRSS) is made on the basis of the Combined Engineering Service Examination.

Recruitment of Clerks, Assistant Station masters, Ticket Collectors, train Collectors and other vacancies is also done through direct recruitment by the Railway Recruitment Boards in different states. Depending upon the vacancies that arise, these boards call out for  exams for different posts. These Boards are located  at 19 centres in Allahabad (, Ahmedabad, Ajmer (, Chandigarh, Jammu, Gorakhpur, Patna ( , Guwahati, Calcutta, Bhubaneswar(, Chennai (, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Secunderabad (, Mumbai, Bhopal , Malda, Ranchi etc. The Boards advertise the vacancies through newspapers and the Employment News and conduct both written examinations and interviews. Recruitment is made in the lowest grades to these categories and prescribed qualification is generally matriculation. For some posts like Commercial Apprentice, Traffic Apprentice, Asstt. Station Master, Clerk Grade I, guards etc., prescribed qualification is  a degree from a recognised University.

For Recruitment  to the Indian Railway Service Mechanical Department, there is a dual method, one is by Combined Engineering Service Examination and the other is UPSC Special Class Railway Apprentices' Examination. Approximately, 50 percent are recruited as the Special Class Railway Apprentices through the U.P.S.C. Exam. This examination is held once a year, generally in the month of July. Blank application forms and other particulars are published in Employment News, generally in the month of February.

Tentative Schedule

(i) Notification of Examination February

(ii) Conduct of Examination  July

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

1. 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.

2. For further details, please refer Para 3 (III) of the Commission's Notice for the examination published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar.

Scheme of Examination

Part I : Written Examination carrying a maximum of 600 marks in the subjects as shown below :

Paper Subject Code Number Time Allowed Maximum Marks
Paper-I General Ability Test (English, General Knowledge and Psychological Test) 01 2 hours 200
Paper-II Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) 02 2 hours 200
Paper-III Mathematics 03 2 hours 200
      Total 600

Part II : Personality Test carrying a maximum of 200 marks in respect of only those candidates who are declared qualified on the results of written examination.

Note: For further details, please refer to the Commission's Notice for the Examination when it is published in the Employment News and some of the daily newspapers.