Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) was a programme by which candidates are selected by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) India, to train in the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur. This programme started in 1927 and is one of the oldest in India. This exam was cancelled by the UPSC in 2016.
The Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) program is one of the country’s first engineering examination, and admissions have been hotly contested, with as many as 2,500,000 candidates taking the entrance examination, now conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), for about 42 seats. The examination comprises written tests in mathematics, physics, chemistry, English language, general knowledge, and a psychological test (mental ability). The selected candidates are called for an interview, which is followed by a medical examination.