Have you heard of Special Class Railway Apprenticeship ever? I am confident that a majority of population who pursue science stream at 10+2 level usually target JEE for gaining admission in to IITs and other top engineering colleges after they complete their schooling. Considering the fact that JEE is quite popular, trend shows that majorities of student population just blindly follow the rat race and often fail to explore other equally rewarding and in some cases better opportunities. And one of such opportunity is Special Class Railway Apprenticeship.
Special Class Railway Apprenticeship is a four year apprenticeship program where in students are selected for a undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur. It is a unique program approved by AICTE where in handful of selected students receives rigorous training at the Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur. Also the Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur has signed a special memorandum of understanding with BITS, Ranchi for student training. Right after their course completion, the students are absorbed as Assistant Mechanical Engineer (AME) in Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers. What makes SCRA more attractive is the fact that during the period of training, the students receive a stipend ranging between Rs. 9,100 to Rs 9,700 per month.
- A scientific temper
- Analytical Mind
- Numerical ability
- Imagination and love for research and development
- Keen interest in technological development
- Team player
- Good physical and mental health
- Sense of responsibility
- Desire to serve one's country
- Positive thinking
- Intellectual and moral integrity
- Ability to interact with different kinds of people
- Ability to handle power and authority
Courses / Training
For aspirants who are interested in SCRA have to appear for an exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The stage one is a written exam that has three papers. Paper I is General Ability Test that includes questions on English, General Knowledge and Psychological Test. Paper II is Physical Sciences that assess students’ knowledge in Physics and Chemistry and Paper II seeks to assess the candidate’s knowledge in Mathematics. Each paper is for 2 hours and carries 200 marks each. On clearing the written exam, successful candidates are then called for a round of personal interview.
List of Institutes for Special Class Railway Apprenticeship
|Union Public Service Commission||www.upsc.gov.in|
|Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur||www.irimee.indianrailways.gov.in|
On completion of the apprenticeship, the candidates are absorbed in the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers as Assistant Mechanical Engineer (AME).
During the time of probation as Assistant Mechanical Engineer (AME), the candidates receive a salary that ranges between Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000.