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Railways Favour Scrapping Of SCRA

Railways have come to a decision to close down the Special Class Railway Apprentice exam (SCRA). Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination was initiated in 1927, and is one of the oldest programmes in India concerned selection of about thirty candidates by the UPSC to the UG programme in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) at Jamalpur.

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Previously, Union Public Service Commission has told the Railway Ministry that it is not liable to hold the Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination (SCRA) and asked the public transporter to validate holding the exam.

The Commission may not be liable to carry on with the exam unless full and proper justification is forthcoming from the Railway Ministry for such maintenance,” UPSC Secretary Ashim Khurana said in a letter to Railway Board Member (Staff) Pradeep Kumar in July this year.

UPSC told the Railway Ministry about Scrapping Of SCRA

UPSC told the Railways that it is now judging the procedure of separate exam for a handful of candidates as “inconsistent effort” as the Commission is also performing annual engineering services exam for selection to Indian Railway Services in Mechanical Engineering (IRSME). Besides IRSME, Union Public Service Commission conducts selection of engineers for Indian Railway Services in Electrical Engineering, Indian Railways Services in Engineers, Indian Railways Services in Signal Engineering and Indian Railways Services in Stores.

 After investigating the different aspects of the issue, the Railways decided in favour of discontinuation of the SCRA and converse the same to UPSC. “The matter has been cautiously assessed by Ministry of Railway in its entirety and it has been decided with the approval of Minister of Railways that employment of candidates for initiation into Indian Railway Services in Mechanical Engineering (IRSME) administrator will now be met through the engineering services examination (ESE),” Railway Board Member Pradeep Kumar has written to UPSC.

In a release, Railways simplified that “there is no choice to close the IRIMEE at Jamalpur. IRIMEE shall continue as a Centralised Training Institute of the Ministry devoted to training Mechanical Engineers and other officers of the Indian Railways.” PTI ARU RG

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