UPSC notifies Special-class Railway Apprentice Test in the Mechanical cadre

New Delhi:  The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has invited applications for an examination to be held on January 12 for recruiting Special-class Railway Apprentices in the Mechanical Department of Indian Railways.

Aspiring candidates can apply online on till November 4. The test centres include Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Madurai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Panaji, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Patna and Kolkata. There are total 42 vacancies currently, which are likely to increase by the time of final selection.

The eight-semester apprenticeship leads to a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. The apprentices undergo practical and theoretical training and should pass all the semester examinations.

They will be granted a stipend of Rs. 9,100 each a month for two years, Rs. 9,400 during the third year and the first six months of the fourth year and Rs. 9,700 for the last six months. Successful apprentices will be appointed mechanical engineers on probation for 18 months in Railways.


The applicants must have passed Plus Two with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in first or second division or equivalent grade or should be graduates with Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry as one of the subjects. Those appearing for the final qualifying examination may also apply. The candidates should be between 17 and 21 years of age as on January 1, 2014, the upper age limit relaxed by five years for those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and up to three years for those from the Other Backward Classes. Detailed eligibility criteria are given in the notification. The eligible candidates will be issued e-admission certificates on three weeks before the examination.

Exam Scheme

The written examination consists of three papers carrying a maximum of 600 marks. Paper I is a general ability test (English, General Knowledge and Psychological Test). Paper II tests skills in Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) and Paper III is of Mathematics. Each is of two hours and 200 marks. All papers have objective-type multiple-choice questions.

A personality test of 200 marks will be held for candidates who pass the written examination.

Detailed syllabus and other details have been published in the Employment News weekly, dated October 5-11.