Special Class Railway Apprentices' Examination, for selection of candidates for appointment as Special Class Apprentices in Mechanical Department of Indian Railways will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 12th January, 2014 at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareily, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Panaji (Goa), Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam. The approximate number of vacancies, to be filled on the results of the examination is 42. Two vacancies are reserved for physically challenged candidates belonging to Orthopaedically Handicapped having functional classifications OA or OL. Seats will be reserved for SC/ST/OBC/PD categories as per Government rules.
Applicant must be a citizen of India. Relaxations/Clarifications on this are available in the detailed Notification published .

Applicant must have attained the age of 17 years and must not have attained the age of 21 years on 1st January, 2014 (Must have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1993 and not later than 1st January, 1997). The upper age limit is relaxable up to a maximum of five years for SC/ST applicants, up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates. More details on relaxation in age and the categories eligible for it can be had from the Notification.

Applicant must have passed in the first or second division, the Higher Secondary (12 years) Examination under 10 + 2 pattern of School Education with Mathematics and at least one of Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination or 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 at least one of Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination. Graduates with Mathematics and at least one of Physics and Chemistry as their degree subjects may also apply.

Those who have passed the first year Examination under the three year Degree course of a University can also apply. Candidates who have passed the first/second year examination under the three-year Degree course in the first or second division with Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry as subjects of the Examination may also apply; provided the first/ second year examination is conducted by a University. Candidates who have passed some other examination can also apply. The details are available in the Notification.

Applicant must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Special Class Railway Apprentices, Examination, 2014 as per Regulations given in Appendix-II of the rules for the Special Class Railway Apprentices, Examination, 2014 published in Gazette of India dated 5th October, 2013.

There is no application fee for Female/SC/ST/PH applicants. Others are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

How to Apply:
Application can be submitted only Online
up to 11.59 pm on 4th November, 2013 after which, the link will be disabled. Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available here. Only one application should be submitted by an applicant. However, if an applicant submits another/multiple applications, due to any unavoidable reasons, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher Registration ID (RID) is complete in all respects like applicant’s details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. In respect of applicants who submit multiple applications, only the applications with higher RID will be entertained by the Commission. The fee paid against one RID will not be adjusted against any other RID.

Admit Card:
The eligible candidates will be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admission Certificate will be made available
for downloading by candidates. No admission Certificate will be sent by post. For downloading the e-Admission certificate the candidate will have to provide some details related to the candidate.
If a candidate does not receive his/her e-Admission Certificate/e-admit card or any other communication regarding his/her candidature for the examination 3 weeks before the commencement of the Examination, he/she should at once contact the Commission.

The Examination will have two parts. Part I will be a Written Examination having 3 papers carrying a maximum of 600 marks. Paper-I will be General Ability Test with questions from English, General Knowledge and a Psychological Test, Paper-II will be Physical Sciences with questions from Physics and Chemistry and Paper-III will be Mathematics. Each paper will be of two hours duration and each will carry 200 marks. The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective, multiple choice answer type questions only. The Question Papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only. Question Papers will be approximately of the Intermediate standard. Detailed syllabus is available in the Notification.

Wrong answers will lead to loss of marks. One-third of the mark allotted to the question will be deducted. The Commission will fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination. Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets).
Part II will be Personality Test carrying a maximum of 200 marks in respect of only those candidates who are declared qualified on the results of Written Examination.
The result of the written part of the Examination is likely to be declared in the month of March/April, 2014.
Conditions of selection are given in the Notification.

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