UPSC want to relinquish itself from SCRA examination for railways
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has told the Railway Ministry that it is
not inclined to hold the Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination (SCRA) and
told it to justify holding the exam.
"The Commission may not be inclined to continue with the
examination unless full and proper justification is forthcoming from the Railway
Ministry for such continuance," UPSC Secretary Ashim Khurana said in a letter to
Railway Board Member (Staff) Pradeep Kumar.
"Yes, UPSC has raised the SCRA issue and written to us seeking our response.
We are examining the issue and will communicate our views to the Commission
shortly," Kumar said.
Started in 1927, the SCRA, one of the oldest programmes in
India, involves selection of about 30 candidates by the UPSC to the
undergraduate programme in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Railways
Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur.
However, UPSC is now finding the process of separate examination for a
handful of candidates as "disproportionate effort" as the Commission is also
conducting annual engineering services examination for selection to Indian
Railway Services in Mechanical Engineering (IRSME).
Earlier, Additional secretary in the UPSC had also written to Kumar drawing
his attention to the need for abolishing the SCRA examination in May.
"I would like to draw your attention once again to the
disproportionate effort involved in the conduct of the SCRA Examination by the
UPSC, given the small number of vacancies identified and filled up. It is also a
fact that the Commission conducts the annual engineering services examination
(ESE) for selection to five services belonging to Railway Ministry including the
IRSME," Khurana had written last month.
Courtesy: IBN Live