Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Special Class Railway Apprentice Exam (SCRA). It is considered one of the challenging exams conducted by UPSC and demands a strong preparation. The candidates applying for SCRA exam require months of preparation. For example, for applying for SCRA exam in 2012, one has to start preparing a few months before that, in order to secure a seat. While many students bag a seat for themselves with hard work, others fail in their endeavor due to lack of practice. Here are some basic tips which can be helpful for all those aspiring SCRA candidates.

• One of the most important things to remember is time. Many candidates are not able to clear the SCRA exam due to lack of time. You can increase your accuracy by practicing thoroughly before appearing for the exam. Leave the questions that you do not know and come back to them in the end.
• Make sure you are well prepared before the exam. Get your admit card on time. There are thousands of other candidates applying with you. You will not get any personal notification. You need to keep yourself abreast with the date of issue of admit card and other such vital details.
• Mathematics is an important part of the syllabus. Proficiency in this part of the syllabus can only be achieved through thorough practice. You need to refer to mathematics books of class 10 and class 12 to brush up your basics.
• A large portion of the SCRA question paper will be dedicated to current affairs. For Current Affairs Questions, Keep Up Date Your Self about Latest National and International News. If you plan to apply in 2012, get acquainted with all quiz books of 2012.
• Other than Mathematics, English is one major subject in SCRA exam. You need to read books and increase your vocabulary. Get a dictionary installed in your phone and you can refer to it, whenever you come across a new word. Reading newspapers can also help in increasing your vocabulary and sentence formation.
• Preparing the syllabus will not be sufficient. In order to cut the stiff competition, you must resort to sample question papers. Practice hard from these papers to get a gist of the SCRA exam pattern.

All these tips can come in handy during exam preparation. However, true commitment and the zeal to work hard are the vital requirements. If you plan to give the SCRA exam in 2012, you must start preparing now. Also, make sure that you do not leave any subject from the syllabus as almost all of them are given the same weightage.

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