SCRA Interview Guidelines
An interview goes the way you want it to.
A typical interview starts with “Tell me about yourself”. Next question will depend on how you answer this question and so on. The best way to prepare for an interview is to know more about yourself, what are you strengths, weakness, hobbies, how do you want others to know you.
Interview carries 200 marks, which is relatively much high (25% of total ) as compared to written exam which carries 600 marks. Most of the students are expected to score average marks in the interview. Since interview have too much of weightage it can affect significantly your result if you can manage to get > 140 out of 200. In order to achieve that, you should be crystal clear in concepts and knowledge. If you have doubt in anything, then do not leave it for next week. This is the right time to clear you doubts.
Note: In case board feels you are a good candidate they can even give you 180 marks and even 80 in a bad case!!
Interview questions can be divided broadly into the following categories:
1. Based on school syllabus
2. Personal questions
- Based on your interests and hobbies
- Based on your career goals
- Personal (family related)
3. General Knowledge questions
4. Question regarding Railways, current affairs etc
4. Hypothetical questions
Based on your interests and hobbies:
Everyone has some hobbies like cricket, music, dance, reading books, teaching, research, cooking, watching TV, computer, football etc. Your interest can be stamp collection, stone collection, music, drawing, paintings, computer etc. You should be aware of your hobbies and interests.
An interviewer might ask – which is your favorite sport? If you say – Football. Then he may ask you questions like:
1. What is confederation cup?
2. What is FIFA?
3. When was the last world cup? Who won it?
4. Your favorite country and player
5. Why do you like that particular player and the country?
6. Are you aware of the game rules?
7. Indian performance at International level?
8. Various football clubs in India?
9. What is BCCI ?
Olympic medals won recently
Emerging players, etc
- If your hobby is painting, then you should know at least the name of various type of paintings and the basic difference between them.
- If you hobby is classical dance you should know the various forms of classical dance.
- If your hobby is western dace you should know various forms of dance available like salsa, tango etc
- If your hobby is reading novels you should be aware of few good novelist, prize, Indian novelist etc.
- Now a days T 20 is the new concept in cricket. If you are saying cricket as your favourite game, then you should be able to answer a question “ which format u like most – test / one day / T20). As said previously, interview goes normally in the way you let it go or the way you want it to go.
- You should not tell interviewer the long list of your interests as this will give them wide scope of questions. Also only a genius can handle wide range of interests or hobbies!
The best way to prepare for such questions is to think about three of your hobbies/interest, or anything you are passionate about. And then try to answer questions as mentioned above.
Personal/family related questions:
In an interview you might be asked about your family, place you belong to, your siblings etc. An interview might go like this. Suppose you are from Jharkhand, which is a very beautiful place and has lot of features important from different perspectives. An interviewer might ask what is famous about Jharkand. Then comes your specific city. Which historical monuments are there in your city if any, what it is known for etc.
Question: What is Bangalore known for?
Answer: Bangalore is known for IT and is also known as Silicon Valley of India. (Everybody knows this.)
You can also say something like - Bangalore climate is the best in India. In evening it is one of the pleasant weather, no matter whichever month it is. Why? Because Bangalore is about 900 meter above sea level.
Question: Tell me something about hyderabad?
Answer: Everybody knows that Hyderabad is famous for gems / stones and Biryani. But very few people know about the river which flows through hyderabad.
Any student from Rajasthan should be able to answer questions about various historical cities, forts etc. Usually southern states and Rajasthan invites lots of historical questions.
Most of the questions however would be either very common or understanding nature type.
3. Hypothetical questions:
In this category they will give you a hypothetical case and would ask you to solve. Answer can be as simple as one based on simple algebra formula or it could be about solar system or universe as well.
Also, many a time’s interviewers ask – Do you have any question for us? Prepare 3-4 questions for such a scenario. Ask the question only if related things have been the part of the interview or something which is not common but still important. Do not ask vague questions. And if your don’t have any question – say no- most preferred choice!
Remember one thing, “what you ask”, depends upon “what you know.” A good questions implies a good knowledge and a bad question ruins your interview. it is however not at all compulsory to ask a question. If you don’t have any, don’t ask.
Preparing for the Interview:
- Be confident
- Be calm and don’t be too anxious about interview
- Think positively
- If possible give mock interview to your seniors, bro/sis or parents.
- Don’t feel shy, neither be too expressive (Too much of expression sometimes leads to errors)
- Pressure and last minute revision of books never works. Never be tensed.
- Decide your dress well in advance. Do not think too much about dress. A simple shirt/trouser/sweater for boys and a suit for gals will work. Be comfortable.
- Collect your necessary papers / certificates etc before time.
- Carry a pen with, they may ask you to solve some problem / puzzle or a drawing (if your hobby is drawing).
- Consider each and every question asked as the opportunity to express yourself and to win.
There is a great thing of thinking positively: If you can think, you can win.
Prepare your answer keeping these points in mind:
- Do not feel nervous. Getting nervous brings your performance down.
- If you don’t know anything, reply “no” politely/calmly. Do not say wrong things (or a blunder). If you are putting your guess, then you can say that Sir, I feel….
- You should be in a calm and confidant mood.
- Interviewer is well aware of the fact that a 12th class student can be very intelligent but normally not matured enough to tackle lot of pressure. So whatever happens, whatever board member says to you, be calm. You are giving SCRA interview because you are among the 263 students from India!
- Sometimes interviewer intentionally asks you some questions which are certainly not a part of your course. The Interviewer just wants to see your approach and not the formulas. Interviewer wants to see, how specifically you study. You should analyse and propose your solution with your current level of knowledge.
- There can be infinite questions so you can not prepare for each and every question. You have to be mentally strong and confident to face the interview.
- Do not argue with the interviewer. There exist lot of difference between arguments and discussion.
Benefits of thinking positively
If you think that you would be able to crack the interview with ease, it will certainly give you lot of confidence.
Do not think anything other then success.
Why to think of negative things like failure? You will have lot of time to think negatively later on, so better leave the negative part and think of being a successful candidate.
It have been proved scientifically that before sleeping if you can just planned what you will do next day, then certainly you would be able to manage all the activities quiet properly.
In the same way, before sleeping think that you would clear the interview with flying colors!! We just wish you all the best.
The Last Question: What do you think qualifies you to be a Special Class Railway Apprentice?
All the best.
1. Advantage of shifting train numbers from 4 digit to 5 digit?
2. What are the different type of passenger trains?
3. How we classify trains? mail / express / superfast
4. How we can improve the efficiency of Indian Railays?
5. What is gauge conversion and why it is useful ?
6. Can we run passenger trains like metro train all over India?
7. What are the major challenges to Indian Railways?
8. Why our train runs at lesser speed compared to many western countries railways?
9. Do you know about IRCTC?
10. What you will say about Egovernance in railways?