In the recently released Railway Recruitment Board Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician notification, the Indian Railways is all set to recruit young and competent aspirants in the year 2018.
This year, RRB has released a total vacancy of 26,502. Before we move ahead with the preparation part, let us have a brief idea about the Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) job profile; A loco pilot is the one who assists the driver who pilots the train. It is the duty of the ALP to give right direction to the piloting person according to the signal lights he sees. After gaining the required experience, an ALP is promoted to Senior Assistant Loco Pilot.
After one becomes a senior ALP, he becomes eligible to write the exams for Crew Controller, Power Controller and Loco Foreman (Loco supervisor). So, you have a great future in the Indian Railways once you pass the RRB ALP exam.
The vacancy of ALP is one of the most preferred vacancies in Indian Railways thus, there is intense competition to qualify the ALP exam. One very important thing about this ALP exam which you should know is that this exam will be an online exam i.e. Computer Based Test (CBT) wherein you will be required to tick/click your answer on the computer. You will be given rough sheets during the exam for rough work and calculations etc. There shall be two stages examination (First stage CBT and Second Stage CBT) common for both ALP and Technician.
It is of utmost important to understand the syllabus and exam patter before starting the preparation for any exam so, let us go through the exam pattern and syllabus for RRB ALP exam 2018.
RRB ALP Exam Pattern & Selection Procedure
RRB ALP selection will be based on 4 stages as follows:
- First stage CBT
- Second stage CBT
- Computer Based Aptitude Test (only for ALP)
- Document Verification
First Stage CBT
The First Stage CBT is of screening nature & will be of the following pattern:
|Subjects||No. of Qs||Duration|
|General Intelligence & Reasoning|
|General Awareness on Current Affairs|
Railway Recruitment Board Assistant Loco Pilot (RRB ALP) Syllabus
First stage CBT
The total number of questions will be 75 and the time allowed will be 60 minutes. Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various categories : UR -40%, OBC-30%, SC-30%, ST -25%. This percentage of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PWD candidates in case of shortage of PWD candidates against vacancies reserved for them.
The questions will be of objective type with multiple choices and are more likely to include questions pertaining to:
Number system, BODMAS, Decimals, Fractions, LCM, HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Mensuration, Time and Work; Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, Square Root, Age Calculations, Calendar & Clock, Pipes & Cistern etc.
General Intelligence and Reasoning
Analogies, Alphabetical and Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical operations, Relationships, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagram, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Conclusions and Decision Making, Similarities and Differences, Analytical reasoning, Classification, Directions, Statement – Arguments and Assumptions etc.
This section deals with the subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Environmental Studies and Political Science etc. Moreover, you should emphasise on chapters like – Motion, Force, Light, Atom, Energy, Fertilizers, Chemicals, Medicines, Nutrition, Genetics, Different systems of human body and Animal & Plants diseases. Apart from these, the recent researches and achievements on these subjects are also of great importance. However, the weightage is given to Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
General awareness on current affairs in Science & Technology, Sports, Culture, Personalities, Economics, Politics and other subjects of importance.
Second Stage CBT
The time allowed for this section will be 2 hours and 30 minutes (Part A and Part B combined)
The total number of questions will be 100 and the time allowed will be 90 minutes. Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various categories: UR -40%, OBC-30%, SC-30%, ST -25%. These percentage of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PWD candidates in case of shortage of PWD candidates against vacancies reserved for them. The marks scored in Part A alone shall be used for short listing of candidates for further stages of recruitment process subject to the condition that the candidate is securing qualifying mark in Part B. This part will include questions pertaining to:
The major topics which should be focused in this section should be LCM, HCF, Number system, Elementary Statistics, Profit and Loss, Geometry and Trigonometry, Ratio and Proportion, Square Root, BODMAS, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Work, Calendar & Clock, Fractions, Pipes & Cistern, Algebra, Mensuration, Speed, Distance and Time, Fractions, Percentages, etc.
General Intelligence and Reasoning
Analytical reasoning, Statement – Arguments and Assumptions, Alphabetical and Number Series, Syllogism, Conclusions and decision making, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical operations, Jumbling, Analogies, Classification, Directions, Mathematical operations, Relationships, Venn Diagram, Coding and Decoding, Similarities and differences, etc.
Basic Science and Engineering
The topics that would be covered under this section are Engineering Drawing (Projections, Views, Drawing Instruments, Lines, Geometric figures, Symbolic Representation) Mass Weight and Density, Measurements, Units, Work Power and Energy, IT Literacy, Occupational Safety and Health, Basic Electricity, Speed and Velocity, Environment Education, Levers and Simple Machines, Heat and Temperature, etc.
General Awareness on Current Affairs in Science & Technology, Personalities, Politics, Culture, Economics, Sports, Personalities and any other subjects of importance.
The total number of questions will be 75 and the time allowed will be 60 minutes. This part is qualifying in nature and Qualifying Mark is 35 % (This is applicable to all candidates and no relaxation is permissible). Part B shall have questions from the trade syllabus prescribed by Director General of Employment & Training (DGET). Candidates with ITI/Trade Apprenticeship qualification will be required to appear in the section having questions from the relevant trade.