RRB ALP (Assistant Loco Pilot) Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
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RRB ALP stands for Railway recruitment board Assistant Loco Pilot. Railway recruitment board conducts an examination known as RRB ALP & Technician exam to recruit Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician for different railway zones across the country. This is a national level exam, however, RRB releases vacancy for different zones separately. 

The examination is made available in so many languages in order to ease the process for aspiring candidates and to help them better in scoring by writing the exam in the language that they are comfortable with. The RRB ALP exam will be conducted in two stages which are CBT-I and CBT-II (A & B).

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Under Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu
Exam Frequency Occasional
Purpose of the Exam Recruitment of Assistant Loco Pilot for Indian Railways
Conducting Body Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)
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RRB ALP Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. a. a citizen of India, or
    b. a subject of Nepal, or
    c. a subject of Bhutan, or
    d. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    e. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
    f. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d), and (e) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. Applicants should be 10th pass and possess ITI Certification (approved by NCVT / SCVT), or Diploma Engineering except for CSE or Civil disciplines.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the RRB ALP examination should be minimum of 18 years and maximum of 30 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 35 years
    OBC 33 years
    Ex-Servicemen 33 years
    Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 35 years
    PWD (UR) 40 years
    PWD (OBC) 43 years
    PWD (SC/ST) 45 years
    Group ‘C & D’ Railway Staff (UR) 40 years
    Group ‘C & D’ Railway Staff (OBC) 43 years
    Group ‘C & D’ Railway Staff (SC/ST) 45 years
    Widows, Divorced Women and Women Judicially Separated (UR) 35 years
    Widows, Divorced Women and Women Judicially Separated (OBC) 38 years
    Widows, Divorced Women and Women Judicially Separated (SC/ST) 40 years
    Candidates Completed Apprentices (UR) 35 years
    Candidates Completed Apprentices (OBC) 38 years
    Candidates Completed Apprentices (SC/ST) 40 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the exam.

RRB ALP Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Admit Card Download To be notified
Preliminary Exam To be notified

RRB ALP Exam Pattern 2021

Some Important Points Regarding the Exam:

  • Computer Based Test-I  is the first phase of the recruitment process.
  • The paper contains 75 objective type questions (MCQs) and total time given to complete the paper is 60 minutes.
  • Each question in the paper in all sections carries one mark.
  • Computer Based Test-II is the second stage of the recruitment process.
  • There are two parts in this stage, candidates have to qualify these two parts separately
  • Total number of questions asked in this stage is 175
  • There are sectional timings for Part A and Part B, 90 minutes and 60 minutes respectively, the total time allotted for the Second Stage of CBT is two and a half hours.
  • There is negative marking for incorrect answers, ⅓ mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • The exam is available in more than 12 languages like English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada, Marathi, Manipuri, Konkani, Urdu, Bengali.

Pattern for Computer Based Test-I

Computer Based Test Stage – I is a standard exam for the ALP Technicians post. RRB ALP exam pattern for first stage CBT given below:

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Mathematics
Qualifying Nature 20 Objective (Multiple Choice) 1/3 20
2 General Reasoning
Qualifying Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 1/3 25
3 General Science
Qualifying Nature 20 Objective (Multiple Choice) 1/3 20
4 Current Affairs
Qualifying Nature 10 Objective (Multiple Choice) 1/3 10
Total Marks* 75

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Computer Based Test-II (Part-A)

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Mathematics
Merit Ranking Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 1/3 25
2 General Intelligence & Reasoning
Merit Ranking Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 1/3 25
3 Basic Science and Engineering
Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 1/3 40
4 General Awareness and Current Affairs
Merit Ranking Nature 10 Objective (Multiple Choice) 1/3 10
Total Marks* 90

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Computer Based Test-II (Part-B)

This part is qualifying in nature and shall have questions from the trade syllabus prescribed by the 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. Candidates holding a Degree, Diploma and HSC (10+2) having eligibility for the posts of ALP have to select relevant trades from the list of trades listed against their engineering discipline/HSC (10+2).

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Relevant Trade
Qualifying Nature 75 Descriptive 60 mins 75
Total Marks* 75

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

RRB ALP Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Computer Based Test-I

1 Mathematics

  • Simple and Compound Interest,
  • Number system,
  • BODMAS,
  • Decimals,
  • Time and Work;
  • Time and Distance,
  • Profit and Loss,
  • Algebra,
  • Geometry and Trigonometry,
  • Elementary Statistics,
  • Square Root,
  • Age Calculations,
  • Calendar & Clock,
  • Pipes & Cistern
  • Fractions,
  • LCM, HCF,
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Percentages,
  • Mensuration,

2 General Reasoning

  • Venn Diagram
  • Data Interpretation and Sufficiency
  • Conclusions and Decision Making
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Analogies, Alphabetical and Number Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Arguments and Assumptions
  • Mathematical operations
  • Blood relationships
  • Syllogism
  • Jumbling

3 General Science

  • Astronomy & Space Technology
  • Computer & Mobile Technology
  • Inventions & Discoveries
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Military Technology
  • Diseases

4 Current Affairs

  • Personalities
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Miscellaneous Topics
  • Science & Technology
  • Sports
  • Culture

Syllabus for Computer Based Test-II (Part-A)

1 Mathematics

  • Simple and Compound Interest,
  • Number system,
  • BODMAS,
  • Decimals,
  • Time and Work;
  • Time and Distance,
  • Profit and Loss,
  • Algebra,
  • Geometry and Trigonometry,
  • Elementary Statistics,
  • Square Root,
  • Age Calculations,
  • Calendar & Clock,
  • Pipes & Cistern
  • Fractions,
  • LCM, HCF,
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Percentages,
  • Mensuration,

2 General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • Analogies,
  • Alphabetical and Number Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Mathematical operations
  • Blood relationships
  • Syllogism
  • Jumbling
  • Venn Diagram
  • Data Interpretation and Sufficiency
  • Conclusions and Decision Making
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Arguments and Assumptions

3 Basic Science and Engineering

  • The topics covered under this shall be Engineering Drawing (Projections, Views, Drawing Instruments, Lines, Geometric figures, Symbolic Representation)
  • Basic Electricity
  • Heat and Temperature
  • Speed and Velocity
  • Levers and Simple Machines
  • Work Power and Energy
  • Environment Education
  • IT Literacy
  • Measurements
  • Mass Weight and Density
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Units

4 General Awareness and Current Affairs

  • National and International Organisations along with Headquarters
  • Government schemes
  • India and International Current events
  • Politics
  • Culture
  • Economy
  • History
  • Government schemes
  • Sports

Syllabus for Computer Based Test-II (Part-B)

1 Relevant Trade

The trade syllabus prescribed by the Director-General of Employment & Training (DGET).

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