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RRB ALP SYLLABUS: RRB ALP represents the Railway Recruitment Board Assistant Loco Pilot. It refers to a position in the Indian Railways for which the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) conducts recruitment. The (Assistant Loco Pilot) ALP is responsible for helping the Loco Pilot (train driver) in the protected and productive activity of trains. The ALP plays a vital part in guaranteeing the smooth working of trains and dealing with different errands connected with train tasks.


Computer-Based Tests (CBT) and Computer-Based Aptitude Tests (CBAT) are typically the first two steps in the RRB ALP recruitment process, followed by Document Verification. Candidates’ knowledge, abilities, and skills about Assistant Loco Pilot duties are also important and are evaluated on the exam.

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 Individuals who are seeking to become Assistant Loco Pilots in the Indian Railways need to go through the RRB ALP enrollment process and effectively clear the endorsed stages to be qualified. The particular information related to recruitment, including syllabus, exam pattern, and eligibility criteria is given by the Railway Recruitment Board through official notices.


 There are 2 stages of the RRB ALP exams which consist of the following details that are mentioned below:

1st stage of CBT for Assistant Loco Pilot & Technician Posts:

The 1st stage of the recruitment process is the Computer-Based Test (CBT), which is common for Assistant Loco Pilot and technician posts. This stage comprises 75 questions covering Mathematics, General Intelligence and reasoning, General Science, and General Awareness of Current Affairs. 

2nd stage of CBT for Assistant Loco Pilot & Technician Posts 

The second stage of the CBT for Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician positions involves two parts:

Part A consists of four subjects – Mathematics, Basic Science and Engineering, General Intelligence and Reasoning, and General Awareness. Part B focuses on questions related to the specific trade relevant to the position.

This two-step process in the 2nd Stage of CBT further assesses candidates’ proficiency and knowledge in both general and trade-specific domains, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation for the Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician roles. 

RRB ALP Marks Distribution For The Year 2023:

General Intelligence & Reasoning25
General Science20
General Awareness of Current Affairs10
Part A
General Intelligence & Reasoning100
General Science100
General Awareness of Current Affairs100
Relevant trade75


Candidates who are seeking for Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) position, are required to achieve a minimum score of 42 marks in each of the tests. The merit list for ALP will be compiled exclusively from candidates who qualify for the Aptitude Test. The merit calculation should be 70% of the marks obtained in Part A of the Second Stage Computer-Based Test and 30% marks obtained in the overall exam.

The overall RRB ALP & Technician Syllabus for 2023 includes CBT 1 and CBT 2 exams, which are common for both ALP & Technician posts. The detailed syllabus for both stages is mentioned below with a complete outline of topics.

Detailed Syllabus for Stage 1 Test:

General Awareness and Current AffairsHistory, Geography, EnvironmentScience & Technology, Sports, Polity, Economy, Award & Honors, Art & Culture
MathematicsNumber System, Simplification (BODMAS), Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Trigonometry, Data Interpretation, Algebra
General Intelligence & ReasoningCoding-Decoding, Analogies, Classification, Blood Relation, Series, Mathematical Operations, Direction Sense, Syllogism, Venn Diagram, Non-Verbal, Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Similarities and Differences, Arguments and Assumptions.
General SciencePhysics, Chemistry, Environment, Biology, and Computer Technology

Detailed Syllabus for STAGE 2 Test:

MechanicalDimensions, Energy, Materials, Energy Conservation, Management, Applied Mechanics, Heat, Engines, Turbo Machinery Production, Engineering, Automation Engineering, Kinetic Theory, The Strength Of The Material, Metallurgical
AutomobileThermodynamics, Heat transfer, Mechanic, Motor Vehicle, Tractor Mechanic, Mechanic Diesel
ElectricalMaths, Basic Science and Engineering, General Intelligence and Reasoning, and General Awareness
Maths, Basic Science and Engineering,General Intelligence and Reasoning, and General AwarenessAll the topics that are covered in STAGE 1 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Where can I find official information about RRB ALP?

Official information, notifications, and updates regarding RRB ALP can be found on the official website of the Railway Recruitment Board https://www.rrbcdg.gov.in/.

  1. How to prepare for the RRB ALP exam?

You can prepare for the exam by understanding the syllabus, practicing the previous year’s question papers, and utilizing official study materials provided by the RRB.

  1. Is there any negative marking in the RRB ALP exam?

Yes, there is usually a negative marking system in the RRB ALP exam. 1/3rd of the marks are deducted for each incorrect answer.

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