RRB ALP Exam Pattern 2020 - Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) will prescribe the exam pattern of RRB ALP 2020 in its notification. RRB ALP 2020 exam pattern contains number of sections, total questions, duration of the exam, marking scheme etc. The RRB ALP exam pattern 2020 provides an overview of what they need to study so that they may prepare accordingly. The exam pattern of RRB ALP 2020 consists of three stages – First Stage CBT, Second Stage CBT and Computer-Based Aptitude Test. The RRB ALP & Technician exam will be held in August 2020 tentatively. The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) holds the RRB ALP exam for recruitment of candidates to the post of Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) & Technician under the Ministry of Indian Railways. Read this article to know more about the exam pattern of RRB ALP.
RRB ALP 2020 is conducted in four stages. These stages are as follows:
First Stage CBT
Second Stage CBT
Computer Based Aptitude Test
The two stages examination - First stage CBT and Second Stage CBT are common for ALP and Technician. Candidates who have applied for ALP will also have to undergo Computer Based Aptitude Test (AT) after they qualify in the Second Stage CBT. In all the stages of the exam, marks will be normalized. Candidates who qualify all the stages of the exam will be called for Document Verification (DV) which is the final stage of the recruitment process.
The vacancies of RRB ALP may increase or decrease as per the requirement of Railway administrations. After the First stage CBT, RRBs will publish updated Vacancies on their websites. Candidates who score the prescribed minimum qualifying marks and qualify the First stage CBT, are required to choose the RRB and declare their preference of Railways and Posts within the chosen RRB. Then the candidates are shortlisted RRB-wise for the Second Stage CBT. This shortlisting is done at the rate of 15 times the updated vacancies for that RRB.
Name of the Test
No. of Questions
1/3 marks allotted for each question
Second Stage CBT – Part A
Second Stage CBT – Part B
Computer Based Aptitude Test (AT)
No negative marking for Computer Based AT
First Stage CBT is an online computer based test. This is the first screening test on the basis of which applicants are shortlisted for the next stage - Second Stage CBT. As prescribed in the exam pattern of RRB ALP 2020, the test is conducted for a maximum duration of 60 minutes and number of questions are 75. One mark is awarded for each correct answer while 0.33 mark is deducted for incorrect answers. The difficulty level of questions is equivalent to educational standards and/or minimum technical qualifications specified for the posts, i.e. ITI or diploma courses from institutes affiliated to NCVT/SCVT.The complete RRB ALP exam pattern 2020 including the various sections for the first stage CBT has been given in the below table.
RRB ALP Exam Pattern 2020 of First Stage CBT
Sectional distribution of marks
Minimum qualifying percentage
UR – 40%
OBC – 30%
SC – 30%
ST – 25%
General Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness on Current Affairs
On the basis of normalised marks secured in the first stage CBT, candidates are shortlisted for the Second Stage CBT. As given in the exam pattern of RRB ALP 2020, the second stage is for a total duration of 2 hours 30 minutes. This stage has two parts – Part A and Part B. The total marks of Part A are 100. Part B is qualifying in nature and the marks scored are not used for shortlisting. The number of candidates shortlisted for the second stage exam is 15 times the number of vacancies.
RRB ALP Exam Pattern 2020 of Second Stage CBT
Basic Science and Engineering
Relevant Trade Syllabus
35% for all categories
Only the candidates who have applied for RRB Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) have to appear for the Computer Based Aptitude Test (AT). Questions will be available in both Hindi and English medium. There is no negative marking. This test is qualifying in nature. According to RRB ALP exam pattern 2020, the candidate needs to secure a minimum score of 42 marks in each of the tests under CBAT to qualify. No relaxation is permissible in this aspect. The ALP merit list will be prepared for candidates who have obtained the qualifying marks in the Computer-Based Aptitude Test. These candidates will then be called for document verification. The weightage is as below:
70% weightage is given for the marks obtained in the Part A of Second Stage CBT
30% marks weightage in Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT)
The different test batteries with their minimum qualifying marks have been given in the table below:
RRB ALP Exam Pattern 2020 - Computer Based Aptitude Test
Minimum Qualifying Marks
Following Directions Test
Depth Perception Test
Perceptual Speed Test
For Technician posts:
Candidates equal to the number of vacancies will be called for document verification based on their performance in:
Part A of the Second Stage CBT
Qualify the Part B of Second Stage CBT
For ALP posts:
Candidates equal to the number of vacancies will be called for DV based on the performance of candidates in:
Computer Based AT
Candidates equal to 50% of the number of vacancies for various posts will be called for Document verification. It is to be noted that these additional candidates will only be considered for the replacement against any shortfall in empanelment from the merit list if in case any recommended candidate does not accept the offer. If two candidates score the same marks, the older person shall be given higher seniority. Finally the candidates must pass the required Medical Fitness Test. RRBs only recommend names of the selected candidates and appointment is offered by the respective Railway Administrations.
The candidates must know the complete syllabus for all three stages – Computer-Based Tests (CBT), Computer Based Aptitude Test and Document Verification. The subjects and topics in RRB ALP syllabus 2020 for all stages is provided in below table:
General Intelligence & Reasoning
Part B: Relevant Trade Syllabus
Follow Directions Test
RRB ALP Result
RRB ALP Admit Card
RRB ALP Cut off
RRB ALP exam is of 4 stages. First there is CBT 1 & CBT 2 followed by CBAT and document verification process.
As per ALP CBT 1 exam pattern there are 75 questions which need to be solved in 60 minutes.
Applicants who are of the age between 18 to 28 can apply for the exam.
Yes, to qualify for a post applicants have to pass all the stages of the ALP exam.
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