RRB ALP Exam Pattern 2018 - Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have declared exam pattern of RRB ALP along with notification on February 3, 2018. RRB ALP exam pattern 2018 have information including marking scheme, number of sections, total questions, duration of the exam. Applicants will be selected for RRB ALP on the basis of the following exam stages – First Stage CBT, Second Stage CBT and Computer-Based Aptitude Test.
Candidates who have applied for ALP post will need to appear for the Computer Based Aptitude Test. Candidates qualifying all the stages of the exam will be called for the final stage of selection process, Document Verification (DV). As per RRB ALP exam pattern 2018, First Stage CBT contains 75 objective type questions and the test will be held for a duration of 60 minutes. Total 26502 vacancies for Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) and Technicians posts are available in 21 RRBs across the country. Check the article for more on RRB ALP Exam Pattern 2018.
Name of the Test
No. of Questions
First Stage CBT
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
RRB ALP 2018 is conducted in three stages. The stages are as follows:
Second Stage CBT
Computer Based Aptitude Test
First Stage CBT is an online test on the basis of which applicants are shortlisted for the next stage - Second Stage CBT. RRB ALP 2018 First Stage CBT is held for 75 marks. This stage of RRB ALP 2018 exam will consist of 75 multiple choice questions (MCQs) which candidates have to complete within 60 minutes. As per the marking scheme, one mark is allotted for each correct answer while 0.33 mark is deducted for incorrect responses. The difficulty level of questions asked in the first stage CBT is equivalent to standard 10 and/or the minimum technical qualification prescribed for the positions, i.e. ITI from institutes affiliated to NCVT/SCVT and/or Course Completed Act Apprenticeship. The complete exam pattern of RRB ALP 2018 including sectional distribution of marks for the first stage CBT has been provided in the table below.
RRB ALP exam pattern 2018 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 and Current Affairs
Candidates are shortlisted for the Second Stage CBT on the basis of scores obtained in the first stage CBT. Applicants are selected for Second Stage CBT based on the normalised marks secured in first stage CBT. As prescribed in the exam pattern of RRB ALP 2018, the second stage is conducted for a total duration of 2 hours 30 minutes. However, the stage is divided into two parts – Part A and Part B. Part A is conducted for 90 minutes while candidates have to complete Part B within 60 minutes. The total marks of Part A are 100 whereas Part B is of qualifying in nature. The number of candidates selected for second stage exam is 15 times the number of vacancies available in ALP and Technician posts.
RRB ALP 2018 exam pattern – Second Stage CBT
Basic Science and Engineering
Relevant Trade Syllabus
(Qualifying in Nature)
35% for all categories
Applicants of RRB Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) will need to appear for the Computer Based Aptitude Test (AT). Questions in the test will be asked both in Hindi and English. According to RRB ALP exam pattern 2018, negative marking is not applicable for the test. The merit list for ALP candidates will be prepared for applicants who have secured the qualifying marks in the Computer-Based Aptitude Test. These candidates will be able to participate in the document verification. Total 70% weightage will be placed in marks secured in Second Stage CBT Part A and 30% weightage will be given to the score of Computer-Based Aptitude Test. The different test batteries with their minimum qualifying marks have been provided in the table below:
RRB ALP exam pattern - Computer Based Aptitude Test
Minimum Qualifying Marks
Following Directions Test
Depth Perception Test
Perceptual Speed Test
RRB ALP Syllabus 2018
The syllabus consists of the topics required for RRB ALP 2018. The exam will be conducted in three stages – Computer-Based Tests (CBT), Computer Based Aptitude Test and Document Verification. Check RRB ALP syllabus 2018 for all stages of RRB ALP 2018 below:
General Intelligence & Reasoning
Part B: Relevant Trade Syllabus
Follow Directions Test
The qualifying percentage for unreserved category candidates is 40%.
Computer based aptitude test of RRB ALP is a test of memory, directions, depth perception, concentration and perceptual speed.
Yes, candidates must qualify all stages of the exam in order to be selected.
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