RRB ALP/ Technician 2018: How to crack in 15 Days – As per official notifications, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) are scheduled to conduct the second stage of RRB ALP and Technician recruitment from November 19. This leaves candidates shortlisted for the second stage with less than 20 days to prepare for the exam. As per experts, questions asked in Part A of second stage CBT will be of class 12 standard while Part B of the exam will contain questions from relevant exam trade of candidates. Therefore, the time available till the exam should be sufficient to crack the exam stage. In this article, we will guide candidates on how to crack RRB ALP/ Technician 2018 in 15 days.

RRB-ALP/Technician 2018- How to crack in 15 Days

RRB ALP 2018 is being conducted in four exam stages – first and second stage CBT, CBAT (for ALP candidates) and Document Verification to recruit candidates for the various posts of Assistant Loco Pilots and Technicians. The result of RRB ALP 2018 first stage exam will be released by November 5.

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RRB ALP 2018 Second Stage CBT – Exam Pattern

Based on marks obtained by candidates in the first stage exam, candidates will be selected to appear for second stage CBT. As per exam pattern of RRB ALP 2018, the second stage will be conducted for 2 hours 30 minutes. Part A will be held for 90 minutes while Part B for relevant exam trade will be conducted for 60 minutes. The exam pattern of RRB ALP second stage has been provided below for both parts of the exam. 

RRB ALP 2018 exam pattern for Second Stage CBT



Total Questions

Total Marks


Part A




90 minutes

General Intelligence and Reasoning

Basic Science and Engineering

General Awareness

Part B

Relevant Trade Syllabus



60 Minutes

RRB ALP 2018 second stage CBT - Minimum Qualifying Marks

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has prescribed the minimum qualifying marks for both Part A and B of second stage exam. Candidates must secure more than or equal to the qualifying marks to qualify for subsequent stages of RRB ALP. Check the minimum qualifying cut off of the second stage below.


Minimum cut off (in percentage)

Minimum qualifying marks

Part A










Part B

 All categories



Best books to prepare for RRB ALP Second Stage Computer Based Test

In the tables below, the subject-wise best books available for the second stage exam of RRB ALP 2018 have been provided. Candidates can go through these books during the preparation of the exam in order to score better marks in the exam stage.

RRB ALP Second Stage CBT – Best Books for Mathematics

Name of book



Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations


RS Aggarwal

Practice Book On Quicker Maths

BSC Publisher

K Kundan, M Tyra

Fast Track Objective Arithmetic


Rajesh Verma

RRB ALP Second Stage CBT – Best Books for General Intelligence and Reasoning

Name of book



Test of Reasoning for All Competitive Examinations

McGraw Hill Education

Edgar Thorpe

A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

S. Chand

RS Aggarwal

A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal


BS Sijwalii; Indu Sijwali

RRB ALP Second Stage CBT – Best Books for General Science and Engineering

Name of book



Lucent's General Science


Ravi Bhushan

General Science for Indian Railways RRB Exams - ALP/Group D/NTPC/JE


U. Ansari

RRB Objective Electronics Engineering 2018



RRB Objective Civil Engineering 2018



RRB Objective Mechanical Engineering 2018



RRB Objective Electrical Engineering 2018



RRB Objective Automobile Engineering 2018



RRB ALP Second Stage CBT – Best Books for General Awareness

Name of book



General Knowledge



Manorama Yearbook 2018


Mammen Mathew

General Knowledge & Awareness 2018
for RRB Railway Recruitment Exams (NTPC/ALP/ASM/Technical)



RRB ALP Second Stage CBT – Preparation Tips

Some guideline to prepare for the second stage of RRB ALP 2018 has been provided below. Candidates can use these tips to score better and qualify the exam stage. 

Solve Previous Years’ Question Papers – Candidates must solve question papers of previous years as questions asked in the exam are based on topics that are constant and similar questions from these topics are consecutively asked every year. Solving previous years’ question papers will help candidates identify these topics and concepts which will help them score better in the RRB ALP second stage CBT.

  • Mock Tests – Candidates must take mock tests regularly to prepare better for RRB ALP. Mock tests help candidates know their strengths and weaknesses. With the help of mock test, candidates can get acquainted with the topics and exam pattern of the exam.
  • Preparation of Study Notes – Candidates should prepare notes while preparing for the exam to become clearer regarding topics required for the exam. Making notes on the difficult topics will help candidates understand these topics better.
  • Revision is the key – After completing all the topics required for the exam, candidates must revise the same. They can do so with the help of the study notes prepared while studying for the exam. The revision will help candidates know their weaker areas. It will also make them confident while attempting questions form the topics they are well versed in.
  • Stay Updated with current affairs – Reading newspapers, magazines on a regular basis to stay updated regarding day-to-day news is a must to score more in the General Awareness section.
  • Know the basics – Understanding the basics of each topic is mandatory to secure good scores in the examination. This will help candidates know the basic principles behind questions asked in the test and help them solve the same efficiently.
  • Preference of sections – First Stage CBT And Second Stage CBT (Part A) will comprise four sections. Candidates must first attempt the section they are more proficient at and are sure to score more.
  • Time Management – In order to solve all questions within the given period of time, candidates must decide prior to the commencement of the exam as to how much time they should assign to each question. Time management will help applicants conveniently complete the exam within the prescribed time limit.
  • Attempt easy questions first – Applicants must first attempt those questions which are easy and then proceed to the ones that are difficult or time-consuming. Candidates must solve the lengthy questions after attempting the easier time as it will help them manage their time more efficiently.

RRB ALP Syllabus 2018 for Second Stage exam

RRB ALP second stage computer-based stage comprises topics from the following subjects – Mathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning, Basic Science and Engineering and General Awareness on Current Affairs. The syllabus of RRB ALP 2018 for second stage exam has been provided in the table below for the feasibility of candidates appearing for the exam stage.



Part A


Number system


Decimals, Fractions


Ratio and Proportion



Time and Work

Time and Distance

Simple and Compound Interest

Profit and Loss


Geometry and Trigonometry

Elementary Statistics

Square Root

Age Calculations

Calendar & Clock

Pipes & Cistern

General Intelligence and Reasoning


Alphabetical and Number Series

Coding and Decoding

Mathematical operations




Venn Diagram

Data Interpretation and Sufficiency

Conclusions and Decision Making

Similarities and Differences

Analytical reasoning, Classification


Statement - Arguments and Assumptions

Basis Science and Engineering

Engineering Drawing - Projections, Views, Drawing 
Instruments, Lines, Geometric Figures, Symbolic Representation



Mass Weight and Density

Work Power and Energy

Speed and Velocity

Heat and Temperature

Basic Electricity

Levers and Simple Machines

Occupational Safety and Health

Environment Education

IT Literacy

General Awareness on Current Affairs

Science and Technology






Other subjects of importance

Part B

Relevant trade syllabus


Mechanic Diesel


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