RRB ALP 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Apr 14, 2021

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RRB ALP 2021 Exam Pattern which includes marking scheme, syllabus, recommended books, and marks distribution. It will be announced by Railway Recruitment Board of Indian Railways on its official website, ie The examination is also conducted online where candidates must have basic computer knowledge in order to make an attempt. Also, check RRB Upcoming Exam Dates 2021

RRB ALP will be conducted in all states of India. Recruitment will be based on the marks scored and rank acquired by candidates. A total of 120 objective type questions shall be asked in the test and the duration granted to resolve the questions would be 90 minutes (1 hour and 30 minutes).

The paper will have 6 parts in total, that is Arithmetic for 30 marks, Reasoning for 10 marks, General Awareness for 25 marks, General Science for 30 marks, General Intelligence for 5 marks, and Technical Ability for 30 marks. This article elaborates on the exam pattern of the RRB ALP 2020 examination.

RRB ALP 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

All the important highlights for students appearing for RRB ALP 2020 examination are tabulated below:

Exam mode Online mode
Number of papers Once in a year
Number of questions 120
Number of sections 6
Question paper type Objective type
Total marks 120
Exam duration 90 minutes
Exam language English
Marking scheme 1 marks per question
Negative marking 1/3 marks in every wrong answer

RRB ALP 2021 Exam Pattern in Details

RRB ALP 2020 entrance test is conducted via online mode by the Railway Recruitment Board of Indian Railways at the allotted center that is mentioned on the candidate’s respective admit card. A total of 120 multiple choice questions will be asked, which needs to be resolve in 1 hour 30 mins.

There will be negative marking is also applicable for every wrong answer is 1/3. Hence, they must attempt the questions they are sure about in the test. RRB ALP 2020 question paper comprises of 6 sections, that is, Arithmetic, Reasoning, General Awareness, General Science, General Intelligence, and Technical Ability. The below table elaborates RRB ALP 2020 exam pattern:

Divisions Number of Questions Number of Marks
Arithmetic 20 20
Reasoning 10 10
General Awareness 25 25
General Science 30 30
General Intelligence 05 05
Technical Ability 30 30

RRB ALP 2021 Marking Scheme

RRB Assistant Loco Pilot Exam 2020 will be of 120 marks in totality. The question paper would be divided into 6 sections which have 120 questions altogether. All questions carry equal weightage. respectively. The section Arithmetic, General Science, and Technical Ability carries 30 marks each, Reasoning carries 10 marks, General Awareness has 25 marks and General Intelligence carries 5 marks respectively.

Tabulated below is RRB ALP 2020 marking scheme:

Questions Marks
Every correct answer 1 mark
Every incorrect answer 0.33 marks

RRB ALP 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus of the RRB ALP 2020 examination is segregated into 6 sections respectively and candidates must have completed ITI approved by NCVT / SCVT OR B.Tech. except for CSE & Civil branches or Diploma. The syllabus decided by Railway Recruitment Board of Indian Railways needs to be understood accurately by candidates to score good and get to work as Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician Grade III with the Indian Railway Recruitment Board. The sections comprise of different syllabus which is listed below:

I Arithmetic Number System, HCF, LCM, Simplification, Decimal Fractions, Ratio and Proportions, Unitary Method, Percentage, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Average, Simple and Compound Interest, Mensuration (2D and 3D), Algebra, Data Interpretation.
II Reasoning Verbal: Number Series, Alphabet Series, Test of Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Number Ranking, Arithmetical Reasoning, A problem on Age Calculation, Blood Relations, Analogy, Decision Making, etc.
Non-Verbal: Non-Verbal Series, Mirror Images, Cubes and Dice, Grouping Identical Figures, Embedded Figures, etc
III General Awareness Current Affairs (National and International), Major Financial/Economic News, Budget and Five Year Plans, Sports, Books and Authors, Awards and Honors, Science – Inventions and Discoveries, Abbreviations, Important Days, International and National Organizations.
IV General Science Physics, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Biology, etc.
V General Intelligence Figures and Pictures, Analogies, Space, Visualization, Similarities, Decision Making, Problem-Solving, Arithmetical Number Series, Differences, Arithmetical Reasoning, Analysis, Judgement, Relationship Concepts, Visual memory, Observation, Discrimination, Verbal and Figure Classification.
VI Technical Ability Mechanical: Dimensions, Heat, Engine, Thermos Dynamics, Energy, Material, Energy Conservation, Management, Applied Mechanics, Turbo Machinery, Production Engineering, Automation Engineering, Kinetic Theory, The Strength Of The Material, Metallurgical, Metal Handling, Refrigerators, And Air Conditioned.
Automobile: Machine Design, System Theory, IC Engines, Heat Transfer, Thermos Dynamics, Materials Applying Motion, The Power Plant Turbines, and Boilers, Metallurgical Production Technology.
Electrical: Electrical India, Rolls, Cables, Transfers, Proved To Be The Fundamental Electrical System, An Alternative System Single Phase Motor, Three Phase Motor System, Light, Magnetism, Motors.
Electronics and Communication: The Transistor, Dias, Digital Electronics, Networking, and Industrial Electronics, Electronic Tube, Semi-Conductor Physics, Robotic Radio, communications Systems, And Satellite Matters, Computer And Micro Processor.

RRB ALP 2021 Recommended Books

There are few books for students appearing for RRB ALP. Tabulated below are the names for the examination:

Subject Book Title Author/Publication
Arithmetic Railway Assistant Loco Pilot Exam Lal (Author), ‎ Jain (Author)
Reasoning Railway Aptitude Test R. Gupta’s
Railway Recruitment Board Assistant Station Master Psychological and Aptitude Test B.K Singh
General Awareness General Knowledge & Awareness 2018 for RRB Railway Recruitment Exams (NTPC/ALP/ASM/Technical) Disha Experts
The Mega Yearbook 2018 - Current Affairs & General Knowledge for Competitive Exams 2nd edition2 Disha Experts
General Science Encyclopedia of General Science for General Competitions Arihant Experts
General Intelligence General Intelligence and Test of Reasoning Vikas Publishing House
Technical Ability RRB Assistant Loco Pilot Sakthi Publication House
Upkar Technical Trades Railway Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician Grade III Examinations Sudhindra Pratap

RRB ALP 2021 Important Instructions

  • Students must report at the exam center at least half 30 minutes to the commencement of the RRB ALP 2020 examination.
  • Students would be prohibited inside the exam center without showing their respective admit cards.
  • Any sort of electronic gadgets is not allowed inside the examination center, such as mobile phones, calculators, etc.
  • Students are required to follow all the instructions delivered by the invigilator and must not open the exam booklet seal unless instructed.
  • Students shall be granted 10 minutes to go through the test booklet thoroughly and to fill in all the required information on the first page of the answer sheet.
  • Students need to make their signature on the answer as well as the attendance sheet in the presence of their class invigilator.
  • In case, a student fills in inaccurate details, the answer sheet might get rejected by the examiner and he/she would get detained from RRB ALP 2020 examination.
  • Candidates are not allowed to leave the examination center before the timing given as it might lead to the cancellation of their candidature.
  • A student who is caught guilty of any unfair means like cheating, they will be held responsible for their disqualification from RRB ALP 2020 examination.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


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