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Recruitment of Assistant Loco Pilots (ALP) 2018

Are you an Engineering Diploma / Degree holder or completed a technical training from one of the ITIs? Then here comes the good news. The Indian Railways has recently published notification regarding the recruitment of Assistant Loco Pilots (ALP). Go and grab this opportunity to work with the Railways. It is the job that matches your caliber and all the hard work that you have put in throughout the years of your studies.

The Indian Railways is conducting recruitment exam for the post of Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP). Online applications are invited from the eligible candidates to fill the vacancies of 17673 candidates available across all railway zones. Candidates should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility criteria to apply for the post.

Zone Wise Availability of ALP 2018 Seats

  • RRB Ajmer- 852
  • RRB Ahmedabad- 00
  • RRB Allahabad-3697
  • RRB Bhopal- 766
  • RRB Bilaspur- 697
  • RRB Bangalore- 435
  • RRB Bhubaneshwar- 455
  • RRB Chennai- 429
  • RRB Chandigarh- 1228
  • RRB Guwahati-353
  • RRB Gorakhpur- 1234
  • RRB Jammu-189
  • RRB Kolkata- 425
  • RRB Mumbai- 1101
  • RRB Malda- 253
  • RRB Muzaffarpur- 310
  • RRB Patna- 345
  • RRB Ranchi- 1697
  • RRB Secunderabad- 2719
  • RRB Siliguri- 389
  • RRB Trivendrum- 99

Assistant Loco Pilots Pay Scale 2018

The Assistant Loco Pilots receives a good salary by the Indian Railways. Along with the basic salary and a secured job, they enjoys the benefits of House Rent Allowance (HRA), Travel Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Grade Pay, Medical Benefits, etc. The selected Assistant Loco Pilots will receive an initial pay of ‘19900/- of 7th CPC Pay Matrix.

Important Dates for the Recruitment of ALP 2018

  • Start of Application Process: 3rd Feb, 2018.  
  • End of Application Process: 5th March, 2018 up to 23.59 Hrs.
  • Date for First stage Computer Based Test (CBT): April and May, 2018 (Tentatively)
Note: The official dates for the recruitment exam has not been announced. The same shall be intimated through RRB's website.

Eligibility Criteria for ALP 2018

Candidates are required to fulfill the eligibility criteria as prescribed for the post (s)

Educational Qualification

Matriculation under 10+2 system and ITI in the trade of Fitter, Electrician, Instrument Mechanic/ Millwright Maintenance Mechanic/ Mechanic Radio & TV/ Electronics Mechanic/ Mechanic Moter vehicle/ Wireman/ Tractor Mechanic / Armature & Coil Winder/ Mechanic Diesel / Heat Engine/ Turner/ Machinist/ Refrigeration & AC mechanic.

Applicants with  Diploma or Degree in Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics/Automobile or a combination of various stream of these engineering discipline from recognised institution in lieu ITI will also be eligible to apply for ALP.

Nationality: All Indian Nationals and Persons who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam are eligible to write this examination. In addition, subjects of neighboring Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugees are also equally welcome.

Medical StandardsCandidates are required to fulfill all the medical standards as per the requirement of the post(s) they have opted for. Those found medically unsuitable shall not be given any alternative appointment. Visual Acuity Standard is considered as one of the important criteria of medical fitness of railway staff.

Medical Standard: A-1
General Fitness: Physically fit in all respects
Visual Acuity:
Distance Vision: 6/6, 6/6 without glasses with fogging test (must not accept 2D)
Near Vision: Sn: 0.6, 0.6 with or without glasses and Must pass tests for Colour Vision, Binocular Vision, Field of Vision, Night Vision, Mesopic Vision etc.

Medical Standard: B-1
General Fitness: Physically fit in all respects
Visual Acuity:
Distance Vision: 6/9, 6/12 with or without glasses (power of lenses not to exceed 4D)
Near Vision: Sn: 0.6, 0.6 with or without glasses when reading or close work is required and Must pass test for Colour Vision, Binocular Vision, Night Vision, Mesopic Vision etc.

Medical Standard: B-2
General Fitness: Physically fit in all respects
Visual Acuity:
Distance Vision: 6/9, 6/12 with or without glasses (power of lenses not to exceed 4D)
Near Vision: Sn: 0.6, 0.6 with or without glasses when reading or close work is required and Must pass test for Binocular Vision, etc.

Note: If any information furnished by the candidate in his/her application form is found false/incorrect, the candidature of those candidates will be rejected forthwith.

Age Limit

The age of the candidate should be between 18 - 28 Years as on 01.07.2018. However, there is a relaxation of upper age limit as given below:
  1. SC/ST candidates: 5 Years
  2. OBC-Non Creamy Layer candidates: 3 Years
  3. Ex-Servicemen candidates who have put in more than 6 months service after attestation: Up to the extent of service rendered in Defence plus 3 years
  4. Persons With Disabilities (PWD) UR: 10 Years
  5. PWD OBC-Non Creamy Layer: 13 Years
  6. PWD SC/ST: 15 Years
  7. Candidates ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989: 5 Years
  8. Candidates who are serving Group ‘C’ and Erstwhile Group ‘D’ Railway Staff, Casual Labour and Substitutes in Railway who have put in minimum of 3 years service (continuous or in broken spells)
    UR: 40 Years
    OBC-Non Creamy Layer: 43 Years
    SC/ST: 45 Years
  9. Candidates who are working in Quasi-Administrative offices of the Railway organization such as Railway Canteens, Co-operative Societies and Institutes: Up to the extent of service rendered (or) 5 Years, whichever is lower.
  10. Women candidates, who are widowed, divorced or judicially separated from husband but not remarried:
    UR: 35 Years
    OBC-Non Creamy Layer: 38 Years
    SC/ST: 40 Years
  11. Course Completed Act Apprentices applying for the posts for which minimum qualification is ITI/Course Completed Act Apprenticeship: Shall be relaxed to the extent of Apprentice Training undergone by them under the Apprentice Act 1961
  12. Candidates who are Course Completed Act Apprentice under the Apprenticeship Act before attaining the age of 25 years
    UR: 35 Years
    OBC-Non Creamy Layer: 38 Years
    SC/ST: 40 Years

Exam Pattern for the Recruitment of ALP 2018

The exam pattern for the recruitment of Assistant Loco Pilots would comprise of three steps, viz.
First stage CBT,  Second Stage CBT) and Computer Based Aptitude Test (AT).

The Marks obtained by the candidates will be normalized in all the stages of exam.

Negative Marking: There shall be negative marking of 1/3rd of the marks allotted for incorrect answers (applicable only for First and Second Stage CBT). No negative marking shall be applicable for Computer Based Aptitude Test (AT).

ALP  2018 Question Paper Pattern and Syllabus

The recruitment process shall involve First Stage CBT, Second Stage CBT, Computer Based Aptitude Test and Document Verification as per requirement.

First Stage CBT

The First Stage CBT is for the screening of candidates. The questions will generally be in conformity with the educational standards and/or minimum technical qualifications prescribed for the posts. The short listing of candidates for the second stage of exam will be done as per the score obtained by the candidates in their first stage of examination.
Duration: 60 mins
No. of Questions: 75 Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions
Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various categories: UR-40%, OBC-30%, SC-30%, ST -25%. These percentage of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PWD candidates in case of shortage of PWD candidates against vacancies reserved for them.

Candidates who are shortlisted under the reservation category shall continue to be considered only under reservation for all subsequent stages of recruitment process.

The Questions papers are likely to include questions from the following topics

Mathematics
Number system, BODMAS, Decimals, Fractions, LCM, HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Mensuration, Time and Work; Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, Square Root, Age Calculations, Calendar & Clock, Pipes & Cistern etc.

General Intelligence and Reasoning
Analogies, Alphabetical and Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical operations, Relationships, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagram, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Conclusions and Decision Making, Similarities and Differences, Analytical reasoning, classification, directions, statement-Arguments and Assumptions etc.

General Science

The syllabus under this shall cover Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences of 10th standard level.
General awareness on current affairs in Science & Technology, Sports, Culture, Personalities, Economics, Politics and other subjects of importance.

Second Stage CBT

Total number of candidates shortlisted for the second stage CBT shall be 15 times the community wise total vacancy of ALP and Technician Posts notified against the RRB as per their merit in First Stage CBT. However, Railways possesses all the rights to increase/decrease the limit of vacancies in total or for any specific trade(s) as required to ensure availability of adequate candidates for all the notified posts.

The Second Stage CBT shall comprise of two parts viz Part A and Part B

Total Duration: 2 hours and 30 Minutes (for Part A and Part B together)

PART A
The marks obtained by the candidate in Part A alone shall be used for short listing of candidates for further stages of recruitment process. However, candidates should secure the qualifying mark in Part B.
Duration: 90 Min
No of Questions: 100
Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various categories: UR-40%, OBC-30%, SC-30%, ST -25%. These percentage of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PWD candidates in case of shortage of PWD candidates against vacancies reserved for them.

The Part A Questions paper are likely to include questions from the following topics

Mathematics
Number system, BODMAS, Decimals, Fractions, LCM, HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Mensuration, Time and Work; Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, Square Root, Age Calculations, Calendar & Clock, Pipes & Cistern etc.

General Intelligence and Reasoning
Analogies, Alphabetical and Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical operations, Relationships, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagram, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Conclusions and decision making, Similarities and Differences, Analytical reasoning, Classifications, Directions, Statement-Arguments and Assumptions, etc.

Basic Science and Engineering
The broad topics that are covered under this shall be Engineering Drawing (Projections, Views, Drawing Instruments, Lines, Geometric figures, Symbolic Representation), Units, Measurements, 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 etc.
General Awareness on Current Affairs in Science & Technology, Sports, Culture, Personalities, Economics, Politics and any other subjects of importance.

PART B
The part B shall have questions from the trade syllabus prescribed by Director General of Employment & Training (DGET). It is qualifying in nature and Candidates with ITI/Trade Apprenticeship qualification will be required to appear in the section having questions from the relevant trade. Candidates holding Degree, Diploma and HSC(10 2) having eligibility for the posts of ALP have to select relevant trade from the list of trades listed against their engineering discipline/HSC(10 2).
Duration: 60 Min
No of Questions: 75
Qualifying Mark: 35 % (Applicable for all candidates and therefore no relaxation is permissible)
The trade syllabus can be obtained from the DGET website.

The relevant trades for various engineering discipline/HSC(10+2)  for appearing in the qualifying test is as below:

  1. Engineering Discipline (Diploma/Degree): Electrical Engineering and combination of various streams of Electrical Engineering
    Relevant trade for PART B Qualifying Test to be selected from: Electrician / Instrument Mechanic / Wiremen /Winder(Armature) / Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

  2. Engineering Discipline (Diploma/Degree): Electronics Engineering and combination of various streams of Electronics Engineering
    Relevant trade for PART B Qualifying Test to be selected from: Electronics Mechanic / Mechanic Radio & TV

  3. Engineering Discipline (Diploma/Degree): Mechanical Engineering and combination of various streams of Mechanical Engineering
    Relevant trade for PART B Qualifying Test to be selected from: Fitter / Mechanic Motor Vehicle / Tractor Mechanic / Mechanic Diesel / Turner / Machinist / Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic/ Heat Engine /Millwright Maintenance Mechanic

  4. Engineering Discipline (Diploma/Degree): Automobile Engineering and combination of various streams of Automobile Engineering
    Relevant trade for PART B Qualifying Test to be selected from: Mechanic Motor Vehicle / Tractor Mechanic / Mechanic Diesel / Heat Engine / Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

  5. Engineering Discipline (Diploma/Degree): HSC (10+2) with Physics and Maths
    Relevant trade for PART B Qualifying Test to be selected from: Electrician/Electronics Mechanic/Wireman

Computer Based Aptitude Test (CABT)

Qualifying marks: Candidate are required to score a minimum of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify the CBAT and be considered for the post of ALP. There is no relaxation of marks for any category.
Medium: English and Hindi.
There shall be no negative marking in Computer Based AT.

The merit list is amongst the candidates qualifying in the Aptitude Test, with 70% weightage for the marks obtained in the Part Aof Second Stage CBT and 30% weightage for the marks obtained in Computer Based AT.

For CBAT question patterns and other details, visit the website www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.in and look for Candidates Corner section.

Examination Fees for the recruitment of ALP 2018

For Candidates belonging to SC/ ST / Ex-Serviceman / PWDs / Female / Transgender / Minorities / Economically backward class: Rs. 250
For the other remaining candidates: Rs. 500/-

The payment can be made both online and offline -

a. Online
Through internet banking or debit/credit cards upto 05.03.2018 till 22.00 Hrs.

b. Offline
The fees can be paid:
i. Through SBI Bank Branch Challantill 05.03.2018 at 13.00 Hrs in any SBI branch.
ii. Through Post Office Challan till 3.3.2018 at 13.00 Hrs in any of the computerized Post Office branch
*Minorities include Zoroastrians, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis and Muslims. However, it is subject to inclusion/deletion/revision till the closing date.
*Economically Backward Class (EBC) candidates would include those families who annual income is less than Rs. 50,000. A valid income certificate should be produced by them.

Verification of Documents
Candidates are required to bring the following documents in original to complete the verification process:
  1. High School Examination or Matriculation Certificate or other Equivalent Exam certificate as an age proof and qualification.
  2. Higher Secondary or Pre-University or 10 2 / Inter Certificate
  3. Diploma or SCVT or NCVT or Engineering Degree Certificate with Semester wise Mark Sheets
  4. Caste Certificate as applicable (SC/ST and OBC-NCL certificate)
  5. Non creamy layer declaration candidates
  6. Income Certificate for the Economically Backward Classes (for Waiving of Examination Fee)
  7. Original discharge certificate for Ex-serviceman.
  8. Aadhaar Card Photo Copy of both sides
  9. Medical Certificate for PWD candidates
  10. NOC with the date of appointment from serving employees
  11. NOC from Serving Defence Personnel with probable date of discharge.
  12. Minority Community declaration (use Non - judicial Stamp Paper).
  13. In case of formal change of name, candidates are required to submit a Gazette notification and /0r/any legal document.
  14. Receipt of payment if made through a bank challan at any SBI branch or Pay-in-slip at Computerized post office.
  15. Transgender candidates should bring a Self-Certification.
  16. J & K domicile certificate.
  17. Certificate of eligibility from the Govt. of India
  18. Decree of judicial or divorce separation from the competent Court of Law
  19. An Affidavit stating that the candidate has not remarried.
  20. Widowed candidates should bring a Death Certificate of the spouse and an Affidavit stating that the candidate has not remarried.
  21. Ex-Servicemen candidates who secures a civil employment after applying for this CEN should give a self declaration to the concerned employer about the details of application against this CEN, as soon as they join. The acknowledged copy of this declaration along with NOC from the civil employer should be produced during DV.

How to for the apply for recruitment of ALP 2018

  1. The application forms are to be submitted online only through RRB websites.
  2. Candidates are required to submit only one application form. If more than one application form is submitted, it would result in disqualification and debarment.
Note: Candidates should possess a valid mobile number & email id to receive all the recruitment related information. The email id and mobile number should be kept active till the entire recruitment process is over.

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