The RRB ALP 2021 recruitment is one of the most important exams in the Railways department. In this recruitment of Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP), the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has set up the selection procedure and other criteria. .It is an online objective exam which has a normal eligibility of 10th pass & ITI/Diploma in Engineering. The recruitment drive will be organized and managed by one of the 21 Regional Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB) for all the regions. In this blog we will cover all the aspects of RRB ALP examination covering important dates, exam pattern, syllabus, eligibility criteria, salary break-up ,preparation tips etc.

How to fill the RRB ALP 2021 Application form

  • RRB ALP and Technician application form have to be filled online through different regional RRB websites. Online application procedure and application fees remain the same for all railway zones. Find the complete RRB ALP online application process below:
  • Step 1- Visit respective RRB websites to find the online application link for RRB ALP and technician, click on the link.
  • Step 2- Complete registration process by entering your name, date of birth, father’s name, mother’s name, aadhaar number, state, community, SSLC/Matric Roll number, year of passing SSLC/Matric, mobile number, and email-id.
  • Step 3- Submit the details entered. Post completion of RRB ALP registration, OTPs (One Time Password) shall be sent to the registered mobile number and email along with the registration details. Keep the details in safe.
  • Step 4- In the next part of the application form, candidates need to provide details of Educational qualification, Community, Gender, Religion, Caste/Category, etc. Save the details.
  • Step 5- In the next part of the application, candidates will be directed to the online payment section. Payment can be made online and offline, both. For online payment, candidates can choose net banking/credit card/debit card/UPI and in case of offline payment, Bank Challan or Post Office Challan can be availed.
  • Step 6- After successful online payment, candidates will be automatically redirected to Part II of the application for more details such as detailed educational qualification, choice of exam language for first and second stage CBT, etc.
  • Step 7- Upload your recent photograph (scanned). Find the photograph specifications below –
  • Step 8 – Candidates belonging to SC/ST have to upload a scanned copy of their SC/ST certificates (JPG/JPEG format, 50kb – 100kb) also for availing the facility of free travel authority (Second Class Railway Pass).
  • Step 9 – Click on the declaration box to assert that all details provided are correct. Proceed to final submission. Submit the application form.
  • Step 10 – Take a printout of the application form and preserve it for future references.

RRB ALP Photograph Specification

  • Find the table below to get all details:
ImageDimensionsFormatSize of file (max)
Photograph3.5 cm x 3.5 cm.jpg/ .jpeg20- 50 KB
Signature3.5 cm x 3.5 cm.jpg/ .jpeg20 – 50 KB
Caste Certificate.jpg/ .jpeg50- 100 KB

Application Fee:

Non – refundable RRB ALP 2021 application fee for the processing of application will be drawn from the candidates as follows.

  • 500/- Application fee for General and OBC category candidates.
  • 250/- for SC / ST / PwD / Transgender / Female / Minorities / Economically Backward classes.

Note: Application Fees

  •     Each applicant must pay the non-refundable application fees of RRB ALP 2021.
  •     They can pay the fees through the online mode by using Debit/ Credit card, or Net Banking.
  •     Fees can also be paid by offline mode using SBI e-Challan and Post Office Challan.
  •     Candidates must enter the necessary payment details on the bank page and save a copy of the receipt of the transaction.
  •     After all the above steps are completed, participants must carefully go through the application form and rectify any mistakes made while filling it.
  •     A confirmation page of the RRB ALP 2021 application will be generated which should be printed out for future correspondence.

RRB ALP Eligibility

The eligibility details of the RRB ALP recruitment 2021 are listed below.

Age Limit

Candidates should possess the following age limit to apply for the ALP & Technician posts

  • Minimum – 18 years
  • Maximum – 28 years
Name of the CommunityAge Relaxation
SC /ST5 years
OBC3 years
Ex-servicemen3 years
PWDUR – 10 yearsOBC – 13 years

SC /ST – 15 years

Jammu & Kashmir Domicile5 years
Railway  Staff – (Group ‘C’ & ‘D’)UR – 40 yearsOBC – 43 years

SC /ST – 45 years

Candidates from Quasi-Administrative offices of Railways5 years
Widowed / Divorced / Judicially separated womenUR – 35 yearsOBC – 38 years

Sc / ST – 40 years

Course Completed Act Apprentices applying for the posts for which minimum qualification is ITI/Course Completed Act ApprenticeshipShall be relaxed to the extent of Apprentice Training undergone by them under the Apprentice Act 1961.
Candidates who are Course Completed Act Apprentice under the Apprenticeship Act before attaining the age of 25 yearsUR – 35 yearsOBC – 38 years

Sc / ST – 40 years

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates should have the Educational/Technical qualifications indicated for notified posts in the CEN from recognized Institute/University as on the closing date for submission of the ONLINE application.
  • Annexure-A may be referred for the prescribed qualification against each of the posts. Those awaiting results of the final examination of the prescribed educational/technical qualification SHOULD NOT apply.
  • Diploma/Degree in Engineering will not be accepted in lieu, of course, completed Act Apprenticeship / ITI for the post of Technicians unless otherwise specified.
  • Graduate Act Apprentice will not be accepted in lieu of Course Completed Act Apprenticeship (CCAA).

RRB ALP Salary

The RRB Assistant Loco Pilot salary will have basic pay additional to the various allowances and perks. Railway provides a lot of benefits to its candidates apart from fixed basic salary. Besides, they are eligible for yearly increments.

RRB ALP Salary after 7th Pay Commission

The Railway Employ are categorized into four groups (Group D, C, B, A). The eligibility Norms and Salary Structure are different for each group post. The RRB Assistant Loco Pilot Jobs is fallen under Group “C” Post. Aspirants who want to join Railways ALP posts should go through ALP Salary after 7th Pay.

RRB ALP  Pay & allowancesSalary
Dearness allowance (DA)1066
House rent allowance (HRA)2132
Tran ALL936
Night duty allowance (NDA)2012
ALK- OS291
Cell ALL60
Gross Pay40736
Gross Deduction3022
Net Pay37714

RRB ALP Recruitment – Selection procedure:

Job seekers for the posts mentioned in will be selected based on their performance in the following screening process

  • First Stage CBT
  • Second Stage CBT
  • Computer-Based Aptitude Test (For ALP Only)
  • Document Verification

RRB ALP Exam Pattern

Here we have added the RRB ALP 2020 exam pattern. With this you can know about the complete exam scheme, timings, marking schemes, etc.

RRB ALP Exam Pattern – First Stage CBT

  • RRB ALP Exam Pattern for the First Stage CBT has been provided below.
  • The Online Test will be conducted for 75 marks
  • The time duration of the exam will be 1 hour.
SubjectQuestionTime Duration
Mathematics7560 minutes
General Intelligence & Reasoning
General Science
General Awareness on Current Affairs

RRB ALP Exam Pattern – Second Stage CBT

  • The RRB ALP Recruitment online examination will be conducted for 120 questions
  • Each question carries 1 marks
  • The time duration of the online exam is 2 hrs 30 minutes.
 Name of the SubjectNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Duration
Part AMathematics252590 Minutes
General Intelligence & Reasoning2525
Basic Science & Engineering2525
General Awareness on Current Affairs2525
Part B(Check Below)7560 Minutes

Part B questions for the Qualifying test will be selected from the following disciplines:

Electrical & Combination of Electrical Engineering

  • Electrician / Instrument Mechanic / Wireman / Winder (Armature) / Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.

Electronics & Combination of Electronics Engineering

  • Electronics Mechanic / Mechanic Radio & TV

Electronics & Combination of Mechanical Engineering

  • Fitter / Mechanic Motor Vehicle / Tractor Mechanic / Mechanic Diesel / Turner / Machinist / Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic/ Heat Engine / Millwright Maintenance Mechanic

Automobile & Combination of Automobile Engineering

  • Mechanic Motor Vehicle / Tractor Mechanic / Mechanic Diesel / Heat Engine / Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

HSC(10+2) with Physics and Maths

  • Electrician / Electronics Mechanic / Wireman

Computer-Based Aptitude Test (CBAT)

Computer-Based Aptitude Test is a must for candidates who have opted for ALP. The candidate needs to secure a minimum score of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify. This is applicable to all candidates and there will be no relaxation. The Computer Based Aptitude Test shall have questions and answer options only in English and Hindi. There shall be no negative marking in the Computer Based Aptitude Test.

 RRB Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP)Job Profile

RRB ALP and technician job profile a lot of work they need to look after. The responsibilities of an Assistant Loco Pilot include:

  •     Work as per directives of the Loco Pilots.
  •     To Assist Loco Driver with the fine-tuning of the locomotives.
  •     Assessment of the locomotive to check its efficiency.
  •     Minor repairing of the locomotives.
  •     Spotting the defects in the tracks and report them.

 RRB ALP Career Growth

There is good growth in ALP post within 3 years and the Assistant loco pilot can be promoted to senior assistant loco pilot.

  •     Assistant Loco Pilot
  •     Senior Assistant Loco Pilot
  •     Loco Pilot
  •     Loco Supervisor

RRB ALP Syllabus

Here we have added the section-wise syllabus topics of the RRB ALP exam 2020.

General Awareness – RRB ALP 2021 Syllabus

  • Current Affairs (National and International).
  • Major Financial/Economic News.
  • Budget and Five Year Plans.
  • Books and Authors.
  • Awards and Honors.
  • Science – Inventions and Discoveries.
  • Important Days.
  • International and National Organizations.

RRB ALP Syllabus for Arithmetic

  • Number System.
  • HCF, LCM.
  • Decimal Fractions.
  • Ratio and Proportions.
  • Unitary Method.
  • Time and Distance.
  • Time and Work.
  • Profit and Loss.
  • Simple and Compound Interest.
  • Mensuration (2D and 3D).
  • Data Interpretation.

General Intelligence Syllabus

  • Figures and Pictures.
  • Space Visualization.
  • Decision Making.
  • Problem-Solving.
  • Arithmetical Number Series.
  • Arithmetical Reasoning.
  • Relationship Concepts.
  • Visual memory.
  • Verbal and Figure Classification.

RRB ALP Syllabus for Reasoning


  • Number Series.
  • Alphabet Series.
  • Test of Direction Sense.
  • Coding-Decoding.
  • Number Ranking.
  • Arithmetical Reasoning.
  • A problem on Age Calculation.
  • Blood Relations.
  • Decision Making etc.


  • Non-Verbal Series.
  • Mirror Images.
  • Cubes and Dice.
  • Grouping Identical Figures.
  • Embedded Figures etc.

General Science Syllabus

  • Environmental Studies.
  • Biology etc.

RRB ALP Syllabus for Technical Subjects

  • Mechanical
  • Thermo Dynamics.
  • Energy, Material.
  • Energy Conservation.
  • Applied Mechanics.
  • Turbo Machinery.
  • Production Engineering.
  • Automation Engineering.
  • Kinetic Theory.
  • The Strength Of The Material.
  • Metal Handling.
  • Refrigerators And Air Conditioned.


  • Machine Design.
  • System Theory.
  • IC Engines.
  • Heat Transfer.
  • Thermo Dynamics.
  • Materials Applying Motion.
  • The Power Plant Turbines and Boilers.
  • Metallurgical Production Technology.


  • Electrical India.
  • Rolls, Cables.
  • Proved To Be The Fundamental Electrical System.
  • An Alternative System Single Phase Motor.
  • Three Phase Motor System.
  • Light, Magnetism.
  • Electronics and Communication
  • The Transistor.
  • Digital Electronics.
  • Networking And Industrial Electronics.
  • Electronic Tube.
  • Semi-Conductor Physics.
  • Robotic Radio Communications Systems And Satellite Matters.
  • Computer And Micro Processor.

RRB ALP Recruitment – FAQs

Candidates check the FAQs related to the RRB ALP 2021 recruitment notification.

Q: What is the selection process for RRB ALP 2021 recruitment?
A: The selection process will have 3 stages.

  • First Stage CBT
  • Second Stage CBT
  • Computer-Based Aptitude Test (For ALP Only)

Q: Is there any sectional time for the RRB ALP exam?
A: There is no sectional timing.

Q: What is the age limit to apply for the RRB ALP 2021 recruitment?
A: 18 to 28 years.