Railway Recruitment Board

On April 16, 2013, Indian Railways completed 160 years. Railway Recruitment Control Board is an administration association in India. It was set up in 1998 in the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), New Delhi.

Indian Railways, which had a humble start in 1853, has from that point forward been an indispensable piece of the country – a system that has held together with a populace of one billion. A self-pushed social government assistance framework that has become the lifesaver of a country, Indian Railways has woven a sub-landmass together and enlivened the idea of an assembled India.

The railways in India are the biggest rail web in Asia and the world’s second-biggest under one administration. With a gigantic workforce of about 1.65 million, it runs somewhere in the range of 11,000 trains regularly, including 7,000 passenger trains. The story of how railway correspondence picked up a dependable balance in India, where the train was once considered as a “fire-spitting demon”, is to be sure an intriguing one.

RRB Highlights (Railway Recruitment Board)

Date of Exam 2020 (Tentative)
Conducting Body Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)
Official Website www.indianrailways.gov.in
Mode of Exam Online
Type of Questions Objective Type (MCQs)
Eligibility (may vary for different exams) 10th pass & ITI/Diploma in Engineering
Posts Offered Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) Technician Grade III
Number of Vacancies 23000+
Pay Scale 5,200-20,200-1,900 INR

The first train in India

The line in Bombay was prepared by November 1852 and on November 18, 1852; a couple of engineers and executives of the GIP Company had a preliminary run between Bombay and Thane. Anyway initially, the first train in India (and in Asia) was hailed off from Boree Bunder (Mumbai) to Thane on April 16, 1853, a Saturday, at 3:35 pm, a distance of 34 km. The Bombay government proclaimed the day as a public holiday.

Consolidating the Indian Railway Network

On March 31, 1978, the railways were divided into nine zones. The Northern zone with its home office at (Delhi intersection), the North Eastern zone with its base camp at Gorakhpur, the North East Frontier with its home office at Maligaon (Guwahati), the eastern zone with its home office at Kolkata (Howrah intersection), the southeastern zone with its home office at Kolkata once more (Howrah intersection), the south focal zone with its administrative centers at Secunderabad, the southern zone at (Chennai Central) and the Central and Western Railways with their authoritative base camp at CST and Church gate individually.

Additionally, each zonal railway has a specific number of divisions, each having a divisional home office. The Indian Railways are today partitioned into nine zones and 59 divisions.

Developments of Railways in India

  • At Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, and Lucknow, the Service Commissions were set up in 1945.
  • To check the working of commissions, the Indian Railway Enquiry Committee was set up in 1948.
  • Due to financial constraints in 1949, Indian Railways no longer recruited for a limited period of time.
  • Four assistance commissions were again set up at Bombay, Madras, Allahabad, and Calcutta in 1953-54, when the Economic states of Indian Railway improved.
  • The process of recruitment has been improved by the constitution of the Railway Service Commission in the year 1956.
  • Seven more commissions were set up viz, at Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhuvneshwar, Chandigarh, Jammu, and Srinagar with sitting at Leh and Trivendrum in the year 1983 which was initially neglected due to locations of the existing commissions.
  • At Malda and Gorakhpur, 2 more help commissions were set up in 1984.
  • In January 1985 Railway Service Commissions were renamed as Railway Recruitment Board (RRB).
  • At present 21 Railway Recruitment Boards are functioning.

Railway Recruitment Boards

There are 21 boards situated in different parts of India to recruit new representatives to work in Indian railways.

Ahmedabad Chandigarh Mumbai
Ajmer Chennai Muzaffarpur
Allahabad Gorakhpur Patna
Bangalore Guwahati Ranchi
Bhopal Jammu and Kashmir Secunderabad
Bhubaneswar Kolkata Siliguri
Bilaspur Malda Thiruvananthapuram

ALP & Technician

RRB ALP is a national level recruitment drive to fill about 23801 vacancies for Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) and Technicians in Indian Railways. The recruitment drive will be organized and managed by one of the 21 Regional Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB) for all the regions.

Total Vacancies in RRB ALP 2020 Zone wise

Zone Vacancies
RRB Mumbai 3624
RRB Secunderabad 3210
RRB Ranchi 2210
RRB Kolkata 1786
RRB Chennai 1423
RRB Patna 1371
RRB Bilaspur 1341
RRB Allahabad 1321
RRB Chandigarh 961
RRB Bangalore 890
RRB Muzaffarpur 878
RRB Jammu Srinagar 812
RRB Bhubaneswar 745
RRB Ajmer 645
RRB Bhopal 625
RRB Ahmedabad 455
RRB Guwahati 445
RRB Siliguri 445
RRB Thiruvananthapuram 341
RRB Malda 178
RRB Gorakhpur 95
Total 23801

RRB 2020 ALP Eligibility Criteria

The base qualification to apply for RRB ALP is matriculation with ITI or Diploma in Engineering. The particular rules identified with Nationality, Academic Qualification, and Age Limit is expressed underneath:

Nationality: Only Indian Nationals.

Educational Qualification

  • Assistant Loco Pilot: Matriculation / SSLC Plus ITI/ Course Completed Act Apprentices or Diploma/ Degree in Engineering
  • Technicians: Matriculation/ SSLC Plus ITI / Course Completed Act Apprentices or 10 + 2 with Physics and Maths or Diploma in Engineering (As Applicable).

Age limit

  • Minimum Age limit – 18 Years
  • Maximum Age Limit – 28 Years

Note: Age relaxation is applicable as per government rules

RRB ALP 2020 Application Form

Follow the mentioned below steps in filling the RRB 2020 ALP Application Form –

  1. While filing the form the name, educational qualification, post, and exam center preference, contact details should be carefully entered.
  2. Information you are providing should be matched with official records/documents.
  3. Online form filling required uploading of scanned documents such as recent passport size photograph and specimen signature.
  4. Through the means of online payment gateway, the application fee can be submitted.
  5. For safe and future records, a duly filled form should be printed and downloaded.

RRB ALP 2020 Application Fee

Tentatively, RRB 2020 ALP Application Fee is INR 100.

RRB 2020 ALP Syllabus

The indicative list of topics from the RRB ALP 2020 examination is tabulated below. The table contains only the list of important topics from each subject only.

Section Topics
Reasoning Analogy; Odd One Out; Coding-Decoding; Finding Missing Number/Pattern in Series; Distance and Direction test; Blood Relations; Ranking & Arrangement; Logical Diagram, Mirror Images, etc.
Arithmetic Decimal Fraction; BODMAS rule; LCM/HCF; Percentage; Profit & Loss; Time and Work; Time and Distance; Ratio and Proportion; Square and Square root; Cube and Cube root; Mensuration etc.
General Awareness Indian History; World and Indian Geography; Indian Polity; Health and Physiology, General Science, National, and International Current Affairs; Computer and Information Technology
General Science Elementary topics in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Human physiology, etc.
Technical Skills Mechanical: Basics of mechanics; Thermodynamics; Strength of Materials; Refrigeration and Air Conditioning; Fluid Mechanics etc. Electrical: Atomic Structure; Voltage; Current; Resistance and their units; Series and Parallel Connections; Magnetism; Principles of Motors, Transformers, Generators; Gravity; Measuring Instruments, etc. Electronics: Conductivity; Electrons; Semiconductors; Insulator etc.

RRB ALP Selection Process

RRB ALP & Technician exam is conducted in four stages. Find out the important facts about the stages below:

RRB ALP First Stage CBT

  • This computer-based test with 75 objective type questions (MCQs), to complete within the time limit of 60 minutes. The exam is of 75 marks with ½ marks of negative marking of every wrong answer and 1 mark for every correct answer.

RRB ALP Second Stage CBT

  • Those who secure cut off marks in first stage CBT, get a call for second stage CBT. Stage 2 has two parts – part A and Part B.
  • Part A will have 100 questions and total time is 90 minutes
  • Part B will have 75 questions and the total time is 60 minutes
  • There is negative marking of ⅓ mark for every wrong answer


  • This stage is only for those who have applied for assistant loco pilot posts
  • The question paper will be available in both English and Hindi languages.
  • There are five test sections, each section needs to be qualified.

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