How to crack RRB ALP exam in first attempt?

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How to crack RRB ALP exam in first attempt?

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has released 5696 vacancies for the post of Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) after a long wait of the candidates and the board will conduct the first phase of computer based examination from June to August 2024. This exam paper consists of total 4 sections i.e. Mathematics, Mental Ability, General Science and General Awareness. It consists of a total of 75 questions carrying 75 marks and will be conducted for a total of 90 minutes. In this article let us try and understand the strategy to crack RRB ALP exam in the first attempt.

RRB ALP 2024 Exam Preparation Strategy

Since the exam dates for RRB ALP CBT 1 exam have been declared June-August 2024, candidates have good time to strategize and prepare for each section of the exam. Exam preparation includes understanding all the concepts, practicing questions and attempting mocks, among other things. Let's take a look at each of these in the following sections.

Analyzing Syllabus and Exam Pattern

RRB ALP Exam 2024 Syllabus has been released with detailed notification on the official website. It contains different topics in each of the 4 subjects and candidates should know about all of them before starting their preparation. These topics should be analyzed keeping in mind the exam pattern as mentioned below.

  • CBT 1 is a screening test to shortlist the candidates for CBT 2.
  • A total of 75 multiple choice questions will be asked for 75 marks in which each question will be of one mark.
  • The maximum time allotted for the online examination is 60 minutes.
  • There is negative marking of 1/3 marks for each wrong answer.
  • Normalization of marks will be done.
  • Marks of CBT 1 will not be added to the final result.
  • Here we provide you RRB ALP CBT 1 or Stage 1 exam pattern for General Awareness including Mathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Science and Current Affairs.
Subject No. of questions Maximum Marks Duration
Mathematics 20 20 60 Minutes
Mental Ability 25 25
General Science 20 20
General Awareness 10 10
total 75 75

View previous year question papers

Previous year papers act as a guide for the candidates in making their strategy for the exam preparation. After seeing RRB ALP previous year papers candidates will have a pretty good idea about the trend and level of questions asked in each subject. Apart from the ALP exam, candidates should also go through other exams conducted by Railway Recruitment Board to get an idea of ​​the latest trends of questions.

Click here to download RRB ALP Previous Year Papers

Learning and practicing concepts

As mentioned above, after going through the first two stages, candidates should have a good idea about the exam and should start the learning and practice phase of their preparation. All 4 subjects cover a wide variety of topics and each subject requires a three-tier approach i.e. learning the concepts, practicing questions and revising multiple times. Each of these 3 steps is important for the preparation of each subject and candidates must follow it to score well in the exam.

Mock attempting and revision

The habit of practicing mock tests should be a part of the preparation strategy of candidates who want to crack the exam in the first attempt. Attempting sectional mocks checks the candidates' hold on the concepts they have learned and attempting full-length mocks ensures their preparation for the actual exam. It contributes to improving speed and accuracy and helps the candidates to manage the given time to solve the paper in a more efficient manner.

Some things to keep in mind during preparation

  • Give equal importance to each subject.
  • Speed ​​and accuracy have equal value.
  • Practice remaining calm and collected.
  • Keep your sources limited.
  • Make handwritten notes.
  • Keep track of your mistakes.

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