RRB ALP 1st stage result analysis – 80 percent candidates fail to qualify

RRB ALP 1st stage result analysis – 80 percent candidates fail to qualify
Bachan Thakur | Nov 3, 2018 - 11:44 a.m. IST
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New Delhi, November 3: With the result announcement of RRB ALP 2018 in online mode, it has been found that over 80% of the candidates could not clear the examination. This means that 37,90,435 candidates failed to make their mark in the test. Thus, it’s only 20% candidates who made it to the RRB ALP cut off 2018. The RRBs’ official data reflects that RRB ALP 2018 first stage examination was held for around 47.56 lakh candidates. Along with the result, the exam authority has also released the RRB ALP cut off for the first stage examination.

According to the official brochure of RRB ALP, the examination authority has shortlisted candidates, 15 times the total number of vacancies for appearing in the second stage computer based test. So, this 15 times of the total vacancies comes to 9,65,565 candidates, which means that these many candidates have qualified in the first stage exam.

To put it simply, the figure 9.65 lakh corresponds to the 20% qualified candidates. For 2018-19 recruitment year, the RRBs have announced a total of 64,371 vacancies. Also, the total number of 9,65,565 qualified candidates is 15 times of 64,371 vacancies.

The result of RRB ALP first stage has been prepared after normalizing the scores of the candidates, as the exam is held in multiple sessions. As there are different question sets in different examination slots, so to ensure fairness and equity in terms of comparison of the performance of candidates across different sessions, the scores of candidates are normalized.

It must be noted that unreserved category candidates with at least 40% marks or more in the first stage exam of RRB ALP have been qualified for the second stage. OBC and SC candidates, who have secured a minimum of 30% marks or more in the exam and ST candidates with at least 25% marks are shortlisted. The qualifying percentage may be relaxed by 2% for PWD candidates if there’s a shortage of PWD candidates against the vacancies reserved for them.

The candidates qualified in the first stage examination have to take the second stage exam, which is held in 2 parts – part A and B and will be held for 2.30 hours. Out of the 9,65,565 candidates (who have been filtered for taking the second stage computer based test), the total number of candidates to be shortlisted for the document verification is 5,14,968 (8 times the number of total vacancies). To qualify in the second stage exam, all candidates across all categories need to score at least 35% marks.

RRB ALP was last held in 2014 wherein 133325 candidates had qualified from RRB Secunderabad, followed by RRB Bilaspur (2053), RRB Bhubaneswar (2050), RRB Chennai (1313), RRB Ahmedabad (942) and RRB Malda (623). It must be noted that there are 21 RRBs, however, the data for qualified candidates is not available for all the RRBs. The examination is held for recruiting eligible candidates as Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) and Technicians in Indian Railways. RRB ALP first and the second stage computer based tests are followed by a Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) and Document Verification.

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