How to become a Loco Pilot in 2024 : Avoid these Mistakes

Do you know how to become a LOCO PILOT? Now-a-days every person wants to make a career according to his qualifications and in their field of interest. Someone wants to become an engineer, someone wants to become a doctor, someone wants to serve the country by becoming an IAS IPS, then in the same way someone wants to make a career in railways by becoming a Loco Pilot.

You must be aware that the Indian Railways is one of the largest rail systems in the world. Today almost all the cities are being connected to the train network. So candidates, today many students want to make their career in Railways. They make a lot of effort for this too. If you also want to apply for the Loco Pilot exam and also want to know how to become a Loco Pilot then you must read this article. In this article you will get full information about how to become a loco pilot, qualification required, age limit, selection process, exams of Loco Pilot and more. 

What is a loco pilot?

The Ministry of Indian Railways every year recruits on various posts of Railways, one of which is the post of Loco Pilot. The driver of a train running in Indian Railways is called Loco Pilot. The post of Loco Pilot is of great responsibility. The work of taking the passengers on the train to their destination safely depends on the loco pilot. This post is a government post in the Railway Department. If you think of reaching the post of direct loco pilot in Indian Railways then it may not happen because the post of loco pilot is a promotional post which is available after assistant loco pilot experience.

That is, if you want to become a Loco Pilot, then first you have to reach the position of Assistant Loco Pilot, for which you have to clear the competitive exams. The Assistant Loco Pilot is further promoted to the post of Senior Assistant Loco Pilot. And after that promotion can be done at the level of Loco Pilot. After staying on the post of Loco Pilot for a certain time and getting experience, those employees get promotion to the post of Power Controller, Crew Controller and Loco Fireman or Loco Supervisor.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualification Required 

  • For the post of Loco Pilot, it is necessary to have minimum 10th pass from any recognized board or university. 
  • Along with this, the candidate should have an ITI or Diploma degree.
  • Candidates should have done their diploma course in electrical, automobile or mechanical (any one).
  • Along with this, any college from which you are completing this diploma course, that college should be certified from All India Counseling for Technical Education (AICTE).

Age limit 

  • Candidate age should be 18 to 28 years for general category, while 3 years relaxation is given for OBC and 5 years for SC ST category.

Physical Eligibility 

  • Eyes play the most important role in becoming a loco pilot. Your eyes should be the healthiest. If you have any problem with your eyes. The eye vision of the candidate should be very good. If it is weak then you can not apply for loco pilot. 
  • There is no height criteria to become a loco pilot. But your body weight should be equal to your height.

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Courses for Loco Pilot 

If you have done any of these four courses then you can become a loco pilot.

  1. ITI

If you want to become a loco pilot then you have to do your ITI in electrical or automobile or mechanical.

  1. Diploma

If you are thinking of doing a diploma course, then you have to do a diploma in electrical, automobile or mechanical engineering to become a Loco Pilot.

  1. Engineering

You can also become a Loco Pilot after doing electrical engineering, automobile engineering, and mechanical engineering courses.

  1. Graduation

If your graduation is complete and then after that you want to become a loco pilot, you can still become a loco pilot. For this you have to do a Postgraduate diploma 2 years after graduation and you can do that diploma in electrical or automobile or mechanical.

Assistant Loco Pilot Exams

To become a loco pilot, the exam is held in following stages-

  • Computer Based Test (CBT 1)
  • Computer Based Test (CBT 2)
  • Computer Based Test (CBAT)
  • Document Verification 

There is negative marking in both the levels of CBT. One can appear in CBAT only after clearing both the levels (CBT-1 CBT-2). Candidates will be considered eligible for document verification only after clearing CBAT.

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So Candidates, if you want to become a loco pilot, there are some important steps to follow up. First of all, you have to prepare for the Loco Pilot exam which is conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). In this exam, one has to prepare for Mathematics, Science, General Knowledge, Traffic Rules, and Travel & Tourism topics.

After that, you will need to meet the physical standards and get health recognition in the medical examination. Then you will be eligible to apply and get training in Railways. After passing the highest level of caution and safety test, you can become a certified loco pilot. It is very important to stay updated regularly, follow the safety rules, and develop your education and skills so that you can achieve success as a good loco pilot.

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How to become a Loco Pilot – FAQs

What is the qualification for a loco pilot ?

You must be 10th pass with 50% marks in math and science. Apart from this, your age should be between 18 to 30 years. Along with this, physical standards need to be met and health recognition in medical examinations has to be obtained.

Which entrance exam for loco pilot ?

To become a loco pilot, it is necessary to clear the loco pilot exam conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). The name of this exam is “RRB ALP (Assistant Loco Pilot) Exam”. This exam is the criteria for the eligibility of the candidates in the technical and general knowledge area.

What is the age limit for a loco pilot ?

The age limit for loco pilot is generally between 18 to 30 years. However, as per the reservation rules and government instructions, age relaxation and relaxation can be given for different categories, such as SC/ST with a maximum age limit of 35 years.

Is there any physical test for a loco pilot ?

Yes, there is also a physical test for loco pilots. This test is the criteria of physical fitness and health of the applicants. In this, physical abilities like running, lifting, clapping, etc. are measured. Applicants have to meet the physical standards so that they can get eligible recognition for the post of Loco Pilot.

Is there any interview for a loco pilot ?

No, there is no interview in the direct recruitment examination for Loco Pilot. The recruitment of Loco Pilot is based only on the basic eligibility criteria, written test and physical test.