RRB ALP candidates are worried how they can prepare RRB CBT 2 Syllabus in such short time. Yesterday, Railway Recruitment Board published trade syllabus for RRB ALP for 57 trades, and dates of RRB ALP Result, CBT 2 exam. The board made an official announcement that ALP result will be published by 05 Nov 2018 and second stage computer based test will take place from 19 Nov 2018.
Ever since RRB ALP and Technician Recruitment 2018 was notified vide Centralized Employment Number 01/2018, candidates had been searching for DGET syllabus. This is because the syllabus for Part B in second stage computer based test is trade syllabus prescribed by DGET. However many candidates were unable to get it from DGET website. Now finally the syllabus has been published trade wise on official website of RRBs. RRB ALP CBT 2 Syllabus is available online.
On one hand candidates are glad that RRB ALP Result will be out so soon. They are glad because it is cutting down on their waiting time. On the other hand, the shocker is date of CBT 2 which is tentatively going to be from 19 Nov 2018.
Starting from today that is 31 Oct 2018, there are only 19 days left. What is more concerning is that candidates who qualify for the second stage will get only 14 days that is two weeks only to prepare as result is being announced around 5 Nov 2018. CBT 2 exam date announcement has raised concerns from many quarters over how can candidates cover so much syllabus in so less time.
Syllabus contains competency based curriculum for each trade in semester pattern by Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Directorate General of Training. These are all the topics which candidate has studied during diploma / degree. Nevertheless, even brushing up of such a vast syllabus requires some time.
And Part B is only a section of the exam. The RRB ALP CBT 2 shall have 2 sections namely Part A and Part B. Total duration of the exam is two and half hours. Part A will be of one and half hours, with 100 questions. These questions will be on four topics namely Mathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning, Basic Science and Engineering, General Awareness on Current Affairs.
Part B shall be of one hour, with 75 questions. Candidates must obtain at least 35% in it, in order to qualify. Part B is only qualifying in nature. Marks obtained in Part A will carry forward.
Therefore, candidates not only have to prepare for Part B but also for Part A as their marks will be used to determine position in merit list. This too will take time.
Another issue on point is that RRB Group D Recruitment 2018 is also ongoing. In fact the exam will be held on 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28 Nov 2018 and 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17 Dec 2018. So the question arises how will Railway Recruitment Board handle both exams together, logistically and otherwise. For such candidates who qualify as per RRB ALP Result 2018 of stage 1, and who have also applied for RRB Group D 2018 and have got exam dates in November / December, might be in trouble. This is because there is no guarantee where their exam centres may be, and they might have to choose between the two recruitment.
There is, nevertheless, another school of thought that is appreciative of the efforts of Indian Railways, Government of India, for trying to wrap up the recruitment process quickly. It has been observed in other recruitment processes that they go on for years, thus rendering the applicants stuck in anticipation.
What do you think? How should one prepare RRB CBT 2 in such short time? Or should exam be postponed? Let us know in comments below.