How to Become a Loco Pilot: Salary, Qualification, Eligibility & Syllabus


 How to Become a Loco Pilot

How to Become a Loco Pilot: Salary, Qualification, Eligibility & Syllabus 

Friends, you must have traveled in a train at some time or another, have you ever thought about who drives the train, and what is he called, let us tell you, just as the person flying an airplane is called a pilot, in the same way Thus, the driver of a train is called a loco pilot, just like an airplane pilot, a loco pilot has a huge responsibility on his shoulders, a loco pilot drives a train and carry goods and thousands of passengers from one place to another. In this article, we will discuss about the loco pilot in detail.

Loco Pilot

Loco Pilot is a senior level officer in Indian Railways, the job of Loco Pilot is to drive the train from one place to another and the job of maintaining the train is also done by the Loco Pilot. Loco Pilot is responsible for the safety of the people sitting in the train, the post of Loco Pilot is not available directly in Indian Railways. To become a loco pilot, you first have to become an Assistant Loco Pilot. Indian Railways conducts entrance exams to recruit Assistant Loco Pilots, who can then be promoted to the post of Loco Pilot or other management positions.

Loco Pilot Qualification

To become a loco pilot, it is mandatory for the candidates to have passed class 12th with 50% marks from any recognition board or institute and also have a graduate degree from any recognized university. Besides, one should also have an ITI certificate in the relevant trade.

Loco Pilot Eligibility

RRB ALP Eligibility- Based on Nationality

  • A candidate must be either: a citizen of India,
  • A subject of Nepal,
  • A subject of Bhutan,
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st of January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India,
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

RRB ALP Eligibility- Important Points:

  • A candidate belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination.
  • However, a Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Government of India has to be submitted during Document Verification failing which his/her candidature shall be rejected.

RRB ALP Age Limit

As per the RRB ALP Eligibility Criteria, the Assistant Loco Pilot age limit is 18 to 28 years.

Loco Pilot Exam

Friends, as you know, one cannot become a Loco Pilot directly, for that you have to first become an Assistant Loco Pilot and later become a Loco Pilot by getting promoted, The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) releases notifications to conduct the entrance exam for Assistant loco Pilot and various other posts every year. Interested candidates can check the notifications by visiting the website of the Railway Recruitment Board.

Loco Pilot Selection Process

To get selected for the eligible post, candidates will have to go through the following selection process.
  • First Level CBT
  • Second Level CBT
  • CBAT/Computer-Based Aptitude Test
  • Document Verification

Loco Pilot Syllabus

Syllabus for First Level CBT(Computer-based Test) also Known as CBT 1


  • Number systems
  • Decimals
  • Fractions
  • LCM and HCF
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentages
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Work
  • Time and Distance
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Elementary Statistics

General Intelligence and Reasoning:

  • Analogies
  • Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Mathematical operations
  • Relationships
  • Syllogism
  • Jumbling
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Data Interpretation and Sufficiency
  • Conclusions and Decision-Making
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Classification
  • Directions
  • Statement - Arguments and Assumptions

General Awareness:

  • Current affairs in Science and Technology, Sports, Culture, Personalities, Economics, Politics, and any other subjects of importance.

General Science:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Life Sciences (Biology)

Syllabus for Second Level CBT(Computer-based Test) also Known as CBT 2

General Awareness:

  • Current affairs
  • General knowledge
  • Indian Geography
  • Indian history
  • Indian polity
  • Indian economy
  • Environmental studies
  • Basic knowledge of various industries and sectors

Basic Science and Engineering:

  • Engineering drawing (Projections, Views, Drawing Instruments, Lines, Geometric figures, Symbolic Representation)
  • Units, measurements
  • Mass, weight, density
  • Work, power, energy
  • Speed and velocity
  • Heat and temperature
  • Basic Electricity
  • Levers and simple machines
  • Environment and pollution control

General Intelligence and Reasoning:

  • Analogies
  • Similarities and differences
  • Spatial visualization
  • Spatial orientation
  • Problem-solving
  • Analysis
  • Judgment
  • Decision making
  • Visual memory
  • Discrimination
  • Observation
  • Relationship concepts
  • Arithmetic reasoning
  • Verbal and figure classification
  • Arithmetical number series
  • Non-verbal series

Assistant Loco Pilot Salary

For those candidates who want to make their career in Railways, it becomes very important to know about the salary. The salary of Assistant Loco Pilot is decided by RRB, as per the provisions of the 7th Pay Commission Loco Pilot salary ranges from Rs 19,900 to Rs 35,000 and also includes various allowances and benefits.

Loco Pilot Salary / Railway Loco Pilot salary

The salary of a Loco Pilot increases according to the post and experience, the salary of a Loco Pilot can be around 55 thousand to 60 thousand. However, the amount changes depending on different routes.

RRB ALP Salary 2023 Post Wise


Salary Range

Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP)

Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 35,000/-

Loco Pilot (Goods)

Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 56,000/-

Loco Pilot (Mail)

Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 78,000/-

Shunting Loco Pilot

Rs. 28,000 to Rs. 38,000/-

Loco Pilot Passenger (Passenger)

Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 66,000/-

Loco Pilot (High Speed)

Rs. 77,000 to Rs. 88,000/-


In the end, we would say that loco pilot is a very responsible job, that requires hard work, dedication, and passion for railways and we hope that you would have liked the information given by us if you like then do not forget to give your opinion in the comment section.


1What is a loco pilot?
Ans. A "loco pilot" typically refers to the person who operates a locomotive, which is a powered railway vehicle used for pulling trains.

2. Can 12th pass apply for loco pilot?
Yes, 12th pass or Equivalent from any stream can apply for loco pilot.

3. Can a girl join loco pilot?
Yes, girl can also join loco pilot recently Sulelkha Yadav became Asia's first loco Pilot.

4. Which exam is for loco pilot?
The ALP (Assistant Loco Pilot) exam is a competitive examination conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) to recruit individuals for the position of Assistant Loco Pilot in the Indian Railways.

5. What is the monthly salary of loco pilot?
The monthly salary for a train driver or loco pilot in the Indian Railways can range from approximately INR 35,000 to INR 50,000 per month for entry-level positions.


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