Syllabus for 30% LDCE for promotion to Group B AME/AWM in Mechanical Department



MAXIMUM MARKS 150                                                 PASS MARKS   90



  • This section would contain questions of general interest and importance which is acquired by general observation and reading without specific text book study.  Subjects of national importance as well as achievements of railways will also be covered. 
  • The standard of General Knowledge shall not be more rigorous than Matriculation.
  • Questions on Official Language Policy will alos be included in this.


  • Arithmetic & Statistical operations Graphs, Fractions, Percentage, Samplings & Averages.
  • Geometry – Area & Volume upto Higher Secondary / Class 12 Standard.
  • Algebra, simultaneous equations etc. upto Higher Secondary / Class 12 standard.
  • Mechanics Velocity & Acceleration, work done & horse power etc. upto Higher Secondary / Class 12 standard.


  • Various  Engineering materials and their properties, Bearings, Stress & Strain, Fatigue, hardness, corrosion & Surface finish.


  • Temperature & its measurement.
  • Mechanics: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Velocity & Acceleration, work, energy, power, Archimedes Principle etc.
  • Heat & Work, Expansion of Solids, Liquids & Gases.
  • IC Engines, Gas Turbines, Heat Recovery & Thermal Efficiency, Supercharging & Intercooling.
  • Ohm’s Law, Coulombs Law, Faraday’s Laws, Voltage, Current & Resistance, wet & dry  batteries, power factor.
  • Simple Motors & Dynamos – Principle & working, transformer, relay, fuse, circuit breakers.
  • Power Supply, AC & DC, Rectification.



  • Out of commission [under repair] percentage for different types of rolling stock & motive power and how to minimize the same.
  • Different types of Locomotive, Coaches & wagon Stock in use on the Railways.
  • Prevention of hot boxes on motive power/ rolling stock & maintenance of roller bearings.
  • Disaster Management – Accident Classification, duties of first official to reach at accident site, causes of accidents and their prevention, existing disaster management system & its short comings, recommendations of high level committee, accident Enquiry.
  • Corporate Safety Plan, RSRC Recommendations.
  • Benchmarking.
  • Quality improvement in Work area.
  • Failure analysis.
  • Performance Indices.
  • Items to be inspected at workplace.
  • Health & Safety standards in Shops sheds & depots.


  • Classification of Stores.
  • Procedure for drawal of stores.
  • ndenting Procedures.
  • Procurement methods- Local purchase, Spot purchase, Bulletin tender, Advertised tender, Limited tender, Tender Committee, Direct Purchasing.
  • Schedule of Powers.
  • Incoming inspection requirements.
  • Scrap.


  • Familiarity with Personal Computer Specs – Processor, RAM, Hard Disk, Floppy, CD,  Multimedia etc.
  • Operating System – Windows.
  • Starting & closing programs.
  • Creating /Saving/Copying/Moving files in PC and moving files from one PC to another PC.
  • Utilities /Accessories: Disk Cleanup, Defrag, Antivirus, CD Burning.
  • Basic MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Basic Local Area Networks: Servers, Hubs, Switches, Structured Cabling, Nodes, Network applications.
  • Using Internet: Email, Browsing, Searching.


  • Environment.
  • Quality Management Systems ISO 9000 & ISO 14000



MAXIMUM MARKS 150                       PASS MARKS 90

  • Sufficient number of questions shall be included in each of the disciplines to enable a candidate to answer the questions upto full 150 marks.
  • Part-A consists of  Establishment & Financial rules worth  50 marks.
  • Part –B contains Professional portion of 100 Marks in Four sections representing various streams of Mechanical Branch – Division & Workshop Management, Diesel Locomotives, Carriage & Wagon and Workshops.  Candidates can attempt questions from their own discipline or from more than one discipline if he so desires to complete upto 100 marks.

PART-A [Establishment & Financial Rules] – 50 Marks


  • General Conditions of service of Railway servants including leave rules, joining time, pass rules.
  • Railway Servants  D&A Rules, 1968
  • Railway Services Conduct Rules 1966
  • Retirement Benefits.
  • Payment of Wages, Allowances and Overtime.
  • Labour Laws including Payment of Wages Act, Workmen’s Compensation Act, Hours of Employment Regulations, Factories Act, Industrial Disputes Act, Contract Labour Act.
  • Manpower Planning & training.
  • Welfare measures in Railways
  • PNM, JCM & 


  • Parliamentary Control over Railway Finance – Public accountability, Cannons of Financial Propriety.
  • Railway Budget – Budgetary terms, types of Budgets, Budget Cycle, Demand for grants, Expenditure Classification.
  • Works Programme – Financial Justification of Works – Preparation of Estimates, Capital Budget, Control Over Capital Expenditure.
  • Financial  and Cost Control in railway workshops, Sheds & Depot
  • Delegation of powers.
  • M&P Programme, RSP.


PART-B -Professional Portion – 100 Marks


  • Working Time Table.
  • Working of Control Office.
  • Power Plan & Engine Utilization
  • HOER & Crew Planning.
  • Running rooms & crew booking point management.
  • Fuelling Installations Management.
  • Running staff training.
  • Load Trials.
  • Drivers Grading System.
  • Accident Classification, definitions, ART Ordering, Role of Supervisors & Officers at accident site Management.
  • 40 ton Crane Constructions & safety in operations.


  • Preventive maintenance schedules.
  • Latest design improvements in diesel locomotives to reduce failures on line.
  • Design improvements in bogies to make them fit for high speed operation.
  • Brake system of diesel locos including working of expressors and vigilance control devices and their maintenance.
  • Cooling water system of diesel engines.
  • Fuel oil system of diesel engines.
  • Control of lubricating oil consumption.
  • Safety devices used on diesel engines and locomotives.
  • Testing equipment required in sheds for governors and fuel injection pumps, Non-destructive testing such as Zyglo & magnaflux.
  • Trouble shooting on locomotives running on the railways.
  • Fuel economy on diesel locomotives.
  • Maintenance requirements of different assemblies like – Traction motor / Tractor Generator, express or, Turbo supercharger, power assembly, cylinder head.
  • Thermal loading of engine components.
  • Under gear maintenance.
  • Suspension bearings, wheels.
  • Excitation system, transition, dynamic braking, carbon brushes, relays & contactors.
  • Load Box Testing.
  • Improvements made in ALCO locomotives.
  • DEMUs-types, system & trouble shooting.
  • Biodiesel, CNG.
  • Introduction to GM Locomotives and its systems.


  • Coaching stock –preventive maintenance schedules in Coaching Depots including IOH, POH Schedules in shops.
  • Wagon Stock Preventive maintenance including ROH in depots and POH Schedules in shops.
  • IRCA rules for rejectable defects.
  • ICF Bogies and their maintenance in sick line / shops.
  • Casnub Bogie & its modifications for high speed.
  • Corrosion repairs to coaching and goods stock.
  • Couplers & Draw gear, Train Parting & measures to avoid the same.
  • Water availability in coaches.
  • Fire prevention on Trains.
  • Air Brake system –Twin pipe and single pipe. Under frame & bogie mounted brake system, Test rig, Checking timings, trouble shooting, DV defects, slack adjustment methods.  Brake Binding.
  • Passenger amenity items.
  • Coach Housekeeping.
  • Maintenance Pattern of freight trains including CC Rakes & Coaching stock maintenance including Revised policy Circular -4.
  • Neutral train examination.
  • Ride index.
  • Anti-Telescopic features.
  • Maintenance of various components like DV, SAB, PEASD.
  • Latest design improvements of Carriage & wagons to improve their performance and speed potential.
  • LHB Coaches & BLC Wagons.
  • Construction, Design & Maintenance of Tank Wagons.   


  • System of labour accountal GA Cards for time keeping documents, tally sheets, Job/Route Cards, inspection & rate fixing.
  • Rules & Calculations under incentive scheme.
  • Paints & painting systems.
  • Different types of machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, planers, cutting tools and cutting speeds.
  • CNC machines.
  • CLW pattern of incentive scheme, Group Incentive scheme.
  • Different types of welding processes, welding defects.
  • Wheels, tyres & axles and their ultrasonic testing.
  • Heat treatment of ferrous items such as surface hardening, annealing, normalizing etc.
  • Roller Bearing & Cartridge Bearings.
  • Injury free features in coaches.
  • Material handling.




Tue, 17/09/2013 - 03:28

What is the total marks that an SC/ST candidate is required to score to get selected in the LDCE exam for the post of Asst. Engineer in the Dept. of Mechanical Engg.???

Is it same as that of General Candidates ???