Syllabus for 30% LDCE for Promotion to Group B ASTE (Assistant Signal & Telecommunication Engineer)



Maximum Marks 150                                                                      Pass Marks 90


General                                                                                                   50 Marks

I. General Knowledge

  • This section would contain questions of general interest and importance, which is acquired by general observation or reading with out specific text book study.  Subjects of national importance as well as achievements of Railways are also to be covered.  The standard of General Knowledge  shall not be more rigorous than Matriculate level.
  • Official Language.

II. General Mathematics

  • Arithmetic and statistical operations, graphs, fractions, percentage, sampling & averages
  • Geometry – area & volume up to Higher Secondary /12th Standard level
  • Algebra, simultaneous equations etc up to Higher Secondary /12th Standard level
  • Mechanics –Velocity & acceleration, work done, horse power etc up to Higher Secondary /12th Standard level

III. Strength of Material

  • Various Engineering materials and their properties, bearings, stress & strain, fatigue, hardness, corrosion & surface finish

IV. Physics & Basic Electricity

  • Temperature & measurement
  • Mechanics-Newton’s Law of motion, Velocity & Acceleration, Work, Energy, Power, Archimedes’s principle etc
  • Heat & work, expansion of solids, liquids & gases
  • IC Engines, gas turbine heat recovery & thermal efficiency.  Super charging & inter cooling
  • Ohm’s law, Coulomb’s law, Faraday’s law, Voltage, Current & Resistance, Wet & Dry Batteries, Power Factor. 
  • Simple motors & Dynamos – Principle of Working of Transformer, Relay, Fuse, Circuit Breaker
  • Power Supply, AC&DC, Rectifiers


Professional Subject                                                                         100 Marks

Note: Four questions to be given from each part.

Six questions to be answered, three from each part.

Part A

Rules & Manuals

Rules for Opening of a Railways, Signal Engineering Manual, Telecommunication Engineering Manual, Store Procedures and Practices, AC Traction Manual, Block Working Manual, Schedule of Dimensions, Operation Manual, Disaster Management, Accident Manual – Accident Classification, Causes of Accidents and their prevention, Duties of First Official reaching the Accident Site, Enquiries, Failure Analysis & Investigations.

Part B

·         Fundamental Engineering & Applied Technology, Simple Structures, Dynamics, Simple Machinery, Magnetism, Electricity, Sound, Electrical Machinery and Circuits, Fundamental Electronics &Electronic Circuits, Power Supply Equipment and Systems.  Protection Systems against Lightning & Surges, Principles of  Optics & Optical Fibre Cable, Principles of Digital Electronics – Boolean Algebra, Digital Devices and their Applications, Data Communication Principles & Information Technology  - Familiarity with Personal Computer Specifications ,Operating System – Windows, Operating and Application software, Basic LAN/WAN & Networking, Intranet/ Internet



Maximum Marks 150                                                                                        Pass Marks 90


Establishment Rules & Financial Rules                                                               50 Marks

I . Establishment Rules

  • General Conditions of service of Railway servants including rules regarding leave, joining time, passes etc
  • Railway Servants  D&A Rules, 1968 & amendments
  • Railway Services Conduct Rules 1966 & amendment
  • 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



  • 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
  • Rule for allocation – Classification of Expenditure, Control over expenditure – Responsibility of accounting performance budgeting, Exchequer, General Financial results of working.
  • Works Programme – Financial Justification of Works, Survey – Preparation of Estimates, Capital Budget, Control Over  Expenditure, Capital Expenditure, re-appropriation
  • Financial control over store expenditure – Purchase and stores keeping procedure – inventory control
  • Financial  and Cost Control in railway workshop
  • Rules and Procedure relating to tenders and contracts for execution of works and procurement of stores, M&P Programme
  • Procedure for processing and finalizing the audit objections and draft paras.
  • Delegation of powers


Professional Subject                                                                                             100 Marks

Note: Four questions to be given from each part.

Six questions to be answered, minimum one from each part and maximum three from a part.

Part A


Mechanical & Electrical Interlocking,   Interlocking plans and  locking tables, Block signalling, Electro-mechanical and Electrical Signalling,  Automatic Signalling, Panel Interlocking, Route Relay Interlocking, Axle Counters, Track Circuits, Automatic Warning System, Train Protection & Warning System [TPWS] and /or Anti Collision Device [ACD], Centralised Traffic Control [CTC] Electronic Interlocking [EI], Data Loggers & Networking, LED Signals, Block Proving by Axle Counters [BPAC], Audio Frequency Track Circuits [AFTC], Integrated Power Supply [IPS[, etc.

Part B 


Overhead and  underground cable system, Control office and way station and emergency control communication equipments, Telephone Exchange – Automatic, specialized communication and allied equipment like STM, DWDM etc in Railways, comprising HF, VHF and Microwave, GSM-R and/or Tetra for Mobile Train Radio, OFC and Quad cable, Communication in RE area, Data communication & IP Networks,  Digital Electronic Exchanges, ISDN, Network Management Systems, networks for PRS, FOIS, TMS, UTS etc, concept of GPS.

Part C

Workshop practice – Raw material, processing, workshop machines

and their utilization,  Overhauling procedure and practices ,Inspection and Testing of components,  testing procedure, commissioning and measurement, Integration, Testing & Certification of IPS/SMPS, DC-DC Converters, Invertors & Battery Chargers /Float Rectifiers, Block Instruments & Relays, Relay Technology – Different Types of Relays & their working, Block Instruments and Point Machines, Quality Control and Safety Practices.

Ref : RBE NO.113/2010 dt 09/08/2010