A driving licence is necessary to drive your two-wheeler and four-wheeler in India. In order to receive a driving licence in your name, you need to pass the learning driving licence test or the RTO exam successfully. The learning licence test consists of two parts; a practical assessment and a theoretical assessment. One more reason to have a driving licence is that you would be fined ₹5,000 for each time you’re driving without a licence. The fine for driving without an insurance policy is ₹2,000. So, let’s begin with learners test

Types of driving licences

Following are the two types of driving licences:

  1. Learner’s licence– It is a licence given on a provisional basis for a period of 6 months. The learning licence test must be passed in online or offline mode, to later apply for the permanent licence. There are 15 questions for the test in a Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) format. You need to correctly answer 9 questions to lead to successful completion, where 30 seconds were given to answer each question. After passing, you can apply for a permanent licence.
  2. Permanent Licence – To receive a permanent driving licence, you need to pass the RTO exam. You can make an appointment online or in offline mode to appear for the test. After booking a slot, kindly arrive at the RTO one hour before the test. The test will be conducted by an Inspector from the RTO. It requires the candidate to drive through the RTO’s designated driving track.
  3. International Driving Permit (DP)– Indian citizens wanting to drive a motor vehicles in foreign countries can use the Indian Driving Licence if still valid, provided it is accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP). This IDP is issued by the RTO and has a maximum validity of one year from the date of issue, or up to the expiry date of your driving licence, whichever is earlier. IDP helps you rent a car or bike without much trouble when you travel abroad. Fees for the driving permit is Rs 265, you need not re-take the driving licence test to apply for the international driving permit.

Recent updates regarding learning driving licence test

Passing the learners test or the RTO exam likely to get tougher. The pass percentage for the eligibility of a driving license in all Regional Transport Offices has been increased to 69%. The learning driving licence test will become more stringent soon and these measures are soon to be implemented to produce qualified drivers in India. Physical or live demonstrations at the driving test track will be shown prior to the actual skill test. Applicants can avail themselves free services to get a driving license as certain services linked to licenses and certificate registrations have been made completely online through Aadhaar authentication on a voluntary basis.

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What will happen if I fail the driving licence test?

If you fail the learning licence test, you should recollect your application and documents. You have the option to re-appear for the driving licence test again after 7 days. But you will need to pay the fees again while taking the retest.

Tips for the learners test 

  1. Kindly take your valid learner’s licence, application forms and other relevant documents along with you for the learners test.
  2. You do not need an agent to pass the RTO exam or learning driving licence test.
  3. Be confident and trust your skills to pass the learning licence test.
  4. Check the mirrors frequently to observe the surroundings for emergency situations
  5. Do not stall the car, take a deep breath and start the car again.
  6. Touching the kerb is not a major fault provided there are no pedestrians nearby.
  7. Use the handbrake while parking the car
  8. Crossing hands over on the wheel
  9. Drive at a medium pace, do not drive slowly to impress the examiner as it gives out the thought that you are not well aware of the speed limit.
  10. Appear one hour before your time slot.
  11. Learn to do a reverse S
  12. Know how to do a forward S

Examples of Traffic Signs

Traffic signs are important to pass the RTO exam. So kindly refer it before attempting the learning licence test.

Sample questions for Learning Driving Licence Test

Q1. What is the minimum age to drive a motorcycle without gear?

  1. 16 years
  2. 18 years
  3. 21 years

Q2. What is the correct thing to do when you see a traffic sign of a school near?

  1. Stop the vehicle
  2. Slow down and proceed carefully
  3. Press the horn and proceed at the same speed

Q3. To overtake a vehicle, what is a necessary thought?

  1. The road ahead should be clearly visible and overtaking should be safe
  2. The road is not safe
  3. There are no vehicles ahead

Q4. In case you see the sign for ‘slippery road ahead’, what should you do

  1. Drive faster
  2. Change gear and reduce speed
  3. Apply brake but proceed at the same speed

Q5. Is over-speeding an offence?

  1. Not an offence and can be neglected
  2. Is an offence but no charges are pressed against you
  3. An offence that could lead to your driving licence being cancelled or suspended

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FAQs on Driving Licence Test

Can I drive a car with a learner’s licence?

No, you can only the car at a training school with a supervisor.

Is the RTO exam easy to pass?

After adequate practice, it is easy to pass the RTO exam or learning licence test.

How can I take my driving licence test online?

You can visit the official website of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and apply for your driving licence test online.

Is a learners test necessary to get my learner’s licence?

No, you have to pass a written test and pass the learners test correctly to obtain a learner’s licence.

Can I attempt the learner’s licence test in online mode?

Yes, you can attempt the learning driving licence test online.

Where to check the status of my driving licence application in online mode?

You can visit the official website to check the status.

What is the fee to get a driving licence?

  • Driving licence fee for a single class of vehicle Rs.800/-.
  • Driving licence fee for the double class of vehicle Rs.1100/-.

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