LIC AAO 2016 Exam Analysis

The LIC AAO exam was conducted over its first weekend where approximately 50% of the aspirants gave the exam. The remaining 50% will write their exam on 12th & 13th of March. The following analysis covers only the first weekend.

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Overall, the paper was very easy. The only section that could be classified as “Not Easy” was probably the GK section. The following is a detailed analysis along with expected cut-offs.

Section Questions (Marks)
Difficulty Level Expected Cut-off (Marks)
Reasoning 30 (90) Easy 28 (+/-2)
Quant 30 (90) Easy 28 (+/-2)
GK 30 (60) Moderate  18 (+/-2)
Computer Knowledge 30 (60) Easy  34 (+/-2)
English 40 (Qualifying) Easy
Total 160 (300) Easy-Moderate 227 (+/-5)

Let’s have a look to the individual sections.


The overall difficulty of the Reasoning Section was Easy. Questions were asked from the following topics :-

  1. Seating Arrangement- 10 questions (5 Linear + 5 Circular)
  2. Syllogism- 5 questions
  3. Blood Relation- 5 questions
  4. Directions- 5 questions
  5. Puzzle- 5 questions

Please note, there were no questions from Input-Output. 

Quantitative Aptitude

Overall difficulty of this section was Easy to Moderate. Questions were asked from the following topics :-

  1. Number Series- 5
  2. Data Interpretations- 2 sets, 10 questions (Tables and Lines Graphs)
  3. Quadratic Equations- 5 questions
  4. Arithmetic (Profit/Loss, Simple Interest, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Age, Percentage etc)- 10 questions

General Knowledge

Overall difficulty level was Moderate 

This section had a good mixture of Static GK + Current Affairs. Last two months’ current affairs questions were prominent.

Please note, that there were no questions from the much anticipated Insurance and Union Budget topics. 

Computer Knowledge

Overall difficulty level of this section was Easy. Questions were asked from Hardware, Software, Microsoft Office, Operating System etc

English Language

The overall difficulty level of English section was Easy. Please note, that this section was of qualifying nature, which means the marks in English section do not add up to the total marks. But still, scoring above 50% will be good to qualify this section.

Questions were asked from the following topics :-

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  1. Reading Comprehension (1 set- 10 questions)
  2. Sentence Rearrangement ( 5 questions)
  3. Cloze Test- 10 questions
  4. Fill in the Blanks- 5 questions
  5. Sentence Correction- 5 Questions
  6. Error Spotting- 5 Questions

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