LIC AAO & AE Syllabus 2020 and Exam Pattern [Prelims & Mains]

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has recently released the LIC AAO 2020 Notification for the recruitment of specialist officers and assistant engineers. As per the notification, there are a total of 50 vacancies for Assistant Engineers (Civil, Electrical, Structural, Electrical/Mechanical/MEP Engineers) & Architects and 168 AAO SO vacancies for LIC Assistant Administration Officer for multiple departments (IT/ Chartered Accountant/ Actuarial/ Rajbhasha/ Legal).

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The first step to start preparing for any exam should be to understand its exam pattern and syllabus. To help you understand them, we’re providing you with the detailed LIC AAO syllabus 2020 as per the latest exam pattern

Due to Nationwide lockdown, enough time is there to efficiently prepare for the exam. This could be taken as a golden opportunity to target the exam and ace it with flying colors.

Here in this blog, we would cover the following things, so make sure you read it till the end to understand the complete syllabus and exam pattern.

I. LIC AAO Exam Pattern 2020 for AE & AAO (SO) [Prelims & Mains] 

II. LIC AAO Syllabus 2020 [For both AAO (SO) & AE] for Prelims & Mains

  • LIC AAO Syllabus – Reasoning Ability
  • LIC AAO Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude
  • LIC AAO Syllabus – English Language
  • LIC AAO Syllabus – Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • LIC AAO Syllabus – General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • LIC AAO Syllabus: Insurance and Financial market
  • LIC AAO English Language – Descriptive Paper

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I. LIC AAO Exam Pattern 2020

Let us look into the details of the scheme of the exam so that we can understand it better and thereby prepare in a better way. 

Selection of Assistant Engineers and Assistant Administrative Officers will be done through a three-tiered process and subsequent Pre-recruitment Medical examination.

1. Phase-I: Preliminary Examination

2. Phase-II: Main Examination

3. Interview.

1. LIC AAO Prelims Exam Pattern [For both AAO (SO) & AE]

LIC AAO Prelims Exam will consist of an online objective test comprising of three sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

Name of the tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35** 20 minutes
English Language
(With special emphasis on grammar,
vocabulary and comprehension)
30 30** 20 minutes
Total 100 70 1 Hour


  • English Language Test is qualifying in nature and the marks in the English Language will not be counted for prelims ranking.

There are minimum qualifying marks for each section.

Name of the tests   Medium of Exam   Minimum Qualifying Marks

SC/ST/PwBD       Others

Reasoning Ability   English & Hindi
English Language
(with special emphasis on grammar,
 vocabulary and comprehension)
Quantitative Aptitude
  & Hindi

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2. LIC AAO Main Exam Pattern [For both AAO (SO) & AE]

The main examination will consist of

1. Objective Tests for 300 marks and

2. Descriptive Test for 25 marks.

  • Both the objective and descriptive tests will be online.
  • The objective test will have separate timing for every section.
  • Candidates will have to answer the Descriptive test by typing on the computer.
  • The descriptive test will be administered immediately after the completion of the objective test.
Name of the tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 30 90 40 minutes
General Knowledge, Current Affairs 30 60 20 minutes
Professional Knowledge 30 90 40 minutes
Insurance and Financial Market Awareness 30 60 20 minutes
Total 120 300 2 hours
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)/ Legal drafting for AAO(Legal) 2 25** 30 minutes



  • Descriptive test of English Language etc. will be of qualifying nature and the marks in the English Language will not be counted for ranking.
  • Descriptive test of English Language etc. is of qualifying nature and marks in this test will not be counted for ranking.
  • The minimum marks to be obtained in each Section and cut off marks for each section and in the aggregate shall be decided by LIC.
Name of the tests Medium of Exam Minimum Qualifying Marks
SC/ST/PwBD Others
Reasoning Ability English & Hindi 40 45
General Knowledge, Current Affairs English & Hindi 27 30
Professional Knowledge English & Hindi 40 45
Insurance and Financial Market Awareness English & Hindi 27 30
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)/ Legal drafting for AAO(Legal) English 9 10


3. Phase-III: Interview

  • Marks obtained in the Main Examination only will be considered for shortlisting for interview. 
  • Maximum Interview marks are 60 and qualifying marks for EWS, Unreserved, OBC are 30. Qualifying marks for SC /ST/PwBD candidates are 27.
  • The number of candidates to be called for interview will be about three times the number of vacancies.
  • Marks obtained in the Main examination + marks obtained in the interview will be considered for final merit listing.

4. Pre-Recruitment Medical Examination

Shortlisted candidates in the final merit list will have to undergo Pre-Recruitment Medical Examination and if found medically fit, will be offered an appointment.

II. LIC AAO Syllabus 2020 [For both AAO (SO) & AE]

For Prelims & Mains

Let us dive deep into the topics of the syllabus for Prelims & Mains here in this section. 

The prelims exam comprises three sections and the following is the breakup of the syllabus of each of these sections. 

1. LIC AAO Syllabus – Reasoning Ability

There would be questions more or less on the following topics in the reasoning ability section.

  • Alpha-numeric/Alphabetical Series
  • Analogy
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Blood Relations
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Direction Sense
  • Inequality
  • Input-Output
  • Odd one out
  • Puzzles & Seating Arrangement
  • Ranking
  • Syllogism
  • Statement and Conclusion
  • Statement-Course of Action

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2. LIC AAO Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude

The questions would be framed more or less from the below-given topics in this section. 

  • Average
  • Data interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • L.C.M. and H.C.F.
  • Mathematical Inequality
  • Mixture and allegation
  • Number Series/Number System
  • Percentage
  • Profit and loss
  • Problems on Age
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Simplification and Approximation
  • Speed, time and distance; Train, Boat, and Stream, etc.
  • Time and work

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3. LIC AAO Syllabus – English Language

As per the trends, the following topics had been asked in this section in the exam.

  • Error Spotting
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers – Single, Double, etc.
  • Grammar (verb, prepositions, adverbs, articles, tenses, etc.),
  • Misspelt Words
  • Odd one out
  • One Word Substitution
  • Para jumbles
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Completion
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Synonyms/Antonyms

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4. LIC AAO Syllabus – Data Analysis and Interpretation

  • DI: Charts and Graphs – Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Mixed DI
  • Caselets
  • Tabular DI
  • Data Sufficiency

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5. LIC AAO Syllabus  – General Knowledge and Current Affairs

General Knowledge

Questions relating to India and its Neighboring Countries on History, Culture, Geography, Economics, General Polity, Scientific Research, Science – Inventions and Discoveries, Insurance etc.

Current Affairs (National and International)

  • Major Financial / Economic News
  • Budget and Five Year Plans
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honors
  • Abbreviations
  • Important Days
  • International and National Organizations are some related topics

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6. LIC AAO Syllabus: Insurance and Financial market

Financial Awareness:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Banking/Financial Terms
  • Banking Committees
  • Budget 2019
  • Financial Terms, for eg. GDP, GNP, MIBOR, etc.
  • International Financial Institutions
  • Government Schemes

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Insurance Awareness:

  • Bancassurance
  • History- IRDA
  • Important Insurance Acts
  • Insurance Sector – Basics
  • Insurance Terms
  • Insurance Companies – Names, Headquarters, Taglines, etc
  • Insurance Abbreviations
  • Insurance Products and Plans
  • Government Schemes

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7. LIC AAO English Language – Descriptive Paper

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So, this is all from us in this blog of LIC AAO Syllabus 2020 for Assistant Engineers and Assistant Administrative Officers (SO) 2020. We hope that the syllabus provided here proves beneficial in your preparation. 

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