NIACL AO Exam 2021 | Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The NIACL AO exam Syllabus is decided by the New India Assurance Company Limited. The Govt-owned New India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL) conducts the NIACL AO exams to select candidates for Administrative Officer in Generalist and Specialist Cadre. The NIACL Administrative Officer is Scale-I post.

In order to ace the exam, the aspirants of the NIACL Administrative Officer exam must be thorough with the NIACL AO Syllabus and exam pattern.

Let’s have a look at the exam pattern –

NIACL AO exam Recruitment 2021 – Exam Pattern

The NIACL AO 2021 Recruitment will be having 3 Phases:

Phase 1 – Prelims Exam (Objective Test)

Phase 2 – Main Exam (Objective and Descriptive Test)

Phase 3 – Interview

NIACL AO Recruitment 2021 – Phase 1 Exam Pattern

English Language3020 MinutesEnglish
Reasoning3520 MinutesEnglish & Hindi
Quantitative Aptitude3520 MinutesEnglish & Hindi
Total10060 Minutes 

Candidates have to qualify for each test/section by securing passing marks to be decided by the Company.

NIACL AO Exam 2021 – Phase 2 Exam Pattern

The Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Tests for 30 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer the Descriptive Test by typing on the computer.

Objective Test For Generalists -:

SubjectNo. of Ques.  / Max MarksTimeMediumType
Test of English Language50120 MinsEnglishObjective
Test of Reasoning50English & HindiObjective
Test of General Awareness50English & HindiObjective
Test of Quantitative Aptitude50English & HindiObjective

Objective Test For Specialists -:

SubjectNo. of Ques.  / Max MarksTimeMediumType
Test of English Language40120 MinsEnglishObjective
Test of Reasoning40English & HindiObjective
Test of General Awareness40English & HindiObjective
Test of Quantitative Aptitude40English & HindiObjective

In the Specialist stream, an additional test to assess technical& professional
knowledge in the relevant discipline

40English & HindiObjective

(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 30 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing-10 marks & Essay-20 marks). The descriptive test will be in English and will be conducted online mode.

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score for each section of the objective test separately for shortlisting for the Descriptive test evaluation/Interview. Descriptive answer script would be evaluated only in respect of those candidates who qualify for the objective test.

NIACL AO Recruitment 2021 – Phase 3 Interview

Candidates who have been shortlisted at the end of Phase-II will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Company. The interview will be conducted at select centers. The weightage (ratio) of Online Examination and interviews will be 80:20 respectively

Final selection would be based on consolidated marks of main examination (objective test) & Interview

NIACL AO Exam Syllabus

The topic-wise syllabus for each section in the NIACL AO examination is as follows:

ReasoningCoded Inequalities
Seating Arrangement (Circular, Linear, Square)
Puzzle Tabulation
Logical Reasoning
Order/ Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Data Sufficiency
Blood Relations
Alphanumeric Series/ Number Series/Alphabet Series
Direction based question inequalities (Direct and Coded)
EnglishReading Comprehension
Cloze test
Fill in the blanks
Error Spotting/New Pattern Error Spotting
Sentence Correction/Sentence Improvement
Para Jumbles
Para Summary
Odd One Out
Para Completion
Quantitative AptitudeData Interpretation
Simplification/ Approximation
Number Series
Quadratic Equations
Quantity based problems
Ratio & Proportion
Percentage & Averages
Profit & Loss
Mixtures & Allegations
Pipes and Cisterns
Boats and Streams
Simple Interest & Compound Interest
Time, Work, and Wages
Time & Distance
Permutation, Combination & Probability
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs
Books & Author
Sports added in NIACL AO Syllabus
National Appointment
Obituary etc.
Banking Awareness
Indian Financial System
History of Indian Banking Industry
Regulatory Bodies
Monetary & Credit Policies
Budget Basics and Current Union Budget
International Organisation / Financial Institutions
Capital Market & Money Market added in NIACL AO Syllabus
Government Schemes Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
Other important concept abbreviations and Economic terminologies
Other important concepts.

Preparation tips:

With a proper strategy candidate, can crack the NIACL AO exam in one attempt. More than lakh of candidates apply for this exam every year, but only a small fraction make it to the final. Hence here we are sharing the list of important preparation tips for the candidates preparing for this exam.

  1. Know the syllabus- You Have to clearly understand what topics are asked and what not. This can be done by going through the syllabus carefully.
  2. Prepare precise notes- lengthy notes are of no use when you have a lot of things to revise at the last moment, so make precise notes.
  3. Mock Tests- Join a mock test series for better understanding of the actual exam level, test series can immensely help you in acing this exam.
  4. Newspaper and current events: For the general knowledge section, you can refer to some standard newspapers, it will help you immensely to ace the GK section.
  5. Short-tricks: Learn short tricks to solve quant problems, it will save your time.
  6. Previous Year Question Papers- Go through the previous year question papers, It will help you to get a better idea of the level of exam and the kind of questions asked.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is NIACL AO?

The Govt-owned New India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL) conducts the NIACL AO exams to select candidates for Administrative Officer in Generalist and Specialist Cadre.

Is there any negative marking in the NIACL AO exam?

Yes, there will be a negative marking of 1/4 marks for each wrong answer.

How many sections are there in the NIACL AO prelims exam?

There are a total of three sections in the prelims exam of the NIACL AO exam.

Is there any interview for the NIACL AO post?

Yes, there will be an interview round before the final selection of the candidates.

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