NIACL AO 2018 Prelims Preparation Tips

The link for the online application for NIACL AO 2018 is activated and you can apply here. New India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL) recruits Administrative Officers (AO) (Generalists and Specialists) in Scale I and the notification is already out. It is one of the most sought-after government exams that gives great work-life balance with a handsome salary. In this blog, we would discuss in detail NIACL  AO preparation tips.

This time it will recruit 312 administrative officers, while the aspirants need to go through three phases Prelims, Mains and Interview to secure their position in the merit list. Also, there is a twist this time around, NIACL has for the first time introduced sectional timing of 20 minutes each in every section. So, it has become even more important now to devise a perfect strategy for each section to ace the preliminary phase and sail through it. Go through the NIACL AO Preparation tips in this blog completely to get ahead with your study and prepare better.

With more than 45 days remaining for NIACL AO prelims 2018, it is the right time to fasten your seat belts and take off with the preparations. Here in this blog, we will show you how to crack NIACL AO exam. We would first look at the prelims exam pattern and then discuss in detail the section-wise preparation strategy.

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NIACL AO 2018 Prelims: Exam Pattern                   

Sr No.

Name of Test/Section

Type of Test

Maximum Marks

Duration for each test/section(Separately timed)


1. English Language Objective 30 20 min English
2. Reasoning Ability Objective 35 20 min English/Hindi
3. Quantitative Aptitude Objective 35 20 min English/Hindi
  Total   100 1 hour  

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NIACL AO Preparation Tips

NIACL AO Preparation Tips: English Language Section

This section is easiest for some and most difficult for others. However, if prepared properly and regularly, it can turn out to be the most scoring one. The key to ace this section is reading extensively. With the changing exam patterns, only mugging up rules of grammar won’t help. One cannot be sure of the type of questions asked in this section so one must be able to read and comprehend the exam question without panicking. And this will happen only when one is in the habit of reading.

Reading of an English newspaper is a must. Whether it be the Hindu or the Livemint, you need to read the editorial section regularly. Not only will it put you in the habit of reading but also will enhance your vocabulary and general awareness.

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Masterclass for Error spotting.

Based on the analysis of the previous paper these were the type of questions asked:

Topic Questions
Reading Comprehension 10 Questions
Cloze test 10 Questions
Spotting Errors 10 Questions

Take a topic test- Difficulty Level 1, 2 and 3.

Important Topics for English section:

  1. Reading Comprehension – This may sound repetitive but reading articles extensively on different topics is the key to answering the questions asked here. Try practising at least 2-3 passages daily to get hold of the topic.

For detailed tips regarding RCs refer to the links given below:

How to increase the reading comprehension scores – Part 1

How to increase the reading comprehension scores – Part 2

  1. Grammar Questions – Type of questions are mentioned below:
  • Error Spotting
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Arrangements and Rearrangements of Sentences

First, be thorough with grammar basics using standard books like Wren and Martin or Objective General English by SP Bakshi. Then start practising the type of questions by various quizzes and then try and attempt sectional tests which will give you grip over these types of questions.

  1. Vocabulary – Type of questions asked are mentioned below
  • Cloze Test
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Spellings

These questions might be asked directly as a standalone question or may be asked in RCs. For these reading newspapers and learning new words daily would help a lot. Also, when synonyms/antonyms are asked in RCs, try to understand the context in which that particular word is used and then decide accordingly.

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NIACL AO Preparation Tips: Reasoning Ability Section

This section may give you a surprise in the examination hall. Please do not panic and act calm. Try to read and comprehend the questions well before answering them.

For prelims, to increase the overall score with accuracy, try solving standalone questions like syllogism, blood relations, inequalities, directions based etc first and then move to the Puzzles and Arrangements questions.

Based on the analysis of previous paper these were the questions asked in the reasoning section:


No. of Questions

Syllogism 5 Questions
Inequality 5 Questions
Seating Arrangement and Puzzles 15 Questions
Miscellaneous 10 Questions

Take topic tests- Logical Reasoning.

Important Topics for Reasoning Section:

  1. Inequalities
  2. Syllogism
  3. Direction based/ Direction sequence
  4. Series completion/ analogy
  5. Alphabet/ Dictionary
  6. Blood relations
  7. Data Sufficiency
  8. Seating Arrangements
  9. Puzzles
  10. Machine Input- Output

Extensive practice is the key to master this section. Try solving as many questions through mocks.

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After you are done with the practice use sectional tests to get acquainted with the time management for this section.

You can use online made by experts to get hold of the topics and get your fundamentals strong. This section can be the most scoring sections with adequate practice and attempting time-bound tests that give you real-time exam atmosphere.

Sectional Tests for English, Reasoning and Quants.

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NIACL AO Preparation Tips – Quantitative Aptitude section:

The first and the foremost thing to do for this section will be getting your basics right and clear. For those with strong mathematical abilities, it would not be much difficult as for them, it is about practising a variety of different questions and then attempting a good number of mock tests will do. But for those whose fundamentals are not clear, then you are advised to get it done by using online platforms.

Attempting daily quizzes would be a very good idea as it would help you brush up your basics as well as increase your speed and problem-solving capabilities.

Here for prelims, it is again advised to choose the questions wisely because at the end of the day it is not about how adept you are in Mathematics but about increasing your score with accuracy. You can also visit Oliveboard’s youtube channel to clear your concepts.

Based on the analysis of previous paper these were the questions asked in the Quants section:


No. of Questions

Quadratic Equations 5 Questions
Simplification/ Approximation 5 Questions
Number Series 5 Questions
Data Interpretation 10 Questions
Miscellaneous 10 Questions

Important Topics – Quantitative Aptitude Section:

  1. Simplification/ Approximation
  2. Problem on ages
  3. Percentages
  4. Averages
  5. SI/CI
  6. Profit and Loss
  7. Ratio and Proportion
  8. Data Interpretation Questions
  9. Time and work Questions
  10. Speed, Time and Distance Questions
  11. Probability Questions
  12. Number Series Questions

Selection of questions in the exam hall will play a crucial role. Attempting the easy questions in the first place and then moving on to the time-consuming ones will help you enhance your score in this section. Again, your practice of each type of question and your understanding in each topic will sail you through. Attempt sectional tests and try to formulate your own strategy so that you can implement the same in the exam. You cannot experiment in the real exam as it would cost you very high. Instead, devise your strategy through tests and then implement it in your exam. So this was from us and we hope that these NIACL AO Preparation Tips help you to sail through your prelims.

Importance of taking Full-Length Mock Tests

Getting acquainted with the NIACL AO Exam Pattern gives you an edge over others, remember it is a competitive exam, you must be always better than other aspirants.

Here is where full-length mocks come into play. Giving tests in time-bound atmosphere will get you a great deal ahead also it will give you the mirror as to where you stand in comparison to other aspirants on an All India Standing.

Do not forget to analyse the mocks after taking them. It will help you understand your weak and strong areas as well as enhance your knowledge with respect to different questions.

You can use our NIACL AO 2018 study plan to enhance your preparation and track your progress.

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