NIACL AO prelims 2016 analysis

NIACL AO online exam has been held today in multiple shifts at test centres in 208 cities across the country. As claimed by many candidates, the paper was of moderate level with English Language section testing the candidates hard. Several thousand aspirants took the phase-I (preliminary) exam today, but only 4,500 will make their way to the phase-II (main) exam that is tentatively scheduled for January.

The prelims test consisted of 100 questions under three sections/ tests while the time allotted was 1 hour. Here is the break-up of questions in each section :

English Language – 30 questions

  • Reading Comprehension – 10 questions
  • Cloze Test – 10 questions
  • Errors – 10 questions

The English section was moderately tough and would play a major role in the determination of cut-offs.

Quantitative Aptitude – 35 questions

  • Number Series – 5 questions
  • Approximation – 5 questions
  • Quadratic Equation – 5 questions
  • Data Interpretation – 10 questions
  • Miscellaneuous – 10 questions

The questions related to approximation and quadratic question were easiest in the section, while overall the section was relatively easy.

Reasoning – 35 questions

  • Coding and Decoding – 5 questions
  • Syllogism – 5 questions
  • Puzzles & Seating Arrangement – 15 questions
  • Inequalities – 5 questions
  • Direction – 3 questions
  • Blood Relation – 2 questions

Puzzles and seating arrangement formed most of the section and as the questions were relatively easy, the candidates had the opportunity to score big in this section.

As notified by NIACL, the cut-offs may be applied either on each test scores or on the total score. Either way, if one has attempted more than half the questions, the chances are very bright.

The New India Assurance Company Ltd (NIACL) had issued notification in October for the recruitment of 300 Administrative Officers (Generalists) under Scale-I. The online applications were submitted from October 14 to November 1, while the admit cards were issued on December 1 after the scrutiny of applications. The candidates will be shortlisted for the main exam (objective + descriptive) based on the cut-off score of Prelims test.

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