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National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) conduct a Online written examination for the recruitment of 362 Administrative Officers (AO) in Generalist and Specialist discipline  for its offices all over India. In this article we will discuss about National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) exams syllabus, Pattern & Eligibility Criteria

Administrative Officers (AO) Exam Pattern : The selection would be in the stages of Screening test (online multiple choice objective type), Descriptive Test and interview. The Descriptive English Test will be conducted only through online mode. Questions will be displayed on the screen of your computer. Answers are to be typed using the keyboard. Before start of typing answers to questions in Descriptive Paper please check all key functions of the keyboard. You will get 45 minutes to answer the questions. The above tests except the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

Structure of Online Examination : 

For Generalist Posts :

  • Type of Questions : Objective
  • No. of Questions : 160
  • Duration : 2 Hours (120 Minute)

This time the exam is going to be online. This exam consists of the following sections.

  • Reasoning : 40 Marks
  • English Language : 40 Marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude : 40 Marks
  • General Awareness (with special reference to Financial Sector) : 40 Marks

For Specialist Posts :

  • Type of Questions : Objective
  • No. of Questions : 160
  • Duration : 2 Hours (120 Minute)

This exam consists of the following sections.

  • Reasoning : 30 Marks
  • English Language : 30 Marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude : 30 Marks
  • General Awareness (with special reference to Financial Sector) : 30 Marks
  • Technical & professional knowledge in relevant discipline : 40 Marks

Descriptive Test :

  • Name of Tests : Essay writing/précis writing and Letter writing
  • No. of Questions : 3 Questions
  • Duration : 45 minutes

The total marks of the examination will be 200 which includes 40 marks of the English Descriptive Section. Candidates will be shortlisted for Interview on the basis of overall marks scored in objective and descriptive section taken together against full marks of 200. For each wrong answer marked ¼ of the marks assigned to the question will be deducted from those obtained.


Syllabus for Administrative Officers (AO) Exam : National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) AO Exam is the most popular exam among the all exams conducted by NICL. Now lets have a look at the detailed syllabus of AO Exam….

Test of Reasoning :
First section will be Logical Reasoning means the process of forming judgement conclusions from premises or facts. The question in this section may be based on Verbal and Non-Verbal.

  • Number series
  • Letter & symbol series
  • Statement and argument
  • Logical problems
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Blood relations
  • Coding-decoding
  • Number ranking
  • Making judgments etc.

Non-Verbal means :

  • Series completion
  • Finding any missing figure
  • Classification.

English Language :
Second section of is English language. It is one of the most important languages because it is wider and useful in all over the world, so the managing committee wants to select only those candidates who are capable of understand English. The questions in this section may be asked from the topics

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Verb
  • Error Correction
  • Tenses
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Fill in the Blanks with Modals, Articles etc
  • Comprehension
  • Unseen Passages
  • Vocabulary etc.

General Awareness :
Third section is General Awareness. These questions are not based on any specific study but related to current affairs(with special reference to Banking Industry).

  • Banking
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Indian Economy
  • Finance
  • Current Affairs around the world
  • Economic News
  • Budget & Plans
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honors
  • Science Inventions and Discoveries
  • Abbreviations
  • Important Days & Dates etc.

Quantitative Aptitude :
Fourth section is Quantitative Aptitude in this question will have five multiple-choice answers. The question in this selection may be based on two topics like as Arithmetic and Data Interpretation.

Data Interpretation means :

  • Bar graphs
  • Pie charts,
  • Line graphs
  • tabulation.

Arithmetic means :

  • Number System
  • HCF, LCM
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Percentage
  • Time and Distance
  • Profit and Loss
  • Average
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Geometry
  • Arithmetic
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Mensuration etc.

Technical & professional knowledge in the relevant discipline : This paper will include questions based on the post they are applied for, Expect questions in graduation level, a good reference of text books in your degree class with some current affairs on the subject will make things easy. The following areas are considered important based on the previous year examinations.

Eligibility Criteria :

  • For Generalist : Candidate must possess the minimum qualification of a Degree in any discipline from a recognized University OR any equivalent qualification recognized as such by Central Government.
  • For Finance : Chartered Accountant (ICAI) / Cost Accountant (ICWA)/ MBA Finance / B.Com / M.Com.
  • For Automobile Engineering : B.E./B.Tech. in Automobile Engineering OR Graduate in Mechanical Engineering with Diploma (at least one year duration) in Automobile Engineering.
  • For Legal : Graduate in Law.

Age Limit :

Minimum : 21 years
Maximum : 30 years


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