NIACL AO(Generalist) Syllabus & Comparison of previous papers

NIACL AO (Generalist) 2021 – Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Topic-wise break up and other important points

The New India Assurance CO. LTD (NIACL) has released the notification for the recruitment of 300 Administrative Officers in Generalist category. This is good news for all the candidates awaiting to get a job in a Govt. sector.

The following will be covered in this article.

A. Important Dates

B. Eligibility Criteria

C. Selection Procedure and Exam Pattern

D. Topic-wise split of the recent NIACL AO exam

A) Important Dates:

  • Online registration and payment of application fees: 1st to 21st Sep 2021 (inclusive of both dates)
  • Phase I Online Examination (Objective): October 2021 (Tentative)
  • Phase II Online Examinations (Objective and Descriptive): November 2021 (Tentative)

B) Eligibility Criteria:

  • Age (as on 01.04.2021):
    Minimum: 21 years and Maximum: 30 years
  • Education Qualification (as on 30.09.2021):
    i. Graduate/postgraduate in any discipline from a recognised University with at least 60% marks in either of the degree examination for General candidates and at least 55% marks for SC/ST/PwBD candidates.
    ii. Those who are in the Final Year/ Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the qualifying examination on or before 30.09.2021.

C) Selection Procedure and Exam Pattern:

The exam will be conducted in three phases.

  1. 1. Phase I: Preliminary Examination (Objective)
  2. Phase II: Main Examination (Objective + Descriptive)
  3. Phase III: Interview

Phase I: Preliminary Examination (Objective):

SNO Name of Test/Section Max Marks Duration Medium of Exam
1 English Language 30 20 Mins English
2 Reasoning Ability 35 20 Mins English / Hindi
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 Mins English / Hindi
Total 100 60 Mins

Important points:

  • Each section has a separate time limit.
  • Candidates must qualify in each test/section by securing passing marks to be decided by the Company.
  • Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Company (approximately 15 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the Main Examination.

Phase II: Main Examination (Objective + Descriptive):

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

Objective Test:

SNO Name of Test/Section Max Marks Duration Medium of Exam
1 Test of Reasoning 50 40 Mins English / Hindi
2 Test of English Language 50 40 Mins English
3 Test of General Awareness 50 30 Mins English / Hindi
4 Test of Quantitative Aptitude 50 40 Mins English / Hindi
Total 200 150 Mins

Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive test will be conducted online and in English language. The test will be conducted for a total of 30 marks and for a duration of 30 minutes. The test comprises of the following.

  • Letter writing (10 marks)
  • Essay writing (30 marks)

Important points:

  • Each section has a separate time limit.
  • Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score for each section of objective test separately for short listing for the Descriptive test evaluation/Interview.
  • Descriptive answer script would be evaluated only in respect of those candidates who qualify the objective test.
  • Depending on the number of vacancies available, cut offs will be decided for Descriptive paper evaluation. Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum total score (to be decided by the Company according to number of vacancies) in the objective test (main examination) and qualify in the descriptive test for short listing for the Interview.
  • Qualifying marks in the descriptive test shall be as follows: 15 for General category and 13.5 for others.
  • A candidate shall be required to qualify in the descriptive test, but the marks in the descriptive test will not be counted towards short listing for interview or final selection.

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both Preliminary and Main examination):

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Online Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has given by the candidate, one fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.

Phase III: 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 weightage (ratio) of online Examination and Interview will be 75:25 respectively

Final Selection:

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

D) Topic-wise split of the recent NIACL AO Exams (Prelim and Main)

The following is the topic-wise break up of recent NIACL AO Prelim and Main exams.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Number of Questions
Topic Prelim Main
Quadratic Comparisons 0 - 5 -
Simplifications 0 - 5 -
Approximations 0 - 5 0 - 5
Number Series 5 5
Individual Quant Questions (Equations, Ratio, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Simple & Compound Interest, Geometry & Mensuration, Time & Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Averages, Mixtures and Alligations, Numbers etc..) 10 10 - 25
Data Interpretation 15 15 - 20
Data Sufficiency - 5

Reasoning Ability:

Number of Questions
Topic Prelim Main
Coding-Decoding 5 1 - 5
Symbols and Notations (Inequalities) 3 - 5
Blood Relations 0 - 2 2 - 3
Direction Sense 0 - 3 -
Input-Output - 5
Deductions (Syllogisms) 3 - 5 0 - 6
Analytical Puzzles 15 - 25 15 - 25
Critical Reasoning - 5 - 7
Data Sufficiency - 0 - 5
Miscellaneous 0 - 2 0 - 1

English Language:

Number of Questions
Topic Prelim Main
Reading Comprehension 7 - 10 10 - 20
Cloze Test 0 - 1 0 - 10
Fill in the Blanks 0 - 6 5 - 10
Para Forming Questions 0 - 5 -
Sentence Rearrangement - 0 - 5
Error Identification 5 - 7 5 - 10
Phrase Replacement 0 - 8 0 - 5
Word Usage 0 - 3 -
Word Interchange 0 - 6 -
Word Replacement 0 - 5
Idioms and Phrases 0 - 5
Para Completion Questions 0 - 5
Central Idea/Theme based 0 - 5

E) General Syllabus for the Exam:

The following is the syllabus in general for the exam.

I. Quantitative Aptitude:

a. Equations, Ratio and Proportion

b. Percentages, Profit and Loss, Partnership

c. Simple and Compound Interest

d. Time and Work

e. Time, Speed and Distance

f. Geometry and Mensuration

g. Averages, Mixtures and Alligations

h. Probability

i. Numbers

j. Quadratic Comparisons

k. Number Series

l. Data Interpretation

m. Data Sufficiency


II. Reasoning Ability

a. Analogies, Odd Man Out

b. Coding-Decoding

c. Symbols and Notations (Inequalities)

d. Blood Relations

e. Direction Sense

f. Deductions (Syllogisms)

g. Input-Output

h. Analytical Puzzles – Linear Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Distributions, Floor Arrangement, Ranking, Comparisons, Selections

i. Decision Making

j. Venn Diagrams

k. Data Sufficiency

l. Critical Reasoning – Statements and Assumptions, Statements and Conclusions, Inferences, Strong and Weak Arguments, Course of Action, Cause and Effect, Assertions and Reasons


III. English Language

a. Reading Comprehension

b. Cloze Test

c. Fill in the Blanks

d. Synonyms and Antonyms

e. Para Forming Questions

f. Para Odd Man out

g. Sentence Rearrangement

h. Sentence Starters

i. Sentence Formation

j. Word Usage

k. Word Replacement

l. Word Interchange

m. Wrongly spelt and Inappropriate usage

n. Match the Column

o. Idioms and Phrases

p. Grammar – Error Identification, Phrase Replacement, Grammatically Correct Sentence

q. Para completion

r. Central Idea / Theme based