LIC AAO Reasoning -Pattern, Syllabus Study Plan & Preparation Tips

LIC AAO Reasoning -Pattern, Syllabus Study Plan & Preparation Tips Expected Cutoffs

In this article you will get LIC AAO Reasoning Pattern, LIC AAO Reasoning Syllabus, LIC AAO Previous Year’s paper analysis of Reasoning,   Topic Wise Preparation Tips for Reasoning section LIC AAO 2016, Study Plan for Reasoning Section LIC AAO

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LIC AAO will be conducted on 5th, 6th and 13th March 2016. This means you have 3 months to prepare and ace the exam.

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To help you prepare the best, we have started a series of articles on LIC AAO preparation. In this series we will tell you the pattern/syllabus, study plan, preparation tips and expected cutoffs of individual sections viz, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, General Awareness and English Language.

Today we will take up Reasoning section of LIC AAO.

Pattern of Reasoning section LIC AAO

  • No. of questions: 30.
  • Total marks: 90.
  • Marks per correct answer: 3.
  • Negative Marking for incorrect answer: 0.75.

Syllabus of Reasoning section LIC AAO

  1. Direction Sense Test
  2. Sitting arrangement: circular, rectangular, linear and table based
  3. Blood relations
  4. Analogy
  5. Oddman out
  6. Syllogisms
  7. Coding-decoding
  8. Alpha-numeric sequence puzzle
  9. Non verbal reasoning
  10. Eligibility Test
  11. Input output
  12. Statement assumptions
  13. Data sufficiency
  14. Ranking, Dictionary arrangements

Analysis of previous (LIC AAO 2015) Reasoning section

The level of questions in reasoning section was moderate. Topic wise breakup was as given below:

Topic Questions
Circular Arrangement 5
Sitting Arrangements (Linear) 5
Syllogism 5
 Input-Output 5
Mathematical Inequality 5
 Assumption Inference 3
 Directions 2

Topic Wise Preparation Tips for Reasoning section LIC AAO 2016

1. Seating Arrangement and Directions:

  • It is really easy to figure out from previous paper’s analysis that questions from Sitting arrangement (Liner, Circular) and Directions constitute a major chunk of reasoning section. This is unlikely to change for this year’s paper too.
  • The 3 topics mentioned above will carry up to 35-40 marks, making it the WOW topic for this section.
  • The best part about Sitting arrangement questions is they are clubbed together. This means they are asked as set of 3-5 questions based on one case.
  •  So, if you manage to get the initial arrangement correct, you can attempt all questions for that case with 100% accuracy and in a total time of 3-4 minutes.
  • Beware, if you do not practice for these type of questions, you will end up spending 10-15 minutes and still get an incorrect answer. This will not only cost you marks but will also result in poor time management for the other parts of the paper.
  • So the mantra here would be practice, practice and practice.
  • Start by going through the basic concepts of sitting arrangement (try permutation and combination topic from 12th standard NCERT book).
  • Solve 2 questions of sitting arrangement and 1 question of direction daily for the next 3 months. This will increase your speed, your visualizing capabilities and moreover you will be prepared for the toughest level of Sitting arrangement questions by the time of your exam.

Click here for Sitting Arrangement tips, tricks, video solution and sample questions.  

2. Blood relations

  • They are designed to check your cognitive skills.
  • They might appear long and complicated however they are terribly simple to solve.
  • To decide whether you should solve the problem is to find out which type of problem is it:
    • Single person Blood relation.
    • Mixed blood relation.
    • Coded blood relation.
  • If it is a single person blood relation problem, then go ahead and solve it.
  • They take less time and have higher (90%+) accuracy.
  • For single person blood relation break the sentence at is/was/as and resolve it from last point to is/was/as to get the solution.
  • Use diagrammatic representation to solve it.

3. Syllogisms

  • Syllogisms are also known as deductive reasoning tests and are designed to test your logical reasoning abilities.
  • Use Venn diagrams to solve questions of this type.
  • Venn diagrams help you form simple relations between the different statements mentioned in the question to result in a valid conclusion of the syllogism.
  • Syllogisms can have 70-80% accuracy. This means if you attempt 5 questions, you will get around 3-4 right (on an average).
  • Aim for the above accuracy.
  • Practice 3-4 syllogisms everyday.

4. Input-Output Machine

  • Typically a complex set questions.
  • It is similar to sitting arrangement in the sense that 3-5 questions are asked in one case.
  • But attempting these set of questions is a task in itself. This topic is notorious for wasting time and having drastically low accuracy(less than 50%).
  • There is no way to ensure that the output you got and the steps in between are correct and in sync.
  • So out of 5 questions, you may get 1-3 correct.
  • Our recommendation would be to attempt it only after you have finished the entire paper and you still have time left.
  • Identify the pattern from the following:
    • Numeric numbers arranging in decreasing order in each step
    • Words arranging in alphabetic order from A-Z
    • Alpha numeric series:  In one step numbers are arranged in decreasing order and in other step words are arranged in alphabetic order from A-Z.
    • Numbers are arranged as odd and even numbers. Where odd numbers are arranged in decreasing order and even numbers are arranged in increasing order.
    • Words are arranged in alphabetic order in extreme left and numbers are arranged in decreasing order at extreme right in each step
    •  Words are arranged in alphabetic order than numbers are arranged in decreasing order.


5. Assumption Inference

  • In this type of questions ambiguity kicks in.
  • There is no definite right or wrong answer, since it depends on the thought process of the candidate.
  • Only answer it, if you are 100% sure or the question is really easy.
  • Spend no more than 2-3 minutes combined on this topic.

6. Data Sufficiency

  • Do not assume anything except for what is given.
  • These questions are not supposed to involve long and drawn-out calculations. However if you still find yourself doing a lot of calculations, then you are doing something wrong.
  • Use the first statement and combine it with main statement. If you get the answer answer is first statement is sufficient to answer the question.
  • If first statement is not sufficient to find the answer, then take the second statement individually and combine with the main statement. If you can get the answer then answer is second statement alone is sufficient to answer the question.
  •  After verifying that both statements individually aren’t enough to find an answer then combine both statements with main statement and check whether you find the answer. If you manage to get the answer then option is both statements combined are sufficient to answer the question.
  • If still you can’t find the answer, then both statements are insufficient.

The Expected Cutoff for Reasoning section of LIC AAO is 33-35.

Click here to see official cutoffs for the LIC AAO 2013

Study Plan for Reasoning Section LIC AAO 

  1. Click here to see previous year paper
  2. From the paper above, identify which kind of questions are asked and what topics are covered. Only focus on those topics for your preparation.
  3. If you try and study everything you will end up cramming your schedule and ultimately risk being under prepared.
  4. Accuracy and Speed are the keys for scoring maximum in this section.
  5. Give  1 hour daily for Reasoning preparation.
  6. For the next 2-3 days, go through basic concepts and questions for topics stated above.
  7. Then take up each topic for 3 days and solve maximum questions possible on that topic. You will exhaust all the topics till January end.
  8. While doing the above exercise, solve 2 sitting arrangement questions everyday.
  9. Start giving Mock Tests. Identify topics you are weak in and again attempt those topics.
  10. Mock Tests will also help you prepare a timing strategy.
  11. Talk to experts about those topics and get your doubts solved.
  12. By February, you will complete all the reasoning topics and you will have amazing time management skills.
  13. Practice Practice Practice. All the BEST!

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Friends this is it for Reasoning Preparation of LIC AAO 2016. If you have any questions/queries/suggestions, please ask them in the comments section below. We would be glad to answer them for you.

  • Joginder

    Helpful info…

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    what will be the overall safe score for LIC AAO exam and what will be the expected cutoff for the maths section?

    • Kumar

      Any thing above 225 will be safe score for general category people

      • sujata

        225 OUT OF 300?I mean excluding english marks kya????please let me clear…

        • Vaibhav

          Yes this is excluding english.



  • Menaga

    dear friends can anyone tell me how till

    aggrigate marks obtained

    CGPA obtained

    maximum marks

    total CGPA

    % of marks

    and mine is according to my consolidated statement of marks
    “myself 2010 passed there was only one semester for first year”

    “”Annual pattern is followed in the first year of study and semester pattern is followed from second year onwards””

    total marks (from 3rd to 8th semester):3556/4900
    percentage(rounded to nearest integer):73

    first year i had 10 papers
    marks secured


  • Manisha

    Can you please send me information about LIC AAO English and quantitative aptitude Preparation Tips, Study Plan, Syllabus, Expected Cutoff.

    • Chinmaya Kumar Das

      i dont know. i am also waiting for that pattern

  • Mahima

    Out of the total 120 mins how much time is advisable to spend on reasoning section?

    • Mohan

      For reasoning, 30-40 minutes is the best management. 45 minutes is the worst case. Above that tis not advised

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  • madhavi

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    • Vaibhav

      Get in touch with LIC AAO conducting department , send them a mail, give them a call or even better visit the branch office in your city. LIC has a good redressal service.

    • Khushi

      hey…. when was the link activated…. it not been shown in the lic career page….. it was for 2015.. n now its 2016???????????/ so can you please let me know…. whats all this?
      shall i also be worried because even i have not yet downloaded the call letter please tell me the further process

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