NICL AO Exam 2017

NICL AO Exam Pattern along with the latest paper pattern and complete syllabus


NICL AO Exam 2017

National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) has invited online applications for filling up of Administrative Officer (AO) vacancies.

This is a golden opportunity for aspirants because through the NICL AO Exam, 205 vacancies on an all India basis will be filled with excellent salary and perks.

NICL AO Exam Details 2017

Date of Phase I Exam  June 3rd & 4th, 2017
Date of Phase II Exam  July 2nd, 2017
Number of vacancies to be Filled  205
Approximate Number of Candidates Applying this Year  7 to 8 Lakhs
Approximate Number of Candidates Appearing this Year  3 to 4 Lakhs
Level of Complexity Expected  Moderate to Difficult
Salary of NICL Administrative Officer  Rs. 51, 000 per month
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Study Material VIEW HERE

NICL AO Exam 2017: Latest Pattern

The process of selection for NICL AO Exam 2017 consists of the following 3 phases –

Phase I Preliminary Examination
Phase II Mains Examination
Phase III Personal interview

NICL AO Exam Pattern 2017: Prelims

The preliminary stage of NICL AO Exam is objective in nature i.e only multiple type questions (MCQs) will be asked.

Test Marks Allotted Time
English Language 30 1 Hour
Reasoning Ability 30
Quantitative Aptitude 35

NICL AO Exam Prelims: Points to Note

1. Candidates have to qualify in each test by securing passing marks to be decided by the Company.
2. 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.


NICL AO Exam Pattern 2017 : Mains

The Mains stage of NICL AO Exam is both objective and descriptive in nature. f Objective Tests will comprise 200 marks and Descriptive Test will comprise 30 Marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online.

The Objective Test will be conducted first and soon as it ends, the Descriptive Test will be administered.

NICL AO Exam Mains: Objective Test

Test Questions/Marks Allotted Time
Reasoning 40/40 2 Hours
English Language 40/40
General Awareness 40/40
Computer Knowledge 40/40
Quantitative Aptitude 40/40

NICL AO Exam Mains: Descriptive Test

Test Questions/Marks Allotted Time
English Language 3/30 30 Minutes

NICL AO Exam Mains: Points to Note

1. 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 i.e.

Descriptive answer script would be evaluated only in respect of those candidates who qualify the objective test.

2. There will also be a separate cut-off marks for the Descriptive Test. 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.


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.

NICL AO Exam 2017: Negative Marking

Prelims Yes (1/4)
Mains Yes (1/4)

NICL AO Exam 2017 : Interview

Candidates will be shortlisted for Interview on the basis of overall marks scored in Main Examination after evaluation as above.

Why is NICL AO Exam Important This Year ?

There are 3 major reasons so as to why is the NICL AO Exam important for aspirants this year –

1. Large Number of Vacancies 205 all India vacancies will be filled via NICL AO Exam 2017. This is a golden opportunity to work at a premier organization.
2. Unpredictability  The NICL AO exam should be taken seriously this year because it might not be conducted next year. So prepare well this year as well.
3. No LIC AAO Exam  This will come across as disappointing news but LIC AAO Exam will not be conducted this year. Hence, your chances to get into the Insurance Sector have reduced. So you might as well crack NICL AO 2017.


NICL AO Exam 2017: Test Wise Syllabus

Test Detailed Syllabus
Reasoning Ability  

  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangement (Circular, Square and Linear)
  • Inequality (Both Direct and Coded)
  • Syllogism (New as well as Old Pattern)
  • Input – Output
  • Coding – Decoding (New as well as Old Pattern)
  • Order and Ranking
  • Direction based problems
  • Blood Relations (Coded as well as Direct)
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Verbal Reasoning
English Language  

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Spotting Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the Blanks / Double Fillers
  • Para/ Sentence Completion
Numerical Ability  

  • Data Interpretation (Try to have a thorough practice of calculative sets)
  • Number Series
  • Simplification / Approximation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Arithmetic Topics including following –
  • Problem on Ages
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Time & Work
  • Mixture and Alligations
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Boats & Streams
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Probability
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Inequalities
  • Mensuration
General Awareness  

  • Current Affairs & Insurance/ Banking Awareness topics will be asked.
  • Books & authors
  • Currencies
  • Important Places
  • Awards and Honours
  • Headquarters
  • New Schemes
  • Important Days
  • Try to read the newspaper daily
  • Go through India Year Book
Computer Knowledge  

  • Fundamentals of Computer
  • History of Computer
  • Internet
  • MS Office – Word, Powerpoint, Excel & Access
  • Memory
  • Hardware
  • Networking
  • Computer Shortcuts
  • Important Abbreviations


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  1. Hello Madam/Sir, please clear my doubt regarding this exam as the eigibility is 60% in graduation

    for the NICL AO. My aggregate percentage in graduation( B.E) is less than 60%, if i take the average of all 4 years marks. But my university (Dr. BAMU, Aurangabad) gives only final year marks on final graduation degree and i have scored 61% in final year. Which means on my original graduation degree it will be written 61% with first class but my aggregate percentage of graduation will be below 60%. So please tell me whether i am eligible or not for NICL AO. Thanks.

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