LIC Syllabus & Exam Pattern For LIC ADO, AAO & HFL Exams

LIC syllabus for the AAO, ADO & HFL exams is set by the Life Insurance Corporation of India, which is the conducting body for all LIC exams.

The LIC exams are one of the most sought after exams in the Insurance sector and aspirants of the three exams (AAO, ADO and HFL) under LIC should be thorough with the LIC Syllabus to ace these exams.

Candidates can also know about the other insurance exams conducted in the country at the linked article and start their preparation for the upcoming exams accordingly.

Table of Contents:

  1. LIC Syllabus and Exam Pattern For AAO Exam
  2. LIC Syllabus and Exam Pattern For ADO Exam
  3. LIC Syllabus and Exam Pattern For HFL Exam
  4. LIC Exam Preparation
  5. Subject-wise LIC Exam Preparation Tips
  6. Booklist based on LIC Syllabus

Candidates are advised to be thorough with the LIC syllabus and exam pattern as well before applying for any of the exams mentioned above.

The Life Insurance Corporation of India conducts the following exams for appointing candidates to various posts:

  1. LIC AAO
  2. LIC ADO
  3. LIC HFL

Aspirants can check the detailed LIC HFL Notification here.

This article will upkeep you with the LIC syllabus along with the exam pattern for the different posts under the Life Insurance Corporation.

Test your preparation for the LIC exams with the Free Online Mock Test Series based on the LIC syllabus. 

Also, refer to the links given below and ace the upcoming LIC exams 2022:

LIC Syllabus and Exam Pattern For AAO Exam

LIC AAO exam is conducted for the post of Assistant Administrative Officer which is further categorised as:

  1. AAO Generalist
  2. AAO IT
  3. AAO Chartered Accountant
  4. AAO Actuarial
  5. AAO Rajbhasha
  6. AAO Legal

LIC Exam pattern for AAO Exam

The LIC exam pattern in AAO exam is done in three phases followed by a Pre-recruitment Medical Test.

The three phases of LIC exam pattern comprises:

  1. Phase-I: Preliminary Examination
  2. Phase-II: Mains Examination
  3. Phase-III: Interview

LIC Syllabus For AAO Exam

The prelims examination consists of objective type questions and comprises:

  1. Reasoning ability
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. English language

The Prelims LIC syllabus and exam pattern for all the categories of LIC AAO is the same.

The LIC syllabus for AAO Mains differs according to the specialization candidates have opted.

The topics mainly cover the following areas:

  1. Reasoning Ability
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. English language
  4. Insurance and Financial Market Awareness
  5. General Awareness & Current Affairs
  6. Professional Knowledge (subject opted)

Detailed LIC Syllabus and exam pattern in AAO exam are given below:

LIC AAO Exam Pattern
LIC AAO Exam Syllabus Marks Duration
Preliminary Exam Quantitative Aptitude 35marks 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 marks 20 minutes
English Language with special emphasis on grammar, vocabulary and comprehension  30 marks 20 minutes
Mains Exam (CA/Actuarial/Rajbhasha/IT)  Reasoning Ability 90 marks 40 minutes
Insurance and Financial Market Awareness 60 marks 20 minutes
General Knowledge, Current Affairs   60 marks 20 minutes
Professional knowledge   90 marks 40 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 25 marks 30 minutes
Mains Exam (Legal) Reasoning Ability 90 marks 40 minutes
Professional Knowledge 90 marks 40 minutes
General Awareness, Current Affairs 60 marks 20 minutes
Insurance and Financial Market Awareness 60 marks 20 minutes
Legal Drafting for AAO 25 marks 30 marks
Interview 60 marks

Check the detailed LIC AAO syllabus in the linked article.

For verbal ability preparation tips and syllabus, candidates can check the General English for Competitive Exams page.

Other Related Links:

LIC ADO Recruitment LIC AAO recruitment
AAO Eligibility LIC HFL Recruitment
LIC AAO Result LIC AAO Cut Off

LIC Syllabus and Exam Pattern For ADO Exam

The LIC ADO examination is conducted for the post of Apprentice Development Officer under three different categories:

  1. Open Market: open for all the candidates
  2. LIC Employee: open for candidates who are a full-time salaried employee of LIC (under Grade III)
  3. LIC Agent: open for candidates who work as agents under LIC.

LIC Exam Pattern in ADO exam

The exam is conducted in three phases:

  1. Phase-I: Online written test
  2. Phase-II: Interview/personality test
  3. Phase-III: Medical Exam

The written test is a computer-based test consisting of two rounds:

  1. LIC ADO Prelims
  2. LIC ADO Mains

The Prelims exam is applicable only for the Open Market Category and is of objective type.

To know more, refer to the table below:

LIC exam pattern in ADO preliminary exam
LIC ADO Prelims Total marks Duration
Paper-I: Reasoning 35 20 minutes
Paper-II: Numerical ability 35 20 minutes
Paper-III: English language 30 20 minutes
Total 70 60 minutes

The marks for the English language is of qualifying nature and is not considered for the ranking.

While the candidates who are LIC employee or LIC agent only need to appear for LIC Mains examination.

LIC ADO Mains Exam consists of three papers:

  1. Paper-I: Reasoning Ability & Numerical Ability
  2. Paper-II: General Knowledge, Current Affairs & English Language
  3. Paper-III: Insurance Marketing

The marking pattern for all the categories varies accordingly. Check the table given below to understand the marking pattern.

LIC exam pattern for Open Market Category

Stages Total number of questions Maximum marks Duration of exam
Paper-I 50 50 Composite 120 minutes
Paper-II 50 50
Paper  – III 50 50
Total 150 150

LIC exam pattern for Agents Category

Stages Total number of questions Maximum marks Duration of exam
Paper-I 25 10 Composite 120 minutes
Paper-II 25 15
Paper – III 50 125
Total 100 150

LIC exam pattern for employee category

Stages Total Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration of Exam
Paper I 25 25 Composite Time of 120 minutes
Paper II 25 25
Paper III 50 100
Total 100 150

The medium of language for all the categories is either English or Hindi except for English language and vocabulary.

LIC Exam pattern Phase-II Personal Interview

The candidates who qualify the cut-off marks in the Mains Examination are called for an interview round. The interview is of 37 marks and includes aptitude based questions to check the reasoning and thinking capability of the candidate.

LIC Exam Pattern Phase-III Medical Exam

Before releasing the final merit list, LIC conducts a medical test for the shortlisted candidates. Only those candidates who are found will be selected for the post of Apprentice Development Officer.

LIC Syllabus for ADO post

The topics covered in Paper-I and Paper-II of LIC ADO exam is the same for all three categories but it is slightly different in Paper-III.

The topics covered in LIC syllabus for ADO exam is mentioned below:

LIC Syllabus for the three categories in ADO exam
Categories Paper-I (Same for all) Paper-II (Same for all) Paper-III
Open Market Reasoning Ability & Numerical Ability General Knowledge, Current Affairs and English Language Insurance and Financial Marketing Awareness with special emphasis on knowledge of Life Insurance and Financial Sector, Principles of Insurance
LIC Employees Practice and Principle of Insurance Marketing
LIC Agents Elements of Insurance and Marketing of Insurance

To know the detailed LIC ADO Syllabus, refer to the linked article.

LIC Syllabus and Exam Pattern For HFL Exam

Candidates who wish to apply for LIC HFL recruitment exam 2022, must know the detailed LIC syllabus and exam pattern of HFL exam.

LIC Exam Pattern in HFL exam

LIC exam pattern for HFL recruitment comprises three-phases:

  1. HFL Online Examination
  2. Interview
  3. Medical test

The LIC exam pattern for Assistant, Associate and Assistant Manager posts in HFL exam is the same, but the level of difficulty changes as per the post.

LIC exam pattern for written test in HFL exam:

  • LIC HFL recruitment exam is an objective type paper in the English language only with multiple-choice questions.
  • Candidates are given 2 hours time to complete the exam.

The table below will brief you about the LIC exam pattern followed in HFL exam:

LIC exam pattern HFL Post
Subjects Duration No of Question Max Marks
English Language 35 Minutes 50 each 50 each
Logical Reasoning 35 Minutes
General Awareness 15 Minutes
Numerical Ability 35 Minutes
Total 120 Minutes 200 200

Phase-II- Interview Round

LIC HFL recruitment board reserves the right to fix the minimum cut-off marks to finalize the number of candidates to be called for the next round i.e. the interview.

Phase-II- Medical Test

The candidate who successfully qualifies the online exam and interview is called for the final selection has to undergo the medical test conducted by LIC HFL.

The syllabus for most bank exams is similar to the syllabus for LIC exams. So candidates can also check the bank exam syllabus at the linked article.

LIC Syllabus For HFL Exam

LIC syllabus for HFL exam is vast and divided into four sections.

Candidates who wish to apply for HFL post must be well versed with LIC exam syllabus to prepare well for the exam.

The LIC exam Syllabus for HFL post covers the following sections:

  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude i.e. Numerical Ability
  • General Awareness
  • English Language

To know the section-wise topics of LIC HFL Syllabus and exam pattern refer to the linked article.

LIC Exam Preparation

Due to the vast syllabus and competitive nature of the LIC exams, candidates often find it difficult to crack the written exam at the first attempt.

Along with thorough knowledge of LIC Syllabus and exam pattern, aspirants must be aware of some strategies and important tips for LIC exam preparation.

Candidates can refer to the following LIC exam preparation tips to score well in the exam:

  1. Candidates must go through the entire syllabus first before starting with their LIC exam preparation.
  2. A time-schedule is really important for the preparation of any exam. Divide the time for each subject equally.
  3. Candidates should look for their strengths in the paper and make sure they prepare them well.
  4. The exam that is only qualifying in nature, candidates should prepare and attempt questions that they are confident about.
  5. Even though there is no negative marking in some of the LIC exams, candidates should not attempt the questions they are not sure of.
  6. For candidates applying for ADO and AAO exams should be well prepared for their professional subject section as that may help them score well in the paper.
  7. Reading newspapers daily, keeping a track on all recent activities around the world would help get marks quickly in the general awareness section.
  8. Practising LIC mock tests regularly provides an idea about the structure of the paper and helps maintain the speed balance. There are many LIC mock tests available online.

Candidate applying for AAO exam can check the linked article for the LIC AAO preparation.

Subject-wise LIC Exam Preparation Tips

Tips for English Language preparation

  • Read newspaper like The Times of India, The Hindu, and Economic Times
  • Much importance should be given to Vocabulary building. Learn new words each day to enhance your word power
  • Brush up basic grammar with emphasis on Articles, Tenses Voice Change, and Subject-Verb Agreement.
  • Practice Error Spotting, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles each day.
  • Practice LIC HFL online tests regularly.

For a detailed LIC syllabus for the English Language section, visit the Verbal Ability page.

Tips for Quantitative Aptitude preparation:

  • This section is standard for all candidates in the preliminary exam, but in the mains exam, this section is only included in the Generalist cadre.
  • This section requires strong mathematical skills and candidates should practice thoroughly to get a faster speed in attempting questions in this section.
  • The candidates should brush up the basics of mathematics as the questions included in the section are based on basic maths concepts.
  • Candidates should first attempt the questions that can be solved quickly like inequalities, number series, approximation, etc. and then move to the longer ones.

For efficient preparation of the Quantitative Aptitude syllabus, candidates can visit the linked article.

Tips for General Awareness preparation:

  • General Awareness section helps to fetch a lot of marks. Just grab some good books and study material and learn them by to ace this section.
  • Newspaper, Magazines and Business Journal readings on a daily basis are of utmost importance to prepare for current affairs sections.
  • There are some really good apps for daily GK preparation that can also help in your general awareness preparation.
  • Lastly, practise online quizzes to test your GK preparation.

Candidates can check the banking awareness syllabus and other important topics at the linked article.

Tips for Reasoning Ability preparation:

  • This section is standard for all candidates applying for the preliminary exam and mains exam. Candidates should try attempting the questions which can be attempted quickly first and then move to the difficult problems in the section. This would help them manage time well in the exam.
  • Syllogism, coding-decoding, direction test, inequalities should be attempted first as this would take lesser time to attempt.
  • This section requires mental alertness and logical skills.

Aspirants of LIC exam paper can check the link for their Logical Reasoning preparation.

Tips for Professional Knowledge preparation:

  • Candidates applying for the AAO post for IT, CA, Actuarial and Rajbhasha section must be prepared well for the specialization they have chosen because this section holds the maximum marks in the mains examination.
  • Applicants must go through the previous year question papers and regularly take LIC mock test to know the pattern of the exam and prepare as per the trend of the questions.

Insurance and Financial Market Awareness:

  • For this section, candidates must be abreast with the news, latest policies, development, and events related to insurance and financial market.
  • Regular reading of the business, finance and economic pages in the newspaper is a must to qualify this section.
  • Candidates must be aware of banking and insurance history, different laws and policies and all financial institutions in the country as well.

Get notes regarding the Indian Financial System at the linked article.

The syllabus for bank exams and insurance exams is almost the same. Hence candidates preparing for various insurance exams can also check the detailed bank exam syllabus for the section-wise syllabus.

Aspirants must solve mock tests on a regular basis to practise and prepare themselves based on the latest exam pattern and syllabus and also know the type of questions asked in the LIC exams. In the links given below candidates will find mock test series for different LC exams.

LIC ADO Mock Test LIC AAO Mock Test LIC HFL Mock Test

Booklist based on LIC Syllabus

Candidates can refer to a lot of books available online for preparing for LIC exam paper.

Candidates should always choose from the latest edition of books available for the respective exam.

Important Books for LIC exam paper is as follows.

Name of the book Name of the Author
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal Wren & Martin’s English Grammar
Objective General English by SP Bakshi A New Approach to Reasoning: Verbal and Non-Verbal by B.S. Sijwali & Indu Sijwali
Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey Static General Knowledge by Arihant Publications
Kiran’s LIC AAO Prelim Online Exam Practice Workbook by Kiran Prakashan CAT Quantitative Ability by Arun Sharma
Objective Computer Science & Information Technology by Jushta Jaiswal Lucent’s General Knowledge
Name of the books Publisher Name
LIC ADO – L.I.C. Apprentice Development Officers Recruitment Exam Dr Lal & Jain
Kiran’s Lic Ado Prelim. Online Exam Practice Work Book-English Kiran Prakashan
Guide to LIC ADO (Apprentice Development Officers) Preliminary Exam with 3 Online Tests Disha Publication
Life Insurance Corporation of India Apprentice Development Officer (LIC ADO) Recruitment Examination Arihant Publication

List of books for LIC exam paper common for all exams:

Books for Reasoning
Name of the books Name of the authors
Logical & Analytical Reasoning (English) A. K. Gupta
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal (English) B. S. Sijwali, Indu Sijwali
Analytical Reasoning M.K.Pandey
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S.Aggarwal
Books for English
Books Authors
Perfect Competitive English V.K.Sinha
Competitive General English Kiran Prakashan
Objective General English S.P.Bakshi

Candidates should mainly focus on the grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension parts while preparing for the English exam.

Books for General Awareness
General Knowledge by Binary Karn (Lucent Publications)
General Knowledge by Arihant Publications
General Physics by Rakesh Yadav
General Science by Lucent (English)

Since the insurance sector exams are not annually conducted, candidates must know that whenever the recruitment notification for LIC exams is released, lakhs of aspirants turn out to appear for the exam as the job profile is decent and there are great prospects of career growth.

Candidates must carefully go through the LIC Syllabus given in this article and refer to the preparation tips and booklist provided as they may help them prepare for the upcoming LIC exams 2023.

For any further assistance like study material, notes, assistance, etc., candidates can refer to BYJU’S.

Frequently Asked Questions on LIC Syllabus


Q 1. Is the LIC syllabus lengthy?

Ans. The LIC syllabus differs for each post and is highly comprehensive and exhaustive. However, there are certain topics that are common for all LIC exams and candidates can prepare themselves accordingly.

Q 2. Which subjects are included in the LIC Syllabus?

Ans. There are a few subjects in the LIC Syllabus which are common for all posts. These include:

  • Reasoning Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English language
  • Insurance and Financial Market Awareness
  • General Awareness

Q 3. What is the exam pattern for the LIC AAO exam?

Ans. There are three phases included in the LIC AAO exam:

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

Among these, the preliminary phase is only qualifying in nature, while the final merit list is released based on the marks scored in Mains and Interview.


Q 4. Is there a descriptive paper in the LIC AAO exam?

Ans. Yes, a descriptive paper is included in the LIC exam syllabus for the Assistant Administrative Officer post. One question each on Essay and Letter Writing are asked in this test.

Q 5. Where can I check the detailed LIC Syllabus?

Ans. The LIC syllabus is mentioned in the official notification released by the conducting body. Also, candidates can refer to BYJU’S to get the detailed insurance exam syllabus.


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