New India Assurance Company Limited conducts NIACL exam for various posts. The exam is highly competitive as the insurance sector is one of the primary employment sectors in the country.
NIACL preparation for exams held for different posts requires a lot of hard work and ample amount of self-study. This is because the number of applicants applying for the positions has multiplied in the past few years.
Candidates willing to apply for any other exam in the insurance sector can visit Insurance Exams page for more details.
NIACL, being one of the largest insurance companies in India hire candidates for two posts:
- NIACL Assistant
- NIACL Administrative Officer
Applicants willing to apply for NIACL exams must be completely aware of the exam pattern and syllabus before they start the preparation. For all the essential information regarding the exams conducted by New India Assurance, candidates can visit the NIACL exams page.
The preparation tips, list of books for NIACL preparation and previous year questions have been mentioned in this article.
Also for the aspirants looking for government jobs, can refer the Government exams page for more details.
NIACL Exam Pattern
The NIACL exam pattern for the post of Assistant and Administrative Officer is conducted in three stages. The syllabus, however, differs for the two positions. The NIACL Assistant and AO exams were last held in the year 2018, and the exam pattern for the same have been given below:
|NIACL Assistant Exam Pattern|
|Preliminary Exam||English Language
Test of Reasoning
|Mains Exam||English Language
Test of Reasoning
|Regional Language Test||—||—|
The exam pattern for NIACL AO is slightly different. The recruitment for NIACL Administrative Officers is conducted for two cadres:
- NIACL AO Generalist
- NIACL AO Specialists
The exam pattern for both the cadres is the same, but the syllabus for the two is different. The table below gives the exam pattern for the NIACL AO exam:
|NIACL AO Exam Pattern|
|Preliminary Exam||English Language
|Mains Exam (Generalist)||English Language
|Mains Exam (Specialists)||English Language
Candidates can visit the NIACL Syllabus page for detailed syllabus for NIACL Assistant and NIACL AO exams.
Aspirants can also check:
Candidates across the country look forward to the recruitment conducted by NIACL, and since the exam is not annual, the competition is also very tough. The notification for NIACL Assistant and Administrative Officer posts for the year 2019-20 is yet to be released so candidates must start preparing right away for the exams.
The syllabus for both the posts is very comprehensive, and candidates must have a planned time table before they begin the NIACL exam preparation.
Further, in the article, we shall discuss the NIACL preparation for each section in the preliminary and mains examination.
Candidates willing to apply for Assistant post can refer the NIACL Assistant Syllabus page for more details.
NIACL Preparation Tips
Candidates preparing for the exam must have a well- planned time table before they begin studying for the exam. The tips given below can help candidates to seek out a plan before starting the preparation. The tips are as mentioned below:
- Candidates must have a clear idea about the exam pattern and syllabus. Once this is clear, then only the preparation can start for the exam.
- A proper schedule should be strategized, and the preparation must begin. Since there is a penalty for wrong answers, this will help candidates spend equal amount of time in the preparation of each section.
- Look for your strengths in the paper. Since the total cut off must be very high for selection, candidates must work harder on the subjects which are their strong points. This will help increase the total marks scored in the exam.
- NIACL AO (Specialist) mains exam has a specific section which deals with the professional qualification of candidates. Candidates must be completely aware of the specialization they choose.
- Time management is another essential factor for all insurance exams. Therefore, practice as much as possible. This would increase the speed of attempting questions in the paper.
Candidates can also refer NIACL Assistant preparation article for more tips to prepare for the exam.
Subject-wise NIACL Preparation Tips
Since the exams conducted by New India Assurance require candidates to attain both total and sectional cut off, NIACL preparation should also involve the equal distribution of time for preparation of each section.
NIACL Preparation for Reasoning Ability: This is a standard test for NIACL Assistant and AO posts and also a common section in mains and preliminary exam. So the preparation for this section must be comprehensive. This section includes questions related to logical and analytical reasoning, which covers topics like blood relations, seating arrangement, coding-decoding, etc.
Candidates can also view the article on Logical Reasoning for bank exams for detailed syllabus.
NIACL Preparation for Quantitative Aptitude: This section is part of both posts and also a part of preliminary and mains exam. This section includes basic concepts of mathematics. This section requires a lot of practice as candidates with good speed in calculations can attempt maximum questions in this section.
NIACL Preparation for English Language: The section for the English language is standard in the preliminary and mains exam. This section requires proper grammar, and the records have shown the cut off for this section is the lowest. So candidates must not guess and answer questions as the options provided for each question are very similar and confusing.
NIACL Preparation for Computer Knowledge: This section is only a part of the NIACL Assistant mains exam. The section includes questions related to computer software, programming, functioning, etc. This section can be scoring as no time is spent in solving or calculations.
NIACL Preparation for General Awareness: The questions in this section involve static general awareness questions and also the current events and activities across the world. The preparation of this section requires reading the daily newspaper, awareness of news and other essential schemes and organizations around the globe.
NIACL Preparation for Company Secretary: This is only for candidates applying in NIACL AO (Specialists) in the CS specialization. The section can be scoring if the candidate is well-read about his/her specialization.
NIACL Preparation for Legal: Candidates applying for NIACL AO (Specialists) in the legal cadre are applicable to prepare this section in the exam. The exam preparation requires knowledge regarding legal policies, acts, schemes, etc.
NIACL Preparation for Finance and Accounts: Candidates who apply for NIACL AO (Specialist) exam for the Finance & Accounts cadre must prepare for this section in the mains exams. The questions in this section are related to finance, money market, accounts etc.
NIACL Preparation for Descriptive Test: The descriptive paper in the English Language is conducted for NIACL AO mains exam. This section comprises two descriptive questions. One is an essay, and the other is letter writing. The candidates must be aware of all the current events and activities across the world as the questions for the essay are mostly based on current events.
In the previous year paper, two choices for both essay and letter were given, and candidates were supposed to write one of each. The descriptive NIACL previous year question paper can be found below. The descriptive questions for NIACL AO exam 2018 are given below:
|NIACL previous year paper|
|Letter to editor expressing your concern about increasing craze of PubG game.||Should mother tongue be given importance in primary education|
|Letter to your friend describing MSME||What are the Pros and Cons of getting Insurance Plan online|
Candidates can refer to the above-mentioned preparation tips for the upcoming exams in the insurance sector.
Candidates can refer to the NIACL AO Syllabus page for detailed syllabus for the post of Administrative Officer.
Preparation for any exam cannot be complete until a reasonable amount of time is spent on self-study. Candidates must spend as much time as possible in practising mock tests and solving previous year papers for best results in the exam. This will help candidates to know how to attempt the paper with correct time management.
There are certain books that candidates can refer to while preparing for the NIACL exam. These books can help candidates learn formula, easy solutions and tricks to solve questions quickly.
The list of few books recommended for NIACL preparation are given below:
|Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal||Pratiyogita Darpan (Monthly)|
|Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive exams by R.S. Agarwal||Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi|
|Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications||Corrective English by A.K. Singh|
Aspirants for the upcoming NIACL exams must refer to the official announcement for the year 2019-20 once released on the official site. But the preparation for the exam must start as it requires in-depth study and preparation.