NICL Exam Pattern for Administrative Officer(AO)

National Insurance Company Limited conducts exams to recruits candidates for various posts like NICL AO (Administrative Officer), NICL AA (Assistant Actuary), NICL Account Apprentice etc. These exams are great opportunities for candidates aspiring to get into the insurance sector. In this article, the information related to NICL Exam Pattern for AO is discussed.

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NICL AO Exam Pattern

The recruitment process for the NICL AO exam comprises three stages. They are

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

NICL AO Prelims- Exam Pattern

Prelims is the first stage of the NICL Administrative Officer Recruitment. The prelims is objective in nature. It consists of three sections namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The number of questions asked in English Language section and two sections are 30 and 35 respectively. The total number of questions asked are 100 and the duration of the examination is 60 minutes. The NICL AO Prelims Exam Pattern is given in the below table

Subject/section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Allocated Time
English Language 30 30 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 1 hour
Reasoning Ability 35 35 1 hour

Each question is assigned 1 mark and one-fourth of the mark assigned to the question will be deducted for every wrong answer. 

NICL AO Mains- Exam Pattern

NICL AO Mains examination is conducted in online mode. The mains exam has both objective and descriptive questions. The exam pattern for NICL AO mains examination is given below.

Subject/section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Allocated Time
Reasoning Ability 40 40 2 hours
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
General Awareness 40 40
English Language (Objective) 40 40
English Language (Descriptive) 3 30 ½ hour (30 minutes)

The candidate who has cleared the minimum cutoffs for the prelims and mains stages of the examinations will be called for interview. The final merit of candidates is based on the total marks scored in the mains and the Interview.

Candidates are required to present all the certificates and degrees as mentioned by them in the application form for verification at the time of interview. The candidates who clear all the three stages of the examination and get their documents verified successfully are finally appointed as Administrative Officers in NICL.

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FAQ about NICL AO Exam Pattern


What is NICL AO exam pattern?

The NICL exam pattern consists of three stages(prelims, mains and the interview). Prelims has objective type questions and mains is both objective and descriptive type questions. Candidates qualified in both prelims and mains will be called for the interview. The candidate has to clear all three stages to clear become NICL AO.

Does NICL AO exam has negative marking?

Yes, NICL exam has negative marking at both prelims and mains. For each wrong answer, 1/4th of the mark allotted to the question will be deducted.

How do I attempt NICL AO exam?

The NICL AO exam will be held online for both prelims and mains.

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