NICL Exam 2023

The NICL exams are conducted to recruit candidates applying for various posts in the National Insurance Company Limited. Although NICL Recruitment is not an annual recruitment procedure, it is one of the best possibilities for applicants nationwide seeking a route into the insurance sector because it offers excellent job security and room for career advancement. The NICL 2023 recruitment is yet to start and candidates shall be able to get all the necessary information regarding the exam in this article.

There are three major posts for which the NICL exams are conducted. This includes

  • NICL Accounts Apprentice
  • NICL Assistant
  • NICL Administrative Officer

Among the three posts mentioned above, the NICL AO or the NICL Administrative Officer exam is one of the most sought-after exams in the country. Although NICL Recruitment is not an annual recruitment procedure, it is one of the best possibilities for applicants nationwide seeking a route into the insurance sector because it offers excellent job security and room for career advancement.

In this article, we shall discuss in detail the NICL AO exam, along with the important dates, notifications, vacancies, exam patterns and all the important recruitment-related information.

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Table of Contents:

  1. NICL AO Exam Overview
  2. NICL AO Notification
  3. NICL AO Vacancy
  4. NICL AO Exam Dates
  5. NICL AO Apply Online
  6. NICL AO Selection Process
  7. NICL AO Exam Pattern & Syllabus
  8. NICL AO Admit Card
  9. NICL AO Exam Centres
  10. NICL AO Answer Key
  11. NICL AO Cut Off
  12. NICL AO Result
  13. NICL AO Salary
  14. NICL AO Job Profile
  15. NICL AO Books
  16. NICL AO Preparation

What is NICL Exam?

National Insurance Company Limited is India’s oldest General Insurance company. It has offices all across India and one foreign office located in Nepal. On December 5, 1906, it was incorporated in Kolkata, West Bengal, to realise the nationalist dream of Swaraj. After the General Insurance Business Nationalisation Act was passed in 1972, 66 years later, it was combined with 21 foreign and 11 Indian firms to form National Insurance Company Limited, one of the four wholly-owned subsidiaries of the General Insurance Corporation of India. National Insurance was established as an independent insurance firm on August 7, 2002, after being delinked from its holding company, GIC.

The company works on providing general insurance to the people of the country, these insurance products include Health insurance, motor vehicle insurance, rural and agricultural insurance,  industrial and commercial insurance. Its mission is to establish relationships with consumers, grow profitably, and become their first choice for general insurance.

In terms of job and career with NICL, it is one of the largest General insurance companies in the country and gives a candidate an opportunity to get a permanent job with a decent salary and perks and a reputed lifestyle.
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NICL AO Exam Overview

The NICL AO exam is conducted to recruit candidates for the post of Administrative Officer in the National Insurance Company Limited. Aspirants across the country seek an opportunity to enter the insurance sector at the Officer post and NICL gives them this opportunity.

The National Insurance Company Limited is the conducting body for the NICL AO exam. The table given below gives some important information regarding the NICL AO exam:

NICL AO Exam Overview
Conducting Body National Insurance Company Limited
Post Administrative Officer
Level of Exam National Exam
Frequency of Exam Not Annual
Mode of Examination Online
Stages of Recruitment
  • Preliminary exam
  • Mains exam 
  • Interview
Exam Duration
  • Prelims – 60 minutes
  • Mains – 2 hours 30 minutes
Year 2017 2023
Total Vacancies 205 Yet to be announced
Release of Notification 30th March 2017 Yet to be announced
Date of Start of Application  30th March 2017 Yet to be announced
Date of Application End  20th April 2017 Yet to be announced
Exam Date 3rd and 4th June 2017 Yet to be announced
Admit Card Release Date 23rd May 2017 Yet to be announced

Apart from NICL, New India Assurance Company Limited also conducts recruitment for the post of Administrative Officers, Candidates can know more about the NIACL AO exam at the linked article.

NICL AO Notification

The NICL AO exam was last conducted in 2017 and ever since candidates have been waiting for the conducting body to release the official NICL notification for the post of Administrative Officer.

The reason why the NICL AO notification is released is to make the candidates aware of the latest exam pattern, the important exam and application dates, the number of vacancies released, eligibility criteria and other important details about the recruitment process.

The official NICL AO notification for recruitment in 2023 is not yet released. Until the NICL AO notification 2023 is released, candidates can refer to the NICL AO notification 2017 given below and analyse the exam well.

NICL AO Notification 2017 PDF:-Download PDF Here

Candidates who wish to appear for the NIACL Assistant exam, kindly go through the detailed information on the same in linked page.

NICL AO Vacancy

The NICL AO 2023 official notification has not been released yet. While candidates are anticipating the release of NICL AO notification 2023, the last NICL AO recruitment which was conducted in 2017 has released 205 vacancies to appoint Administrative Officers. We will be able to update this space with available positions broken down by category once the official notification is released. 

Given below is the category-wise vacancy distribution for the NICL AO 2017 recruitment:

NICL Exam - NICL AO Vacancy 2017

The number of vacancies released each year may increase or decrease in comparison to the previous years. This completely depends upon the requirement of the appointing Organisation and is subject to change.

NICL AO Exam Dates

The NICL exam dates are released along with the official notification for respective posts. Given below are the tentative NICL exam date 2023 for this year’s recruitment and the NICL AO exam dates for the 2017 recruitment:

NICL AO Exam Dates
NICL Exam Year
2023 (Tentative) 2017
Official Notification To Be Notified Later March 30, 2017
Last Date to Apply To Be Notified Later April 20, 2017
Prelims Exam To Be Notified Later June 3, 2017
Prelims Result To Be Notified Later June 12, 2017
Mains Exam To Be Notified Later July 2, 2017
Mains Result To Be Notified Later August 10, 2017
Interview To Be Notified Later September -October, 2017
Final Result To Be Notified Later November 30, 2017

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NICL AO Apply Online

The online application process for the Administrative Officer exam in NICL is easy and can only be completed online. It must be noted that there is no offline mode to apply for the NICL AO exam. Candidates should complete the NICL form filling process before the NICL last date. The NICL online apply process is provided in the next stage.

Given below are the steps that a candidate can follow for the NICL AO online application:

Step 1: Visit the official website of NICL

Step 2: Select the “Recruitment” option given at the top of the homepage

Step 3: Click on the “NICL AO Apply Online” option

Step 4: You are redirected to the application form page. Click on the “New Registration” option

Step 5: Fill in all the required fields like your name, Parent’s Name, contact details, email ID, etc. Once you fill out this page and click on the “Submit” option, your registration number and password are shared with you on the contact details mentioned in the form

Step 6: Next, upload your passport-size photo and scanned image of your signature.

Dimensions for Photograph Image 20KB-50KB
Dimensions for Signature Image 10KB-20KB

Step 7: Next, fill in your educational qualifications. Make sure that the information you entered is correct as these certificates and degrees are checked at the time of the Interview.

Step 8: In the next part of the application form, you need to state information regarding your date of birth, category, disabilities, exam centre, etc. 

Step 9: Once you have reviewed the form, the final step is paying the application fee. 

For each category, a different application fee must be paid. Candidates must submit their application fee online and print their electronic receipt after submitting their application. The NICL AO application fee is listed below for various categories: 

NICL AO Application Fee
SC/ST/PWD Rs.100/-
All other candidates Rs. 600/-

Note: Candidates must ensure that the details mentioned in the application form are correct and if any discrepancy is found in the application, the candidate’s candidature may stand cancelled.

NICL AO Selection Process

Since the number of candidates who apply for the exam is much higher than the number of vacancies released. The selection process for the NICL AO exam involves three stages so that candidates can be shortlisted at each phase of the examination.

The three stages of the NICL AO selection process include

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

A preliminary online test will be the first stage of recruitment, which will be objective in nature. After that, all candidates who advance from the preliminary round will take the Mains exam which consists of both objective and descriptive papers. 

Candidates who have been shortlisted based on the Mains examination will be called for an Interview. The result will be declared on the official website. The result will be available in the form of a merit list that contains the roll numbers of qualified candidates.

NICL Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Given below is the NICL AO exam pattern for the prelims and mains exam in brief:

NICL AO Exam Pattern
Phase of Examination Subjects Number of Questions Time Duration
Prelims English Language 30 60 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35
Reasoning Ability 35
Mains Reasoning 40 120 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40
General Awareness 40
Computer Knowledge 40
English Language (0bjective) 40
English Language (Descriptive) 3 30 minutes

Quantitative aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language are the three sections of the NICL Prelims paper. While the four sections of the NICL Mains Exam are Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English, and General Awareness.

NICL  AO Syllabus
Section Important Topics
  • Puzzle Tabulation
  • Input-Output
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Work & Time added in NIACL AO Syllabus
  • Sequence & Series
  • Simplification
  • Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
  • Number Systems
  • Profit & Loss
  • Mixtures & Alligations
  • Permutation, Combination & Probability.
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
  • Time & Distance
  • Data Interpretation
  • Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
English Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
  • Paragraph Complete / Sentence Correction
  • Cloze Test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para jumbles
  • Miscellaneous
General Awareness
  • Banking Awareness
  • Indian Financial System
  • History of Indian Banking Industry
  • Regulatory Bodies Monetary & Credit Policies
  • Budget Basics and Current Union Budget
  • International Organisation / Financial Institutions
  • International Affairs
  • Capital Market & Money Market added in NIACL AO Syllabus
  • Government Schemes Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
  • Current Affairs
  • Summits
  • Obituary
  • Books & Authors
  • Awards
  • Sports added in NIACL AO Syllabus
  • Defence
  • National
  • Appointment
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
  • Other important concepts

Interested candidates can check the detailed NICL Syllabus and exam pattern in the linked article.

Get shortcut maths tricks to solve questions in the Quantitative Aptitude section faster and more efficiently.

NICL AO Eligibility

There are certain eligibility criteria that are set by the conducting body which need to be fulfilled by a candidate to apply for the examination.

Given below is the NICL AO eligibility criteria

  • Age Limit: Minimum age of the candidate must be 21 years and the maximum age must be 30 years. For candidates belonging to certain categories, there are upper-age relaxations. 
Categories NICL AO Age Relaxation
Defense service personnel disabled in operation during the hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as consequence thereof 3 Years
Other Backward Class (Eligible for Reservation) 3 Years
Ex-Servicemen and Persons domiciled in Kashmir Division of Jammu & Kashmir State during the period from 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 5 Years
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 Years
Existing confirmed employees of Public Sector General Insurance Companies (including GIC & Agriculture Insurance Company of India Ltd.)  8 Years
Person with Disability 10 Years

The following table lists the age limits for NICL Recruitment for other posts:

Posts Age Limit Age Relaxation
NICL Agriculture Apprentice
  • Minimum Age: 21 years
  • Maximum Age: 30 years
  • OBC: 3 years of relaxation
  • SC/ST: 5 years relaxation
NICL AA (Actuarial Apprentice)
  • Minimum Age: 21 years
  • Maximum Age: 30 years OBC: 3 years relaxation
  • SC/ST: 5 years relaxation
  • PwD: 10 years relaxation
  • Educational Qualifications: A candidate must possess the minimum qualification of a Graduate/Post Graduate in any discipline from a recognized University OR any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government with at least 60% marks in either of the degree examination (at least 55% for SC/ST) candidates.

The educational qualification for other NICL posts are given below:

Post Educational Qualification
NICL Agriculture Apprentice
  • Graduate in Agriculture Science/Agriculture Engineering/Forestry/Horticulture/ or equivalent from a recognized university
  • Minimum 60% in Graduation
NICL Actuary
  • A fellow member in accordance with Actuaries Act, 2006
  • Cleared specialization subject in insurance
  • Satisfy all requirements as per IRDAI Regulations
NICL AA (Actuarial Apprentice)
  • Graduate from a recognized university
  • Minimum 60% in Graduation
  • Nationality: A candidate applying for NICL recruitment must be either: 
    • a citizen of India or of India, 
    •  the subject of Nepal, 
    •  the subject of Bhutan, 
    •  a Tibetan refugee who before 1 January 1962, came to India with the intention of permanently settling in India or of permanently settling in India. 
    •  a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, the countries of East Africa, and the United States of America, 
    • With the intention of permanently settling in India, the Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. 

Candidates can check the detailed eligibility details in the official NICL AO notification.

NICL AO Admit Card

On the official website, the NICL Recruitment Admit Card will be released. The admit card is often made available two weeks before the test. On the official website, a link to the NICL Recruitment Admit Card 2023 will be made available. The candidates should check for the following details mentioned on the Admit Card:

  • The candidate’s name
  • Father’s Name 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Date of Exam 
  • Application Number 
  • Instructions for the Exam Day

The following are the steps to download the NICL Admit Card:

  • Visit NICL’s official website.
  • Choose “Recruitment” from the list.
  • From the list of options that appears, select either “NICL Admit Card for Preliminary Examination” or “NICL Admit Card for Main Examination.”
  • In the following step, you will have to provide the necessary information, which includes your registration number and password.
  • On the computer screen is the admit card. The hall ticket can be printed out for your records.

NICL AO Exam Centres

There will be several locations throughout the nation where the NICL exam will be held. While the Mains exam will be administered in 11 districts, the Preliminary exam will be administered in 33 districts. For a list of exam centres for the Prelims and Mains exams, visit NICL AO Exam Centres.

Those who passed both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 exams for NICL AO can participate in an interview round. The following is a list of the interview locations:

NICL AO Interview Exam Centres
Delhi Chennai Kolkata Mumbai

NICL AO Answer Key

Once the first step of the online test has been completed, the recruiting organisation will publish the NICL AO Answer key. On the official website, an answer key is released. The answer key will help with test score prediction. As soon as the answer key is available, this page will be updated with a direct link for downloading it.

Also for the aspirants looking for government jobs, can refer the Government exams page for more details.


Following the completion of the recruiting exam, the cut-off will be made public. On the official website, the cut-off scores for the online test will be made available. The number of applicants, the number of job vacancies, the difficulty of the test and other factors will all have an impact on the NICL AO cut-off. The cut-off marks also change each year because these variables are likely to change. If there is any formal announcement of the cut-off, we will update this portion of the article. The official announcement for 2023 has not yet been made. NICL AO cut-off 2023 will be released upon the release of the results. 

You can look at the NICL AO cut-off for the prior year in the meanwhile.

NICL AO Sectional Cut Off 2016 Prelims
Sections  UR PWD (HI) SC, ST, OBC, PWD (VI, OC)
Reasoning Ability  16.00 9.75 12.00
Quantitative Aptitude  10.75 6.25 7.75
English Language  9.75 5.75 7.00
NICL AO Overall Cut Off 2016 Prelims
Category  Cut Off
UR 65.50
OBC 59.75
SC 57.25
ST 51.25
OC 52.25
HI 26.50
VI 55.50
NICL AO Mains Section-wise Cut Off (2016)
Section  UR SC, ST, OBC, PWD 
Quantitative Aptitude  9.75 7.25
Reasoning Ability  20.50 16.75
English Language  12.25 8.00
General Awareness  13.25 10
NICL AO Mains Overall Cut Off (2016)
Category  Cut Off
UR 99.25
OBC 88.25
SC 81.5
ST 72.25
HI 67.50
OC 75.45
VI 84.75
NICL AO Mains Descriptive Paper Cut Off (2016)
Category  Cut Off (Total 30)
UR 15
OBC  15
SC 13.5
ST 13.5
HI 13.5
OC 13.5
VI 13.5

NICL AO Results

A few weeks after the test is over, the results will be announced. Candidates who pass the preliminary exam will then be invited to take the main examination. Final selection will be made among those candidates who advance to the Mains Exam. The results are announced on the official website of the organisation. The following steps must be followed to check the result:

  • Step 1: Go to the NICL’s official website.
  • Step 2: Next, when the home page shows up, select the “Recruitment” tab.
  • Step 3: The next group of options is now displayed on the screen. Select “NICL AO Mains Result 2023” by clicking.
  • Step 4: Enter the proper information, including your registration number and hall ticket number, on the following screen.
  • Step 5: After submitting the information, the mains merit list displays, containing a list of candidates who have been shortlisted for the interview phase of the final round. Verify your name to see if it appears on the list.
  • Step 6: You can print the PDF as well.

For more information about the NIACL result for other posts, candidates can visit the linked article.

NICL AO Salary

One of the factors drawing many applicants to the recruitment process is the NICL AO salary. On the pay scale of Rs. 32795-1610(14)-55335-1745(4)-62315, the starting basic pay is anticipated to be Rs. 32,795/-, plus any additional allowances that may be permitted by the rules. In Metropolitan Centers, the total emoluments will be about Rs. 51,000/- per month.

NICL AO Salary Structure
Pay Scale  INR 32795-1610(14)-5535-1745(4)-62315
Basic Pay  INR 32, 795/month
Total Emoluments  INR 51,000/month 
CTC INR 7.5 to 8 Lakhs/annum 

A list of NICL AO benefits and allowances are provided below:

  • House Rent Allowance
  • Medical Allowance
  • Transport Allowance
  • Group Personal Accident Insurance
  • Reimbursements like furniture, newspaper, briefcase, etc.
  • LTS
  • Gratuity
  • City Compensatory Allowance
  • Pension under New Pension system governed by PFRDA

The remuneration of the NICL AO increases over time as an employee of the insurance company. In addition to a competitive salary, Administrative Officers at NICL also benefit from a number of other advantages and benefits.

Candidates can know more about the NICL Salary in the linked article.

NICL AO Job Profile

An NICL AO works in administration. He or she oversees Data Entry Operations and provides assistance to AOs where needed. Their main duties are Underwriting, Claims and Accounts. The meaning of these words are as follows:


  • Data entry is done through a process called underwriting.
  • It involves authorising and releasing policies and using a computer to enter, access, acceptance of proposals and retrieve financial data.


  • It involves answering questions regarding the legal and extralegal ramifications of customer claims.
  • It entails the use of an insurance rating system.
  • It also involves calculating the claim amount, examining the insurance policy to see what’s covered and sending claims to be investigated further.


  • It involves payments, balance sheet preparation and transactions in accounting.


Candidates put a lot of effort into finding books to begin their studies. Here are a few of the suggested books that applicants can choose from to help them prepare for the NICL AO in order to simplify the problem:

NICL AO Recommended Books
Subject Book  Author/Publisher
English Objective General English S P Bakshi
Reading Comprehension, Ordering of Sentences, Ordering of Words, and Cloze Test  Dilip Khushwaha
Reasoning A New Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning  B S Sijwalii
Quantitative Aptitude Pearsons Guide to Quantitative Aptitude  Dinesh Khattar
General Knowledge Lucent General Knowledge Lucent

If you are preparing for insurance exams, also check out the LIC Exams.

NICL AO Preparation

Lakhs of candidates anticipate the NICL AO recruitment every year but only a handful are able to qualify the exam, whenever conducted. Given below are a few tips that may help candidates prepare for the NICL AO exam 2023:

  1. Strategise a study plan and accordingly start your preparation
  2. Solve as many mock tests, practise papers and previous year papers as much as possible as it will give you a better understanding of the paper
  3. Give equal time for the preparation of each section
  4. Time management plays a very important role, so as much as you practise, more efficient you will become at answering questions.

Aspirants of the NICL-related exams are suggested to keep checking BYJU’S Insurance exam articles for the latest updates. For the latest notifications for the upcoming Government exams, visit the linked article.

Related Links:

NICL Salary NICL Full Form NIACL AO Syllabus
NIACL AO Salary NIACL AO Apply Online NIACL Preparation

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Frequently Asked Questions about NICL AO Exam


Q1. What is the selection process for NICL AO Recruitment?

Ans: The NICL AO Recruitment occurs in three phases. A preliminary test followed by a Phase 2 Mains Test. The candidates who qualify the mains exam are invited to the interview round.

Q2. Will there be any negative marking in the National Insurance Company Ltd. (NICL) for the post of Administrative Officers (Generalists) Scale I?

Ans: Yes. One-fourth of the marks will be deducted in case of wrong answers in the National Insurance Company Ltd. (NICL).

Q3. What are the details mentioned on the NICL AO Result Scorecard?

Ans: The available details mentioned in the NICL AO Result Scorecard are the candidate’s name, registration number, or roll number of the candidate, the NICL AO cut-off marks, result.

Q4. What is the maximum age limit to apply for the post of Administrative Officers?

Ans: The maximum age limit to apply for the National Insurance Company Ltd. (NICL) Administrative Officers (Generalists) are 30 years of age.

Q5. Will there be a probation period as well in the National Insurance Company Ltd. (NICL)?

Ans: Yes. There will be a probation period of one year from the date of appointment in the National Insurance Company Ltd. (NICL).

Q6. What are the sections in the NICL AO Prelims exam?

Ans: There are three sections in the NICL AO Prelims exam, which are English Language, Reasoning Ability, and Quantitative Aptitude.

Q7. What are the career opportunities for NICL AO?

Ans: After being hired as an Administrative Officer at NICL, a candidate can apply for promotions. Internal tests and interviews are held for promotion at NICL, and there is a lot of room for career advancement. An employee must work for the company for a least 5 years, and in some situations 3 years, in order to be promoted. In comparison to banks, promotion status moves slowly and takes a long time.

Q8. What is the salary for the candidates selected in the NICL AO?

Ans: The starting basic pay is expected to be Rs. 32,795 /- on the scale of Rs. 32795-1610(14)-55335-1745(4)-62315 with other allowances that may be admissible under the rules. Total emoluments will be approximate Rs.51,000/- p.m. in Metropolitan Centers.

Q9. In what mode will the NICL AO Prelims be conducted?

Ans: The National Insurance Company Ltd. will conduct the NICL AO Prelims in online mode at various centres.


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