NIACL AO Mains Exam 2016-17 will be conducted on 10th January 2017. Here are few important tips and tricks that will be helpful for your upcoming NIACL AO Mains Exam.

Pattern of NIACL AO Mains Exam - 

Name of Test
Maximum Marks
Medium of Exam
I. Objective Exam
Reasoning Ability
Composite time of 120 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
English Language
General Awareness


Descriptive Exam



30 minutes

NIACL AO Mains Exam Sectional Time Division

Since a composite time of 2 hours has been allotted for NIACL AO Mains Exam, make sure that you devote sufficient time to each section to clear sectional as well as overall cutoff with a good margin. We have given below a general time distribution that you can follow for this exam -
Time to be allotted
Objective Exam - 120 minutes
Reasoning Ability
35 minutes
English Language
25 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
40 minutes
General Awareness
20 minutes
Descriptive Exam - 30 minutes
Letter Writing
10 minutes
Essay Writing
20 minutes

Section - Wise Tips

Reasoning Ability

  • This section would comprise of 50 questions.
  • If practiced well, this section can be highly scoring for you since questions here are usually in sets and there are slim chances of getting the solution wrong since it can be verified from the information in question.
  • Scoring topics of this section are -
    Alphanumeric Series
    Blood Relations
    Direction Sense
    Hence these should be attempted first.
  • If you have a good hold over puzzles and seating arrangements, you can attempt them first. However, we advise you to proceed with these topics first only if questions based on single parameters are asked otherwise, they will take up a lot of time.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • 50 questions would be asked from this section.
  • Good calculation speed will be crucial to clear this phase of the exam since questions of this section can be lengthy and calculative.
  • Following are the scoring topics of this question and hence should be attempted first -
    Number Series
    Simplification/ Approximation
    Data Interpretation (Ratio and Average based questions)
    Quadratic Equations (if practiced well)
  • Miscellaneous questions are usually calculative and thus should be attempted once you are done with the above mentioned topics.

English Language

  • Another 50 questions would be asked from this topic.
  • Understanding the essence of questions is vital for this section because once you understand the question properly, you can easily proceed with it. This can be excelled only by practice.
  • Scoring topics of this section which should be attempted first are -
    Cloze Test
    Spotting Errors
    Sentence Improvement
    Fill in the blanks
  • If Reading comprehension asked is story based, you can proceed with it first otherwise attempt it once you are done with above mentioned topics.
  • If Parajumbles questions are asked based on new pattern (as asked in IBPS Clerk Mains exam), you can proceed with it as well, because identifying the first and last sentence would be comparatively easy and you can identify the pattern based on the options provided.

General Awareness

  • This section would comprise of 50 questions.
  • This section can prove to a game changer in the final score if prepared well.
  • Try to cover the general affairs news of last 3-4 months.
  • Do go through static gk as well since you may come across few questions from this topic as well.
  • To prepare for this section, you can go through the Daily GK Section provided for IBPS Clerk Mains as well as the Weekly One Liners of December which would cover maximum news of last 6 months.

Descriptive Exam -

Descriptive exam would consist of the following -
  1. Letter Writing - 10 marks
  2. Essay - 20 marks
  • Make sure you go through the formats of both formal as well as informal letters.
  • Instead of beating around the bush, identify the main idea of what has been asked and elaborate on it. For instance, in case of formal letters, give a brief of the problem/ topic mentioned in the letter in the first paragraph and elaborate on it in the second paragraph. Start with conclusion in the third paragraph.
  • While writing the essay, try to write it in a structured manner. 1st paragraph should give a brief about the essay topic, then divide your text in 2-3 paragraphs and finally conclude your essay in a separate paragraph.
  • Do not write too lengthy essay. Try to stick to the word limit mentioned in the question (usually 300 - 350 words).
  • You can go through the link below to read about how to prepare for Descriptive Exam -

All the best for your exams..


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