NICL AO Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 8th April, 2021
National Insurance

NICL stands for National Insurance company limited, a company that was established in the year 1906 with its registered office in Kolkata. It is one of the leading companies in the field of public sector insurance, specialising in non-life insurance policies.

The insurance sector provides job opportunities for which examinations are conducted, to shortlist eligible candidates. The IRDA or Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India is the central authority responsible for promoting and maintaining the insurance industry’s growth in India.

The National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) is one of the most sought after and highly respected companies. The company conducts exams for three principal roles, namely:

  1. NICL Administrative Office
  2. NICL Assistant
  3. NICL Accounts Apprentice

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam The exam is conducted to select Administrative Officers for National Insurance Company Limited
Conducting Body National Insurance Company Limited

NICL AO Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate applying for recruitment in the Company must be either:—
    a) a citizen of India, or
    b) a subject of Nepal, or
    c) a subject of Bhutan, or
    d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
    Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. 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 Central Government with at least 60% marks in either of the degree examination (at least 55% for SC/ST) candidates.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the NICL AO Exam should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 30 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 35 years
    OBC 33 years
    PWD 40 years
    Persons domiciled in Kashmir Division of Jammu & Kashmir State during the period from 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 35 years
    Ex-Serviceman, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) 35 years
    Defence service personnel disabled in operation during the hostilities 33 years
    Existing confirmed employees of Public Sector General Insurance Companies 38 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no limit on the number of attempts until the candidate fulfil all the required eligibility criteria.

NICL AO Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Starting Date of Online Registration To be notified.
Closing Date of Online Registration To be notified.
Last Date of Payment of Application Fee To be notified.
Downloading of call letters for examination commences from To be notified.
Date of Online Examination – Phase I To be notified.
Date of Online Examination – Phase II To be notified.

NICL AO Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the exam:

  • The NICL AO exams as conducted by the National Insurance Company Limited take part in three phases.
  • The first two levels include the Prelims and Mains, which take place online and the third level is Interview.
  • All the papers, except that of the English Language, are conducted in both English and Hindi.
  • the Descriptive Test of 30 Minutes duration with 30 marks will be a Test of English Language (Essay, Precis and Comprehension).
  • The descriptive test will be in English and will be conducted through on line mode.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

The Prelims is an objective paper of 60-minute duration. It consists of three sets, including the English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 English Language

The paper will check a candidates command over English

Qualifying Nature 30 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 30
2 Reasoning Ability

The paper will check the candidate’s reasoning ability

Qualifying Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 35
3 Quantitative Aptitude

The paper will check a candidates quantitative aptitude.

Qualifying Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 35
Total Marks* 100

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Main Exam

The Mains consist of two phases, one being the objective paper of a duration of 120 minutes and the other being an English Language descriptive paper of 30 minutes duration.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Reasoning Ability
Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
2 Quantitative Aptitude

The paper will check a candidates quantitative aptitude.

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
3 Computer Knowledge

The paper will check a candidates computer knowledge.

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
4 General Awareness

The paper will check a candidates general awareness.

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
5 English Language (Objective)

The paper will check a candidates command over English

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
6 English Language (Essay, Precis and Comprehension)

The paper will check a candidates command over English writing skills.

Merit Ranking Nature 3 Descriptive 2.5 30
Total Marks* 230

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Interview

After clearing Prelims and Mains exams, candidates have to take part in the elaborate interview process.

NICL AO Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para Jumbles
  • Para Summary
  • Odd One Out
  • Para Completion
  • Error Spotting/New Pattern Error Spotting
  • Sentence Correction/Sentence Improvement

2 Reasoning Ability

  • Coding-Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Alphanumeric Series/Number Series/Alphabet Series
  • Order and Ranking
  • Direction based questions
  • Data sufficiency
  • Inequalities
  • Clocks
  • Seating Arrangement (Circular, Linear, Square)
  • Puzzles
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Venn Diagram
  • Statement and Assumption
  • Statement and Argument

3 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Quantity based problems
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Percentage & Averages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time, Work, and Wages
  • Time & Distance
  • Permutation, Combination & Probability
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Boats and Streams

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Reasoning Ability

  • Coding-Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Alphanumeric Series/Number Series/Alphabet Series
  • Order and Ranking
  • Direction based questions
  • Data sufficiency
  • Inequalities
  • Clocks
  • Seating Arrangement (Circular, Linear, Square)
  • Puzzles
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Venn Diagram
  • Statement and Assumption
  • Statement and Argument

2 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Quantity based problems
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Percentage & Averages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time, Work, and Wages
  • Time & Distance
  • Permutation, Combination & Probability
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Boats and Streams

3 Computer Knowledge

  • Hardware,
  • Software,
  • Memory,
  • Abbreviations,
  • Networking,
  • Computer Shortcuts,
  • Internet Usage,
  • Computer Fundamentals,
  • Internet,
  • History of Computer,
  • MS Office,
  • Computer Language
  • Types of Computer

4 General Awareness

  • Banking, Insurance & Financial Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Culture
  • Politics
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Geography
  • General Science

5 English Language (Objective)

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para Jumbles
  • Para Summary
  • Odd One Out
  • Para Completion
  • Error Spotting/New Pattern Error Spotting
  • Sentence Correction/Sentence Improvement

6 English Language (Essay, Precis and Comprehension)

The descriptive English Language section consists of three questions, which are, Precis, Comprehension and Essay.

Syllabus for Interview

There is no specific syllabus for interview. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.

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