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Oriental Insurance Company Limited Administrative Officer Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 8th April, 2021
Oriental Insurance Company Limited

Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL) is one of the oldest insurance companies in India. Incorporated in 1947, this company was working as a subsidiary of LIC of India from 1956 to 1973. In 2003, its ownership was transferred from General Insurance to Central Government. The OICL  Administrative Officers is pivotal in expanding the business to its current extent.

OICL exam is one of the most popular exams in the insurance sector. Being one of the government company, competition in the OICL exam is fierce. All the candidates try to get selected in the OICL exam and hence increase the competition in the exam.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Recruiting eligible candidates into the central government sector of Insurance as an administrative officer.
Conducting Body Oriental Insurance Company Limited
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OICL 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
    • Accounts- M.Com. with 55% for SC/ST and 60% for Others from a recognized University or Chartered Accountants (ICAI) or Cost and Management Accountant (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India) earlier known as Cost and Wok Accountants (ICWAI) or MBA (Finance) with 55% for SC/ST and 60% for Others from a
      recognized University
    • Actuaries- Graduate with 55% for SC/ST and 60% for Others in any discipline from a recognized university
      & has passed 4 Actuarial Papers from Institute of Actuaries of India (IAI) or Institute and Faculty of Actuary, UK (IFoA)
    • Engineers (Automobile)- Graduate/Post Graduate Degree in engineering(4 or 5 Years) with automobile engineering as a subject, with 55% for SC/ST and 60% for Others from a recognized University
    • Legal- Graduate in Law with 55% for SC/ST and 60% for Others from a recognized University
    • Medical Officer- M.B.B.S.
    • General- Graduate in any stream with 55% for SC/ST and 60% for Others from a recognized University

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the OICL AO examination 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
    Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCO s) 35 years
    Defence service personnel disabled in operation during the hostilities 33 years
    Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31.12.1989 (Gen) 35 years
    Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31.12.1989 (OBC) 38 years
    Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31.12.1989 (SC/ST) 40 years
    Existing Confirmed Employees of Public Sector General Insurance Companies (including GIC & Agriculture Insurance Company of India Ltd.) 38 years

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

OICL AO Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Starting Date of Online Exam To be notified

OICL AO Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the exam:

  • The candidates will have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria set for them in order to be eligible for the OICL AO Recruitment 2021.
  • Along with the eligibility criteria, they will have to qualify in all the exams of the selection process.
  • The Oriental AO Selection Process will include Prelims, Mains and Interview rounds.
  • In the main examination, the candidates will have two different examination patterns for Generalists and different for Specialists.

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 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 30
2 Reasoning Ability

The paper will check the candidate’s reasoning ability

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

The paper will check a candidates quantitative aptitude.

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

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

Pattern for Main Exam (Generalist)

The Mains Exam for Generalist consists of four objective papers of a duration of 120 minutes.

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

Advanced questions on Reasoning Ability

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
2 English Language

Advanced questions on English Language

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
3 General Awareness

Advanced questions on General Awareness

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
4 Quantitative Aptitude

Advanced questions on Quantitative Aptitude

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
Total Marks* 200

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

Pattern for Main Exam (Specialist)

The Mains Exam for Specialist consists of five objective papers of duration of 120 minutes.

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

Advanced questions on Reasoning Ability

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

Advanced questions on English Language

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

Advanced questions on General Awareness

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
4 Quantitative Aptitude

Advanced questions on Quantitative Aptitude

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
5 Professional Knowledge

Advanced questions on Professional Knowledge

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
Total Marks* 200

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

Pattern for Descriptive Paper

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 30 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing-10 marks & Essay-20 marks). The descriptive test will be in English and will be conducted through online mode.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Descriptive Paper
Qualifying Nature Descriptive 30
Total Marks* 30

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

Pattern for Interview

Candidates who have been shortlisted at the end of Phase-II will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Company, up to three times the number of vacancies of respective stream/category. The interview will be conducted at select centres. The weightage (ratio) of online Examination and Interview will be 80:20 respectively.

OICL AO Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 English Language

  • Substitution.
  • Sentence Arrangement.
  • Synonyms.
  • Error Correction (Underlined Part).
  • Idioms and Phrases.
  • Sentence Completion.
  • Sentence Improvement.
  • Antonyms.
  • Para Completion.
  • Joining Sentences.
  • Spelling Test.
  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Spotting Errors
  • Active and Passive Voice.
  • Prepositions.
  • Passage Completion.
  • Transformation.
  • Error Correction (Phrase in Bold).

2 Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning.
  • Analogies.
  • Matching Definitions.
  • Letter and Symbol Series.
  • Logical Problems.
  • Analytical Reasoning.
  • Statement and Argument.
  • Number Series.
  • Verbal Classification.
  • Logical Deduction.
  • Verbal Reasoning.
  • Puzzles
  • Data Sufficiency

3 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation,
  • Percentage,
  • Profit and Loss,
  • Simple and Compound Interest,
  • Number System,
  • Square and Cube Root,
  • Fractions,
  • Decimal,
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Average,
  • Age Problems,
  • Speed,
  • Distance and Time,
  • Work and Time,
  • Boat and Stream,
  • Mixture and Allegation,
  • Pipes and Cisterns,
  • Train Problems,
  • Probability
  • Mensuration

Syllabus for Main Exam (Generalist)

1 Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning.
  • Analogies.
  • Matching Definitions.
  • Letter and Symbol Series.
  • Logical Problems.
  • Analytical Reasoning.
  • Statement and Argument.
  • Number Series.
  • Verbal Classification.
  • Logical Deduction.
  • Verbal Reasoning.
  • Puzzles
  • Data Sufficiency

2 English Language

  • Substitution.
  • Sentence Arrangement.
  • Synonyms.
  • Error Correction (Underlined Part).
  • Idioms and Phrases.
  • Sentence Completion.
  • Sentence Improvement.
  • Antonyms.
  • Para Completion.
  • Joining Sentences.
  • Spelling Test.
  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Spotting Errors
  • Active and Passive Voice.
  • Prepositions.
  • Passage Completion.
  • Transformation.
  • Error Correction (Phrase in Bold).

3 General Awareness

  • Inventions and Discoveries.
  • Rivers, Lakes, and Seas.
  • Indian Politics.
  • Tourism.
  • Artists.
  • Sports.
  • Countries and Capitals.
  • Indian Economy.
  • General Science.
  • Famous Days and Dates.
  • Current Affairs.
  • Famous Books and Authors.
  • Indian Parliament.
  • Indian History.
  • Culture.
  • Famous Places in India.

4 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation,
  • Percentage,
  • Profit and Loss,
  • Simple and Compound Interest,
  • Number System,
  • Square and Cube Root,
  • Fractions,
  • Decimal,
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Average,
  • Age Problems,
  • Speed,
  • Distance and Time,
  • Work and Time,
  • Boat and Stream,
  • Mixture and Allegation,
  • Pipes and Cisterns,
  • Train Problems,
  • Probability
  • Mensuration

Syllabus for Main Exam (Specialist)

1 Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning.
  • Analogies.
  • Matching Definitions.
  • Letter and Symbol Series.
  • Logical Problems.
  • Analytical Reasoning.
  • Statement and Argument.
  • Number Series.
  • Verbal Classification.
  • Logical Deduction.
  • Verbal Reasoning.
  • Puzzles
  • Data Sufficiency

2 English Language

  • Substitution.
  • Sentence Arrangement.
  • Synonyms.
  • Error Correction (Underlined Part).
  • Idioms and Phrases.
  • Sentence Completion.
  • Sentence Improvement.
  • Antonyms.
  • Para Completion.
  • Joining Sentences.
  • Spelling Test.
  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Spotting Errors
  • Active and Passive Voice.
  • Prepositions.
  • Passage Completion.
  • Transformation.
  • Error Correction (Phrase in Bold).

3 General Awareness

  • Inventions and Discoveries.
  • Rivers, Lakes, and Seas.
  • Indian Politics.
  • Tourism.
  • Artists.
  • Sports.
  • Countries and Capitals.
  • Indian Economy.
  • General Science.
  • Famous Days and Dates.
  • Current Affairs.
  • Famous Books and Authors.
  • Indian Parliament.
  • Indian History.
  • Culture.
  • Famous Places in India.

4 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation,
  • Percentage,
  • Profit and Loss,
  • Simple and Compound Interest,
  • Number System,
  • Square and Cube Root,
  • Fractions,
  • Decimal,
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Average,
  • Age Problems,
  • Speed,
  • Distance and Time,
  • Work and Time,
  • Boat and Stream,
  • Mixture and Allegation,
  • Pipes and Cisterns,
  • Train Problems,
  • Probability
  • Mensuration

5 Professional Knowledge

  • H.R.
  • I.T.
  • Accounts.
  • Legal.
  • Marketing.
  • Actuaries.

Syllabus for Descriptive Paper

1 Descriptive Paper

  • Letter Writing
  • 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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