Dear Readers, 

The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has invited candidates to apply for Assistant Administrative Officer positions. LIC AAO 2016 will be conducted to fill up 700 vacancies. The pay scale of this position is Rs.17, 240 – 32,640/- and other admissible allowances. If we include total emoluments at the minimum of the scale, the pay scale goes up to 40,245/- in a ‘A’ class city. 

Selection of candidates will be done based on written online examination and personal interview. The syllabus of LIC AAO 2016 is very similar to syllabus of exams like IBPS PO & SSC-CGL. Thus, this is an excellent opportunity for all students, who are already preparing for IBPS and/or SSC examinations. 

Exam Pattern: 

The exam will comprise a total of 160 multiple choice questions that need to be solved within 2 hours.

Let’s go through the section-wise break-up of this exam.

Section                      No. of Questions          Marks

Reasoning Ability                 30                           90

Quantitative Aptitude           30                            90

General Awareness              30                           60

Computer Knowledge           30                           60

English Language                 40                            –


Total:                                  160                         300

Note: The English Language test is of qualifying nature and the marks of this section will not be counted for ranking.

Let’s first go through the topic-wise break-up of every section. 

Reasoning Ability :

Topic                              Number of questions

Arrangement (Linear)                   05

Blood relationship                        02

Input-Output                                 05

Arrangement (Circular)                 05

Syllogism                                       05

Inequality                                       05

Statement assumption                 02

Inference                                       01

2) Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic                              Number of questions

Arithmetic                                      04

Data Sufficiency                            05

Data Interpretation                        10

Approximation                               05

Mensuration                                   01

Missing Number                            05

3) General Awareness: 

The General Awareness section will comprise current affairs of national & international significance-financial & economic news, awards and titles, sports, important days, inventions & discoveries, international & national organisations, books and authors, countries & capitals. 

Candidates should also prepare for the insurance awareness topic, which includes insurance covers, history of the insurance sector, important terms and their definitions, institutions, latest developments etc.  

4) English Language:

Topic                              Number of questions

Para Jumbles                                 05

Reading Comprehension              05

Fill in the Blanks                             05

Spot the Error                                 05

Replace Phrase                              05

Cloze test                                        10

5) Computer Awareness:

Questions in this section test your knowledge about basic computer operations and are fairly easy. A total of 30 questions will be asked.

For this section, you can quickly go through a question bank with 340 questions at:

Time Management Strategy:

Before formulating a time management strategy, let’s analyse the exam pattern thoroughly. 

Sections like ‘Reasoning Ability’ & ‘Quantitative’ are most important because each question in these sections carries 3 marks.

Questions in sections like General Awareness & Computer Awareness carry 2 marks each. 

So, you have to clear sectional cut-offs for each section. The overall cut-off will be out of 300 marks. (As the marks secured in the English language section will not be counted in overall cut-off)

You should begin your exam with sections like Computer Awareness & General Awareness. You can solve the 60 questions in the first 25-30 minutes as they are easy and straight forward. 

After this, you can move for either Reasoning Ability or Quantitative Aptitude. Of the remaining 100 minutes, you can use 70 minutes to deal with both these sections. It is advised that you attempt at least 25+ questions in each. 

Remaining 20 minutes should be enough for English Language as it is of qualifying nature. All you have to do is to clear the sectional cut-off. To do so, tackle topics like Fill in the blanks, Spot the Error, Replace Phrase, Cloze test, etc. These are based on vocabulary and basic grammar and are worth 25 marks out of the total 40. You can also attempt 3 questions from ‘Reading Comprehension’, which are based on topics like Synonym-Antonym. 

vii) Reasoning Ability: Questions based on Syllogism, Inequality & Input-Output are generally less time-consuming. Their solutions can be derived by using simple tricks and formulae. Thus, you should attempt these questions first.

viii) Questions on Seating Arrangement and Puzzles are often asked in groups. If you are able to solve/arrange things for the entire set, the whole bunch can be answered at a time. Read such questions quickly but carefully and attempt a set only if you are confident of solving it within 5 minutes.

ix) Do not waste time on sets that appear too complicated. However, remember that you have to solve at least one arrangement set out of two. 

x) Miscellaneous questions are easy and quick to solve. You can tackle maximum number of questions from these topics.

xi) Quantitative Aptitude: You should start this section by solving DI sets first. Such questions often involve basic mathematical concepts and are formula-based. Try to complete DI within 15 minutes. 

xii) Then, focus on topics like Approximation, Find the Missing Number and Data Sufficiency. These topics carry 15 marks in total and are can be solved within 15 minutes.

xiii) Devote the remaining time to solve questions based on Arithmetic. 

Prepathon app: 

Start using Prepathon app regularly as it comprises all of the topics necessary for your exam.  Each topic has been covered and explained in detail so that you can master the concepts quickly. After this, solve the questions given at the end of each topic. These questions have been handpicked to ensure that you understand the topic fully.

So, do not waste time. Start your preparation for LIC-AAO 2016 as early as possible. The strategies and tips discussed in this article will help you prepare well, clear the exam and progress to the interview round.

All the Best!!!

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