NIACL AO Exam Pattern 2019

NIACL AO 2019 Exam Pattern

In this, we will see about the updated exam pattern of NIACL AO 2018. To have a proper idea of the latest exam pattern is essential for the preparation of the exam and in the right way. The NIACL AO exam will be conducted in 3 phases.

  • Phase 1- preliminary exam(objective)

  • Phase 2- mains exam(objective and descriptive)

  • Interview.

NIACL AO exam pattern for preliminary:

The phase 1 online exam will be conducted for a total of 100 marks. The sectional time of 20 minutes has been introduced in each section. The detailed exam pattern for prelims is given as follows.

Name of the test Maximum marks Duration Medium of the exam
Reasoning ability 35 20 minutes English/Hindi
Quantitative aptitude 35 20 minutes English/Hindi
English language 35 20 minutes English
Total 100 60 minutes


The candidates have to qualify in each section by securing passing marks to be decided by the company.

An adequate number of aspirants in each category as decided by the company (approximately 15 times the number of vacancies subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the main examination.

There will be 1/4th negative marking assigned to each wrong question marked by the aspirants.

NIACL AO exam pattern for the Main examination:

The main exam will consist of objective type questions for 200 marks and descriptive test for 30 marks.

Both the objective and main will be conducted online.

Immediately after the completion of objective type, the descriptive test will start.

Main exam pattern is different for Generalist and Specialist streams can be found below:

Online objective exam pattern: 

  • For Generalist: 
Name of the test Maximum marks Medium of the exam
Test of reasoning 50 English/Hindi
Test of Quantitative aptitude 50 English/Hindi
Test of English language 50 English
Test of general awareness 50 English/Hindi
Total 200  

 The duration of the exam is the composite time of 120 minutes.

  • For Specialists:                             
Name of the test Maximum marks Medium of the exam
Test of reasoning 40 English/Hindi
Test of Quantitative aptitude 40 English/ Hindi
Test of English language 40 English
Test of General awareness 40 English/Hindi
In the specialist stream, an additional test to assess technical and professional knowledge in the relevant discipline 40 English/Hindi
Total 200  

 The composite time of 120 minutes is the duration time for the test. The descriptive type test of 30 minutes duration with 30 marks will be a test of English language.

Letter writing is of 10 marks and essay will be of 20 marks.

The descriptive test will be in English and will be conducted online and the candidates have to answer by typing on the computer.

Descriptive type answer script will be evaluated only in respect of those aspirants who qualify the objective test. Depending on the number of vacancies, cut-offs will be decided for descriptive evaluation.

Preparation tips:

This time NIACL has introduced sectional timing of 20 minutes in each and every section. So it has become even more important to devise a perfect strategy for each section to ace the preliminary phase and go through it.

  • The English language section is one of the easiest for some and may be difficult for some. If prepared properly and regularly it will be one of the most scoring ones.
  • The candidates have to read extensively. One should not mug the grammar rules as that would not help them.
  • Reading of English newspaper is the most important. The Editorial section must be read regularly.
  • In reading comprehension reading article on different topics is the key to answering the questions.
  • Practice at least 2-3 passages daily.
  • Be thorough with the grammar basics using standard books.
  • In vocabulary, reading newspaper and new words daily would help a lot in the clearing.
  • In reasoning ability, time management is more important.
  • Can use the online made by the experts to get hold of the topics and fundamentals strong.
  • Reasoning can be the most scoring section with adequate practice and attempting time-bound tests.
  • In Quantitative aptitude, the first and foremost thing is to get the basics right and clear.
  • For this mathematical abilities should be strong and attempting mock tests will do best for QA.
  • The candidates have to choose the question that they are confident as one should not spend time in one question itself.
  • Analyze the mistakes by taking as many as mock tests. That will help in understanding the weak and strong areas as well to enhance the knowledge of different questions.