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In this article, we have tried to cover all kinds of doubts which you may have for the NIACL AO 2018 exam. Have a look:

Ques 1 In my masters I have scored more than 60%, but in graduation, my score is less than 60%. Am I eligible for NIACL AO?
Ans Yes, if you are applying for the generalist post and have more than 60% marks in PG. And if you are applying for a specialist post, and have got more than 60% marks in your PG, you can apply provided you have your degree in the relevant discipline.


Ques 2 What is the upper age limit for the NIACL AO exam?
Ans. The upper age limit is 30 years (as on Dec 1, 2018) and the lower age limit is 21 years.


Ques 3 I have only 54% marks in graduation? Can I apply for the NIACL AO exam?

Ans No, The minimum criteria is 60% in graduation for generalists (with 5% relaxation for SC/ST/PwBD candidates). However, if you are thinking to apply for the specialist posts, below is the eligibility criteria.


Ques 4 What is the upper age limit for a scheduled caste or scheduled tribe?
Ans 35 years


Ques 5 What is the minimum qualification for finance & accounts discipline?
Ans Below are the details:

Chartered Accountant (ICAI) and Graduation/Post-graduation in any discipline with min 60% (55% for SC/ST/PwBD)
Cost and Management Accountant (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India, earlier known as ICWAI) and Graduation/Post-graduation in any discipline with min 60% (55% for SC/ST/PwBD)
MBA Finance/PGDM FINANCE* with min 60% (55% for SC/ST/PwBD)
M.COM with min 60% (55% for SC/ST/PwBD)


Ques 6 How many vacancies are there in NIACL AO?

Ans. In total there are 312 vacancies.


Ques 7 Will the Reasoning Ability section will come in both the versions including English and Hindi?

Ans Yes


Ques 8 Which section has the maximum marks, Reasoning Ability or Quantitative Aptitude?

Ans Both the sections have 35 marks each.


Ques 9 How many candidates will be shortlisted for the Mains?

Ans Aspirants equivalent to approximately 15 times the numbers of vacancies will be shortlisted for Mains.


Ques 10 What all tests are there for Generalists category?

Ans A Prelims followed by Mains exam and a descriptive test.


Ques 11 What are the maximum marks for General awareness section?

Ans This section will be of 50 marks.


Ques 12 In Specialist stream for NIACL AO Mains exam is there any additional tests to assess professional and technical knowledge?

Ans Yes, there will be an additional test in the relevant discipline which will be of 40 marks.


Ques 13 Will all papers in NIACL AO will be bilingual?

Ans No, All the papers apart from the English Language and the Descriptive Test would be bilingual i.e. in both English and Hindi.


Ques 14 How will the Descriptive test for NIACL AO be conducted?

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


Ques 15 Will they evaluate the descriptive test for all students?

Ans No, This paper will only be evaluated if you have secured the passing marks in the mains exam.


Ques 16 What are the qualifying marks in the descriptive test for NIACL AO exam?

Ans Qualifying marks in the descriptive test shall be as follows: 15/30 (13.5/30 for SC, ST, and PwBD). You only need to qualify in the descriptive test. Its marks will not be counted towards interview-shortlisting or final selection.


Ques 17 Is there any negative marking?

Ans There will be a negative marking of 0.25 mark for each incorrect answer.


Ques 18 What is the date for Phase I Online Examination, NIACL AO?

Ans Jan 30, 2019


Ques 19 What is the last date of online registration and payment of application fees?
Ans Dec 26, 2018


Ques 20 What is the date for Phase II Online Examination? And will it include both Objective and Descriptive tests?

Ans Mar 2, 2019. Yes, it will include both objective and descriptive tests.

Hope, all of your queries have been answered. If you still have any doubt, post it in the comments section.

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  1. Arushi Mathur Reply

    The answer to the first question is wrong. It is clearly written in the notification that a candidate must possess a minimum of 60% marks in graduation/post graduation. So even if you have below 60% in graduation but above 60% in post-grad, you can apply for generalist as well as specialized post. Please rectify it.

  2. My marks in graduation is 54 % and in post graduation it is 57% and i belongs to reserved category. Can i apply for the above post?

    • Yes u can apply, since the required percent criteria is 55% in any of the graduate degree / Postgraduate degree and you are having 57% in PG. Best of luck.

  3. mine is 58% in 10th and 60%+ in both gradyation and 12th .can i apply for generalist post?????

  4. Sir, i have 59.62% in my graduation… I can apply for generalist post.. Will they allow this point gap????

    • Please confirm your category and if you have a post-graduation degree. You can apply if you have 60% or more in your post-graduation or if you are from SC/ST/PwBD category.

    • No, a candidate should apply for any ONE discipline only. Applications made for more than one discipline will render all the applications of the
      candidate invalid.

  5. Can one apply for both generalist as well as specialist post, if they satisfy the criteria?

  6. My graduation mark is 63% but my 12th mark is 53%0 can I apply for the niacl ao

    • Hi, As per the notification, “Where CGPA / OGPA are awarded, the candidate will have to
      produce a certificate issued by the appropriate authority inter alia stating
      the norms of the University regarding conversion of grade into percentage
      and the percentage of marks scored by the candidate in terms of norms.”
      So basically, you need to produce a certificate by the appropriate authority regarding the conversion of grade into percentage.

  7. Mudavathu Sneha Reply

    Can I get any discount to buy niacl ao mains test series …??for what purpose the coupon was provided?

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