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Only 21 days to go for NIACL AO Prelims

NIACL has recently come up with its notification of filling 312 vacancies of OfficersYou can check the FAQs and their answers over here. There are only 312 vacancies for which lakhs of aspirants have applied for. It is imperative that you need to outshine your competitors to face the next level of the shortlisting process i.e. the mains exam. In contrast with mains exam which is more a test of the application of concepts, prelims exam is a game of speed and you need to be really fast in deciding which question to attempt and which one to skip. Needless to say, you need to solve questions fast as well.

There will be 30 questions in the English section and 35 questions each in the Reasoning & Quantitative sections for which you will be given 20 minutes per section. Please note that there are sectional time limits in place so you need to prepare yourself to harness each section completely before you are allowed to move to the next section. To put things in perspective, let’s have a look at the cut-offs of the prelims exam held in 2016.

Subjects Category
English (Out of 30) 7.00 7.00 7.00 9.75 5.75 7.00 7.00
Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35) 7.75 7.75 7.75 10.75 6.25 7.75 7.75
Reasoning (Out of 35) 12.00 12.00 12.00 16.00 9.75 12.00 12.00
Overall Cut-off (Out of 100) 57.25 51.25 59.75 66.50 26.50 52.25 55.50


As you can see, the sectional cut-offs are not very difficult to achieve. It’s the overall cut-off which goes really high and to achieve which you need to capitalize on the sections which are your strengths. In fact, you need to be excellent in 1 or 2 sections and good in the remaining ones. Identify your strengths and see that you are taking full advantage of them. At the same time, keep working on the sections you are not so good at. Please bear in mind that this is the golden time for you to burn the midnight oil and get an entry to the path of a rewarding career. Let’s have a look at the preparation strategy you need to follow for each of the section.

English Language

English is one section in which a lot of aspirants face difficulty. Click here to brush up your skills in this section. Practice a lot of questions on topics like Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Error Spotting, Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks etc. Also, read editorials on a daily basis to improve your vocabulary your reading speed. An improved vocabulary will directly help you in questions based on synonym-antonyms apart from helping you in RC, Cloze Test etc. On the other hand, increased reading speed will help you particularly in reading RC passages quickly. Make sure to practice one sectional test on a regular basis. You can take the quizzes on the English Section as well to keep evaluating yourself periodically.

Quantitative Aptitude

As already stated, prelims is a game of speed and when it comes to the quantitative section, you have to be cautious about your calculative skills as a negative marking of 0.25 mark is in place. Practice is the key skill to master this section. Practice rigorously on topics like Number Series, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Quadratic Equations & Simplification/ Approximation. These topics are easy to answer in a short time provided you are comfortable with the concepts and have practiced a lot of question beforehand. Please bear in mind that practicing a lot and seeing different ways of solving the same questions enables you to develop your own shortcuts. These shortcuts will be a savior in this section. Ensure that you solve a sectional test on a regular basis. Also, keep solving the quizzes on the Quants Section to see how much are you able to score.


As the name indicates, this section is all about logic. Get a crystal-clear conceptual understanding of topics like Coding-decoding, Direction Sense, Blood Relations, Ordering and Ranking, Inequalities, Syllogism, Input-output, Data Sufficiency, and Puzzles. Practice is once again the key here. Solve a sectional test on reasoning on a regular basis and check out the topics which take time / you are finding difficult to solve. Give some extra time to these topics to make the maximum out of this section. You can also solve Reasoning Quizzes for your practice.

Keep Practicing Mock Tests for a continuous appraisal

Rather than solving 3 sectional tests, you can solve a Mock Test which encompasses all the 3 sections and provide you a simulation of the actual test. You also get an All India Ranking to help you understand how much more effort you need to put to be in the top slot. The report which you get highlights your weak areas for you to work and improve upon them.
That’s all from our side. Wishing you all the best for your preparation!

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