How to prepare for NICL AO exam

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Many of you had been disappointed with NICL AO administration, as earlier I shared my exam experience which was really bad. I never expect such behaviour from NICL. After many complaints, they made a committee which took decision to cancel the exam.

Lets just forget the past and prepare ourselves for the future. Today one of my reader Pritesh Singh asked me to share the NICL study plan, syllabus and structure.

Exam Structure and Syllabus

NICL is known for very easy exam. Level of difficulty is even easier than IBPS Clerk. In most of the recruitment exam, time is a big constraint but in NICL AO, you have ample time to solve questions. You have 3 hours to solve 200 questions and a descriptive test.

You can read IBPS PO syllabus, syllabus of NICL AO and IBPS PO is almost same but NICL AO is far easier than IBPS PO.

Study Material

I don't think you should buy any book right now, but most of the candidates faced difficulty in general awareness section. You should buy India Book 2013, as this book is used by most of the paper setters.

You can also buy NICL AO notes by Focus Institute. You will find drastic improvement in your after reading these notes for a week. You can get these notes here

Surprises in NICL AO exam

The only surprise in NICL AO exam is the General Awareness section. Even for Finance specialist questions like agricultural policies were asked.

Read NICL AO general awareness questions asked in Sept 2013 exam here.

I highly recommend you to read India Book 2013 and read some 1-2 months old magazines.

Expected Cutoff

Considering the level of difficulty of the exam, Cutoff for AO (General category) should be around 82-85 out 100. I can't comment on descriptive test.

Important tips

  • Keep patience while attempting questions, you have ample time. As answers are to be marked with pen, you can't change the answers once marked.
  • Don't make lame guesses in general awareness section.
  • Read newspaper daily
  • Read some old magazines
  • Concentrate on basics while preparations, don't leave any topic.
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43 comments:

  1. Sir NICL AO exam has only 100 objective questions for 100 marka and 50 marks for descriptive paper..Please check and confirm the cutoff for the same..

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    1. each section includes 40 marks for specialists.

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    2. each section contains 20 marks for specialist and 25 marks for generalist...

      and 50 marks descriptive.. and you wil be having 180 minutes to solve it

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  2. Sir , is there any sectional cutoffs in NICl AO SPECIALIST Exam? is there different cutoffs for specialist and generalist exam of NICL?

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    1. Yes there will be separate cutoffs

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    2. and what about sectional cutoff sir? Are you having any information regarding the syllabus of Engineering Stream??

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  3. Sir,when will I get new admit card of NICL AO?? Or my September 8. Admit card enough for this December exam?? Please reply me.......

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  4. Sir, I didn't attend exam in September 8 NICL AO. I have a chance to attend new re exam December 15,22???

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  5. Sir, I didn't attend exam in September 8 NICL AO. I have a chance to attend new re exam December 15,22???

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  6. admit card for dec exam will be same as sep or it will be changed?

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  7. NICL has published two dates for re-examination. I'm from Kolkata. Which date will be exam date for Candidates of Kolkata?

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  8. hey guys! i applied for the GENERAL category which is suppose to have oly 5 (4+1) sections. but last time (8/9/13) when i wrote i got 6(5+1 descriptive) sections: general awareness, numerical, english, reasoning, ENGINEERING sections and descriptive paper.. though i belong to engineering category my stream ( which is biotechnology) has nothing to do with those questions.. why did i get the specialist question paper ? did all engineering candidates got 6 (5+1) sectioned paper or oly i got...or was that a mistake n the centre..pls help.. I really need ur help...

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    1. hey,
      i also had the same problem as that u have faced.the questions had nothing related to my stream.i guess all engineering graduates might have got the same paper.

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    2. hey thanks ! we can't change that now ??

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    3. I also got that pattern

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  9. yeah all engineering student got same paper.

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  10. I have got my CS exams at the same time... Its really unfair :(

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  11. is there a different cutoff for each section ie.,reasoning,aptitude etc or is it total marks taken to consideration.
    Any idea?? Any body...

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  12. Sir pls provide the sample questions or study material of professional Knowledge of Specialist officer Finance for NICL AAO exam and pls refer me any book for this.

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  13. Hi when. Will conduct. Nicl ao exam

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  14. Sir,
    I have scored 122 marks in officer scale 1 . I am from Chhattisgarh and i belong to general category. Is there a chance for interview call.??
    Please do rply...
    And one more thing... Nice blog. Keep updating.

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    1. aap ka ho jayega.110 no tak chances hai

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  15. Sir,
    Actually i was absent on 8th Sept 2013 but i made a call to the office no and got info that i will get HT this time and can attend exam..pls confirm whether this info is correct or not??I am little poor in vocabulary ...can u pls suggest me most repeated or expected word list for synonyms and antonyms.And pls also tell me how to get prepare the best for the descriptive paper also..and if possible tell me the IMP SECTIONS or TOPICS from 4 sections in the exam (Quant apt,Reasoning,English,GA)...pls help me out pls...Ramanji

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  16. Sir ji,
    Can I change the exam category from specialist to generalist this time? Last time I gave my paper in specialist category........plzzzz reply Sir ji plzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  17. bt no of questions in NICL AO xm was 100 only sir

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  18. respected si,
    i got engineering discipline instead of information technology in ""nicl - so"paper i dont know it was my mistake or theirs but i want to know how can i change it now for the re exam if possible and if not how can i prepare for engineering section. plz do reply soon
    thanx..

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  19. now the exam will be online nd no doubt the exam was easy but we should not forget it dat if the paper is easy compettion will be much more tough so no comparison with ibps

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  20. I got 105 RRB OS1 belongs to SC cat from KARNATAKA, any chances to get cal.....?

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  21. hello sir , please post specialist ennginering category syllabus, question papers
    kindly reply

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  22. sir nicl ao ka exam paper k bre m btaiye...

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  23. Sir ji accha bevkoof banaya focus institute ke NICL ke 250 Rs ke notes kharidvakar.....gk hai nahi usme...ibps clerk ka material hai sara...aapse esi umid nahi thi...

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  24. the re-exam of NICL AO which will b held on 15 th and 22nd dec, will be in online mode or or offline mode as we have given in the very cancelled exam ?

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  25. Is there any one who gave the NICL AAO exam on 8 sep.2013? If yes pls tell me hw was the paper. specially English Sub. How was the Pattern of English Subject. It was like bank exam or like SSC?
    Pls reply

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  26. SIR.... Please guide for upcoming NICL AO exam ...?? What are the previous cut offs (sectional also) for general for AO ? the vacancies are only 1500 total and i have heared that there are about 10 lakh candidate appeared on 8sept same exam ?
    SIR PLEASE guide for this exam ,,,it meant a lot to me ....
    THANK YOU
    and your job is encouraging and motivating for all those who didnt join coach..keep it up and thanxss

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  27. Greetings Sir,
    I have filled my discipline as IT but unfortunately got the question paper of Engg discipline?What to do know?please suggest some alternative

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  28. hello sir ,
    Can u plz inform me that when the exam is going to be held for hyderabad centres..
    frstly NICL had given the exam dates as 15 dec and 22,now NICL have been updated the dates as 15 22 &29 dec ,plzz sir am very confused about my xam please check it and reply me soon........

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    1. For HYDERABAD exam centre,exam date is 22 december

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  29. hlo sir,
    im commerce graduate, wana face AO generalist for d 1st time pls do guidance 2 me
    how & wen 2 fill form & books for reference

    pls..

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