NICL AO Prelims 2017 Exam Analysis: 3 June 2017(2nd Shift)

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The second shift of NICL AO Phase I is over and here we are with the complete exam analysis and expected cut off for the exam. The level of exam varied between easy to moderate but some students find it hard as well.
The exam was divided into three sections viz. English (30 marks), Reasoning (35 marks) and Quantitative Aptitude (35 marks). Overall, candidates had to attempt 100 questions in 60  minutes.

Section Ideal Attempt 
English 18-21
Reasoning 23-27
Quantitative Aptitude 21-25
TOTAL 66-75

Quantitative Aptitude (Easy to Moderate)

The level of quantitative aptitude was easy to moderate. There were three sets of Data Interpretation. The DI set was was similar to the one in 1st shift. This section was mainly occupied with the following topics.
  • Pie Chart + Tabular
  • Bar Graph (easiest)
  • Tabular
Topic No. of Questions Level
Quadratic Equations 5 Easy
Miscellaneous (SI,CI, Speed &Time, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Averages, Ages, Ratio etc.) 10 Moderate
Data Interpretation 15 Easy
Number Series (Missing) 5 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate

English (Easy to Moderate)


This section followed the convention exam pattern and had no surprise element. Some students find RC bit difficult but the section was not that difficult. 
Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension (Social-Media) 10 Moderate
Error Detection 6 Easy
Cloze Test (Air Pollution ) 8 Moderate
Phrasal Replacement 6 Easy 
Total 30 Easy

Reasoning Ability (Easy)


The level of reasoning was Easy to moderate. This section had 4 Seating Arrangements and Puzzles.
  • Month related (2 variable)
  • Linear (North-South) (1 variable)
  • Circular Based (1 variable)
  • Floor (3 questions only)
Topic No. of Questions Level
Inequalities 2 Easy
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles 18 Moderate
Coding Decoding 5 Easy
Alphabetical 2 Easy
Ranking (In Paragraph form) 2 Easy-Moderate
Blood Relation (In Paragraph form) 3 Easy
Direction 3 Easy
Total 35 Easy


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