The Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has announced vacancies for the position of Assistant Administrative Officer (AAO). The LIC AAO exam offers the gateway to an entry-level career in the insurance sector in India. All the aspiring candidates for this exam have to appear for an initial preliminary exam that is scheduled to be held on 4th and 5th of May 2019 where they will be competing for 590 vacant seats.
LIC AAO Exam Structure
The LIC AAO Prelims exam follows a similar structure to that of other banking jobs. All aspirants need to attempt three sections viz. English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The time limit is restricted to 20 minutes per section. The English Language section will carry a weightage of 30 marks whereas the Quantitative and Reasoning sections will carry an equal weightage of 35 marks each. The total time to answer the entire paper will be one hour only.
LIC AAO Prelims Exam Pattern
As mentioned above, the LIC AAO preparation should be really good in order to qualify for the next rounds, the first section, i.e., the English Language will carry 30 questions of 30 marks. The minimum qualifying marks for this section is 9 for SC/ST candidates and 10 for all the other categories. For Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability, there will be 35 questions in each section and candidates need to score a minimum of 16 marks if they belong to the Sc/ST category and 17 if they belong to all other categories. It can be easily figured out from the exam pattern that candidates are going to get less than a minute to answer each question in every category.
LIC AAO Exam Stages
With less than 2 months left for the exam to take place, the aspirants should really start focusing on their LIC AAO preparation and time management. The entire recruitment process will take place in 3 stages. All the candidates who will clear the initial LIC AAO Prelims exam will automatically qualify for the LIC AAO Mains exam. Those who can clear the LIC AAO Mains exam can appear for the final interview round. Candidates who will clear the interview round as well will be appointed as an LIC Assistant Administrative Officer (AAO).
LIC AAO Prelims Exam Preparation Strategy
The English Section is going to be the least complex of the three sections and it will carry a 30 marks weightage which the candidates need to answer within the stipulated time of 20 minutes. The best way to start the LIC AAO exam preparation for the English section is by solving the online mock tests on ibpsguide.com and practising reading comprehension. During the exam, candidates must start with questions related to verbs, preposition etc and then attempt those that require more time like reading comprehension.
Quantitative Aptitude Section
For the Quantitative Aptitude section, candidates have to answer 35 questions in 20 minutes. The best way to ace this is through proper time management and good practice. Start solving as many aptitude questions as you can and focus on topics like Quadratic Equations, Simplification, and Approximation, and Number Series that are easier to solve and requires minimum time. Candidates must ensure that all the questions in these sections are correct so that they can score maximum marks from these. Next, candidates need to attempt questions from Data Interpretation, usually, there will be around 3 questions from this section out of which candidate must try to solve at least 1-2 correctly. Rest questions will be scheduled from sections like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes, and Cisterns, Partnership, etc which can be tricky and candidates must keep aside at least 7-10 minutes to solve those.
Reasoning Ability Section
This is one section of LIC AAO exam preparation that can take place from start to bottom only by solving online mock tests and quizzes. There are no specific set of rules or methods to solve these type of questions. The tricky questions often come from subjects like inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, and alphanumeric series. Mostly these sections have very simple questions but they look tricky and can be easily mistaken if candidates do not concentrate.
LIC AAO Admit Card
The LIC AAO 2019 admit cards are expected to be released before 20-25 days of the exam. Candidates who have applied for the LIC AAO exam can check our website ibpsguide.com to get notified when the admit cards are out. It is expected that the admit cards will be released in the last week of April 2019, until then candidates can stop worrying about everything else and start focusing on LIC AAO preparation.