With the examination season approaching, the preparation level of the students is now reaching a fever pitch. To help the students know about another prestigious exam here is a new article- “How to Prepare for LIC AAO Exam”.
LIC AAO is the abbreviation for Life Insurance Corporation- assistant administrative officer. In particular, LIC is India’s biggest insurance company and most of the students wait for the vacancies in LIC. After all, getting an opportunity to work in India’s biggest insurance company is a matter of pride, isn’t it?
Before we dive into the wide syllabus of the exam, let’s look into its eligibility criteria for LIC AAO Exam
Firstly, the candidate should be an Indian citizen, with a minimum age of 21 years. The maximum age limit being 30 years.
Secondly, he must hold a bachelor/master’s degree from any recognized Indian university. If you fulfill these two conditions, you are eligible to sit for the examination.
The students are often confronted with various doubts before they begin their preparation. Therefore finding an answer to all such queries becomes extremely important, as a doubtful mind hardly succeeds. Hence let’s look into the frequently asked questions.
a) Negative Marking
Yes, there is a negative marking of 25% in this examination. Ticking a wrong option can strike your name off the merit list, so be careful while marking an answer!
The exam is conducted in an online mode. The students are required to answer 160 questions in 2 hours.
c) Books to be referred
- “Assistant Administrative Officers for Life Insurance Corporation of India Exam Book” – VVK Subburaj
- Data Interpretation By Arun Sharma
- Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning by R.s. Aggarwal
- Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
- Lucent’s General Knowledge
The online test is multiple-choice questions (MCQ) based exam, which can broadly be divided into 5 sections-
– Reasoning ability
– Numerical ability
– General knowledge
– Computer knowledge
– English comprehension and verbal knowledge
4. Selection Procedure
There are 4 steps in the selection procedure, which are enumerated as follows:
a) Online test
This aims to check the student’s aptitude and analytical skills, along with his general awareness of events that are either of national or international significance.
b) Mains exam
This is a descriptive paper that has recently been introduced in the LIC AAO exam. Previously there was just the online paper followed by the interview. However, changes in the examination pattern saw the introduction of the mains paper. It includes objective questions of 300 marks and descriptive questions of 25 marks.
The interview, just like other exams, aims to know the different traits of the candidate’s personality. The interviewer aims to create a stressful environment. To test the candidate’s ability to handle stress. Moreover, it also gives insights into the candidates learning ability and temperament.
d) Medical exam
This is just a regular, medical examination, and is not related to the theoretical or analytical abilities of the candidate. The shortlisted candidates go through a pre-recruitment medical examination. One is appointed into his dream job if deemed medically fit.
5. Tips & Strategies
STEP 1: Analysing the syllabus & past year papers
Before beginning preparation, the candidates must go through the syllabus of the exam and its past year papers. This might seem to be a futile effort; however, it is really important to do this task if you want your preparation to head in the right direction.
STEP 2: Keep an eye on current events
Most of the candidates keep General knowledge on the back burner and tend to ignore it. However, it is this particular section that can either make you or break you. There are a lot of resources available these days. For instance, the internet can help you in accessing the latest news articles.
Get hold of a good gk book and then read a newspaper regularly. For example, interrelating various static parts with the dynamic events happening is the best way to get a hold over this section.
STEP 3: Comprehensive preparation
The exam should not be taken lightly. Especially because only 1 in every 1000 aspirants can make through it.
STEP 4: Disciplined Approach
The students need to make a comprehensive timetable and they should also stick to it. Additionally, students should set realistic and achievable targets.
Often failure to achieve the targets gives a sense of demotivation to the students. Above all, the students need to avoid all sorts of distractions. Therefore you should keep a bay from all the social media platforms.
STEP 5: Revision
A child is advised to revise the matter well in advance right from school. The aspirants who leave revision for the last day commit a big mistake. Regular revision is the only way which can help you to retain more content. Therefore the students are advised to do a serious revision regularly.
STEP 6: Attempting mock test series
A serious preparation strategy is incomplete if you do not allow a stipulated time for attempting mock examinations. All the efforts made will go waste if you have not attempted a good number of mocks. Also, mocks helps to learn from mistakes.
6. Subject wise preparation
English need not be studied very deeply as only qualifying marks are required. Practicing comprehension and learning grammar rules can help you in solving this section.
b) Quantitative Aptitude
- Questions are simple. However, students should use common sense and stay alert while attempting math.
- Topics like simplification, number series, compound interest, time speed distance, probability, mixtures, and Time-work should be practiced more.
c) Logical Reasoning
- In logical reasoning, the area of concern is solving the question as fast as possible. Though the reasoning questions are usually simple. The only relevant factor here is, to be able to attempt the question in around 50 seconds.
- Topics like syllogisms, coded inequalities, logical reasoning, and circular arrangements should be practiced more.
d) General Awareness
- GK is a wide area and cannot be covered overnight. Students should follow the important news articles regularly.
- Magazines like “pratiyogita darpan” can prove to be a golden book for general knowledge and current affairs.
e) Data Analysis (for mains)
Students find data interpretation a difficult section in the LIC AAO examination. Therefore to avoid stress while attempting the paper, the students should practice graphs and data interpretation thoroughly.
Once you get a hold over the concepts, solving a question is not a herculean task.
f) Insurance & Financial market awareness
Multitudinous sources are available for this section. For instance, the insurance capsule of “Affairs Cloud and Banking Adda” is informative and descriptive.
Lastly, everything starts with a goal but only actions can turn your dreams into reality. So it is only your dedication and determination which can bring a turning point in your life.
“THERE ARE NO SECRETS TO SUCCESS, IT IS THE RESULT OF PREPARATION, HARD WORK, AND LEARNING FROM FAILURE.” – COLIN POWELL
All the best!
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