Tips For Reasoning: LIC AAO 2016

Dear BA"ians,

With LIC AAO Exam fast approaching we are sure you all want to put your best foot forward and face the exam to grab a seat for yourself. The LIC AAO exam pattern being a bit different, a lot of confusion persists in your mind as to how are the questions going to be like. what is the cutoff going to be ? So on and so forth.. Follow the link below to answer your above queries.

LIC AAO: Pattern, Syllabus and Cut-off

Sl No.
No. Of Questions
Reasoning Ability
30-35 mins
Quantitative Aptitude

35-40 mins
General Knowledge/ Current Affairs
12-15 mins
Computer Knowledge
10 mins
*English Language Test with Special emphasis on Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension
15-20 mins
 120 mins

Now coming to the section reasoning! How to deal with it? For quite some time this subject had been the trump card for most students who aim at scoring maximum in reasoning. Until of course IBPS mains happened!! Every little hope that most had  regarding this subject died with the level , pattern, being so different and unpredictable.

Will LIC follow such a pattern? Well not much can be said in this regard apart from the fact

After all why take a chance.

1) Order And Ranking
2) Seating Arrangements
3) Puzzles
4) Direction
5) Machine and Input
6) Coding Decoding
7) Blood Relations
8) Analytical Reasoning
9) Inequality

  • Off late the trend that the exam taking bodies have been following is to combine the first  4 topics in a single puzzle, making it not just difficult but also very confusing and lengthy. There is no best way to deal with these questions, practice is the only solution. Now how best to practice?
  • Make sure you solve at least 4-5 puzzles on a daily basis. Practising puzzles helps the mind to develop and get accustomed to confusing and complicated situations in a question.
  • But this does not mean that during the exam you make a promise to solve all the questions. Remember you are not there to prove your knowledge about the subject but to score maximum marks possible in a given time. So best to attempt the easy questions first.
  • Do not attempt puzzles or seating arrangements first, do them after you have attempted all the other questions of the section, but do keep the time frame in the mind aswell.. The reason for this is that puzzles are usually lengthy and spending 10 mins for 5 marks doesn't make sense in the exam where you have only minutes to prove your worth.
  • While solving the questions, skip all the time consuming questions and attempt only those which easily click. Time consuming and complicated questions are meant to be left, they are put in the paper to trap the student. So BEWARE
  • Use the allotted 30-35 minutes judicially such that the difference between the number of attempts and the number of questions done accurately is very low, i.e. you should try to attempt accurately in the exam. Stay away from guess work.
  • Last but not the least practice on-line mock exams daily if possible, as this will give you experience and a chance to apply all these tips enabling you with an error free experience in the real battle.
  • Note: The aim is to attempt a minimum of 15-20 marks at least in this section.
Now the questions that arise are as follows:

How best to deal with a difficult paper?
Well if the level of the paper is difficult, then best to become a scavenger hunting for the easiest possible question and getting over with it first, and then peacefully working out the difficult questions. But make sure that you can differentiate between the difficult that are doable and the one which are not, so use your time judicially and do not exceed the time that you have stipulated for each section.

Is it possible to do well in a difficult paper?
Absolutely! If not do well but definitely clear the cutoff comfortable, provided you allocate your time smartly and follow the tips given above.

How does an average student appear for such a paper?
An average student should start by doing the topics that he or she is comfortable in first and aim to clear the cut off . Do only those questions in which you are 100% sure in, no guess work at all. Then move to the other types of questions.

Keep practising and stay positive!

LIC AAO Reasoning Practice Set: CLICK HERE

LIC AAO 2015: Practice Mock Kit: CLICK HERE

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