LIC AAO 2019 Preparation: Prelims Exam Strategy

Dear Students, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has announced vacancies for the post of Assistant Administrative Officer (AAO) lately. The total number of vacant posts this year is 590 and the preliminary examination for the recruitment process is scheduled to be held on 4th & 5th of May 2019. The pattern of LIC AAO prelims exam is akin to the ones of other banking and insurance examinations. The candidates will have to attempt three sections viz. English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability in a specified period of time which is 20 minutes for each of the three sections.

That the notification is out already, you need to accelerate the pace at which you have been preparing for this exam so that it bears fruit in the end. Also, LIC AAO is one of the most sought-after jobs in the insurance sector as it provides one with a handsome salary along with lot of perks and facilities. From job security to experience-based promotion, the job provides you with a great number of benefits that include lesser working hours, a pay that is on par with the corporate sector, medical, housing, loans, childcare etc.

Now that you know how gratifying this job in the insurance sector could be, get your priorities straight and start preparing for the exam right away. Before you get under way, be cognizant of the examination pattern, and know how to plan your preparations so you are able to do with the syllabus well ahead of the time.

LIC AAO 2019 Prelims Exam Pattern

Sr. No.
Name of Tests
No. of Qs
Maximum Marks
English Language with special emphasis on grammar, vocabulary and comprehension 
20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
20 minutes
Reasoning Ability
20 minutes
1 hour (60 minutes)

English Language test will be of qualifying nature and the marks in English Language will not be counted for ranking.

LIC AAO 2019 Prelims Exam Strategy

English Section

As we know, English Language section is qualifying in nature in LIC AAO 2019 exam. A candidate just needs to secure 10 marks out of 30. So, target atleast 15-20 questions to reach the threshold. Avoid random guessing at any cost.
The correct approach is to first attempt questions in which your are most confident.  First scan the whole english section. Identify what type of questions you have to target first. Prioritise reading comprehension, para jumbles, cloze test, error detection, phrasal replacement, fillers etc. according to your convenience and attempt accordingly. This will help you to manage.

  • Proper strategy & approach play a crucial role. Follow an effective strategy to solve different problems. In case of reading comprehension, first go through the questions and then read the comprehension to understand the theme of the passage. 
  • In case of cloze test, first try to understand the theme of the passage by reading multiple times. Then subsequently solve the blanks. 
  • Solve para jumbles by elimination i.e. deduce the first statement by eliminating different options & examine the remaining options to reach the correct answer. 
  • Vocabulary gives heebies-jeebies to most of the aspirants. If you are struck in these type of questions then don’t panic. Just analyse the part of the speech and mark the correct option . 
  • For instance, if we need to find the meaning of mesmerizing assuming we don’t know the actual meaning. Since the word ‘mesmerizing’ is a verb so identify the verb in the given option and mark accordingly.

Last but not the least, don’t panic after seeing long passages or difficult vocabulary words. Positive Attitude with a proper strategy will do wonders.

Quantitative Aptitude Section
Earlier, students used to spend 25-27 minutes (on an average) on this section, but unfortunately, that is not going to be the case this time. As LIC has already restricted the time to do this particular section to just 20 minutes, you really need to break your back in order to attain good marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section.

  • This section needs the maximum of your hard work and travail as the questions asked in this section are calculative and very time-consuming and you will have only 20 minutes for a total of 35 questions.
  • The key is to attempt the quizzes on Adda247 App on a regular basis, without skipping a single day.
  • In the examination, attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification, and Approximation, and Number Series first as you would be able to solve the maximum number of questions within minimum time.
  • After having attempted all these questions efficiently, go for Data Interpretation. In every DI 3 questions are always doable and the rest two are a bit tricky and calculative. So, try to attempt at least those 3 questions with accuracy.
  • Rest of the questions will be based on arithmetic miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes, and Cisterns, Partnership, etc. Time will be running short and if you are left with some, then attempt these questions too in the end.

Reasoning Section

This section is still a big sigh of relief to the students as, even before the introduction of sectional timing, students would give 20 minutes on an average to this section. Reasoning Ability is an onerous section, and with the increasing complexity of questions, it becomes hard for one to give it the cold shoulder. The only way to make the grade in this section in the forthcoming exam of LIC AAO Prelims Exam is to practice with all your heart and soul.

  • Attempt the maximum number of questions in Reasoning Section in minimum time by attempting the difficult puzzles in the end. 
  • Start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles, you can choose to start with questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, and other such random topics. 
  • Then try to start with puzzles that appear easy to be solved and proceed with moderate and difficult puzzles in a similar way. 
All the Best Aspirants for LIC AAO 2019 Exam!

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