NICL AO Recruitment 2021: Exam Pattern, Syllabus

NICL AO - National Insurance Company Limited Administrative Officer

National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) is one of the prestigious insurance companies in the country. NICL AO full form is “National Insurance Company Limited Administrative Officer”. NICL conducts a recruitment exam to fill vacancies for the post of ‘Administrative Officers (Generalist) Scale I’. Candidates who qualify in the NICL AO exam will be hired as Administrative Officer in the NICL. In this article, we shall see all important information related to NICL AO Recruitment 2021 exam such as Exam Date, Eligibility criteria, Syllabus, Application Fee, Apply Online, Exam Pattern, Vacancy, Salary, Job profile, etc.

NICL AO Salary

The basic salary of an NICL AO is around Rs 33,000 per month. With other perks and allowances, the total payment will be around Rs 50,000 per month in metro cities and maybe a little less in other areas. This is the starting salary. Salary will be gradually increased as you move up in your career in the company.

NICL Exam Date 2021

The NICL AO Recruitment 2021 notification is not yet released by NICL. The last recruitment was held in 2017. Once the Notification is released, we shall update the NICL exam date.

NICL AO Eligibility Criteria

There are 2 criteria that a candidate should fulfill in order to be eligible to sit for the NICL Administrative Officer exam.

  1. Age Limit
  2. Education Qualifications.

Candidates need to fulfill both the eligibility criteria to apply for this exam.

Age Limit

  • Minimum Age – 21 years
  • Maximum Age – 30 years

Upper Age Limit Relaxation

  • SC/ST – 5 years
  • OBC – 3 years
  • PwD (Person with Disabilities) – 10 years
  • and others as per Government norms.

Educational Qualifications

  • Graduation or Post Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University OR any equivalent qualification recognized as such by Central Government
  • Minimum 60% marks in either of the degree examination (at least 55% for SC/ST) candidates.

NICL AO Vacancies

The last AO notification was in 2017.

NICL AO 2017

Total No. of Posts

UR SC ST OBC Out of which PwD
205 113 31 16 45 2 2 2

NICL Administrative Officer Selection Procedure

Previously the AO Exam of NICL has 2 stages only (Online exam & Interview). However, from 2020, the recruitment process got changed and the selection process now has 3 stages.

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
    • Objective Test
    • Descriptive Test
  • Personal Interview

NICL AO Exam Pattern 2021

Preliminary Exam Pattern

The NICL AO Prelims exam is a screening exam. The NICL prelims will be an ONLINE OBJECTIVE type test. Marks obtained in the Prelims exam are not counted for final selection, however, candidates need to clear this stage in order to become eligible to appear for the Main examination.

Subject No of Questions Max Marks Duration Medium
English 30 30 60 Minutes English
Reasoning Ability 35 35 English or Hindi
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 English or Hindi
Total 100 100
  • There are Sectional cutoffs marks and also an Overall cutoff mark.
  • There is a Negative Marking (Penalty) of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
  • No penalty for unanswered questions.

Main Examination Pattern

The main exam has 2 parts – Objective and Descriptive. Here is the pattern for both Descriptive and Objective:

NICL AO Mains Objective Test 

Name of Test No.of Qs Max Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40 40 120 minutes
English Language 40 40
General Awareness 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Total 200 200
  • There is a Negative Marking (Penalty) of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
  • There are both Sectional cutoffs and Overall cutoff marks.

NICL AO Mains Descriptive Test:

Name of Test No. of Qs Marks Duration
English Language

(Essay, Precis & Comprehension)

3 30 30 Minutes
  • The descriptive test is conducted in ONLINE MODE and will be in English only.
  • The descriptive test starts immediately after the mains objective test.
  • Your descriptive test will be evaluated only if you clear the sectional and final cutoff marks in the main exam objective test.
  • The Descriptive test is only qualifying in nature but has a specific cutoff mark that a candidate should obtain in order to be considered for Interview and Final Selection.

NICL Interview

Candidates who clear the Main examination will be called for a Personal Interview. The ratio of the number of people who appear for the Main examination and the number of people who will be called for the Interview is 80: 20.

NICL AO Cut off

Below are the cutoff marks of the NICL Administrative Officer 2017 Prelims examination

Marks (Out of 100) 61.25 59 54.25 47 52.25 54.75 27


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