25 Oct


The New India Assurance Company Ltd. is a reputed public sector general insurance company. It has recently invited applications for recruitment of 300 administrative officers (generalists) in scale-I grade. The basic pay scale is quite alluring along with a quality job profile. Apart from that, other personal benefits such as gratuity, coverage under national pension scheme governed by PFRDA, group personal accident insurance, and medical allowance are also there. As per norms, the officers are further entitled to Company’s / leased accommodation.

The Institute for Best Banking Coaching in Delhi considers the AO job scale at par with the PO job scale in nationalized banks. The Institute is of the view that candidates should definitely prepare for this exam which is slated to be held in the third week of December 2016. To know more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for this exam, you can check out the following link: https://www.vidyaguru.in/exam-updates/new-india-assurance-recruitment-2016-17 notification/

The Selection Procedure:

The recruitment process for AO positions will be conducted in three phases:

  1. Phase – I: Preliminary Examination
  2. Phase – II: Main Examination
  3. Phase – III: Interview

(A). Phase – I: Preliminary Examination (Online)

The preliminary exam will be an online exam consisting of objective tests of 100 marks in total. It will be an exam of one hour duration. It will have the following three sections:

  • English Language consisting of 30 marks (30 questions)
  • Reasoning Ability consisting of 35 marks (35 questions)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (Mathematics) consisting of 35 marks (35 questions)

Note: (I) Except English language the other 2 tests i.e. reasoning ability & quantitative aptitude will appear in both English and Hindi medium. (II) There will be minimum cut off marks for each test. (III) Based on the performance in the preliminary exam, candidates will be shortlisted for the main exam. (IV) The number of candidates shortlisted for the main exam will be around 15 times the number of vacancies in that category. (V) The marks scored in the preliminary exam won’t be included in the final merit list.

(B). Phase – II: Main Examination (Online)

The main exam will have two parts: objective test & descriptive test. Both the tests will be conducted online. The candidate will have to appear in the objective test followed by the descriptive test.

(i) Objective Test – It will have 200 marks in total. It will be a test of 2 hour duration. It will contain 4 sections as follows:

  • Reasoning consisting of 50 marks will appear in both Hindi & English.
  • English Language consisting of 50 marks will appear only in English.
  • General Awareness consisting of 50 marks will appear in both Hindi & English.
  • Quantitative Aptitude (Mathematics) consisting of 50 marks will appear in both Hindi & English.

(ii) Descriptive Test – The test will have a total of 30 marks. It will have to be attempted in English language only and will also be conducted online. It is going to be a 30 minute test consisting of two parts:

  • Letter Writing of 10 marks
  • Essay Writing of 20 marks

Note: (I) Candidates will have to score minimum cut off marks in all the 4 sections of the objective test so that they become eligible for descriptive test evaluation and interview. (II) The descriptive test of only those candidates who qualify the objective test will be evaluated. (III) The qualifying marks to be scored in the descriptive test will be determined by the company on the basis of the number of vacancies. (IV) To get shortlisted for the interview, the candidate will have to score sufficiently high marks in the objective test and qualify the descriptive test. (V) The marks scored in the descriptive test will not be included in the final merit list.

(C) Phase – III:  Interview

Candidates who pass / qualify the Phase – II (main exam) will be called for an interview to be conducted by the company at selected locations. In order to attend the interview, the selected candidates are required to download their interview call letters from the company’s website.

Final Selection:

Final selection will be based on the consolidated marks of main exam (objective test) & interview. The ratio (weightage) of marks of objective test & interview will be 80:20 respectively.

Note: (I) A wait list will also be prepared that may be used in the event of non acceptance of job offer by the selected candidates. (II) This list will not exceed 50% of the number of vacancies available in each category.

Important Points:

  • There will be a penalty for each wrong answer and it is applicable to both preliminary exam & main exam (objective test).
  • For each wrong answer, there will be a deduction of 25% marks assigned to that particular question.
  • Since minimum cut off marks need to be scored in each of the objective tests (be it preliminary or main exam), you will have to focus equally on all subjects.
  • You will have to make concerted effort to qualify the descriptive test involving essay and letter writing.
  • Essay writing generally requires writing on a topic of current social, political, economic or environmental relevance. To do so effectively, you need to keep abreast of latest national and international news events.
  • Letter writing will involve drafting of a business / formal letter which resembles the day to day official correspondence related to the role of an administrative officer.
  • Don’t forget to enhance your keyboard skills as the descriptive test will also be computer based. You will only have 30 minutes for this test. Therefore, to perform well in this test you must be comfortable typing on a keyboard.

As a student enrolled in the Best Bank Coaching Institute in Delhi, you must now focus on upcoming IBPS Clerk & New India Assurance Exam. Apart from attending regular Classes, attempting ample number of practice questions and mock tests is a must. After all, in the end, all Competitive Exams are a game of speed and accuracy.


This article has been written for candidates interested in taking the upcoming New India Assurance administrative officer exam. The article discusses the exam pattern in great detail. Going through it will give right direction to those who are preparing for the exam. If you have any further questions, feel free to get in touch with Vidya Guru Experts by writing to vidyagurudelhi@gmail.com.

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