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With the LIC HFL Assistant exam date set on Oct 9, 2019, there are only 28 days left in the exam. There are 125 vacancies for the Assistant post and we’re sure that you would like to grab one. But please also be aware of the competition which would be in lakhs. You need to upscale your preparation in such a way that you get ahead of all your competitors. To achieve this proficiency, you need to start your preparation from today itself. While we have already shared the Preparation Strategy for Logical Reasoning & English Language, in this article, we are going to share the Preparation Strategy for Numerical Ability.

First things first, let’s have a look at the exam pattern of LIC HFL Assistant

S. No.SectionNo. of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language505035 minutes
2Logical Reasoning505035 minutes
3General Awareness505015 minutes
4Numerical Ability505035 minutes
 Total200200120 minutes

So, for the Numerical Ability section, there are 50 questions of 50 marks to be solved in 35 minutes. Please note that there are sectional time limits are in place. In this duration of 35 minutes, you need to solve maximum questions with maximum accuracy. Practising via Mock Tests will help you implement different strategies on approaching questions. You can try different strategies and pick the one which suits you the most.

Let’s have a look at the Syllabus of the Numerical Ability Section

LIC HFL Numerical Ability Syllabus

  • Quadratic Equation
  • Number Series
  • Probability
  • Simplification
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Average
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Profit and Loss
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Problems on Age
  • Mensuration
  • Mixtures and Allegations
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Bar Graph
  • Surds and Indices

LIC HFL Assistant Analysis 2018

It’s important to understand the topics from which questions were asked last year. While nobody can predict which questions will be asked in the forthcoming exam, you can definitely get an idea of topics from which questions were asked last year.

TopicNumber of Questions
Simplification/ Approximation10
Missing Number Series10
Data InterpretationTabular GraphBar Graph10
Data Sufficiency5
Word Problems15

Start Your Preparation by taking a Free Mock Test

You may ask what’s the point of taking a Mock Test before you have even started your preparation. But it’s important to know your preparation level before starting your preparation so that you know which areas to focus on. And Mock Tests help you know your level. Once you’ve submitted a Mock Test, you’ll immediately be provided with an instant analysis comprising of your weak areas, detailed explanations of questions you answered incorrectly (so that you get to know where are you going wrong), comparison of your performance with that of the topper in several aspects etc. Also, the fact that once you’ve taken a Free Mock Test, you’ll get a good idea of the format & interface of the exam.

Understand the Basic Concepts

Books or Videos: the choice is yours. But you need to ensure the fact that the concept of each topic mentioned in the syllabus is clear. Read books, watch videos on YouTube and ensure that you don’t have any knowledge-gap in all of these topics. Solve at least 40-50 questions on each topic. This step will help you understand what different kinds of questions can be asked.


Understand & Develop Your own Shortcuts & Tricks

A lot of shortcuts & tricks are mentioned on different videos. Watch them and try to understand the concept underneath. But unless you understand the concept behind any shortcut/ trick, don’t apply it in any question. Knowing the logic behind a shortcut will always let you have an upper hand. And it will also help you, in case there is a minor change in the question. If you know the logic behind the shortcut, you can amend the shortcut accordingly and answer the question quickly.

Practice Previous Years Question Paper

Time yourself when taking previous year question papers. Put alarms in such a way that you stop after 35 minutes. Review your performance and see how much are you able to score. If you have answered any question incorrectly, do a root-cause analysis of how and where you went wrong. This will help you repeat the same mistake in the actual exam.


Revise the Concepts & Shortcuts Frequently

The best way to revise concepts & shortcuts is to practice. Remember: there is no alternative to practice. And the best tool to practice is Mock Tests. It will tell you your national rank and percentile so that you know how much more you need to improve your performance. Mock Tests also help you identify your weak areas so as to help you in improving your performance. Consider buying the LIC HFL Package which has 5 Mock Tests and is priced at only Rs 175 and will help you practice enough questions until the exam date arrives.

Identify & Avoid Speed Breakers


When you would have practised a lot of questions, you would get an idea by simply viewing the question, whether it’s an easy one or a tricky one. This will obviously depend on your ability to find out what concept is the question trying to check, what info is provided and what info is asked. The more you practice, the quicker you will be able to decipher this data. As is obvious, solve the easy questions and skip the difficult ones to max out your performance in this section.

We hope these tips will help you in your preparation. Don’t forget to use Mock Tests to get the best performance out of yourself. Let us know in the comments section below if you have any question for this exam. Wishing you good luck with your preparation!

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  1. Hello Sir, can you please tell me will there be pen and paper for numarical ability and logical reasoning in the exams? Or. We have to do all the calculations in our minds only ? Thank you sir..!

  2. Hi Arti,
    Yes, candidates would be provided with the rough paper, however, you’ll have to carry your writing material (pen) with you.

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