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The dates for NIACL AO Exam 2021 are out! The AO (Generalist) (Scale 1) exam for Phase I will be conducted on October 16, 2021. Many candidates might be getting confused about making a perfect approach for the reasoning section for the NIACL AO 2021 Exam. We know that the reasoning section brings in tricky questions, but if it is practiced properly then it can surely help you to fetch maximum marks in the Exam.

Therefore, this article will throw light on how you should prepare to counter this section, what are the important topics you need to focus on, and the strategy to finish this section in less than 20 minutes in the upcoming NIACL AO 2021 Exam.

Before jumping onto the tips for sure-shot success in the upcoming NIACL AO Exam 2021, you need to revisit the updated exam pattern and the syllabus:

NIACL AO Exam Pattern

As per the NIACL, the selection process of a candidate is based on the four recruitment stages given below:

Preliminary Stage

This stage of the recruitment process consists of three sections, English language, quantitative aptitude, and Reasoning ability. The exam is conducted in online mode, with objective-type questions carrying a total score of 100 Marks.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
English Language303020 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes (1 hour)

Here we are going to provide some of the tips for scoring well in the reasoning portion:

1.    Proper Exam plan and strategy

Proper Exam plan and strategy are important from the point of view of time management. Therefore, you need to work on the proper and logical strategy to go to the Exam with. It must consist of the plan related to the maximum number of questions to be attempted. It is recommended that you attempt at least 30 out of the 35 questions. If you will succeed in it, you will speed up your progress in the actual

2. Target solving easy questions first

Without any doubt, the Reasoning section is a time-consuming section, where most aspirants waste a lot of time due to the wrong strategy of choosing questions to answer. To avoid wasting your time, you must attempt questions that seem easy to you instead of getting stuck on questions you feel will take more time to be solved. You can mark it for a later review to save your time.

3. Solve questions on paper & save time

Some of the topics in the Reasoning section need more time than others and can be solved quickly and accurately on paper, like blood relation, syllogisms, inequality, directions, syllogisms, etc. Hence, you should solve these questions in the paper to improve your score in less time.

4. Avoid beginning with puzzles questions

To avoid being worried about the clock ticking or getting stuck on a puzzle question, and wasting your time, you should solve the arithmetic questions first. The puzzle section can become the trickiest of all the sections in the Exam, as it tends to take more time. If you will succeed in attempting all the puzzle questions with speed and accuracy, you will have you’ll have an edge over the other candidates who are weak in it.

5.   Learn and practice reasoning tricks

It is an advantage to have the know-how of the reasoning tricks to solve the paper quickly. You should learn or practice these time-saving tricks for the upcoming NIAL AO Exam 2021. You can also improve your skill and performance via reasoning short tricks


If you are really serious about mastering this section to get good marks, you should practice Reasoning Ability questions via Mock Tets. It will quickly let you know which questions you have not still mastered and encourage you to focus on your speed and accuracy and your weak areas. Since Mock Tests stimulate revision and studying, they check and encourage earlier learning and so space out learning, which will most likely improve your retention. Hence, you need to make sure that practice various Reasoning Ability questions every day for better retention and better results.

With hard and smart work coupled with regular Mock Tests, you will definitely taste success in the upcoming NIACL AO Exam. Therefore, follow the study plan strictly if you are a job goer and have only a month or two with you for the Exam preparation. Otherwise, you should take help from it and make your own study plan in this very pattern. But you need to keep in mind that planning and proper implementation of that planning with a clear-cut strategy are very crucial for NIACL AO Exam success.

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