NIACL Assistant 2017 - Strategy to Score Maximum in Prelims with 2 weeks Plan


As you all know, only few days are left for NIACL Assistant exam 2017. It is one of the most awaiting opportunity in 2017 for all government job aspirants. It is the first exam that is going to be held after the results of IBPS PO and clerk. Those aspirants who could not succeed in IBPS exams, it is another good opportunity that can land you in a government job. We are presenting here the strategy for the better preparation of NIACL Assistant 2017 prelims. Following the topic management and time management strategy which we have provided, along with the constant practice, you can excel in to this exam.


This section has 35 questions in which every question is of 1 mark. This is the section which takes maximum time but it can give you maximum marks too.

For these 35 questions, you need to give 20-25 minutes. In these 20-25 minutes, first you should attempt those topics in which you are very good at and also those questions which take comparatively less time. Those topics which are easier to solve are as follows:
  • Simplification /approximation (5-10 questions)
  • number series (5 questions)
  • quadratic equations/Inequality (5 questions).

Attempting these topics correctly will give you 15 marks in prelims.

Now you should focus to the DI part. There are normally 10 questions of DI in prelims exam. DI is all about clarity of basic concepts of percentage, ratio, profit loss etc. and more and more practice. So practice questions of these topics more.
After attempting these topics of 25 marks in prelims, you can go to the miscellaneous / Language problem questions. There are 10 questions of language problem, which includes following topics:
  • Profit loss,
  • Average,
  • SI & CI,
  • Ratio & proportion,
  • Boats & streams,
  • Speed, time & distance ,
  • Time & work
  • Probability etc.

In prelims, you should focus more on accuracy rather than attempts. If you have attempted 25 question in quant with a good accuracy , you are at a safer side.
Now , as only two weeks are left for this exam , try to revise  two topics daily . Practice new kinds of questions of data interpretation. Tables from 1-30 , Squares up to 1- 50 and cubes up to 1-30 should be at your fingertips. Practice the multiplication , addition tips and tricks. This all will help you in faster calculation during exam. Nothing but the practice will sail you on the other side in this exam.
This section consists of 35 question in which every question is of 1 mark. You should give 20 minutes to this section.
Coming to the topic management in this section, following are the topics which will fetch you maximum marks in lesser time:
  • Inequalities (3-5 questions),
  • Alpha-numeric number series (5 questions),
  • coding – decoding (5 questions),
  • Blood relations (2-3 questions),
  • Ranking (1-2 questions),
  • Direction (2-3 questions),
  • syllogism (3-5 questions)

These are the topics which are easy to score provided you are good at the basic concepts of these topics. Sometimes the questions from these topics are bit complicated, but if you are good with the concepts  , you will attempt these in lesser time. Attempt these mentioned topics at first while solving the reasoning ability with utmost accuracy and you can easily score 20 – 25 marks.
Other than these, remaining topics for reasoning section are:
  • Puzzles,
  • Seating Arrangement,
  • Machine input/output
  • Logical reasoning

All these topics are all about presence of mind. You can never say which type of puzzle or seating arrangement will come in exam. Accuracy and time management is at risk in these topics. You can give 10 minutes to a puzzle and still it’s possible that you will not be able to find the answers. So always attempt these topics at last in this section in order to clear the cut-off of reasoning in prelims.

For the remaining days, sharpen your basic concepts of mentioned chapters. Solve new kind of tough puzzles and again practice is the key to perfection.
This section consists of 30 questions in which each question is of 1 mark. You should dedicate 15 minutes for English section ideally. If you are excellent in English , 10 -12 minutes for you would be enough. If you are not so good in English then you need to give 15-18 minutes.
In English section of prelims , first you should first focus on attempting questions from following topics as these topics consume less time :
  • cloze test
  • error spotting
  • fill in the blanks
  • Antonyms / synonyms

After this, attempt questions from
  • sentence improvement
  • sentence correction,
  • Para jumbles  


Then attempt reading comprehension. For attempting the questions of reading comprehension accurately, the best technique is to read the whole passage thoroughly at a glance. Then attempt questions of the comprehension. In this way, you can quickly relate the questions to paragraphs.  
Also, some new types of questions are being introduced in exams, such as paragraph completion, restatement. Solve these question in order to be familiar with them.
In English section, learn all the grammar rules and error spotting rules religiously. These will help you in every topic of English section.  Also , do not forget to read  English newspaper daily . This will sharpen your reading skills and will enhance your vocabulary , which is another most important thing to excel in this section.
In Prelims exam , the most important thing is accuracy . Because prelims exam is only of qualifying nature, more number of attempts does not matter much. Also, Do not attempt those questions which are very time consuming, as you have only 1 hour for these 3 sections. Just make sure to clear overall as well as sectional cut-off of each subjects by attempting questions with utmost accuracy.

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