Last Minute Tips & Exam- day Strategy for NIACL Assistant Prelims 2018

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Today we are sharing some last-minute tips and exam-day strategy for NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam 2018. The first phase of NIACL Assistant 2018 is scheduled on 08th September 2018 (Saturday). In order to sail through this exam, you need to have a proper test-taking strategy. These last-minute tips and exam-day strategy will be very helpful for those who are going to appear for this exam day after tomorrow.

NIACL Assistant Prelims 2018 Exam Pattern

It is very important to have a clear picture in mind regarding the pattern of the exam. NIACL Assistant preliminary exam has 100 questions which are divided into 3 sections namely Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language. The time duration of the exam is 1 hour. Following is the distribution of questions and marks in these three sections in this exam:


Test Name

No. Of Questions

Maximum Marks

Sectional Time


Reasoning Ability





Quantitative Aptitude















Sectional Strategy for NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam 2018

Reasoning Ability:

To score good in reasoning ability section, you should NOT start it with puzzle/seating arrangement questions. Ideally you should start it from the following topics in which you can score well in less time:

  • Inequality
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-decoding
  • Miscellaneous questions of ranking, direction and blood relation.

After you are done with attempting these questions, you can start attempting puzzles and seating arrangement questions. Because these questions take much time in comparison to other questions. Also, There is no surety of cracking the puzzle/seating arrangement even after spending 10-15 minutes on it. So, follow a smart strategy for attempting this section.

Quantitative Aptitude:

To get a decent score in this section, you should try to attempt questions in following sequence:

  • Simplification / Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Data interpretation (selective questions which require less calculation)

After attempting questions, you can move to the miscellaneous question as per your remaining time for this section.


Attempt those questions first which you find easy and sure about the answer. Try to attempt this section in the following sequence:

  • Error spotting questions
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Antonyms/Synonyms from the RC

If the time allows then you can move to the para jumble and reading comprehension questions.

Note: In assistant level exam, there is a possibility of Story-Based reading comprehension. Then you should surely attempt it, because it is comparatively easy and less time taking than economy etc. based passages.

Tips, Strategies and Important points to remember :

Do not Stick to any question :

Do not stick to any complex question. If you are not able to solve a particular question, you should better leave it. Remember PRE exam is not about scoring through tough questions, because every question is of 1 mark. So move ahead and attempt those questions which you find comparatively easy. 

Do not compromise with accuracy :

Attempt sufficient questions with utmost accuracy to clear sectional as well as the overall cut-off. Do not rush for more number of attempts. Make sure that whatever number of questions you attempt, you must attempt it with accuracy, not by applying guess.

Keep track of time :

Time management is the key to success in the exam. There is a sectional time limit for individual sections in the exam. So keep a proper track of time as you can not come back to any section once the time is over. Manage your time during the exam very efficiently and smartly.

Do not feel nervous :

Do not panic if you find the exam tough. If it is tough, then it is tough for everyone. Just keep your focus on accuracy and easy questions on your way.

Read the instructions properly :

Read all the instructions above every question very well before attempting any question.

Have faith on your capabilities :

Just have faith on your capabilities and attempt the exam with a cool and calm mind. Stressing out will not help you in anything. If you have prepared well then nothing can stop you from being successful.

Do not forget to take your admit card, original valid ID proof as well as a photocopy of this ID proof and a photograph(same as that on the admit card) along with you. Reach your exam centre on time!

Do not stress, Do your Best , Forget the rest

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Previous year paper of NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam 

Attempt NIACL Assistant Prelims Mini Mocks from the below link :

NIACL Assistant Prelims Mini Mocks

NIACL Assistant Combo Test Series 2018

All the best for your exam!

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