NIACL Assistant Mains 2018 Study Plan/Strategy to Crack Mains in 20 days

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

 Here we are with the 20 days study plan for NIACL Assistant Mains 2018 Examination. The first phase of this exam got over on 08th September 2018. The Mains exam for NIACL Assistant is scheduled on 6th October 2018. Just 20 days left for NIACL assistant Mains, some of you must be preparing hard to pass Mains Examination with a good score, while some of you are waiting for the result of NIACL Prelims. You should not waste your time in waiting because this golden time between the Prelims and Mains, which you are getting, will never come back. Your preparation is going to help you anyway.

Scoring good in Mains exam is very important because it is the final stage of the exam to decide merit. There is no interview for NIACL Assistant mains 2018. So, start your preparation for the mains exam right away by the below-mentioned study plan.

Before we start, read more about the NIACL Assistant job profile to know what you are signing up for and what will be your responsibilities.

Exam Pattern of NIACL Assistant Mains:

First, It is very important to have a clear idea about the pattern of the examination. There is no change in NIACL Assistant Mains Exam pattern as compared to last year. Take a look at the distribution of marks in different sections from the following table. 


Test Name

Number of Questions

Total Marks

Total duration


Reasoning Ability



Composite duration of 120 minutes


Numerical Ability








General Awareness




Computer Knowledge







 NIACL Assistant Mains Study Plan :


Numerical Ability



General Awareness

Computer Knowledge

Day 1

  • Number Series (Missing, Wrong)
  • Inequality (Coded inequalities)
  • Error detection rules and questions of topics Tenses, articles, noun, pronoun
  • Headquarters of insurance companies, banks, national and international organization,
  • Important dates,
  • All cabinet ministers and Governors
  • Computer history, fundamentals, generations of computers, Types of computer

Day 2

  • Simplification and Approximation
  • Syllogism (Also Reverse & Does not follow syllogism)
  • Error detection rules and questions of topics verb, adjective, adverb, subject-verb agreement
  • Static gk(Important rivers, dams and waterfalls, airports, seaports etc.).
  • Static GK Tornado
  • Computer hardware devices

Day 3

  • Quadratic equations
  • Quantity Based Questions
  • Coding-decoding (New pattern also)
  • Error detection rules and questions of topics Preposition, conjunction,
  • Static GK (Important wildlife sanctuaries, nuclear power stations, temples, places, and dances )
  • Static GK Tornado
  • Operating system

Day 4

  • Average
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Blood relation (Coded blood relations
  • Error detection rules and questions of topics conditional sentences and other remaining topics
  • Insurance awareness
  • Computer Memory

Day 5

  • Percentage
  • Directions
  • Order and Ranking
  • Sentence improvement/Sentence Correction
  • Insurance and Finance Awareness,
  • Financial terminology., important insurance terms,
  • New schemes introduced in insurance and finance sector
  • Computer Software

Day 6

  • Profit, loss & Discount
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Alphabet test based
  • Para jumble
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Insurance and Banking Awareness (static insurance and banking concepts)
  • Computer security and viruses

Day 7

  • DI (Tabulation)
  • Input-output
  • Cloze Test
  • Current insurance and banking news
  • MS word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS access important points

Day 8

  • DI(Bar graph)
  • Series (Alphabet , Number & Alphanumeric Series)
  • Fill in the blanks (Single/double fillers)
  • Current affairs revision of June
  • Database management

Day 9

  • DI (Line chart)
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Reading comprehension
  • Current affairs revision of June
  • Internet, Networking and protocols

Day 10

  • DI (Pie Chart)
  • Caselet DI

Linear Seating arrangement

  • Phrase Replacement
  • Sentence Connector
  • Current affairs revision of July
  • Computer terminologies + abbreviations

Day 11

  • DI(Mixed)
  • DI (Missing)
  • Circular/square seating arrangement
  • Statement & Para completion’
  • Para Summary
  • Current affairs revision of July
  • MS windows + important keyboard shortcuts

Day 12

  • Simple interest & compound interest
  • Partnerships
  • Puzzles (Floor, date of birth based)
  • Match the column
  • Reading comprehension
  • Current affairs revision of August
  • Programming languages important points

Day 13

  • Mixture & Allegation
  • Boats & Streams
  • Puzzles (month, days scheduling based)
  • Odd one out
  • Theme based questions
  • Current affairs revision of August
  • Revise topics of your choice

Day 14

  • Time, work & Wages
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Logical Reasoning (Cause and effect, a course of action)
  • Seating arrangement
  • Phrases, Idioms, word meanings, spellings exercises
  • Current affairs revision of September
  • Revise topics of your choice

Day 15

  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Trains
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Logical reasoning (Statement and assumptions, arguments, inferences ) 
  • Puzzles
  • Reading Comprehension and sentence improvement
  • Current affairs revision of September
  • Revise topics of your choice

Day 16

  • Quantity Based Questions
  • Probability & Permutations
  • Syllogism,
  • Inequalities


  • Vocabulary(Synonyms)
  • Current Affairs Revision
  • Computer quizzes

Day 17

  • Data Sufficiency questions
  • Simplification and Approximation
  • Coding-decoding
  • Input-output
  • Vocabulary (Antonyms)
  • Revision of insurance and banking awareness
  • GK Tornado
  • Computer tornado (It will be published today)

Day 18

  • Data Interpretation
  • Number Series
  • Puzzles/Seating arrangement + sectional test

Sectional test + Reading comprehension

  • GK Tornado
  • Computer tornado

Day 19

  • Sectional test
  • Puzzles + sectional test

Sectional test + Error Spotting

  • GK tornado
  • Computer tornado

Day 20

  • Sectional test
  • Seating arrangement + sectional tests

Sectional test +Fillers/Cloze Test

  • GK tornado
  • Revise Computer tornado

 Note: You can give time to each subject per day as per your suitability. For example, one person may be good in reasoning, another person may be good in English. So, give more time to that section for which you think that you need more practice in this 20 days schedule.

Important points to remember:

Tips For Numerical ability :

  • Practice all levels of questions of simplification, approximation, number series, and quadratic equations, because these are must attempt topics in this section to score well. These topics comparatively take less time to solve and also answers are more accurate.
  • Properly understand the concepts of ratio and proportion, average, percentage. These topics help in simplification/approximation and mostly data interpretation questions revolve around these topics.
  • Do not just mug up formula and short tricks. Practice them in questions.
  • We already have a lot of useful study material of Numerical Ability. Make sure that you go through it to clear your basics.   

Tips For Reasoning Ability : 

  • Give much time to puzzles and seating arrangement during your preparation because in the current pattern of exams, most of the reasoning part is covered with puzzles and seating arrangement. With constant practice, you can excel in puzzles and seating arrangements topics.
  • Practice new pattern of questions of topics coding-decoding, input-output, syllogism. Be updated with new types of questions.
  • We already have a lot of useful study material of Reasoning Ability. Make sure that you go through it to clear your basics.   

Tips For English Language:

  • Make a habit of reading the newspaper daily. This will boost up your English reading skill and it will also enhance your vocabulary. All in all, it is very important to read English newspaper daily to score well in the English Section.
  • Try to learn 10 new English words every day and use those words in your daily life to be familiar with them.
  • Be familiar with the basic and proper usage of grammar rules. Strengthen your English grammar.
  • We already have a lot of useful study material of English . Make sure that you go through it to clear your basics.

Tips For General Awareness:

  • On a daily basis attempt financial awareness quizzes, static GK quizzes and daily GK quizzes which we provide.
  • Also, read and learn one-liner regularly.
  • Read newspaper daily. It will keep you updated with the current happenings every day.
  • We already have a lot of useful study material of General Awareness Section. Make sure that you go through it to clear your basics.

Tips For Computer Awareness :

  • You can score very good marks in this section in less time because its syllabus is not very vast and questions asked in exams are not very complicated.
  • First, study one topic per day from a book or PDF and must revise it before exams.
  • On daily basis , attempt computer quizzes .
  • We already have a lot of useful study material of Computer Awareness. Make sure that you go through it to clear your basics.

Most Important point :

  • The most important trick to score well in the examination is to attempt mock tests on a regular basis. Take mock tests very seriously.
  • Analysis of attempted mock tests is very important. Through analysis of mock tests, you will get to know your strong and weak areas in each section.
  • The analysis will tell you where you are lacking and where you need improvement. It will also tell you what are your strengths and which topics will give you a good score in the actual exam.
  • Mock tests will not tell you how good you are in any subject, but it will tell you that how you can be better and how you can give your best during the actual exam.

You can try our NIACL Assistant Mains Test Series 2018 for better chances of success.

So start your preparation for NIACL Assistant Mains 2018 right now and we wish for your grand success in this exam.

All the best,
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