NIACL AO Selection Process 2022: Check Schedule, Procedure

NIACL AO Selection Process 2022: Check Schedule, Procedure

ByJyoti Bisht  |  Updated on: Aug 27, 2021
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NIACL AO Selection Process 2021

NIACL AO 2021 Selection Process: To start the preparation for the NIACL AO 2021 exam, the aspirants should know the complete selection procedure. NIACL AO selection process is described is allocated in 3 different stages.

Only the qualified graduates/postgraduates for NIACL AO 2021 will be chosen based on their performances in three stages. To be considered for the position of Administrative Officer Generalist, the candidate must pass each stage as decribed by the officials.

The three stages of NIACL AO 2021 Selection Process includes Prelims, Mains & Interview. Below we have shared the complete NIACL AO 2021 selection process guide describing all Prelims Exam Pattern, Mains Exam Pattern, and Interview Details.

NIACL AO 2021 Selection Stages

The NIACL AO 2021 Selection Proces has 3 phases as follows-

  • Preliminary Examination - Online Objective Test
  • Mains Examination - Online Objective Test + Decriptive
  • Interview

NIACL AO Selection Process - Phase 1

The first stage of selection is the preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks to be conducted online. The questions will come from the English, Reasoning, and Numerical/Quantitative Aptitude portions of the NIACL Preliminary Exam. There will be 100 multiple-choice questions, each worth one mark. For each wrong answer, one-fourth of a point will be deducted.

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarksDuration
English Language303020 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Numerical Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 Hour

Note: Candidates have to qualify for each test/section by securing passing marks to be decided by the Company. The adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Company (approximately 15 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the Main Examination.

NIACL AO Selection Process - Phase 2

The seond stage of selection is the Mains Examination which consist of objective test for 200 marks and Descriptive test for 30 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be conducted online and candidates need to crack both the tests separately in order to qualify for the next round of selection. 

The objective type paper will last 2 hours, while the descriptive paper will last 30 minutes only. There will be 200 multiple-choice questions and two essays or letters to write. The descriptive test will only be administered in English. For each wrong answer, one-fourth of a point will be deducted.



Name of Test


Type of test


Maximum Marks


Medium of Exam

Duration for each test/section (Separately timed)

Test of Reasoning



Eng/ Hindi

40 min

Test of English Language




40 min

Test of General Awareness



Eng/ Hindi

30 min

Test of Quantitative Aptitude



Eng/ Hindi

40 min

Total (Aggregate)





NIACL AO Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 30 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing-10 marks & Essay-20 marks). The descriptive test will be in English and will be conducted online mode. 

Name of ExamMarks
Letter Writing10 marks
Essay Writing20 Marks

NIACL AO Selection Process - Phase 3

Candidates who get shortlisted at the end of Phase II will be invited for an interview round which is a part of the selection process. Interviews will be held in various centres. The weighting (ratio) of the online exam and the interviews will be 75:25.

Important Note: In the call letter, the shortlisted candidates will be told of the centre, address of the venue, time, and date of the interview. Candidates must obtain their interview invitations from the company's website. Please note that any requests for changes to the interview date, location, or time will be denied.

NIACL AO Final Selection

The results of the main examination (objective test) and the interview will be used to make the final decision. The NIACL AO final merit list will be compiled in descending order of the candidates' aggregated marks. Candidates on the merit list who fall within the number of openings will be considered for appointment.

Candidates must note that the management reserves the right to appoint qualified candidates in more than one batch. The appointment of selected candidates is contingent on their being declared medically fit as per the Company's requirements. Such an appointment will also be subject to the Company's service and conduct regulations.

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NIACL AO Selection Process FAQs

  • The NIACL AO 2021 Selection Process is divided in three different stages which are as follows-

    • Prelims
    • Mains
    • Interview
  • Yes, 1/4 marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt in NIACL AO 2021 exam.

  • No, marks obtained in the NIACL AO prelims exam is only qualifying in nature and will not be taken into consideration for preparing the final allotment. 

  • Yes, there is a sectional timing allotted to each section/subject in the NIACL AO exam for both prelims and mains exam.

  • The final merit list for NIACL AO 2021 recruitmeht will be based on the marks obtained in mains (objective+decriptive) and interview.

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