NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 Shift 4: 8th Sept, Overall Exam Analysis!

By Astha Shukla|Updated : September 8th, 2018

Check NIACL Assistant prelims exam analysis 2018 and review of 4th shift, 8th September here. The 4th and final Shift of NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam 2018 has been concluded now. In this post, We will walk you through the 4th shift as well as overall prelims exam analysis of NIACL Assistant Exam conducted today to keep our readers updated with the latest exam-trend. So let's check it out now-

NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam 2018: Major Highlights & Overall Exam-analysis

1. Level of the NIACL Assistant Prelims 2018:

  • Throughout all the shifts conducted today, the level of the exam remained easy to moderate.
  • The questions asked in each section were of easy level, hence the candidates managed to attempt a good number of questions.
  • As compared to exam conducted last year, the exam was a bit easier.
  • Sequence of the section was English Language, Reasoning ability and Numerical Ability.

2. Individual sections level comparison :

  • English Language Section remained easiest of all three section in all the shifts.
  • Reasoning Ability section helped the candidates in increasing their attempts. This section was of easy level. No tricky or much time-consuming questions were asked.
  • The level of Numerical ability section was on a slightly higher side as compared to the other two sections. This section was of moderate level due to some time-consuming questions.

3. Sectional Highlights

English Language Section Review : 

  • No new pattern questions were asked in this section. All the questions were easily doable.
  • Reading comprehension, fill in the blanks, para jumble, old pattern error spotting; these topics were asked in all the shifts.
  • Cloze test was asked in two shifts.
  • 'Identify wrongly spelled words', this topic was asked in three slots of exam conducted today.
  • Reading comprehension, as well as cloze test question, were story based. 

Numerical Ability Section Review :

  • Quadratic equation and quantity based questions were asked in NIACL Assistant exam today.
  • A set of 5 questions from DI (Tabular DI, Bar Graph DI, Line Graph DI) , simplification/approximation, arithmetic word problems were asked in each of the shifts.
  • Number series questions (missing, wrong pattern) was asked in 3 shifts.
  • Quadratic equation and Quantity based questions were asked in 2 shifts.

Reasoning Ability Section Review

  • Puzzles and seating arrangement questions did not dominate the reasoning section in NIACL Assistant Prelims today.
  • Most of the topics from the Reasoning ability syllabus were asked in this section.
  • Puzzles and seating arrangement, syllogism, inequality, series based questions were asked in all the slots.
  • Coding-decoding was asked in three slots.
  • Blood relation and direction sense questions were asked in 2 slots.

4. Good Attempts 

Considering the level of questions in exam, attempting 75+ questions with utmost accuracy in today's exam is good to go.

Good Attempts: NIACL Assistant Prelims 2018


Reasoning Ability

Numerical Ability

English Language

Overall Exam

Total Questions





Level of the questions




Easy- Moderate

 Good Attempts

26-31 Questions

22-26 Questions

 21-26 Questions

75+ Questions

Check all shift analysis here :

 NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam 2018: 4th Shift Exam Analysis

NIACL Assistant Prelims Analysis of Numerical Ability Section

Topic-wise breakup of the questions asked in the Numerical Ability section of NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam 2018 is shared below -


Details of the topics asked with their level :

Number Series

  • Missing Number Series questions were asked.
  • The questions were of Moderate level.
  • Mostly square based and multiplication based questions were there. Following questions were asked :

1. 18 25 46 81 ? 193
2. 5 69 118 154 179 ?
3. 7920 1320 264 66 ? 11
4. 19 55 163 487 1459 ?
5. 7 15 39 87 167 ?

Data Interpretation

  • A Tabular DI was asked.
  • The questions were slightly calculative but not very time taking.


  • This topic was quite scoring with 15 easy questions.
  • The questions were easy based on BODMAS rule.

Miscellaneous Problems

  • Moderate and slightly calculative arithmetic topics were asked.
  • This section comprised of questions from topics such as Age-based questions, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Time and Work, Probability, Partnership, Time, Speed & Distance etc.

NIACL Assistant Exam Analysis of English Language Section


Details of the topics asked with their level :

Reading Comprehension 

  • Easy level story based RC was asked.
  • There was one vocabulary question based on passage.
  • 2 vocabulary based questions were asked. 


  • 6 questions were asked which were based on single fillers. A sentence was given with one blank in it.
  • Students were required to choose the correct option to fill the blank appropriately.
  • Questions were very easy.

Spotting error

  • Level: Moderate
  • 5 questions of old pattern error spotting were asked in which students need to identify the part of a sentence with an error.


  • Level: Moderate
  • Question was slightly tricky.
  • Sentences in unarranged order were given.
  • Students were required to arrange it in a proper order to form a coherent paragraph.

Reasoning Ability Section Review of NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam


Details of the topics asked with their level :

Puzzles & Seating Arrangement :

  • A Month Based Puzzle was asked.
  • A Day Based Puzzle was asked.
  • A Box Based Puzzle with 7 Boxes was asked.


  • Old pattern and easy level questions were there.
  • Questions were easily doable.


  • Direct inequality based questions were asked.

Alphanumeric Series

  • Questions were easily doable

Numeric Series Series

  • Questions were easily doable

Miscellaneous Questions

  • Questions from order and ranking and numbers were asked.

Blood Relation :

  • Easy level questions were asked which can be easily solved with the help of venn diagram.

This was today's NIACL Assistant Prelims Exam analysis. We hope you all did well!

All the best, 

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