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NIACL AO Selection Process 2023

Before beginning with the preparation for the NIACL AO 2023 exam, it is important that the aspirants should know the complete selection procedure. The NIACL AO selection process consists of 3 different stages.

Only those who are qualified graduates/postgraduates for NIACL AO 2023 will be chosen based on their performances in three stages. It is vital to pass each stage in order to be considered for the position of Administrative Officer Generalist.

The three stages of NIACL AO 2023 Selection Process are Prelims, Mains & Interview. Here we have shared the complete NIACL AO 2023 selection process guide including all Prelims Exam Pattern, Mains Exam Pattern, and Interview Details.

NIACL AO 2023 Selection Stages

The NIACL AO 2023 Selection Process has 3 phases as follows-

      Preliminary Examination - Online Objective Test

      Mains Examination - Online Objective Test + Descriptive


NIACL AO Selection Process - Phase 1

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


Number of Questions



English Language



20 minutes

Reasoning Ability



20 minutes

Numerical Ability



20 minutes




1 Hour

Note: Candidates have to qualify for each test/section by securing passing marks to be decided by the Company. 

NIACL AO Selection Process - Phase 2

The second stage of selection is the Mains Examination which is also an objective test for 200 marks and a Descriptive test for 30 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Test will be conducted online. Aspirants require to crack both the tests separately in order to qualify for the next round of selection.

The duration of objective type paper is 2 hours, while that of the descriptive paper is 30 minutes only. There will be 200 multiple-choice questions and two essays or letters to write. The descriptive test will only be held 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 Exam


Letter Writing

10 marks

Essay Writing

20 Marks

NIACL AO Selection Process - Phase 3

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

Important Note: In the call letter, all details of the shortlisted candidates like the centre, address of the venue, time, and date of the interview. Candidates must obtain their interview invitations from the company's website. It is important to note that no 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 decide the final result. The NIACL AO final merit list will feature the candidates' aggregate marks in descending order, out of which candidates will be recruited.

The appointment of selected candidates is subject to their being medically fit as per the Company's requirements. The appointment will also be subject to the Company's service and conduct regulations.

NIACL AO Selection Process FAQs

Q. How many stages are there for NIACL AO Recruitment 2023?

Ans. The NIACL AO 2023 Selection Process is divided in three different stages which are as follows-




Q. Is there any negative marking in NIACL AO 2021 exam?

Ans. Yes, 1/4 marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt in NIACL AO 2021 exam.

Q. Is the marks obtained in the NIACL AO Prelims exam taken into consideration for the final selection?

Ans. 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.

Q. Does NIACL AO exam has sectional timing for each section in the prelims and mains exam?

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

Q. How is the final merit list prepared for NIACL AO Recruitment 2021?

Ans. 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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