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NIACL Exam Pattern

Aspirants need good preparation to pass the exams for which they must be aware of the exam pattern, the syllabus, and the reference books in order to do so. The NIACL exam pattern for the post of Assistant and Administrative Officer consists of three stages, but the syllabus is different for the two positions.

The pattern for NIACL Assistant is given below:

Exam Pattern



Preliminary Exam

English Language, Test of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude


Mains Exam

English Language, Test of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness


NIACL Syllabus

NIACL exams are highly competitive since they have job security along with a Lucrative pay Package. Thus the syllabus for both positions is extensive which must be prepared by aspirants thoroughly and have a planned timetable to achieve the same.

Prelims Syllabus for NIACL Assistant 2023:

The NIACL exam is conducted in two rounds. Namely, Preliminary and Mains.

The syllabus for the preliminary exams are as follows:




Vocabulary, Sentence correction, Fill in the blanks, Sentence Arrangement, Comprehension, Para jumbles

Test of Reasoning

Syllogism, Linear and Circular Sitting Arrangements, Puzzles, Alphabet Series, Coding-Decoding, Verbal Reasoning, Blood Relations, Number Series

Test of Numerical Ability

Percentage, Time & Work, Area, Profit & Loss Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Average, Simple & Compound Interest, HCF, LCM, Problem On Ages, Time & Speed, Investment

Mains Syllabus for NIACL Assistant 2023:

The candidates must qualify for the NIACL Assistant Preliminary exam to attend the Mains. The syllabus for NIACL Assistant Mains is:




Mathematical Reasoning, Puzzles, Linear and Circular Sitting Arrangements, Coding-Decoding, Syllogism, Data Interpretation, Blood Relations, Alphabet Series, Distance and Direction, Statements and Conclusions, Statements and Arguments, Number Series, Clocks and Calendars, Decision Making, Mirror Image detection


Vocabulary, Sentence correction, Fill in the blanks, Sentence Arrangement, Comprehension, Para jumbles

Numerical Ability

Simplifications and Quadratic Equations, HCF, LCM, Problem On Ages, Number Series, Simple and Compound Interest, Data Interpretation, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Number Series, Ratio and Proportion, Time & Work, Mensuration

General Awareness

National & International Current affairs, Awards and Honors, Science and Inventions, Countries, Capitals, and Currencies, History of India, Indian Economics, Indian polity, Sports News, Banking & budget, Five Year Plans, national budget, insurance, etc.

Computer Knowledge

Fundamentals of Computer, MS Office, Computer Software, Internet and Computer Related Abbreviations, Networking & Operating System, Logic Gates, Keyboard Shortcuts, Computer Abbreviation, Computer Hardware

Aspirants have to appear for a regional language test to qualify for the position post-qualifying the NIACL Assistant Mains which can be chosen by the candidates. The Final result for NIACL Assistant will be based on the Mains and regional language marks.

Books for NIACL Assistant exam 2023

Solid preparation for any exam requires thorough self-study from good reference materials they use, along with practicing mock papers and questions. This will not only help them to improve their thinking capacity but also teaches time management skills while writing the actual paper.

These are a few books that are recommended while you prepare for the NIACL exam:





1.     Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

2.     Logical and Analytical Reasoning (English) 1st Edition

3.     A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal (English)

R.S. Agarwal

AK Gupta

B. S. Sijwali, Indu Sijwali

Quantitative Aptitude

1.     Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive exams

2.     Quantitative Aptitude

3.     Quicker Mathematics

4.     Numerical Ability and Mathematical Aptitude

R.S. Agarwal

Arun Sharma

M Tyra

Dr. A.B. Rao


1.     English Grammar

2.     Corrective English

3.     English Grammar

4.     Word Power Made Easy

5.     Perfect Competitive English

6.     Competitive General English

S.P. Bakshi

A.K. Singh

Norman Lewis

Wren & Martin


Kiran Prakashan

Professional Knowledge

1.     Banking Awareness

2.     Banking, Financial & General Awareness

Arihant Publications

I K Pavel

Current Affairs and General Awareness

1.     NCERT Books

2.     Monoroma Year Book


Philip Mathew

Computer Awareness

1.     Objective Computer Awareness

2.     Computer Awareness

3.     Computer Awareness

Somya Ranjan Behera

Rani Ahilya

Arihant Publication


Ques. Which is the most difficult section of the NIACL Assistant exam paper?

Ans: The quantitative ability section is said to be the lengthiest section and hence deemed to be comparatively difficult.

Ques. Which subject/topic is given the highest importance in the NIACL exam paper?

Ans: All subjects and topics are given equal importance in the NIACL exam paper. It is advised to prepare for each subject with equal effort.

Ques. Are NIACL Assistant exams conducted online or offline?

Ans: The exams are conducted online.

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