Sunday, 21 February 2016

Reasoning Tips Preparation Guide for LIC AAO 2016 Exam

Dear mm readers you know that LIC AAO Exam Preparation Tips 2016 How To Prepare for LIC Adminstrative Officer Exam 2016 Study Plan/ Tips to Crack LIC AAO Exam in 1 Months LIC AAO Exam Strategy Time Management Tips Tricks How to Score Good in LIC AAO Exam 2016 So, with LIC AAO Exam fast approaching we are sure you all want to put your best foot forward and face the exam to grab a seat for yourself. The LIC AAO exam pattern being a bit different, a lot of confusion persists in your mind as to how are the questions going to be like. what is the cutoff going to be ? So on and so forth.. Follow the link below to answer your above queries.

LIC AAO: Pattern, Syllabus and Cut-off

Sl No.
No. Of Questions
30-35 mins

35-40 mins
12-15 mins
10 mins
*English Language Test with Special emphasis on Grammar, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension
15-20 mins
 120 mins

Now coming to the section reasoning! How to deal with it? For quite some time this subject had been the trump card for most students who aim at scoring maximum in reasoning. Until of course IBPS mains happened!! Every little hope that most had  regarding this subject died with the level , pattern, being so different and unpredictable.

Will LIC follow such a pattern? Well not much can be said in this regard apart from the fact

After all why take a chance.

1) Order And Ranking
2) Seating Arrangements
3) Puzzles
4) Direction
5) Machine and Input
6) Coding Decoding
7) Blood Relations
8) Analytical Reasoning
9) Inequality

LIC AAO 2016 Exam Preparation Tips/ Depth Study Plan smart Strategy

  • Off late the trend that the exam taking bodies have been following is to combine the first  4 topics in a single puzzle, making it not just difficult but also very confusing and lengthy. There is no best way to deal with these questions, practice is the only solution. Now how best to practice?
  • Make sure you solve at least 4-5 puzzles on a daily basis. Practising puzzles helps the mind to develop and get accustomed to confusing and complicated situations in a question.
  • But this does not mean that during the exam you make a promise to solve all the questions. Remember you are not there to prove your knowledge about the subject but to score maximum marks possible in a given time. So best to attempt the easy questions first.
  • Do not attempt puzzles or seating arrangements first, do them after you have attempted all the other questions of the section, but do keep the time frame in the mind aswell.. The reason for this is that puzzles are usually lengthy and spending 10 mins for 5 marks doesn't make sense in the exam where you have only minutes to prove your worth.
  • While solving the questions, skip all the time consuming questions and attempt only those which easily click. Time consuming and complicated questions are meant to be left, they are put in the paper to trap the student. So BEWARE
  • Use the allotted 30-35 minutes judicially such that the difference between the number of attempts and the number of questions done accurately is very low, i.e. you should try to attempt accurately in the exam. Stay away from guess work.
  • Last but not the least practice on-line mock exams daily if possible, as this will give you experience and a chance to apply all these tips enabling you with an error free experience in the real battle.
  • Note: The aim is to attempt a minimum of 15-20 marks at least in this section.
Now the questions that arise are as follows:

How best to deal with a difficult paper?
Well if the level of the paper is difficult, then best to become a scavenger hunting for the easiest possible question and getting over with it first, and then peacefully working out the difficult questions. But make sure that you can differentiate between the difficult that are doable and the one which are not, so use your time judicially and do not exceed the time that you have stipulated for each section.
Is it possible to do well in a difficult paper?
Absolutely! If not do well but definitely clear the cutoff comfortable, provided you allocate your time smartly and follow the tips given above.

How does an average student appear for such a paper?
An average student should start by doing the topics that he or she is comfortable in first and aim to clear the cut off . Do only those questions in which you are 100% sure in, no guess work at all. Then move to the other types of questions.

Keep practising and stay positive!

LIC AAO Reasoning Practice Set: CLICK HERE

LIC AAO 2015: Practice Mock Kit: CLICK HERE

In this post you will get LIC AAO Reasoning Pattern, LIC AAO Reasoning Syllabus, LIC AAO Previous Year’s paper analysis of Reasoning,   Topic Wise Preparation Tips for Reasoning section LIC AAO 2016, Study Plan for Reasoning Section LIC AAO
LIC AAO will be conducted on 5th, 6th and 13th March 2016. This means you have 3 months to prepare and ace the exam. Latest news about LIC AAo Exam 2016 admit card or call letter issued download now.
To help you prepare the best, we have started a series of articles on LIC AAO preparation. In this series we will tell you the pattern/syllabus, study plan, preparation tips and expected cutoffs of individual sections viz, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, General Awareness and English Language.
Today we will take up Reasoning section of LIC AAO.
Pattern of Reasoning section LIC AAO
  • No. of questions: 30.
  • Total marks: 90.
  • Marks per correct answer: 3.
  • Negative Marking for incorrect answer: 0.75.
Syllabus of Reasoning section LIC AAO
  1. Direction Sense Test
  2. Sitting arrangement: circular, rectangular, linear and table based
  3. Blood relations
  4. Analogy
  5. Odd-man out
  6. Syllogisms
  7. Coding-decoding
  8. Alpha-numeric sequence puzzle
  9. Non verbal reasoning
  10. Eligibility Test
  11. Input output
  12. Statement assumptions
  13. Data sufficiency
  14. Ranking, Dictionary arrangements
The level of questions in reasoning section was moderate. Topic wise breakup was as given below:
Circular Arrangement5
Sitting Arrangements (Linear)5
Mathematical Inequality5
 Assumption Inference3
Topic Wise Preparation Tips for Reasoning section LIC AAO 2016
1. Seating Arrangement and Directions:
  • It is really easy to figure out from previous paper’s analysis that questions from Sitting arrangement (Liner, Circular) and Directions constitute a major chunk of reasoning section. This is unlikely to change for this year’s paper too.
  • The 3 topics mentioned above will carry up to 35-40 marks, making it the WOW topic for this section.
  • The best part about Sitting arrangement questions is they are clubbed together. This means they are asked as set of 3-5 questions based on one case.
  •  So, if you manage to get the initial arrangement correct, you can attempt all questions for that case with 100% accuracy and in a total time of 3-4 minutes.
  • Beware, if you do not practice for these type of questions, you will end up spending 10-15 minutes and still get an incorrect answer. This will not only cost you marks but will also result in poor time management for the other parts of the paper.
  • So the mantra here would be practice, practice and practice.
  • Start by going through the basic concepts of sitting arrangement (try permutation and combination topic from 12th standard NCERT book).
  • Solve 2 questions of sitting arrangement and 1 question of direction daily for the next 3 months. This will increase your speed, your visualizing capabilities and moreover you will be prepared for the toughest level of Sitting arrangement questions by the time of your exam.
2. Blood relations
  • They are designed to check your cognitive skills.
  • They might appear long and complicated however they are terribly simple to solve.
  • To decide whether you should solve the problem is to find out which type of problem is it:
    • Single person Blood relation.
    • Mixed blood relation.
    • Coded blood relation.
  • If it is a single person blood relation problem, then go ahead and solve it.
  • They take less time and have higher (90%+) accuracy.
  • For single person blood relation break the sentence at is/was/as and resolve it from last point tois/was/as to get the solution.
  • Use diagrammatic representation to solve it.
3. Syllogisms
  • Syllogisms are also known as deductive reasoning tests and are designed to test your logical reasoning abilities.
  • Use Venn diagrams to solve questions of this type.
  • Venn diagrams help you form simple relations between the different statements mentioned in the question to result in a valid conclusion of the syllogism.
  • Syllogisms can have 70-80% accuracy. This means if you attempt 5 questions, you will get around 3-4 right (on an average).
  • Aim for the above accuracy.
  • Practice 3-4 syllogisms everyday.
4. Input-Output Machine
  • Typically a complex set questions.
  • It is similar to sitting arrangement in the sense that 3-5 questions are asked in one case.
  • But attempting these set of questions is a task in itself. This topic is notorious for wasting time and having drastically low accuracy(less than 50%).
  • There is no way to ensure that the output you got and the steps in between are correct and in sync.
  • So out of 5 questions, you may get 1-3 correct.
  • Our recommendation would be to attempt it only after you have finished the entire paper and you still have time left.
  • Identify the pattern from the following:
    • Numeric numbers arranging in decreasing order in each step
    • Words arranging in alphabetic order from A-Z
    • Alpha numeric series:  In one step numbers are arranged in decreasing order and in other step words are arranged in alphabetic order from A-Z.
    • Numbers are arranged as odd and even numbers. Where odd numbers are arranged in decreasing order and even numbers are arranged in increasing order.
    • Words are arranged in alphabetic order in extreme left and numbers are arranged in decreasing order at extreme right in each step
    •  Words are arranged in alphabetic order than numbers are arranged in decreasing order.

5. Assumption Inference
  • In this type of questions ambiguity kicks in.
  • There is no definite right or wrong answer, since it depends on the thought process of the candidate.
  • Only answer it, if you are 100% sure or the question is really easy.
  • Spend no more than 2-3 minutes combined on this topic.
6. Data Sufficiency
  • Do not assume anything except for what is given.
  • These questions are not supposed to involve long and drawn-out calculations. However if you still find yourself doing a lot of calculations, then you are doing something wrong.
  • Use the first statement and combine it with main statement. If you get the answer answer is first statement is sufficient to answer the question.
  • If first statement is not sufficient to find the answer, then take the second statement individually and combine with the main statement. If you can get the answer then answer is second statement alone is sufficient to answer the question.
  •  After verifying that both statements individually aren’t enough to find an answer then combine both statements with main statement and check whether you find the answer. If you manage to get the answer then option is both statements combined are sufficient to answer the question.
  • If still you can’t find the answer, then both statements are insufficient.
The Expected Cutoff for Reasoning section of LIC AAO is 33-35.
Study Plan for Reasoning Section LIC AAO Exam 
  1. Click here to see previous year lic Question paper
  2. From the paper above, identify which kind of questions are asked and what topics are covered. Only focus on those topics for your preparation.
  3. If you try and study everything you will end up cramming your schedule and ultimately risk being under prepared.
  4. Accuracy and Speed are the keys for scoring maximum in this section.
  5. Give  1 hour daily for Reasoning preparation.
  6. For the next 2-3 days, go through basic concepts and questions for topics stated above.
  7. Then take up each topic for 3 days and solve maximum questions possible on that topic. You will exhaust all the topics till January end.
  8. While doing the above exercise, solve 2 sitting arrangement questions everyday.
  9. Start giving Mock Tests. Identify topics you are weak in and again attempt those topics.
  10. Mock Tests will also help you prepare a timing strategy.
  11. Talk to experts about those topics and get your doubts solved.
  12. By February, you will complete all the reasoning topics and you will have amazing time management skills.
  13. Practice Practice Practice. All the BEST!
Friends this is it for Reasoning Preparation of LIC AAO 2016. If you have any questions/queries/suggestions, please ask them in the comments section below. We would be glad to answer them for you.

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