LIC will be conducting LIC AAO Exam on March 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th at various centres. The AAO Exam is just a step away and its time that you revive your strengths and focus on time management.
Though the section is qualifying in nature, yet many of you have difficulty dealing with the English section. Some even missed their previous chances because of this very section. Since it is a language based on rules, uncertainty becomes a factor in answering.
In order to be successful in this section, you need to know to focus on four important aspects during the exam:
v Time Management
Which topic you should attempt in English Section?
Tips to Qualify the English sectional cutoff
The English Language section of the LIC AAO Exam will consists of questions such as Reading comprehension, cloze test, Para -Jumbles, Spotting error, Fill in the blanks and Sentence Correction. Here are some of the key things that you need to take care of. Let’s understand them one at a time.
As English Language is qualifying in nature, just focus on clearing the minimum cutoff and don’t try to attempt all the questions in the exam. It is wise to attempt 20 – 22 questions in this section, if some of the questions might goes wrong than you may have chances of clearing the qualifying cutoff of the English section.
You can start with those topics in which you have good command and which seems easy in the exam. For ex – Fill in the blanks, Cloze Test, Sentence Improvement, and Spotting Error.
Here are the tips for each topic
1. Fill in the blanks – In LIC AAO Exam, it is expected that – you are required to fill more than one blank in a question.
Tips to solve this type of Question in exam
(i) Read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer.
(ii) Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both the entries.
(iii) Also you must ensure that the word you have inserted in the blank enables you to read the sentence smoothly and correctly.
You can attempt 3 questions from 5 questions from this topic.
2. Cloze Test – A passage with 10 blanks is expected to come in LIC AAO Exam. In this test you are provided with a passage with few blanks and you need to fill these blanks from the given options.
Tips to solve Cloze Test in exam
(i) In a passage mostly all the sentences are logically related to each other. These logics will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.
(ii) Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not, then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.
(iii) Find a logical relation between all the provided options.
Try to attempt 6-7 questions out of 10 questions from this topic if other questions seem difficult in answering.
3. Para jumbles–The objectives of these types of sentences are to rearrange the sentences in the original sequence. It consists of a group of sentences that have been jumbled up. Five or Six sentences are given in a random order and you have to un-jumble all of them.
Tips to solve Para jumbles in exam
(i) Try to understand the basic idea of the given passage. It will help you to arrange sentences quickly. All you need to do is identify the logical connection between the sentences.
(ii) Generally, the given information in the jumbled sentences changes from general to specific. If you observe, you can see that the first few sentences are generic while those that follow are fact-specific and informative.
(iii) Sometimes, a good knowledge of option analysis helps to rule out the possible answers from the given options. This trick will save a lot of time.
(iv) The key is to find the first sentence quickly as it will give us a linear direction with respect to the given content.
(v) Similarly, guessing the concluding sentence will give you both the ends of the linear connecting idea.
(vi) Generally, sentences denoting time, place & name are the most probable opening lines.
4. Sentence Correction – In this topic you have to find the corr ect alternative which may improve the sentence. Sometimes there is no correction required then your answer will be no improvement.
Tips to solve Sentence Correction in Exam
(i) Read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something “sounds” wrong.
(ii) Always look at every choice.
(iii) Even when the original sentence seems fine, pay attention to the grammar that it tests and look through the choices systematically to see if any alternative provides a better option.
(iv) As you locate each error, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error.
(v) Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy.
(vi) Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives.
5. Spotting Error –You have to find the grammatical error in the sentence. Five questions are expected to come in the LIC AAO Exam. These type of questions requires good grammatical sense.
Tips to solve Spotting Error in exam
(i) In order to solve questions on spotting errors, the first step you should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most of the cases, you will be able to detect the error in the first go itself.
(ii) While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.
(iii) If you can still not detect the error or you are still unsure of the correct answer, then you must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error.
6. Reading Comprehension – In English language, Reading Comprehension is given in the exam to judge the capability of understanding the passage and to analyze the problem in correct perspective. The questions will not be direct and hence have to understand the passage to answer.
Tips to solve RC in exam
(i) Always try to attempt Antonym & synonym based questions first in this topic. Questions can be solved by noticing how the word is used in the sentence. Since a word can have multiple meanings, there can be more than one choice that gives the correct answer but only one choice will fit the word in the particular context.
(ii) Skim through the paragraph quickly to understand what the author is saying and also make notes of what sections of the comprehension talks about what ideas. This will help you find answers quickly after you have read the questions.
(iii) Time Saving Strategy: Do not try to attempt a question which is difficult to understand, or the answer to it is not easily traceable in the passage.
(iv) Never assume any answer or use any outside knowledge.
(v) Try to eliminate the least possible answers in order to reach the most probable answer.
Going by previous exam analysis, qualifying cutoff of English Section will be 10-12 marks for general category.
Topic Wise Expected Questions
English Language – No. of Questions = 40 (Expected Level –Moderate)
i) Reading Comprehension – 1 set -10 Qs. (Moderate)
ii) Para jumbles – 5 Qs. (Moderate)
iii) Spotting Error – 5 Qs. (Easy to Moderate)
iv) Cloze test – 10 Qs. (Moderate)
v) Fill in the Blanks – 5 Qs. (Easy to Moderate)
vi) Sentence Correction – 5 Qs. (Easy to Moderate)