L.I.C. Development Officers' Examination
LIC Development Officers Examination
leads to the recruitment of the
Development Officers who belong to the class II officer category. They are in
charge of their territory for the development of insurance policies. Their
responsibilities include marketing & procurement of business, training of
agents, meeting prospective clients, promoting the policies & getting contracts.
Class II level appointments of Development Officers are made by the Divisional
Office. The notification for the vacancies in the LIC is published in all the
leading dailies and the Employment News.
Age Limits: The applicants should have completed the
age of 21 years on the 1st July of the year of examination.
Educational Qualification: The applicants should hold a Bachelor’s Degree
in Arts/Science/Commerce/Agriculture/Law, of an Indian or Foreign University, or
possess an equivalent qualification.
The LIC Development Officers examination comprises of the
Stage I: Written Examination
Stage II: Interview
The written test set in English and Hindi will consist of
(i) Test of Reasoning
(ii) Numerical Ability
(iii) General English/Hindi
(iv) General Knowledge.
Interview: The candidates who successfully pass the written
examination would be called for the Interview.
All those who successfully pass the interview are sent to Patna for
training. Here they are required to serve as apprentices for a period of one
year, wherein they are provided theoretical training for 2 months, rural
training for 1 month and field training for 9 months.
a. Test of Reasoning Ability:
This test has been designed to judge your
thinking power and contains questions of various kinds. The test will be
partially verbal, i.e., based on or related to words and partially non-verbal,
i.e., based on or related to figures and drawings.
b. Test of Numerical Ability:
The purpose of this test is to determine your speed in working at numerical
c. General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
The purpose of this test is to determine a candidate's general awareness of the
environment around him/her and its application to society. The questions will be
designed to test the candidate's knowledge of the current events and of such
matters of everyday observation and experience as may be expected of an educated
person, including topics on Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, etc. There may
also be questions on Geography of India and her people, History of India, her
cultural heritage, freedom struggle and salient features of the Constitution of
India, Economic and Social Problems.
d. English Language:
This test is to determine your knowledge of English – vocabulary, expressions
The blank application forms and particulars are published in
the Employment News / Rojgar Samachar. For exact schedule, please see our
Notification of Examination: July
Last Date for Filling of Application Form: August
Conduct of Examination: September
How to Prepare:
The candidates must undergo prolonged preparation to take the
examination. The objective examination is
aimed at judging the knowledge and speed of the candidate, while the descriptive
test judges the analytical ability, depth of knowledge, expression and
understanding of the languages. For the Objective test, one needs to practice
regularly to improve knowledge and speed. For subjects like GK and current
affairs, one needs to start practicing early and regularly. A good book on the
basics of General Knowledge, supported by reading a good national newspaper and
Competitive magazine can greatly assist a candidate to do well in this part. For
mastering the reasoning, numerical ability and English language, special efforts
are required. Other books like 'Test of Reasoning', 'Current Affairs and
Backgrounds', 'Topical Essays', 'How to Study and Take Exams' etc can immensely
assist the aspiring candidates. A standard grammar and comprehension book for
the descriptive tests is of good help.
Objective tests require a lot of practice. Particularly for the Reasoning
and Numerical Ability tests, practice pays. It not only enables a candidate
to solve the problems correctly by indicating the methods to be used but
also by achieving the required speed. Regular practice also generates a lot
of confidence in the mind of the candidate to attempt the paper. The
descriptive questions, on the other hand, need more of knowledge and
analytical input. In-depth knowledge and correct expression are two
important ingredients of essay writing. Style of writing also determines the
marks to be obtained by the candidates. Similarly, précis writing is an art
unto itself and needs to be mastered. It is not just summary but an attempt
towards precision in own language, without losing sight of the content and
its meaning. A good understanding, rich vocabulary and regular practice
usually help a candidate to do well in Essay and Précis.
An aspiring candidate has to do well both in the written examination as well
as the personal interview. Normally, the personal interview determines the
selection of a candidate. A candidate, therefore, must be well versed in
General Knowledge and current affairs and should be able to discuss and
analyse topics of current importance and general interest. In addition to
reading good newspapers, magazines and other books, the candidate should
also have a good understanding, absorption ability and expression. Any
knowledge is useless if the candidate is unable to express himself/herself
while replying to any question. The
candidate should also identify his/her strong and weak points and should be
able to direct the course of the interview towards his/her area of strength.