IRDA Junior Officer Exam Analysis 2016 | Phase 1 Expected Cutoff Marks


IRDA Junior Officer Exam Analysis 2016 (Phase 1): The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority conducted the written examination for IRDA Jr. Officer Post on 27 February 2016. This was IRDA Prelims Exam, more commonly known as IRDA Phase 1. This is our detailed exam analysis of IRDA Jr. Officer Phase 1 Paper. Candidates who’ve attempted the examination can compare and know there chances of advancing to next level, IRDA Phase 2 Exam. We will also provide expected cutoff marks as well as ideal attempt in each section.

After reading this article, IRDA aspirants will be able to answer the following questions.

  • What was the difficulty level of IRDA Junior Officer Exam 2016?

  • What will be the ideal/ good number of attempts in each section of IRDA Exam?

  • What is the expected cutoff for each category in IRDA Phase 1 Exam?

  • How to start preparing for IRDA Phase II Exam for Junior Officer Post?


Here is IRDA Junior Officer Exam Analysis 2016 for Phase 1 Written Examination. Make sure you analyse each and every point carefully to understand which areas were crucial.


IRDA Junior Officer Exam Analysis 2016

As stated before in our IRDA Exam Pattern article, the pattern of IRDA Phase 1 Exam is objective. The candidates solve 160 Questions divided into 4 sections i.e Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness.

Name of the Section Questions Marks
Reasoning Ability 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
English Language 40 40
General Awareness 40 40
Total 160 160

Each section consisted of 40 Questions. Each Question carried 1 mark. There was a 0.25 negative marking for every wrong attempt.

As per our exam analysis of IRDA Phase 1 Examination,  the overall difficulty level was moderate. Let us go section by section and understand the difficulty level and ideal attempt for each section of IRDA Exam.


IRDA Reasoning Aptitude Exam Analysis

For IRDA Aspirants, solving Reasoning Section of Phase 1 Examination was the main challenge. This section has a lot of questions which were lengthy.

The level of difficulty of the questions asked in this section was moderate and maximum questions were asked from the following topics.

  • Puzzle/Complex Arrangement
  • Syllogisms
  • Mathematical Inequality
  • Sitting Arrangement – Linear

Ideal/ Good Attempt Count for Reasoning would be 18-21 Questions. Candidates who were selective in picking up specific topics would have done better in this section.


IRDA Quantitative Aptitude Exam Analysis

To much surprise, IRDA Quantitative Aptitude Section was comparatively easy as compared to previous years. Candidates having good arithmetic knowledge and practice must have enjoyed solving questions in this section. Questions based on Data Interpretation were direct. The major topics were the following.

  • Data Interpretation
  • Word Problems
  • Simplifications
  • ProfitLossand Discount
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  • Numbers and Speed Calculation

Both accuracy and speed are essential in solving questions in this section. An ideal or good attempt count would be 24-26 questions.


IRDA English Language Exam Analysis

Most candidates found English Section of IRDA Junior Officer Exam to be quite scoring. The overall level of the entire section was quite easy. The most popular topics were.

  • Sentence Completion
  • Spotting the Error
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Jumbled Up Sentences
  • Antonym and Synonyms

A good attempt or an ideal count in English Section would be 25-27 questions. If candidates were not able to salvage good marks from this section, they might face difficulty advancing to IRDA Phase II Examination.


IRDA General Awareness Exam Analysis

The major portion of this section is related to General Knowledge and current affairs related to last three months. Few questions were asked on Static GK as well. The section was moderate. The major topics covered are as follows:

  • Economy
  • Polity
  • History
  • Geography
  • Insurance – Terms & Theory, Current Affairs, Facts and Figures

Make sure this section was devoid of all ‘guess-work’. A good attempt in this section would be solving 22-24 questions with good accuracy.


IRDA Junior Officer Overall Exam Analysis 2016

We hope our section-wise analysis didn’t confuse you. We are mentioning sectional analysis in the table below for IRDA Jr Officer Exam (Phase 1).

Name of the Section  Number of Questions  Level of Difficulty Number of Good Attempts 
Reasoning  40  Moderate  18-21
English Language  40  Easy  25-27
General Awareness  40   Moderate  22-24
Quantitative Aptitude  40   Easy  24-26
 Overall  160   Moderate  85-90

Were you able to evaluate your score? We conclude our exam analysis for IRDA Exam Analysis for Jr. Officer.


IRDA Junior Officer Exam Expected Cutoff Marks

The cutoff marks for this year will depend on the difficulty of the paper and number of candidates appeared for the IRDA Phase 1 Exam. Keeping both points in mind, this our view on the expected cutoff marks for IRDA Jr. Officer Phase 1 Examination.

 Category of the Candidate    Expected Overall Cutoff
 General  85-89
 OBC  80-84
 SC/ ST 78-82

We hope you all make it to the next round. The Phase II of IRDA Junior Officer will be more intense and competitive.


How to Prepare for IRDA Junior Officer Exam (Phase II)

The subjective paper will be topic specific. Refer to the table below to understand the exam pattern for Phase II IRDA Examination 2016.

Name of IRDA Phase II Paper Time Allotted  Marks
Paper I: English 90 Minutes 100
Paper II: Economic and Social  Issues impacting Insurance 90 Minutes 100
Paper III: Insurance and Management 90 Minutes 100

You can start your preparation for IRDA Phase II with following products:

  1. English Language
  2. Insurance and Management
  3. Economic and Social Reforms

For more information you can visit the link below.


Read: IRDA Junior Officer Syllabus and Exam Pattern (Phase 1 and Phase 2)

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