The NICL AO Exam was conducted on 12 April 2015. The solved question paper provided here covers all segments namely General English, Reasoning, General Awareness etc. solve the questions now and be better prepared for upcoming government competitive exams.

Reasoning Solved Paper
Directions (1-5) : These questions consist of a question and two statements numbered I and II given below it. You have to decide whether the data provided in statements are sufficient to answer the question. Read both the statements and mark the appropriate answer.
(a) If the data in statement I alone are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in statement II alone are not sufficient to answer the question.
(b) If the data in statement II alone are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in statement I alone are not sufficient to answer the question.
(c) If the data either in statement I alone or in statement II alone are sufficient to answer the question.
(d) If the data in both the statements I and II together are not sufficient to answer the question.
(e) If the data in both the statements I and II together are necessary to answer the question.

1. How far is point D from point S ?
I. Point R is 5 m to the south of point S. Point J is 5 m to the north of point S. Point L is 2 m to the west of point J. Point K is to the north of point L. The distance between points D and K is 2 m.
II. Point J is 5 m to the south of point D. Point M is 2 m to the east of point J. Point V is to the south of point M. The distance between points V and M is equal to the distance between points D and J. Point S is 2 m to the west of point V. (Ans : b)

2. Among students P, Q, R, Sand T, each having a different height, who is the third tallest?
I. T is shorter than only one person. R is taller than both P and S.
II. P is taller than only one person. R is shorter than both T and Q. (Ans : e)

3. How is 'time' coded in the given code language ?
(Note : All the codes are two letter codes only)
I. In the given code language, 'take your own time' is coded as 'sa nv jr pt' and in the same code language, 'fix your study time' is coded as 'dq sa pt bz'.
II. In the given code language, 'come by dinner time' is coded as 'ad es rg sa' and in the same code language, 'come home some time' is coded as 'sa gk es co'. (Ans : e)

4. What is the position of B from the right end in a straight line of 8 people?
(Note : All are facing north.)
I. A sits second from the left end of the line. Only three people sit between A and U. B sits third to the right of X. Neither B nor X is an immediate neighbour of U.
II. Z sits at the extreme right end of the line. E sits third to the left of Z. B sits exactly between E and R. U sits second to the right of B. (Ans : c)

5. How is B related to F ?
I. A is the son of Z. B is married to Z. F is the mother of B.
II. F is the wife of W. K and B are the children of W. A is the son of B. (Ans : d)

Directions (6-7) : Study the given information and answer the given questions.
A consultant hired by company XYZ, concluded the following based upon the last five years' database of the company.
A. The less appreciated an employee feels his work is the more money/reward he wants for it.
B. An employee becomes more productive on seeing the fruits of his previous labour.
C. The harder project an employee accomplishes the prouder he/she feels of it.

6. Which of the following incidents of company XYZ cannot be a basis/source of the consultant's conclusions?
(a) For the first time, Ms. Verma handled an extremely important project and succeeded in it with flying colours. This made her more tense than happy as now she would' be expected to perform equally well every time.
(b) The performance of the production team saw a considerable improvement after the mid-year meeting in which presentations' were shown on their previous accomplishments and future plans.
(c) The performance graph of Mr. Garg has become better since he has been shown the pictures of last years' review when he received the award for 'most hardworking employee'.
(d) Mr. Rathore successfully dealt with the first multinational project of the company. He had been one of the best performers since he joined the company, but his happiness of success this time was much more than in the previous ones.
(e) Mr. Dixit's expectations of the yearly incentive amount is higher than other employees even though he is the least productive member of his team. (Ans : a)

7. Which of the following statements, if taken to be definitely true, contradicts the given conclusions of the Consultants?
(a) All the employees who demand rewards or a greater salary in company XYZ are well appreciated high performers of the company.
(b) Even a small 'good job' or 'well done' is a better reinforcement than monetary rewards.
(c) One's own previous accomplishments are their best competitors. A person always tries to out-do what he did earlier.
(d) The more difficult/complicated a task is, more focused and motivated is a person to fulfil it successfully.
(e) The employees who are satisfied with the work environment of company XYZ are least bothered about the money they carry home every month. (Ans : e)

8. Read the given information and answer the question. As per recent study it has been found that Company A of city X has the lowest level of attrition rate as compared to those of any other company in the city. "The only reason for this, as I see it, is that Company A asks its prospective employees to sign a bond of minimum two years. "
-Statement by a local resident.
Which of the following weakens the statement of the resident suggesting that signing a bond with the employees is the only reason for lower attrition rate in the company?
(A) Company A is known for being employee friendly and most employees of the company rank very high on the job satisfaction test conducted by the company every year.
(B) Recent search in some major metropolitan cities of the country has suggested that signing a bond with the employee is one of the factors which influence attrition rate of the company.
(C) Now-days, many people in city X prefer to finish their education abroad and thereafter seek employment there.
(a) Only A (b) Only B (c) Only C (d) Only A and C (e) Only A, Band C (Ans : a)

9. Read the following information carefully and answer the question which follows. "Although one would like to venture into areas where no competition exists, I would rather set-up my business where higher competition prospects are expected," Ravi, the owner of a business startup.
Which of the following statements support(s) Ravi's opinion?
A. Competition leads to innovation. If one is the only player in the field it becomes difficult to improve.
B. Chances of finding high efficiency job ready candidates is higher if many companies doing similar businesses exist.
C. Market challenges encourage one to pay greater attention to and concentrate more on target groups where benefits are maximum.
D. Less competition . is an indicator of the fact that existing market is too small to make the desired profits.
(a) Only D (b) Only B (c) All A, B, C and D (d) Only C (e) None of these (Ans : d)

Directions (10-14) : Study the information carefully and answer the questions.
J, K, L, M, N, O, P and Q are sitting around a circular area at equal distances between each other, but not necessarily in the same order. Some of the people are facing the centre while some face outside (i. e. in a direction opposite to the centre).
Note : Facing the same direction means if one faces the centre then the other also faces the centre and vice-versa. Facing opposite direction means if one person faces the centre then the other faces outside and vice-versa.
O sits second to the left of M, M faces the centre. K sits to the immediate left of O. Only three people sit between K and J. P sits third to the left of J. L sits to the immediate left of N. Immediate neighbours of K face opposite directions (i. e, if one neighbour faces the centre, the other neighbour faces outside and vice-versa). N sits third to the right of K. Both N and L face opposite directions. Q faces the same direction as K. '

10. Who sits exactly between Q and P, when counted from the left of O ?
(a) Q (b) K (c) L (d) N (e) J (Ans : b)

11. Four of the following five are alike based on the given seating arrangement and so form a group. Which is the one that does not belong to that group?
(a) P (b) J (c) Q (d) N (e) L (Ans : e)

12. Who sits second to the left of J ?
(a) K (b) L (c) M (d) P (e) Q (Ans : b)

13. What is K's position with respect to N ?
(a) Second to the left (b) Immediate left (c) Immediate right (d) Third to the left (e) Third to the right (Ans : d)

14. How many people in the given arrangement face the centre?
(a) Three (b) Two (c) Four (d) Five (e) One (Ans : a)

Directions (15-19) : Study the following information carefully and answer the given questions. When a word and number arrangement machine is given an input line of words and numbers, it arranges them following a particular rule. The following is an illustration of input and rearrangement: (All the numbers are two digit numbers.)
Input : 51 pour 32 start now 23 46 house
Step I : 23 51 pour 32 start now 46 house
Step II : 23 start 51 pour 32 now 46 house
Step III : 23 start 32 51 pour now 46 house
Step IV : 23 start 32 pour 51 now 46 house
Step V : 23 start 32 pour 4651 now house
Step VI : 23 start 32 pour 46 now 51 house
and step VI is the last step of the above arrangement.
As per the rules followed in the above steps, find out in each of the following questions the appropriate step for the given input.

15. Step II of an input is : 18 task bear cold dish 81 63 31 How many more steps will be required to complete the rearrangement?
(a) Three (b) Four (c) Five (d) Six (e) None of these (Ans : c)

16. Input : 72 59 37 go for picnic 24 journey. How many steps will take to complete the rearrangement?
(a) Three (b) Four (c) Five (d) Six (e) None of these (Ans : d)

17. Input : nice flower 3412 costly height 41 56 Which of the following will be step III ?
(a) 12 nice 34 height flower costly 4156 (b) 12 nice 34 height 41 flower costly 56 (c) 12 nice 34 flower costly height 4156
(d) 12 nice flower 34 costly height 4156 (e) None of these (Ans : a)

18. Step III of an input is : 15 yes 29 ask for soap 42 37 Which of the following is definitely the input?
(a) ask yes 29 15 for soap 42 37 (b) yes ask 15 29 for soap 42 37 (c) 29 15 yes ask for soap 42 37
(d) Cannot be determined (e) None of these (Ans : d)

19. Step II of an input is : 16 victory 19 36 53 store lake town–
Which of the following will be step V ?
(a) 16 victory 19 town store 36 53 lake (b) 16 victory 19 town 36 store 53 lake (c) 16 victory 19 town 36 53 store lake
(d) There will be no such step (e) None of these (Ans : d)

Directions (20-25) : In these questions, three statements followed by two conclusions numbered I and II have been given. You have to take the three given statements to be true even if they seem to be at variance from commonly known facts and then decide which of the given conclusions logically follows from the given statements disregarding commonly known facts.
(a) If both conclusions I and II are true
(b) If neither conclusion I nor II is true
(c) If either conclusion I or II is true
(d) If only conclusion I is true
(e) If only conclusion II is true

20. Statements : No paper is a file.
Some papers are worksheets.
All worksheets are notebooks.
Conclusions : I. Some notebooks are papers.
II. No notebook is a paper. (Ans : d)

21. Statements : No clue is a puzzle.
All riddles are puzzles.
All questions are clues.
Conclusions : I. Atleast some puzzles are questions.
II. All clues are questions. (Ans : b)

Statements (22-23) :
Some controls are steers.
All steers are drives.
22. Conclusions : I. Some drives are definitely not controls.
II. All navigations being controls is a possibility. (Ans : b)

23. Conclusions : I. Atleast some controls are drives.
II. All drives are steers. (Ans : d)

24. Statements : No paper is a file.
Some files are worksheets.
All worksheets are notebooks.
Conclusions : I. Some worksheets being papers is a possibility.
II. All files are notebooks, (Ans : d)

25. Statements : No clue is a puzzle.
All riddles are puzzles.
All questions are clues.
Conclusions : I. No question is a puzzle.
II. No riddle is a clue. (Ans : a)

Directions (26-30) : Study the following information to answer the given questions.
Seven different people viz. J, K, L, M, N, O and P have to fly to different destinations viz. Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Lucknow and Chandigarh but not necessarily in the same order. Each one of them flies on a different day of a week starting from Monday and ending on Sunday of the same week.
● P flies on Wednesday. The one who flies on Friday flies to Chennai.
● Only one person flies between P and J,
● Only two people flying between M and the one flying to Pune. The one who flies to Pune flies after M. M does not have his flight on Monday.
● Only three people have their flights between the people flying to Pune and Chandigarh.
● O flies immediately after the one flying to Mumbai. J does not fly to Mumbai. O does not fly to Pune.
● Only one person has his flight between O and L.
● The person flying to Delhi flies immediately after the person flying to Lucknow.
● K does not fly to Delhi.

26. Who amongst the following flies to Ahmedabad?
(a) J (b) M (c) K (d) P (e) O (Ans : c)

27. On which of the following days does the one flying to Lucknow have his flight?
(a) Monday (b) Thursday (c) Tuesday (d) Saturday (e) Wednesday (Ans : a)

28. On which of the following days does N have his flight?
(a) Sunday (b) Thursday (c) Monday (d) Saturday (e) Tuesday (Ans : e)

29. Who amongst the following has his flight exactly between the days on which O and L have their respective flights?
(a) N (b) J (c) P (d) K (e) M (Ans : d)

30. How many persons are scheduled to fly between the flight to Mumbai and Pune?
(a) None (b) Two (c) Four (d) Three (e) One (Ans : b)

Directions (31-35) : In these questions, statements are given followed by two sets of conclusions numbered I and II. These statements show relationship between different elements. You have to assume the statements to be true and then decide which of the given conclusions logically follows from the information given in the statement.
(a) If neither conclusion I nor II is true.
(b) If either conclusion I or II is true.
(c) If only conclusion II is true.
(d) If both conclusions I and II are true.
(e) If only conclusion I is true.

31. Statements :
D ≥ E > P > L < H; R < N < L
Conclusions: I. N > D
II. H > R (Ans : c)

32. Statements :
S = H ≤ J ≤ K = L; H > N < B; D ≥ L
Conclusions : I. N < L
II. K = B (Ans : e)

33. Statements :
S = H ≤ J ≤ K= L; H > N < B; D ≥ L
Conclusions: I. S = D
II. D > S (Ans : b)

34. Statements :
B ≥ Z < X ≤ Q; B ≥ Y = L
Conclusions : I. L = Q
II. L > Q (Ans : a)

35. Statements :
C > D ≥ F; R < M < F
Conclusions: I. C > M
II. R < D (Ans : d)

Directions (36-40) : Study the given information and answer the given questions.
Eight people S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z live on eight different floors of a building but not necessarily in the same order. The lowermost floor of the building-is numbered 1, the one above that is numbered 2 and so on till the topmost floor is numbered 8.
Y lives on an odd numbered floor. U lives on a floor that is immediately below Y's floor. Only four people live between W and S. S lives on one of the floors above W. Z lives on a floor which is immediately above S's floor. X lives on a floor which is immediately above floor numbered 2. T does not live on floor numbered 8. V lives on one of floors below U.

36. Which of the following statements is true according to the given arrangement?
(a) None of the given statements is true.
(b) Only three people live between Y and W.
(c) Z lives on floor numbered 6.
(d) T lives on one . of the floors below W's floor.
(e) Only one person lives above V's floor. (Ans : a)

37. T lives on which of the following floor numbers?
(a) Floor number 4 (b) Floor number 1 (c) Floor number 5
(d) Floor number 3 (e) Floor number 6 (Ans : e)

38. Who amongst the following lives on floor number 8 ?
(a) U (b) V (c) Z (d) S (e) X (Ans : c)

39. Four of the following five are alike in a certain way based on the given arrangement and hence form a group. Which of the following does not belong to that group?
(a) YX (b) ZT (c) VX (d) TW (e) SY (Ans : d)

40. Who amongst the following lives immediately below D's floor?
(a) X (b) V (c) W (d) S (e) Z (Ans : a)