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IOCL Exam Preparation Tips, Exam Pattern & Study Material

Last Updated - November 25, 2016

Indian Oil Corporation invites application for the post of Jr. Engineer assistant and apprentices every year. Selection of candidates is based on written test and personal interview conducted by IOCL. The exam is scheduled to be conducted in December and January, 2017 at various refineries. IOCL also recruits graduate engineers through GATE. GATE is the primary criteria to apply for available positions. In some cases, IOCL recruits without GATE score. This article focuses on IOCL Exam pattern, sectional wise preparation tips and important books. The overall moderate of IOCL written test is moderate.

IOCL 2016 Exam Pattern

IOCL exam is conducted to find the efficiency of candidates through written test. The shortlisted candidates will be called for PI round. They have to secure at least 30% of marks in both rounds of IOCL Recruitment. The duration of written test is 3 hours. There is one-third negative marking in the paper. In the case of quantitative aptitude section, there is no negative marking. The test contains three sections is as follow:

  • Numerical ability
  • General Awareness
  • Concerned subject (Electrical, IT, Mechanical etc.)
SectionsNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
Technical50503 hours
General Awareness2525
Quantitative Aptitude2525

IOCL 2016 Preparation Tips

The PSU exam can be cracked into two sections i.e. technical and non- technical. Candidates should be prepared for both the sections. Half of the questions are asked from technical questions. Rest of the questions are from General awareness and numerical ability. The level of difficulty in technical section is very high. Candidates need to prepare hard for this section and they can easily score in non- technical section. Here,  some of the preparation tips are following:

  • The candidates have the determination and confidence that they will clear PSU exam with good score. They must have clear understanding about IOCL exam pattern, syllabus & study material.
  • Time management plays an important role to clear the exam. Read and revise all the topics.
  • A proper analysis of the exam must be done by candidates are covered and must exclude the unworthy sections.
  • Candidate should mainly focus on the technical section that will help to build confidence level.
  • They should read different books for each section. This will help to gain specialization in technical and non- technical sections.
  • Solve the previous year questions and sample papers daily. It will help to find the level of preparation.

Section wise preparation Strategy for IOCL 2016 Exam

Quantitative Aptitude: This section evaluates numerical and problem-solving skill based questions. Further, there are questions from English language like grammar usage, comprehension etc. Candidate should know the basic fundamentals, formula, shortcuts. These are key of preparation for this section.

General Awareness: It is mainly focused on current affairs, history, geography, politics etc. Candidate should read the newspaper daily and also cover the magazines.

Technical Section: This section consists of questions from subjects of engineering like Mechanical/ Electrical/ IT etc. Candidate can solve the technical section questions from sample papers.

Important Books for IOCL Exam

If a candidate want to crack the PSU exam. They need a good reference book to be shortlisted for IOCL Recruitment 2016. Here, some important books for section wise preparation is as follow:

IOCL Exam SectionIOCL Preparation BooksISBN
Quant/ MathMagical Book on Quicker Math’s8190458922
General AwarenessLucent General Knowledge9384761540
Technical SectionDisha Publication9386146258



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