SBI PO VS LIC AAO [ A Detailed Look]

Aspirants who are planning to start their career with banking or insurance industry must have heard the name of State Bank of India and Life Insurance Corporation of India.  In this post, we will help you in clearing all your doubts regarding SBI PO 2018 and LIC AAO 2018 Recruitment.

Every year State Bank of India conducts examination for the post of a probation officer. The exam has 3 stages. The preliminary exam consists of 3sections which include Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and reasoning. To clear the preliminary stage, the candidate has to clear the section wise cut offs as well as the overall cut-off decided by the bank.

Quantitative aptitude and reasoning sections consist of 35 questions each whereas the English section has 30 questions. So a candidate has 60 minutes to solve 100 questions.

After qualifying the first stage, the candidate has to appear for the SBI PO mains exam.

The mains exam has four sections namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness and English Language.

The mains exam has different weight for different sections also each section has a fixed duration.

After one qualifies the mains exam, one has to appear for interviews. The final results are declared on the basis of combined scores of mains and interview.

Life insurance corporation conducts examination for selecting candidates for the post of the assistant administrative officer. The exam has two stages one written round and after qualifying the written exam, one has to appear for the interview.

LIC AAO written exam has 4 sections totalling 160 questions carrying 300 marks. The four sections consist Reasoning, Quant, general awareness, computer knowledge and English language.

One thing to note here is the English Language section is just qualifying one. The scored marks in English is not counted for merit.

Now let us make a comparison between SBI PO 2018 and LIC AAO 2018 Recruitment:

The syllabus – The overall preparation strategy remains same for both the examination. However, idea of the banking industry is needed for SBI interview round while one needs to keep a tab on the insurance sector for LIC AAO exam.

Career growth – just a trivia, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Present Chairperson of the SBI had started her career as a probation officer in 1972.  

As a Probationary Officer, you will be on probation of 2 years, during which you will be given intensive training. After a screening round, one can be promoted as Officer Middle Management Grade Scale-II OR Officer Junior Management Grade Scale-I

So for a probation officer, the career opportunity are huge.

An AAO in LIC get promoted as Administrative Officer (AO), after a few years in the job.  You could get transferred to some other department based on her performance/inclination. There you can become Assistant Branch Manager (ABM) and then Branch Manager (BM).

Timeline for promotions depends upon factors such as performance, vacancy, etc. However, generally, it is around 5 years between two promotions.

Looking at the career prospects lying ahead both SBI and LIC gives you a great path to begin.

So what are you waiting for!!! Apply for both SBI PO 2018 and LIC AAO 2018 Recruitment and come back to preparation mode.

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16 Thoughts to “SBI PO VS LIC AAO [ A Detailed Look]”

  1. mounica

    notification released?


        mam,i couldn’t make it to the final list of BOB programme besides all my effort and thing unusual i have found on the 21st and 22nd batch list is that most of the OBC candidates are from south india as their name suggest.I feel like what if they were biased at the time of PI coz its strange to see so many candidates from a particular region.God knows but sometimes i feel like there is a competition between me and the south indians per se.feeling dejected 🙁

        1. :((
          Yes, I also saw. South Indians names mostly.
          Biased or not, cannot say. But yes gives some hint

          I also know how it feels. Now exams are coming one after another. Give your best in them.
          And who knows, SBI is for you. If you have reached there, then believe me you can do it. It is just that some other best thing is for you.

          All the very best:)
          This is not the time to feel depressed.

          1. Aparna

            Will there be requirement for LIC aao in this year?

          2. Aparna

            Can you tell by Which month?

          3. not sure. but in first quarter it is expected

          4. PRADEEP SINGH

            Thanks mam for such a kind word,I would try to stay out of it and make a strong comeback which will ascertain a confirm seat for me to enter into the banking sector.

        2. Aparna

          Gud luck for upcoming exams 🙂
          It feels bad but u have to b strong and u r :))

          1. PRADEEP SINGH

            Thank aparna for giving me a booster and standing aside at the time of distress.hope I will prove ur intuition true in every manner.

          2. Aparna

            Best of luck ?
            And remember one more thing which I don’t need to tell u as well but it’s fact… lyf is full of up n down so be the same…. u have that potential to tackle all of these….
            Sry for the gyan from this stranger :p

          3. PRADEEP SINGH

            Thanks for backing me with such a kind support which surely imbibe a zeal inside to sail the boat.

          4. Aparna

            Go ahead 🙂

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