CAREER IN INSURANCE
These days a career in INSURANCE and allied sector is very rewarding.This is because now a number of companies are venturing into this field.
Opportunities in the Insurance Sector
Insurance business has a positive correlation with economic development in an economy. As an economy develops over the years, insurance sector starts making inroads into the interiors of the system. Most of the times, insurance begins with the life insurance and gradually spreads to the field of general insurance. Every forward looking person would invariably have his/her life insurance done. Even in a country like India, it is hard to believe that any adult person living in towns would not have life insurance done and the concept is picking up even in the rural areas. In other words, the life insurance market in India is as large as its population.
During the past several years, the business of life insurance has flourished so much that the insurance business is being considered to be one of the most rapidly developing area in the financial sector.
The expanding sector offers challenging and remunerative jobs, with several attractive benefits linked with good achievements in terms of business. The promotion and personal development benefits are plenty and a hard-working candidate can hope to go quite high up in the ladder of promotion. With the entry of private business groups into the field of insurance round the corner, the opportunities offered by the insurance sector are going to increase manifold.
Assistant Administrative Officers
As a direct entry to the officer cadre, Assistant Administrative Officer (AAO) is considered to be a prestigious direct entry to the Insurance Sector. AAOs are recruited through a competitive examination and anyone recruited as a direct AAO can hope to reach the highest level, provided his/her performance in the profession is very good. AAOs are normally appointed as Branch Managers in smaller branches and, as the name of the post indicates, are responsible for overall general administration of the branch. Even in the bigger branches and, higher offices, AAOs are assigned important tasks and assist not only in better administration of the branch/said office but also help achieving the financial targets.
Eligibility: Examination for AAOsare conducted separately, generally every year .Every graduate/post graduate in any discipline including Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering or law with 50 per cent marks is eligible to take this examination.. A candidate is required to have qualifying marks either in the graduate or post graduate examination. The candidates must be more than 21 years of age and the upper age limit is 28 years.
All the candidates who qualify the written examination are called for the personal interview. The personal interview is aimed at judging the suitability of the candidates for the post of AAOs. Selection is made on the basis of overall performance of the candidates in the written test and interview. The selected candidates, after the prescribed training, are absorbed as AAOs
How to Prepare
Every competitive examination requires systematic and prolonged preparations. Even to get into any of the jobs offered by the insurance sector, the candidates have to prepare hard. The examination aims at judging the knowledge as well as speed of the candidates, particularly in the objective type paper. At the same time, the descriptive test judges the analytical ability, depth of knowledge, expression and understanding of the languages and needs different type of preparations. The objective tests require knowledge and speed to solve the problems correctly and thorough practice. GK and current affairs need special knowledge of these subjects and cannot be mastered in a short period of time. It is a long-term process and the aspiring candidates have to begin early. 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 to solve the objective type questions correctly.
For the objective tests, in addition to the knowledge, practice is also very important. More particularly for the Reasoning and Numerical Ability tests practice pays rich dividends. 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 to solve the questions correctly. 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. In addition style of writing also determines the marks to be obtained by the candidates. Similarly, precis 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 loosing sight of the content and its meaning. A good understanding, rich vocabulary and regular practice usually helps a candidate to do well in Essay and Precis. A candidate who is fully prepared as per the above guidelines can hope to score over other candidates and do well in the competition.
The preparations for the personal interview also have to be elaborate, particularly for the post of AAO. All those who qualify the written test are usually a cut above the rest of the candidates and offer tough competition. Hence, an aspiring candidate has to do well both in the written examination as well as the personal interview. Normally, not much of differnce in the written score is there and it is the personal interview which finally determines the selection or otherwise of a candidate. A candidate, therefore, must be well versed with the General Knowledge, and current affairs and should be able to discuss and analyse the topic of current importance and general interest. In addition to reading good newspapers, magazines and other books, the candidate should also have a good understanding, assimilation and expression. Any knowledge is useless if the candidate is unable to express himself/herself while replying to any question. While brushing up of knowledge is essential before the personal interview, more important is the capability to express clearly. The candidate should also identify strong and weak point and should be able to guide the direction of the interview away from the weak points towards the strengths. If the preparation is made as per the guidelines and the candidates put in the required hard work, there is no reason why the candidate should not succeed
In addition to the AAOs, both the Insurance Companies recruit other categories of employees by way of direct recruitment.