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The exam for the Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officers or IB ACIO is conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The 2021 exam has been conducted in the months of February, March, and June. The results for the Tier II exam of 2021 is yet to be released. The notification for the next IB ACIO exam is yet to be released. Candidates are advised to check below for further details.
IB ACIO Exam At A Glance
|Name||IB ACIO Exam|
|Conducting Body||Ministry of Home Affairs|
|Vacant Posts||Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officers|
|Number of Vacancies||to be announced|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Selection Process||Tier I Objective Type Exam, Tier II Descriptive Type Exam, Tier III Interview|
IB ACIO Exam Notification
The Ministry of Home Affairs is yet to release the notification for IB ACIO. Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website to stay up to date with announcements.
IB ACIO Exam Important Dates
|IB ACIO notification release||to be announced|
|IB ACIO online application opens||to be announced|
|IB ACIO online application closes||to be announced|
|IB ACIO Tier-I exam admit card release||to be announced|
|IB ACIO Tier-I exam date||to be announced|
|IB ACIO Tier-I exam result||to be announced|
|IB ACIO Tier-II admit card release||to be announced|
|IB ACIO Tier-II exam date||to be announced|
|IB ACIO Tier-II exam result||to be announced|
|IB ACIO Tier-III interview date||to be announced|
|IB ACIO final list of selected candidates||to be announced|
Eligibility Criteria for IB ACIO Exam
Candidates must be citizens of India with appropriate government-approved documents.
Candidates must have a Graduate degree or its equivalent in any discipline from a Government-recognized university. Aspirants with fluency in computers will be preferred.
- Lower Age Limit: 18 years
- Upper Age Limit: 27 years
|SC /ST||5 years|
|Departmental aspirants with a minimum of 3 years of uninterrupted service||Up to 40 years of age|
IB ACIO Exam Application Fee
|General/EWS/OBC (male)||INR 600|
How to Apply for IB ACIO Exam
- Visit the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- Click on the "Register" option.
- Fill in your basic details such as name, address, phone number etc.
- Verify the OTP to confirm your communication details.
- Read the instructions carefully before filling the IB ACIO application form.
- Fill in your particulars carefully.
- Upload a clear, scanned copy of your photograph and signature.
- Make the application fee payment.
- Take a printout of your application and fee receipt for reference.
- Once the registration is successful, you will receive the confirmation by SMS or email.
IB ACIO Exam Admit card
After filling the application form, eligible candidates can access the admit card from the official MHA website. The admit card for the IB ACIO exam is yet to be released.
List of Vacancies
The number of vacancies for the next IB ACIO exam is yet to be announced. Candidates should keep checking the official website to know more when the vacancies are announced. Here is a list of vacancies announced for 2021:
IB ACIO Exam Reservation List
The IB ACIO Recruitment examination will follow Government-mandated reservation policies. Candidates can check the category-wise vacancies of 2021 under the 'List of Vacancies' section.
IB ACIO Selection Process
The selection process consists of 3 levels:
1. Tier I (objective-type) 1. Tier II (descriptive type) 1. Tier III (Interview)
IB ACIO Exam Pattern
Here's a breakdown of the weightage that each section in the IB ACIO exam carries:
|Sections||Total Number of Questions||Total Marks|
Note: The time duration is 60 minutes. Incorrect answered will cost candidates a 0.25 mark. Candidates must secure a minimum of 33 out of the total of 100 in the Tier I exam to qualify for Tier II.
|Comprehension and Precis Writing||20|
Note: The time duration is 60 minutes.
IB ACIO Exam Syllabus
The overall syllabus includes the following:
|General Awareness||History, Geography, Culture, Economic trend, General Polity, and Scientific Research of India and its neighbouring countries, Science, Books and Authors, Current Affairs, Sports, Important Days, Important Schemes, Portfolios, and People in News|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Whole numbers, decimals and fractions, Relationships between numbers, Discount, Profit and Loss, Partnership Business, Time and Distance, Percentage, Time & Work, Ratio and Proportion Averages, Interest, Square roots, Basic Algebraic, Surds, Triangles, Graphs of Linear Equations, Congruence and similarity of triangles, tangents, Circle and its chords, Quadrilaterals, Circle, Right Prism, Regular Polygons, Right Circular Cone, Sphere, Right Circular Cylinder, Heights and Distances, Frequency polygon, Histogram, Bar diagram, Pie chart, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Hemispheres, Regular Right Pyramid, Trigonometric ratio, Standard Identities, Degree and Radian Measures, Complementary angles|
|Analytical Ability||Arrangements and pattern, Coding decoding, Order and Ranking, Syllogism, Linear Seating arrangement, Mathematical Inequalities, Blood relations, Circular Seating arrangement, Classification, Scheduling|
|English Language||Sentence Arrangement, fill in the blanks, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Completion, Spotting Error, Idioms and Phrases, Antonyms, Para Completion, Synonyms, Error Correction, Substitution, Active and Passive Voice, Joining Sentences, Error Correction, Prepositions, Passage Completion|
IB ACIO Exam Results
The IB ACIO results are yet to be released. Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website for their results.
IB ACIO Exam Cut-off
The cut-offs for 2021 are yet to be released, but provided below is a category-specific list of cut-offs as announced for 2018:
IB ACIO Job Profile
Here are the duties that an IB ACIO post includes:
- Gathering secret information that shields national security
- Tracking major information and clues that might harm the states
- Collecting intelligence information, including currency exchange issues, trespassing discrepancies, illegal/unethical trafficking, and more
IB ACIO Salary Details
|Pay Scale||INR 44,900 to INR 1,42,400|
|Grade Pay||INR 4,600|
|Basic Pay||INR 13,500|
|CPC Fitment Factor||INR 35,370|
|Transport Allowances||INR 3,200|
|Gross Pay||INR 42,600|
IB ACIO Examination Analysis
- The Tier I exam will consist of objective-type MCQs.
- Each correct answer in the Tier I exam will fetch 1 mark, and each wrong answer will cost 0.25 mark.
- The Tier II exam will be a descriptive paper of 1 hour.
Here is a detailed idea about the difficulty level for various sections:
|Essay||Moderate to Difficult|
|English Reading Comprehension and Precis Writing||Moderate|
|General Awareness||Easy to Moderate|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Easy to Moderate|
|English Language||Easy to Moderate|
|General Studies||Easy to Moderate|
|Overall||Easy to Moderate|
Here is a detailed idea about the number of good attempts for various sections:
|Topic||Number of Good Attempts|
|General Awareness||12 to 15|
|Quantitative Aptitude||12 to 15|
|Analytical Ability||10 to 16|
|English Language||13 to 14|
|General Studies||15 to 17|
|Overall||70 to 75|
Preparation Tips for IB ACIO Exam
Candidates preparing for IB ACIO are well-advised to do the following:
- Solving practice/mock papers to gauge their preparations well. Getting into a habit of solving 1 model paper a day is a good way of keeping oneself prepared before the exam.
- Focusing on all-round development instead of studying solely from books is an important part of the IB ACIO exam preparation. Candidates should make use of online trial tests and study guides to gain that competitive edge.
- Allotting a specific number of mathematics exercises daily from different subtopics and solving them diligently. Focusing on the errors and redoing the incorrect problems over and over again is advisable.
- Reading local newspapers will provide a good base for general knowledge and current affairs.
- Speaking with those in the vicinity about current affairs, watching TV shows and movies will be beneficial.
- Practicing dialogues in front of the mirror to improve confidence and speaking skills is highly advised for the interview.
IB ACIO Exam Previous Years Question Papers
Candidates can find some previous question papers by following these links:
Previous Years' Paper:
Recommended Books for IB ACIO Exam
Here are some books for the General Studies section:
|An Introduction to the Constitution of India||D D Basu|
|Perspectives on Indian Constitution||Subash Kashyap|
|Biology, Physics, Chemistry||8th to 12th standard NCERT|
|Modern India||Bipin Chandra|
|History of Modern India||AC Banerjee|
|Anatomy and Physiology||Evelyn Pearce|
|An Evolution of Indian Economy||I. C. Dhingra|
|Indian Economy||Dutt and Sundaram|
|General Principles of World Geography||Charles Farro|
|Magical Book on Quicker Mathematics||M. Tyra|
|Data Interpretation||Arun Sharma|
|Quantitative Aptitude||R. S. Aggarwal|
|Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Fourth edition (2018)||Rajesh Verma|
|Quick General Awareness||Disha Publications|
|Advanced Objective General Knowledge||S. Chand|
|General Awareness for Competitive Exams||Disha Experts|
|General Knowledge Manual||Pearson Publications|
|Better English||Norman Lewis|
|Objective General English||R.S. Agarwal|
|High School English Grammar, and Composition||Wren and Martin|
|From Plinth to Paramount||Neetu Singh|
|Competitive General English||Kiran Prakashan|
|Perfect Competitive English||V.K. Sinha|
|A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning||R. S. Aggarwal|
|How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning||Arun Sharma|
|Multidimensional Reasoning||Mishra and Kumar Dr. Lal|
|A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning||R. S. Aggarwal|
|Analytical Reasoning||MK Panday|
|A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal||B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali|
Study Plan for IB ACIO Exam
Any candidate interested in cracking the IB ACIO exam should plan to do the following:
- Read books on English phrases and idioms, and try to incorporate them in daily conversations. Practice speaking in front of the mirror and inculcate confidence for the interview process.
- Check the Public Information Bureau website regularly and read newspapers such as The Hindu, The Economist, and The Economic Times to stay updated with current affairs.
- Dedicate 6-8 hours to studying in a day; more than that can be exhaustive.
- Make comprehensive notes for every chapter and gather the common topics of all help books together so as to avoid feeling overwhelmed with the syllabus.
- Get into a daily routine and always begin your preparations early.
Candidates are advised to carry all necessary documents to the exam centre. Furthermore, candidates should positively bring the following:
- Admit Card
- Government-issued ID for identity verification
Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website for any new notifications regarding the IB ACIO Exam. The payment ID must be kept handy after paying for the application form, as it may be necessary in case of discrepancies.
Candidates must begin preparations as early as possible to avoid unnecessary last-minute stress. After all, the mind is at its strongest when it's relaxed. With that said, aspirants must have faith in their preparations and the hard work they've put in.
All the best!