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IB ACIO Exam 2021- Application Process (notice out for 2021), Admit card (Feb 15), Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Salary

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Feb 20, 2021

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IB ACIO (Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer) is a graduation level examination. The examination is conducted under the authority ofthe Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). IB ACIO (Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer) is a high salaried post in addition to other allowances that are provided by the Government of India. Earlier IB was under the control of internal and external intelligence of the country. But later it was split into two different organizations - Intelligence Bureau and Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW).

IB ACIO (Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer) is a national-level examination that is conducted once a year. It is a classified Grade II, Group C (Non - gazetted, non - ministerial) executive post.

Some facts about IB ACIO

  • There are about 750 joiners for every batch.
  • The training center at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh includes 120 training candidates at a time.
  • The entire training process is divided into three stages. The first training stage is at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh. It consists of 60 days of the training period. The second stage of training is in Delhi and the third stage is 'On the Job' training which is also for 60 days period.
  • Generally, the female candidates are not posted at border areas and Naxal areas.

Latest updates:

  • February 20, 2021- Check the IB ACIO CBT exam analysis in detail. Read more
  • February 9, 2021- The admit card for IB ACIO CBT exam will be released soon. Read more
  • January 1, 2021- IB ACIO Application process for 2020 is ending on January 9, 2021. Read more
IB ACIO Highlights

IB ACIO Exam Highlights

Examination Name IB ACIO( Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer)
Conducted by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
Classification Grade II, Group C (Non - gazetted, non - ministerial)
Stages 3 ( written test, comprehension, personal interview)
2020 vacancies Around 1400 posts
Salary structure INR 9,300 - INR 34,800 (varies according to the posting area) along with other allowances provided by the Government of India.
Categories for reservation SC, ST OBC and Ex-servicemen
Application Mode Online
IB ACIO Eligibility

IB ACIO Eligibility

  1. Candidate should be an Indian citizen
  2. Candidates should have completed their graduation with any stream from a recognized university.
  3. Candidates should have basic knowledge about computers.
  4. Age limit of the candidate should range between 18-27 years.
  5. Relaxation:

Relaxation on upper limit is given to the candidates belonging to the reserved categories -

  • A relaxation of 5 years is given to the candidates belonging to SC (scheduled caste) and ST (scheduled tribes) category.
  • A relaxation of 3 years is given to the candidates belonging to OBC (Other Backward Class).
IB ACIO Exam Pattern

IB ACIO Exam Pattern

The examination is conducted in three different stages.

The first stage is a written test which is a total of 100 marks.

  • It is a MCQ based paper. The paper is divided into four sections: General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Ability and English Language.
  • Time allotted for the first stage is 60 minutes.

The second stage is the essay writing and comprehension test. It is a descriptive paper.

  • The paper is divided into two sections: essay writing and comprehension and précis writing.
  • Essay consists of 30 marks while comprehension and précis writing consists of 20 marks making a total of 50.
  • Time allotted to the candidates in Stage 2 is 60 minutes.

The third and final stage is the personal interview. It is a total of 100 marks. This stage judges the personality of the candidate based on the parameters like intelligence, awareness and knowledge.

Stage Details
Stage 1 (written test) Type - Objective
Total marks - 100
Duration - 60 minutes
Stage 2 (comprehension and précis writing) Type - Subjective/ Descriptive
Total marks - 50
Duration - 60 minutes
Stage 3 (personal interview) Type - Oral / Mock
Total marks - 100
Duration - Not Defined
IB ACIO Selection Process

IB ACIO Selection Process

  • The candidates who apply for IB ACIO examination have to appear for the first tier of examination. The minimum cut off for different categories is prescribed by the authority. Candidates must achieve the minimum cut off marks to get selected for the second round.
  • Only those candidates are called for Tier 2, who qualify the preliminary round.
  • The performance of the candidates in Tier 1 and 2 is taken into consideration for shortlisting them for the interview round.
  • Based on the overall performance, the merit list is prepared.
IB ACIO Syllabus

IB ACIO Exam Syllabus

IB ACIO Syllabus contains a vast content. It covers a wide range of subjects in different fields. Stage 1 covers General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Ability and English Language while stage 2 is descriptive in nature and covers essay, comprehension and précis writing. The details of syllabus of different stages is given below:

Stage Syllabus Details
Stage 1
  • General Awareness - Current Affairs: History, Geography ,Science & Technology, Indian Polity & Constitution, Economy & Finance, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Static GK
  • Quantitative Aptitude Average: LCM & HCF, Percentages, Partnership, Boat & Stream, Pipes & Cistern, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Profit loss & Discount, Mixture & Allegation, Problem on Ages, Ratio Proportion, Complementary angles, Data Interpretation, Time work & wages, Speed, time, and work, Heights and Distances, Standard Trigonometry Identities, Mensuration.
  • Logical/Analytical Ability: Alphabet Test, Classification, Analogy, Arithmetic Reasoning, Logical Venn diagram, Distance direction test, Matrix, Blood Relation, Coding decoding, Pattern Completion, Embedded figures, Figure formation & Analysis, Cube & Dice, Figure formation & Analysis, Missing Number, Series Paper cutting & folding, Counting of figures, Mirror Image, Water Image
  • English Language Cloze Test: Synonyms & Antonyms, Para Jumble, Spotting Error, Sentence Improvement, Fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension, Spelling Error, Sentence Improvement, Preposition, One-word Substitution, Idiom & Phrase, Active & Passive Voice
Stage 2 Essay writing on topics like security threats, cultural diversity etc.
IB ACIO Exam Centres

IB ACIO Exam Centres

There are about 33 examination centres for IB ACIO examination. Students are most likely to be allotted the nearest centre for their convenience. Candidates cannot change the examination centre allotted to them. The list of different examination centres for IB ACIO is given below:

Agartala Kohima Ahmedabad Kolkata Aizawl
Leh Amritsar Lucknow Bangalore Meerut
Bhopal Mumbai Bhubaneswar Nagpur Chandigarh
Chennai Raipur Dehradun Patna Ranchi
Delhi Shillong Guwahati Shimla Hyderabad
Varanasi Itanagar Trivandrum Imphal Siliguri
Jaipur Vijayawada Jammu - -
IB ACIO Application Process

IB ACIO Application Process

The application process for filing the form of IB ACIO is divided into two parts. The first part is filing of the form while the other one is fee payment. Candidates are required to fill the form through an online mode.

  • Visit the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Go to the IB ACIO notification.
  • Fill in the details for Application form Part 1.
  • Application fee for general and OBC candidates is INR 100. Candidates belonging to Scheduled caste (SC) and Scheduled tribes (ST) category are exempted from paying application fee.
  • Upload all the documents as per instructions.
  • Make fee payment
IB ACIO Admit Card

IB ACIO Admit Card 2020

Candidates can download IB ACIO admit card, 2020 through an online mode. It is released separately for tier 1, tier 2 and the interview round by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Candidates are first required to login with their registration ID and password to download the admit card. The details of IB ACIO 2020 admit card for different tiers are given below -

  • The candidates who have filled the IB ACIO application form after fulfilling the eligibility criteria are issued the admit card for Tier 1.
  • Only those candidates are issued the admit card for Tier 2 who have qualified the prelims examination.
  • Candidates qualifying Tier 2 I. e the Mains Examination are issued the admit card for the interview round.

IB ACIO Admit Card Steps to Download

  • Go to the official website of the IB ACIO (Ministry of Home Affairs).
  • Click on the Admit Card Link.
  • Enter your registration ID and password.
  • Download the admit card.
  • Take out a printout of your admit card.

The admit card is a very essential document without which you are not allowed to take your examination. It contains details like exam date, timing of examination, exam city and centre along with all the personal details of the candidates.

IB ACIO Salary

IB ACIO Salary Details

IB (ACIO) ,Grade II INR 9,300 - INR 34,800
Grade pay INR 4,200(Pay Band 2)
Allowances entitled in IB ACIO salary slip House rent allowance, dearness allowance, overtime allowance, transport allowance, special pay and deputation, children education allowance, composite hill compensatory allowance, reimbursement of medical charges, leave travel concession
IB ACIO Result

IB ACIO Result

IB ACIO Result for the year 2020 is yet to be declared. The result will be declared separately for different stages at the official website. The result will only display the roll numbers of the candidates who are qualified. It will be available in the PDF format. Given below are the steps to check IB ACIO result:

  • Visit the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Go to the result link. Click it.
  • The result will be displayed in the PDF format.
  • Download your result.
  • Takeout a printout of your result document.

The IB ACIO exam and the designation is lucrative to all who do not want a conventional desk job. If you are interested in it, starting your preparation early is the right way to go for this exam.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


puja sao
What is the total weightage of the exam?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. The first stage is a written test which is a total of 100 marks. MCQs are asked in the exam, the paper is segmented into four sections including General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Ability and English Language.

What is the payscale of IB ACIO officer?
kavita rani

Hi Devisingh. Candidates selected through IB ACIO recruitment are appointed in Level-7. The salary is Rs 44,900-Rs 1,42,400. IB ACIO (Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer) is a high salaried post offering other allowances to the employees.

When IB ACIO admit cards are released?
kavita rani

Mostly, IB ACIO admit cards are released at least 15-20 days before the exam. Candidates can easily download their admit cards by logging with the required credentials.

lakshay kakkar
Who takes the IB ACIO Tier I exam?
kavita rani

IB ACIO (Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer) is a graduation level examination which is taken under the authority ofthe Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

abhinav shukla
I'm in third year of my engineering. I'll pass out in July 2022. Should I apply this time or when the next times vacancies are declared?

HI Abhinav

The age required to apply for this job is 18-27 years but there is some age relaxation for the reserved candidates. You need to complete your gradudation before you can apply for it. Visit on our official website of IB ACIO Eligibility for more details.

koyena biswas
how to prepare for ib acio interview?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. Candidates must do with a calm mind and stay confident. Also, choose a formal attire while going for the interview as your performance will help you get a good score.

koyena biswas
when ib acio result will be declared?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. The Results for the IB ACIO exam are announced online on the official website of MHA. The whole exam process consists of 3 stages: Tier 1, Tier 2 and the interview.
More details are mentioned here.

surabhi s
how to apply for acio jobs in intelligence bureau (ib) under mha?
kavita rani

Hi Surabhi. Candidates are supposed to fill the application form online by referring to the official website. Male candidates belonging to General and OBC categories are required to pay the exam fee worth INR 100.
Refer here to get more details.

surabhi s
how to apply online for ib acio?
kavita rani

Hi Surabhi. Refer to the official website and the detailed application process is presented there.

how to prepare for ib acio descriptive paper?
kavita rani

HI Prahasti. Candidates are given 30 minutes to complete Descriptive paper. There are a total of 2 questions in this section namely Letter writing and Essay Writing, so it is important for the candidates to prepare their studies accordingly.