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Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer Exam


The Ministry of Home Affairs conducts the IB ACIO or Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence Officer examination to fill vacancies for the position of Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence (IB ACIO) Grade-II. The IB ACIO is a national-level test given once a year. The position is designated as Grade II, Group C (Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial Executive). Tier I, II, and III tests are used to select candidates for the IB ACIO exam.


The Ministry of Home Affairs Intelligence Bureau (IB) will shortly release a notice of Intelligence Bureau ACIO Recruitment to fill unfilled job opportunities. Job seekers who believe they are qualified for the open positions may apply for Intelligence Bureau ACIO Jobs by completing the Intelligence Bureau ACIO application form with all requested information.

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The following are the IB ACIO qualifying criteria:

  • Candidates must be Indian citizens.
  • Must have done Graduation (any field) from an acknowledged university.
  • Candidates must be computer literate.
  • Candidate's ages must range between 18 and 27. The higher age limit is waived for candidates who fall into one of the following reserved categories:
    • Candidates from the SC (Scheduled Caste) and ST (Scheduled Tribes) categories are allowed a five-year age relaxation.
    • Candidates from the OBC are granted a three-year reprieve (Other Backward Class)


The IB ACIO Tier 1 syllabus includes topics such as General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude Average, Logical/Analytical Ability, and English Language. Tier 2's course includes Essay Writing subjects such as security issues, cultural diversity, and so on. The following is the IB ACIO syllabus for Tiers 1 and 2:

Tier 1 Syllabus:

General Awareness
Biology Physics
Indian Polity & Constitution Geography
Current Affairs Static GK
Economy & Finance History
Chemistry Science & Technology
Quantitative Aptitude
Time work & wages Problem on Ages
Simple Interest & Compound Interest LCM & HCF
Mensuration Speed, time, and work
Complementary angles Profit loss & Discount
Boat & Stream Average
Standard Trigonometry Identities Ratio Proportion
Percentages Heights and Distances
Pipes & Cistern Data Interpretation
Partnership Mixture & Allegation
Analytical/ Logical Ability
Missing Number Figure Formation & Analysis
Distance direction test Classification
Mirror Image Figure Formation & Analysis
Coding decoding Arithmetic Reasoning
Water Image Embedded figures
Blood Relation Alphabet Test
Counting of figures Cube & Dice
Matrix Analogy
Series Papercutting & folding Pattern Completion
Logical Venn diagram  
English Language
The Active and Passive Voices Sentence Improvement
Fill in the Blanks Synonyms and Antonyms in English Jumble
Idioms and Phrases Spelling Error
Sentence Improvement Cloze Test
One-Word Substitution Reading Comprehension
Error Detection Preposition


Tier 2 Syllabus :

The following are some essay writing subjects for the IB ACIO exam:

•    National security and mass communication
•    Technology in a global village.
•    Growth based on equity is excellent for national security.
•    Dissent in a Democracy Has Its Limits
•    What seven decades of liberty have taught us.

Exam Pattern

The examination is divided into three stages:

  • The first level consists of a written test worth 100 points. It is a multiple-choice exam. Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Logical Ability, and English Language are the four areas of the paper. The first stage has a time limit of 60 minutes.
  • The essay writing and comprehension test is the second step. It's a descriptive essay. The essay is broken into two sections: comprehension and précis writing and essay writing. The essay is worth 30 points, while comprehension and precise writing are worth 20 points each, for a total of 50. In Stage 2, applicants get 60 minutes to complete their tasks.
  • The personal interview is the third and final stage. It is worth 100 points in total. This stage assesses the candidate's personality using criteria such as intellect, attentiveness, and knowledge.


Stage 1 (written test)  Objective  Total marks – 100 Duration - 60 minutes
Stage 2 (comprehension and precise writing)  Subjective/ Descriptive  Total marks – 50  Duration - 60 minutes
Stage 3 (personal interview)  Oral / Mock  Total marks – 100   

Exam Paper

Practicing Previous Year Papers can assist you in preparing for the IB ACIO Recruitment Exam. A Tier-1 Online Exam, a Tier-2 Descriptive Exam (English), and a Tier-3 Interview are all required for IB ACIO Recruitment To pass the IB ACIO Exam, you must develop a sensible preparation approach that includes the work of practicing Previous Year Question Papers, which will help you improve your speed and accuracy. It increases your chances of passing the IB ACIO Exam.

Exam Important Date

Online Application process begins January, 
Deadline to submit January, 
Admit Card TBA
Exam March, 

Exam Application Process

The IB ACIO selection process consists of the following stages:

  • Application form: Applicants must complete the IB ACIO application form online. Male candidates from the General, EWS, and OBC categories must pay an exam fee as well as recruiting processing fees. Candidates who are SC/ST, female, or ExSM must pay recruiting processing costs.
  • Admit card distribution: Candidates are provided IB ACIO admit cards online independently for each step of the recruitment process. Candidates must input the needed login credentials in order to download the admission card.
  • IB ACIO Exam: The IB ACIO exam has three stages/tier: I, II, and III. Stage I/ Tier I consist of a five-part objective type paper. This exam has a total score of 100 points. Candidates must get the requisite cut-off marks to pass the Tier I test. The cut-off points for the UR category are 35, while the cut-off marks for OBC/EWS candidates are 34. For SC/ST applicants, the IB ACIO cut-off level is 33. Candidates who pass the Tier I exam are invited to take the Tier II exam. Stage II/ Tier II is a 50-point descriptive type test. Shortlisting for the interview is done based on candidates' performance in the Tier I and II exams. The interview is worth 100 points.
  • Result Declaration: The results for each stage are published online. The IB ACIO result is published in PDF format and includes the roll numbers of qualifying applicants. 
  • Final Selection: Candidates are chosen based on their performance in Tiers I, II, and III, as well as their interview. Selected individuals must go through document verification and a medical test.

Cut Off :    

  • Tier 1 IB ACIO Cut Off: The IB ACIO cut off for Tier 1 is determined in order to shortlist applicants for the next step of the selection process, Tier 2. Candidates must also get the requisite qualifying grades. Candidates must not only meet the qualifying marks, but they must also meet the minimum cut off marks for their category. The IB ACIO cut off for this stage is set at 100 points.
  • Tier 2 IB ACIO Cut Off: To shortlist applicants for interviews, the IB ACIO cut off marks for Tier 2 are set. Tier 2 requires a minimum of 33% in order to qualify. This implies that contestants must obtain 17 points out of a possible 50. Candidates for the interview are chosen based on Tier 2 scores five times the number of openings.    
  • IB ACIO Cut Off for Final Selection: Following the interview, the IB ACIO final cut off is revealed. Tier 1, 2, and Interview scores are used to determine the ultimate cut off. Candidates with marks equal to or higher than the cut off mark are chosen for appointment. The IB ACIO cut off for interviews is based on a 100-point scale.    
  Tier-I Cut off Marks Tier-II Cut off Marks
General Merit 65 30
OBC 60 25
SC 50 20
ST 50 20

Exam Center

The examination authority specifies the exam locations. Tier I examinations were held in several cities throughout the country. When completing the IB ACIO application form, candidates were requested to pick three exam cities. Check out the list of IB ACIO test centers below:

Andhra Pradesh
Guntur Kakinada
Nellore Tirupathi
Kurnool Vijayawada
Rajahmundry Vizianagaram
Arunachal Pradesh
Naharlagun Itanagar
Guwahati Silchar
Tezpur Dibrugarh
Purnea Muzaffarpur
Patna Bhagalpur
Raipur Bilaspur
Bhillai Nagar  
Delhi NCR
Delhi NCR  
Vadodara Gandhinagar
Rajkot Ahmedabad
Surat Mehsana
Yamuna Nagar Ambala
Himachal Pradesh
Shimla Hamirpur
Jammu and Kashmir
Ranchi Dhanbad
Jamshedpur Bokaro Steel City
Udupi Mangalore
Bengaluru Shivamogga
Hubballi (Hubli) Mysuru
Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Belagavi (Belgaum)
Thrissur Kottayam
Ernakulam Thiruvananthapuram
Kollam Kozhikode
Madhya Pradesh
Ujjain Gwalior
Jabalpur Bhopal
Pune Nagpur
Amravati Nashik
Mumbai Nanded
Sambalpur Cuttack
Balasore Rourkela
Bhubaneswar Dhenkanal
Patiala Jalandhar
Amritsar Mohali
Bhatinda Ludhiana
Udaipur Bikaner
Jodhpur Ajmer
Tamil Nadu
Tiruchirappalli Coimbatore
Chennai Madurai
Warangal Karimnagar
Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi Lucknow
Gorakhpur Agra
Prayagraj Jhansi
Aligarh Meerut
Kanpur Bareilly
Roorkee Haldwani
West Bengal
Siliguri Hooghly
Kolkata Asansol


Ques. Does IB ACIO recruitment occur every year?
The availability of IB AICO is determined by the number of openings announced by the relevant department.

Ques. Does the IB ACIO exam have any negative marking?
In IB ACIO, 1/4th marks are deducted as a penalty for each incorrect answer.

Ques. What kinds of questions will be asked in the IB ACIO Tier II exam?
The IB ACIO Tier II test includes descriptive sort problems from Essay Writing, English Comprehension, and Precis Writing.

Ques. Do I have to get the qualifying marks in the IB ACIO exam?
Yes, you must obtain both qualifying and cut-off marks in the IB ACIO test.

Ques. How many parts comprise the IB ACIO Tier I exam?
IB ACIO The Tier I test is divided into five sections: Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Analytical/Numerical/ Logical Ability and Reasoning, General Studies, and English Language.

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