IB ACIO Grade-II/Executive Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

The exam IB Assistant Central Intelligence Officer Grade-II/Executive Exam is conducted every year by the Ministry of Home Affairs to select candidates for the post of Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (Grade-II/Executive). The position offered to the candidates is a General Central Service, Group C – Non-Gazetted, Non – Ministerial post.

The exam is conducted in three stages Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III. Tier-I is an online computer-based paper, whereas Tier-II is offline Descriptive Teat. Based on the combined performance of the candidate in both Tier -I and II candidates are shortlisted for the Tier-III, the interview round. The final selection is made on the basis of the three tiers.

At a national level, the role is to carry out a bulk of intelligence collection is carried out by ‘Grade II’ employees of the IB and the ‘class I’ officers mostly carry out coordination and higher-level management of the IB. On a state level, candidates will be a part of the State Special Bureau and will be reporting to the Central Intelligence Officer.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit candidates for the post of Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (Grade – II/Executive)
Conducting Body Ministry of Home Affairs

IB ACIO Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Candidates must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • Essential Qualification: Graduation or equivalent from a recognized university.
    • Desirable Qualification: Knowledge of computers.

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the IB ACIO examination should be minimum of 18 years and maximum of 27 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    OBC 30 years
    SC/ST 32 years
    Departmental candidates who have rendered 3 years of regular and continuous service 40 years
    Women who are widowed or judicially separated from their husbands who not remarried (General Category) 35 years
    Women who are widowed or judicially separated from their husbands who not remarried (SC/ST) 40 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. There is no such restriction on the number of attempts as long as the age criteria is being fulfilled.

IB ACIO Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application December 19, 2020
Last Date of Application January 9, 2021
Admit Card Release Date February 15, 2021
Tier-I Exam Date February 18, 2021
Tier-I Result Date March 2021
Tier-II Exam Date To be notified

IB ACIO Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the examination:

  • The exam is conducted in three stages, Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III. Tier 1 is shown in the online mode, and the questions are objective type.
  • All candidates who register for the exam should appear for the Tier-I of the examination.
  • Candidates that clear the first stage are eligible for Tier-II. Tier-II is conducted in offline mode, and the paper is a descriptive type.
  • Based on the combined performance of the candidate in Tier-I and II, candidates are shortlisted for the interview round or Tier-III.
  • Finally, based on the performance of the candidate in Tier I, II and the interview round, candidates are shortlisted for the final selection subject to document verification followed by a medical test.

Pattern for Written Examination

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Tier-I Exam

Tier-I exam (only online mode): 100 Objective type MCQs, divided into 5 parts containing 20 questions of 1 marks each on:
a. General awareness,
b. Quantitative aptitude,
c. Numerical/analytical/logical ability
& reasoning,
d. English language &
e. General studies.

Merit Ranking Nature 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) 60 mins 0.25 100
2 Tier-II Exam

Descriptive type paper of 50 marks: Essay (30 marks) & English comprehension & précis writing (20 marks).

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 60 mins 50
Total Marks* 150

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Interview

Total marks allotted: 100

After clearing the written exam, candidates have to take part in the elaborate interview process.

IB ACIO Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written Examination

1 Tier-I Exam

General Awareness

  • History
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Current Affairs

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number System
  • Mensuration
  • Averages
  • Percentages
  • Ration and Time
  • Profit & Loss
  • Computation of whole numbers
  • Fundamental Arithmetical operations
  • Computation of whole numbers
  • Decimals
  • Use of table and graphs
  • Relationship between numbers
  • Operations Research & Linear Programming
  • Differential Geometry
  • Dynamics, Calculus
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Real analysis
  • Computation of whole numbers
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operation
  • Time & Distance
  • Interest Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Discount
  • Differential Equations
  • Statistics
  • Time and Work
  • Fractions
  • Analytical Geometry

Logical/Analytical Ability

  • Blood Relations
  • Direct Sense Test
  • Logical Sequence of Work
  • Image Analysis
  • Pattern Completion
  • Series
  • Series completion
  • Character Puzzles
  • Seating arrangement
  • Data sufficiency
  • Chart Logic
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Analogy
  • Classification

English Language

  • Spellings
  • Grammar
  • Improvement
  • Adjectives
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Verbs
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Sentence structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Spot the error
  • Clauses
  • Passage
  • Detecting misspelt words
  • One word substitution
  • Verbal Comprehension Passage

2 Tier-II Exam

  • Essay Writing
  • English Comprehension & Précis Writing

Syllabus for Interview

Candidates are judged on the basis of their intelligence and personality.