IB ACIO 2021 – Section-Wise Tips & Tricks

IB ACIO 2021 Tier I exam date is yet to be announced. We hope you are at the last phase of exam preparation. Here, we bring to you section-wise tips and tricks including suggestive time allocation strategy. However, what works for some may not work for others. Use this only as a guideline & not as a target. If something is working well for you, you can continue to use the same strategy. Before moving on to the tips, let’s have a look at the exam pattern.

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IB ACIO Tier-I Exam: Paper Pattern (Objective Type)


No. Of Questions Marks Time
General Awareness 25 25 60 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 25 25
Logical/Analytical Ability 25 25
English Language 25 25
Total 100


*There will be negative marking of ¼ mark for each wrong answer. Therefore, avoid attempting answers that you are not confident at.

General Awareness

Time Management Tip: Allocate 5 minutes for this section

Important Topics to Concentrate

  • Security, Geo-Political, Social and War Issues
  • CIA, IB, KGB (Intelligence agencies)
  • Major Missiles
  • History, Culture, Geography, Politics
  • Government Schemes and Policy
  • International Relations
  • Organizations
  • Physical Chemical Laws
  • Current Affairs

Tip 1: Revise the what’s and when’s

Tip 2: Read newspapers everyday

Quantitative Aptitude

Time Management Tip: Allocate 25 minutes for this section

Important Topics to Concentrate

  • Simplification / Approximation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Number Series
  • Algebra

Tip 1: Questions might be tricky then lengthy; read every question carefully

Tip 2: Keep shortcuts handy

Tip 3: Practice as many mock tests you can


Stick to the BODMAS rule and perform calculation in the correct sequence.

  • Bracket (), {}, [] is the order
  • Order (Powers, Square Roots etc.)
  • Division
  • Multiplication
  • Addition
  • Subtraction

Conversion of decimal numbers to nearest number

Example: Solve 4433.852 – 2211.884 – 1133.999 + 3377.312


4433.852 = 4434

2211.884 = 2212

1133.999 = 1134

3377.312 = 3377

Now simplify, 4434 –  2212 – 1134 + 3377 = 4466

Practice as many sectional and topic-wise tests for scoring high in Quant.

Logical / Analytical Ability

Time Management Tip: Allocate 21 minutes for this section.

Important Topics to Concentrate

  • Blood Relation
  • Coding Decoding
  • Sitting Arrangement
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Classification
  • Analogies

Tip 1: Practice different kinds of questions

Tip 2: Focus on high scoring topics

Tip 3: Practice 100s of puzzles

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Blood Relation

  • Apply the question to yourself
  • Break the question in small parts
  • Do not assume the gender


Comparison or establishing a relationship between two elements to draw similarity. Example: Country and Currency (Japan – Yen, UAE – Dinar, India – Rupee), Animal and Baby (Lion – Cub, Dog – Puppy, Cat – Kitten), Unit and Class (Cup – Crockery)

English Language

Time Management Tip: Allocate 9 minutes for this section.

Important Topics to Concentrate

  • Error Spotting
  • Phrase Replacement
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Active Passive
  • Direct Indirect Speech
  • Spellings
  • Antonyms Synonyms
  • One Word Substitution
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para-jumbles
  • Sentence Jumbles

Tip 1: Master your Vocabulary

Tip 2: Read newspapers and magazines daily

Tip 3: Understand the basic grammar rules in depth

Error Spotting

  1. Nouns that possess singular form but depicts plural. Example: Cattle, People, Police, Military etc.

The military was called out (incorrect)

The military were called out (correct)

  1. Few nouns always take the plural verb as their form is plural. Example: Spectacles, Trousers, Premises etc.

The spectacles is kept on the table (incorrect)

The spectacles are kept on the table (correct)

  1. Two or more singular subjects that is connected by ‘and’ usually goes with a verb in the plural.

Meera and Sheela is here (incorrect)

Meera and Sheela are here (correct)

Phrase Replacement

  1. When Adjectives like much, less, little and more are used as nouns, they are followed by a singular verb.

Example: Less than a million of rupees are required immediately.

  1. When two subjects are connected by as well as, the verb is according to the first subject.

Example: She as well as her mother is going to London.

  1. When a singular form of noun depicts a whole class, ‘the’ is used.

Example: The mango is considered as the king of fruits.

Reading Comprehension

  1. Choose one and only if time permits, attempt the other
  2. Choose the one with less number of words and topic that you are closer to understanding
  3. Questions and information in the passage is linked. Example: first question will have its relevance in the first paragraph or first few lines.


These are few tricks for each section. Hope this helps.

All the best for the exam!


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