IB ACIO Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020: Tier 1 & 2

The IB ACIO Exam is conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the recruitment of Officers for the Intelligence Bureau. It’s one of the premium and sought-after posts in India. This blog provides you with the full IB ACIO Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020. Let us know about the IB ACIO Exam Pattern & Syllabus in detail.

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IB ACIO Syllabus & Exam Pattern: Selection Process

IB ACIO Exam Pattern consists of the following three stages: –

  • IB ACIO Tier-I Exam (Total Marks: 100)
  • IB ACIO Tier-II Exam (Total Marks: 50)
  • IB ACIO Interview (Total Marks: 100)

IB ACIO Exam Pattern: Tier 1 2020

The IB ACIO Tier 1 Exam Pattern consists of 4 sections. the details are given in the following table:

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
General Awareness 20 20 60 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
Logical/Analytical Ability 20 20
English Language 20 20
General Studies 20 20
Total 100 100

*There will be a negative marking of ¼ mark for each wrong answer.

IB ACIO Exam Pattern : Tier 2 2020

The IB ACIO Tier 2 Exam pattern consists of 2 sections. details are shown below:

Section Marks Time
Essay Writing 30 60 minutes
English Comprehension & Précis Writing 20
Total 50

IB ACIO Syllabus & Exam Pattern: Selection Criteria

  • Only those candidates would be called for IB ACIO Tier-II exam who qualify a certain standard in Tier-I. For the Tier-II examination, there is a minimum cut off of 33%.
  • On the basis of their combined performance in Tier-I and Tier-II, the candidates would be shortlisted for the interview.
  • The final selection would be made on the basis of combined performance in all the selection stages.

IB ACIO Syllabus 2020

IB ACIO Syllabus: General Knowledge

The IB ACIO Syllabus for General knowledge section consists of following list of topics:

Indian History, Polity, Current Events, Geography, Economy, Basics of computers etc. 

The focus will be on Current national & International events, banking, sports, awards, recruitments etc. 

  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science & Technology
  • Indian Polity & Constitution
  • Economy & Finance
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Static GK

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IB ACIO Syllabus: Reasoning

IB ACIO Syllabus for Reasoning section has the following list of topics.

  • Analogies,
  • similarities and differences,
  • spatial visualisation,
  • spatial orientation,
  • problem-solving,
  • analysis,
  • judgement,
  • decision making,
  • visual memory,
  • discrimination,
  • observation,
  • relationship concepts,
  • arithmetic reasoning,
  • verbal and figure,
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning.
  • Cube & Dice
  • Figure formation & Analysis
  • Missing Number
  • Series
  • Papercutting & folding
  • Counting of figures
  • Mirror Image
  • Water Image

IB ACIO Syllabus: English Comprehension

The IB ACIO Syllabus for English comprehension section covers following topics:

  • Grammar Rules,
  • antonyms, 
  • Single/ Double Fillers
  • Fill In The Blanks
  • Error Detection
  • synonyms, 
  • one-word substitution, 
  • idioms & phrases, 
  • fill in the blanks,
  • Reading Comprehension/Passage, 
  • Active & Passive Voice
  • Preposition
  • Cloze Test, 
  • Para-Jumble Sentences etc. 

IB ACIO Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude

The IB ACIO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude (Maths) consists of below given topics:

  • Number System
  • HCF LCM
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Time & Work
  • Mensuration
  • Percentage
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Investment
  • Problem on Ages
  • Time & Speed
  • Problem on Trains
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Series and Sequences
  • Bar Graph
  • Pictorial Graph
  • Pie Chart.

IB ACIO Syllabus: General Studies

The General Studies section of IB ACIO Syllabus will cover:

  • History (Ancient / Medieval / Modern)
  • Geography
  • General Science
  • Polity
  • Environment

(these topics are based on our understanding as per the general studies syllabus of other similar exam)

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IB ACIO Syllabus 2020 – Paper II

IB ACIO Tier-II exam consists of two sections namely – Essay Writing and English Comprehension & Précis Writing

Essay Writing: Candidates will have to write essays that can be based on topics such as:

  • Emerging Trends in India
  • Cultural Diversity of India
  • Security Threats, etc

English Comprehension & Précise Writing: In this section, the candidate’s English Comprehension will be tested.


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IB Recruitment 2020 Vacancy

The IB ACIO 2020 Recruitment Notification has announced a total of 2000 Vacancies. The category-wise details are as follows:

Category No. of Vacancies
UR 989
EWS 113
OBC 417
SC 360
ST 121
Total 2000

IB ACIO 2020-21 Exam Centers

State Cities
Andhra   Pradesh Guntur
Kakinanda
Kurnool
Nellore
Rajahmundry
Tirupathi
Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam
Vizianagaram
Arunachal   Pradesh Itanagar
Naharlagun
Assam Dibrugarh
Guwahati
Jorhat
Silchar
Tezpur
Bihar Bhagalpur
Muzaffarpur
Patna
Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chattisgarh Bhillai Nagar
Bilaspur
Raipur
Delhi NCR Delhi NCR
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Anand
Gandhinagar
Mehsana
Rajkot
Surat
Vadodara
Haryana Ambala
Yamuna Nagar
Himachal   Pradesh Hamirpur
Shimla
Jammu and   Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro Steel City
Dhanbad
Hazaribagh
Jamshedpur
Ranchi
Karnataka Belagavi (Belgaum)
Bengaluru
Hubballi (Hubli)
Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)
Mangalore
Mysuru
Shivamogga
Udupi
Kerala Ernakulam
Kannur
Kollam
Kottayam
Kozhikode
Thiruvananthapuram
Thrissur
Ladakh Leh
Madhya   Pradesh Bhopal
Gwalior
Indore
Jabalpur
Ujjain
Maharashtra Amravati
Aurangabad
Mumbai
Nagpur
Nanded
Nashik
Pune
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore
Berhampur-Ganjam
Bhubaneswar
Cuttack
Dhenkanal
Rourkela
Sambalpur
Punjab Amritsar
Bhatinda
Jalandhar
Ludhiana
Mohali
Patiala
Rajasthan Ajmer
Bikaner
Jaipur
Jodhpur
Udaipur
Tamil   Nadu Chennai
Coimbatore
Madurai
Tiruchirappalli
Telangana Hyderabad
Karimnagar
Warangal
Tripura Agartala
Uttar   Pradesh Agra
Aligarh
Bareilly
Gorakhpur
Jhansi
Kanpur
Lucknow
Meerut
Prayagraj
Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Haldwani
Roorkee
West   Bengal Asansol
Hooghly
Kalyani
Kolkata
Siliguri

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IB ACIO Syllabus FAQs

What is the qualification for IB?

Candidates should between 18 and 27 years with a Graduation or equivalent qualification from a recognised university.

What is the syllabus of IB?

IB ACIO syllabus for Tier I comprise topics from General AwarenessQuantitative Aptitude, Numerical/Analytical/Logical Ability & Reasoning, English Language and General Studies. Tier II syllabus comprises topics on Essay, English Comprehension and Precis Writing.

Will there be an IB ACIO exam in 2020?

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has released IB ACIO 2020-21 notification for the post of Intelligence Bureau Assistant Central Intelligence (IB ACIO) Grade-II. A total of 2,000 vacancies have been announced.

What is the salary of ACIO in IB?

IB ACIO employees get Level 7 ( Rs. 44,200-1,42,000) + admissible Central Government Allowances as salary

What is the total vacancy in IB ACIO 2020?

Candidates can apply for 2000 IB ACIO posts.

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